The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft Football Players (American)
Vote List
2  reranks 5,167 votes 1,264 voters 22,561 views by  Power
Ranker
more info

The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft

The best steals of the 2012 NFL Draft are those special football players who were selected by one of the 32 National Football League teams on the cheap. These former NCAA Football players all could have been selected much earlier in the NFL Draft but went under the radar to become bargains for their new teams. Though it will be years before anyone is really sure whether these draft picks will pan out, these are the hidden gems that have the most potential to become big additions to their teams with little risk.

It's easy to say that bigger name players selected in later rounds are easy steals but there's often one reason or another that made the draft stock of these NFL prospects fall. Sometimes, it's off-the-field issues that make a star player look unappealing to NFL teams, such as was the case with Alfonzo Dennard. The cornerback from Nebraska is very talented but an arrest for assaulting a police officer in the week leading up to the NFL Draft dropped him all the way to the seventh round where he was nabbed by the Patriots. If Dennard overcomes his personal issues and rises to the challenge of becoming a high-caliber NFL cornerback, this seventh-round selection might look like another genius move from the mind of Bill Belichick in a few years.

For other NFL draft steals, it's simply a matter of supply and demand that pushed these players down in the draft order. Take Melvin Ingram, the versatile defensive end and linebacker from South Carolina. Ingram was easily considered one of the top 10 prospects available in the draft overall but was overlooked as teams who selected prior to the 18th-overall San Diego Chargers had more pressing needs and addressed them with other picks.

Regardless of whichever reason these players, like Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn or Michigan State defensive tacke Jerel Worthy, were selected later than anticipated, it's essentially a win-win for both the new NFL rookies and their teams. The NFL teams get a discount on new players and the prospects get a chance to prove how much of a steal they really were. Of course not all of them will go from being the skinny sixth-round draft pick that wins three Super Bowls like quarterback Tom Brady, but with this opportunity, all of them have the chance to accomplish great things.
  • 2 ReRanks
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
  1. 1
    Up 309
    Down 55

    added by JohnLucas 1990

    open report item
  2. 2
    Up 223
    Down 148

    1990

    open report item
  3. 3
    Up 194
    Down 149

    1988

    open report item
  4. 4
    Up 210
    Down 175

    1990

    open report item
  5. 5
    Up 92
    Down 87

    added by Gutta1 1989

    open report item
  6. 6
    Up 135
    Down 145

    1989

    open report item
  7. 7
    Up 108
    Down 122

    1990

    open report item
  8. 8
    Up 100
    Down 124

    new! 1989

    open report item
  9. 9
    Up 86
    Down 106

    1989

    open report item
  10. 10
    Up 102
    Down 131

    1989

    open report item
  11. 11
    Up 9
    Down 1

    added by stokified 1988

    open report item
  12. 12
    Up 97
    Down 128

    1990

    open report item
  13. 13
    Up 92
    Down 123

    1991

    open report item
  14. 14
    Up 84
    Down 113

    1989

    open report item
  15. 15
    Up 89
    Down 124

    1990

    open report item
  16. 16
    Up 90
    Down 128

    1991 LSU, WR, 63rd overall by the New York Giants

    open report item
  17. 17
    Up 5
    Down 1

    added by stokified 1989

    open report item
  18. 18
    Up 80
    Down 116

    1989

    open report item
  19. 19
    Up 79
    Down 117

    1989

    open report item
  20. 20
    Up 3
    Down 1

    added by stokified 1957

    open report item
  21. 21
    Up 4
    Down 3

    added by EhrenFoley 1988 Florida Atlantic, RB, 173rd overall by the Washington Redskins.  1,613 yds, 13tds, 2nd ...

    open report item
  22. 22
    Up 2
    Down 1

    added by stokified 1990

    open report item
  23. 23
    Up 13
    Down 16

    added by GilbertoSantana 1989

    open report item
  24. 24
    Up 15
    Down 27
    No image

    added by ravi2 1990

    open report item
  25. 25
    Up 66
    Down 123

    1991

    open report item
  26. 26
    Up 62
    Down 122

    1988

    open report item
  27. 27
    Up 49
    Down 99

    1989

    open report item
  28. 28
    Up 50
    Down 111

    1990

    open report item
  29. 29
    Up 30
    Down 93

    1989

    open report item
  30. 30 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 29 of 29

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists