Most of the talk around the upcoming NFL draft focuses on what players will be selected in the first round. While many of the future stars in the NFL will be selected in the first 32 picks, a fair number come after Round 1.
Every year there are even a few surprises that emerge from late in the draft. The Giants are hoping they get one or two of those surprises in a few weeks.
Here is a look at some players that could potentially surprise this year and will likely be available in rounds 5-7. They also fit what the Giants need, from a positional standpoint.
The 2013 season is slowly creeping up, and a number of people are starting to put together their draft strategies. While there are a number of draft picks to consider each round, this article will try to focus on the sleepers and busts. Here is a look at two in each category.
Salvador Perez (Sleeper)
Catcher might not be the most sought after fantasy baseball position, but one of the best young guys in the game is Salvador Perez. He can hit for a high average and a decent amount of power to capture the attention of owners. Simply due to his lack of name recognition and his team, the Royals catcher will slip to the middle rounds.
Jeff Samardzja (Sleeper)
The former college football standout seems to finally be poised for a breakout season in 2013. He showed some signs of greatness in 2012, finishing with a 9-13 record with a 3.81 ERA and 180 strikeouts. Those numbers certainly will not blow anyone away, but they aren’t terrible either. He strikes out enough guys to take him in the middle to late part of a draft.
Chase Headley (Bust)
Last season, Chase Headley put together a superb power season to hit 31 home runs. He has always been a decent hitter for average with some speed, but he was a legitimate five-tool player in 2012. That just seems unlikely to match this year, especially since he still plays at Petco Park. More than likely, he will regress quite a bit this year, so don’t be tricked into his career year.
Joel Hanrahan (Bust)
Hanrahan has been one of the best closers in baseball the last two seasons, but a change in scenery might be detrimental. After finishing games in relative obscurity in Pittsburgh, he will now move to Boston to try and do the same thing.
The scariest thing about Harahan’s stats is the fact that he walks way too many people. He is also a fly ball pitcher, which could be detrimental at Fenway Park.
The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 25th. Even though it is still about eight weeks away, the speculation regarding who the Giants will draft is heating up, especially after the completion of the combine on Tuesday. Here is a complete mock draft for the Giants – with some combine thoughts thrown in for each selection. Enjoy!
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