The Most Unheralded Prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft

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The Most Unheralded Prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft
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It's pretty easy to get overlooked before the NFL draft.

Sure, it's not as bad as it once was. Once upon a time, the only time most people cared about the draft was when the results were posted in the Sunday paper in six-point font fit for anyone with a subatomic microscope.

Draft picks didn't really get any publicity in those days unless it was a college star who had already collected four years of headlines for people to delve into. Now the draft is an event.

No longer just personnel men running to pay phones with a stack of dimes, the entire city of New York lights up for the draft. Millions upon millions of people tune in on ESPN and the NFL Network. That's more than people tune in for NHL or NBA playoff games.

Prospects really only fall under the radar when other prospects hog the spotlight.

In a great group of guards last year, Kelechi Osemele wasn't talked about very often, but he's the one with a championship ring. Russell Wilson got lost in the hype of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but he may have been the best of the bunch in his first year.

One note about the list: Some of these prospects are going to be first-rounders. "Unheralded" doesn't mean "bad," and it doesn't mean "entirely forgotten." It means that people aren't talking about them as much as they should.

It means that they're going to sneak up draft boards while media and fans are looking at other, flashier prospects. It means that they're probably going to have as good or better NFL careers than a lot of guys drafted above them or talked about more often.

With that understood, on to the list!

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