Late Coals To Early Diamonds

Phutger GoinContributor IMarch 29, 2010

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20:  A detail of the NFL logo on painted on the sideline grass as the Cleveland Browns face the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 27-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Today, meet tomarrows's champions. Now in the NFL, organizations look for potential stars and starters in the draft. They sometime overlook some prospects due to the lack of certain attributes such as height, speed, strength, etc. , and etc. With the lack of the ideal attributes that organizations look for in prospects, they have the tendency to slip or fall down draft boards. This pre draft looks at some of the prospects that could be those diamonds if they are drafted into the right systems.

  1. QB Jonathan Crompton 6'-3" 222lbs  A combine snub, Jonathan Crompton has the ability to make an NFL roster as at least a backup. He has the size and the arm strength to make all the required throws. His progression has grown from his senior year, to the bowl games, to the all-star game. They say he maybe drafted late to an undrafted rookie because many think that he maybe a one year wonder and have questionable decision making. If you have a strong quarterback coach to groom him and a run oriented team, he could start for in about two years.
  2. QB Max Hall 6'-2" 202lbs  Max is a winner. He led his team to bowl games, he make good decisions with a fairly quick release. Some question his arm strength, but if you put him in a west coast system where there is a lot of quick slants and outs there is almost no doubt that he could not flurish in that offense. Max reminds me of a young Jeff Garcia and Phil Simms mixed together. He will be starting for someone in the near future.
  3. RB LeGarrette Blount 6'-0" 245lbs  I don't want to comment on the unfortunate incident on opening weekend. To me what happened in the past stays in the past. By that being said, this man is a beast. At the Senior Bowl he showed why he was a star in the making averaging about 5.1 yards a carry, showed a good burst and can wiggle some. He ran a solid 4.6 at the Combine and has fairly decent hands. He will be an immediate contributor to what ever team drafts him and if he can almost master the playbook and pick up on the blocking assignments, don't be surprised if he starts on opening day.
  4. RB Montario Hardesty 5'-11" 225lbs The only thing that I will say is if you put him in a run oriented offense you will have a second coming of Thomas Jones but faster. He has shown that he can catch out the backfield and can pass block. The only reason he didn't go higher is because of injuries, no matter he is a work horse who can start before the season is out.
  5. RB Ben Tate 5'-11" 220lbs  I don't see why they don't have this guy as a top three back in this years draft. He is big, fast, strong, agile, can catch, can block, and can do this and can do that. He is a complete back. I won't be surprised to see him sky rocket to the late first to mid second round.
  6. WR Alric Arnett  6'1" 188lbs  He is a wildcard player. Arnett has the tools to be real good reciever but he has to work on some of his fundamentals, like his route running and better use of his hands but if he has a good recievers coach who can help him, in a year or two he could be a really good number two reciever with the potential two be a number one reciever on some teams.
  7. WR Dezmon Briscoe  6'-2" 207lbs Here is another wildcard reciever, he could be a quarterback's best friend or enemy. I pick friend, he didn't have a great combine but he improved himself at his pro day. He plays faster than what he ran. If he were to run the 40 yard dash with a defensive player chasing him you would see that Dezmon is a faster reciever than what was shown at the combine. He is going to need a west coast offense for him to flurish. If the plays consists of slants and outs then you will have a star in the making. Dezmon Briscoe to me has the skills that reminds me of John Taylor of the 49ers of the 80s. All he has to do is study his playbook and work on his route running and you will have a future All-Pro.
  8. TE Dorin Dickerson 6'-1" 225lbs  Dorin is a tweener, in college he was a tight end but in the pros he would make a good wide reciever. He is a little short to be a tight end, but would be great as a wideout. He has the speed (4.41 sec) and the hands to cause all sorts of mismatches, also since being a tight end Dorin knows how to block so his running backs and quarterback would love him on offense. He is definately a star in the making if he goes to wide reciever.
  9. TE Andrew Quarless 6'-4" 254lbs If Quarless can stay focused and learn the tight end route tree, he could possibly be a steal in the draft. He is a very good pass catcher who could block and cause mismatches against linebackers and safties. I the Senior Bowl he showed his recieving skills with the game winning catch and I think he could do the same for years to come. Andrew reminds me of a faster Ben Coates with a lot of ceiling. All he has to do is stay focus.
  10. Honorable mentioned - WR Victor Cruz 6'-1" 200lbs (UMass)

                                                      TE Clay Harbor 6'-2" 252lbs (Mizzu St)

                                                      WR Marcus Easley 6'-2" 210lbs (UConn)

                                                      WR Andre Roberts 5'-11" 195lbs (Citadel)