Looking for some sleepers for Pats

When analysts dissect the NFL draft, a good portion of the discussion is spent on the first round. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the “sleeper” category, lesser-known players like Houston offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer last year.

So who might some sleepers be for the Patriots this year?

The question was asked during the team's pre-draft party for season-ticket holders on April 3 (video above).

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay listed UMass offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse, Utah receiver David Reed and Missouri State tight end Clay Harbor as possible sleeper-type targets.

As the discussion continues, I mentioned Louisville receiver Scott Long. The Patriots had success drafting a Louisville receiver back in 2002 (Deion Branch) and maybe they’ll be eyeing another Cardinal who showed quickness and change-of-direction skills at the combine.

Andy Hart of Patriots Football Weekly focused on the running back spot and James Starks of Buffalo, pointing out that even though he missed last season, he could be a steal and fill a role as a power back who can catch the ball out of the backfield. Hart also thinks Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes would be a sleeper-type if his draft stock slips.