Five Under The Radar Prospects: Offense

Oklahoma Sooners running back Rodney Anderson (24) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins.Photo: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Whether overshadowed due to injury or small school pedigree, every year a handful of NFL prospects are overlooked.

Below are five players who may not hear their names called until Day 3 but possess the potential to start at the next level.

RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma

Anderson managed to stay on the field in 2017, demonstrating exceptional cutback ability, power, burst and home run speed, on his way to accumulating 1,442 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns. However, he has had three season-ending injuries in just four years in college, including a right knee injury that grounded him before he could even take off in 2018. Prior to the injury, Anderson demonstrated great running power and it would often take a swarm of defenders to bring him down. The long, lean-framed runner has a knack for finding the right run lane and knows how to follow his blocks. Can he recapture the same form and if so, how long will it take to get back to full strength? If so, Anderson could emerge as the best back in this draft class.

WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio State

Urban Meyer has stated that McLaurin is one of the hardest working players he has ever been around. A thick-built receiver with excellent power and outstanding blocking ability, McLaurin is capable of de-cleating defensive backs with his devastating hits. He is also a strong runner after the catch with the ability to break tackles and excels on special teams. He was overshadowed at Ohio State due to a crowded supporting cast and being asked to do the dirty work. It would not be a shock to see McLaurin develop into an even finer pro and play a decade-plus in the league.

WR Penny Hart, Georgia State

A shifty slot option that plays bigger than his diminutive size, Hart is explosive with terrific straight line speed, plus acceleration and outstanding ball skills. His change of direction ability is elite with his ability to stop, start and leave defenders in the dust. Hart showed up for the Senior Bowl ready to perform and he put on a show in Mobile with a strong week of practices coupled with a solid game. He stands a good chance to develop into a key cog at the next level due to his ability to cut on a dime, change directions and explode in space, which makes him a draftable receiver in the mold of a Jamison Crowder (Jets).

TE Drew Sample, Washington

An exceptional blocker and above average pass catcher, Sample is a noted hard worker and mature player. He takes excellent blocking angles when seeking out targets in the second level. He has amassed 30 career starts, despite sharing duties with Will Dissly (Seahawks) for most of his career, as the Huskies have implemented various tight end formations on offense. In fact, Sample possesses a catch/block skill-set that compares very favorably to Dissly, who was a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. After a prodigious performance at the Senior Bowl, his stock might even be higher.

OG Drew Forbes, Southeast Missouri State

One of few D-II prospects with a legitimate chance of being drafted, Forbes has dominated the competition with his intense style of play, low center of gravity and stellar balance. A team captain the past two seasons, he finished his career with 35 consecutive starts at left tackle. He’ll need to add some bulk to his upper body and will need a year or two in an NFL strength and conditioning program before he’s ready to make an impact but Forbes is an athlete, who also played basketball, soccer and track in high school. His upside makes him a potential starter down the road.

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