Ranking my top 5 Sleeper picks
1: Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois – Houston Texans, 1st round, 26th pick – The Texans lost Mario Williams via free agency to Buffalo. So in his replacement, the Texans take the nation’s leading sacker. Mercilus can convert into a standup outside rusher in Wade Phillip’s 3-4 scheme. In my opinion, Mercilus is the dark-horse of this year’s draft.
2: Rueben Randle WR LSU – New York Giants, 2nd round, 63rd pick – In a world of finding Victor Cruz type things, the Super Bowl Champions may have found another gem at receiver. Randle fills the void of Mario Manningham, and should immediately be installed as Eli Manning’s third option at receiver.
3: LaMichael James RB Oregon – San Francisco 49ers, 2nd round, 61st pick – The 49ers already added muscle to their backfield by signing Brandon Jacobs this offseason. James gives the offense a three headed monster rushing attack with Frank Gore leading the pack.
4: Chris Rainey RB Florida – Pittsburgh Steelers, 5th round, 159th pick – Rainey gives the Steelers plenty of options. His tremendous skill set can be used in the backfield, as a receiver, and as a return specialist on special teams. X-factors are a huge plus in building championship teams.
5: Bobby Massie OT Mississippi – Arizona Cardinals, 4th round, 112th pick – Massie somehow dropped a few spots. Known for being one of the better pass-blockers on the draft board, Massie should eventually become the starting right tackle on the opposite side of left tackle Levi Brown.