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Every draft we see a slew of players selected that we hardly knew existed and they turn out to be game changing players. The following is a list of players to keep an eye on during the draft and into their NFL careers.
Luke Falk QB Washington State – CBS Sports ranks Falk as the 12th overall QB in this year’s draft. Throwing 119 TDs to 39 INTs over the course of his 4 years in college, it is my opinion Falk’s draft stock is anywhere from late first round to late second round. A team in need of a future at the QB position that misses out on one of the consensus top 5 QBs in this years draft would do just fine “settling” for Falk. Notable interested teams include New England and Buffalo.
Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond – Drawing comparisons to Jimmy Garoppolo, Lauletta has shown to have great pocket presence and a compact throwing motion. One negative of note was a much larger, elongated throwing motion when making passes to deep routes. I can see Lauletta’s draft range being from late second round to mid third round. Notable interested teams include Arizona and Washington.
Royce Freeman RB Oregon – At 5’9″, 229 pounds Freeman is a load. Averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 10.3 yards per reception, this is the dual threat RB that NFL teams salivate over. Freeman compares well to Jonathan Stewart, his only real downside is his pass blocking or lack thereof. Freeman should see is name called in the second round. Notable interested teams include Oakland, Philadelphia, and Buffalo.
Chase Edmonds RB Fordham – Edmonds tore it up at the combine and has raced up draft boards. The all time leading rusher in the Patriot League, Edmonds has great hands out of the backfield and has break away speed. Think Christian McCaffrey. Although he shot up draft boards Edmonds is still likely to be drafted no sooner then the late third round. Notable interested teams include New York Giants and New York Jets.
Mike Gesicki TE Penn State – Arguably the highlight of the combine, Gesicki may have pushed his stock as high as the first round. Gesicki comes in at 6’5″, 247 pounds with a 41.5″ vertical and a 129″ broad jump. At the NFL level Gesicki will likely be an immediate starter with the ability to both create mismatches and be a redzone beast. I can absolutely see Gesicki coming off the board in the late first round, although he could slip into the second depending on what teams are in those spots come draft day. Notable interested teams include Cincinnati and Miami.