Cameron Wolfe’s 2017 NFL draft baller squad


Alvin Kamara competes during Tennessee NFL ...

Successful NFL teams and scouts trust their eyes. NFL combine testing, pro days, workouts and visits are all important when researching a draft pick. Still, the most important portion of draft evaluation is the tape.

I’ve looked at a lot of tape in preparing draft previews. Here is a list of my favorite players in the 2017 draft class culminating in what I call my baller squad – 17 draft prospects who stood out on tape. Everyone knows the first-round talents. The players on my list, for the most part, are underrated prospects who will be selected on Day 2 or Day 3.

It’s a subjective group of ballers, guys who may not test well, have great size or limitless potential, but they can flat-out play. These are dudes I’d take on my team. This isn’t every prospect I like that isn’t highly rated but it is a good snapshot, organized by position groups.

Wade Payne, The Associated PressAlvin Kamara competes during Tennessee NFL Pro Day on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee: Watch his Texas A&M and Vanderbilt tapes to be wowed. Elusive, explosive, versatile. He’s the best of the second-tier running backs and could end up being the best overall in three years.

Projected selection: Second round

Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo: Great vision, elusiveness and open-field cuts from a back with good size? Sign me up. Hunt’s 98 total missed tackles forced were second-most in the nation in 2016, per Pro Football Focus.

Projected selection: Third-fourth round

Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State: He won’t be a lead back at 178 pounds, but he will be an effective weapon as a third-down and receiving back. Being a mini-Darren Sproles is a great compliment.

Projected selection: Fifth-sixth round

George Bridges, The Associated PressHouston cornerback Brandon Wilson (26) is cheered by the bench …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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