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Just saw this. Good exposure for Baylor.
In many cases, the excitement surrounding the NFL draft ends up building a player's value well past the level that it should be.
Even though that trend tends to be the prevalent one, there are always more than a few instances in which, for whatever reason, a player does not get quite the pre-draft push that his metrics and physical skills indicate he should be getting.
Here are five NFL draft prospects who are underrated:
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Reason undervalued: Age and 40-yard dash time
Williams was the surprise winner of a recent study I did for ESPN Insider reviewing nine of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2013 NFL draft.
He topped the group in the overall yards per attempt (YPA), vertical yards per attempt (VYPA, which measures productivity on passes thrown 11 or more yards downfield) and stretch vertical yards per attempt (SVYPA, which gauges production on aerials thrown 20 or more yards).
These rankings led to Williams placing first in the raw points, modified points and productivity points categories. He also fared quite well in height (tied for second tallest) and weight (third heaviest), two areas that helped him post the highest targets-per-game total among the measured wideouts.
The potential downsides with Williams are that he was the oldest member of the group (23 years old as of the draft) and was second to last in the 40-yard dash time (4.5), yet the former can also be viewed as a positive and the latter didn't prevent him from posting superb collegiate numbers. He has all the makings of a second-round steal.
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