The Best of the Undrafted - NFC Edition
Jul 26, 2013
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Following up on Part I, where we took a look at undrafted AFC players that you will want to keep an eye on, today, we move on to the NFC.
Chicago Bears – WR Marquess Wilson – This is one to just keep in the back of your mind as he will not be a starter, and if Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett stay healthy, he may not even see significant playing time.
In the NFL however, those are big “ifs.” People get hurt. In this case if either one of those receivers get hurt, Wilson appears to be next in line. At 6-foot-3, he has the vertical skills to go up over defensive backs. He did come into the league on the skinny side, but, according to reports out of camp, he has already put on some weight and is still working on that as we speak.
This is a tall, fast receiver who should be good, if not a star, in this league someday. If something happens that affords him the opportunity to get playing time this season, you could get a great steal off the waiver wire with this kid.
Detroit Lions – WR Nate Burleson – Really, should I have to convince you of this? Burleson has proven that he can play in this league. In 2011 when not injured and playing all 16 games, he put up more than 70 receptions and 700 yards. Burleson is not injured. Burleson plays opposite of, possibly, the best receiver ever, (all due respect Jerry Rice). The Lions did not find any sort of quality replacement.
He will be available on most waiver wires after the draft. You will most likely have a failure or two on your roster. Again, should I have to convince you of this?
Green Bay Packers – RB Johnathan Franklin – This is a back that I know is good. He knows he is good. He will probably be good in the NFL. He just happened to get drafted on the same team behind Eddie Lacy.
He is powerful, can accelerate quickly and he runs angry. He also runs low to the ground and has some scouts comparing him to backs such as Ray Rice. He has much potential, but because of Lacy, is being completely overlooked.
He may not get very much playing time this year. He may not get much playing time beyond that unless he gets traded, but just like a few of the people on this list, he is only a trade or an injury away from fulfilling his potential.
This is definitely a player to keep on your radar. If you notice any movement in front of him whatsoever, be ready to pounce.
Minnesota Vikings – WR Jarius Wright – In a points-per-reception league Wright could prove to be an incredible commodity this season. He is no Percy Harvin but Harvin is no longer a Viking and somebody has to fill the void. In steps Wright.
The other guys will most likely be the focal passing point of this offense, when passing, (let’s not forget that they have a very capable running back that they can rely on as well), and that is why Wright will go unnoticed.
What will not go unnoticed are the nine targets per game that Harvin gathered mostly out of the slot position. Wright looks to be the recipient of this windfall. In a PPR league, this is one to watch.