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    Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    Here are the five players I think could really exceed expectations, and five who I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole:

    Sleepers

    Terrance Knighton, DT, Temple
    Knighton is a true 4-3 NT with very good size (6'3, 321). He was a late invite to the Combine, and reportedly was impressive in drills. He is a three year starter who was very productive and consistent, averaging 56 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. A good mid-round option for the Rams if they pass on Raji and Brace.

    Stephen McGee, QB, Texas A&M
    McGee was injured for much of his Senior year, but has entered the draft discussion with strong performances at the East/West Shrine Game and the Combine. Does not have great size (6'2, 225 lbs), but has a strong arm and is a very good athlete (4.66 in the 40).

    Kevin Ogletree, WR, Virginia
    Ogletree is a riser after a Combine performance in which he ran a 4.45 and was among the top performers in the shuttle runs. He has decent size (6'0, 196), and good experience in the ACC. A late round option for depth and kick returning.

    Phillip Hunt, DE, Houston
    Purely a situational pass rusher at 6'2, 260, but potentially a good specialist. He had 24.5 sacks and 36.5 tackles for loss in his last two years. Good speed (4.70) for a guy his size.

    Victor Butler, OLB, Purdue
    Another situational/pass rusher type. He has the size to play the strong side (6'2, 248) and excels in rushing the passer (22.5 sacks in last two years).


    10 Foot Pole List

    Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
    How often do you see a guy fall this far, this fast. Well, I guess about once a year. Smith has great talent, but probably his value would be as an OG taken in Round 2. He won't last that long, but even if he did, his immature/irresponsible behavior pattern is exactly what the Rams don't need at this point.

    Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech
    If there ever was a guy who screamed out "system player," its Harrell. He played in a spread offense, in a conference with poor defenses, and threw to the best WR in the country. Of course he had great numbers. Still, every report about his workout performances confirms that he just does not have the tools to be an NFL QB.

    Chris Baker, DT, Hampton
    Here's a guy with a ton of natural talent, and who performed well on the field (albeit for a small program), but has had a string of off-the-field incidents that lead to him transferring from Penn State. Hmmm... talented DT with significant off-the-field problems... who does that remind you of?

    Darry Beckwith, MLB, LSU
    I think this guy is among the most overrated guys out there. He's a bit of a tweener, as he is not quite big enough to be an MLB and not fast enough to be an OLB. The greater cocern for me, though, is his lack of production. Over the last three years, he averaged less than five tackles per game (registering only 51 in 11 games as a Senior). Not the answer for the Rams or any other 4-3 team.

    Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
    Here's a guy who had mediocre production and does not have a clear position in the NFL. So why is he rated a Top 100 pick by many? Well, could it be tha his name is Clay Matthews? Just remember... he was the third best LB on his own team last year.
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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    Great list as always AV.

    Xavier Fulton is on my sleeper list. I don't think any team is going to draft him to start right away but when he does get his chance to perform in the next couple of years I think he will be pro bowl bound.

    I also think his stock will go up after his next pro day and he really won't be a sleeper come draft day.

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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    Stephen McGee is one of those players who makes people around him better with his enthusiasm...he just doesn't really have that much talent.

    Rhett Bomar is my later round guy at QB. He was at OU until he got busted "working" at an auto dealership in Norman and with boozing on campus (imagine that, a college student having a beer). He does possess a great arm and has all the physical tools to make it in the NFL, but does he have the head for it?

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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    I really liked watching clay mathews actually, but im not sure he should be taken before the third round. I watched USC probably 3-4 times expecting to see Mauluga tear up and I see this No.47 all over the field.


    How about myron pryor for a DT sleeper? 6ft. 320, 40 low:4.96(not at the combine)
    combine 40:5.06 Lead Kentucky in tackles for loss and sacks until he went down with a high ankle sprain keeping him out against florida and mississippi. He is very explosive and tears up pass blockers. He could beef up a little more and get a little better at stopping the run.

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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    CLay Matthews gave up his spot in order to play DE so USC could have more speed and defense on their starting unit. He might not be a great NFL player like his father but he's gonna be a solid player.

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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    I disagree with the Clay Matthews analysis becuase he had to play DE at. Everyone thought he would be stiff in coverage, but he really proved his doubters wrong and played excellently at the senior bowl. I think he can play SLB.

    Beckwith can be compared to a guy like Jon Beason who wasn't really productive in college either. Beckwith suffered through alot of injuries, but that was due to physical agresive play. He isn't a star, but he is a good player, if you put a big NT in front of him like Jon Beason and Make Kemeotou.

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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    What about someone like Sammie Lee Hill? I remember someone doing a thread about him a while ago, and there didn't seem to be much that was negative about him. If he were to drop to second day, I think he could be an excellent rotational guy for us considering our lack of depth

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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Terrance Knighton, DT, Temple
    Knighton is a true 4-3 NT with very good size (6'3, 321). He was a late invite to the Combine, and reportedly was impressive in drills. He is a three year starter who was very productive and consistent, averaging 56 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. A good mid-round option for the Rams if they pass on Raji and Brace.
    IMO we have to leave the draft with a NT even if he is a project NT. He sounds like a good gamble later in the draft.

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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    agree with everyone's surprise of Matthews on the list, and agree with their assessments. Sure, the Rams should be wary of drafting him too high, but if he falls to the right place, I think he could definitely be a solid contributor to the team. Just don't reach for him.

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    Re: Av's Annual "Sleeper" and "10 Foot Pole" Lists

    Clay Matthews Senior Season: tackles per game: 4.3.

    I just don't see where this guy gets all the hype (again, apart from his name).

    Plus... where would he play on the Rams? He'd be the third best WLB behind Witherspoon and Tinoisamoa.

    I'll pass.

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