NFL Draft 2013: Sleeper Picks to Keep an Eye on During Later Rounds
The 2013 NFL Draft is officially the next big sporting event of the year. All offseason long you hear discussions of what your organization is going do in free agency and in the draft in order to become a better team.
The early-round selections are what make the headlines, but the middle and late rounds of the draft are where general managers really make their money.
NFL teams must take advantage of all seven rounds of the draft, and here are my sleeper picks to keep an eye on during the later rounds.
Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Khaseem Greene is an unbelievable talent who will become a playmaker at the next level. He showed his skill last season for Rutgers, recording six sacks on the year as the leader of a quality defense.
According to CBS Sports, Greene is projected to go somewhere between the second and third rounds.
Greene won’t go higher in the draft because of his lack of national exposure and because he’s still transitioning from safety to linebacker.
Once he has a few years under his belt to add some weight and learn the position, Greene will become a good pass-rushing linebacker in the NFL.
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Matt Scott is another name that has been circulating more as the draft approaches. In a draft where multiple teams may reach for a quarterback in the first round, the real talent could be in the later rounds.
The Seahawks were successful last April when they waited to choose Russell Wilson until the third round. Scott is projected to go around the place.
The Arizona quarterback has decent size, but what makes him special is his ability to move along with his strong arm.
With the amount of success that the pistol formation and zone-read offenses had last year, someone will draft Scott and potentially grab the next Colin Kaepernick.
Keith Pough, LB, Howard
Keith Pough was unknown to just about everyone a few months ago. The Howard linebacker has been creating a buzz ever since the East-West Shrine Game where he excelled and received the Pat Tillman Award.
The MEAC Defensive Player of the Year plays with incredible energy all over the field, making him someone that offensive coordinators have to prepare for.
Teams don’t like to risk draft picks on players from very small schools, but Pough will prove to be a late-round gem.
Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame
Unlike Pough, Theo Riddick was seen on television every week last season playing for Notre Dame.
The senior running back had a difficult time in South Bend finding his role in the Fighting Irish offense. He switched positions numerous times, playing as both wide receiver and tailback.
However, when given the opportunity, Riddick showed flashes of real greatness last season. The back was a very elusive runner and was also reliable in the passing game.
Riddick is projected to go around the seventh round of the draft, where one team will find a steal and a big-play threat.
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
Bacarri Rambo is another sleeper in the 2013 NFL Draft. The safety showed plenty of talent for the Bulldogs in the highly competitive SEC Conference.
A few teams could really use a quality safety, and none will get a better value in the draft than Rambo. According to CBS Sports, he’s projected to go between the second and third rounds.
Rambo has enough size to play at the next level and ability too. He recorded 16 interceptions during his career at UGA.
Rambo’s downfall and part of the reason he isn’t projected higher is because of his off-the-field issues. The 22-year-old failed two drug tests while at Georgia, forcing him to miss four games last season.
Despite his talent and name, Rambo will be a sleeper pick in the later rounds.