More so than at any other position, late round picks seem to have the ability to make a smooth transition to the NFL at the running back position. If thrust into the right situation, a mid level running back can outperform some of the most talented prospects. Just ask Arian Foster.
The 2011 NFL Draft is lacking elite running back prospects behind Alabama's Mark Ingram and Mikel Leshoure of Illinois. Therefor, teams looking for a tailback may wait to address that need until the middle rounds.
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 running back position.
Running Back: Stevan Ridley, LSU - Projected Round:3
Any running back that puts up 15 touchdowns playing in the SEC has a reasonable chance of being successful in the NFL. Stevan Ridley's bruising running style allowed him to handle the grind of the SEC schedule showing durability and consistency.
He may not be the fastest running back (4.66), but Ridley is arguably the best inside runner in this draft class. Ridley has tremendous explosion in his lower body and maintains a great pad level at the point of contact. The LSU running back also has impressive vision and surprisingly quick cutback moves. At six feet tall and 225 pounds, Ridley is a bowling ball between the tackles and very tough to bring down.