When it comes to the NFL draft, the first-round picks will garner all of the attention, but it is the late-round sleepers who can make or break a draft. Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has never been known for his late-round prowess, yet he has made some quality selections in recent years.
Since 2010, Colbert has found quality contributors such as Jonathan Dwyer, Stevenson Sylvester and David Paulson. The Day 3 prospects haven’t been limited to backups, as the Steelers also drafted Cortez Allen, Kelvin Beachum and Vince Williams—all starters who were drafted in the fourth round or later.
Of course, the star of the bunch was Antonio Brown, a former sixth-round selection who was supposed to contribute as a return man as well as a backup receiver. Luckily for the Steelers—and Brown for that matter—he was a perfect fit for the offensive system and blossomed into one of the best receivers in the league.
Colbert will try to strike gold again as he continues to build the depth chart and capitalize on his late-round picks. He will have plenty of opportunities with six selections in the final four rounds.
So can Colbert find another late-round gem or a sleeper in the second or third round? Here is a look at some of the top draft sleepers who’d fit perfectly with the Steelers.