NFL Draft Preview - Sleepers

By Patrick Whelan, April 26, 2018
Antonio Callaway Florida Gators

In part one of the Draft Preview, we reviewed some of the bigger names in the draft, their potential landing spots, and which players could make an instant impact. In part two, we highlight some of my favorite sleepers, their projected round, and some ideal teams that match their skillsets.


Mason Rudolph (Rounds 2-3)

It's likely that Rudolph will end up in the best position of any of the top end quarterbacks as he will likely be grabbed late in the second or third by a team with an aging but still functional quarterback. The Ravens and the Chargers are two appealing landing spots that would make Rudolph a plus stash and any quarterback taken as the heir to Tom Brady will be a hot commodity in your draft.

Kyle Lauletta (Rounds 3-5)

A player that is gaining a lot of buzz around draft day, Kyle Lauletta looks to be the consensus 6th QB off the board. He has similar plus options as Rudolph, but the key to watch is where he goes in the draft. If someone reaches up to 2nd to grab him, they are serious about his long term outlook and it will bump up his dynasty value considerably.

Running backs

Nyheim Hines (Rounds 3-4)

Nyheim Hines is one of my favorite sleepers in the draft who could make an impact on day one as a receiving back. If any team prioritizes getting him the ball in space, he will produce a decent floor week in and week out. Ideal scenarios include Minnesota and Jacksonville where Hines could he the lightening to Dalvin Cook or Leonard Fournette's thunder.

Akrum Wadley (Rounds 5-7)

I'm convinced that all Akrum Wadley needs is a chance. A productive all-purpose back in the Big Ten, the buzz is that teams will stay away because of his size. But Wadley has the cutting and burst ability of LeSean McCoy, and if he manages to not get buried on a roster, he could be a breakout player. If a team with a murky running back situation like the Jets or Colts make him their only selection at the position, take notice.

Wide Receivers

Antonio Callaway (Rounds 3-5)

Antonio Callaway has massive potential wrapped in red flags. He had three run ins with the law at Florida and the last one eventually cost him the 2017 season, but he has top 10 talent at the position and is an explosive athlete. I'm not sure the organization matters as much as his own personal choices, but a tight knit locker room would be a plus in his draft landing spot. Also, if a team reaches for him, it could spell instant impact if he stays out of trouble.

Richie James (Rounds 5-7)

Richie James is lightening in a very small bottle, and was a big play machine at MTSU. If he falls into a friendly landing spot with a team in need of slot options than he will need to be on your dynasty radar. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons or the Philadelphia Eagles are all intriguing options.

Tight End

Troy Fumagali (Rounds 5-7)

Troy Fumagali doesn't have elite athleticism, looks like a minus NFL blocker and has size concerns. But despite those negatives, he managed to do everything well in college for Wisconsin. I wouldn't suggest drafting him in your dynasty draft, but if he ends up being the only tight end selected by teams like the Seahawks, Saints or Ravens, he should be firmly on your radar heading into the season.

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