NEPD Editor: James Christensen
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Margus Hunt (DL, SMU)
If an NFL team becomes seduced by Hunt’s height / weight / workout numbers, a first round pick isn’t out of the question. However, if they look at that fact that he will be a 26 year old rookie that is still pretty raw on the field.
The Patriots have been linked to Hunt at the 29th pick, but I can realistically see Hunt falling out of the top 100 picks – netting you a total of $0 in our Play The Draft game.
Jamie Collins (OLB, Southern Miss)
If you aren’t familiar with Collins, go check out his scouting report and come on back.
Collins is perhaps the most explosive athlete in this draft, with a 41.5″ vertical leap and 139″ broad jump. He is absolutely shredded physically and can run, hit and cover from the OLB position.
Unfortunately, his playing weight was closer to 230 pounds although he bulked up to 250 for the NFL Combine. If NFL teams feel he can handle his duties as an OLB at that weight, he could easily be a first round pick. If not, there is a possibility he could fall late into the third round.
Verdict: Definitely Worth the Risk
Bjoern Werner (DE, Florida State)
I love Werner’s game and if I were the Jacksonville Jaguars GM I would have a tough time passing Werner or Barkevious Mingo with the 2nd pick. However, if Jacksonville does pass on him, the big German could end up falling completely out of the top ten.
If NFL teams overlook some of Werner’s motor concerns and just focus on what is he able to do, this will be a nice pickup with some room for upside. A tumble into the teens, however, would be very costly on your bottom line.
Verdict: Take a Chance
Sheldon Richardson (DL, Missouri)
Depending on how Richardson performed in the interviews at the NFL Combine, he could be picked anywhere from the top of the first round to the latter stages of day one. His talent on the field is undeniable, but the question has always been if he could keep his head on straight.
If he has NFL teams convinced, you could be handsomely rewarded – if not, there is a long fall from 15 to the 30’s.
Verdict: Take a Chance
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