Anyone can track down the stud players available in the first round of the NFL Draft. It takes a true eye for talent to track down the hidden gems in the middle and later rounds.
Nothing is more of an inexact science than the NFL Draft. Year in and year out first round prospects become forgotten, while late rounders blossom into the stars we watch on Sundays. So which players in the 2011 NFL Draft fit this mold
Here at Mockingthedraft.com we are going to put together a team of underrated prospects that have a chance to outperform their draft position. In order to be considered a sleeper, a player cannot be a consensus first round prospect, and must not be considered one of the top three to five players at his position.
Today we take a look at the quarterback position, perhaps the most difficult position to identify a sleeper prospect. However, even in this day and age of scouting, quality quarterbacks can still be found in the later rounds.
Quarterback - Nathan Enderle 6'4'' 240 - Idaho
In a deep and talented draft at the quarterback position, it is reasonable to believe that teams could find a diamond in the rough late in the draft.
One of the most underrated quarterbacks in the 2011 NFL Draft is Nathan Enderle of Idaho. Standing at 6'4'' tall, Enderle has tons of experience in a pro-style offense. A four year starter at Idaho, Enderle displayed solid arm strength and a quicker than average release. Meanwhile, his accuracy and decision making are adequate. His stats suffered a bit this season, which may have been due to effects from his 2009 shoulder injury.
A Chemistry and Pre Med major at Idaho, there is little doubt that Enderle will be able to absorb any playbook at the NFL level. He has all of the intangibles a team should look for in a middle round quarterback. Enderle has the size, arm strength, experience, intangibles, and accuracy. The only thing he lacks is a pedigree from a big time college football program. That shouldn't scare teams into passing on him in rounds 3-5.
Some other sleeper candidates at the quarterback position include T.J. Yates of UNC, Pat Devlin of Delaware, and Joshua Portis of California-PA. Who is your favorite sleeper quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft? Discuss.