2010 features plenty of mid-round sleepers
January, 14, 2010
By Steve Muench
Last year we gave BYU WR Austin Collie a fourth-round grade and Indianapolis took him with the 27th pick in that round. Collie went on to tie Minnesota Vikings first-round pick and eventual NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin for most catches by a rookie (60) and had one more touchdown catch than Harvin (seven to six). So why did such a productive player remain on the board so long?
First of all, Harvin is far more explosive and has much more upside than Collie. Secondly, a pedestrian 40-yard-dash time (4.59 seconds) and his age (23 on draft day) hurt Collie's stock. And Harvin also has the advantage of being a dangerous kickoff return man.
Collie landed with the right organization, and his work ethic, crisp routes and quick grasp of the offense allowed him to step in after WR Anthony Gonzalez was injured and become an immediate contributor.
Now that our preseason film study has commenced we are getting a good look at mid-round prospects who could have similar success as rookies in 2010, and two in particular jumped out when we took another look at the Miami-Virginia Tech game from this past season.
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