Every year in the NFL draft we see players get picked higher and lower than we anticipated. One reason for this is no matter how hard a draft analyst works on preparing for the draft, he doesn’t have anywhere close to the information that each NFL clubs has. There is always character and medical information that has an effect on where certain players go — and outside of the NFL that information is not known.
This year there were several players who were drafted lower than I felt they would be, making them, in my opinion, steals and tremendous value picks for the clubs that selected them. Here are a few:
Tyrell Crosby – OT – Oregon – Detroit – Fifth Round
Crosby was an All Pac-12 performer at Oregon and a multi-year starter. He had experience as a starter at both right and left tackle. His tape was excellent, but his Senior Bowl week was a little disappointing. Still, he lasted until the fifth round, where the Detroit Lions selected him. I felt that, at worst, Crosby was a second-round talent. That said, he had a foot injury that caused him to miss most of 2016. The after effects of that injury might be the reason he lasted so late in the draft.