Thursday, May 2, 2013
Kiper: Late-round steals for Skins, Cowboys
By Dan Graziano
As he continues his review of last week's NFL draft, Mel Kiper Jr. has a list of players taken in rounds 4 through 7 who he thinks could make an impact this season. One Dallas Cowboys pick, one Philadelphia Eagles pick and three Washington Redskins got mentioned.
-Phillip Thomas, S, fourth round: Mel thinks he should have been drafted in the second or third round, and given the Redskins' other options, that he could possibly start right away.
-Chris Thompson, RB, fifth round: Though Redskins starter Alfred Morris was second in the league in rush yards last year, Mel thinks Mike Shanahan has a plan up his sleeve for this big-play threat to get touches as a rookie.
-Brandon Jenkins, OLB, fifth round: Could "crack the rotation as a pass rusher."
-Joseph Randle, RB, fifth round: Mel calls him the second-most talented running back on the Cowboys' roster after injury-prone starter DeMarco Murray. If that's not a recipe for touches...
-Earl Wolff, S, fifth round: With Kenny Phillips' knee a question mark and Patrick Chung still not established as an NFL starter, opportunity could exist at safety in Philadelphia.