Friday, April 29, 2011

Risk, Reward, Sure Thing! Part II

If you want a Steal, think HEELS!!!

The 2nd round of the NFL starts today at 6:00 pm on ESPN, and if you are hoping your team can get a steal in this round or the next few, you are in luck. There are quite a few good players left on the board, like Da'Quan Bowers and Ryan Mallet.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have some really good players that have not been drafted. The reason they were overlooked in the 1st round is that many of the Heels players' draft stock was hurt by all the off the field issues of the past season. This includes Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin, and Greg Little who missed the entire season. So, many of the Heels are risks this year, but if a team takes a chance on them in the later rounds these guys could deliver huge rewards!

Marvin Austin can be a little lazy and his motor is in question, add this to all the off the field drama, and you have a 1st round cabiler pick still on the board. Austin has size and speed close to a player like Warren Sapp. Austin would be a real steal in the 2nd or 3rd round.

Bruce Carter is a sure thing. Will he be great, maybe, but he is a sure fire NFL starter. He has a burst of speed that translates to production in the NFL. Carter used this burst to block a ton of kicks in college and he can close the gap on the ball in a heartbeat. He would be a great player to pick up in the next few rounds.

Da'Norris Searcy is another player who could really be a steal in the later rounds. Searcy is 6 feet tall and weights 223 lbs. so he has good safety size. 223 lbs. is a bulky man when he is only 6 feet tall, yet Searcy is a great kick returner. As safety or return man, Searcy could make an impact pretty quickly for some NFL team. Searcy would be a great value in the 3rd or later rounds.

Some other Heels who could be steals are Greg Little (good size, strong, and athletic), Quan Sturdivant, Kendrick Burney, and Deunta Williams (who is a head hunter who put viscous hits on ACC offensive players).

Some other players from the Heels who maybe drafted or at least have a chance to make a NFL roster are: Charles Brown, Johnny White, and Zach Pianalto, and even T.J. Yates (small chance).

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