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4 NFL Draft Prospects Who Are Flying Under the Radar

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIMarch 5, 2013

4 NFL Draft Prospects Who Are Flying Under the Radar

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    We're all familiar with the high-profile, top-rated players in this year's NFL Draft class. However, the majority of NFL teams are composed of players that weren't selected in the first round and weren't stars coming into the NFL. 

    And there are too many examples of players that were selected late in the draft that turned out to be great players.

    Instead, here are four players that are currently flying under the radar but could wind up being great picks down the road. 

4. Da'Rick Rogers; WR, Tennessee Tech

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    Da'Rick Rogers dealt with off-the-field problems earlier in his career, but he's been incident free for some time now. Rogers has good size at 6'2" and about 220 pounds. He was in the top five in numerous categories at the NFL Combine, but teams may still be hesitant to draft him due to his perceived character issues. 

    Rogers is still flying under the radar at the moment, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a team reach and pick him in the second round come April. He's got great potential to be a really good player at the next level, as long as he stays out of trouble.  

3. Jonathan Franklin; RB, UCLA

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    I've always been high on Jonathan Franklin and felt that he hasn't gotten the respect he deserves from NFL scouts.

    Franklin has excellent speed and quickness, and he is capable of catching the ball out of the backfield as well, showing the ability to turn up field and gain positive yardage. 

    He may not be ready yet to be an every down back, but used in the right situations, he could quickly make a big splash. He'll most likely go in the third round but has just as much talent as virtually any running back in this draft class. 

2. Aaron Mellette; WR, Elon University

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    Aaron Mellette was an absolute monster at Elon, putting up gigantic numbers.

    Mellette is 6'3" and nearly 220 pounds, so he's certainly got the size. He also runs a 4.5 in the 40, so he's got the speed as well. In what I've seen from him, he makes tough catches look easy and isn't afraid to take a big hit to make a reception. 

    Mellette will probably get selected somewhere in the later rounds, but I really like the way he plays. He may be a name to remember four or five years down the road when looking back at this draft class. 

1. Kyle Juszczyk; RB/FB, Harvard

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    Kyle Juszczyk was an Ivy League standout at Harvard, but he's not gotten much press heading into the NFL Draft. Juszczyk is a hybrid player capable of playing TE, FB, or H-Back in the NFL. He's got good size at 6'2" and 250 pounds and has good hands and speed to boot.

    Juszczyz isn't going to be a high pick in the draft, but his versatility is a rarity and could come in very handy for a lot of NFL teams, which adds to his appeal.

    Look for him to come off the board somewhere around the fourth or fifth rounds. 

     

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