2023 NFL Draft: ESPN's Louis Riddick names his favorite B1G sleepers to keep an eye on
The 2023 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and analysts continue to weigh in on prospects that they love in the class.
On Monday, ESPN’s Louis Riddick put together a list of his favorite prospects in the draft alongside his favorite players listed as “sleepers.” While Riddick’s favorites feature a group of players likely to become first-round picks, his sleepers are players likely to come off the board later in the draft but make an early impact in the NFL.
Riddick included 2 players out of the B1G in his sleepers section with Michigan State WR Jayden Reed and Iowa CB Riley Moss. As for Reed, Riddick doesn’t believe the receivers 5-foot-11 frame will limit him to just being a slot guy in the NFL.
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He points out Reed’s feet allow him to break coverage and his return ability will fit just fine at the next level:
This young man plays big on the outside as an X or Z receiver, with the feet to defeat press coverage, the acceleration to take away cushion and make defensive backs turn, and the body control to get in and out of his breaks smoothly. And despite his frame, Reed has the play strength and hands to regularly finish in contested catch situations.
As for Moss, Riddick points to a track background, his speed and athletic ability displayed at the NFL Combine, and Moss’ ability to hold up as a tackler in the run game. Riddick expects Moss to be a sub-defense and special teams player from Day 1 but also believes that is just the starting point for the Hawkeye.
On the field, he is comfortable in press or off-coverage, with a super-fluid movement style, quick feet, very good short-area acceleration and the top-end long speed to run with the best receivers in the NFL in the deeper parts of the field… Moss also shows absolutely no hesitation in run support or as a tackler when it comes to the physical side of the game. He will put big hits on receivers and running backs when the opportunities are there. I have no doubt he will make an immediate impact in sub-defenses or on special teams in his rookie season — and that’s just a starting point.
We’ll find out where Moss and Reed wind up later this month, but it sounds like both should have a bright future in the NFL.