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When “experts,” talk about the draft, every one of their guesses is just that, a guess. Round one of the NFL Draft is probably the easiest round to predict, but after that, who actually knows? Between trades, free agency pickups and draft day drama; guys rise and fall before the clock starts ticking on April 26th. This is exactly why I refuse to do mock drafts, but I WILL give you a few later round guys who I feel are worthy of keeping your eye on. The thing with these potential unheard heroes is, you’re going to see a lot of negative things said about them, (That’s why they’re going so late.) The name of the game is finding out if their weaknesses are workable. Only time will tell.

(EDGE) Lorenzo Carter: Projected Selection 2nd – 3rd Round

Lorenzo Carter is hardly a “late-round pick,” but considering his talent and how late he’s being projected to go, I’m including him on the list. One of the many criticisms the Chicago Bears were given in 2016 was the lack of turnovers. 2017 was better, but improvement is still needed. Lorenzo Carter has forced and recovered six career fumbles, he’s looking for that ball. Carter stands at 6’6”, with 34” arm length and ran a 4.50 40 yard dash. His speed and length make him a desirable prospect in a Vic Fangio run defense. But, much like Leonard Floyd coming out of college, Carter lacks the mass needed to match up with NFL offensive linemen. He would need to gain some muscle, but bringing the two Georgia boys together would definitely be interesting.

(Wide Receiver) Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Projected Selection 6th-7th Round

This dude is fast and is a giant. He’s 6’4”, 206 lbs and ran a 4.37 40 yard dash! Physical freak. Now, I get measurables aren’t everything. There’s more to football than how fast a guy is or how high can he jump. But, he’s incredibly raw, which in my opinion is a good thing. Get him with some real NFL coaching, around real NFL receivers (Allen Robinson) and against real competition; his ceiling is pretty high. I mean, to take a 6th or 7th round flyer on a dude like this could be an insane steal. Creating competition in a position group is always beneficial. Don’t underestimate the power of the competitive nature.

(Guard) Wyatt Teller: Projected Selection 5th-6th Round

Wyatt Teller, the enigma that disappeared in 2017. He was one of the best offensive linemen in the country in 2016 and was projected to be an incredibly high draft pick if he kept up the same production. Unfortunately, he didn’t. This doesn’t mean he’s not worth the selection this late in the draft. The fact of the matter is, Teller is a beast with incredible strength. With Harry Hiestand being touted as an offensive line guru, the Chicago Bears may be able to recover what was once lost from this previously dominate player.

*Stats and facts were taken from NFL.com*
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