NFL Draft 2011: Leonard Hankerson and Five Players No One Is Talking About

Constantine MadiasCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2011

Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson.
Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Even with the lockout still in place, the NFL Draft is about one month away. 

The middle and later rounds always have hidden gems who aren't talked about very much before the draft. This year, there's tons of wide receiver talent, but A.J. Green and Julio Jones have stolen the spotlight.

Where can you find the unspoken talent in this year's draft? Take a look...


Leonard Hankerson (Wide Receiver, Miami)

He was only the third wide receiver in Miami history to record 1,000 yards in a season. Hankerson is a huge receiver at 6'3", with uncharacteristic speed for his size.

Hankerson gets decent recognition, but he could possibly be a first-round talent. He will make an immediate impact on an NFL team because he can handle cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage.

At an NFL prospect factory as prominent as Miami, Hankerson should have more looks.


Jerrel Jernigan (Wide Receiver, Troy)

Here's another great talent at wide receiver.

Jernigan is only 5'9", but he has Jacoby Ford's electric speed, with much better receiving skills. He is the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leader in all purpose yards.

His big play potential is key for an NFL receiving prospect. Some smaller receivers similar to Jernigan include DeSean Jackson and Percy Harvin. Jernigan has excellent returning abilities, too.


Mason Foster (Linebacker, Washington)

He was a first-team All American in 2010, yet he doesn't crack the top five in outside linebacker prospects.

Foster was second in the nation at 12.58 tackles per game and he's one of the Pac 10's best linebackers ever.

He clearly has a nose for the ball, and never lets a ball carrier out of his grasp. Foster had 163 tackles in 2010, and as a team captain, he brings leadership ability to the NFL.


Allen Bailey (Defensive End, Miami)

Bailey is ranked in the top 40 NFL prospects, but nobody has talked about how high he's climbed on the draft board.

He's another Miami product on this list, and Bailey is now projected to be drafted in the first round.

Bailey doesn't bring a huge amount of pressure on the quarterback, but he weighs around 300 pounds and clogs up holes. The biggest asset about Bailey is his ability to move around on the defensive line. NFL scouts will love him.


DeMarco Murray (Running Back, Oklahoma)

There are a few better running back prospects in the draft before Murray, but he was great at Oklahoma.

He set school records for all purpose yards, touchdowns and receiving yards for a running back. Murray was an All-Big 12 first-team selection, and has blazing speed. He ran a 4.37 second 40-yard dash at the combine.

Murray is a projected second-round pick in 2011, and he can surely help teams like the Dolphins and Saints.