Every year a late-round prospect or two emerges to become an impact player during his rookie season. Tom Brady, Marques Colston and, more recently, Alfred Morris have all defied the negative attributes bestowed upon them by draft experts and become leaders at their respective positions.
Fans always enjoy analyzing who will be the next Brady or Colston, combing through endless amounts of data on small school and otherwise overshadowed players to find the next gem in the NFL draft.
As Brady’s case shows, being from a small school is not the only qualification for being a sleeper in the draft. Players are looked over for a variety of reasons, ranging from size and speed to lack of competition in college or maybe just not being used the right way yet.
Not much of that matters when it comes to making an NFL team as a late-round player, as the only thing that will get you there is hard work and determination.
The following 15 players vary in shapes and sizes, but all have been discounted when it comes to making an immediate impact at the next level.