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5 Biggest Steals of the 2011 Draft

Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:32 am
I am taking the first of several mini-vacations tomorrow and wanted to write a final blog post identifying some of the players I believe will prove to be the true steals of the 2011 draft before I begin breaking down the crop of 2012 prospects in earnest upon my return.

I'm sure you have your opinions on which players will prove to be steals. I'd love to read them.

Here are mine.

Five Biggest Steals:

1. RB Mark Ingram, Saints -- selected No. 28 overall: Ingram was the 5th rated prospect on my Big Board, so obviously I'm quite high on his talents. Clearly, the Saints had other needs, but the reliable, hard running by Ingram will give New Orleans the strong rushing attack that helped win them the 2010 Super Bowl.

2. OC Rodney Hudson, Chiefs -- selected No. 55 overall: A career left guard, Hudson will be moved inside to center for the Chiefs and prove a star. His agility, underrated strength and instincts will make him an immediate and long-time standout.

3. RB Daniel Thomas, Dolphins -- selected No. 62 overall: In leading the Big 12 in rushing each of his two seasons at that level and playing the position for the first time, Thomas has already proven his ability. His size, surprising agility and acceleration could be put to the test early and often for Miami, as they attempt to replace the production potentially lost with free agents Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams expected to play elsewhere next season.

4. WR Dwayne Harris, Cowboys -- selected No. 176 overall: I wasn't particularly high on the Cowboys' draft, overall, but I believe they found a steal in Harris, one of the better slot receiver prospects in this draft. Harris is everything Roy Williams is not. Dedicated, tough, and possessing reliable hands.

5. ILB Greg Jones, Giants -- selected No. 185 overall: I've panned several of the Giants' top picks over the past few years because I was stunned they didn't recognize their need for help at linebacker. They again showed their unwillingness to invest a high round pick in the position, but in Jones, they found a productive leader who should help stabilize the middle.

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Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:27 am

5 Biggest Steals of the 2011 Draft

Most reallly good running backs have fairly long careers. It's the average and slightly above average ones that don't last that long and are easily replaced. And no I don't think he has to lead the league in yards to be considered a huge success. I don't think the Saints plan on running him into the ground with the other good backs they have. He very well may lead the league in TD's though and lead the Saints back to the Superbowl.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 7:09 pm

5 Biggest Steals of the 2011 Draft

To be a steal at #28, Ingram would have to lead the leage in yards or touchdowns or both. People were saying last year that he wasn't even the best back on his college team, and early 2012 mocks have Trent Richardson being drafted a lot  higher than Ingram was. And even if Ingram does really well this year, how long will he last? RBs don't have long careeers, so the Saints gave up a shot at a long-time player to get a running back just a little better than the rest. If some undrafted free agent ends up leading the league in rushing, will Ingram still look so good?

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