2013 NFL Draft: Late-Round Picks Who Will Be Rookie Phenoms
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All of the talk and attention of the 2013 NFL Draft is focused around the first round and the elite players. But there are always gems hidden in the depths of the draft.
Take Washington Redskin running back Alfred Morris for example. He was not highly sought after coming out of Florida Atlantic, but he was chosen in the sixth round with the No. 173 overall pick. He proved to be a diamond in the rough after he rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns in his rookie campaign.
The 2013 NFL Draft possesses undiscovered genius that team executives and coaches will have to find in the later portions of the draft.
These players have the potential to turn heads and rise to elite statuses in their rookie seasons.
UCLA Running Back Johnathan Franklin
Franklin is one of the top running backs in this draft class. But the evolution of the NFL game has made the position a luxury rather than a necessity. That will push him to the third round at best.
But he will be a great value if a team uses a late-round pick on him.
At the combine, he ran a 4.49 second 40-yard dash, the best for a tailback. His speed and elusiveness will translate well to the NFL game, and he isn't afraid of the contact he will encounter at the next level.
He has the potential to benefit a team much like Morris and have an explosive rookie season.
Arkansas Quarterback Tyler Wilson
Wilson was hampered by injuries in his senior season as a Razorback, and the transition from Bobby Petrino to John L. Smith didn't help him much either. That will tarnish his draft stock.
But Wilson has enough physical tools to make a difference for an NFL team. In his junior season, he threw for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns, compared to just six interceptions.
His 6'2" frame is also attractive to teams in search of the prototypical quarterback build.
There are several teams that should jump at the chance to select Wilson and make him an immediate starter.
Southern Miss. Linebackers Jamie Collins
Collins stands at 6'3" and 250 pounds, providing a team with a huge threat in its linebacker corp.
His length and reach allow him to wrangle quarterbacks and tailbacks from escaping his grip, and he possesses elite speed and quickness for his size.
Collins needs to be drafted by an elite, veteran team to teach him the speed of the professional game. If he can work alongside a seasoned veteran, Collins has the potential to rack up Pro Bowl-like statistics in 2013.
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