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NFL Draft 2018: 5 Sleeper prospects

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Every year in the NFL, there are prospects who fly under the radar in the draft only to make a significant impact in their rookie season.

It takes an astute GM to find such gems and here we look at five sleepers from this year’s class who should be firmly on the league’s radar.

LB Genard Avery, Memphis – One of the top athletes in an extremely deep linebacker class, Avery is a player who deserves to be talked about more given his production.

Racking up 22 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2017, Avery brings significant pass-rush upside and can play sideline to sideline and downhill. He plays with aggression and thud that belies his 6-0 and 248-pound frame. Getting him at any point beyond round two will be a steal.

CB Isaac Yiadom, Boston College – Seen as a day-three guy, Yiadom has the tape and the physical makeup of a cornerback who deserves to be taken considerably higher.

At 6-0 with arms just over 32 inches, Yiadom fits the mold of the long corner so many teams are looking for. He is physical in press coverage, jamming receivers with a powerful punch that can throw them off their routes, but is also athletic enough to fluidly turn his hips and maintain tight downfield coverage.

With that kind of versatile skill set and impressive on-ball production (22 pass deflections) in his college career, Yiadom is a mid to late-rounder who could become a year-one contributor at an extremely important position.

Panthers 鈥?Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn: Carolina is in desperate need of reinforcements at Bruce Irvin Authentic Jersey corner. Davis’ size (6-1, 206) makes him better suited to take on super-sized NFC South receivers like Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Mike Evans.

Buccaneers (from Rams via Bills) 鈥?Donte Jackson, CB, LSU: Did we mention that atrocious Tampa pass defense? Jackson isn’t big (5-11, 178) but has excellent speed. So in some ways, pretty much Brent Grimes, just 12 years younger.

Elite David Backes USA Jersey Titans 鈥?Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State: An exceptional athlete (41陆-inch vertical, 4.54-second 40 at the combine), he’d add another dimension to Tennessee’s passing attack and could take over the primary role in a year if Delanie Walker, soon to be 34, isn’t re-signed beyond 2018.