These are some of the under the radar, “sleeper” prospects who scouts are talking about as the draft approaches.
Matt Brown, Illinois State QB. He has been a productive player for four years against a lower level of competition, so NFL teams are taking a closer look at Brown as the draft approaches.
Jasper Collins, Mount Union WR. He played Division III football, but if he makes it in the NFL he won’t be the first receiver from Mount Union to do so. Collins would follow in the footsteps of Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts. Collins showed he could play against better competition at the East-West Shrine game, and NFL teams are looking at him as a good candidate to play the slot.
Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State G. He was a very good left tackle at his level, but likely will be a guard in the pros. He is an adequate enough athlete for guard, and scouts say enough teams like his character makeup enough that someone will take a chance on him late.
MarQueise Gray, Minnesota TE. He played quarterback at Minnesota, and also dabbled at wide receiver. He also worked out as a quarterback at the combine. But some NFL teams surveyed by NFP said they are most interested in him as a tight end because of his athleticism.
Charles Johnson, Grand Valley State WR. He wasn’t invited to the combine, but he got the scouting community buzzing when he ran a 4.38 and vertical jumped 39