Shaquem Griffin headlines list of potential day three NFL Draft steals
Derrius Guice's fall to the 59th overall pick has been the most notable slide of the 2018 NFL Draft, but he has not been the only one to tumble down the board.
Indeed, several extremely talented prospects have yet to hear their name called through the first three rounds and will now have to see where they land on day three.
Here, we look at five such players who would have expected to have already heard their name called and now represent potential steals in the final four rounds.
CB Quenton Meeks (Stanford)
A physical corner with the athletic ability to mirror receivers and stay with them downfield, Meeks does an excellent job of finding the ball in the air and had 17 pass deflections and seven interceptions in college. He is an excellent fit for a team in need of a press coverage corner.
WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame)
The man with one of the best names in the draft also has one of the best skill sets. A 6'4" and 214-pound receiver who has the speed to create separation downfield and make things happen after the catch, St. Brown has the raw potential to develop into a starting wideout at the next level.
Injury history is likely what has seen Sweat, mentioned as a possible first-round pick by some, drop this far. He had surgery on his ACL, MCL and PCL in college but there is little doubt he has the tools to succeed as a pro pass rusher.
Boasting terrific burst off the snap and the ability to bend round the edge, Sweat had 29 tackles and 14 sacks for Florida State, with 12.5 of those sacks coming in his final two years. It will likely be significantly easier for a team to take a leap of faith on him on day three.
RB Kalen Ballage (Arizona State)
At 6'1" and 228 pounds with speed that saw him run the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the Scouting Combine, Ballage is a remarkable athlete who has drawn comparison to Arizona Cardinals star David Johnson.
He has struggled for consistency in his career so far, but is very much worth a day-three flier given his ability to win with power and elusiveness and upside as a receiver.
LB Shaquem Griffin (UCF)
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The best story of the draft process has not had a fairytale ending, yet.
Amputee linebacker Griffin lit up the Combine and has consistently defied the doubters in his career to get to this point.
Capable of affecting the quarterback with burst, quickness and an array of pass-rush moves, Griffin is a menace down near the line of scrimmage and has also excelled in pass coverage.
He would have been well worthy of a day-two pick but has had to endure a long wait for his moment. All signs point to that wait ending on Saturday.