There are several players in the first three rounds that were significantly under-drafted my top under-drafted players by round are:
Round 1: Malcolm Brown
Round 2: Kikaha Hau’oli, Eric Kendricks, Ronald Darby
Round 3: Jeremy Langford
Round 4: N.A
Round 5: Karlos Williams, Stefon Diggs, J.J. Nelson,
Round 6: Christian Covington
Round 7: N.A.
Undrafted: Thomas Rawls, Zach Zenner, La’el Collins
There is some commonality in the position of these players, as the position of running back is traditionally a position that players transition easily from college to the NFL. The biggest surprise of this group would be Thomas Rawls an un-drafted running back who has already set the league on fire in the absence of Marshawn Lynch. Averaging over 100 yards per start and punishing tacklers in a way reminiscent of Lynch, he will be the future for Seattle.
Ronald Darby has been the surprise on the defensive side of the ball, with the ability to create turnovers and stifle opposing receivers. Darby has 2 interceptions, but has a knack to get to the ball and challenge receivers when the ball is in the air.
What can we learn from these un-drafted gems. First, that running back is a commoditized position and you can get a productive running back in the late rounds or as a free agent. La’el Collins draft slide proves that teams are most concerned with public relations and don’t want to make their organizations look bad. Collins should have definitely been at the worst a late round pick. He has first round talent and teams were not willing to take the risk on a bonafide stud.