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Blake Edwards
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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.
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Ronnell Lewis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
JohnLucas added Ronnell Lewis Defensive end

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224 149
Brandon Boykin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Brandon Boykin Cornerback

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196 150
Vinny Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Vinny Curry Defensive end

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212 175
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Fletcher Cox Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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17 1
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Russell Wilson Quarterback

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93 88
Chris Polk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Gutta1 added Chris polk RunningBack

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135 146
Alfonzo Dennard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Alfonzo Dennard Cornerback

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109 122
Alameda Ta'amu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Alameda Ta'amu Nose tackle

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105 131
Melvin Ingram is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Melvin Ingram Outside Linebacker

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87 106
Cordy Glenn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Cordy Glenn Tackle

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100 125
Peter Konz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Peter Konz Guard, Center

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95 124
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Lamar Miller Running back

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97 128
Jerel Worthy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Jerel Worthy Defensive end

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9 1
T. Y. Hilton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
T. Y. Hilton Wide receiver

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86 115
Mohamed Sanu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Mohamed Sanu Wide receiver

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91 124
Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Lavonte David Linebacker

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90 128
Rueben Randle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Rueben Randle Wide receiver - LSU, WR, 63rd overall by the New York Giants

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7 3
Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
EhrenFoley added Alfred Morris Running back - Florida Atlantic, RB, 173rd overall by the Washington Redskins.  1,613 yds, 13tds, 2nd Team AP All-Pro

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81 116
Bobby Massie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Bobby Massie Tackle

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5 1
Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Doug Martin Defensive end

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79 117
Jared Crick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Jared Crick Defensive end

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GilbertoSantana added Jonathan Martin Tackle

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3 1
Derek Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Derek Wolfe Defensive end

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16 27
George Iloka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
ravi2 added George Iloka Safety

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67 123
Stephen Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Stephen Hill Wide receiver

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63 122
Nick Toon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Nick Toon Wide receiver

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50 100
Zach Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Zach Brown Running back

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52 111
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft
Dwayne Allen Tight end

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30 93
Brandon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Steals of the 2012 NFL Draft