2023 NFL Draft Offensive Sleepers

2023 NFL Draft Offensive Sleepers

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2023 NFL Draft Offensive Sleepers

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The 2023 draft cycle is in full swing as players are declaring and rosters for the Senior Bowl, Shrine Bowl and other draft showcases are being assembled. This means it’s time to look at everyone’s favorite sleepers. This draft is full of them which is why I decided to breakdown 10 offensive sleepers from various schools that you need to keep an eye on for this upcoming draft: 

QB: Michael Pratt, Tulane

Tulane is having a great season having gone 11-2 and making a New Year’s Six Bowl game vs USC. Pratt has been a large part of their success having a really good campaign both on the ground and in the air, pivoting himself towards NFL draft attention. Pratt possesses the high level arm strength and awareness that NFL coaches like, yet also has the ability to evade tackles in the pocket and extend plays. Pratt is on the smaller side at 6-3, 210 pounds but he has intangibles and plays at a safe level of football. He posted 2775 yards, 25 touchdowns and only five interceptions with a 64.6% completion rating off just 207 completions on 321 attempts. On the ground, Pratt added 395 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s currently sitting as a fifth round prospect and I won’t be shocked to see him end up being picked around the third round. 

Team Fits: Cardinals, Buccaneers, Rams

HB: DeWayne McBride, UAB

McBride is a complete back, he has really long strides with elite level agility that allows him to stop and start on a dime. He easily has break away speed and just pure power as well. McBride doesn’t go down easy, and he’s elite at finding a running lane and flipping into a second gear towards the second level. At 5-11, 210 pounds, he’ll likely run in the 4.4 range and it shows on film. In his career, McBride averaged 7.3 yards per carry over just 31 games but 2022 was a different type of season for him. He posted 1713 yards off just 233 attempts with 19 rushing touchdowns doubling his career total to 36. Current projections sit McBride around the 6th round but he might sneak his way into the top 70. 

Team Fits: Raiders, Colts, Vikings

HB: Rasheen Ali, Marshall

It’s still unclear if Ali will declare for the draft or stay at Marshall for another season. Ali was sensational in 2021 before a personal issue limited his 2022 season to just two games in which he continued to look dominant. During the 2021 campaign, Ali found his way into conversations as the best back in college football and it was frankly more than deserved. He’s an impressive 6 feet tall at 208 pounds while also having breakaway speed and more than elite athleticism. Ali does a great job working out of the backfield as well on route concepts or simply a checkdown option. 2021 saw him post 1401 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on 250 attempts. He also added 334 receiving yards for two touchdowns off just 45 receptions. Due to a lack of film and experience, Ali is sitting around a seventh round selection but possess day two talent. In this case, Ali’s lack of experience may prove to be beneficial as he has less wear on his tires

Team Fits: Dolphins, Bengals, 49ers

WR: Andrei Iosivas, Princeton

Princeton has one active NFL player right now, and none drafted since 2016. Iosivas is going to change that pretty quickly. Iosivas is 6-3, 200 pounds and a dual sport athlete. His 6.71 second 60 meter dash is an NCAA record. He also is a 3x NCAA heptathlon champion in which one competes in seven events including the 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump, and the 800m among others. Simply put, he’s an athlete’s athlete. After walking on the team in 2018, he’s gone on to post 125 receptions for 1909 yards and 16 touchdowns in just 29 games. He possesses an elite catching radius with natural hands and smooth route running. He’s obviously fast but he’s quick also, especially after the catch. Iosivas has a combine invite where he’s projected to potentially break the 40 yard dash record. He won’t be sitting as a borderline drafted player any longer. 

Team Fits: Titans, Patriots, Seahawks

WR: Jake Bobo, UCLA

Bobo transferred to UCLA after spending four seasons at Duke and it worked out pretty well. He maintained the same speed and hands he had working from the slot but exploded when it came to his route running. Bobo isn’t your traditional slot receiver as he’s 6-5, 215 pounds, but just feels like a natural though he can work outside into the boundary. Bobo’s frame is going to really draw him NFL attention. After posting 789 yards and nine touchdowns in 2022 off just 54 receptions, he’s shown the ability to create space and also be an explosive playmaker after the catch. His run blocking is good enough to warrant some consideration at tight end if he puts on weight which might be best for him. 

Team Fits: Eagles, Dolphins, 49ers (big slot WR/TE)

TE: Josh Whyle, Cincinnati

Speaking of an actual tight end now, Whyle is being underrated in a high end tight end class. Whyle hasn’t quite had the breakout many were expecting but he’s maintained consistent enough play, especially in blocking to get NFL attention. Whyle has posted 1062 yards, 88 receptions, and 15 touchdowns in his career since 2019. He has an imposing 6-7, 240 pound frame and moves really well in space. His route running is crisp and he’s able to really put himself in a position to make a ton of receptions and turn around after for chunk gains. Mock draft boards are putting Whyle around the 6th round projection but I can’t see him going any lower than the 4th following the Senior Bowl and other testing events. 

Team Fits: Bengals, Texans, Cowboys

OT: Mark Evans, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

Arkansas Pine-Bluff isn’t known for their top NFL draft prospects but Mark Evans is going to impress numerous scouts and play in the NFL for a long time. In 1117 pass blocking snaps since 2019, Evans has allowed four sacks and 34 pressures at left tackle. Evans is 6-5, 295 pounds and moves extremely fluid for his size. He’s dominated the division two ranks and will look to impress in the Senior Bowl as well. Evans is roughly projected as a seventh round pick but the Senior Bowl and Draft Combine will drastically move his stock, especially with his fluid and powerful nature. 

Team Fits: Chiefs, Chargers, Broncos

OG: Henry Bainivalu, Washington

Bainivalu’s best fit in the NFL might end up being at offensive tackle, a position he hasn’t played since high school. Bainivalu moves super well, with extremely quick feet and a powerful upper body. At a 6-7, 310 pound frame, it’s hard to see Bainivalu not getting work at offensive tackle in the pre-draft and rookie minicamps. He’s only allowed four sacks and 32 pressures in nearly 1200 pass blocking snaps while also having a 6.2 yard per carry when lead blocking. Bainivalu has all the measurable teams will like and seems like a ball of clay that coaches are going to want to work with. He’s projected as a fifth round pick but he can easily rise up towards a third round selection. 

Team Fits: Browns, Lions, Patriots

C: Christian Hanyes, UConn

Haynes is one of the strongest and most athletic lineman I have personally watched. He has an excellent blend of raw athleticism and intangibles. His foot speed and upper body move in a neat fashion also. He does a fantastic job in run blocking where the constant will drive defenders back. UConn saw Travis Jones drafted in the second round last year and that’ll likely be the same with Haynes. In 2022 he had his best season ever with only four pressures allowed in 350 pass blocking snaps. Hanyes will need to work on his penalty problem having 18 flags in only three years, but there’s a lot to work with. 

Team Fits: Ravens, Colts, Bengals

C: Joe Tippman, Wisconsin

Tippmann quite possibly is the biggest sleeper in the draft. He’s sitting roughly around a fifth round pick currently, but after the pre-draft process he might end up as a back end first rounder or high second round pick. In 625 pass blocking snaps over two seasons, Tippman has allowed one sack and nine pressures, which is more than elite. He’s an athletic freak especially with his movement speed and power at 6-6, 317 pounds. Tippman is next in line for the Wisconsin offensive lineman NFL pipeline. He’s one of the strongest lineman in the class and following the Combine expect to hear his name constantly. 

Team Fits: Raiders, Cowboys, Panthers

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