The 2014 NFL Draft will ultimately go down as one of the more surprising drafts in the history of the event. While there were a few off-the-wall picks throughout the rounds, there were also some tremendous value picks in every round. Here are the biggest steals from the 2014 NFL Draft.
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Washington Redskins
The former Baylor back fell further than many expected, but the Redskins did their scouting as they realized they couldn’t pass on Seastrunk with their 5th round selection. He’ll have competition in Roy Helu and Evan Royster, but there’s a good chance the speedster makes the 53-man roster. If he shows what he can do early in the process, he’ll have no problem impressing coaches enough to earn a roster spot.
Cyril Richardson, OG, Buffalo Bills
I’ll stick with Baylor guys here, as Richardson was another late-round steal that helped the Bills bolster their offensive line in a big way. I had Richardson rated very high from the beginning, so I was surprised to see him fall as far as he did. With the Bills, he has a real chance to be starting in the near future.
Zach Mettenberger, QB, Tennessee Titans
Many thought the former LSU signal-caller would be taken as early as the 2nd round, so this pick has to be categorized as a steal. Mettenberger showed in college that he can lead a team if healthy. Cam Cameron did some great things for him, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see the 6’5″ QB starting soon for the Titans.
Tajh Boyd, QB, New York Jets
I know, I know – I probably will get some comments about this one, but think about it! Boyd’s 2012 tape was incredible – so good that he was touted as a potential first-round selection. No, he didn’t have a good year last season, but he’s still worth a 6th round pick, and the Jets saw that. He could potentially see playing time in 2014 after New York had to deal with a miserable 2013 campaign from Geno Smith.