The draft is quickly approaching, and many teams have their draft boards set leading up to the draft. Us fans however continue to try to guess what player is the best fit for our team. We have been blowing up Mock Draft simulators, and we have already found prospects we like, dislike and love. Well, I thought it would be fun to break down five players that I have a draft crush on, guys that I feel will be the best at the position even though they are not getting the love they deserve. Let’s look at the first prospect.
Nate Hobbs, CB, Illinois – This kid was not invited to the Senior Bowl, or the Combine. The Louisville, Kentucky native is 6’0 tall and absolutely crushed his pro day. He ran a 4.46 forty, had a 40 1/2 inch vertical and an 11’3 broad jump. The impressive thing is he started four years in a row at Illinois. I know Illinois football has not been great, but they run a pro defense. Remember, their head coach was Lovie Smith. The former NFL coach, who is now back with the Houston Texans. To have the length, size, speed and stats you would think Hobbs should be talked about as a second round pick, but I have looked at many mock drafts that don’t even have him being selected. I think that is a mistake, I would not be shocked if Hobbs is drafted in the fifth round. He finished his career with 168 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Hobbs is a special player, and many are sleeping. You better turn on some film! You will thank me later.
Michael Strachan, WR, Charleston (WV) – I picked a small school wide receiver because I feel he is the best small school receiver and I feel he is better than tons of FBS players right now. People are sleeping heavily on Strachan. He is a 6’5 wide receiver that ran a 4.5 forty yard dahs with a 1.55 10 yard split. If you add in his 35 inch vertical, and his 10’7 broad jump he is one of the freakiest athletes at his size. He weighs 226 pounds and is a jump ball specialist. I understand he played at a D2 school, but this kid is a track kid with a football mindset. He is not a football player with a track mindset, this kid is all football all the time and he proved it at the D2 level. He has 127 career receptions, for 2322 yards and 27 touchdowns. He will be catching red zone targets for one lucky team in the league. Remember his name, and you better go buy his autograph. They are selling on EBay right now for under 5 dollars. It is a better investment than Dogecoin!
Brett Heggie, OC, Florida – I am going to keep pounding the table for this kid. He is by far one of the best centers I have ever watched live. I did not know who this kid was until I went to the Arkansas game this year and watched him manhandle his opponent. He is a 6’4 center that weighs 310 pounds and is a straight mauler. There are not many centers that big in the NFL that can actually get the job done, Heggie can, and he has played multiple positions on the offensive line. I am a huge fan of his, and his 31 career starts helps quite a bit. He has played in 41 career games! NFL teams will love that he can snap the ball and play both guard positions. Remember his name because he will be a starter for many years in the NFL.
Hunter Long, TE, Boston College – If you trying to figure out who will be the best tight end in this draft class, better look at the Boston College kid before you just hand Kyle Pitts the award. Hunter Long is a 6’5 tight end that has Rob Gronkowski written all over him. He is a player that many have projected as going in the 3rd to 4th round, but if I am a team I am taking him sooner. I am thoroughly blown away by this kids film. He finished his career with 89 receptions, 1,297 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns. He can block and is tough as nails. He may not be the fastest kid running a 4.68 forty, but he can get open. He is from New Hampshire, he is used to playing in the cold, I could see a cold weather team drafting him!
D’Angelo Amos, S, Virginia – A former small schooler that was considered the top small school in the 2021 NFL Draft for me before he transferred to Virginia. Amos is one of the most electrifying return men who stands at 5’11 and weighs 191 pounds. He recently ran a 4.55 forty at his pro day and can be an electric safety as well. He had 1,259 career punt return yards at James Madison, do you know how hard that is to do? He was a first team All-American at JMU before transferring to UVA. He racked up 47 tackles at UVA along with 2 interceptions. He did not return a punt this year but do not sleep on him. He is my deep sleeper and my draft crush.