2019 NFL Draft Third-Day Sleepers

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2019 NFL Draft Day-Three Sleepers

Published April 16, 2019.
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 of the 2019 NFL Draft who could be draft-day steals.

L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State
Scott is a super-talented back who possesses an excellent combination of size, speed and athleticism. Some team sources think that Scott could end up being a steal due to his early-round skill set. The 6-foot, 227-pounder is more than just a power back. Scott has surprising speed and the athletic ability to be more than a North-South runner. He is patient and has feet that can make tacklers miss while also showing the potential to be a good receiver. He needs to work on his ball security and prove that he can be a consistent contributor, but some sources have said that Scott has some Le’Veon Bell to him and Scott could end up being a late-round or undrafted free agent steal like a Philip Lindsey or Arian Foster.

Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky
Over only three seasons, Snell set the Kentucky career rushing record, which is really staying something. He has speed concerns, but he was superb in college, rolling over the best conference for preparing a player for the NFL.

The 5-foot-10, 224-pound Snell is a physical runner with a powerful build that makes him tough to get on the ground. He uses his strength, stature, knee bend, and ability to run behind his pads to pick up a lot of yards after contact. On top of natural running ability with good instincts, Snell plays faster than his timed speed; he had no issues to hit the hole and pull away in the SEC. He also is known to be a high-character individual who loves football and works hard. I think Snell could end up being a steal.

Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia
In the NFL, I think Godwin could be a good slot receiver who uses his speed and route-running to get quick separation while also being a potential contributor on special teams. Godwin was one of the best players at the East-West Shrine. He ate up the cornerbacks in the one-on-ones, where they were incapable of running with him. Godwin is a dangerous route-runner, exploding out of his breaks to generate separation. After gaining a step, his speed is too much to handle, letting him pull away from corners. Godwin was not used as much as he should have been in college, so I think his lack of production is shadowing his true value and setting him up to be a draft sleeper who will surprise.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
The 6-foot, 208-pounder went underutilized at Ohio State like many receivers under Urban Meyer, including Michael Thomas, Curtis Samuel and Parris Campbell. McLaurin is a chippy player who gets physical with defenders and plays with a gritty style. He has good size, natural hands, and some surprising speed to go along with good route-running. At the combine, McLaurin was faster than expected with a 4.35-second time in the 40-yard dash. I think McLaurin could be a really nice No. 2 receiver in the NFL and end up being a Day 3 steal.

Oli Udoh, OT, Elon
Despite being from a small school, Udoh was one of the most impressive players in the offensive line-versus-defensive line one-on-ones at the East-West Shrine. He really impressed with his strong anchor, upper body strength, and heavy hands. His heavy hands made it very tough for defensive linemen to shed his blocks. Udoh has good size for tackle or guard in the NFL. He will need to work on his feet and improve his ability to handle speed rushers, but he has the potential to be a pro offensive lineman with his NFL build. In speaking to team sources, they think that Udoh has the potential to stay at tackle at the next level. They feel that he could be a fourth- or fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. I think Udoh could turn into a good starting right tackle in the NFL.

Chris Slayton, DT, Syracuse
There is a chance that Slayton slips to the third day of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he if he does, he will be a massive steal on Day 3. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder was probably the best player at the East-West Shrine. He dominated in the pass-rushing one-on-ones, using speed, leverage and strength to consistently get the better of the offensive linemen. Slayton also showed the ability to play a variety of techniques on the defensive line, giving him the versatility to fit any NFL defense. The athletic Slayton does a fantastic job of staying low and playing with good leverage while also utilizing the length that comes with his frame. He is a great fit for either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense and has the ability to become a good starter in either scheme. I think Slayton is going to be a mid-round steal.

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