The great thing about the 2013 NFL draft is also probably the worst thing about it—there are no clear-cut stars. After months of draft talk, we know that there isn’t an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in the draft, but there also isn’t an A.J. Green or Julio Jones.
We know that the draft will produce a few stars, but there is virtually no consensus on which players those are. A convincing case can probably be made that even some of the best prospects in the draft are flying under the radar. If Luke Joeckel is drafted No. 1 overall, he could end up being the least talked about first pick in the last 20 years.
Now more than ever, the NFL is driven by star power. Finding a star outside of the first round can alter the fortunes of a franchise, especially at an impact position like quarterback. While the jury is still out on the last two draft classes, the 2010 NFL draft produced plenty of star power that wasn’t drafted in the first round.
Guys like Victor Cruz, Navorro Bowman, Jimmy Graham, Geno Atkins, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Eric Decker are just some of the stars from the 2010 draft. Interestingly enough, all the players listed have been to the playoffs in the last few years.
Here’s a list of under-the-radar draft prospects that will (or can) become stars in the NFL.