One thing that always interests people were players who raised their stock or who the top sleepers were. There were a number of prospects who raised their stock like Detron Lewis, James Kirkendoll, Frank Avery and Jarrett Lee, but they weren’t sleepers, because they already had scholarship offers. These guys, however, in most cases were guys that had been barely mentioned anywhere or at least have no offers yet. Here are the top ten sleepers from the Waco Scout.com combine:
1. Billy Chavis, TE, Beaumont (Texas) Westbrook, 6-4.5, 220-No sleeper helped their stock more than this guy. Chavis could barely be called a sleeper as he was pretty well known about, but it was hard to project a position for Chavis. Coming into the camp he decided to try his skill at tight end and it paid off. He simply dominated at the position, no defensive backs could do anything with him. He made tough catches, tested well and has a big, lean body that can add weight.
2. Nick Trice, WR, Harker Heights (Texas), 6-1, 185-There was fair warning going into the camp to keep an eye out for Trice. He played his sophomore season in Germany and didn’t play at all his junior year due to a torn ACL. Some have said that he has the skills to play for a big time program such as Texas and after his performance Saturday there is no doubt about it. Trice tested great in the 40, running a 4.47 and tore it up in one on one’s. Once May rolls around and coaches are able to evaluate him in person, he’ll be rolling in offers, remember that you heard that here first.
3. Justin Chatman, CB, Mesquite (Texas) Horn, 5-11, 169-Chatman tested off the charts and shut down receivers all day. All the defensive backs coaches raved about his skills. Every receiver that had the chance to go up against him said he was the toughest guy they faced all day. He has solid size and tested extremely well running a 4.4 second 40-yard dash and a 4.22 second shuttle.
4. LeVar Brown, DE, Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated, 6-3, 239-Wow is all I can say after his performance. He was one of only two guys to get Tray Allen even just once in any of the one on one drills. He is super quick off the edge and built extremely well. He is super strong and has great footwork. He’s a defensive end who is excellent at the pass rush, but can also see the pass rush. You could literally see his stock soaring with each drill.
5. Larry Williams, CB, Forney (Texas), 5-9, 158-When you have the best 40 time and the best shuttle time at a camp, you’ve done something and that is exactly what Williams did. Not only did he test off the charts, but he did extremely well in the one on one’s, in a lot of cases shutting down wide receivers that were much greater in size. We know his pass coverage skills are excellent, but after reviewing his film, he is also very aggressive and awesome against the run.
6. Jacob Amie, WR, Tyler (Texas) Lee, 6-4.5, 215-This massive wide receiver was more physically impressive than any linebacker at the camp. He also had a solid testing day and did extremely well in the one on ones. He’s a physical, big bodied wide out who can make the catch even with a defensive back draped all over him.
7. Kenny Sims, LB, Arlington (Texas) Seguin, 5-11, 211-Sims was extremely impressive physically. He tested decent, but plays much faster than his 40 time indicates. He’s super strong and was the best linebacker in the one on one drills. He showed excellent pass coverage skills and has great lateral quickness.
8. Bradley Haynes, WR, Mansfield (Texas) Summit, 6-2, 200-This big bodied wide receiver showed up and did really well in the one on ones, but he really made his mark in the testing. He posted a 4.62 second 40-yard dash, but even more impressive he ran a 4.28 second shuttle. He has solid size and is still very raw and college coaches love that. In May, all the coaches will be coming to check out his quarterback John Chiles and they’ll fall in love with Haynes.
9. John Jones, OL, Cedar Hill (Texas), 6-4.5, 305-At first glance you expect Jones to just be another lineman with great size that needs a lot of work. While he is still raw and has some maturing to do physically, he moves very well and kept a lot of the camps top defensive lineman at bay. He showed good hand placement and good strength. It will be interesting to see how well does in run blocking on film, but this kid has potential no doubt.
10. Krys Buerck, WR, Mesquite (Texas), 5-9.5, 159-This kid found a way to catch everything. He’s not the biggest wide out in the world, but he tested extremely well running a 4.5 flat in the 40 and running one of the best shuttles at a 4.03 seconds. Where Buerck really helped himself though is in the one on one’s where made, literally every catch possible. There were times when he went up over bigger defensive backs and made catches he had absolutely no business making.