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