The draft has ended and now starts the grading process, over analyzing some picks, and predicting stats. A lot of talent was picked out of the state of Florida. The question is though who was picked after round one that may have been undervalued to make an immediate?
Let’s start with home grown Tampa product Marlon Mack. Mack USF’s all-time leading rusher finds himself in Indianapolis. Mack will be able to carve out a role early in his career. Possibly on third downs or change of pace behind veteran Frank Gore. The colts were ranked 23rd in team rushing last season and will be looking to bolster that stat for star QB Andrew Luck. Mack will be competing with Robert Turbin, and Josh Ferguson for the role to be Gore’s backup. Mack has a realistic opportunity to step up and play a role on this Colts offense.
Second, we have Demarcus Walker. Walker will look to make an early impact on a stout Denver Broncos Defense. Walker will look to translate from his outside 4-3 end spot to a more inside position in the Broncos 3-4. Walker will look to utilize his great swim move to get after the quarterback at the next level, as well as contribute in stopping the run. Questions remain if he can slide inside. Playing alongside pass rushers like Von Miller and Shane Ray will help him make him make an early impact.
Third, Teez Tabor who was taken in the 2nd round by the Detroit Lions. Tabor who was thought of as a first round talent started to slip on draft boards due to speed concerns. Tabor though will fit right in with the Lions opposite of Darius Slay. Tabor who has drawn some comparisons to his new team mate Slay, and will look to slide next to him and improve a Lions defense that was ranked 25th in total defense last season.
Last but not least is Jonnu Smith, who landed with the Titans in the third round. While not a household name, Smith is one that should be known. Some may have heard of him negatively, as he was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend that led to her dousing him with boiling water. Smith though is more than that, evident in his 2014 sophomore season. He would go on to post 710 yards with 8 touchdowns on 61 receptions. Smith has been compared to his new teammate Delanie Walker and will look to work under him and use his 4.62 speed to open up the field for QB Marcus Mariota.