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Chris Steuber

All Crystal Baller Offensive Team

By Chris Steuber | Twitter: @ChrisSteuber
Player Personnel Director & Senior NFL Draft Analyst
Updated: 02/16/2013 10:00AM ET
So, what is a Crystal Baller? A Crystal Baller is an under-the radar or undervalued player, who will likely be a mid-to-late round draft pick and is forecasted to make an impact on an NFL team in three years.

With most of the focus surrounding the top-tier draft-eligible prospects, I decided to put together the All Crystal Baller Offensive Team consisting of 11 players. Find out who made the squad and what round they are projected to be selected.
QB: Landry Jones, Oklahoma
There's a lot to like about the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Jones and the experience he has under center, starting 50 games during his collegiate career at Oklahoma. But, after accumulating so many starts, the film piles up and the flaws become more magnified. While he amassed tremendous numbers and showcased great durability with the Sooners, accuracy, mechanics and overall confidence are areas Jones has to improve to be successful. With the proper coaching, correct system fit and an organization's patience, Jones has the talent to emerge into a solid starter at the next level.

Draft Projection: 3rd - 4th Round

RB: Kenjon Barner, Oregon
The dynamic skill set of the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Barner will rival that of another former Oregon running back, LaMichael James, who was a 2012 second-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers. Barner, who rushed for 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, doesn't come with as much acclaim as James did when he entered the NFL Draft, but he's as versatile and can bring a similar big play dimension that will intrigue many teams.

Draft Projection: 3rd - 4th Round

FB: Zach Line, Southern Methodist
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Line, who generated 3,946 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns over the past three years, is an interesting prospect to say the least. He doesn't possess the qualities teams covet in a running back, and it remains to be seen how he will be used at the next level. But, what Line doesn't have, he makes up for with his effort. He could be a huge asset to a team in short-yardage situations and in the redzone.

Draft Projection: 6th Round

WR: Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
The 6-foot, 206-pound Swope doesn't look the part of a premier playmaker, but when the action begins he's a player that always stands out. Swope, who hauled in 233 passes for 2,945 yards and 23 touchdowns as a three-year starter (2010 - 2012) with the Aggies, doesn't have the physical attributes scouts salivate over, but he has the highest football IQ of any receiver in the draft. He's a maximum effort, all-around performer, who understands his assignments, and is a player organizations will favor earlier than expected due to his winning style of football. It wouldn't be a stretch to say Swope will emerge as a top-5 slot receiver at the next level.

Draft Projection: 4th Round

WR: Conner Vernon, Duke
A four-year starter, who collected 283 receptions for 3,749 yards and 20 touchdowns during his career at Duke, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Vernon isn't the fastest or quickest receiver, but he is a reliable target, runs crisp routes and is a consistent pass catcher. He improved as a playmaker every year at Duke and primarily worked on the outside. But, Vernon is likely to make the transition to the slot in the NFL where his strong route running and awareness will be featured.

Draft Projection: 5th - 6th Round

TE: *Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
It was a surprise that the 6-foot-6, 255-pound Escobar decided to enter the draft, but he is an extremely gifted playmaker and features the size and athleticism that teams covet in tight ends these days. Coming off of a solid junior campaign where he caught 42 passes for 543 yards and six touchdowns, Escobar could ascend up draft boards over the next couple of months with a strong performance at the Scouting Combine and during his Pro Day. Over the next few years, Escobar could develop into a Jimmy Graham type threat.

Draft Projection: 4th Round

OT: Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
From what I've seen of the 6-foot-5, 304-pound Armstead, and it's only been a few games, the sky is the limit. Not only was Armstead a standout on the football field at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, he was also a track star. Athletically, Armstead has it all, and physically - although he has to get stronger - he doesn't get overwhelmed and holds defenders at bay. But, technically, he has to work on his hand placement and run blocking. The athleticism he possesses will be an exciting pet project for an NFL offensive line coach to develop over the next few years.

Draft Projection: 4th Round

OG: *Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
The talent is there for the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Bailey, who decided to leave school early after starting every game of his three-year career at Arkansas. But, consistency and technique have been an issue. Bailey is the type of offensive line prospect scouts find desirable and coaches want as a challenge, because the effort, tools and versatility are there, but it's all about refining skills to fit a scheme. With the right instruction, Bailey should become a quality starter.

Draft Projection: 3rd - 4th Round

C: Khaled Holmes, Southern Cal
If it weren't for nagging injuries to his ankle and leg this past season, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Holmes would be rated much higher and recognized as the top center in this year's draft. A three-year starter at USC, Holmes is a steady force inside and has experience playing guard and center, which should increase his value, given he checks out medically, as the draft process progresses. Holmes could go higher than expected, but if he falls to the third or fourth round, he will be a steal and a starter for years to come.

Draft Projection: 3rd - 4th Round

OG: Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
A name that many should keep an eye on during the draft process is the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Uzzi. Uzzi is an undersized interior lineman who won't overpower the opposition, but he has the athleticism and quickness teams that run a zone-based scheme covet. Coming from Georgia Tech, the blocking concepts that Uzzi learned should fit in well with more than a handful of teams in the NFL. Overall, he's very talented and should be considered a project, but he's well worth a midround selection.

Draft Projection: 5th - 6th Round

OT: Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M
One of the most interesting linemen available in the draft is 6-foot-5, 330-pound left tackle Foketi. He's had quite a journey leading up to this point. He played two years at Mount San Antonio College, transferred to Kansas State, and then after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury, he transferred to West Texas A&M to be closer to his family in Southern California. Foketi dominated the competition at the Division II level this past season and will be a name teams observe further at the Combine. He's a developmental prospect, but has the potential to be a good lineman in the future.

Draft Projection: 6th Round
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