NFL Draft Steals Part 1
The buzz of the NFL draft has faded some, but there is much more to discuss. Today I want to talk about the steals of the draft. To get a “steal” a team must get a good player who exceeds the value of that draft pick.
1.) Baltimore Ravens: CJ Mosley, Terrance Brooks, Michael Campanaro
The Ravens got a top 10 talent in CJ Mosley at 17. He will start right away, next to Darryl Smith in the Ravens 3-4. Terrance Brooks is probably a day 1 starter, he is an incredible athlete. I had a second round grade on him and was surprised when Baltimore did not take him in the second round. To get him in the third round is simply incredible. Campanaro is a gem in the seventh round. He is a Wes Welker type of player. He has potential and there is time for him to develop in a strong receiving group.
2.) Cincinnati Bengals: Darqueeze Dennard CB Michigan State
I thought Dennard was the best cornerback in this draft class and two went before him. He is a technically sound savvy corner, with ball skills. I think he could be an interception machine in the NFL.
3.) Carolina Panthers: Kony Ealy DE Missouri (60th overall selection)
Ealy might be the second best defensive end in this draft class and was definitely a first round talent. Ealy went in round 1 in just about everyone’s mock draft. The Panthers got him near the end of round 2.
4.) Green Bay Packers: Hasean Clinton-Dix, Devante Adams
I thought Clinton-Dix was a top 15 talent. The Packers got him at pick 21. Devante Adams was a potential first round pick. He is a tall receiver with a good frame and a great vertical jump. With the 53rd selection, Green Bay got an instant red zone threat.
5.) Washington Redskins: Morgan Moses OT Virginia
I considered Moses to be the fourth ranked tackle by a landslide. 8 tackles were taken in front of Moses. Moses could have been a late first round pick in my evaluation but fell to the early third.