2013 NFL Draft: Gem of the Week- Robert Lester

By Jeremy Hayes
Derick Hingle- US Presswire

As the safety position becomes a more dominant in the NFL, it makes it harder for Alabama strong safety Robert Lester to get attention in the NFL Draft.

Lester went into the 2012-2013 college football season, as an anticipated top prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft. With Florida strong safety Matt Elam entering the draft, Lester is expected to drop to the third round.

Lester is a fantastic hidden gem in this draft, and whatever team picks him will be gaining a big bodied player.

Lester may not be the speediest of safeties, but he is a big and long player who can coexist in a passing league. Not to mention he is a Nick Saben player defensive back and plays against the best the SEC has to offer.

As Lester and corner back Dee Milliner try to go for back-to-back championships, they will also try to showcase why they should be starters in the NFL.

It is hard to find a ball-hawk who has such great height to close off a play, so a team may take a chance on Lester in the second round. He has four interceptions on the season (14 career) and 42 tackles (141 career).

As far as fits for Lester, teams like the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, and St. Louis Rams.

Imagine Ed Reed and Lester in the secondary, or even be coached by Bill Belichick. Lester is the type of player a good team will steal at the end of the second round, and he has the ability to be thrown in the secondary rotation.


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