The 2014 NFL Draft is as deep a draft as I can remember and the deepest that I’ve covered. With that in mind, teams are likely to get starting caliber prospects well into the third round and we could have more late round standouts than ever before.
For some perspective on just how this draft class stacks up to last years – one of my top 3 players last year would have cracked the top eight in this class. Only six of the players would have been in this class’s top 25. For the later portions, our 150th player last year carried a late 6th round grade. This year our 150th ranked player carried a high 5th round grade. While I didn’t rate players beyond 150 this year, I believe I very well could have had over 300 draftable grades on players – which would far surpass my previous record.
Needless to say teams are going to be doing some serious evaluation of late round prospects and could unearth some gems well into the latter stages of this draft. We’ll take a look at one player from each position that offers great value late in the draft. Read the rest of this entry » «Late Round Gems»