While most of the publicity from the NFL Draft is on the players who were selected in the first round, the later rounds is often when some great gems are found. Arguably a top five all time quarterback, Tom Brady wasn’t taken until the sixth round with the 199th overall pick. Seattle Seahawks shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman was not taken until the fifth round in 2011. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner wasn’t even drafted, but ended up leading the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl.
The Green Bay Packers have also found success in the late rounds. Fan favorite and one of Brett Favre’s favorite targets Donald Driver was taken in the seventh round in 1999 out of Alcorn State. Current Packers running back James Starks was drafted in the sixth round in 2010, the year he burst onto the scene during their Super Bowl run. With all of that in mind, here are three late round sleepers that could help the Packers again reach the promise land.
If there’s one word used to describe Archer, it’s fast. At the NFL Combine, Archer ran the 40-yard dash in 4.26 seconds, the fastest of any player. That speed could make Archer an interesting selection if the Packers decide to go that way. With the loss of James Jones, the Packers are looking for another new weapon to throw into Mike McCarthy’s offense. Archer’s speed could provide another new wrinkle.
With Jermichael Finley gone, the Packers need to add another tight end to go along with Andrew Quarless. Rodgers is 6-foot-4, 257 pounds, a size that could make him another offensive asset. A possible Rodgers to Rodgers combination in the works? Well, you never know.
Center Evan Dietrich-Smith went from undrafted to being the starter for the Green Bay Packers. Now, the man known as “EDS” is in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers, and the Packers are looking for a center. Larsen was a three time starter at Utah State, and was named to the First-Team All-WAC in his sophomore and junior seasons. Considering that most of the Packers’ offensive line was taken in the late rounds, who is to say that Larsen couldn’t be another late round selection to become a starter.
Not only are there gems found in the late rounds, but also this is where the core special teamers can be found. The draft is less than two weeks again. I can’t wait!