Draft Day Steals

Levi Brown

Scout.com's Adam Caplan takes a look at six players who could wind up being draft day steals down the road with their new teams.

Levi Brown/QB/Troy St./Seventh Round/Buffalo Bills - Buffalo surprisingly waited until the seventh round to address the quarterback position.

It could be that they want to give Trent Edwards another chance. Or it could be new coaching staff wants to take a longer look at Brian Brohm.

The bottom line is the future at the quarterback for the Bills is unsettled.

With Brown, Buffalo is getting an athletic quarterback with a good arm. Brown's big issue is that he tends to push the ball than firing it. That mechanical flaw is very fixable, according to several personnel evaluators.

The Bills won't be asking Brown to play this season, but once the two other quarterbacks have their futures settled after this season, Brown could be moving up the ladder on the depth chart rather quickly.


John Skelton/QB/Fordham/Fifth Round/Arizona Cardinals - The right-handed thrower has easily the strongest arm of any quarterback available for the 2010 NFL Draft.

However, because of some small issues with his mechanics, Skelton fell down a bit to the fifth round.

Skelton, when he's at the top of his game, looks like a star in the making. But there are times that he misses open receivers and misses on throws that he should easily be able to make.

Skelton wowed scouts with his arm strength during the NFL Combine. That same power was evident in a private workout for the the Cardinals, a source said.

Unless new starting QB Matt Leinart has a good year, it's doubtful that the team will pay him his base salary of over $7 million in 2011. With that being the case, Skelton could get his chance to play sooner rather than later.


Marcus Easley/WR/Connecticut/Fourth Round/Buffalo Bills - Until his Senior season, Easley probably would have gone undrafted. But his final season at Connecticut opened the eyes of many NFL teams.

Easley, who has good size, posted close to 50 receptions in his final season, but with over 18 yards/catch.

What also boosted his draft value was a very good performance during the NFL Combine earlier this year. He posted a solid 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. His 10-yard and short shuttle times were also solid.

Easley was fortunate to get drafted by a team which has big issues at receiver. The Bills open have one starting job set, so the rookie will have a chance to move up the depth chart quickly.


Jimmy Graham/TE/Miami/Third Round/New Orleans Saints - It's not often that a team will spent a third-round pick on a player who only saw action in 10 games as a collegian.

But Graham's movement skills were so good on film that just that small sample was good enough to attract teams at the NFL level.

It also didn't hurt that he looked good during Senior Bowl practices earlier this year. He followed that up with a very strong NFL Combine performance, including a 4.56 40-yard dash time.

Graham, who stands over 6-6, could eventually take over the starting job after the 2011 season when veteran Jeremy Shockey's contract expires. 


Matt Tennant/C/Boston College/Fifth Round/New Orleans Saints - Tennant had a higher grade from some other teams (third round), but fell off a bit because he lacks the desired athleticism.

However, Tennant was one of the better run blocking interior offensive linemen available for this year's draft. Tennant also is capable of playing guard.

Tennant could get his chance to play in 2011 since starting C Jonathan Goodwin's contract expires after this coming season.


Arthur Moats/OLB/Buffalo Bills/Sixth Round/James Madison - Moats played defensive end in college, but will transition to the outside linebacker position at the NFL level with the Bills.

Moats is considered small by NFL standards, but has 33 3/4 inch arms. Having long arms is a good trait to have for a pass rusher.

Some personnel evaluators have likened Moats to Pittsburgh Steelers OLB James Harrison--a smaller player who has a great motor and is hard to keep off the quarterback.

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