There will be plenty of impressive talent to be had after the 2013 NFL draft.
We saw it from Stanford's Doug Baldwin in 2011 when he led the Seattle Seahawks in receiving yards. Arizona's State's Vontaze Burfict became a playmaker for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012 as he led the team in tackles.
In short, we can't underestimate the potential of a prospect just because they go undrafted. We take a glance at some for this year.
Branden Smith, CB, Georgia
Along with being a cornerback, Georgia's Branden Smith is incredibly dynamic.
When lining up in the secondary he defended 19 passes and recorded four picks for the Bulldogs. Smith also contributed on offense and special teams.
In 2009 he rushed 17 times for 208 yards and scored twice. Two years later, Smith was fed 13 times and gained 100 yards, which also included a touchdown. He even caught seven passes for 63 yards during his career.
Factor in 410 kickoff return and 213 punt return yards and Smith's athleticism will pay dividends in the NFL. The obvious downside is Smith being rather undersized for pro football at 5'10'', 168 pounds. That said, his quickness and lateral agility does bode well as a nickel/dime back in zone coverage and as a return specialist.
Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State
One receiver to keep a close eye on after the draft is Mississippi State's Chad Bumphis.
Presenting good size to develop as a reliable slot target at 5'10", 196 pounds, Bumphis caught 159 passes for 2,270 yards and scored 24 touchdowns during his tenure. The Bulldogs also gave him 37 carries and he rushed for 232 yards with one touchdown.
This dual-threat offensively is appealing to the NFL because Bumphis' presence allows a team to remain in the spread formation. At the same time, however, his rushing threat sets up another dimension of the play-action pass.
Include Bumphis as a return man—878 career return yards, one touchdown—and someone must find him a spot.
Montel Harris, RB, Temple
From 2008 through 2010, Montel Harris rushed for 3,600 yards and scored 27 times on the ground for Boston College. In addition, Harris caught 46 passes for 341 yards and three more scores.
Unfortunately, Harris suffered an injury during the 2011 campaign but was given a medical redshirt, per WEEI 93.7 FM Radio the subsequent December. It only got worse, though, as he was removed from the team in May of 2012 according to Boston College Athletics' official website:
While suiting up for the Owls, Harris bowled for 1,054 yards and scored 12 times in 2012. Not bad after missing most of 2011 and joining a new squad. He also has a bit of experience as a return specialist, which only enhances Harris' value.
The guy brings good size (5'8'', 208 pounds) to punch the gut of a defense and make plays out of the backfield.
Travis Long: DE/LB, Washington State
Travis Long didn't put up insane numbers for Washington State, but he was solid throughout his college career.
From 2009 through 2012 he racked up 20.5 sacks, forced four fumbles, defended 11 passes and made 42 tackles for loss. With the size and athleticism to line up as a defensive end or outside linebacker, expect Long to get a look.
More of a 3-4 rush linebacker than anything, Long's instincts and ability to track from the backside is quite beneficial. Through development he has No. 1 pass-rusher potential, although greater acceleration and strength is needed.
Nonetheless, his knack for being around the ball will garner attention.
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