I have my own personal list of the top 1,000 players in this draft. The ones below represent the most underrated on offense -- 10 prospects that will get drafted beyond the first round and lower than they should, but ones whom I believe will enjoy long, impactful careers in the NFL. On Tuesday, I covered the 10 most underrated defensive players this draft has to offer.
Most underrated offensive prospects
Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan: Beavers (6-foot-4 5/8, 321 pounds, 5.26 40-yard dash) always seemed to elevate his game against better opponents in college, which bodes well for his move to the NFL. He's coming off a strong pro-day performance. He does need to get stronger, but some team will take him in the second round and get a very good player with a ton of upside.
Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Booker (5-10 3/4, 219) hasn't been able to run an official 40-yard dash because of injuries, but he does have the speed and quickness to play the position. He has very good hands. He did not play as well in 2015 as he did in 2014 because of a torn meniscus that limited him to 10 games. He's a workhorse back who had 560 carries and 80 receptions in his two seasons at Utah. He should be a second-day (Rounds 2-3) bargain.
Joe Dahl, OG, Washington State: Dahl (6-4 1/8, 304, 5.11) is one of my favorites in this draft. I like players who transfer up (think J.J. Watt); Dahl spent his freshman year at Montana before transferring to Wazzu, where he was a three-year starter at left guard and left tackle. He could play multiple positions at the next level, including center, but I think guard is his best position. He's strong (28 bench reps). Some team will draft him in the second round; others will wish they had.
Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana: Howard (5-11 7/8, 230) was a transfer from UAB after the school temporarily gave up football. I love what he did against two really good defenses in back-to-back games last November, rushing for 174 yards vs. Iowa and 238 yards vs. Michigan, with a pair of touchdowns in each game. Howard was a very productive college back who should put up numbers in the NFL.
Germain Ifedi, OG, Texas A&M: Ifedi has good size (6-5 3/4, 324 pounds), long arms (36 inches) and is strong. He played guard and tackle at A&M and could start at multiple positions in the NFL. He's not a first-round player like the tackles he followed at A&M, but he should have a solid career in the NFL.
Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama: Kelly (6-4, 311, 4.93) will play center in the NFL, and he's a plug-and-play rookie starter who I think will have a 10-year NFL career. In 659 plays last year against SEC opponents, Kelly had zero penalties and gave up only one sack. He's a very dedicated player who increased his muscle mass every year in Tuscaloosa.
Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA: Payton (6-1 1/8, 207, 4.47) is a try-hard, every-down player who excels in the clutch. He made 145 catches for more than 2,000 yards over the last two seasons. He's a good and willing blocker. The former Bruin is a hard worker with a lot of upside.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma: Shepard (5-10 1/4, 194, 4.48) will be a slot receiver in the NFL. He has great hands and quickness for the position, and reminds me a lot of Wes Welker. I think he'll also be a top punt returner in the NFL. He's a great character guy who will be a Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) bargain for some team.
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana: Spriggs (6-5 5/8, 301, 4.85) is athletically special, and nowhere was that more apparent than at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he was the top prospect at his position in four events. He's also very strong (31 bench reps) and light on his feet. He has the ability to play in the NFL for a long time.
Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State: Whitehair (6-3 3/4, 301, 5.0) has shorter arms (32 3/8) than you'd like, but he's really a good player. He played left tackle at K-State; in the NFL, his best position is going to be guard, maybe even center. He's a high-effort player who should play for a long time in the league.