Inside The Bills

Some draft sleepers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2010 – 8:00 am

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay revealed some of his draft sleepers in this year’s class.

“One is at the tight end position, Clay Harbor, from Missouri State,” said McShay. “I saw him at the East-West Shrine game and watched a lot of tape of him after the combine. A former wide receiver who is 6’3” 250 and keeps getting bigger. He’s one of the few guys in this class that can separate and make a difference even as just a number two H-back. I think he has a chance to be a poor man’s Chris Cooley. That type of player and you can probably get him in the fourth or fifth round.”

Harbor’s stats were 150 catches for 1,906 yards (12.7 avg) and 10 TDs. Many see him as a H-back, move tight end type, and he’s strong as an ox. He had 30 reps on the bench press at the combine, along with a 40-inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump. He runs in the low 4.6s.

“I like Seji Ajirotutu from Fresno State,” said McShay. “He’s a big wide receiver with great hands and has very good body control for a bigger receiver.”

Ajirotutu is 6’4″ 204 and runs a 4.6. He had great production at Fresno St. with 129 catches for 1997 yards (15.4 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. One-on-one this guy was unstoppable because with that height and a 36-inch vertical he would simply outleap guys for the ball. 

“I also think there are some guys that are smaller receivers that can separate that you can get in the fourth or fifth round, like David Reed at Utah,” McShay said. “He has excellent quickness and hands. And even Emanuel Sanders from SMU. We’ve seen Davone Bess come out of that same kind of offense that June Jones ran at Hawaii. Emanuel Sanders is a similar type of player that will be a fourth or fifth round player that will come in and produce right away because he knows how to get open.”

Reed runs in the mid 4.5s and had 1,615 yards receiving on 106 catches in his college career (15.2 avg.) along with 11 TDs. Sanders looked great at the East-West Shrine game as no one could cover him there. With 4.4 speed and ridiculous production in that wide open passing offense (285 rec., 3,791 yards, 34 TDs) he’ll be a strong consideration in the middle rounds, but with a couple of off the field issues on his resume and getting suspended for the final two games of his career he could drop to round six.

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