Top five underrated prospects
An early season look at the top five prospects who aren’t getting much love now, but have the talent to make a move up draft boards in the coming months.
5. OT Manase Foketi: Kansas State (6-5, 305)
Raw, but a good athlete who can bend, stays compact with his footwork and possesses good lateral quickness. Needs some time and might be better suited to play inside, but the upside is there for this guy to move up draft boards in 2011.
4. OT John Cullen: Utah (6-4, 305)
Is far from a finished product, but he possesses some real natural athleticism to his game. Needs to get stronger and develop as a puncher, but if he continues to improve I think he could be one of the real risers at the OT position this year.
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3. DB Robert Golden: Arizona (5-11, 200)
Might be limited to more of a cover two/click and close type corner position, but he does have some developing press coverage skills. Also, has a lot of value as a safety, as he can anticipate in the deep half, drive on throws under him and play over a receiver in nickel situations. Looks like a dirty starter either as a safety or corner to me.
2. OT Markus Zusevics: Iowa (6-5, 300)
A “plus” run blocker who can more than hold his own in the pass game. Quickly gets off the football, generates a snap into contact and improved his pad level last season into contact. Looks like a starting caliber offensive lineman –either at guard or tackle- in the NFL, but will need a year or two of seasoning.
1. LB Audie Cole: NC State (6-5, 239)
Played outside as a junior and will kick inside in 2011. Looks better suited to play as a 43 OLB to me who has the skill set to start and play three downs for an NFL defense.