The Three Biggest Steals of the NFL Draft

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With the conclusion of the NFL Draft, we’ve seen some of the best players go later than they should’ve. This brings me to the biggest steals we saw from rounds 1-7 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Tristan Wirfs

The possible 4th pick in the NFL Draft fell the whole way down to 13th. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but considering three tackles were taken before him, it says a lot. This pick is an excellent pick for the Bucs as Wirfs has “elite potential,” according to Steve Muench, and is a massive steal for the team in need of him. His combination of strength and speed makes him a scary tackle for his opposition. But, this is more of a steal because of the team. The Buccaneers coveted Wirfs according to their own website and traded up to get him. The Bucs need this position to support an older and less mobile Brady.

Denzel Mims

This guy was 46th in draft ranking, and the eighth-best position rank and four guys ranked lower were picked before him. (ESPN) Mims was the lead wide receiver at Baylor and was a massive part of the Bears offense as he caught more than half the touchdowns Charlie Brewer threw and had over 1,000 yards receiving in 2019. He is a balanced wideout with, and I quote, “a rare blend of size, top-end speed, and length,” according to Steve Muench. A big steal for the Jets because of the lack of weapons around a young Darnold.

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What about his drops? Now the wideout dropped 11% of his passes for his career in Waco, which is drastically high for a receiver. Now, to his defense, he cut that by about 7% in his Senior year in Texas, which is a significant improvement as that rate is lower than his draft classmates in CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy, who were taken before him. With this improvement, I see no worry for Denzel.

J.K. Dobbins

A 2,000-yard rusher falling to the 55th pick isn’t normal. A team with a Pro-Bowl running back taking him also isn’t normal. Look, Dobbins is a stud. He was Top 5 in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and rushing yards per game. J.K. manages to bring power and speed at high levels that look a lot like his superior Mark Ingram. He has untamed potential and did it against the best of College Football in the Big Ten. Dobbins also fits the power-scheme of the Ravens running backs (not quarterbacks) and would run well with the league’s most potent offense.

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