(This is a continuation of a look at sleepers in Rounds 2 and 3. Rounds 5, 6 and 7 will be covered in the coming days.)
The fourth round will be the beginning of the end for the 2011 NFL draft. It’s an awkward period. Great players are still available, yet they generally have some concern that’s scared away teams in previous rounds.
Asante Samuel was an excellent example of this in the 2003 draft. Picked by a grateful New England Patriots team in need of depth at cornerback, the knock on Samuel was his naturally aggressive style.
This is a trait that has endured to this day, and though it’s cost him (and his team) in certain situations, he has by and large become a dominant corner nonetheless.
So once again, this round of the draft will be scouring the remaining prospects who could make a difference despite some supposed defect.