NFL Draft 2011: Offensive Sleepers, Which Acorns Will Be Picked Up?

March 15, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

By now most "draftniks" and even casual followers of the NFL Draft know the top line prospects who are available this April. With everyday that passes it will be harder to find an individual who doesn't know the names Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Patrick Peterson, Nick Fairley, Julio Jones, etc.
However, what about the player labeled with the overused term of "sleeper"? Or, as Miami Dolphin General Manager Jeff Ireland famously or infamously once remarked, "I can tell you we'll be aggressive and committed to turn over rocks like I've always done, and pick up "acorns" along the way."
In this case, the sleeper or acorn is the player who isn't well known (at least to the public), isn't well publicized, and is drafted after the first couple of rounds, but yet pays benefits to a team for years to come.
Perhaps the ultimate acorn is the New England Patriots' Tom Brady, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft with the 199th pick overall. All the future Hall of ...

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