It's easy to identify those first round gems. There is never any doubt about the Peyton Mannings or the John Elways of the draft. The harder part is finding the Terrell Davis's and the Tom Bradys. Seeing the potential in a player that other's dont see or valuing a player others have written off for some other reason...thats truly where the magic happens. Soo...without further ado...here's my list of Top Ten Sleeper Picks I hope the Broncos take a long, hard look at....
10. Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado
Clemons is 6'2" and 210lbs. He put up a very nice 4.36 40 at the CU Pro Day in March. He had a 10'8" broad and a 36" vertical. He transferred from Michigan after having a poor sophomore season. He had a descent senior season at Colorado (680yrds and 8 TDs) for an offense which was anything but powerhouse. His 20 yard shuttle was 4.33 and his 3-cone was 6.93 . By comparison, Justin Blackmon is essentially the same size (6'1" and 207) and his 20yrd shuttle was 4.38 and his 3cone was 7.13. Am I saying that Clemons is better than Blackmon? Of course not...but is it worth late round consideration? Absolutely.
9. Justin Bethel, CB/FS, Presbyterian
Bethel is 6', 200lbs. He had a 4.58 40 at the combine, benching 225lbs 19 times. 20yrd shuttle of 4.30 and a 3cone of 6.79. A fantastic vertical of 39.5. He could play either Corner or Free Safety. He blocked 9 kicks and 199 solo tackles in 4 seasons for the Blue Hose.
8. Derek Carrier, WR/TE, Beloit College
Carrier is 6'4" and 235lbs. He ran the 40 in 4.5s. He had a 6.65 in the 3-cone drill and a 4.08 in the short shuttle - all very good times for a player his size. He was a three-sport athlete: track, basketball, and football. His 4yr stats for this Division 3 school were: 189 Receptions, 3111 yards and 29 TDs.
7. DaJohn Harris, DT, USC
Its tough to call anyone from USC a sleeper...but Harris is still going to be on the board in the later rounds. This is due to some heart concerns which are turning out to be nothing. His lack of production at USC early on was attributed to fatigue caused by sleep apnea. Now that those issues have been addressed, the future looks very bright for Harris. Harris is 6'3" and 306lbs. He ran the 40 at his pro day in 4.97s and benched 225 28 times. His arms are 33". There is no question that Harris has the size and talent...the only question is the drive. He's the kind of player worth a late round selection.
6. Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
I've talked about Compton in my Mock v4. He's a mountain (6'5" and 314lbs) but had a respectable 5.11 40 and average bench press (225 20times at the Combine and 23 times at his pro day) which isnt bad considering he has 34" arms (something I love in OTs). I was impressed with his Change of Direction (20yrd shuttle of 4.60 and 3cone of 7.59) considering his size. He's going to available late in the draft...and he could certainly add some depth to OG/OT. The Coyotes havent had a guy drafted since the NFL went to a 7round draft. Compton will be the first.
5. Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
Norman is a small school stand out who was wowing people at the East-West ShrineGame. At Coastal Carolina he had 13 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 4 blocked kicks. He's a ball hawk with great acceleration and leaping ability. He's 6' and 203 lbs running the 40 in 4.66 and 4.23 in the 20yrd shuttle.
4. Noah Keller, ILB, Ohio
Keller is 6'1" and 242lbs. He ran a 4.56 40 at his pro day and benched 225 28 times. He had a 37" vertical and 10'broad with a 4.44 20yrd shuttle. All impressive numbers for guy not on many people's radar. He had 104 tackles in 2011 for Ohio and was their 3 time defensive team captain (had 414 tackles in his 4 years at Ohio).
3. Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado
Miller is another mountain of a man. He's 6'7" and 321lbs. He ran the 40 in a very respectable 5.27s. More impressively he benched 225lbs 32 times..which is pretty amazing since he has 33 1/8 inch arms. Miller will add depth to any team who drafts him and has the dedication to work himself into a starting role.
2. Alex Hoffman-Ellis, OLB, Washington State
Hoffman-Ellis is an animal. He's 6'1" and 232lbs. He ran the 40 in 4.54 and be benched 225 an amazing 36 times. He had 88 tackles in 2011 against a very talented Pac12. He has great acceleration and great tenacity. Frankly, he's a wild man on the field. He's going to be a steal in the later rounds.
1. Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota State
Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota State
Moss is 6'3" and 213lbs. He ran a 4.38 40 at his pro day. He also posted a 41.5 inch vertical and a 10-10 broad jump, demonstrating exciting explosiveness. Perhaps most impressive was the burst and change of direction ability Moss showed during shuttle drills. Rarely are taller athletes capable of pivoting as fluidly as shorter athletes, but that is precisely what Moss did, clocking a stunning 6.32 seconds in the 3 cone drill and 4.08 seconds in the short shuttle. Moss’ effort int the 3 conewould have led all 2012 combine participants and is faster than the numbers posted by former Oregon WR Jeff Maehl who led all 2011 prospects with a 6.42. He has only played 1 year of college football but did play in High School. He was SDSU’s leading receiver in 2011, catching 61 passes for 949yrds and 6 TDs. His uncle is Heisman winning Husker Johnny Rogers. His cousin is former AZ Cardinal/NE Cornhusker Bobby Newcome.