2013 NFL Draft: Underrated Players Who Will Have Big Impact

Stephen Fenech@Fenech2491Correspondent IDecember 21, 2012

KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: Tyler Bray #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to pass the ball against the Missouri Tigers during the game at Neyland Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Scouting prospects is an inexact science, which is why the 2013 NFL Draft will produce a myriad of underrated players who will make a big impact. 

A couple of the underrated players from the 2012 class have made big impacts in their rookie campaign. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David is a prime example of an underrated prospect having a huge rookie season. He leads the team in tackles and is garnering Pro Bowl consideration. 

T.Y Hilton, who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round, has been one of Andrew Luck's favorite targets. He has compiled the second most receiving yards among rookies. 

The best front offices in the league know which players fit their system and conduct their player evaluation from that state of mind. 

The following players will surprise draft analysts everywhere when they suit up for NFL teams next fall. 


Tyler Bray- QB, Tennessee

In a move that surprised no one, Tyler Bray decided to forgo his senior season in order to enter the NFL draft. 

Bray has a massive arm and would be best in a system that utilizes the shotgun. He is at his best when his receivers spread the field. 

Where Bray will be drafted is still to be determined, but NFL scouts will be impressed by his size and arm strength.

Bray's biggest issue may be his throwing mechanics because he throws the ball sidearm far too often. This affects his accuracy and needs to be addressed, which could scare some teams away. 

If put in the right situation, Bray could have a big impact as a rookie, as he has the potential to develop into a franchise quarterback. 


Stepfan Taylor- RB, Stanford 

The importance that NFL teams place on running backs has diminished in recent years. The result is that tailbacks are not selected in the first round unless they are viewed as potential stars. 

Stepfan Taylor was overshadowed by Andrew Luck for a couple of seasons, but that did not stop him from having an excellent career in Stanford's run-first offense. 

This season, Taylor ran for 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns on 302 rushing attempts. The Cardinals back exceeded the 100-yard mark in eight of his 13 starts, and he has a knack for finding holes. 

When watching Taylor on tape, it's apparent that he knows how to play running back very well, even if he does lack elite physical tools. 

In the NFL, Taylor will thrive as an offense's workhorse. He will be a steal for the team that grabs him in the middle rounds. 


Brandon Jenkins- DE, Florida State University

If Brandon Jenkins had decided to enter the 2012 NFL Draft, he likely would have been a first-round selection. 

Instead, the talented pass-rusher decided to return to Tallahassee to lead what promised to be a vicious Florida State defense. 

Disaster struck in the Seminoles' opening game against Murray State, as Jenkins suffered a Lisfranc injury and missed the rest of the season. 

Jenkins has above-average size and speed for an outside linebacker, which will allow him to make an instant impact on passing downs. 

In his two healthy seasons playing college ball, Jenkins compiled 22.5 sacks and emerged as one of the ACC's most dangerous pass-rushers. 

It will be interesting to see where Jenkins gets drafted, as it might behoove a team to reach on the talented pass-rusher. 

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