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Sleepers for the NFL Draft:  Why a Team Should Draft Me?

By:  Matthew Pearlman & Bryan Pearlman

There will be over 200 players drafted into the NFL later this month.  Many of these players are household names – Gabbert, Newton, Peterson, Green and Miller.  They will certainly be expected to make an immediate impact.

There is a whole other tier of players that for one reason or another are not receiving the same attention.  Some of these players will be drafted in late rounds, while others will be signed as free agents.  These guys will also make a difference in the NFL and will surprise many scouts.

Below are some draft sleepers that we have recently interviewed and their argument for why they should be drafted:

Weslye Saunders – South Carolina - TE

An NFL team should draft me not only because of my size, athletic ability, and catching skills. Because I did not play a single down of football during my senior year of college, I am more committed to this game than I have ever been before. Coming into the 2010 season, I was ranked by some as the #1 Tight End in the nation. But when the game of football was taken away from me, all of that meant nothing, and I immediately became an after-thought. I even surprised myself at how much I loved this sport, because I would sometimes not sleep or eat for days because I was so depressed about not being able to play or practice with my teammates--my family. I made mistakes that cost me dearly, and I take full responsibility for that. But I vowed that if given the opportunity, I will do whatever it takes to be a model player on and off the field, because I refuse to have this game taken away from me again.  I think I play like Jermichael Finley of the Packers and Antonio Gates of the Chargers. Like them, I have a basketball background and can pose matchup problems for the defense.

Aldrick Robinson – SMU – WR

I’m a quick learner and I’m coachable. I plan to bring an instant spark to any team I’m blessed enough to get drafted to, whether if it’s on offence or special teams. I love the game of football and I respect it.  I think I’m in the same boat as Steve Smith. We both are undersized receivers who are very explosive and capable of making a big play at any point of the game. The way he can go up over bigger defenders to get the ball and run past any coverage reminds me of myself.

Brian Lainhart – Kent State – FS

I believe I bring a game changing style of play to a team. If it’s on special teams or on defense I feel I’ll be the guy who will make the play our team needs. They can expect a great leader and a hard worker.  I try and model my game the most after Ed Reed. I’ve always enjoyed watching the way he plays growing up. Considered one of the biggest defensive game changers and that’s what I try to do when I play.

Keenyn Crier – University of Arizona – Punter

An NFL team should draft me because i have nothing to lose and everything to gain, i have good work ethic and i know very well what is expected of a NFL punter. I know have to be consistent and reliable in order to succeed and sustain my position. I feel I fit the criteria and would be a great addition to a team given the opportunity.  All players are different and bring different talents and abilities to the table so i don't know which current punter i am most like, but i want to be as dangerous as Mike Scifres, the All Pro Punter for the San Diego Chargers.