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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

2015 NFL Draft: 5 Awesome Finds in the 7th Round

You might have tuned out by the seventh round, or even the sixth, but turning a blind eye to any player in any round could be suicide for everybody except the team so lucky as to find the next Tom Brady (sixth rounder) or Steve Young (supplemental draft).

The seventh round is certainly not the most likely place to find top-tier talent, but just look at some of the names that have come out of what now is the final round-

1. Julian Edelman

2. Marques Colston

3. Brock Marion

4. Shannon Sharpe

5. Donald Driver

6. T.J. Houshmandzadeh

7. Jay Ratliffe

So without any further ado... The five "most-likely-to-succeed" from the 2015 NFL Draft Seventh Round:

1. Devin Gardner QB/WR Michigan. I include this UDFA pick because of the familiar story. He was a QB who is turning into a receiver ala Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots, who drafted him late on Saturday. Maybe this is the new miracle picking scheme of Bill Belichick.

2. Neal Sterling WR/TE Monmouth. This guy reminds me of Aaron Hernandez because of his size more than anything else. The Jacksonville Jaguars could use him as this kind of a "hybrid" or "joker" that lines up in multiple formations. Small school aside, he could provide a mismatch against linebackers over the middle.

3. Bryce Hager LB Baylor. The St. Louis Rams may not have found the next Clay Matthews, but Hager comes with a fast motor and willingness to put his helmet into every play. Whether a future special teams ace or role player in the middle of the defense, this is one linebacker who will contribute on the field wherever Jeff Fisher chooses to unleash his hitting power.

4. Tre McBride WR William and Mary. Do... Not... Be... Fooled... this is the best pick in the seventh round and maybe the best receiver outside of the first round, by the Tennessee Titans. His combine numbers were shockingly good and it is amazing that he fell this far. He will be a prolific target for Marcus Mariota for years to come.

5. Mr. Irrelevant- Gerald Christian TE Louisville. Here is another hybrid who could easily carve a significant role for the Arizona Cardinals. He is another big body which is becoming popular in the NFL. Mr. Irrelevant may not be irrelevant in 2015 for a team that needs that one special piece to climb to the next level in a competitive NFC West.

This level of talent proves that, not only was this a deep draft, but good contributors can be found at every turn in this draft class. From the first selection to the last, Jameis Winston to Gerald Christian, stars have been born. And 2015 is going to be an exciting year in the NFL as 32 teams claw their way toward the Lombardi Trophy and football immortality.


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