Throughout NFL history, there have been steals in mid- to late rounds of the draft. Some of these players are backups for a few seasons before earning starting roles and excelling. This article picks out some potential sleepers for Day 3 who could be draft-day steals.
Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
If it weren't for a foot injury that robbed him of the 2015 season, Williams would be a second-day pick. He is a powerful runner with incredible balance, vision, and a burst to the second level. While Williams lacks elite speed, he is tough to bring down and superb at getting yards after contact. Plus, he is said to be a great teammate and loves football. I think Williams is going to be a third-day steal who ends up being a good NFL running back.
Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
Some teams have Tretola graded on Day 2, and others have him as a late-rounder. With Tretola being a possible third-day pick, someone could get themselves a steal. Tretola could slide because of very short arms, being a phone-booth player, and needing work for blocking NFL speed rushers. Those issues aside, Tretola is a road-grading run blocker and was generally solid in pass protection in college while going against good talent. I think Tretola could be a real value on Day 3 and a guard who overcomes his shortcomings to be a good starter.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois
At the East-West Shrine, Allison absolutely dominated the defensive backs. That earned him a late addition to the Senior Bowl, where he continued to be impressive. Allison used his speed to beat defensive backs vertically and get quick separation while also using his size to produce scores in the red-zone scrimmage.
Sources say they really like Allison's skill set. He has quickness for a 6-foot-3 receiver and runs good routes. Allison also has big, soft hands. He is very good at attacking the football away from his body and locking it in. The quickness and those route-running skills could be seen in his red-zone scores. Allison also has length and height. While he didn't run a fast 40 at the combine, Allison plays a lot faster than his time would suggest.
Alex McAllister, OLB, Florida
McCalister (6-6, 239) was an effective situational pass-rusher for Florida the past few seasons. He is fast off the edge with nice length and athleticism. Sources say they are grading McCalister in the mid-rounds and like his potential to be a role player quickly. There are a few teams that are targeting McAllister in the fourth round. I think he could be a dangerous quarterback hunter who comes into the game in obvious passing situations and thrives in that role.
Deiondre' Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
Hall (6-1, 199) has excellent size to be an NFL cornerback and flashed at the Senior Bowl. He is very physical and a gritty fighter. Hall also has excellent length to be a press-man corner. The senior really stood out for Northern Iowa as he had six interceptions in 2015. At the combine, Hall had a slow 40 time. and that could send him to Day 3, but Hall could be a steal. I think he would be a good corner in a zone scheme.