The NFL Draft is two days in and while nothing is more important than those first three rounds of picks, it’s the later rounds that really build a complete team. The much later rounds. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the top sleepers expected to be found in rounds 6 and 7.
RB Isaiah Crowell
Despite the 2nd round skill set, Crowell is a gamble even in round 7. First the bad news: he has an injury history that has affected his playing time in the past. Nothing major but it seems like there was always something. In addition, he has a failed drug test and felony charges (later dropped) for possession of a firearm. Not exactly the “right kinda guy”.
After looking into it a little more, it seems the charges were pretty questionable in the first place and there’s a reason they were dropped. In a nutshell, he seems like a good kid who learned his lesson and has since been on the straight and narrow.
For a seventh round flyer he is certainly worth a shot. He has great strength, speed, and agility. He can avoid a defender with dazzling cuts, he can outrun a defensive back, or he can steamroll a LB. He seems to have it all.
Crowell averaged 6.6 yards last season and may have done enough to make some teams overlook his character concerns. He has the ability to be starter in the NFL and could push for playing time on the Dallas Cowboys.
My next great pass-rush sleeper is next…