When it comes to the NFL draft, there are always late-round players that end up having a significant impact on the team that drafted them. The 2013 NFL draft will be no different as there are plenty of small-school players who are good enough to play in the NFL right away; they just haven’t been seen by very many people.
The 2012 NFL draft class had a few gems that teams found late. The Indianapolis Colts found wide receiver T.Y. Hilton at the end of Round 3. The Cleveland Browns found defensive tackle Billy Winn in the sixth round. At the top of this year’s list is running back Alfred Morris, a player the Washington Redskins found in the sixth round. These players are examples of late-round picks that have made a tremendous impact on their teams.
There is value to be had throughout the draft and hitting on one of these late-round players can change the fortunes of a franchise. Let’s look at five players who could be on next year’s list of the best players who were late-round picks.