2010 Texas vs The Nation Future Studs and Sleepers
By Cecil Lammey
July 6th, 2010

Each year I travel to every major College All-Star Game during January to scout the incoming crop of rookies. This year I attended the Texas vs The Nation Game in El Paso, and saw many players that could be starring on Sundays in the near future. Let's take a look at some potential studs and sleeper prospects to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues.

Jonathan Crompton - San Diego Chargers

6'6" 235 lbs. - Tennessee - Fifth-round pick (168th overall)

College Stats
Att
Comps
Yards
TDs
INTs
Rush
Yards
TDs
2009 Season
384
224
2800
27
13
44
-52
1

What he showed during practice

Crompton was by far the best quarterback in this game, and looked better than everybody but Dan LeFevour at the Senior Bowl. He can throw with plenty of zip and effectively hit receivers in stride 20-yards down field. He can put the ball in just the right spot where his receiver can get it, but a defender cannot. He does a good job of carrying out play fakes, and is aggressive when going after the edges of the defense.

Why the Chargers drafted him

The Chargers drafted him as a developmental quarterback to either trade or play backup to Philip Rivers.

Future Stud or sleeper?

Crompton has the potential to be a future stud if he continues to develop. Crompton did not do much during his college career until head coach Lane Kiffin came to the Volunteers.

Deji Karim - Jacksonville Jaguars

5'9" 200 lbs. - Southern Illinois - Sixth-round draft pick (180th overall)

College Stats
Rush
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
2009 Season
240
1694
18
17
212
1

What he showed during practice

Karim is basically a bowling ball with legs who runs with a low center of gravity and is hard to bring down. He showed decent burst in the open field, but will never outrun a defense for a big play. He can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield, and has a nice stiff arm to get through defenders.

Why the Jaguars drafted him

The Jaguars need a back that can imitate what Maurice Jones-Drew does on offense. Karim is not an elite player like MJD, but their stature and game is similar.

Future Stud or sleeper?

Karim is a sleeper with good upside. If MJD were to miss time with an injury then the Jags would use a RBBC featuring Karim and second-year back Rashad Jennings.

Marcus Easley - Buffalo Bills

6'1" 215 lbs. - Connecticut - Fourth-round draft pick (107th overall)

College Stats
Rush
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
2009 Season
1
11
0
48
893
8

What he showed during practice

Easley immediately grabbed my attention at the first day of practice because of his size. Easley has strong hands and will consistently high point passes with his arms extended away from his body. He has a good vertical, can out-jump smaller defensive backs. He played on a run-heavy team, and thus learned how to be a fantastic run blocker.

Why the Bills drafted him

The Bills need help at the wide receiver position. Easley has the upside to be a strong #2 wideout in the future.

Future Stud or sleeper?

Easley is a sleeper with good upside. He went from a walk on to a key contributor for UCONN last year, and the skill he's shown is just the tip of the iceberg for what he could be.

David Gettis - Carolina Panthers

6'4" 215 lbs. - Baylor - Sixth-round draft pick (198th overall)

College Stats
Rush
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
2009 Season
0
0
0
52
675
3

What he showed during practice

Gettis catches everything thrown at him…with his body. Rarely did a pass intended for Gettis hit the ground, but he was always body catching those passes. Coaches were working with him to use his hands, and by the third day of practice he was catching properly. He can gain significant yards after the catch, but struggles with running precise routes.

Why the Panthers drafted him

The Panthers selected three wide receivers in the 2010 NFL Draft (Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards, and David Gettis). They are looking for a youth movement at the position.

Future Stud or sleeper?

Gettis is a sleeper with decent upside. Coaches love his size and the fact that he rarely drops passes. He'll play as a reserve receiver, and could be a candidate for the practice squad this year.

Trindon Holliday - Houston Texans

5'5" 165 lbs. - LSU - Sixth-round draft pick (197th overall)

College Stats
Rush
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
2009 Season
27
126
1
3
36
0

What he showed during practice

He looks like Chargers RB Darren Sproles on the field. He'll drop too many easy passes as he's focused on gaining yards after the catch. He's very quick and very elusive, but seems to make better cuts further in his routes and has build up speed. Holliday is a dangerous weapon, but doesn't have the consistency to be much more than a return man.

Why the Texans drafted him

They needed help in the return game.

Future Stud or sleeper?

Holliday is a sleeper with low upside. What you see is what you get with him. He needs to stop dropping easy passes, and the Texans may use him on a few WR screens this year. He's going to be a return specialist for Houston, but could play a little third-down running back or slot receiver if need be.

Clay Harbor - Philadelphia Eagles

6'3" 240 lbs. - Missouri State - Fourth-round draft pick (125th overall)

College Stats
Rush
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
2009 Season
0
0
0
59
729
4

What he showed during practice

Harbor has exceptional body control, and can twist his body to adjust to poorly thrown passes. He consistently made big plays on the practice field. The first play I made a note of was his one-handed catch that he made while getting two feet inbounds…going backwards. It was simply an amazing athletic play for such a big man. I like the way he'll get physical with linebackers in coverage. The next play that stood out was an over the shoulder catch that he made with a safety draped over him trying to go for the ball.

Why the Eagles drafted him

The Eagles love to throw the football around, and needed more playmakers at the tight end position behind Brent Celek.

Future Stud or sleeper?

Harbor is a sleeper with high upside. He's not much of a blocker, but can make jaw dropping plays as a receiver. He could be an H-Back or move tight end for the Eagles.

Please feel free to email me at lammey@footballguys.com with any questions or comments.