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Draft Panel: Biggest Prospect Sleepers in 2017

Posted Mar 17, 2017

A collection of NFL Draft experts weigh in on who they think are undervalued prospects who could surprise people.


Everybody loves a sleeper. And in the spirit of March Madness, it's only fitting that we provide a few prospects who may fit that billing in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Our final installment of the "Draft Panel" features expert predictions for which players are currently being undervalued. We'd like to share a special thanks to all four of the national analysts who provided their insight throughout this series.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

“Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen, who’s 6-foot-6, 270 pounds. He can run, and he makes all kinds of plays. I'll give you another name who's a bit less of a sleeper. If we stay at that position, Alabama’s O.J. Howard is a great player, but David Njoku from Miami has got a higher ceiling."

Matt Bowen, ESPN: Desmond King, CB, Iowa

“I’m going to say Desmond King, a cornerback from Iowa. He was a ‘Thorpe Award’ winner as a junior and came back to get his degree. He’s tough, physical and he tackles. He can also play some at safety. He’s one of those guys who doesn’t have amazing top-end speed but he can win with technique and play press coverage. He’s got ball skills. He can also play some against the slot or at dime linebacker. He has versatility, plus kick-returning skills.”

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Matt Dayes, RB, N.C. State

“Matt Dayes, a running back from N.C. State. I’ve watched him play a lot of football. He is a complete back. He can line up in the slot. He’s a great pass-catcher. He’s probably the best pass-protector in this class. I think he’s a guy who people are talking about in the third round.”

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

“Adam Shaheen, the Ashland tight end. He’s a guy who I first saw in December, and I just got blown away. He’s dominating the Division II tape. He’s blowing by guys down the field. He’s fluid. He can block in-line. He’s a rare redshirt junior to come out early of the Division II ranks. The big question is can that translate to the NFL?”


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