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Five late round rookies who we feel will be amazing in the NFL

Brenden Rice is an above-average athlete at USC with tons of potential. He's the son of NFL great and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and knows how to attack the ball.  Hula Bowl scout Lawrence Sanft breaks down Brenden Rice as an NFL Prospect in his report.
Five late round rookies who we feel will be amazing in the NFL

The top picks in the NFL Draft dominate the headlines, but NFL rosters are made up by the players on the backend of the roster. It will be the late round guys that will come in and tear it up.

I wanted to take a look at five late rounders who I feel will have an impact in the NFL. Much like Puka Nacua the Rams fifth rounder who had a huge season and finished fourth in the NFL as a rookie.

Let’s look at five late rounders who could end up being steals.

Brenden Rice, WR, USC – I am not sure why Jerry Rice’s son fell to the 7th round to the Los Angeles Chargers, but he is sitting in a really good spot to shine. The Chargers let go both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The Chargers will need to throw the ball to someone and Rice is a humble young man. Rice was Caleb Williams top target at USC and I feel he will be a star in the NFL for Justin Herbert and the Chargers.

Khristian Boyd, DT, Northern Iowa – The Saints drafted Khristian Boyd in the 6th round and he is going to blow up defenders. His motor is non stop and I feel he will end up being a huge rotational piece for the Saints. While many see Boyd as an undersized player, he will wear an offensive lineman out. He aggressiveness is next to none. He is a mean SOB, and I think he will be a great player for the Saints.

Isaiah Davis, RB, South Dakota State – Davis is the best small schooler in the entire draft. The New York Jets drafted him in the 5th round, and he is going to eat. He is better than Pierre Strong who was drafted much higher than him. Davis is a punishing back who can catch as well. At 215 pounds he ran a 4.5 forty. Davis will be a workhorse running back, He has been carrying the work load for years for the Jackrabbits.

Casey Washington, WR, Illinois – Washington will quickly become an Atlanta favorite, I think he has the potential to be a big time threat for Kirk Cousins. Washington was not utilized correctly in college, but his week at the Hula Bowl showed me everything I needed to know. Washington is hard to cover, and finds a way to get open. He will come down with the big play and only needed a chance. The Falcons took that chance and I think it will pay off.

Daequan Hardy, CB, Penn State – I hate to put cornerback because I see this guy as a straight return man. I am going to call it now, the Bills rookie they drafted in the sixth round will have two punt return touchdowns this year. Hardy is so damn elusive, and has 4.3 forty. He is a speedy return man with great vision. I think Hardy will end up being an ace on the special teams unit for years to come.


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