2013 NFL Draft: Three Under-the-Radar Prospects to Keep an Eye on
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Swope is an underrated and underappreciated receiver who has taken a back seat to teammates Johnny Manziel, Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Damontre Moore this season. But Swope could end up becoming a reliable pass-catcher in the NFL one day.
The senior isn't particularly strong, fast or athletic, but he runs great routes and has consistent hands. He thrives on intelligence and reactions, and also from a willingness to go over the middle and give up his body to make a play.
Swope also has shown a tendency to come up big in the clutch. In his past three games, all big victories against Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama, Swope has been incredible. He had six, nine and 11 catches for 140, 121 and 111 yards in those games respectively. He also caught two huge passes in the Alabama game to help keep A&M ahead down the stretch.
I think he's going to be a mid-round pick, somewhere between the third and fifth rounds, although if I was the GM of an NFL team looking for a slot option I wouldn't hesitate to grab him in the third.
Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
Greene is a huge part of why Rutgers is enjoying an 8-1 season. The linebacker can do it all—rush the quarterback, stuff the run, cover a tight end or slot receiver.
He has tremendous physical ability, and shows a knack for being around the ball. I've only seen him play on film once, but it was impressive. He's deceptively quick, hits hard and is always looking to strip the ball and make a play.
He has accounted for eight of the Scarlet Knights' 25 forced turnovers this season, and is just putting up incredible stats all over the board. Against Army last week, Greene registered 22 tackles en route to a victory. Earlier this season against Syracuse, he had 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.
His playmaking ability is exceptional, and he reminds me of a less-polished Jarvis Jones. Greene continues to climb up draft boards, and is now a guaranteed Day Two selection. But if he continues playing this well, there's no telling how high he could rise.
Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
If you haven't heard of Bernard by now, you should probably start paying attention. With Marcus Lattimore injured, Bernard is making his case as the top back in the country along with Le'Veon Bell.
Over the past five games, Bernard has put up some absolutely ridiculous numbers; he's averaged 159 rushing yards and nearly 60 receiving yards per game, along with nine total touchdowns.
Bernard is dangerous every time he touches the ball with his elusiveness and acceleration, but he's not just a speed back either. He can run between the tackles, and won't shy away from a hit in order to get some extra yardage.
He's just a redshirt sophomore, so there's plenty of room for him to continue developing physically and he should become smarter and more patient with time. He may not enter the draft this season, but if he does, I'd be surprised if he lasted past the second round.
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