Will there be a Tom Brady in this year's NFL draft?
Probably not. But some future stars will certainly be picked in the later rounds of the draft, making the teams that pick them look brilliant.
Quinton Patton, WR Louisiana
Quinton Patton is the kind of player whose talent can translate to success at the next level. The 6'2" receiver has the height and speed that many successful NFL receivers have.
His speed gives him the ability to beat cornerbacks on vertical routes. He also has the quickness needed to shake coverage on all parts of the field.
He could be a steal if he goes in the third round, as projected. He has all the tools to become a very good NFL receiver.
Jordan Poyer, CB Oregon State
There are many teams that could use a good cornerback in their secondary, and Jordan Poyer could be that guy for one of them.
Currently projected as a third-round pick, Poyer has a nice set of skills that will allow him to be effective at the next level.
He has the speed and quickness needed to cover receivers on the outside. One of his biggest assets is his playmaking ability. Poyer's interception total increased from four in 2011 to seven in 2012.
He needs some polishing, but with good coaching, Poyer could have a good NFL career.
Vance McDonald, TE Rice
In 2010, the New England Patriots drafted Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round. Sometimes tight ends drafted around that point will succeed in the NFL.
Vance McDonald has the potential to be one of them.
His 6'4" body and 82" wingspan make him a big target for quarterbacks. He has the skills to break away from linebackers and safeties. His downside is his blocking, but there is always a place for a tight end who can be a good receiver.
If a team can jump on McDonald in the late-third or early-fourth round, it would be wise to do so.
Jordan Hill, DT Penn State
Jordan Hill is worth a watch for any team looking to snag a solid defensive tackle in the later rounds.
The two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week showed a lot of potential last season with Penn State. Hill showed the toughness to play through tough injuries and the talent to play well while hurt.
Some scouts believe he needs to put on a little weight, which he is trying to do right now. He should be a good player in the NFL and a very nice pick if he were to go in the first round.
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