November 17, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Bruins tight end Joseph Fauria (8) grabs a pass in front of USC Trojans linebacker Tony Burnett (34) in the second quarter at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Two Potential Late Round Steals for the Green Bay Packers

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UCF Knights running back Latavius Murray (28) runs in for a touchdown against the UTEP Miners defense during the second half at Sun Bowl stadium. Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports photograph

All the headlines surrounding the 2013 NFL Draft will be about the first-rounders, but there are always Pro Bowlers that fall to the later rounds or even go undrafted.

Tom Brady is the most famous of these players – the former Michigan quarterback went from the sixth round to winning three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVPs, and two AP MVPs. Brady is just one of the many reasons about why the draft is more than just the first round.

The Green Bay Packers are in search of a running back but they do not have to take that player in the first round. Arian Foster went from being an undrafted running back out of Tennessee to becoming a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the NFL’s best backs. Ted Thompson knows about this and will most likely find a good back in the later rounds.

That man might just be Central Florida running back Latavius Murray.

Murray was very, very good last season averaging an amazing 5.6 yards per carry to go with 15 rushing touchdowns. Then Murray impressed in his Pro Day by running a 40 that was clocked between 4.38 and 4.45 seconds. Murray also ran his cone drill in what would have been the fourth fastest among running backs which proves he is fairly agile.

Murray is 6-3, 222 pounds, which is great size for a running back. He also proved that he has the strength that you would expect from a player like that by doing 22 reps of 225 pounds. Murray is a player that no one is talking about and will probably go in the sixth or seventh round. Hopefully, Ted Thompson will draft him cause this guy could be a great running back at the next level for a long time.

In addition some of the best tight ends currently in the NFL were far from being the first tight end off the board.

In 2010, Jimmy Graham had to wait until the end of the third round for the New Orleans Saints to make him the third tight end off the board. There is a tight end who is the most underrated player in the draft that has all the skills to be a Jimmy Graham.

That man is none other than UCLA’s Joseph Fauria. Fauria was a playmaker during his time at UCLA due to his role as the central component of UCLA’s strong passing game along with Brett Hundley. Fauria knows how to score touchdowns which he did a lot last season with 12 receiving touchdowns.

Fauria is huge for any NFL player with a huge 6-7 frame that can go up and get the ball over safeties. Fauria doesn’t have great speed, but a 4.72 40-yard dash is solid enough for a young player of his size.

Fauria has decent strength but he profiles as a replica of Jimmy Graham due to his size and raw potential. Joseph Fauria might go in the late rounds but in a few years, 31 teams might be wondering why they didn’t take him in the first or second round.

Hopefully, the Packers won’t be one of those 31 teams.

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