NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope
Just two days away from the 2013 NFL draft, it’s the time of the season where projected first-round picks start to come out of the woodworks. Suddenly, a player who no one has been projecting in Round 1 all year starts being rumored to a team late in the first round, or one reported visit or phone call from a prospect with a team picking early propels that player into the high picks of many NFL mock drafts.
Some players, however, never generate the buzz until the draft itself comes around. Each year, there are NFL prospects who are overlooked by the majority of the draft media, only to be selected considerably higher than most projected them to be picked.
That may not necessarily apply to most of these players — we will find out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday where each player’s true draft stock, at least in the mind of the teams that draft them, lies. The following players, however, are one player at each position who has not gotten as much attention as his peers leading up to the start of the draft, even though each of these players belong at the very least to be part of the discussion.