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NFL Draft 2018: Here are three sleeper prospects that could be recruited in the first round

We are approaching the pinnacle of fake draft madness.

The NFL teams are busy meeting with prospects and dissecting this draft, position by position and setting up their boards. We are still two weeks away from commissioner Roger Goodell calling someone and we are calm before the storm. Not much is really happening, but the frenzy does not end and while the real information about which teams are sold and which players have not yet crystallized, the demand for daily teasing continues.

Football people are still largely calm and do not want to tilt their hands too much in one way or another. And there is always, each year, a small handful of players who receive almost no love or attention during the simulated draft cycle, who end up hearing their name well before anyone projects. There are always some players who were qualified in the media as third or fourth round players that end in Day 1, while other players fall.

It is inevitable and part of the process. They could be defensive backs of "late promotion" like Deone Bucannon and Byron Jones in recent years, or a pass rusher like Bruce Irvin become coveted by several teams in the final part of the first round after hearing for months that he was going to a round or two later Sometimes players have character risks or failures that lead them to be ignored by the mock mafia, and sometimes these are players who frankly were not rated enough by young and inexperienced explorers, but whose tape jumps to A more gray-haired position coaches and coordinators once they become more deeply involved in the evaluation process.

Whatever the reasons, it is an almost annual phenomenon and there are some names that several of the evaluators that I know best and in whom I trust the most, and that have guided me directly in past years in this respect – I mentioned more at once as possibly fitting this description this time. As these explorers begin to digest consensus in the world of mockery, they wonder why these players are not mentioned more often and realize that by the time the draft really starts these guys have come out more than the Most projects. [19659002] Here are three players that have appeared in my research draft so far:

Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas

I spoke with several evaluators who said they believe he is one of the 3-4 best offensive linemen in all this draft and those who believe that it is a plug-and-play impact holder from the first day at the center. He is not mentioned almost as much as James Daniels of Iowa, a great football player who I think will go in the first round, or the injured Billy State center of Ohio State, but several people I trust emphatically believed that this is the best center in a good crop of interior offensive linemen. "The best center in the draft for me," an explorer told me. "Maybe it's the ankle injury or something [explaining the lack of hype] but this child reminds me of Travis Frederick [Cowboys’ stud center who was a ‘surprise’ first-round pick himself in 2013]." It seems to me that the soccer guys are very happy not to see his name appear in many teasing. He has a great combination of size and power, strong leadership qualities and also offers experience as a guard. With teams like Seattle, Carolina, New England (if the Pats do not change for a quarterback) and Minnesota possibly investing first-round picks in their line and Ragnow has not allowed a sack in his college career playing in the SEC, I have the feeling that he left in the first round.

Josh Sweat, DE, State of Florida

Let's all start by agreeing with the premise that it is almost impossible to pass the runners. The quality guys almost never get to free agency at their best, getting to the quarterback is always a prize, and there are very few passers tested in this draft. There are projections with all of them, except perhaps for Bradley Chubb, who will have gone among the top six picks, and certain warts that teams will see differently. But the guys I talk to believe that Sweat has more than enough to attract someone and take him two weeks after Thursday. "You have the best first step in this project for me," said one evaluator who watched him closely. "I'd put Chubb in front of him and [Marcus] Davenport, but Sweat is the third best pass rusher in this draft, and he has all the numbers you're looking for, height, weight, speed, everything, those guys do not last long in the day of the draft. " The problem for Sweat is a doctor, mainly, with a knee that perhaps worries some teams. "Maybe he's depressed because people have him wrong because he had him playing all five techniques at Florida State with 250 pounds, but that's not how I write it, this kid will do it in space. external linebacker. "

Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Well, this is not exactly a sleeper. Everyone knows Brown for now and how he was considered the nation's best left tackle at the start of the season and probably even his disastrous combination. And it was a disaster. And it will cost you millions … I'm just not convinced that I'll meet you until the middle rounds, as many would suggest. The guy is massive, his father was an impact offensive lineman, and he played against some of the best competitors in college and dominated. Obviously, there are concerns, but in a draft without boarding, and where the one that is perceived as the best, Mike McGlinchey of Notre Dame, is more solid than spectacular and some teams believe that they may have to play on the right side, there is really Is there going to be 100 children taken before him? "He's the best left tackle in this draft and he's not even close," a scout told me. "Just look at the tape, go back to the tape, he can not get around, they can not go around him, yes, his 40 [yard dash] was horrible, but look at the first 10 yards, it's much better, the tackle is running more than 10 Yard? "If I were doing a drill today, I'd be tempted to put him in 32nd place for the Eagles (with Jason Peters near the end). Yes, it may never get stronger and you will not be able to survive only at the next level, and there is breakout potential, but it also measures 6 feet 7 feet and the first All American team plays a premium position on a draft with almost no short on the left tackle. I do not think his fall is as long as others seem to think it will be.

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