The goal of the NFL draft is for 32 franchises to build through youth and athletic ability. The entire event of the draft has become a huge market unto itself. The proliferation of draft coverage has been remarkable in recent years. What was once a niche is now as mainstream as football itself.
Access has been a huge part of that. Teams, writers, analysts and even fans have access to far more information on prospects than ever before, even those lesser-known, mid-round prospects. And that’s what this is all about.
First, let us define our terms. A mid-round prospect is outside of the top-100 selections. Mid-round also cuts off prior to the deep rounds, where all bets are off. For this exercise, let’s think of it as players in the fourth- and fifth-round range.
In this area is where teams often look toward supremely athletic prospects or highly productive ones playing in lesser known systems or smaller programs. It’s too early to look at guys who lack great film, but probably too late to get any top-tier sliders, unless it is due to a significant injury or off-field legal issues.
Nevertheless, mid-round prospects are risky. Great teams are built in these rounds and missing on these players can get you fired. However, you hit big on these guys, and it makes your first-round picks even better. Here is a look at 10 of these mid-round gems your team should consider. If these pro hopefuls can get on the right teams and play to their potential, the reward well outweighs the risk.