4 Late-Round Sleepers (2019 NFL Draft)
Year after year, players fall down draft boards or fly under the radar leading up to the NFL Draft only to make an immediate impact at the NFL level. You have to look no further than Phillip Lindsay from the 2018 NFL Draft class. Not only was Lindsay passed on by team after team, he actually never heard his name announced during the draft. He instead signed as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos, and the rest is history.
Looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft, we’ve asked our writers to provide you with their top late-round sleepers. This includes players that are projected to go Round 5 or later.
Who is your top late-round sleeper?
Jalen Hurd (WR – Baylor)
“Switching schools and positions for your final college season is rarely a good idea, and it’s not to say it was for Hurd, but he proved that he’s capable. After rushing for almost 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns as a running back for Tennessee, Hurd left the school in the middle of his junior season and transferred to Baylor in order to make a move to wide receiver. He caught 69 balls for 964 yards and four touchdowns in his first year at the position. He’s naturally gifted and has great size at 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds. He may not be ready to walk in and make an impact in the NFL day one, but he’s a favorite sleeper of mine who’s likely to fall into the later rounds due to some off-the-field question marks.”
– Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)
Terry Beckner Jr. (DL – Missouri)
“The nation’s former top No. 1 overall high school recruit, Terry Beckner Jr, was a disappointment for Missouri in college then proceeded to tank in the combine. NFL superstar, Jurrell Casey may have been just as bad in his combine as Beckner, however, and that is exactly the type of upside I see with Beckner who was considered a first-round talent not long ago. He will need to improve his body and consistency but few defensive tackles have the raw upside of Beckner. This is the classic boom or bust lottery ticket.”
– Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)
Zedrick Woods (DB – Ole Miss)
“I am not sure why this player is still being viewed as a Day 3 selection, it is my belief that his resume says he should be drafted before Day 3. He was a three-year starter at Ole Miss that was good in run support and tackles well. That was the position he was asked to play in college and he did it well. Woods exploded at the NFL Combine, running a 4.29-second 40-yard dash, benching 225 lb. 19 times, posting a 34.5″ vertical jump and a 120″ broad jump. His SPARQ score at the NFL Combine was in the 76th percentile of NFL safeties. I am not saying he is going to be the next Ed Reed, but for a player that is going on Day 3 in most Mock Drafts, a team will be taking a player that started for three years in college and is among the most athletic players at his position. That is excellent value late in the NFL Draft. He is far from a finished product; Woods needs to work on his coverage skills to transition to the NFL game. His physical abilities are off the chart and could propel him to a solid rookie season if he is given the opportunity to play in a system that will take advantage of his solid tackling and allow him to showcase his blazing speed and athleticism.”
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)
Bryce Love (RB – Stanford)
“Love is an interesting case. Much like Rodney Anderson, Bryce Love is coming off of a torn ACL. Also, like Anderson, Love was exceptional in 2017 and would have been a day two pick despite a stacked 2018 NFL Draft class. The timing of their injuries differ. Anderson was hurt in his second game of the season and could be ready by the start of the regular season. Love was hurt in the bowl game and may miss the entire 2019 season. As such Love is likely to be relegated to a day three selection. An explosive runner, with good hands, and a dangerous open field game, Love is going to be a steal for a team that is willing to draft and stash.”
– Raju Byfield (@FantasyContext)