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.
My Mock: 1
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.
My Mock: 2
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.
My Mock: 24
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.
My Mock: 25
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.
My Mock: 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.