2019 NFL Draft: Three Underrated Prospects This Year
Undervalued, underappreciated, overlooked, and underrated is what you can say about some NFL Draft Prospects. Every year some college players go overlooked and unnoticed by NFL teams in the NFL Draft. Other players for whatever reason are looked at more closely and valued more highly. The talented, but underrated player falls in the later rounds of the NFL Draft and teams pass on him.
For example, the 199th pick overall in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft, the quarterback from Michigan Tom Brady. The New England Patriots took a risk and the rest is history. At any time an underrated and overlooked prospect can fall in the draft, but the team that makes that selection could get the next star NFL player. I’m not saying anybody is the next Tom Brady, but these 2019 NFL Draft Prospects are underrated and deserve to be selected this year. Let’s take a look at three underrated prospects in the NFL Draft for 2019.
Dajon Emory Defensive End, Arkansas State
Weight: 270 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 5.00 Seconds
Bench Reps: 23
Damon Emory helped lead the Arkansas State Redwolves to an 8-4 record this past season and to a bowl appearance taking on Nevada. In his senior season, he finished with 30 tackles and seven sacks in 2018 including one of his biggest highlights sacking Tua Tagovailoa. He showed in the big games that he can perform and NFL scouts are overlooking him in this NFL Draft. Dajon Emory’s strengths include being quick off the snap of the ball, he’s great at power pass rush, he’s very fantastic at mixing up his pass rushes, and he can also play the run well which makes him a versatile player.
Watching game film on him he’s always in the play and he doesn’t quit till the whistle blows. Dajon Emory’s ball pursuit is top-tier in the 2019 NFL Draft class. He most certainly compares to other defensive ends available. He definitely has an effort which is something you can’t teach. Dajon Emory is definitely an underrated prospect to look at.
Projected Round Selected: 4th to 7th Round
Possible Landing Spots: Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Demarcus Christmas Defensive Tackle, Florida State
Weight: 293 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 5.08 Seconds
Bench Reps: 22
Demarcus Christmas could very well be a good player at the next level and has the size plus the power to do so. He definitely has the ability to create pressure on quarterbacks and stop run games. Demarcus Christmas’s strengths include above-average size, good read-and-react, fantastic at shedding single blocks, good lateral movements to step around blocks, spies the quarterback is ready to attack passing lanes when the opportunity comes and shows athleticism to find the ball. He definitely has a chance at making an NFL roster in 2019. Demarcus Christmas is an underrated prospect in the NFL Draft and should get more looks.
Projected Round Selected: 6th to 7th, Possibly Undrafted
Possible Landing Spots: Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, or Minnesota Vikings
Matthew Eaton II Wide-Receiver, Iowa State
Weight: 210 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.48 Seconds
Vertical Jump: 28.5 Inches
Matthew Eaton II could very well be a fantastic wide receiver in the NFL and could really help a team in the receiving department. He’s very quick and does a great job bringing the ball in for receptions. In the right offensive scheme, Matthew Eaton II could elevate a team’s passing game and add depth to a team’s receiving corps. Eaton’s strengths include high pointing the ball to bring in passes, running quick routes that are clean, he’s good getting to the end zone once he has possession, and can win one on one battles on slant routes. He’s an overall good wide receiver on deep passes and short-to-intermediate pass plays. Matthew Eaton II is definitely an underrated prospect that deserves more eyes on him at the NFL Draft.
Projected Round Selected: 4th to 7th Round or Undrafted
Possible Landing Spots: Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, or Oakland Raiders
All of these players are potential stars. They are underrated prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Each one of these players should definitely get more looks come draft night and deserve to find an NFL team. Personally, I hope to hear all three of their names called in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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