The NFL draft is an inexact science at best. Teams spend a ton of money and time on scouting and research in a quest to find players to enhance their team's ability to compete. Despite their best efforts, sometimes players don't live up to their respective scouting reports.
Today I want to focus on the players who weren't first round picks or bonus babies but just might steal the highlights away from their more highly regarded brethren, the late round picks. Every year there is a Marques Colston or Terrell Davis, players who weren't drafted highly but still stole the show.
I believe I have found five players who will be successful and introduce themselves to us in their rookie seasons.
Joe Webb is a a multi-purpose threat who can play quarterback, wide receiver and running back for the Minnesota Vikings. In college at UAB he passed for 5,771 yards and 37 touchdowns. Webb had 32 catches for 471 yards and rushed for 2,774 yards in his career as an all purpose threat. Originally drafted as a wide receiver in the sixth round, the Vikings decided to develop him as a quarterback also after watching him spin the ball in minicamp. Expect the Vikings to develop a package of plays for this, 6'4", 220-lb, incredibly gifted athlete to capitalize on.
Konz was the seventh round pick of the Seattle Seahawks and they chose a veritable superman athletically. He is a 6'3" 236-lb h-back who has a 46 inch vertical leap and runs a 4.41 40 yard dash. Despite being hampered by injuries for much of his senior season, he still managed to grab 21 balls for 298 yards and two scores. Konz was a linebacker his first three years so offense is a brand new concept for him and he is a blank canvas for Seattle's Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates to render upon. He can play tight end, full back or wide receiver with his athleticism. Somewhere, somehow, Bates will find a way to use this superlative athlete.
George Selvie is a 6'3", 252-lb defensive end out of South Florida who was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams. Overshadowed by Jason Pierre-Paul, Selvie was highly productive as a sophomore(31.5 tackles-for-loss 14.5 sacks) but injuries set him back as a junior. He is quick of the ball and the edge and is tireless in his pursuit of the quarterback. Selvie is a polished pass rusher, instinctive and knows how to use his hands. I look for him to have nearly as much impact as Pierre-Paul rushing the passer as a rookie.
Scotty McGee is a 5'9" 190-lb cornerback who is primarily a kick return specialist from James Madison and was a sixth round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. McGee has blazing speed, runs a 4.37 second 40 yard dash, and is extremely quick and agile. The Jaguars have struggled in the return game the last couple of years and McGee will immediately bolster a weak unit. He had six returns for touchdowns in his college career. McGee is a threat every time he touches the ball.
Doug Worthington is a big, 6'5" 295-lb, defensive end from Ohio State who was drafted late in the seventh round. He has excellent size, strength, and an effective bull rush. Worthington is a great run stopper who needs work on his pass rushing skills, but shows a lot of potential. The former Buckeye always plays hard and shows a prototypical Steelers mean streak! With some work on his technique and pass rushing skills, Worthington could be a starter for a long time in the NFL. Expect him to put some bone crunching hits on opposing ball carriers this year.