With NFL teams becoming more and more strapped to their draft picks each year, there has been an increase in second-day scouting. With teams finding it easier and easier to cut veteran players in an effort to save cap space, rookies are now forced to play a role earlier in their careers. With more and more resources being spent on uncovering these late-round guys, here is my top 10 list of guys you haven't heard of, but who could end up making a team and CONTRIBUTING to their team's success in the future.
10. Nate Robinson-DT, Akron (6'4, 320)
A massive presence inside, Robinson has an intriguing blend of size, power and agility. He is stout at the point of attack and is tough to knock off the ball. He shows good foot quickness and has the ability to get up field and into offenses' backfields, even at nearly 320 pounds. He has never really found his niche at the college level but has all the tools, and with some hard coaching could be an interesting developmental prospect.
9. Andy Studebaker- LB/DE, Wheaton (6'3, 251)
The D-III product has done just above everything to grab the attention of scouts this past season. He recorded 17.5 sacks in ‘07 and absolutely terrorized backfields week in and week out. He has a very good first step and burst off the line, shows some natural pass rushing skills and looks most comfortable standing up and rushing the passer. As a late-round 3-4 outside linebacker, Studebaker looks like a real nice fit.
8. Rudolph Hardie-DE, Howard (6'2, 270)
Hardie showcases a quick initial first step and has excellent closing speed. He plays with a consistent motor and makes a ton of his plays by outworking lineman and closing on the ball quickly. He plays a lot more physical than his body would indicate and shows good balance and body control when fighting through blocks, on the outside.
7. Shawn Murphy-OG, Utah State (6'4, 320)
A stout, squatty guard who is at his best coming off the line low and driving defenders off the ball in the run game, Murphy plays with a strong leg drive and mean streak. He doesn't have real long arms but has good upper body strength and power in his hands, a velcro player who is tough to disengage from. He displays decent lateral mobility for a man his size, and as an in-line run blocker in a power run offense, Murphy could be a late round steal.
6. Nehemiah Warrick- SS. Michigan State (6'1, 211)
The cousin of former NFL wide receiver Peter Warrick will enter the NFL with a lot less hype than his cousin, but could pan out as a much better pro. Warrick takes pleasure in delivering the big hit; he is a muscular intimidating safety at the second level and is at his best attacking and coming downhill. He has good overall athleticism but will need to find a home on the strong side in the NFL. He could be a year or two away, but worst case scenario, an NFL team will get a kamikaze on special teams.
5. Mackenzy Beradeau- OG, Bentley (6'4, 298)
Beradeau is a natural athlete inside who can dip and flip his hips to get outside. He shows good body control and coordination to reach linebackers in the second level and seal off running lanes. He was banged up this year and doesn't have much of a mean streak, but his athleticism and quickness out of his stance could make him a nice piece in a zone blocking scheme.
4. Corey Lynch- FS, Appalachian State (6'1, 204)
A ball-hawk in the secondary that reads and reacts very quickly to plays, Lynch has that sixth sense and is always around the ball and in the right place at the right time. He showcases good range in coverage and has very good awareness and ball skills. He finds the ball quickly and possesses natural hands. He made play after play this year for Appalachian State and is starting to garner some late-round interest.
3. Redd Vincent- OLB, Liberty (6'6, 263)
A monster of an outside linebacker, Redd shows a great first step and has good burst as a stand-up rush LB. He has good power and strength and plays with more bend and flexibility than you would think. He is always on the offensive, loves to attack and come down hill and was a real stud at the Texas vs. The Nation Bowl. Vincent is another guy who could be a very intriguing OLB for teams that play a 3-4 front.
2. Michael Eubanks-SS, Delta State (5'11, 212)
Eubanks is a super productive small school linebacker that recorded 90 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior. He is fundamentally sound, a strong wrap-up tackler that moves well through traffic and has a nose for the ball. He looks flexible and smooth in coverage and shows good burst in and out of breaks. He will need some time to learn his new position, but with his high football IQ, I don't think it will take him very long.
1. Darnell Terrell- CB, Missouri (6'2, 203)
An ultra-athletic size/speed corner who has very intriguing tools for the cornerback position, Terrell has long arms and good strength to bump in press coverage and turn and run with receivers down field. A long strider with good straight-line speed, he does a nice job going up at the highest point and breaking up the deep ball. He has natural hands and ball skills as a former WR and looks very smooth and natural in and out of his breaks. He could use a year or two of coaching but looks like a more fluid and athletic version of NFL corner Lenny Walls, not an All-Pro but a nice late-round find.
Wes Bunting has been mentored by some of the brightest minds in NFL scouting, names such as GMJR President and former Cleveland Browns scout Russ Lande, former Coordinator of the Year Marc Trestman, 31-year NFL and college football scout Joe Butler and Sports Xchange President and longtime NFL scout Frank Cooney.
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