2011 NFL Mock Draft: 10 Sleepers Who Could Fall Out of The First Round
With the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl, it's time already to start looking toward the NFL draft.
Many players, like Cameron Newton, could be taken anywhere from the first 10 picks, to the second round.
As always, some players will be overlooked in the first round. Which athletes, if they fall, could have huge sleeper potential as a second round pick?
No. 10. Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Castonzo is a very talented offensive tackle who is ranked near the bottom of the first group of tackles.
A team like Green Bay, or New Orleans may grab him up in the first round though. If not, he'll be drafted at the beginning of the second round.
No. 9. Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
Just like Castonzo, Sherrod is at the bottom of the first tier of offensive tackles.
The Philadelphia Eagles may take Sherrod, as he would fit in well with their offensive scheme.
If they don't, there is a great chance that either Castonzo or Sherrod will fall to the second round, unless there is a long run of tackles.
No. 8. Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Ryan Williams is projected to go early in the second round by most ESPN experts, but he may be one of the biggest sleepers in the draft.
Williams has shown how much potential his has during his games as a Hokie. Any team that can get him in the second round should consider themselves lucky.
No. 7. Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
Brandon Harris is an athlete who could be taken anywhere from late in the first round, to late in the second round.
Harris is extremely fast, has great coverage abilities, and plays physical as well. He should be one of the first to go if he falls to the second round.
No. 6. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
Mikel Leshoure lacks the speed that an elite running back should have, but he makes up for it with his size and athleticism.
Leshoure will most likely get drafted in the second round, but he could easily turn into the first round talent that he has the potential to be.
No. 5. Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Aaron Williams is a terrific cornerback, but he may fall to the second round because of the amount of elite cornerbacks in this years draft.
Williams doesn't lack speed, or size for that matter. His best chance to go in the first round may be with the last pick to Green Bay.
No. 4. Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
Mike Pouncey has played both center and guard in college, and seems to be a better fit at the guard position.
Pouncey's twin brother, Maurkice, played great at center this past year for the Pittsburgh Steelers. There's a chance that Pittsburgh may have both members of the Pouncey family by the end of the draft.
No. 3. Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
Baldwin was one of the best receivers in college this past year, excelling for the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Experts have criticized him of taking plays off, and being a bit sloppy while running routes, but you simply cannot overlook his size and speed.
Baldwin will most likely be available for the second round, and could end up being one of the biggest sleepers of the 2011 draft.
No. 2. Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State
There isn't a huge chance that Heyward will fall to the second round, but you never know with the NFL draft.
Heyward is a very versatile defensive back, who is powerful and blow through run blocks.
The only thing stopping him from being considered as an elite defensive back is his lack of speed, but Heyward will make whoever takes him very happy.
No. 1. Jake Locker, QB, Washington
It was only a year ago, where Locker was considered one of the best prospects in college football.
His poor and inconsistent play at times hurt his draft stock significantly, which may lead to him falling to the second round.
Locker has a great quarterback build and a powerful arm. Many franchise quarterbacks have been taken outside the first round, and Jake Locker could that next guy.
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