NFL Draft: Day Three Steals

NFL: 2014 NFL Draft
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First off, you can find gems on day three and I think many teams found gems, but maybe even diamonds. Now it is time to start developing them and hoping they can contribute at the next level. So much value in any round and some of these guys can be solid rotational players, full-time starters, key team leaders, or lastly, a Pro Bowler. That makes the Draft even more valuable and special for teams. Most of these selections will make an impact on their new teams on day one. Now, I will give you one player from rounds four through seven and then list some other notables in those rounds that I did not pick.

Sheldon Day
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In addition, on the defensive side, the Jaguars took a stout defensive monster in Sheldon Day. They drafted the Notre Dame product in the fourth round. The high motor defensive tackle showed the Jags that he can do the one thing that all defensive coordinators want and that is the ability to get to the quarterback. Now, Day does gets lost in the run game, but that is okay because they got him for that one thing. Overall, the 21-year-old produced 141 total tackles (91 solos) and 32 of them for a loss with 7.5 sacks. Lastly, The AFC South should always circle this kid on their boards or tape when they prepare to play against the Jags. Jacksonville has a great up and coming defense with lots of young talent that will grow and become the next Denver Broncos defense.

KJ D
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Secondly, a steal that stood out to me was K.J Dillon to the Texans in the fifth round. There were reports that the Texans wanted his former safety partner in Karl Joseph in the first round, but the Raiders took him, so it seemed throughout the whole draft, who would the Texans select to play the safety position? Well, when they were on the clock in the fifth round at pick number 159 they decided that the West Virginia product was the man for the job and I agree, just like Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network does too. Dillon has a chance to make an impact day one with a chance to beat out the current safeties. Dillon can make plays in both the run and pass with his size and athleticism. In the run game, he sheds blocks well to get to the ball carrier quickly that allows him to land a big hit and his great eye to read the quarterback, plus his great break on the ball allows him to flash in the secondary. Dillon should have went higher in the draft, but the Texans are happy that he fell to them. To conclude on Dillon, he finished his collegiate career with 159 tackles (119 solos) with 17 resulting in a loss and he also recorded 4 interceptions.

Listenbee
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Meanwhile, if the player the Bills drafted in the sixth round was completely healthy at the combine, he would of broken Chris Johnson’s 40 yard dash record. That man is Kolby Listenbee, who is from TCU. He is faster than a jet and you hear him as he is passing you and after he has already past you. He shows straight line speed that can be displayed while cutting and moving side to side also. He just does not stop moving and he is that one player that other teams are going to have to face that will be saying to one another “Do not let him get the ball in the open field”, which is the scariest strength about Listenbee other than taking the top off a defense. Listenbee will take the Percy Harvin role that they had put in place when he signed there, but he recently retired. The 22-year-old road runner will join Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods near the top of that depth chart. As his college career finished, the former Horned Frog totaled up 74 receptions for 1,432 yards (19.4 yards per catch) that triggered 9 touchdowns. Interestingly, he does return the football if needed.

NCAA Football: UL Monroe at Georgia
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Finally, one steal that blew my mind away was when the Washington Redskins decided to pull the trigger and draft Keith Marshall. Marshall played his collegiate ball at the University of Georgia. The running back was coming out of high school as a five star recruit and had a good first year back in 2012 when he produced 759 yards on the ground on 117 attempts that resulted in rushing 8 touchdowns. That was also the year Todd Gurley broke out. After that season, Marshall hit a crossroad as he tore his knee up and missed 20 games throughout both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. Then last season, the 22-year-old running back played in 11 games and saw more playing time since Nick Chubb was out with a gruesome injury. Marshall was limited in snaps, but he showed the explosiveness and potential to be an NFL player. Marshall brings the ability to catch the football out of the backfield and to be a solid change of pace back with power, plus quickness. Matt Jones is already there, but Marshall will steal snaps away from him. Overall, Matt Jones and Keith Marshall could be a great duo in this league.

 Other Notables:
Round 4: Dak Prescott/QB/Cowboys
Round 5: Jatavis Brown/OLB/Chargers
Round 6: Harlan Miller/CB/Cardinals
Round 7: Thomas Duarte/TE/UCLA

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