5 Late-Round Sleepers The Indianapolis Colts Should Target In The 2014 NFL Draft
5 Late-Round Sleepers To Target In The 2014 NFL Draft
The Indianapolis Colts are heading into the 2014 NFL Draft looking to continue building what is already an impressive foundation of young players. Most of the talent will come from the first few rounds, as it always does, but good teams get something out of all their picks.
Hitting on those late-round picks is becoming more and more important in the league today. With the salary cap ruling all, teams need to find a way to beat the system if they want an edge over their competition. One of the quickest ways to get that edge is to find players who can contribute with picks that typically don’t produce anything.
This year, that might be easier than some years. This draft is widely held to be one of the deepest we’ve seen in years, which means that there will be some talented players who fall deep in the draft who might have gone in earlier rounds in drafts that didn’t have as much talent. Teams will be drooling for the opportunity to steal a starting player in the later rounds.
The Colts are hoping to build on the success they’ve had the last couple of years. They have one of the best young starting quarterbacks in the league, and with a few more pieces, they could be competing for a championship as early as next season.
Every draft has sleepers that can be found in the later rounds, and these are the five late-round players that the Colts should be targeting.
5. Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
Kevin Norwood was a dependable, productive receiver for the University of Alabama the last few years. He's tall, at 6-foot-2, and has long arms with big hands. He would be a 3rd or 4th round pick in most drafts, but with the depth at receiver this year, he'll likely fall to the 5th or 6th.
4. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
One of the fastest running backs in the draft, De'Anthony Thomas is an intriguing prospect. His size, durability and the overall perception that Oregon backs are just a product of their system will keep him from going in the early rounds. The Colts need as many weapons as they can get to help Andrew Luck out, and Thomas could be the sleeper of the draft this year.
3. L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
L'Damian Washington is another receiver who would be jumping up draft boards in most years, but will fall this year because there is so much talent in the group. He's big and tall with good hands. He ran fast at the combine with a 4.46 40-year das, and can be the deep threat Andrew Luck needs right away. With a little work on his route running, he can be the prototype No. 1 receiver the Colts need in the long term.
2. Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
Speed kills, especially on defense these days. Kevin Pierre-Louis ran a blazingly fast 4.51 second 40, the fastest time among the defensive lineman and linebackers. He's undersized as a traditional outside linebacker, but he might just be the new prototype player who can make plays in space and run with receivers and running backs in the passing game.
1. Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas
Carrington Bryndom has been on the NFL radar since breaking out as a sophomore in 2011. In a Big 12 that featured three future first-round NFL quarterbacks, Bryndom dominated the competition. He doesn't have ideal size or speed, but his elite ball skills let him make up for his lack of measurables.