NFL Draft Prospects Guaranteed to Become Fan Favorites
Whether it be a prolific-passing franchise quarterback, a 2,000-yard rusher or a flashy talker who backs up his words with his play, NFL fans choose their favorite players for a variety of reasons.
In just over two weeks, several more players will enter the league through the annual NFL draft.
Many of them have the ability to become fan favorites, despite the team that selects them.
Here, we will take a look at the players in this year's class who will be just that.
Eddie Lacy, Running Back
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Eddie Lacy is likely to be the first running back to come off the board and with good reason.
He would be an excellent fit in a place like Green Bay or Pittsburgh and will have a chance to be an immediate starter wherever he goes.
Fans will love the effort Lacy gives. Averaging 6.8 yards per carry over his college career, he is able to break out in the open field as well as gain the tough yardage up the middle.
While he certainly is no Adrian Peterson, he exhibits a lot of the same physical traits.
The team that selects him is going to get a very good player.
Kenjon Barner, Running Back
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Kenjon Barner is a speedy, exciting player that flourished in Chip Kelly's offense at Oregon.
He ran for 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior year alone but will probably fall down draft boards due to his size (5'11", 192 pounds).
Still, Barner will be able to provide instant offense to the team that drafts him, providing a punch that leads to an electric play in a game.
Barner may be most valuable in the NFL as a return man. He brought back both a punt and a kick return for a touchdown in his college career.
Bacarri Rambo, Free Safety
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Bacarri Rambo is the type of player that will attract fans for reasons beyond his unique name.
At Georgia, Rambo showed great instincts and athletic ability at the safety position, and he is a turnover machine.
Rambo shows great coverage skills for a safety and should be able to help the defense of the team that takes him cause several turnovers.
Ed Reed became a fan favorite in Baltimore due to his style of play, and Rambo could end up being that type of player.
Margus Hunt, Defensive End
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From Estonia, Margus Hunt spent his playing career at SMU after spending time as a track and field star in the discus throw and shot put events.
Hunt is a towering defensive end at 6'8", and he can take games over as a situational pass-rush specialist.
Hunt is one of this year's most intriguing prospects.
Tyler Eifert, Tight End
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With teams like the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers finding more and more ways to get their tight ends involved on offense, the position is becoming that much more valuable.
Tyler Eifert is the best tight end in this year's draft class and fans of the team who selects him will be very happy they did.
Eifert has great hands and is the type of player fans will appreciate, because he will catch quite a few passes.
He may not bring the offseason fun that Ron Gronkowski does, but Eifert could quickly become one of the league's top tight ends.
Chance Warmack, Guard
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Chance Warmack is easily one of the best players in the upcoming draft and may even be the best.
Fans who love the guys who do the little things that don't get mentioned in the box score will love what this guy brings.
Warmack is an elite run-blocker and is very good as a pass-protector as well.
He will open big holes for the running game and be able to handle most defensive tackles right away.
Warmack may not be the most exciting player, but he will make the offensive line of the team that takes him much better right away.
EJ Manuel, Quarterback
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The quarterback position is far inferior this year as compared to last, but that doesn't mean there isn't a gem to be found.
EJ Manuel might be just that, especially if he were to go to a team running the read-option offense, such as Philadelphia.
He may never be a franchise quarterback, but he is a player that could be used as a weapon off the bench with the tools to be a starter.
In fact, that's exactly how the season started in San Francisco last year, and now, Colin Kaepernick is one of the most popular players in the league.
Ryan Swope, Wide Receiver
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Ryan Swope is the kind of player that can catch a defense by surprise.
He had an excellent career at Texas A&M by catching 252 passes for over 3,000 yards. He also had 24 touchdown receptions.
Fans will gravitate to Swope because of his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. He will rack up plenty of yardage after the catch.
Swope may be able to start depending on the team that drafts him, but he would likely be most dangerous in the slot position, similar to the way New England used Wes Welker.
Quinton Patton, Wide Receiver
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If you are not familiar with Quinton Patton, now is the time to try to find out what you can about him.
Playing at Louisiana Tech, he was a relatively unknown college player, but it will not be that way in the NFL.
Patton can do it all as a wide receiver, running great routes and possessing excellent hands.
Patton has the ability to get behind a defense on deep routes and could become the primary target of the team that selects him.
Regardless of the round he is drafted, Patton will be one of the best picks made this year. You will not be disappointed if your team selects him.
Arthur Brown, Linebacker
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In the months and weeks leading to the draft, many linebackers have been discussed.
Whether it be Manti Te'o, Alec Ogletree or even Kevin Minter, one name you haven't heard as much is Arthur Brown.
Brown is a very impressive player who is a very physical linebacker. Most importantly, he should be a three-down linebacker in the NFL.
Brown is the type of guy who can come onto a team and become a defensive leader, rallying his teammates to play at a higher level.
Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver
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Tavon Austin may be the most exciting player in this year's draft.
Possessing blazing speed, Austin is very dangerous with the ball in his hands.
He is very similar to DeSean Jackson, who had an excellent rookie season in Philadelphia despite being smaller than most NFL wide receivers.
Austin is just 5'9", 176 pounds, but the team that selects him will likely try to get the ball in his hands as often as possible due to his big-play ability.
When you go to your fantasy football draft this summer, Austin will be the player taken two rounds higher than you were planning.