Teams have begun to look at players they can potentially draft when April rolls around. Mock drafts and rumors from nearly every draft expert begin to fill up the web. Whether we agree or not with the picks, everyone knows none of it will matter when the clock starts ticking.
During this time, big-name players from well-known universities get all the publicity. They are the ones fans want their team to draft. Not many people pay much attention to players from smaller schools or players from the same well-known universities that are overlooked by many.
Last year, players such as Brian Quick, Amini Silatolu, Bobby Wagner, Kelechi Osemele, T.Y. Hilton and Alfred Morris came from small schools to make an impact on their teams. Other players like Josh Chapman, Frank Alexander and Miami's own Kheeston Randall attended big schools, but were overlooked by most experts and GM's.
In this year's draft, there are some quality players that will be flying under the radar and will be overlooked by some GM's. Here are a few that are not only under the radar, but they fill a need for the Dolphins.
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
After playing two years at Coffeyville Community College, Patton had two very good seasons at Louisiana Tech. He caught 79 passes for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He followed his impressive first season at Louisiana Tech with an even more impressive second season. He recorded 104 receptions for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Patton was one of the more impressive receivers in the Senior Bowl as he displayed good speed and an ability to separate from defenders. He ran good, precise routes and was making difficult, contested catches.
With Miami's need at wide receiver, Patton can be a great addition. He has the tools to come in and contribute right away and help improve Miami's passing game. He is not a burner, but he is a solid target that can help generate more touchdowns.
Devonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina
At this time Miami does not need someone to start at linebacker. They have a solid trio in Karlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett and Koa Misi, but they definitely need to add some depth.
Holloman is someone that can help fill one of the outside linebacker spots in the future. He started out at strong safety when he stepped foot in Columbia, but was moved to the spur linebacker position this year after the departure of Antonio Allen to the NFL.
At 6'2", 243 lbs. he has good size which he combines well with speed. His strength is in coverage which comes in handy when dealing with tight ends. He is a very good tackler that is also able to hold his ground against pulling guards and tight ends off the edge.
Holloman gives Miami a linebacker that can be molded for the future and can be a building block when Miami's linebackers are no longer living up to expectations.
David Quessenberry, G/OT, San Jose State
With Jake Long likely on his way out of Miami, offensive line becomes a big need. Jonathan Martin will likely step in at left tackle in order to fill in for Long. Either right tackle or right guard will be open depending on where Miami wants John Jerry to play.
Quessenberry has the versatility to play either guard or tackle, which greatly benefits Miami. At 6'5", 294lbs, he is athletic enough to finally give Joe Philbin's west coast offense the pulling guard they need. He was a productive three-year starter at San Jose State where he earned multiple All-Conference selections.
Scouts began to pay attention to him after his strong showing at the Senior Bowl against strong competition. He is balanced in the protection game as he can be effective in passing as well as running plays. He tends to lose his balance at times, but is able to recover quickly due to his quick feet.
The Dolphins need an offensive lineman whether it's through free agency or the draft. Quessenberry fills a need and can help Miami finally complete their offensive line.
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