The NFL draft concluded last week and the new crop of rookies is now set with their new teams. A few new offensive additions will have an immediate impact for their teams giving them instant fantasy value.
However, in between setting your daily MLB lineup, you may want to do some research on rookie wide receivers who could turn out to be sleepers. One of those might be a former Chicago prep star that the Detroit Lions hope is the new Megatron.
Seems like every year a small college wide receiver steps into the limelight. Often in depth research proves they already had the talent, they just slipped under the recruiting radar at the college level. NFL scouts are finely tuned experts at spotting this kind of small school talent.
One such player who could be a serious sleeper and probably will be sitting on the free agent board after your league draft, is Kenny Golladay. Golladay was a highly prized pass catcher out of the Chicago area after the 2011 prep season. However, he could only manage an audition at North Dakota. In his second season for the Fighting Hawks, he caught 69 balls for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns.
Golladay transferred back to his home state and after a year off, suited up for the MAC conference Northern Illinois Huskies. In his two years at Northern, Golladay would earn All-Conference honors and surpass the 1,000 yard mark both seasons, the first Husky receiver to accomplish that feat. He also proved to have a special nose for the end zone, snagging 18 touchdown grabs in his brief stay.
At 6′ 4″ tall, with a huge wingspan, Golladay may have Detroit Lion fans thinking they are witness to the second coming of the best receiver in franchise history. Golladay clipped a 4.5 forty-yard time at the NFL combine, so he has the speed to go with his size. Weight might be the only current issue, but he has an athletic body type that many think he can quickly beef up. With 20 pounds added to his frame, he will measure up almost identically with Calvin Johnson.
Everyone wants to scoop up that rookie sleeper in their NFL draft. Sometimes they turn out to be players who get passed over on draft day. Keep your eye on Kenny Golladay; because he has the size and talent to make Lion fans think they’re watching Megatron all over again.