2014 NFL Draft: Highlighting Players with Surprising Upside

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2014 NFL Draft: Highlighting Players with Surprising Upside
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Anyone can gush and wax poetic about the prospects from the power conferences and big-time programs, but sometimes the best part of draft day is watching the unheralded prospects fly off the board before the bigger names.

Heck, there has to be a reason that the NFL wants to stretch the process out over more hours and more days. It is because fans cannot get enough of learning about the also-rans and hidden gems.

We start draft week in that regard, highlighting players with surprising upside in this nine-part slideshow. We select one surprising talent at each of the NFL's positional groups: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker—we give you a combo there—and defensive back.

We also include the ultimate sleeper position, the newfangled "offensive weapon," of which burner Dri Archer (pictured above) is a leader of the pack.

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