Trio of former SEC players make 2021 NFL Draft all-underrated team
The vast majority of attention is paid to the players that are selected at or near the top of drafts, but it’s often the late-round selections that can truly define success for an NFL franchise.
Hit on enough late-round picks and a pro team can find quality production at a premium price for years to come.
That’s what Green Bay, New England and Cincinnati appear to have done in the eyes of many college coaches that recently spoke with Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports regarding the late-round steals of the 2021 NFL Draft.
One running back selection by the Packers that these coaches believe will add value to the next level is former Mississippi State running back, Kylin Hill:
“He would have been a third-rounder if he came out the year before. I’m not sure what happened last year. But he’s super talented. He can make you miss, he’s an inside-outside slasher and was a pass-catching space matchup issue.”
Last season, Joe Burrow looked the part for Cincinnati but the Bengals didn’t have the offensive line to protect their franchise signal-caller. Adding Trey Hill to the team’s offensive line should help correct this issue.
The Bengals managed to land the former Georgia standout in the sixth round:
“He’s going to have the flexibility to move to guard. He’s got thick lower legs, a big backside and still has fast feet. He only gave up two QB pressures in 433 pass block snaps.”
Finally, the Patriots managed to land an intriguing defensive back by drafting Missouri’s Joshuah Bledsoe in the sixth round:
“He can be a starter on every special teams unit. He has man-to-man coverage skills, high football IQ and will be physical in the run game.”