There will be star players in pro football that don't get selected in the 2013 NFL draft.
How many? Well, that obviously remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, we can't discount those available players after the weekend's seven-round festivity. Doug Baldwin proved that for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, and Vontaze Burfict replicated that impact for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012.
In short, the following prospects are just as capable of such feats.
Kemal Ishmael: Safety, Central Florida
One guy who will garner plenty of attention after the draft is Central Florida's Kemal Ishmael.
During his tenure with the Knights, Ishmael compiled 368 tackles and defended 19 passes with six forced fumbles. Simply put: The guy has a keen sense of finding the rock and making plays.
Measuring at 5'11" and 201 pounds, Ishmael possesses the solid size for the position. His quickness to bolt downfield and bring the pain with a hit, zone off in coverage at the intermediate level or sink deep is quite appealing.
Although he must improve the top speed for locking down consistently in man-to-man, Ishmael's potential resides in Cover 2 and 3 to read and react accordingly.
Robbie Rouse: RB, Fresno State
Watch out for Fresno State's Robbie Rouse. He's one back that hasn't reeled in much attention; however, Rouse's on-field production is impressive.
From 2010 through 2012 he amassed 4,168 rushing yards and scored 33 times on the ground. Plus he averaged over five yards a pop. In the receiving game, Rouse hauled in 110 receptions for 794 yards and added five more scores.
Possessing the short-area quickness and explosive burst when redirecting, Rouse is a competitive advantage inside the red zone. After all, he clocked 4.25 seconds on the 20-yard shuttle and 6.97 seconds on the three-cone drill at the combine.
Now he definitely has to enhance his overall speed, and Rouse is also undersized. That said, he's a complete performer that will make defenders miss in space and pass protect better than given credit.
Vinston Painter: Tackle, Virginia Tech
One of the more underrated players this entire draft is Vinston Painter out of Virginia Tech.
He shined at the combine by running 4.95 seconds on the 40-yard dash and exploded to 30.5 inches on the vertical leap. Factor in 32 reps on the bench press and Painter's a sound athlete for his size (6'4", 306 lbs).
Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas was also sacked just 42 times between 2011 and 2012 (27 games in that span). Providing natural athleticism to the position, though, Painter only has limited experience.
According NFLDraftScout.com via CBS Sports, Painter sifted through multiple positions for coach Frank Beamer:
He moved around both sides of the ball, seeing time at left tackle and defensive tackle before returning to the offensive side of the ball, playing some right guard and finally settling in as the starting right tackle as a senior.
Despite the limited consistency in one spot, Painter's versatility enhances his marketability to pro football.
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