Diamonds in the Rough - Post your Draft Day Steals

Alright so this could be a very interesting post, post a player that you think would be a great steal for the Bucs in rounds 5-7. Someone who could legit be there so please no LaMichael James, Jared Crick, Stephen Hill or anyone who will 98% certain not be there.

--Granted I'm cheating somewhat and stole three from my draft guide, but hey I'm done with all the player write ups and just editing now so it can't prejudice me anymore.

7. Shawn Loiseau ILB Merrimack(DIV-II) 6’1” 244lbs. [7.05][C-30][PV-30]

Up front, Shawn is not going to be on some team’s boards because of the same incident that kept him from getting a Division I scholarship. At one point Shawn was a highly regarded prep recruit from Shrewsberry, MA. Then at 17 Loiseau was in a fight that nearly killed a man, well two actually, he struck one individual with a piece of pipe fracturing his skill and grinded another man’s head into the ground so hard that it left him in a coma and on death’s door. Originally charged with attempted murder, Loiseau would later plea bargain down, the two men he assaulted are indicated to have possibly started it. He spent some small time in jail and when he emerged found no takers at the division one level (was thinking of Boston College originally would have been an interesting crew him, Kuechly, and Mark Herzlich). Provoked or not taking a pipe to an unarmed man’s head is simply unacceptable. I was tempted to leave him off the list as well except, he has not been in trouble once since then and at the end of the day this is America; everyone is entitled to redemption once they’ve paid their debt and earned another chance.

Speaking of redemption Shawn and Merrimack head coach John Perry teamed up to turn around Merrimack (formerly a laughing stock even in DIV-II) into a winner and playoff contender. Shawn was a man among boys at DIV-II, starting three years and in 30 games (DIV-II only plays 10 a season) he made 377 tackles(20.5TFL) , 11 sacks, 2 pass deflections, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. When he got his chance at the East-West shrine game Losieau proved that he belong among that level of players and has more upside than the typical caliber of player invited to play there. Tough and physical in the trenches Shawn is a knockdown tackler with a hard driving shoulder and superlative instincts, on tape he seems never to take the wrong angle. Strictly a two down linebacker though, he has shorter arms and has been woefully underdeveloped in coverage. Even with the upside Losieau is going to need to make his mark on special teams but could turn into a starting linebacker in either a 4-3 or 3-4 set.

9) T.Y. Hilton WR/KR/PR Florida International 5’9” 183lbs[9][I-20]

He’s placed up front here based on his return ability, and T.Y. Hilton will be the third best punt returner and second best kickoff returner in the NFL. That’s behind only Devin Hester at both and Dexter Jackson as a punt returner. Hilton is that good. He suffered a quad injury in his final game at FIU and was unable to run at the combine, but absolutely lit up his pro day workout. With the wind whipping around a breezy Florida day, Hilton clocked a 4.28 40 yard dash time, then turned around ran facing the wind at 4.38. It wasn’t just workout speed. Hilton is that fast on the field, and he’s a dynamic player who, if he had a couple more inches in height, would be an elite NFL prospect. Hilton probably also saw the field more than any player in the country the past three seasons. He quarterbacked FIU’s wildcat formation, and handled all returns while being the best WR in the Sun Belt Conference.

Just so this section doesn’t become a page all on it’s own, I’ll give you Hilton’s stats on a career basis: 37 Starts at WR, playing in 50 games; 229 receptions, 2 1,000+ yard seasons, 3,531 total receiving yards, 15.4 YPC (even while being double and triple teamed as a receiver) and 24 receiving TD’s. As a runner: 69 carries for 498 yards (7.2YPC), and tack on another 7 touchdowns, two for two on passing attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown. 49 Punt Returns for 614 yards and an eye-popping 12.5 YPR with 2 touchdowns. On special teams: a workhorse as a kick returner, with 105 returns for 2,855 yards and an obnoxious 27.2 YPR, with four touchdowns. To make matters even more offensive, in two of his four years at FIU, the kick blocking wasn’t even that good in front of him. He produced a grand total of 7,536 all-purpose yards during his FIU career. It’s mind-boggling. He was a four-time all conference selection, the focus of every opposing Sun-Belt defense he faced, and even gives good effort blocking on the edge (he’s a mighty mouse however, and he’ll get bowled over at times). As a receiver who can ONLY work the slot in the NFL, he’s going to need to work on his hands. They’re not bad, but he’s inconsistent. He’s made some highlight-reel catches, but has also run without the ball at times. He does have a history of nagging injuries at FIU, but he played through them and, given the workload he was carrying, I would have expected him to have more of them. He’s fast and agile enough to be violently good as a return man, while providing a team with a real deep weapon despite his size, but he’s never going to be a starter. Hilton will be best used as a primary return man and third or fourth WR who can provide some occasional stretch plays. Throw in a reverse or two, and that earns a high grade, even for a player who will not start.

8) Quentin Salsburry C Mississippi St. 6’2” 304lbs [6.5] [PV-90]

Quentin Salsburry could make me look very bad at some point. He was a four-year starter at Mississippi St., where he played Center, Guard, and Right tackle. He is versatile, with decent (but not good power), but he is simply not consistent. That could be due to having constantly changed positions, but on game day it sometimes looks like disinterest. The best example of this was in 2010 when he played like a stud against defensive star Marcell Dareus for the entire game, but looked like a marginal player for most of the rest of the season. He does step his game up against elite competition, but for a position that’s played largely between the ears, a guy with a questionable work ethic doesn’t look to fair too well. If he could get his act together, his versatility and natural athletic ability would carry him far, but his four years at Mississippi St. didn’t bring it, why should the next level?

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