April 15, 2024

Five under-the-radar draft prospects who could sneak into Round 1

Several NFL Draft scouts have stated there are 32 first-round picks in every draft, but most years there aren’t 32 players worthy of a first-round grade.

Once the draft gets beyond the first 20 picks, it’s anyone’s guess as to what order each team ranked the remaining 220 or so players. 

Here are five players who are likely projected as second-round picks but could potentially sneak into the first round.

Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

Outside of Illinoi’s Jer’Zahn Newton and Texas’ Byron Murphy and T’Vondre Sweat, the 2024 class is thin at first-round defensive tackles, and there are plenty of teams looking for premium interior defensive linemen. 

Orhorhoro had a solid 2023 season, totaling 26 pressures, 17 hurries and five sacks in pass-rushing situations and 14 tackles with 12 run stops on run defense. 

At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, Orhorhoro is a big-bodied run stuffer who can get to the quarterback and be a disrupter in the backfield. His game is predicated on gaining leverage on offensive linemen and using his strength to explode and win one-on-one battles. 

It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Orhorhoro was the fourth defensive tackle off the board near the end of Round 1.