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Draft Decisions

Norris' Best Available: Day 3

by Josh Norris
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Do not confuse this for a mock draft. This list comes from my top 200 pre-draft rankings. A new set will be posted prior to day three as well.

1. Off LOS LB Telvin Smith, FSU

NFL Comparison: Danny Trevathan

Where He Wins: Closing speed is outstanding. Much more physical than many prospects his size, strong finisher. Has enough trail speed to stick with crossing routes and has a knack for undercutting the receiver. Has enough length to fight off blocks. Attacks the downhill gaps to make tackles for loss.

Where He Fits: I read a lot of evaluators wanting to move Smith to safety, further away from the football. Why? I disagree with this idea. I think Smith can thrive as a nickel backer early in his career. 2) We get too focused on fitting prospects into position labels rather than focusing on responsibilities.

2. CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson

NFL Comparison: Sam Shields

Where He Wins: Very adept at finding the football and attacking the catch point. Worked in off and press coverage. Good at mirroring receivers movements, handles stems and seems to understand alignment tells. A very aggressive corner who competes with the ball in the air and is usually in position to do so.

Where He Fits: Does not seem to be scheme specific. Has also spent time as boundary and field corner.

3. Off LOS LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

NFL Comparison: Danny Trevathan

Where He Wins: Closing speed is outstanding. Can locate and chase down with ease. Fairly sound in coverage at the position as well. Plays bigger than size. Does not mind knifing through gaps for tackles for loss.

Where He Fits: Likely as a weakside linebacker and nickel backer.

4. RB Devonta Freeman, FSU

NFL Comparison: Ahmad Bradshaw

Where He Wins: The most decisive runner in this class. Puts his foot in the ground and gets up field immediately. Vision is there. Flashes of breaking first contact. Plenty of experience in pass protection and is an adequate receiver.

Where He Fits: Best in a heavy zone scheme, but should not be limited to that. Pass protection ability should allow him to play early.

5. WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

NFL Comparison: Poor man’s Kendall Wright

Where He Wins: Explosive, quick. Creates separation on the ground and can sustain it thanks to speed. Flashes winning between defenders when getting vertical. Hs more long speed than former teammate Ace Sanders.

Where He Fits: Slot receiver who can win underneath with separation and can get vertical. Tracks the ball well.

6. DT Caraun Reid, Princeton


NFL Comparison: Clinton McDonald


Where He Wins: Frequently double teamed this season, but did well to hold up at the point of attack with a lower base and hand use. Does very well to lift his opponent’s extended hands and make the most of that created separation. His forward momentum is tough to anchor against.  


Where He Fits: Has lined up in a variety of alignments in multiple fronts, including the 1, 3, and 5 tech.

7. CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon

NFL Comparison: Corey Graham

Where He Wins: Best at attacking the shorter routes. Outside of allowing a few receivers to run by him, he is very consistent beyond 10 yards. Good at mirroring routes before flipping his hips and turning with receivers.

Where He Fits: Fairly even mix of press and off coverage. In fact, he played strictly press man more often than many other corners in this class.

8. Edge player Aaron Lynch, USF

NFL Comparison: Poor man's Michael Johnson

Where He Wins: Two different players in college. Has a beefed up end in an odd front, he used strength to keep opposition off balance and create upfield penetration. As a smaller player on the edge of an even front, he displayed burst and quick hands. Loved to take the inside move.

Where He Fits: Career can be taken two ways: back to bigger down lineman, as a freshman, or stick with an edge rushing role, possible as a stand up rusher. Needs to learn to use his hands better on the outside.

9. TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon

10. RB Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State

11. WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson

12. QB David Fales, San Jose State

13. QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU

14. CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood

15. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech

16. G Dakota Dozier, Furman

17. T Charles Leno Jr., Boise State

18. DT Daquan Jones, Penn State

19. DT Zach Kerr, Delaware

20. G Jon Halapio, Florida

21. Edge player Carl Bradford, Arizona State

22. CB EJ Gaines, Missouri

23. CB Keith McGill, Utah

24. WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

25. WR Kevin Norwood, Alabama

26. QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

27. QB Brett Smith, Wyoming

28. QB Aaron Murray, Georgia

29. TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia

30. TE Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State

31. DL Taylor Hart, Oregon

32. David Yankey, Stanford

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .