NFL Draft 2013: Players Who Could Sneak into Early Rounds

Nick LantzCorrespondent IIFebruary 15, 2013

Goodwin has speed that cannot be ignored.
Goodwin has speed that cannot be ignored.Scott Halleran/Getty Images

With the 2013 NFL Draft just over two months away, it is time to take a look at some underrated prospects who could be on the rise.

The Senior Bowl is one of the first instances where a player can strengthen his case to be taken in an earlier round. This year, there were a select few who stood out from that game, which has caused NFL teams to take a deeper look at their film.

So far, three players on the NFL draft boards stand out. These players may not be first round picks, but they are generating a buzz to be taken in the early going.

The first of the bunch is Marquise Goodwin, WR, from the Texas Longhorns.

Goodwin got plenty of playing time at receiver for the North squad in the 2013 Senior Bowl. He also got an opportunity to return punts.

The former Longhorn hauled in five catches for 44 yards, while returning two punts for 30 yards. He led the team in all-purpose yards with 74.

He has extraordinary speed and was a track-and-field star while at Texas, and partook in the 2012 London Olympics doing the long jump.

His speed cannot be ignored, and his solid Senior Bowl outing will make scouts reconsider.

Another player who may be on the rise is quarterback Mike Glennon from North Carolina State.

With a rather weak quarterback class this year, Glennon has a chance to make his way up the ranks. has Glennon ranked as the No. 5 QB in the draft.

In the Senior Bowl, he completed eight out of his 16 passes, gaining 82 yards through the air for the North.

Glennon put together a good season with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, topping 4,000 yards passing and throwing 31 touchdowns. What scouts cannot ignore is his 6'6" frame.

Lastly, another signal caller that caught scouts attention with a strong Senior Bowl, EJ Manuel of Florida State.

Manuel has not received much attention as a member of the 2013 quarterback class, but should get some after leading the Florida State Seminoles to an Orange Bowl victory and playing excellent in the Senior Bowl.

He lead the South team with 76 yards passing, completing seven of his 10 attempts, including one for a touchdown. Manuel also ran for a touchdown in the South's 21-16 victory in the Senior Bowl.

These players are on the rise in this year's draft and could easily be taken in the first few rounds.

Keep an eye on these prospects as they continue to climb up NFL teams' draft boards.