2020 NFL Draft Third-Day Sleepers

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Published April 16, 2020.
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 2020 NFL Draft who could be draft-day steals.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
Vaughn has not gotten much attention in the pre-draft process, but he was a tough runner in the SEC over the past few seasons. In 2018, Vaughn averaged 7.9 yards per carry for 1,244 yards with 12 touchdowns. He also caught 13 passes for 170 yards with two touchdowns. Vaughn showed more receiving ability as a senior with 29 receptions for 286 yards and a score while averaging 5.2 yards per carry for 1,028 yards with nine touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 205-pounder runs really hard with a mix of quickness, toughness and strength to run through contact. On the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft, Vaughn could be a steal as a solid backup and rotational running back.

Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
Don’t be surprised if Jefferson (6-1, 200) is the 2020 NFL Draft’s version of Terry McLaurin. Sources from around the league agree with me that Jefferson could be a steal. The son of an NFL wide receiver’s coach, Jefferson is super polished, posessing natural route-running, good hands, quickness, functional size, and a gritty style of play. In 2019, Jefferson made 49 receptions for 657 yards and six touchdowns. He then had an excellent week of practice at the Senior Bowl and really helped himself. On top of being a good rotational receiver, Jefferson brings added value on special teams from being an excellent gunner on punts. Jefferson is going to be a steal for some team in the mid-rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Stephen Guidry, WR, Mississippi State
Mississippi State’s quarterbacks struggled throughout the 2020 season, and as a result, Guidry wasn’t able to show his special skill set. He totaled only 24 receptions for 311 yards and four touchdowns in 2019, but in 2018, he averaged 23.2 yards per reception with 440 yards and three scores on only 19 catches. At the combine, Guidry showed his special ability with a superb 4.47-second time in the 40-yard dash. That is a fast time for a receiver, but really excellent for 6-foot-4, 190-pound wideout like Guidry. He could be a massive steal from the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft if he lands with the right team.

Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia
Kindley is going to slide in the 2020 NFL Draft because of weight issues and teams being worried about his commitment because he got too heavy during the 2019 season. The weight is the only real issue that is holding Kindley back from being a good pro. Kindley (6-3, 337) is a big blocker with a thick build, but area scouts have raved about the way Kindley can move and feel his movement skills alone could make him a starter in the NFL. On top of Kindley being an easy mover in a big body, he has nastiness to him and really gets after defenders. I think Kindley could be a second-day steal similar to Larry Warford or Gabe Jackson.

Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon
Lemieux was a good starter at left guard for Oregon, and he impressed team evaluators in 2019. Lemieux is a decent technician with size and the potential to be a quick competitor in the NFL. He was reliable as a pass protector for Justin Herbert while being a quality run blocker. At the point of attack, Lemieux is a real fighter, and as one source said, “he is as mean as a snake.” Multiple teams project him to the mid-rounds, but I think Lemieux could be a good value from the 2020 NFL Draft.

Reggie Robinson, CB, Tulsa
Robinson could get drafted higher than expected because he is a tall cornerback with speed and athleticism. He totaled four interceptions, 13 passes broken up, and 38 tackles during his senior year. Over previous three seasons, he totaled 21 passes broken up. Robinson has a good skill set and could develop into a starting outside cornerback. At the combine, Robinson (6-1, 202) showed off his great skill set, running a superb 4.44-second time in the 40-yard dash. He’s a sleeper pick who could be a steal.

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