What is a deep sleeper? It is a draft prospect that flies completely under the radar. Usually these players are a late 7th round pick or priority undrafted free agent.
“The best players will play. I don’t care if you were drafted, I don’t care if you are an undrafted free agent, I don’t care if you are old or young or whatever you are. You want to be on the field? Be the best player. Show you can handle the job and we’re going to put you out there.”
This quote and Judge’s attitude towards competition should help attract some of the better UDFA prospects. The following players are some sleepers the Giants should consider with their late 7th round picks and in UDFA.
Bryce Sterk- Edge, Montana State
Sterk was absent from the combine, but he did have an impressive pro day that will get overlooked by most scouts. The transfer from Washington was a very productive player in the Big Sky conference. His quickness off the edge should make him an intriguing OLB option for the Giants.
Jeff Thomas- WR, Miami
His lack of production in college should be blamed on poor quarterback play at the U. Thomas is super quick, and could be a fun vertical option for the G-Men. He is likely to fall in the draft because of his lack of size and production, but the way he torched LSU in 2018 is proof that he is highly capable.
Kevin Mcgill- CB, Eastern Michigan
Mcgill has enough speed (4.54 40 yard dash) and would be the tallest Giants corner at 6’2″. Eastern Michigan didn’t do him any favors with their pattern-matching scheme (similar to James Bettcher’s) last season. At his size, the G-Men could even try him out at free safety.
Tyler Higby- C, Michican St.
Higby has experience playing all over the offensive line for the Spartans, and that should make him a person of interest for the front office. A three year starter for the Spartans, Higby has the experience and smarts to step in and know his assignment as a rookie.
Mason Fine- QB, North Texas
At just 5’11”, Fine is very small for an NFL QB prospect, but Kyler Murray proved last year that smaller quarterbacks could get it done. Mason broke almost every passing record at North Texas. The dual-threat QB could compete to be the Giants backup of the future.