2012 NFL Draft: 7 Best Players No One Is Talking About
T.Y Hilton reminds me a bit of Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears coming out of college.
In every NFL draft, the question and the attention reside around who will be the No.1 pick, and who gets picked in the first round.
However, as history will tell you, it's generally the players drafted in later rounds that end up being the key components to teams.
What do Tom Brady, Marques Colston and Arian Foster have in common?
They were all late round or undrafted picks in the NFL draft.
This year will be no different.
Here is a look players that will turn heads in this year's draft.
T.Y. Hilton, Wide Receiver, Florida International
Hilton has the type of ability that is rarely seen on any level.
So there I was, sitting there like any other college football fan, watching the opening games of the season, and a score caught my eye—Florida International is beating Louisville?!
The reason why? T.Y. Hilton.
He was hands down the best player on the field that day, and I thought to myself, that kid will be playing ball on Sundays.
He has sub-4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, and has the opportunity to make an impact on any NFL team, at the very least on special teams.
As a senior, he had just shy of 1,000 yards receiving with seven touchdown receptions.
Julian Miller, Defensive End, West Virginia
Miller had a great career for the Mountaineers, starting each of the last two seasons.
The native of Columbus, Ohio has the fourth-most sacks in West Virginia History, and anchored the defensive line this season along with Bruce Irvin.
Miller will be a solid rotational player along the D-line at the next level, and no team can have enough players rushing the QB.
Bobby Massie, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss
This guy is massive. Every team needs someone to protect the QB, and if I was dropping back to pass, I wouldn't object to this guy blocking for me.
He came out a year early and may need a bit of time for development, but this guy has the potential to be a real player at the next level.
Trumaine Johnson, Cornerback, Montana
Cornerback is always that position that many people overlook.
This guy can flat out play, and is on the radar of several scouts, however, playing at Montana makes people wonder if he can play at the next level.
In recent years, there have been many guys that make it in the NFL from small schools, and Johnson will fit that bill.
At 6-foot-2, he has the ideal size you look for as a corner. He has the height to match up against any receiver the NFL will throw at him, and if I'm a GM, I'd take him off the board without a doubt.
Brian Quick, Wide Receiver, Appalachian State
At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, you couldn't ask for better size for a receiver. Add on the sub-4.5 40-yard dash and you have a player that reminds me a lot of Terrell Owens.
He had a nice career at Appalachian State, and last season had seven touchdown grabs. In the right offense, this guy could make an immediate impact.
He will be a great complementary receiver in the NFL, and has the potential to be even better than he is now.
Wide receiver, like corner is one of those positions where sleepers are pretty frequent.
I would not be surprised to see this guy as a key contributor on an NFL roster in the future.
Micah Pellerin, Cornerback, Hampton
Another corner makes my list, and in a quarterback driven league, you need plenty of DBs.
This season he played very well, picking off two passes, and basically shut off one side of the field. He has as great hips and is deceptively fast.
Pellerin is a very solid DB prospect, and at 6-foot, he has solid size for a DB.
The only knock on him is his 40 time, which is right around a 4.6.
A player he reminds me of is Charles Tillman for the Chicago Bears, and as Bears fans will tell you, speed isn't everything at defensive back.
Ryan Lindley, Quarterback, San Diego State
This dude can flat out sling the rock.
He has great size and is around 6-foot-4. He was recruited by Brady Hoke, who is now at the University of Michigan, and has all the tools to succeed at the next level.
Last year, he tossed for over 3,800 yards with 28 touchdowns.
I suspect he would take some seasoning and coaching up at the next level, but he would be a solid draft pick if a team had a starter already in place.