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Norris: Best Available Day 3

by Josh Norris
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

There are so many different reasons why these prospects are still on the board. Some still have questions around their makeup. Others have questions around their evaluation. And then even more likely rank higher on my board than NFL teams’.


The third day of the draft always features talent, but either it is not recognized or a certain role is not appreciated enough. Also, many top athletes who lack refinement are selected on the third day.  If players near the top of this list are still available in rounds six and seven they were likely removed from numerous boards due to medical or character.


Best Available (overall ranking in parenthesis)


1. (10) OL La'El Collins, LSU

(SPARQ%: 25.3)


Undrafted is a real possibility.


Where He Wins: Length and strength compensates for deficiencies in other areas. Gets to the second level very well and looks to maul. Does not get the credit he deserves in terms of mobility and functional athleticism. Will have one or three bad snaps per game, but luck partially determines impact. He can absolutely play left tackle.


2. (20) DL Grady Jarrett, Clemson

(SPARQ%: 86.7)


Where He Wins: Added 16 pounds for the Combine and still showed great movement skills. Added weight was due to travel schedule. Is so quick to beat reach blocks or win the leverage advantage, then transitions to using speed and balance. Holds up well against the run as well. Can play both the 1 technique and 3 technique.


3. (35) RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State

(Age: 21) (SPARQ%: 69.2)


Knee concerns seem to be real, at least for some teams. Third day likely where teams who “dropped his grade” will target.


Where He Wins: A very unique back for his size. Ajayi is very fluid and can really create yards in the open field. He has straight line speed and flashes beating contact against smaller defenders. Other times, Ajayi goes down easily and fails to locate holes behind the line of scrimmage. Ajayi would thrive in a Matt Forte/Marc Trestman receiving back role.


4. (36) RB David Cobb, Minnesota

(Age: 21) (SPARQ%: 27.3)


Where He Wins: We all have our bias, and Cobb is my type of running back: always falling forward for a few extra yards or beating contact in the backfield to create positive yards. One speed runner but comfortable in trash or in space. Has a nice foundation as a receiving back.


5. (46) OL T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh

(SPARQ%: 69)


Where He Wins: Length and strength. As Lance Zierlein said, he has the level of ability to be a starting tackle. Is it inexperience or rawness that is causing him to not trust his feet or not utilize an inside armbar to prevent lateral moves?


6. (49) WR Tre McBride, William & Mary

(Age: 22) (SPARQ%: 85.3)


Where He Wins: I believe McBride develops into a nice No. 2 option for a team. He creates separation in his routes with precision and quickness. He also wins in contested situations. The top Shrine prospect heading into the week and the top one exiting.


7. (52) DL Michael Bennett, Ohio State

(SPARQ%: 63)


Where He Wins: Plenty of quickness and upfield explosion in Bennett’s game. Played both 1 and 3 techniques, but likely fits the latter better. Will have a role in sub-package or downs that lend themselves to rushing the passer.


8. (53) WR Justin Hardy, ECU

(Age: 23) (SPARQ%: 27.6)


Where He Wins: Slot receiver in college likely projects to the same spot in the NFL, but flashed outside ability at the Senior Bowl. Route runner with agility and some quickness on short and intermediate routes. Little wasted movement after the catch to get upfield.


9. (54) WR Rashad Greene, FSU

(Age: 22) (SPARQ%: 29.9)


Where He Wins: Extremely reliable to create separation with precision, hesitation and little wasted movement in his breaks. Do not ask him to consistently win in contested situations. Slot projection makes the most sense, but played outside quite a bit too.


10. (57) C/G Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech

(SPARQ%: 78.7)


Where He Wins: A complete mauler in the running game. Creates lanes in one on one situations. Finisher with athleticism and explosion. Question is about pass pro: is he raw or just inexperienced. Will improvement just come with reps?


11. (59) G Tre Jackson, FSU

(SPARQ%: 16.3)

12. (68) RB Mike Davis, South Carolina

(Age: 22) (SPARQ%: 48.5)

13. (75) LB Ben Heeney, Kansas

(SPARQ%: 77.8)

14. (78) CB Kevin White, TCU

(SPARQ%: 29.2)

15. (79) S Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

(SPARQ%: 41.6)

16. (80) WR Damarr Aultman, Maine

(SPARQ%: 95.5)

17. (81) WR Jamison Crowder, Duke

(Age: 21) (SPARQ%: 33.2)

18. (87) CB Josh Shaw, USC

(SPARQ%: 92.3)

19. (90) CB/S Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

(SPARQ%: N/A)

20. (91) EDGE Anthony Chickillo, Miami

(SPARQ%: 65.9)

21. (93) S Derron Smith, Fresno State

(SPARQ%: 19.2)

22. (95) S Adrian Amos, Penn State

(SPARQ%: 87.3)

23. (97) RB Malcolm Brown, Texas

(Age: 21) (SPARQ%: 63.8)

24. (98) EDGE Deiontrez Mount, Louisville

(SPARQ%: 62.9)

25. (99) EDGE Shaquille Riddick, West Virginia

(SPARQ%: 84)

26. (101) TE Ben Koyack, Notre Dame

(Age: 22) (SPARQ%: 11.1)

27. (102) S Gerod Holliman, Louisville

(SPARQ%: 1.3)

28. (104) OL Sean Hickey, Syracuse

(SPARQ%: 53.3)

29. (105) DL Terry Williams, ECU

(SPARQ%: 14.8)

30. (106) DL Tyeler Davison, Fresno State

(SPARQ%: 73.6)

31. (107) WR Kenny Bell, Nebraska

(Age: 22) (SPARQ%: 92.2)

32. (108) WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State

(Age: 22) (SPARQ%: 15.2)

33. (109) EDGE/DL Marcus Hardison, Arizona State

(SPARQ%: 63)

34. (110) DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Southern Miss

(SPARQ%: 73.2)

35. (111) WR Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas

(Age: 22) (SPARQ%: 62.9)

36. (116) OL Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M

(SPARQ%: 77.8)

37. (117) G Mark Glowinski, WVU

(SPARQ%: 95.7)

38. (118) LB Mike Hull, Penn State

(SPARQ%: 47.6)

39. (120) G Quinton Spain, West Virginia

(SPARQ%: 67.5)

40. (124) EDGE Marcus Rush, Michigan State

(SPARQ%: 74.2)

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 .