Many believe that NFL general managers earn their paychecks based on their level of success in the later rounds of the draft by uncovering those hidden gems that can push a team over the top. With the NFL’s scouting process now winding down, many names are being brought to the forefront that weren’t exactly on the tip of anyone’s tongues when the collegiate season started. This segment called Under the Radar will continue to explore just what scouts find attractive about certain prospects that may be available beyond the glamour rounds of the draft and why you’re team may be interested in landing one of these sleepers.
This installment of Under the Radar features a rather unique prospect that hadn’t played the position at which he will be drafted until one year ago. Michael Greco is a safety from the University of Central Florida who played quarterback up until the 2009 campaign with the Knights. His collegiate career bounced around a bit originally beginning at North Carolina State before he then went to junior college and eventually ended up on the campus of UCF. At a position where cerebral analysis of the offense’s intentions is paramount to success, Greco certainly has a head start on opponents as a former signal caller himself. It was the 6’3” 217 pounder’s pro day that really drew the attention of many scouts where he posted an astounding 41.5 inch vertical jump showing off his elite athleticism. Greco’s 40 yard dash was reportedly sub 4.40 which is quite impressive for a quarterback turned safety and he put up 22 reps at 225lbs. on the bench press as well.
Obviously the biggest question mark with Greco is whether or not he has what it takes to be an NFL player because of these numbers, or if he is just another workout warrior. Of course being a quarterback will aid in his development as a safety, but he still has a long way to go before fully grasping the nuances of the position. Seven games at safety with 45 tackles and 4 pass break ups including a great performance against Texas this season is nothing to sneeze at, but general managers might be wary to select such an inexperienced player very high in the draft order. Greco has off the charts size and athleticism for his position, but he will likely find himself as a 6th or 7th round selection when draft day arrives.
A number of names will be called during April’s NFL Draft that seem to be from out of left field, but don’t let Michael Greco’s be one of them. Keep looking out for more Under the Radar players shooting up draft boards or quietly lurking in the depth of this class that could make a huge impact over the coming years on Sundays.
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