2015 NFL Draft Day-Three Sleepers

2015 NFL Draft Day-Three Sleepers
2015 NFL Draft Day-Two Values: Offense | 2015 NFL Draft Day-Two Values: Defense
2015 NFL Draft Potential Busts: Offense | 2015 NFL Draft Potential Busts: Defense
2015 NFL Draft Day-Three Sleepers

Published April 24, 2015.
By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell

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.

Chaz Green, OT, Florida
Green has gone under the radar while teammate D.J. Humphries has received a lot more attention. However if you ask a Gator fan who watches all the games, they would tell you that Green did more to help Florida in his career than Humphries did. Green is a tough run-blocker who could use a little development as a pass-protector. He is versatile and has played around the offensive line. A lot of teams are bringing Green in for visits, and he could end up being a bargain selection. Green (6-5, 314) has the size to play guard or right tackle and could be a valuable swing backup while he develops. Green could be a steal on Day 3.

Chris Conley, WR, Georgia
The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder has a NFL skill set with size and speed. Conley commanded that NFL teams take notice of him with his tremendous 40 time at the Combine of 4.35 seconds. Not only was Conley extremely fast, he was respectable in the field work. The senior hauled in 36 receptions for 657 yards and eight touchdowns during 2014. He didn't get a real chance to show what he can do because Georgia kept the ball on the ground with backs Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb while starting a new quarterback. Conley could also help as a returner. I think his best football could be ahead of him, and it wouldn't surprise me if he ends being a huge steal for some team.

Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas
Philon was a surprise early entry into the 2015 NFL Draft. He had a strong 2014 season for the Razorbacks and formed a nice defensive line duo with Trey Flowers. Philon totaled 46 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes broken up on the year. The 6-foot-1, 298-pounder has some quickness and natural strength. He is very disruptive at the point of attack and uses his speed to fire into the backfield. Philon could be a great fit as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense. If I had to pick any defensive lineman to be this year's Geno Atkins or Henry Melton and rise from a fourth-round pick into a Pro Bowler, it would be Philon.

Jordan Hicks, ILB, Texas
Hicks had an excellent 2014 season for Texas, and he would be drafted a lot higher if it weren't for a lot of injuries. Hicks totaled 107 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, two passes broken up and two interceptions in 2014. He was all over the field for Texas. Hicks (6-1, 236) has shown speed, tackling ability and instincts. He will likely get selected on Day 3 of the 2015 NFL Draft, although some may have him as an undrafted free agent because of his medical file. Hicks could be a solid pro linebacker if he can stay healthy.

D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
Some teams have second-day grades on Smith (5-10, 187), but he could slip to the third day of the 2015 NFL Draft because of size concerns. Smith totaled 53 tackles with eight passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2014. He has the speed and athleticism to be a cover corner in the NFL, which was given further proof at the Senior Bowl. Smith totaled 13 passes broken up, seven interceptions and 35 tackles in 2013. I think that Smith could be at least a good nickel and has developmental starting potential.

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