Change of heart, I’m going to talk about my favorite picks of day 3 and that’ll be it. I realized as teams were taking players I’d never heard of that grading the entire class would be impossible. Afterwards, I’ll talk a bit about what’s to come for 2019.
Bengals take Mark Walton at no. 112: Personally having Mark Walton as a round 2 prospect, the Bengals got a steal in the 4th. Even though he isn’t straight line speed fast, his lateral agility and ability to make defenders miss is very good and should give him a long NFL career. While he joins a loaded backfield, getting good players, especially on day 3, should be the goal of every draft.
Broncos take DaeSean Hamilton at 113: By adding him and Courtland Sutton, the Broncos suddenly have a bright future after the Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders era. Some felt Hamilton was the best pure slot in the draft, and he was underrated throughout this entire draft process. There’s no doubt in my mind he can be a contributor on a winning team.
Chargers take Kyzir White at 119: Kyzir White was a fun safety to watch. The major knock on him is his speed (4.69), but playing him close to the LOS should alleviate some of those concerns. I’m not sure how he’ll factor in with Derwin James already in the fold, but the talent is there to be a starter sooner rather than later.
Atlanta Falcons take Ito Smith at 126: I’m completely shocked that Smith didn’t get more hype leading up to the draft. He has the best moves maybe in the entire draft, making defenders fall over constantly. With Tevin Coleman potentially on the move after his contract expires, Smith can take over as the complement to Devonta Freeman and thrive in that role which is perfect for him.
Eagles take Josh Sweat at 130: The rich get richer. Some thought Sweat could even sneak his way into round 1 as an undeniably athletic edge rusher out of Florida St. The Eagles are putting together the deepest defensive line rotation I’ve ever seen. They’re putting the belief “you can never have enough pass rushers” to the test.
Raiders take Maurice Hurst at 140: Ever year, it seems as if a potential first round player falls because of a medical and off field concern, and somebody ends up getting a steal (think Vontaze Burfict, La’el Collins). This year, that player is Maurice Hurst, a top 20 talent who in a way saved the Raiders draft. An incredible value, Hurst should be a stalwart for Jon Gruden.
Seahawks take Shaquem Griffin at 141: My second favorite pick of the day. Griffin was an easy day 2 talent to me, a person who can contribute at multiple positions. A player with the highest motor in the draft, Griffin gave 100% effort on every play and had a huge impact on the game. I assume he’ll play WLB in Seattle, with the ability to flex to SAM, SS, and maybe even EDGE.
Lions take Tyrell Crosby at 153: When Crosby fell all the way to 153, I assumed some character issue popped up late that the public wasn’t aware of. However, this was not the case, and the NFL just wasn’t high on him. The player I wanted the Bills to take at 96, Crosby looks like a day 1 starter with room to grow.
Rams take John Kelly at 176: Here is the best pick of the day by a mile. John Kelly was a 1st round talent with the ability to have a Kareem Hunt like impact on the team that drafted him. A bulldozer who never goes down on first contact, Kelly is also a great receiver out of the backfield. It’s sad he’ll be behind Todd Gurley, but Kelly is a tremendous talent.
Ravens take Deshon Elliot at 190: Deshon Elliot was a playmaker at Texas, also seeming to be in the right position to get interceptions. He ran a modest 4.58 40, showing he had enough speed to compete in the NFL. For a team on the rise, getting a 3rd round player on my board should only help them compete in the AFC next year.
Vikings take Ade Aruna at 218: I’m a huge fan of taking raw, hyper athletes late on day 3. Ade Aruna fits this perfectly. While I wasn’t overly impressed with his tape, having great athletic ability gives one a high ceiling, not matter how low the floor is. If he doesn’t he work out, only a 6th round pick was wasted, with the upside being much more.
Broncos take David Williams at 226: David Williams is an intriguing HB out of Arkansas with a small collegiate workload. Every carry he had was maximized in yardage, showing off impressive burst and power. Adding him and Royce Freeman into the backfield gives them a couple of similar runners with solid potential.
Colts take Zaire Franklin out of 235: Being a Syracuse fan, I’m biased towards this pick. However, he fits the bill as a super athletic player. His combine was unbelievable, with all of his events placing him top 5 at the combine if I remember correctly. A three time captain in college with great production, 7th round picks don’t get more interesting than this.
Bengals take Logan Woodside at 249: My favorite QB outside of all the big names, Woodside is only lacking one trait, arm strength. He has the accuracy, decision making, and mental processing to succeed in the NFL, with only his arm holding him back. He should have a long NFL career as a high quality backup and maybe even spot starter.
Those were my favorite picks on day 3. Later today, I should start having players on the prospect page, with links to game tape. Whenever that is done, I’ll start to put short reports on 2017 tape for prospects with at least 3 games, with very preliminary rankings on the rankings page.