2011 NFL Draft Prospects: 20 Players Who Will Be On the Rise

January 9, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

2011 NFL Draft sleepers can be found at schools big or small.  As we've experienced with James Harrison and Wes Welker, some of the best prospects can even go undrafted.
So what does it take as a sleeper to change your draft stock after your season is over?
If you want to be a 2011 NFL Draft riser, there are several key times where you need to put on.
For senior prospects, all-star games like the Senior Bowl (1/29), Shrine Game (1/22), or NFLPA/Texas vs. Nation (2/5) are huge.  It's not just the game but the entire week of practice that counts, because the stadium is full of NFL coaches and scouts all week.
The biggest event is the 2011 NFL Pre-Draft Combine running from 2/23 through 3/1. This is where teams get to interview top prospects, check their health, and put them through drills like the much-hyped 40.
After the combine comes pro days.  Due to hand timing, and hand-picked conditions, players will usually test better at their pro days than...

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