NFL Draft Order 2012: Late-Round Steals for Contending Teams

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIApril 28, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Lamar Miller #6 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes during a game  against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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On the final day of the 2012 NFL draft, there are plenty of potential steals still left on the board. What separates great franchises from good franchises is the ability to find serviceable and even Pro Bowl-caliber players late in the draft.

There will be plenty of opportunities to snag possible gems on Saturday. Here are four late-round steals for possible contending teams.

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Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

Marvin McNutt would be a solid late-round addition for any team in need of a wide receiver. The 6'3", 216-pound Iowa product continued to improve throughout his first three seasons with the Hawkeyes.

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Marvin McNutt #7 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the Insight Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Sooners defeated the Hawkeyes 31-14.  (Photo by Christian
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McNutt never took a step back, progressing from 34 receptions to 53 receptions to 82 receptions in 2011. He recorded 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season.

He has prototypical size for the wide receiver position to go along with strong hands. McNutt would make for a valuable Day 3 pick.


Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

Miami product Lamar Miller is still on the board on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 22: Lamar Miller #6 of the Miami Hurricanes carries the ball against Euclid Cummings #99 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sun Life Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Imag
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That won't last long.

Miller has solid size at 5'11" and 212 pounds. He has great speed, running a 4.40 at the combine. Any time he touches the ball, he could be off to the races.

In today's NFL, teams prefer to have two running backs to share the load. Expect Miller to be taken early in the fourth round. He could help a team right away.


Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins was a three-year starter for the Spartans. His work ethic, decision making and ability to be a leader to a football team translate well to the next level.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 02: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Michigan State Spartans throws a pass against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl January 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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His size at 6'3", 214 pounds is a strength, not a liability like some of the other quarterbacks in the draft. 

Cousins may be more of a game manager in the NFL, but there have been plenty of examples of quarterbacks who succeed in that type of situation.

He would be a solid addition to a contending team because of his experience and knowledge of the game. If a starter went down with injury, Cousins could step in and be serviceable until he returns.