All Crystal Baller Offensive Team

All Crystal Baller Team

At this point, we all know who the top prospects are in the 2010 NFL Draft. But every year there are sleepers; Crystal Ballers, who fly under the radar and have a chance to shine at the next level. With that said, Scout.com's Chris Steuber reveals his All Crystal Baller Offensive Team.

So what is a Crystal Baller? According to Chris Steuber, a Crystal Baller is defined as an under-the-radar player, who will likely be a mid-to-late round draft pick and make an impact on an NFL team in about three years.

With most of the draft focus surrounding the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Sam Bradford and Eric Berry, Steuber reveals his All Crystal Baller Offensive Team. The 12 names featured on this list are prospects you will want to keep an eye on.


Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross

A four-year starter at Holy Cross, Randolph finished his career with the Crusaders throwing for 13,455 yards, which ranks fourth all-time in Football Championship Subdivision history, 117 touchdowns and 46 interceptions in 43 games.

At 6-foot-2, 224 pounds, Randolph wasn't invited to the Scouting Combine, but participated in Boston College's Pro Day on March 11th and had a solid performance throwing the ball. Randolph is a decent athlete, but only managed a 4.99 in the 40, and recorded a 31.5-inch vertical and a 9-foot-1-inch broad jump.

Randolph has received plenty of interest this offseason from NFL teams and is viewed as a solid developmental quarterback with good upside.

Draft Projection: 7th Round - UDFA

Deji Karim, Southern Illinois

A former JUCO standout, Karim had a breakout senior campaign for Southern Illinois this past season; his first year as a starter. He missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury, but emerged this past year and had 240 carries for 1,694 yards and 18 touchdowns. Karim is also a dynamic receiver out of the backfield and caught 17 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.

Karim participated in the Texas vs. The Nation Game and put together a solid week of practice. He showed his versatility as a runner and a receiver, and impressed scouts with his burst. His burst and explosion are what scouts are so intrigued with, and he displayed those skills at the Northwestern and Southern Illinois Pro Days. A Scouting Combine snub, the 5-foot-9, 209-pound Karim put together one of the best individual workouts of the offseason. He amazed scouts with his 4.40 speed in the 40, 43-inch vertical and 10-foot-3-inch broad jump. There are some who will confuse Karim with being a scat back, but don't let his size fool you – he also benched 225 pounds 19 times in front of scouts at his Pro Day.

Draft Projection: 4th – 5th Round

Jameson Konz, Kent State

A three-year starter at Kent State, Konz played on both sides of the ball for the Golden Flashes. The first three years of his career he lined up at outside linebacker, but then was switched to tight end following the 2007 season. In his first-year as the team's starting tight end, Konz suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the first game of the season, which kept him out the entire year forcing him to redshirt. This past year, Konz was moved to H-back and displayed his versatility on offense. He didn't receive a single carry, but caught 21 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns.

At 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, Konz is an athletic freak and a prospect that's flying under the radar at this time. He didn't receive an All-Star or Scouting Combine invitation, but was impressive at Kent State's Pro Day on March 11th. He wowed scouts at the Pro Day, after he recorded a 4.41 in the 40 and exploded for an amazing 46-inch vertical and a 10-foot-6-inch broad jump. Konz is considered to be a late round prospect, but with the numbers he showcased during his Pro Day, it only takes that one team to see his promise, and he could emerge as a solid mid-round selection.

Draft Projection: 5th - 6th Round

David Gettis, Baylor

A three-year starter at Baylor, Gettis has the size and speed that will intrigue teams in the mid rounds of the draft. Gettis is viewed as a bit of an enigma, because he has the size and speed to be a dominant receiver, but his statistics don't reflect the potential he possesses. Playing at Baylor, Gettis didn't have an elite quarterback throwing him the ball, which is a reason why his numbers are less than spectacular. This past season, he had his best season statistically, as he hauled in 52 passes for 675 yards and three touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Gettis participated in the Texas vs. The Nation game and was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Gettis was a standout performer in El Paso and caught the eye of scouts with his imposing frame, route running and ability to catch the ball cleanly. But it was his workout at the Scouting Combine that amazed NFL personnel. Gettis had a fair workout in Indianapolis; he ran a 4.43 in the 40, benched 225 pounds 15 times and exploded for a 34.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-4-inch broad jump. At Baylor's Pro Day on March 4th - a week after the Scouting Combine - Gettis decided to run the 40 once again and got his time down to a 4.39.

Draft Projection: 5th Round

Kelton Tindal, Newberry College

A four-year starter at Division II Newberry College, Tindal is known for his incredible speed and having a knack for the acrobatic. But he's still raw and is considered to be more of an athlete at this time than a football player. Tindal's best season was during his junior campaign (2008) when he caught 39 passes for 745 yards (19.1 YPC) and six touchdowns. This past year, Tindal had a disappointing season, as he caught 33 passes for just 437 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite not capitalizing on his junior season success and eclipsing his statistical totals from 2008 this past year, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound Tindal participated in the Texas vs. The Nation game and showcased his elite separation and ability to make plays downfield in front of scouts. Tindal wasn't invited to the Scouting Combine, but at Newberry's Pro Day, he didn't disappoint the contingent present, as he ran a 4.32 in the 40, benched 225 pounds 11 times and generated a 39-inch vertical and a 9-foot-11-inch broad jump.

Draft Projection: 7th Round - UDFA

Fendi Onobun, Houston

A former basketball player at the University of Arizona, Onobun is an interesting case who, after graduating from Arizona, decided to take advantage of an NCAA rule which allows student athletes to enroll into another school to play a different sport for one year; Onobun decided to attend the University of Houston and play football. He didn't see much action this past year, catching just two passes for 33 yards, but it was apparent that he had tremendous athleticism, and, if he were to develop his skills, he could potentially become an outstanding tight end.

At 6-foot-5, 252 pounds, Onobun has the size, speed and unique ability to separate from linebackers down the seam that will make talent evaluators salivate. He was completely off the radar this past year, and wasn't invited to any events this offseason. But on March 29th, Onobun made the Houston Pro Day an event that was worth attending; he ran a 4.45 in the 40, benched 225 pounds 16 times and generated a 37.5-inch vertical and an amazing 11-foot-1-inch broad jump.

Draft Projection: 5th - 6th Round

Chris Marinelli, Stanford

A three and a half year starter at Stanford, Marinelli possesses the versatility to play guard or tackle at the next level. Primarily playing right tackle during his career, Marinelli displayed this offseason that he has the athleticism to play either side of the line and handle the opposition well with his technique and mean streak.

The 6-foot-7, 301-pound Marinelli participated in the East-West Shrine Game and played well, but was a Scouting Combine snub. He has performed well this offseason, and at Stanford's Pro Day on March 18th, he displayed quick feet and solid technique during individual drills and also impressed scouts with his 5.07 in the 40 and 30.5-inch vertical. Scouts would like to see Marinelli continue to develop his upper-body, as he only managed to bench 225 pounds 16 times.

Draft Projection: 6th Round

Shelley Smith, Colorado State

A three-year starter at Colorado State, Smith primarily played guard during his collegiate career, but he has the size and athleticism to move outside to tackle. He possesses quick feet and moves well laterally. He uses his hands well and while his upper-body strength has been questioned, he's technically sound and is able to keep defenders at bay.

At 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, Smith participated in the East-West Shrine Game and had a good week of practice, but it was his performance at the Scouting Combine that placed him on the draft radar. Smith had a standout workout in Indianapolis. He displayed great athleticism by running a 5.03 in the 40, surprising strength by benching 225 pounds 26 times and the explosion scouts wanted to see from him by posting a 34-inch vertical and a 9-foot-4-inch broad jump.

Draft Projection: 6th Round

John Estes, Hawaii

A four-year starter at Hawaii, Estes has experience playing guard and center and never missed a game during his career for the Warriors. Estes started the last three years at center, and will have to adjust to the traditional exchange with the quarterback; Hawaii runs a spread offense where Estes snapped the ball out of the shotgun.

At 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, Estes has the size and athleticism, as well as the recognition skills required, to man the center position at the next level. He participated in the East-West Shrine Game and put together a solid week of practice and impressed scouts. Even though Estes had a solid career at Hawaii, he was snubbed from the Scouting Combine and had to rely on his Pro Day performance to elevate his draft status. At Hawaii's Pro Day on April 1st, Estes suffered a hamstring injury while running the 40-yard dash and was unable to workout the rest of the day.

Draft Projection: 4th - 5th Round

Chris DeGeare, Wake Forest

A three-year starter at Wake Forest, DeGeare, who missed the entire 2008 season due to academic reasons, redshirted and was granted a fifth-year of eligibility for the 2009 season. After starting at guard during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, DeGeare, after missing the '08 season, was moved to left tackle this past year and played very well. Even though DeGeare played well at tackle, he's projected to play guard at the next level.

At 6-foot-4, 325 pounds, DeGeare participated in the East-West Shrine Game and was invited to the Scouting Combine. At the Combine, DeGeare performed well and showed surprising athleticism for a man of his stature, as he ran a 5.12 in the 40 and posted a 32.5-inch vertical. DeGeare also displayed good strength in the bench press by putting up 225 pounds 27 times.

Draft Projection: 5th – 6th Round

Levi Horn, Montana

A former Oregon recruit, Brown transferred to Montana after he was redshirted during the 2005 season. After the transfer, Brown immediately became a fixture on the Grizzlies offensive line. A three and a half year starter at Montana, Brown primarily played left tackle during his career and has some experience at guard.

The 6-foot-7, 327-pound Horn is an intriguing prospect, who will receive late round consideration. He's a good athlete who possesses good footwork and lateral agility, but he has to work on his technique and increase his upper-body strength. Horn has the physical tools necessary to develop into a starting caliber lineman; he just needs time to develop. At Montana's Pro Day on March 15th, Horn performed well and displayed his athleticism by running a 5.12 in the 40. But, he didn't showcase the ideal strength scouts wanted to see as he managed just 18 reps in the bench press.

Draft Projection: 6th – 7th Round

Garrett Lindholm, Tarleton State

A two-year starter at Tarleton State, Lindholm started his career as a kickoff specialist, but emerged as the team's primary place kicker during the 2008 season. Lindholm possesses a strong leg, and while he's struggled with his accuracy from close distances, he's been deadly accurate from long ranges. Lindholm connected on a 64-yard field goal this past season, which ranks third all-time in NCAA history.

At 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, Lindholm is short, but has tremendous lower body strength. He wasn't invited to any offseason functions, but participated in North Texas' Pro Day and ended up being the main attraction. With the wind behind him, Lindholm netted three-of-four from 60 yards, and when he had to kick against the wind, his long was from 42 yards. The 2010 draft class doesn't feature a kicker that will be drafted before the fifth round, but the workout that Lindholm displayed in front of scouts at North Texas could ultimately place him in the late round mix.

Draft Projection: 7th Round - UDFA


A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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