Writers from around the Tribune Co. offer their sleeper picks for Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. Let us know yours in the comment section.
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
If Utah defensive tackle Star Lotuleilei were to slip into the teens, he’d be a steal. He’s worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick if his heart checks out, and his agent says doctors have fully cleared him after a heart scare at the scouting combine in February.
He’s a Haloti Ngata-type disruptive force in the middle, the kind of guy who can blow up a play on his own. There are enough quality offensive tackles in this draft for the Chiefs to get one in the second round. Players of Lotuleilei’s caliber are more rare.
Matt Vensel, Baltimore Sun
Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert is considered by many to be the top tight end in this draft, but he has kept a low profile during the pre-draft process. There is no buzz about him visiting with teams. Draft analysts can’t seem to find an obvious place to slot him when compiling their mock drafts.