Over the past several weeks, analysts across the league have posted mock drafts predicting what teams will do in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.
There are some overlapping opinions when it comes to the first round and which players will be first off the board, while predictions in the later rounds more widely vary.
Which teams will snag late-round players who prove to be hidden gems?
CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso recently ranked the 10 players he believes to be the biggest "sleepers" in this year's draft class, starting with Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven. Trapasso called himself "the conductor of the Burr-Kirven train" and placed the linebacker at the top of his position group, over Devin White (LB2) and Devin Bush (LB3). He wrote:
Of course, the latter two will be picked well before BBK. This combination means he's my biggest sleeper in this draft class.
Trabasso next highlighted N.C. State guard Terronne Prescod. He pointed out that "most have him as an undrafted talent" but opined that the guard deserves to be drafted.
Loaded with experience, the 6-5, 320-plus pounder fared well in the Wolfpack's zone-heavy blocking scheme, a feat in itself given his size. He has vice grips for hands, and while his lateral twitch will be tested against quick one-gappers at the NFL level, [his] anchor is outstanding against bull rushes or any type of power move.
Following on Trabasso's list of sleepers were Michigan cornerback David Long, Arkansas offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt, Cincinnati defensive tackle Cortez Broughton, Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien, Southern Cal tackle Chuma Edoga, Texas Tech receiver Antoine Wesley, Florida Atlantic running back Kerrith Whyte and Wake Forest guard Phil Haynes.
Cousins looking forward to continuity in 2019
Before he returned to Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center to begin offseason workouts Monday, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spent part of his weekend in South Dakota.
Cousins spoke at Fellowship of Christian Athletes events Saturday and was interviewed by KDLT News in Sioux Falls.
"Continuity helps, any time you can keep the group together," Cousins told KDLT. "There's so many complexities to the game now, and the more time on-task you can have with teammates and with the system, the more consistently you're going to be able to play at a high level. I look forward to having more continuity at the beginning of 2019 than there was at the beginning of 2018."
One piece of that continuity will be Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen, who agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension with the Vikings Friday.