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 drafted.
NOTE: To see all the players who made our top 15 list, click through the links above.
1. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins (59th overall)
This was perhaps one of the most shocking storylines in the entire 2018 NFL Draft. Derrius Guice had to wait until the end of Round 2 to hear his name called. Guice’s talent is unquestionable, and he was regarded by many as a top-RB. Guice’s fall was apparently due to character concerns, but this was surprising to many because this narrative had been hidden the entire draft process. If Guice can put these concerns behind him, he can be a star in this league as a workhorse RB. Washington got a consensus top-20 talent at No. 59 overall. That is a steal.
2. Ronnie Harrison, S, Jacksonville Jaguars (93rd overall)
Ronnie Harrison’s name was in the First Round conversation, but the talented Alabama Safety had to wait till the final hour of the Third Round to be drafted. Harrison’s game will translate well to the next level, and he possess a similar skill set to another former Alabama Safety, Landon Collins. Harrison excels against the run, and is at his best playing towards the line of scrimmage. Harrison will be able to contribute early to a daunting Jaguars Defense, and the team has to be thrilled to add another young star to their secondary.
3. Harrison Phillips, DT, Buffalo Bills (96th overall)
Harrison Phillips was extremely productive in his senior campaign at Stanford. Phillips amassed a whopping 98 tackles from his Defensive Tackle spot. Phillips had 17.5 tackles for loss, and also added 7.5 sacks. Phillips was overlooked because he doesn’t have elite athleticism, but his play and production should have had him selected earlier. The Bills must have been ecstatic to land Phillips late in the Third Round. Phillips will be able to contribute right away for Buffalo, and he will try to fill the hole that Marcell Dareus left after he was traded to Jacksonville mid-season.
4. Josh Sweat, DE, Philadelphia Eagles (130th overall)
Josh Sweat was rumored to be a candidate to be selected in Round 1. Sweat tested very well at the combine, and has shown flashes during his career at Florida State. Sweat posses elite athleticism that is highly demanded by most NFL teams. It was surprising to see that Sweat fell all the way to the bottom of the Fourth Round, but the Eagles must have been ecstatic. Sweat will join a D-line that already includes Fletcher Cox, Michael Bennett, Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Chris Long. Sweat will a great rotational pass-rusher, and will have a great chance for early success with loads of other talent surrounding him.
5. Maurice Hurst, DT, Oakland Raiders (140th overall)
If it were not for some of his health concerns, Michigan DT Maurice Hurst would have likely been a First Round selection. Regardless, the Raiders selected a player with tremendous upside, and if his health is okay Hurst can be a dominant player in the NFL. Hurst can be one of the best Day 3 picks in recent history if things work out in his favor.
NOTE: To see all the players who made our top 15 list, click through the links below.
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