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36 of My Favorite Sleeper Prospects probably not on your Top 50 list.

A lot of the focus on the draft is put on day 1 and day 2 prospects. Arguably the drafts are won on what you do on day 3. I thought I'd try something a little bit different. I have a list of 50 players who are my favorite values based on:

The conditions: I'm drafting with the Jets present system, players, and needs in mind.

The current round they are projected to.

Score Key:

A: I think they are severely underrated for one reason or another.

B: I think they are underrated by at least one round

C: Agree 100% with their grade. Value pick.

For those interested, I am not including anyone that is listed on Dobermites recent post, or Drafttek's Top 100. I will also do my best to link any previous post regarding a certain player here on GGN as I see no reason to really duplicate the efforts. Hat tip to all contributors and I hope you don't mind me referencing your posts.

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/4/28/5660092/dobermites-top-100-big-board

http://www.drafttek.com/Top-100-NFL-Draft-Prospects-2014.asp

Position

Name

College

Class

CBS Grade

Value Grade

GGN Scouting Report

QB

Keith Wenning

Ball State

Sr

6-7

B+

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2013/12/27/5248168/scouting-the-draft-keith-wenning-qb-ball-state

QB

Brett Smith

Wyoming

Jr

7-FA

B

1

HB

Devonta Freeman

Florida St

Jr

3-4

C+

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/3/10/5490376/scouting-the-draft-youre-de-von-ta-t-i-want-devonta-freeman-rb

HB

Jerick McKinnon

Georgia Southern

Sr

4-5

C+

2

HB

DeAnthony Thomas

Oregon

Jr

6

B+

3

HB

Tim Flanders

Sam Houston St

rSr

UDFA

B

4

HB

John Hubert

Kansas St

rSr

UDFA

C+

5

HB

Darrin Reaves

UAB

Jr

UDFA

B-

6

HB/WR

Dri Archer

Kent State

Sr

3-4

C+

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/1/17/5319944/scouting-the-draft-dri-archer-rb-kent-state

WR

Jared Abbrederis

Wisconsin

rSr

3

B

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/1/24/5341978/scouting-the-draft-jared-abbrederis-wr-wisconsin

WR

TJ Jones

Notre Dame

Sr

5

A-

7

WR

Jeff Janis

Saginaw Valley

Sr

5-6

B-

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/1/29/5357234/ny-jets-jeff-janis-small-school-gem

WR

Brandon Coleman

Rutgers

rJr

5-6

B-

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/4/7/5589804/scouting-the-draft-brandon-coleman-wr-rutgers

WR

Matt Hazel

Coastal Carolina

Sr

7-UDFA

C+

8

WR

Jeremy Butler

UT Martin

Sr

UDFA

B+

9

H-back/FB

Trey Millard

Oklahoma

Sr

UDFA

B+

10

TE/Hback

Anthony Denham

Utah

rSr

UDFA

C+

11

TE

Arthur Lynch

Georgia

rSr

4

C+

12

TE

Jake Murphy

Utah

Jr

5

B-

13

OT

Billy Turner

North Dakota St

Sr

2-3

C+

14

G/RT

Andrew Norwell

Ohio St

Sr

7-UDFA

B-

15

OG

Brandon Thomas

Clemson

rSr

6-7

B

16

C

Weston Richburg

Colorado St

rSr

2

B+

17

C

Marcus Martin

USC

Jr

2-3

C+

18

NT

Zach Kerr

Delaware

rSr

7-UDFA

A

19

OLB

Kyle Van Noy

BYU

rSr

2

C+

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/3/7/5471332/scouting-the-draft-kyle-van-noy-olb-byu

OLB

Christian Kirksey

Iowa

Sr

4

B-

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/2/13/5409354/scouting-the-draft-christian-kirksey-olb-iowa

OLB

Michael Sam

Missouri

rSr

7-UDFA

A+

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/2/10/5398678/scouting-the-draft-michael-sam-de-missouri

OLB

Tyler Starr

South Dakota

Sr

7-UDFA

A

20

OLB/MLB

Jordan Tripp

Montana

rSr

3

C+

21

OLB/MLB

Christian Jones

Florida St

Sr

4

B-

22

MLB

Chris Borland

Wisconsin

rSr

2-3

B-

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/2/3/5373736/scouting-the-draft-chris-borland-ilb-wisconsin

MLB

Avery Williamson

Kentucky

Sr

6

B+

23

CB

Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Nebraska

Sr

2-3

C+

http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/3/23/5539476/scouting-the-draft-stanley-jean-baptiste-cb-nebraska

CB

Jaylen Watkins

Florida

Sr

3

B-

24

P

Tom Hornsey

Memphis

Sr

6

B-

25

1. Brett Smith. A project QB who needs some work and time to develop. His fundamentals need a lot of work. Footwork is sloppy. Throwing motion isn't fluid. However he was team captain for two years and shows leadership traits. Shows excellent mobility and the ability to read blitzes. Seems like a good #3 QB with more upside than Simms.

2. Jerick McKinnon. Converted college QB. Workout warrior. Playmaker who could be used immediately in the wildcat. Would have to learn new position. Will likely be a surprise 3rd or 4th rounder but would be interested as a potential offensive playmaker.

3. DeAnthony Thomas. I like Dee Archer as do many on this site. However, DeAnthony Thomas could represent good value a couple of rounds later. Explosive. Agile. Excellent in Space. Adequate hands.

4. Tim Flanders. Highly productive at Sam Houston. Compact runner with a lot of miles on him. His cuts have even reminded some of Barry Sanders. Flanders will never be Sanders and may never be consistent enough be a regular in the NFL, but has enough upside to be considered in day 3.

5. John Hubert. Doesn't run with great power but seems to be very decisive on his feet. Solid agility too. Solid late round back.

6. Darrin Reaves. Junior who seems to have solid agility. Is able to run between the tackles and also has solid hands and could be a reliable check down option.

7. TJ Jones. I think he does a lot well. His biggest knock is that he is a small target. I'm not sure if he could be anything more than a #3 wide receiver.

8. Matt Hazel. Capable route runner from Coastal Carolina. Smart player who may need to be a little bit more aggressive to be successful in the NFL.

9. Jeremy Butler. Solid hands and crisp routes but again not a lot of footage available.

10. Trey Millard. Another FB! Millard was amongst the top FB's and H-backs available until he tore his ACL in October. Could be a really great value pick late and place him on injured reserve. Before the injury he was a good runner and had reliable hands.

11. Anthony Denham. Great Athlete for the size but RAW. Doesn't run great routes, doesn't block well. May even lack motivation. He could be a good project with the right motivator.

12. Arthur Lynch. Another solid, not spectacular in-line tight end. Good blocker, decent hands. Limited upside but should be able to immediately contribute as a #2 TE.

13. Jake Murphy. I see potential in Jake. He doesn't have the acceleration most do but he has the frame and toughness for the position. I say toughness because he plays through a lot of injuries, but I couldn't tell if he was playing hurt this year or if he just didn't have the fight for the ball and blocks that I felt he should have. Regardless, I see potential as a backup TE who in 2-3 years could conceivably start.

14. Billy Tucker. Tremendously productive LT at ND State. Has size athleticism and strong hands. Would likely make a solid guard or RT at the nfl level. He needs to fill out a little bit and work on his technique.

15. Andrew Norwell. A little bit raw and very limited in mobility but could project well as a guard that doesn't have to pull. Stays square but needs to improve a little bit on footwork and hands.

16. Brandon Thomas. I thought I saw a write up on GGN but couldn't seem to find it. I thought he was one of the more polished linemen in the draft until he tore his ACL. I'd really be willing to take a flyer on him in the 5th and let him sit on IR while learning our offense and playbook.

17. Weston Richburg. One of my favorite prospects in this draft. I feel he is one of the better center prospects to come out in some time. He is ready now to play at either center or left guard. The only knock I can see is strength. How he will do with someone like Ngata? Then again, who doesn't have problems with him?

18. Marcus Martin. Perhaps a little more versatile than Richburg and has more strength, but has shorter arms and I don't think he possesses the leadership traits that Weston has. Now you may be wondering why a center? I wouldn't be surprised to see Mangold cut in the next season or two, particularly if he doesn't improve his play. I am also not convinced with Dalton Freeman.

19. Zach Kerr. Man, if there was ever a Snacks 2.0 this guy may be as close as there is. I actually thought this was a really great write up. http://www.boltsfromtheblue.com/2014-nfl-draft-scouting-reports/2014/4/7/5585206/zach-kerr

20. Tyler Starr. 2nd all time score on the 3 cone drill. Displays some hard hitting. Can set the edge, drop into zone coverage and contribute on special teams. Will need a great deal of coaching to improve his technique and awareness to go along with his instincts.

21. Jordan Tripp. Solid small school contributor who will need some coaching to before starting. Could be immediately used on special team as a long snapper or in protection. Displays good intelligence and awareness. Plays with some physicality but tends to wrap up tackles and not be a torpedo.

22. Christian Jones. I just need to say potential. Something you look for in the late day 2 early day 3 time. Very fluid and could be used much like Demario Davis - except Jones may actually be able to cover and not just run with people. Still raw and his measurable suggest he could also be used in Rex's blitz packages. Former 5 star recruit.

23. Avery Williamson. I see a solid, not great ILB in Avery. He shows sound tackling ability and adept in coverage. Will never be a superstar but could be very effective with our stout DLine.

24. Jaylen Watkins. Sammy Watkins brother. Former 4 star recruit that not too many are talking about. Played safety and corner and has very smooth hips. Adequate in run support and won't shy away like Cromartie has. I'm not sure where he belongs to start but I think he represents solid upside in a position Rex covets.

25. Tom Hornsey. With so many draft choices, why not take a chance on a punter who can get away a 70+ yard punt. The question for Tom is if he can consistent doing so. No questioning his leg strength.


Anothers just missing the list but are guys I have interest in:

QB Dustin Vaughan West Texas A&M Sr
HB Charles Sims West Virginia rSr
HB Storm Johnson UCF rJr
HB Fabian Truss Samford Sr
HB Branden Oliver Buffalo rSr
WR Cody Hoffman BYU Sr
WR Mike Williams Cal PA rSr
WR Michael Campanaro Wake Forrest rSr
TE Troy Niklas Notre Dame rJr
S Deone Bucannon Washington St Sr
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