NFL Draft 2013: Late-Round Players Whose Stock Will Skyrocket Before April
NFL draft season can be utter chaos.
Stocks rise and fall by the minute, depending on a poor 40 time or a questionable answer during an interview. Early in the 2013 NFL draft process, there are a number of prospects with a lot to prove.
Some could play their way into the first several rounds, while others hope to ride a successful offseason in to the later rounds of the draft.
There are always players who are expected to be drafted late, if at all, that end up cracking the first few rounds thanks to a few impressive workouts. Let's take a look at three late-round guys whose stock will skyrocket before draft time.
QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
It's not a strong quarterback class as a whole. Given the nature of drafting quarterbacks high, West Virginia QB Geno Smith will likely be an early first-round selection.
But a team looking for some value after the first round would be wise to look at Ryan Nassib of Syracuse.
Nassib has all the intangibles one could ask for in a quarterback. He's smart, has a big arm and played in a pro-style offense at Syracuse. Right now, he's projected to be a second- or third-day pick, but good workouts and a solid showing at the combine could help vault his draft stock.
ESPN Scouts Inc. currently ranks Nassib as the seventh-best quarterback in the draft and the No. 120 prospect overall. Look for his stock to rise as April approaches.
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
Arkansas running back Knile Davis can do it all. He's big (6'0", 220) and fast, but injuries plagued an otherwise exceptional collegiate career.
Davis led all SEC running backs in rushing yards in 2010. But after suffering a devastating ankle injury in a preseason scrimmage the following year, he was forced to miss the 2011 season and never returned to top form.
Injuries have followed Davis dating back to high school. He suffered a broken collarbone twice and broke his right ankle twice.
But despite a spotty medical record, Davis will likely wow scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine. Height/weight/speed guys always grab the headlines, and that's exactly what Davis is. If he can show breakaway speed, while weighing around 220, his stock will skyrocket.
TE Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky
This year's tight end crop is headed by two guys—Stanford's Zach Ertz and Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert. One or both players will likely be selected in the first round, but there are more NFL-ready tight ends buried deep in this year's class.
Jack Doyle has 105 catches over the past two seasons at Western Kentucky. He's not going to "wow" people with his athleticism, but he's a willing blocker and a capable receiver at tight end.
Doyle had a solid showing in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, including a beautiful one-handed touchdown grab in the back of the end zone.
Right now, ESPN Scouts Inc. ranks Doyle as the 11th-best tight end in the draft and the No. 211 overall prospect. But if he runs an unexpectedly fast 40-yard dash, he could play his way into third-round consideration.