NFL Draft 2013: Matt Elam and the Top 5 Steals in the First Few Rounds

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NFL Draft 2013: Matt Elam and the Top 5 Steals in the First Few Rounds
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The 2012 NCAA football season is nearing its end, with many of the top-performing collegiate players looking forward to careers in the NFL.

Throughout the year, many college analysts will form their lists of favorite players and athletes whom they believe can make impacts at the next level. However, there are many players who fly under the radar, not gaining the respect they deserve. Such undervalued players unfortunately drop into the later rounds of the NFL draft and lose out on substantial amounts of money on their rookie contracts.

Defensive stud Matt Elam, a safety out of Florida, will most likely slide down in draft value more than he should because of his lack of height. On the other hand, tight end Tyler Eifert of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish may be overlooked in the upcoming draft because of the immense talent that this draft class possesses.  

Both Elam and Eifert will be absolute steals in the 2013 NFL draft and will eventually be solid professional players, if not exhilarating stars in the league.

With the 2012-13 NFL regular season coming to a conclusion, it is time for fans of struggling teams to become familiar with potential future stars that may land on their favorite teams.  

For some reason, no matter how effective or efficient a player may be in college, endless questions will still be raised because of the belief that the NFL game is an entirely different, vicious battle. Thus, there are quite a few incredibly talented aspiring NFL players whose stock values will drop for one reason or another.

The following five players eligible for the NFL draft will be absolute steals and will immediately improve the franchises that decide to select them.

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