NFL Draft 2013 Results: Biggest Steals at Radio City Music Hall
There are always moments in the NFL draft where you do a double-take. A highly talented player somehow drops to bottom of the first round or further, causing everyone to wonder how it could have happened.
Several big-time prospects fell down the board in the 2013 NFL draft, whether it was because of character concerns, prior injuries or simply a lack of judgment.
Here's a look at the biggest steals at Radio City Music Hall in 2013.
5. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: Green Bay Packers, No. 61
While the Packers haven't done a whole lot to the backfield over the years, they couldn't resist nabbing Eddie Lacy at No. 61 overall in the second round.
Lacy was projected as a possible first-round pick this year. Instead, he slid down to the bottom of the second round.
He's a powerful, agile runner who maintains balance while pushing the pile. Also, Lacy could face a lot of one-on-one situations in Green Bay, given the Packers' spread attack. That figures to make him even more of an impact player.
4. Keenan Allen, WR, Cal: San Diego Chargers, No. 76
Keenan Allen was being talked about as a potential first-round pick before the draft. The fact that the Chargers got him in the third round, at No. 76 overall, is amazing.
Allen possesses the height, athleticism and agility to be a difference-maker in the NFL. You have to figure concern over knee problems scared a few teams off.
3. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia: St. Louis Rams, No. 30
This all depends on the polarizing Alec Ogletree focusing on the football field and staying out of trouble, but if Jeff Fisher and Co. are able to reel him in, this could end up being a steal.
Ogletree's athleticism, explosiveness, range and instincts are impressive. He has the potential to play inside or outside, but he's probably best suited outside, given he plays better in space. The 6'2", 242-pounder is a cross between a linebacker and a safety, which makes sense given he used to play safety.
2. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State: San Francisco 49ers, No. 40
Tank Carradine is coming off a torn ACL, but he's a great fit with the 49ers because they don't need him to start right away.
The fact of the matter is, Carradine is one of the most talented pass-rushers in the class. He outplayed Bjoern Werner when he was on the field for the Seminoles in 2012. If he gets his explosiveness and lateral agility back—which should come in time—he could be the perfect successor to the aging Justin Smith.
1. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: Minnesota Vikings, No. 23
Sharrif Floyd was my No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2013 class. Some had him landing in the top five. The fact that he slid all the way to No. 23 overall is astounding.
Floyd's combination of power and quickness makes him a threat rushing the passer and stuffing the run. The 6'3", 297-pounder could end up being the steal of the draft when all is said and done. The detractors say that Floyd only managed three sacks in 2012. They don't mention the fact that two of those three sacks came against double teams (via ESPN). He was constantly double-teamed at Florida.
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