There’s no such thing as an unknown at the NFL scouting combine anymore, but some of the 330 invites are still receiving limited attention.
For small-school prospects, Indianapolis can serve as a proving ground that they belong with their more highly touted colleagues.
As testing begins this week, here are 10 sleepers to keep an eye on:
10. Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T
The 5-6, 179-pound running back might be one of this draft class’ most entertaining players. With a daring running style heavy on cutbacks, Cohen earned the nickname “The Human Joystick.” He stands out as a change-of-pace back amid a group that is heavy on bulkier ball-carriers. His playing style might not be sustainable as a high-volume player, but teams could be on heightened lookout for big-play threats after Tyreek Hill’s breakout year.
9. Lorenzo Jerome, S, St. Francis
Jerome recorded two interceptions and a forced fumble in the Senior Bowl to build a case for himself as one of the more intriguing prospects at a difficult position to fill. The Football Championship Subdivision All-American lacks the size of LSU’s Jamal Adams and the speed of Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore, his range and anticipation could make him an asset in a variety of schemes. Running a respectable 40-yard dash could be important for his stock, but there’s reason to believe he can continue his rise with a strong showing in Indianapolis.