ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay was asked on Tuesday via Twitter who he thought were the most underrated players in this year’s draft class. Two of the three prospects McShay named played in the SEC.
Florida running back Kelvin Taylor and South Carolina tight end Jerell Adams both were mentioned in McShay’s answer.
Florida RB Kelvin Taylor, Cincy WR Chris Moore and South Carolina TE Jerell Adams are a few. https://t.co/d3o7AhR1Yz
— ESPN Insider (@ESPNInsider) April 12, 2016
Adams caught 28 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns last season for the Gamecocks. He generated some hype with an impressive workout at the NFL Combine, and could be the second tight end taken after Arkansas’ Hunter Henry.
Adams is rated as the No. 4 tight end by CBSSports.com, and is projected as a Day Two pick. Scouts could be intrigued by Adams’ 6-foot-5, 247-pound stature — and in a thin tight end class, Adams could be taken earlier than expected.
Taylor rushed for 1,035 yards and 13 touchdowns last year at Florida. He is rated as the No. 13 running back by CBSSports.com, and is slotted as a fourth- or fifth-round selection. The son of former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor should be valued for his reliable ball-carrying skills: He did not fumble once in 510 total carries at Florida.