By prospects, Barnwell is talking about young NFL backups who appear close to assuming more prominent roles. As he explains in the piece, available to Insider subscribers, all prospects were in their second, third or fourth NFL seasons. All were drafted in the third through seventh rounds, or they were undrafted. All have started fewer than five NFL games. All are still playing under their rookie contracts.
Forsett and Doucet are solid choices. They are probably the best choices among NFC West players. Defensive end Nick Reed (Seattle Seahawks), receiver Brandon Gibson (St. Louis Rams), cornerback Greg Toler (Arizona Cardinals) and LaRod Stephens-Howling (Cardinals) also fit the profile.