2013 NFL Draft: Five Undervalued Prospects

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Could Sharrif Floyd be a #1 overall pick?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Next Monday, NEPD and our sister sites will be launching our annual “Play The Draft” league – which had well over a hundred participants last year.

We’ll give you the details then, including prize information, but you can check out the game on your own now.

To help you prepare, here are five prospects that I feel are undervalued and will pay off handsomely if you select them.

Sharrif Floyd
My Mock: 1
Market: 10
Potential Gain: +1803

Analysis: Floyd was a late first round, early second round pick for most of the year for me. After watching tape of Floyd again after his teammate Dominque Easley decided to return to Florida, I really liked what I saw. With a great combine performance, combined with NEPD Editor Mike Loyko’s glowing endorsement of Floyd’s work ethic and football smarts, I’m doubting that Floyd makes it out of the top four picks.

Barkevious Mingo
My Mock: 2
Market: 11
Potential Gain: +1753

Analysis: Mingo is an athletic freak, as he displayed recently at the NFL combine. People complain about his lack of production, but when you realize what LSU coaches asked him to do, it starts to make sense. If you unleash him in the NFL, he is going to be a terror to try and block.

Datone Jones
My Mock: 24
Market: 34
Potential Gain: +409

Analysis: A physical specimen that loves studying the game, I can’t imagine Jones lasting past the Patriots at pick 29. In fact, I think it is entirely possible that he gets picked in the teens. Either way, he is definitely undervalued right now.

Tank Carradine
My Mock: 25
Market: 56
Potential Gain: +716

Analysis: Carradine is a top ten pick if he doesn’t hurt his knee earlier this year. If teams can get comfortable with the injury, I expect a playoff team to pull the trigger on a potential stud pass rusher.

Geno Smith
My Mock: 3
Market: 3
Potential Gain: +779

Analysis: Geno’s stock has gone up and down in the media over the last few months, but he has been at the top of my top 100 prospects since August. If a team falls in love with his upside – he has franchise QB potential – I wouldn’t be shocked for him to be the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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One Response to “2013 NFL Draft: Five Undervalued Prospects”

  1. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Interesting Stuff James, will look forward to others!!
    I find it hard to see KC drafting Geno with the 1st pick. IF I’m KC, with thier running game, OG Warmack is my pick.
    I agree with DE Datone Jones, I think he goes to New Orleans.
    I agree with DT Floyd also ,I think he is going to the Raiders.
    Carradine maybe the best of this group as a steal in this draft, However, he may not be ready for preseason NFL play, so teams will have to wait with him. So that limits the use of your draft pick, a 1st for him is unlikely , a 3d is more likely and a steal for this guy.
    Mingo is not my favorit, I don’t see him as an every down guy, just a 3d down rusher.

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