2011 NFL Draft Results in Possible Late Round NFL Stars
They say that that Super Bowl teams are built in the later rounds of the draft. After a lot of the "can't-miss" talent and best overall athletes are drafted in the first two days of the draft, teams rely heavily on their scouts and top talent evaluators to find the next possible studs in the draft.
There are always a few prospects that slip through the cracks turn into late-round steals. Here are the guys that may surprise us:
Greg McElroy, QB, New York Jets (Seventh Round No. 208)
After leading the Alabama Crimson Tide to the national championship in 2009 and showing great accuracy during his two years as starter, McElroy is still not getting any love. There are questions about his height 6'2" and athleticism. But the intangibles are all there from a strong work ethic, leaderships skills, a will to win and a great intelligence he's a guy that's been extremely underrated.
Greg Jones, OLB, New York Giants (Sixth Round No. 185)
Jones was one of the premier tacklers out of the Big Ten while playing for Michigan State. But teams worry about his smallish size 5'11", lack of athleticism and inability to matchup against the bigger bodies in the NFL. However, he's got the heart of a lion and a non-stop motor that never gives up on plays.
Charles Clay, FB/TE, Miami Dolphins (Sixth Round No. 174)
This 6'3", 245 lbs. beast can do it all. For Tulsa he's played fullback, tailback, tight end and wide receiver. As a runner, he's very physical, uses his size well and runs with reckless abandon. As a pass-catcher, he exhibits soft hands, great speed and acceleration. Can you say, Peyton Hillis?
Chris Carter, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Fifth Round No. 162)
Despite playing defensive end at Fresno State his future in the NFL is as a standup pass-rusher in the Steelers' 3-4 scheme. With Pro Bowlers LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison already there to learn from, he's a guy that can take his time learning and could eventually develop into a stud.
Malcolm Williams, CB, New England Patriots (Seventh Round No. 219)
The TCU Horned Frogs have increasingly been producing more and more NFL quality talent of late. This year, five players from their undefeated 13-0 squad were drafted. Among them is the versatile and athletic Williams. Williams played both safety and corner in college and could even make an immediate contribution in special teams. Although he's far from being an NFL starter, he's still a guy that caught the eye of Bill Belichick, so that says a lot.