Conner: SEC playmakers dominate offensive sleeper picks for 2016 NFL Draft

Breaking Burgundy Film Analyst Paul Conner shares some of his sleepers on the offensive side of the ball.

Most NFL fans are familiar with the big names of the 2016 NFL Draft. In reality, good teams are built in the mid-to-late rounds. Just ask Scot McCloughan. After examining my top defensive sleepers in this year's class, here is a list of some of my favorite overlooked prospects or Day 2-3 targets.

QB Brandon Allen - Arkansas - 6'1" 217 lbs.

Brandon Allen looks like Russell Wilson after taxes. Allen consistently improved year by year in college and became a leader on the field. He has a stronger arm than you would expect given his size. He worked in a pro-style offense, working mostly from under center and executing a ton of play action plays. Allen has great pocket presence, using his quick feet to slide and maneuver to avoid the rush. He's able to reset and take advantage of throwing lanes. Allen also has sneaky athleticism to tuck the ball and run if he can't find any options. I do want to see him throw against more man coverages and his hand size could be a concern. 

RB Brandon Wilds - South Carolina - 6'0" 220 lbs.

Brandon Wilds is a load at 220 lbs. Wilds is the type of running back that would thrive in a power system. He is quick to get to his lane and make cuts off his blockers. He puts his head down and churns his feet to fall forward when it comes to absorbing contact. He showed decent hands, catching swing and screen passes out of the backfield. He ran a 4.54 at the combine. Matt Jones hasn't been the epitome of health and Washington may need a running back that can fill-in. He has the size to take on a workload but needs to take care of his body going forward also.

RB Tre Madden - USC - 6'0" 223 lbs.

Tre Madden has a long bloodline tied in professional football. Tre Madden, like Wilds, has that size the Scot McCloughan likes. McCloughan wants running backs that are going to keep pounding the defense and tire them out. Madden runs with power and an angry streak. He pops on film getting to the second level and showing just enough athleticism cutting outside to extend plays. Madden is another player who has been bit by the injury bug but looks legitimate when healthy.

WR Ricardo Louis - Auburn - 6'2" 215 lbs.

Ricardo Louis put up some eye-opening numbers at the combine. At 6'2" 215 lbs, Louis ran a 4.43 40 yard dash. In addition, he was a top performer in the bench press, the vertical jump, and the broad jump. That is four of the seven test drills. There is no doubt he is an athletic specimen. He has the speed to threaten at each level of the defense. He has shown some great routes and ability to make the tough catch but is below consistent in both categories. If he can hook up with the correct receivers coach and work on his concentration, he will have an opportunity to make noise on the outside and from the slot.

WR Marquez North - Tennessee - 6'2" 223 lbs.

Marquez North is my real wild card. Injuries cut his sophomore season short and robbed him of his junior year yet he still declared for the draft. After posting an impressive 4.48 40 yard dash (4.42 at pro day) and 20 yard short shuttle, I dug deeper on his numbers and realized he tested almost identically to Charone Peake. I looked at his early tape from Tennessee and was impressed. North has natural hands and snatches the ball out of the air. He's a physical receiver with good body control and the ability to run after the catch. North swears he is healthy now and has been trying to prove it all off-season. If that is true, North can spend more time refining his game so he doesn't rely on his athleticism as much because that rarely works at the NFL level.

Honorable mentions: Illinois WR Geronimo Allison, Florida WR DeMarcus Robinson, WR Jordan Payton, Southern Miss WR Mike Thomas, Florida RB Kelvin Taylor

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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