These college football superstars won’t be first rounders but they’ll be NFL Draft steals.
With the 2021 NFL Draft rapidly approaching, these former college football stars will likely have to wait until day two to hear their names called.
While only 32 players are lucky enough annually to hear their names called on Thursday night, many other top prospects will have to wait until Friday night or even Saturday afternoon to find out what NFL team they will begin their professional career with. For various reasons, these five former college stars are a bit undervalued heading into the weekend. All of whom can be steals.
2021 NFL Draft: 5 college football stars who will be draft steals
Dylan Moses was an unquestioned first round prospect before 2019 knee injury
Admittedly, it is always a tricky proposition to draft a former standout from the Alabama Crimson Tide, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Outside of a handful of guys like wide receiver Julio Jones, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and running back Josh Jacobs, head coach Nick Saban usually gets the most out of his guys before they turn pro. What you are getting is what you are getting.
What makes linebacker Dylan Moses such an intriguing prospect is how much his stock has plummeted since suffering his season-ending injury ahead of his true junior season. Moses projected as a top-10 pick entering the 2019 campaign. While he rehabbed and returned to Tuscaloosa for his senior season, he is at best going to be a day-two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Yes, there is a lot of variance here with Moses in terms of the medicals. He could potentially be a shot fighter by the time he enters the NFL. However, if he goes to the right team and one that does not thrust him into a difficult situation right away, he could become one of the best linebackers in the league before finishing his rookie deal. He is worthy of the gamble on day two.