Super-Sleeper Prospect Emerges in 2011 NFL Draft


After many months of preparation and research, it seems as though one NFL Draft prospect has slipped through the cracks.

Prior to this past week, no one in the country has heard of super-sleeper prospect Lynden Sharpe from Winnipeg University in Canada. Sharpe is a relative unknown because Winnipeg is certainly not known for their football program, mainly because they don’t have one, and it’s generally hard to keep tabs on all of the Canadian schools when talking about the NFL Draft and sleeper prospects like we had from Western Ontario a year ago.

Ravens tight ends coach Wade Harman was in attendance at the workout, as well as contingents from 14 other NFL teams to watch the former basketball star work out.

If Sharpe checks out medically, he could be a steal for whatever NFL team decides to take a flyer on him. At his recent pro day, Sharpe checked in at 6’7″ 1/4, 285 pounds, and ran an unprecedented 4.57 in the 40 yard dash. He missed all but two games last season as the Wesmen’s star power forward.

Like Antonio Gates before him, Sharpe will attempt to make it into the NFL on his raw ability alone, and he certainly has that.

From reports given out by the school’s official site, Sharpe also had an 11’2″ broad jump and a 44″ vertical leap. His hands measured out at 10.5″ and scouts say caught the ball really well.

Over the course of his workout, Sharpe also displayed great fluidity in the blocking drills and reportedly ran very crisp routes.

Overall, it sounds like it was a very solid workout, and Sharpe has a good chance of being drafted in April.

Like many small school players before him, he will have an uphill climb to reach the NFL, but this super-sleeper prospect appears to have more than enough physical tools to get by and possibly make an impact year one.

Several NFL coaches came away impressed with the workout, including an assistant for the New York Giants who said that Sharpe showed physical skills for his size that they have not seen in a player since Julius Peppers came out of North Carolina.

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