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Ranking the Best Day 3 Picks in NFL Draft History
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL made a drastic change to its annual draft in 2010. The draft now consists of three days instead of just two, and Rounds 4-7 take place on the final day.

Two rounds in two days as it was done before was just too much, but adding the extra day allowed the NFL to spread it out more and make those final four rounds easier to watch. 

Since the change, the quality of a draft prospect is now often correlated with the day they're projected to be selected on.

Day 1 picks are players expected to contribute immediately, while Day 3 picks are potential starters who may need a little development or don't have as high of a ceiling.

Day 3 picks are often regarded as the projects. These players need a lot of work to become contributors to an NFL team, but that doesn't mean they can't eventually become "elite" players. 

That being said, there have been a lot of great Day 3 picks since the draft was split into three days, and here is a look at the four best ones.

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