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August 23, 2006
Nobody's perfect: Sleepers we never saw coming
Rivals.com missed on Virginia offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, giving him a three-star ranking in 2002. We missed on Ohio State's A.J. Hawk, another three-star in the class of 2002. They were the fourth and fifth picks in April's NFL Draft.
But coaches are flawed, too.
Utah was one of the only schools to offer a scholarship to a two-star recruit from La Mesa, Calif., named Alex Smith. The quarterback went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Ferguson, Hawk and Smith are classic examples of sleepers. Maybe you didn't pay attention to them during recruiting. Maybe you didn't pay attention to them when they came in during mop-up duty. But eventually, they will be noticed.
This is your guide to who could break out this season.
These are the rules for being a sleeper on this list: The player was not a four- or five-star recruit, did not make a postseason all-freshman team and did not make a preseason all-conference team.
Here's your countdown of the top sleepers for 2006: