When it comes to talking NFL draft there is one term that grabs everyone’s attention – sleeper pick. They are those rare diamonds in the rough that with the right situation and good coaching can become more valuable than the bigger names that came off the board before them.
For this year’s draft Reggie Mckenzie and company are operating almost exclusively in sleeper pick country. They’ve got to find value in every pick and with only five of them in hand each one must count.
Just a few years ago the Raiders took a sleeper by the name of Jared Veldheer in the third round. All he’s done is gone on to become a fixture at left tackle for the silver and black. The sleeper we’re discussing today isn’t likely to go as high as round three but Albion College cornerback Chris Greenwood is generating plenty of interest.
The Raiders are among a growing list of teams that have Greenwood on their radar. His pro day opened plenty of eyes now the only question is can he play at the next level? Without knowing much about Greenwood here is a brief overview of this late round sleeper.
Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion College
Strengths: Amazed at his pro day by running a 4.4-second 40 and popping a 43” vertical. Has great size for an NFL corner. Makes plays on the ball. Great straight-line speed allows him to close quickly.
Weaknesses: Technique needs work, doesn’t look fluid in hip movement. Major concerns that Greenwood will be able to handle the type of talent he’ll have to defend every week in the NFL.