The NFL Draft is a crapshoot where you don't know the results of the roll for years. But that doesn't mean that you can't be thrilled when you find value in spots you didn't imagine it would be.
That's what these picks are — great value in surprising places for teams that are great fits for what the players can provide.
Here are the 15 best steals from the 2017 NFL Draft:
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Xavier Woods, No. 191, Cowboys
As my colleague, Andre Vergara pointed out, for the Cowboys to land Woods at pick No. 191 was a great bit of luck. He was one of the top safety prospects in this draft but somehow fell into the sixth round. The Cowboys were reportedly ready to pull the trigger on drafting Woods in the fourth round — they're glad they waited.
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Josh Jones, No. 61, Packers
Jones, a safety out of North Carolina State, was a late bloomer in the evaluation process, but he was a fringe first-round player thanks to his incredible athleticism. Even in a generationally great class for defensive backs, for him to go at the bottom of the second round was a bit of a shock.
Peterman is the most ready-to-play quarterback prospect in this draft. Yes, of all of the quarterbacks in this class, he should be the one to see the field first. That has to be worth something, right? Apparently, it's good for a fifth-round pick in a draft where three teams traded major assets to move up in the first round and land quarterbacks.
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Roderick Johnson, No. 161, Browns
In a bad offensive line class, sometimes you just have to take the guy with a high floor. Johnson wasn't an elite talent — even in this class — but he has the frame and the experience to provide a team something at left tackle from his first day in the NFL — if need be. Johnson will need to refine plenty of things to become an NFL starter, but his ceiling is as high as anyone's in this line class and his issues pale in comparison to the projects some teams opted to take on with pupils of marginally better potential. I just don't buy that he's the 20th best offensive lineman in this draft.
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Jordan Willis, No. 73, Bengals
Willis, the defensive end out of Kansas State, had a monster combine and had a strong tape at Kansas State. He was scheme restricted — he probably has to be in a 4-3, but he was a player capable of playing on three downs. All of that had him as a fringe first-round prospect. He fell to the third and the Bengals picked up my No. 42 prospect at a position of significant need.
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Jake Butt, No. 146, Broncos
My No. 88 prospect, Butt was going to slide in the draft because he tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl, but he's 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, and had a really strong college career inside of the ultimate pro-style offense at Michigan. Butt isn't going to be Gronk, but he will give the Broncos quality snaps from the first day he can be on the field and has a chance to put up some really strong receiving numbers in Denver.
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Montravius Adams, No. 93, Packers
Adams is a divisive prospect, but anyone who saw him at the Senior Bowl saw a player capable of wreaking havoc from the middle of the defensive line — a rare and powerful weapon. Even in a defensive line class that had a concentrated amount of players poised to be taken on the second day, it was surprising Adams went at No. 93. He was a player who could have been selected in the pick No. 50 range.
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Jaleel Johnson, No. 109, Vikings
If Adams was surprising, then Johnson was shocking. While it's understandable that he wasn't the first or second defensive tackle off the board — he's a pass rusher who won't necessarily help stop the run — he was a fit for plenty of teams on the second day of the draft. For him to fall to Day 3 was a head-scratcher. He too was a player that looked poised to be taken around pick 50.
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Brad Kaaya, No. 218, Lions
Kaaya's accuracy might come and go, and he might not have the cannon arm many would like from a player his size, and he wasn't all that successful with Miami, but he's a better quarterback than C.J. Beathard, a player with an undraftable grade who went in the third round, and he ran a pro-style offense at Miami, unlike Davis Webb, an Air Raid quarterback who went in the third round to the Giants.
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Bucky Hodges, No. 203, Vikings
Hodges isn't a polished tight end — he's still learning the position. But he's a prototype at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds with tremendous, top-flight athletic ability. He'll have to learn how to block — a project well worth undertaking — but he already projects as a viable flex tight end in the NFL. He was my No. 75 prospect, but he went in the sixth round. When you factor in that Adam Shaheen, a Division II tight end of similar build and athletic ability and NFL profile went in the second round and Evan Engram — who also is a great receiving tight end who cannot block — went in the first, this late selection makes less and less sense, making it an incredible steal.
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Elijah Qualls, No. 217, Eagles
The fit is a bit strange in Philly, but Qualls was a player that could have easily been selected on the second day of the draft. There weren't many viable nose guards and tackles in this class, and that position is fading from the modern game, but Qualls was near the top of that position's list with his incredible athleticism and for him to fall into the seventh round is puzzling.
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Carl Lawson, No. 116, Bengals
Lawson fell for a reason -- he was a fringe first-round prospect who dropped to Day 2 because of injury concerns. But for him to fall to Day 3 was strange — he might not have been able to stay healthy at Auburn, but when he was on the field, he was a one-man wrecking crew. The Bengals might have landed a top 15 overall pass rusher talent with a pick that carries no risk.
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Desmond King, No. 152, Chargers
Had Desmond King left Iowa after the 2015 season, he could have been a first-round pick. But in this elite defensive back class, that wasn't going to happen. But the fifth round? That doesn't add up. Now King is a tweener — he might not be athletic enough to be an outside cornerback at the NFL level, and he might be too big to play in the nickel. And his instincts might not be good enough to play free safety, but he's not strong enough to play strong safety. All of those questions are fair. They're also ridiculous, because they're only "mights." This is a player who can do all of those things out of the gate — that's incredible potential for your coaching staff to work with in 2017 and beyond. And yet, pick No. 152.
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Cordrea Tankersley, No. 97, Dolphins
Tankersley was the top corner for a title-winning team, allowed a passer rating of just 41 over his last two seasons, and he has the prototype frame and speed for a No. 1 cornerback. In earlier mock drafts, I had him as a first-round pick — there was chatter that the Seahawks liked him at No. 26. He was my No. 49 prospect and went No. 97 in the draft.
Deshone Kizer, No. 52, Browns
Kizer was my No. 2 quarterback in this draft. He has an arm that's just shy of Patrick Mahomes' generational cannon, a prototypical frame, and is intelligent to a fault (at least in the eyes of some evaluators). He was inconsistent at Notre Dame — that's fair and admitted — but he has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in this draft. No. 52? That might look like 51 mistakes in a few years.