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2020 NFL Draft: Analyzing every Day 3 pick by AFC East teams

/ by Justin Leger
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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books.

While more moves are sure to come with plenty of intriguing undrafted free agents available, the action in the draft was enough to shake up the AFC East. Day 3 was no different, as several high-upside players went off the board to teams in the New England Patriots' division.

Although many of the players in Rounds 4-7 aren't household names, they could end up being the biggest difference-makers for these teams in the years to come. So with the 2020 draft in the rearview mirror, here's every Day 3 pick by each AFC East team along with some brief analysis:

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New England Patriots

Pick No. 159, Round 5: Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall

The Patriots got their kicker, although it isn't the one they anticipated. Rather than going with coveted Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, the No. 1 kicker in our pre-draft rankings, they opted to select Marshall's Justin Rohrwasser. He's got a big leg as he nailed a 53-yarder in college, but of course the question will be whether he has the accuracy to prevail in the NFL.

Pick No. 182, Round 6: Michael Onwenu, G, Michigan

Another Michigan man after taking linebacker Josh Uche in Round 2. Onwenu is a massive human being at 6-foot-3, 344 pounds, and impressed with his strength (26 bench reps) during the NFL combine. He's a nice addition to New England's o-line depth, especially with Joe Thuney's Patriots future in the air.

 

Pick No. 195, Round 6: Justin Herron, OT/G, Wake Forest

The Patriots double-dip on offensive linemen in Round 6, taking Herron right after Onwenu. Herron played mostly tackle at Wake Forest but projects as a guard at the NFL level.

Pick No. 204, Round 6: Cassh Malula, LB, Wyoming

Malula is the third linebacker taken by the Patriots in the 2020 draft, but most of his work -- at least to start his NFL career -- will be done on special teams. Malula was a productive four-year starter at Wyoming with  67 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and two interceptions as a senior.

Pick No. 230, Round 7: Dustin Woodard, C/G, Memphis

Another offensive lineman to wrap up the Patriots' 2020 draft class. Woodard is versatile as he can play either center or guard. It appears the Patriots are going all-in to protect Jarrett Stidham, or whoever ends up taking snaps for New England next season.

Miami Dolphins

Pick No. 111, Round 4: Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia

The Dolphins addressed a big need by trading up to snag Kindley in Round 4. Kindley could have easily gone a round earlier, so this was a nice value pick for Miami. Once again, they invest in protection for Tua.

Pick No. 154, Round 5: Jason Strowbridge, DE/DT, North Carolina

Miami makes another move to bolster its defensive line after selecting DT Raekwon Davis in Round 2, taking North Carolina standout Jason Strowbridge in Round 5. Plenty of experts had Strowbridge going as early as Round 3, so this is another potential steal for Brian Flores.

Pick No. 164, Round 5: Curtis Weaver, DE/OLB, Boise State

Another defensive selection, as the Dolphins get a pass-rusher in Curtis Weaver. The Boise State product was highly productive during his college career but doesn't project as a consistent NFL starter. Weaver has a very high football IQ, however, so he could overcome his lack of explosiveness.

 

Pick No. 185, Round 6: Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU

The Dolphins spend their lone sixth-round selection on a long-snapper. A curious move, to say the least, but Ferguson was deemed as the best long-snapper available.

Pick No. 246, Round 7: Malcolm Perry, RB/WR, Navy

It's unclear exactly where Malcolm Perry will play for Miami, as he played QB at Navy but projects as either a running back or receiver in the NFL. The Dolphins could use him in some interesting packages, but there's really no way of knowing what to expect from Perry until we find out how they plan on using him.

Buffalo Bills

Pick No. 128, Round 4: Gabriel Davis, WR, Central Florida

Davis gives Josh Allen another weapon as he has great size (6-foot-3, 212 pounds) and hands. He isn't exactly a burner, but he doesn't need to be with John Brown and Stefon Diggs on the outside. This is a nice value pick for Buffalo as Davis had a shot to be drafted in Round 3.

Pick No. 167, Round 5: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

Many believed Fromm could be a Patriots pick on Day 3, but instead, he heads north to Buffalo. Josh Allen has a firm grip on the starting QB job as of right now, but it'll be interesting to see whether the Georgia product gets a shot in these next couple of years.

Pick No. 188, Round 6: Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern

Another kicker gets drafted to an AFC East team. Tyler Bass was our No. 2 kicker in our pre-draft rankings. He finished his four-year career at Georgia Southern with a 79 percent field goal percentage and a long of 50 yards.

Pick No. 207, Round 6: Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State

Another big target for the Bills as Hodgins is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver with a lot of potential. It may be difficult to find a spot in the crowded Buffalo receiving corps, but this still is a high-upside pick this late in the draft.

New York Jets

Pick No. 120, Round 4: Lamical Perine, RB, Florida

Perine has the potential to be a steal for New York in the fourth round. The former Gator will back up Le'Veon Bell, and could learn a thing or two while playing behind one of the best RBs in the NFL. He doesn't project to be a spectacular running back, but he's a high-character guy with a football IQ that could help him maintain a successful career.

Pick No. 125, Round 4: James Morgan, QB, Florida International

The Jets have their backup for Sam Darnold, and a player the Patriots showed some interest in before the draft. Our own Phil Perry also named him as a Prototypical Patriot. Morgan has a big arm, but struggles with his accuracy. That'll be the area he'll need to improve on if he's to eventually become a starter at the NFL level.

 

Pick No. 129, Round 4: Cameron Clark, OT/G, Charlotte

After snagging Darnold's backup, the Jets get their QB some protection. Clark can play either tackle or guard, but projects as the latter at the NFL level.

Pick No. 158, Round 5: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Injuries are a huge concern. But if Hall somehow can stay healthy, this could be a major steal for the Jets. In his last full season (2018), Hall tallied 21 passes defended and two interceptions.

Pick No. 192, Round 6: Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M

PUNTER ALERT! Hey, punters are people too, and the Jets get one here in the strong-legged Braden Mann. He can also be used as a kickoff specialist.