Alex’s Sleeper List

Quarterbacks

1. Brad Kaya, Miami U

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Combine rating: 5.62
Good pocket passer who ran a pro style offense. Quick release thrower and progresses plays quickly.  Tends to fold under a collapsing pocket, needs improvement with awareness & footwork.

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2. Davis Webb from California

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Combine rating: 5.3
Pocket passer, strong arm but has accuracy issues.  Intelligent QB who ran 2 types of offensive schemes at Cal & Texas Tech. Needs to work on decision making and placement on intermediate throws.
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3. Jerod Evans from Virginia Tech

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 Dual threat QB that has a Cam Newton playing style.  He’s a good decision maker, has a strong arm and throws a good deep ball.  He will need to develop better pocket passing skills to earn a starting gig.
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4. Chad Kelly from Ole Miss

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One of the most talented arms in the class.  Can make all the throws and deliver with a perfect spiral.  He did not attend the combine due to some off the field issues.  Bottom line is Chad has all the skills to be a good NFL QB as long as he can study hard and stay out of trouble.
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Running Backs

1. Kareem Hunt  from Toledo

Combine rating: 5.5
 Balanced runner with fluid hips. Can turn a simple dive and take it to the house.  Explosive run style with precise jump cut ability. Effective pass catcher and playmaker in space.
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2. James Conner from Pittsburgh

Combine rating: 5.4
Strongest and largest running back in class. This 250 lbs. bruiser is an absolute bulldozer in the red zone.  Hard to bring down in the open field and useful in passing game.
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3. Marlon Mack from S. Florida

Combine rating: 5.54
Home run hitter that can straight out fly in the open field.  Not polished for interior run schemes but has good hands for pass game.  NFL Scat back with boom or bust characteristics.
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4. Jeremy Nichols from Boise State

Combine rating: 5.61
 Tough runner, good between the tackles and finisher in the red zone. Keeps a low center of balance and sheds tackles easily.
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Wide Receivers

1. Carlos Henderson from Louisiana Tech

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Combine rating: 5.52
Slot receiver with exceptional 4.4 speed.  Immediate special team returner and screen game specialist. Run after catch is terrific. 
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2. Josh Malone from Tennessee

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Combine rating: 5.25
Red Zone threat and possession style receiver.  He does have 4.4 speed and can find his way into a NFL slot receiver role.
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3. Taywan Taylor from Western Kentucky

Combine rating: 5.56
Playmaker, NFL slot receiver. Play style is similar to Stefon Diggs
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4. Josh Reynolds from Texas A&M

Combine rating: 5.69
Long WR at 6’4″ with very good hands and ridiculous catch radius.  Vertical threat with a 37″ jump at the combine.
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Tight Ends

1. Cole Hikutini from Louisville

Combine rating: 5.3
Good blocker, precise route runner and deep threat. Average speed but solid hands.
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2. Adam Shaheen from Ashland Univ.

Combine rating: 5.75
Power Tight end, good blocker and at 6’6″ he creates mismatches in the red zone. Quick but not fast, almost 280 lbs.
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3. Jonnu Smith from FIU

Combine rating:5.46
Jonnu had an impressive combine and ran a shocking 4.6 forty time.  He can be dangerous threat up the seam or in the red zone.  He shows explosive burst and elusiveness after the catch.  Needs to work on catching with his hands rather than body.
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4. Michael Roberts from Toledo

Combine rating: 5.45
Tall TE, red zone threat, good hands (11-1/2″), quality blocker in run game but needs improvement in pass blocking.
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Offensive Line

1. Pat Elfein from Ohio State

Combine rating: 5.85
NFL ready center, leader in locker room, strong power blocker and fast enough to pull block.  Immediate starter at next level.
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2. Forest Lamp from Western Kentucky

Combine rating: 6.17
 2nd strongest lineman in class with 34 reps on 225 lbs. bench press.  He played left tackle but has short arms and choppy feet. Many see more upside with moving to guard
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3. Dion Dawkins from Temple

Combine rating: 5.8
Quality blocker with the ability to play guard and tackle.
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4. JJ Deilmann from Utah

Versatile interior & outside linemen.  Has experience at center guard and tackle. Plug and play player from day one.

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Defensive Line

1.  Montravius Adams

Combine rating:5.61
Bull rushing defensive tackle. Run stopper in gaps and extremely disruptive off the snap.
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2. Jordan Willis from Kansas State

Combine rating: 5.66
Jordan had an exceptional combine, showing speed, power and agility.  The most shocking to scouts was his 4.5 forty time and 39″ vertical jump.  He has all the tools to set the edge in a 3-4 scheme or as a defensive end in 4-3.  Athletic enough to cover in flat area.
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3. Josh Carraway from TCU

Combine rating: 5.37
Edge pass rusher with a long body, strong hands and relentless motor.  Little light at 247 lbs. so he will have to bulk up without losing speed.  If he can improve his hand technique and finishing moves, he can be a dominate edge rusher.
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4. Ejuan Price from Pittsburgh

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Speed edge rusher with quick burst and terrific get up, off line of scrimmage.  Not typical NFL frame but athleticism and non stop motor over comes all odds.
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Linebackers

1. Anthony Walker Jr,  Northwestern

Combine rating: 5.53
 OLB / ILB  quick linebacker that can play sideline to sideline.  Great run defender and plays man or zone coverage.  Scouts are impressed by his coverages skills on Tight ends and running backs out in the flat.  He has had comparisons to Kiko Alonso & Lavante David.
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2. Jalen Reeves Maybin

Linebacker/Safety hybrid playing style, tackle machine. Had shoulder surgery in 2016 but was cleared medically.  Speedy backer will quality coverage skills, not much of a factor in blitz scheme.

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3.  Derek Rivers  from YSU

Combine rating: 5.48

Edge / OLB  Physical aggressive pass rush that seals the edge in run game as well.  Over pursues at time but uses athleticism to recover quickly.  Speed and power combo will help him excel at NFL level.

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4. Alex Anzalone from Florida

OLB/ILB   Quality run defender, plays zone coverage.  Needs to work on conditioning and take care of his body.  Had some injury issues thru career.

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Defensive Backs

1.  Fabian Moreau from UCLA

Combine rating: 5.62
 Tall corner with exceptional press coverage & quality ball skills.  Ran a 4.3 forty time so NFL coaches know he has what it takes to play outside.  With some polish he can be a lockdown corner.
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2.  Orion Stewart  Oregon

Free Safety or Strong Safety : Ball hawk, fearless in run pursuit but better in zone schemes. 

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3.  Tedrick Thompson from Colorado

Combine rating: 5.57

Hard hitting  free safety with good ball skills. Tracks the ball well while in pursuit and had an impressive 7 interceptions season his final year.  He will be undersized vs. bigger WR or TE so better as a center fielder for zone coverage.
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4.  Channing Stribling

Combine: 5.34

CB:  Do it all style corner back: plays press, man to man and zone coverage.  Future Nickel corner with upside to play outside on the boundry verse larger receivers.  

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