This has been one of the wackiest NFL Draft’s I’ve ever seen. With a ton of reach picks on day two of the draft there’s been a bunch of talent pushed into day three of the draft. There’s still starting caliber WRs, contributing RBs, and plug and play offensive linemen left on the board. These are my best available players on day three of the draft with all 27 of them being from my top 100 big board.
Maurice Hurst, ID, Michigan
- There’s conflicting reports regarding Maurice Hurst’s draft slide. Originally we were told it’s because of a hearing issue, but now some people are reporting the NFL just doesn’t like his tape as much as the media. If that’s true, the NFL has made the mistake of passing on undersized disruptive defensive tackles before. Hurst is the best one gap 3-tech in this draft and he will be the steal of day three.
- My Rank: 21st
- Pro Comparison: Geno Atkins
Josh Sweat, ED, Florida State
- The slide of Josh Sweat into day three is due to his injury history. He had a gruesome knee injury in high school. Whoever bites the bullet on Sweat is getting a high upside raw pass rusher. He’s 6-5, 251-pounds and is one of the best athletes in the draft. Florida State misused him and he was still one of the best edges in the country.
- My Rank: 48th
- Pro Comparison: Danielle Hunter
Kyzir White, S/LB, West Virginia
- For Kyzir White the slide into day three is mainly because he doesn’t have a true position. West Virginia used him as a big nickel in an overhang role. He’s a fearless tackler but didn’t test all that well athletically. At 6-2, 218-pounds there are questions whether he’ll make a move to linebacker in the NFL.
- My Rank: 50th
- Pro Comparison: Deone Bucannon
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
- Teams will regret letting Equanimeous St. Brown fall this far. He’s got everything NFL teams want in a modern WR. He’s a height-weight-speed guy at 6-5, 214-pounds with 4.48 speed. At Notre Dame, he had awful QB play and his production dipped because of it, but he’ll make plays in the NFL.
- My Rank: 52nd
- Pro Comparison: Martavis Bryant
Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
- Every year the NFL bets on athleticism over instincts. A lot of linebackers are off the board already that have nowhere close to the on-field ability of Josey Jewell. He’s always in the right spot and never misses tackles. The issue is at just 6-1, 234-pounds he ran a 4.82 40, but Jewell has the ability to be a starter in the NFL because his instincts are off the charts.
- My Rank: 54th
- Pro Comparison: Sean Lee
Genard Avery, LB, Memphis
- As a late riser Genard Avery doesn’t have quite the hype around his name as some of these other guys. He was also a tweener at Memphis playing both off-ball LB and on the edge. He’s an ideal 3-4 inside linebacker with a thick build at 6-1, 248-pounds and awesome athleticism, 4.59 40-yard dash. Avery plays through the whistle and loves to hit players in the mouth.
- My Rank: 58th
- Pro Comparison: Zach Brown
Mark Walton, RB, Miami
- Even though the running back has been devalued we’ve seen eight go in the first three rounds. Mark Walton has some off-field questions and an injury history so it’s no surprise he’s still available. If he’s paired with another RB Walton can be a contributor right away. He’s electric through the hole and doesn’t shy away from contact.
- My Rank: 59th
- Pro Comparison: DeAngelo Williams
Hercules Mata’afa, ED, Washington State
- Hercules Mata’afa being available day three was expected. At Washington State he played defensive tackle despite being 6-2, 254-pounds. He was disruptive as hell for the Cougars, but he’ll have to move to the edge in the NFL. Mata’afa isn’t the best athlete and needs to learn a new position, but his hand use and motor are worth an early day three pick.
- My Rank: 61st
- Pro Comparison: Brandon Graham
Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
- Every year second-tier QBs are talked up to be day two picks and inevitably fall. Kyle Lauletta slipping isn’t a big surprise due to his lack of size and arm strength. If a team wants a developmental starter he’s the guy. Lauletta has terrific movement skills in the pocket and some of the best ball placement in the draft.
- My Rank: 62nd
- Pro Comparison: Jimmy Garoppolo
Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
- Part of the Nyheim Hines fall is because he won’t be a starting running back, he’s a role player. He’ll need to take on an air back role and contribute as a change of pace runner and pass catcher. A team with an established RB should take him and use him all over the place.
- My Rank: 64th
- Pro Comparison: Duke Johnson
Obo Okoronkwo, ED/LB, Oklahoma
- Yet another guy who is sliding due to size concerns, Okoronkwo is just 6-2, 253-pounds. He has questions about whether he’ll play on the edge or have to learn to play as an off-ball LB. If he can be used in a tweener role doing a bit of both it would be ideal for his skills.
- My Rank: 66th
- Pro Comparison: Bruce Irvin
DJ Reed, CB, Kansas State
- This is a deep nickel class and DJ Reed is the best of the bunch left. He’s slight at just 5-9, 188-pounds, but he’s feisty and loves to play press. Athletically Reed isn’t jaw-dropping, but he plays with technique and the right mentality.
- My Rank: 71st
- Pro Comparison: Brent Grimes
Duke Ejiofor, ED, Wake Forest
- It’s surprising the NFL let Duke Ejiofor slid. He isn’t a great athlete, but he’s built well at 6-3, 264-pounds. With his thick built and heavy hands, Ejiofor can be a nice secondary pass rusher and high-end run defender.
- My Rank: 74th
- Pro Comparison: Preston Smith
Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
- NFL teams are probably worried that Auden Tate will be like Kelvin Benjamin. Looking at his numbers it’s not a surprise, he’s 6-5, 228-pounds and runs a 4.68 40. But Tate is much better than Benjamin. He goes up and gets the ball and understands how to high point it, he can be the best red zone target in this draft.
- My Rank: 77th
- Pro Comparison: Plaxico Burress
Tyrell Crosby, OL, Oregon
- Considering how many NFL teams have offensive line problems it’s crazy that Tyrell Crosby is still on the board. He’s a mean run mauler with the ability to be a starting right tackle. Questions about his technique have pushed him down, but he can be a plug and play guard at worst.
- My Rank: 79th
- Pro Comparison: Morgan Moses
John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
- If you ask most people John Kelly sliding isn’t shocking because most people aren’t as high on him as I am. Kelly is a rugged runner who plays with a low center of gravity. He brings some receiving ability to the table and should be an early contributor.
- My Rank: 85th
- Pro Comparison: Maurice Jones-Drew
Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
- After a poor combine, Tegray Scales could last awhile. He’s just 6-0, 230-pounds and ran a 4.77, but he’s a strong run defender. Instincts are so important to being a linebacker in the NFL and Scales are better than most the LBs that went day two.
- My Rank: 87th
- Pro Comparison: Denzel Perryman
Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
- Just a year ago people were talking about how McFadden could be a first-round pick, now he’s available on day three. He’s not a bad player, but his 4.67 40 is damning. At 6-2, 204-pounds with 32.5” arms he’s long and lean. His ability in off zone is solid and he can be a number two corner.
- My Rank: 88th
- Pro Comparison: James Bradberry
Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia
- There’s not a more athletic offensive lineman left on the board than Desmond Harrison. He basically looks like a tight end due to his athleticism, but also his lack of thickness. Harrison is 6-6, 292-pounds from a small school which immediately makes him a project. With his elite quickness and mean streak a team can sit and develop him into a true NFL tackle.
- My Rank: 89th
- Pro Comparison: Garett Bolles
Dorance Armstrong Jr., ED, Kansas
- After an awesome 2016 season, Droance Armstrong had a lot of hype, but a position switch and lack of motor in 2017 killed his stock. He’s 6-4, 257-pounds with average athleticism, but his length and bend are intriguing. There’s a lot of upside taking him early in the fourth-round.
- My Rank: 90th
- Pro Comparison: Shaun Phillips
Jeff Holland, ED, Auburn
- Small and unathletic isn’t a good combination. Jeff Holland is 6-1, 249-pounds and ran a 4.79, but he also plays with great leverage and a high motor. In the right system, Holland can be a contributor on the edge.
- My Rank: 91st
- Pro Comparison: Noah Spence
Dane Cruikshank, DB, Arizona
- The stock of Dane Cruikshank is all over the place. Some people think he’s a second-round talent and some think he’s a late day three pick. His skill set is similar to Minkah Fitzpatrick and Arizona used him the same way Alabama used Fitzpatrick. Cruikshank can be an immediate contributor in nickel.
- My Rank: 92nd
- Pro Comparison: Tyvon Branch
Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
- More than most these guys it’s surprising that Quenton Meeks is still around. The NFL loves long press man corners with athleticism and Meeks checks all of those boxes. His footwork and fluidity are a bit iffy, but in a true press man system he can be a starter.
- My Rank: 93rd
- Pro Comparison: Sean Smith
Holton Hill, CB, Texas
- Not too long ago Holton Hill had some real hype, but then got suspended at Texas. The off-field problems hurt his stock, but he’s worth an early day three pick. Hill is 6-2, 196-pounds and ran a 4.49. He’ll need to sit and learn for a year, but has high upside.
- My Rank: 96th
- Pro Comparison: Rasul Douglas
Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
- Wyatt Teller should be one of the first guys off the board in the fourth-round. He’s a 6’5”, 314-pound left guard that tested way above-average. On top of that Teller is a great run mauler and plays through the whistle consistently. He might be the meanest SOB left.
- My Rank: 98th
- Pro Comparison: Richie Incognito
Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
- Teams needing a single high safety should look at Armani Watts. He was at his best by far playing single high for the Aggies and is one of the best safeties in zone coverage. The big issue is Watts rarely wraps on tackles which causes a ton of misses. He’ll need a very specific role.
- My Rank: 99th
- Pro Comparison: Devin McCourty
Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
- Awesome route runners with strong hands that find a role as NFL slots usually slip because they aren’t height-weight-speed guys. Trey Quinn can be an NFL starting slot and be some QBs best friend. He’s great after the catch and terrific at adjusting to off-target balls. There’s a ton of WR talent left so Quinn could continue to slide due to lack of size and athleticism.
- My Rank: 100th
- Pro Comparison: Julian Edelman