The NFL Draft has concluded. There were many players that “dropped” or “fell”, and will likely perform better than their draft position would suggest. Here are our top 15 steals of the 2018 NFL Draft. The players will be listed in order by where they were selected.
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6. Shaquem Griffin, LB, Seattle Seahawks (141th overall)
Shaquem Griffin will be a great player in this league. Griffin has had the odds stacked against him, and he has succeed at every level. I am not betting for Griffin to fail now. Griffin is an explosive player who can play DB or LB. The Seahawks defense needed some reinforcements, and adding Shaquem Griffin to play alongside his brother Shaquill is an amazing story. Seattle is getting a steal here in Round 5.
7. Justin Watson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (144th overall)
Justin Watson is a small-school star from the UPenn in the Ivy League. Watson broke just about every school-record while he was there, and was extremely productive. Watson has tremendous size (6-3, 225) and speed (4.42s 40-time) that will be on display for the Bucs very soon. Watson has amassed nearly 3800 yards on 286 catches in his career, and he will prove to be a steal for the Buccaneers.
8. Marcus Allen, S, Pittsburgh Steelers (148th overall)
Marcus Allen is a hard-hitting Safety who has been a big contributor for Penn State during his four year career. Allen was a productive player, at his best down in the box, who racked up 320 tackles in his career. Allen’s fast and physical play will translate well to the NFL, and he could find himself a prominent role early. The Steelers’ secondary had some issues last year, and Allen will be part of the solution.
9. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Los Angeles Rams (160th overall)
This is a great fit for the Rams, and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo must be thrilled that he is headed to play on a Defense that is star-studded. The Rams are set at nearly every position, but they had a huge need for an edge rusher after the departure of Robert Quinn. Okoronkwo will have a chance to be very productive early on in his career, and he could find himself in a position to be a Day-1 starter for the Rams. Okoronkwo was a great addition at this point in the Draft, and he will prove to be a late-round steal.
10. Jamarco Jones, OT, Seattle Seahawks (168th overall)
Seattle desperately needs O-line help, and it was a bit shocking that they waited until Round 5 to address the position. Regardless, they got very lucky that Jamarco Jones was still around when they were selecting in the Fifth. Jones has been a sound player during his time at Ohio State, and he will be better than his Fifth Round value suggests
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