NFL Draft Recap - Rounds 4-7

Here are a few late-round players with the potential to make an impact during their rookie seasons:

Josh Boyce, WR, NE - Boyce has just average size, but he could serve as the team's deep threat if he impresses in camp.

Chris Harper, WR, SEA - A big, athletic receiver, Harper makes an ideal red-zone target for Russell Wilson. Considering how injury prone Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin are, Harper has a chance to be a factor this season.

Jonathan Franklin, RB, GB - The Packers took Eddie Lacy in Round 2, but Lacy has durability concerns, and chances are the two will battle it out in camp (along with some incumbents).

Stepfan Taylor, RB, AZ - Ryan Williams and Rashard Mendenhall both have had trouble staying healthy, and should one or both go down, Taylor - a compact, hard-nosed runner - would be next in line.

Joseph Randle, RB, DAL - With Felix Jones gone, Randle has a chance to be the team's No. 2 back out of the gate, and its No. 1, DeMarco Murray, has already show himself to be injury prone.

Zac Stacy, RB, STL - With Steven Jackson in Atlanta, Stacy would only need to beat out Isaiah Pead and Darryl Richardson for touches. Stacy is more of a power back than either, and he could wind up seeing some goal-line looks even if he doesn't win the job outright.

Mike Gillislee, RB, MIA - Gillislee isn't a special prospect, but the Dolphins have no established depth at running back and the backs they do have (Daniel Thomas/Lamar Miller) are not especially durable.

Corey Fuller, WR, DET - No team throws more often than Detroit, and few teams are as thin once you get past their No. 1 WR. Fuller has good size and speed, and could see work if Nate Burleson shows his age and/or Ryan Broyles takes awhile to get up to speed.

Justin Brown, WR, PIT - The 6-2 Brown stands out among Pittsburgh's small, quick receivers and could find his skill set in demand, especially with Heath Miller not expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of the year.


There have been no comments made on this article. Why not be the first and add your own comment using the form below.

Leave a comment

Commenting is restricted to registered users only. Please register or login now to submit a comment.

Tell Someone

  • Digg it
  • submit to reddit reddit
  • Add to Mixx!

Recent Favorites

What I Think You Should Know About The USMNT
Needless to say, it's been a great World Cup thus far. The USMNT having some success would be awesome.
La-La-La-L.A. Gets Lord Stanley!
Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Alec Martinez's Cup-winning goal celebration? # priceless. I wonder if he'll ever get his gloves back.
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped the 50th shot of the game. He couldn't stop the 51st. #connsmythe if the Rangers had found a way to come back in this series.
Do Analytics Take the Fun Out of Sports?
Apparently that was the topic of one of the presentations at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last week. The presenter, Yale's Edward Tufte, opined:

Don't let people tell you analytics are reductionist and take the joy out of sports. They mostly just take the stupidity out of sports.

Is he right?

RotoWire's AL LABR Squad
The 2014 AL LABR auction went down at the Arizona Republic offices in downtown Phoenix Saturday night. It's a 12-team, 5 x 5, AL-only league with 2 C, 1 1B, 1 2B. 1 3B, 1 SS, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 OF, 1 U and 9 pitchers. Everyone has $260 to spend.
The Problem With Drafting Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton went for $28 in the NL LABR auction this past weekend. I discussed this with a fellow writer who participates in Tout Wars with me later this month and we discussed the problem with investing heavily into Hamilton.

RSS Feeds