Three WRs lead underrated prospects

Oklahoma WR Mark Bradley is one of three wideouts among Mel Kipers most intriguing draft prospects.

Originally Published: February 4, 2005
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Mel Kiper's Most Intriguing Prospects | Feb. 3

We know who's on the Big Board of the top 25 NFL prospects and which players rank among the top five prospects at each position, but what about the rest of the guys?

Well, what better place to start examining the rest of the draft pool than with 10 intriguing prospects who are flying under the radar a bit, maybe ranking among the top at their position but not getting a lot of publicity?

The guy at the top of that list is wide receiver Jerome Mathis of Hampton. Mathis plays very fast at 6-foot-0, 185 pounds and dominated the Division I-AA ranks with his tremendous open-field running, kick return skills and ability to step up in his team's biggest games.

He entered the 2004 season as a fifth- or sixth-round pick but has now moved into the second-round area after catching 29 passes last season for a whopping 29.8-yard average and scoring nine touchdowns. Mathis is also very good running reverses, averaging 12.4 yards per carry on 14 rushes and scoring two TDs on the ground. He could end up being the best small-college receiver to come out since Andre Reed was a fourth-round selection by the Buffalo Bills out of Kutztown State in 1985.

Now, the rest of the best among this year's most intriguing NFL prospects:

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.