On April 29th, the next wave of National Football League superstars will hear their name called on night one of the NFL Draft. We all know the kind of players who are taken in night one. We have our Patrick Mahomes, Chase Young, and Justin Jeffersons of the world flying off the board with teams eager to trade around and find the best player available.
But there are also the fun, under-the-radar players who don’t get all the credit they deserve heading into the draft weekend that are a ton of fun to watch. These players may not be household names in college or may have some serious doubts from different scouts, but many players of their caliber end up blossoming into superstars as well. In this article, let’s breakdown a couple of players who may be able to hear their names called later in the draft but will still make a huge difference in the league.
Under the Radar Draft Picks
Cornell Powell – Clemson – Wide Receiver
He went to Clemson, how under the radar can he really be? Well, this is a guy who was buried in the depth chart for the Tigers but finally saw the field in his final season. He put up 882 yards and seven touchdowns while reeling in 52 catches. He is really quick off the line and a very smooth route runner and maybe the most attractive part of his game is that he is coming in with a bundle of knowledge from Clemson coaching. He has been compared to James Jones and will probably be a day-three or late day-two pick that could end up being a massive steal for a team.
Jabril Cox – LSU – Linebacker
Let’s be honest, LSU is Linebacker U. They have produced some insane talent in the last few years at the position, including guys like Devin White, Deion Jones, Patrick Queen, and Kevin Minter. Those are a lot of top linebackers in the NFL from one single college which is a telling sign of how good they are coached up there for the Tigers.
Jabril Cox is a guy who should go in round two or three, but might end up being a first-round talent when we look back a few years from now. NFL gives him a comparison to Tahir Whitehead and thinks he is a mid-round pick. Cox had 37 solo tackles, three interceptions, and a touchdown. There is something about a wide receiver who can haul it in that is special.
Jamie Newman – Georgia/Wake Forest – Quarterback
Here is a seventh-round flyer who I am all in on. Jamie Newman played three years at Wake Forest and was largely hurt for most of that, but when he was on the field he was certainly good, putting up 2,868 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2019. He also added 574 yards on the ground with six touchdowns.
Newman is 6’4 and extremely athletic. He opted out of the 2020 season after transferring to Georgia so he is not on the top of many scouts’ minds but he could develop into a really nice backup in the league.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com