2016 NFL Draft: Mid-Round Sleepers Who Can Start Right Away

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2016 NFL Draft: Mid-Round Sleepers Who Can Start Right Away
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The 2016 NFL draft is drawing ever closer, and with the regular season and Senior Bowl week finally in the books, teams will now turn their attention toward the NFL Scouting Combine and pro-day workouts to evaluate this year's crop of college prospects.

It's nothing extraordinary to expect most first-round picks to become starters early in their careers, but some teams have needs that go deeper than the draft's first day. For teams needing starting-caliber players at multiple positions, the need to dig deep and find those players in the middle rounds of the draft is essential.

Though making the jump from college football to the NFL is an incredible challenge, every draft class has produced players who flew under the radar on draft day but made an early splash in their first season by earning a starting spot and making an instant impact.

If teams are looking to wake those sleepers from this year's draft class, here are a handful of names they should train their eyes on.

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