There are always a handful of interesting prospects that catch scouts eyes in rounds later than the first. This article will take a look at some prospects in rounds two, three and four. The players in these rounds tend to have a good overall quality to their game, but one or two intriguing features. These players are not as skilled all around as the players typically taken in the first round. This is not to say that there aren’t players taken in the first round who have just one or two skills that are “freakish.” This is not an article highlighting players that will be later round starters, but those who could contribute in their first year.
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech – Thomas has a great build for a quarterback (6’6”, 248 lbs). He also has a fantastic arm, but his red flag is how wildly inaccurate his arm is. Thomas also had a shaky career while at Virginia Tech. If a team isn’t in dire need for a quarterback to play day one Thomas will be an intriguing option. There will be quarterback coaches around the league banging the table for their general manager to take Thomas for them to mold. Don’t be surprised to see Thomas go as high as the second round.
Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin – If you’re favorite team is looking for a refined route runner with very good hands, look no further than Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin. Once a walk on at Wisconsin, Abbrederis worked his way up to becoming Wisconsin’s number one receiver. One of the top corners in this draft, Bradley Roby, was carved up by Abbrederis’ route running ability to the tune of 200 plus yards and a touchdown. Jared Abbrederis reminds me of Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline. Hartline is one of the best number two receivers in the game, and Abbrederis could fill a similar role in a few years.
Billy Turner, OT, NDSU – NDSU is division one FCS so Turner didn’t face much elite talent, but he has a natural flow in the trenches. He needs to play a little more explosive and lower his pad height. Turner is pretty light on his feet for a 6’5”, 315 pound tackle. He is probably best suited on the right side, but could play left if a team feels he is ready. He’s a rare FCS player who could step in and contribute in his rookie season.
Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville – Smith is flying under-the-radar, but will make some team very happy. His rushing abilities will allow him to function in a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme. Smith has an explosive first step, and a great mix of body control and agility to match it. The downside to his playing style is that he will need to improve his strength to improve his run stopping ability.
Keith McGill, CB, Utah – McGill may be destined for Seattle at 6’3”, 211 pounds. His size may even allow him to make a switch to free safety. He has rare size mixed with good ability, but he isn’t eye catching in his overall athleticism. McGill will be a solid matchup against bigger receivers, but may have problems with speedier receivers if he can’t get a hand on them at the line. Former 6’3” corner from Utah Sean Smith had some success in the NFL, so that will help McGill’s cause.