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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11. John Kelly, RB, Los Angeles Rams (176th overall)
Kelly is a big-time sleeper, and could prove to be a big steal in Round 6. Kelly (5-9, 212) doesn’t have the same talent as Alvin Kamara, but like several other Tennessee running backs before him, Kelly can be a better pro than he was in college. Kelly physical runner and playmaker who was extremely underused by the Vols. Kelly will back-up Todd Gurley, and will be a name to watch if Gurley ever goes out of the lineup.
12. DeShon Elliot, S, Baltimore Ravens (190th overall)
DeShon Elliot is a solid Safety who can make an impact at the next-level. Elliot is a rangy Free Safety who excels in coming-down and “laying the boom”. Elliot will prove to be better than his Round 6 pedigree may suggest, and he could contribute right away for the Ravens.
13. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Green Bay Packers (207th overall)
Equanimeous St. Brown has great size and upside. The Packers needed reinforcements at Wide Receiver, and St. Brown was a sound addition late in Round 6. St. Brown will have a chance to crack the starting line-up early on in his career, and his play will show that he was worthy to be selected higher.
14. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Dallas Cowboys (236th overall)
This was one of the best picks in the entire draft. Bo Scarbrough is a violent runner who is effective running north and south. The Cowboys offense is built around the run, and Scarbrough is a perfect fit for what their offense is predicated around. Scarbrough should be a contributor for the Cowboys, and he was a tremendous selection for Dallas in Round 7.
15. Tegray Scales, LB, Los Angeles Rams (Undrafted FA)
No, he wasn’t drafted, but Tegray Scales has been a big impact defender for Indiana. Since the start of the 2016 season, Scales finished second among all defenders in the nation with 148 solo tackles, and tied for second with 36.0 stops for a loss. Scales is all over the field making plays, and is a great athlete at 6-0 228 pounds. After trading away Alec Ogletree, the door is wide open for someone to step up & become the MLB for the Rams. Scales has a real shot to be that guy, and if his production translates to the next level, Scales could become one of the best UDFA’s in recent memory.
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