Every year, you see fourth round draft picks that go on to excel in the NFL and outperform their draft slot. Who are some of this year's fourth round picks with the most "steal" potential?
One potential steal is Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson to Minnesota. Johnson flashes first round talent when he's at full throttle. If the Vikings can get the best out of him, Johnson should thrive in Minnesota's 4-3 scheme.
The Jaguars are clearly doing what they can to surround Blake Bortles with talent all around him. Landing Dede Westbrook in the fourth round could turn out to be one of the biggest steals of the entire draft. Westbrook will create separation and stretch the defense from day one, and is also a dangerous punt returner. I see him as a second round talent, but he likely slipped due to some off-field concerns.
Another potential fourth round steal is Carl Lawson to the Bengals. An underrated edge rusher whose explosiveness and ability to convert speed to power stand out, Lawson has the ability to upgrade Cincinnati's passrush off the edge early in his career.
Ryan Glasgow may have the best motor of all of the defensive tackles in this draft class. His explosiveness, power and consistent knee bend stand out the most, and this is a guy that should have a long career for the Bengals.
Jehu Chesson to the Chiefs is another potential steal. He tore the PCL in his knee on New Year's Day in 2016, and wasn't fully cleared to practice for the Wolverines until August of 2016. I didn't think his explosiveness and top end speed were quite as good in 2016 as they were in 2015, but as he continues to progress further and further from that injury, I have a feeling his explosiveness and top end speed from 2015 will reemerge. If that happens, Chesson will very likely turn out to be another fourth round steal.