The NFL is most commonly referred to as a crap shoot because no matter how much research and time teams invest into learn about prospects, players will still bust and you never truly know what you’ll get. However, there always seem to be players who are bound to be successful no matter what circumstances they’re put into. Here’s my list of 5 players who I know will be successful players regardless of what team they go to.
1) Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
I don’t get how people think Amukamara can end up being a bust. They used to say he wasn’t fast enough, but he turned in a 40 time of 4.43 seconds. Then they said he didn’t have great balls skills. He picked off 5 passes and knocked down 24 in 2 seasons. Corners are tough to gauge, but Prince is incredibly reliable and the type of player who you can leave on an island and not have to worry about him.
2) Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Defensive tackles in the top 10 have been incredibly hit and miss. You’ve got studs like Kevin Williams and Ndamukong Suh who are pro bowlers and flops like Dewayne Robertson and Jonathan Sullivan. Dareus separates himself from the group of busts by being an incredibly hard worker and having a non-stop motor. He’s almost unblockable and can play multiple positions in multiple defenses.
3) Rodney Hudson, G/C, Florida State
Hudson is going to succeed, no questions asked. He’s probably one of the most intense players in the draft. He’s undersized, but he plays like he’s 30 pounds heavier. He has amazing football savvy and plays multiple positions which is an amazing value for teams. I can’t see a scenario in which Hudson doesn’t succeed, which is saying a lot considering he’s a second rounder.
4) Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
I’ve stated this 1,000 times: this year’s tight end class is horrendous. Some of these players getting mentioned as day 2 prospects are jokes outside of DJ Williams. However, Rudolph has everything you want in a tight end. Good size, smooth athlete, a natural receiver, and the ability to block in-line. He’s the complete package at the tight end position.
5) Mason Foster, LB, Washington
I hate to say it, but I’m not to sold on too many of the linebacker prospects in this draft . . . with the exception of Foster. He’s got natural ability and is a leader on the field who leaves it all there. He has a good blend of size and speed and reacts incredibly quickly to plays in front of him. Foster is one of those players who refuses to fail and he’ll be a starter in the NFL for several years to come.