7 slept-on 2024 NFL Draft prospects, from Dylan Laube to a Division III star, who could make a difference on Sundays

7 slept-on 2024 NFL Draft prospects, from Dylan Laube to a Division III star, who could make a difference on Sundays

UW-Oshkosh’s Riley Kallas runs the ball during their game against UW-Platteville, Oct. 13, 2018, at JJ Keller Field at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh, Wis. UW-Oshkosh beat UW-Platteville 31 – 10.
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UW-Oshkoshs Riley Kallas runs the ball during their game against UW-Platteville, Oct. 13, 2018, at JJ Keller Field at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh, Wis. UW-Oshkosh beat UW-Platteville 31 – 10.
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I watch more Division III football than most, and as a rule I like to toss in at least one D3 stud despite the tier’s well-known lack of representation on Sundays. Only six of these non-scholarship standouts made NFL rosters last fall, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. In recent years, players like Ben Bartch and Quinn Meinerz have fought their way to the middle of the draft.

Blazek (not pictured above because, shockingly, USA Today has minimal WIAC coverage) won’t rise that high. He probably won’t be selected at all. But he may be Division III’s best chance to add to its total this fall.

The 252-pound edge defender is undersized for his position, but he’s explosive and able to redirect his speed with finesse. I had the chance to see him take on Augustana at last fall’s Culver’s Isthmus Bowl where he had one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.

He also took a short yardage handoff and exploded through the line in a way that genuinely made him look like an elementary school gym teacher blasting his own students. It was delightful and at least slightly expected — he had 10 carries and four rushing touchdowns as a senior. He may not rise above the practice squad, but Blazek has the motor and intensity to make his team better, even if it’s not on Sunday.

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