2014 NFL Draft Grades: Full Day 3 Report Card

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2014 NFL Draft Grades: Full Day 3 Report Card
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Day 3 of the draft is upon us, and teams (along with their fans) are looking for diamonds in the rough to polish and make their very own. 

Let's start with some context, however. 

These are, generally, not starters. Some may be, yes. Others may play huge roles for their team in a league that increasingly values rookie help (read: cheap help) rather than keeping around established veterans. The players selected on Saturday may contribute to wins, playoff victories and even a Super Bowl as swing tackles, No. 4 or No. 5 wide receivers, nickel and dimebacks or sub-package rushers. 

We're also going to see specialists, as at least two to three kickers, a punter and a long-snapper are all likely to come off the board at some point during the third-day proceedings. 

Yet, not every cornerback is going to be the next Richard Sherman. Not every quarterback is going to be the next Tom Brady. Not every team is going to collect its role players for a championship run. 

For every diamond, there's going to be dozens of lumps of coal. That's not cynical or even an assessment of this extremely deep class; it's just reality. Historically, most of these players aren't going to last more than two or three years in the league. 

As we grade these last four rounds of the draft, we're going to keep all of that in mind. I'm not grading as if every team is going to find the perfect player. So, it's a bit of a curve. Still, I'm not going to pretend that I love every player as the next big draft steal, when statistically, it's just not true. 

That said, as I've said during all three days of this (and plenty of times before), there are places where I'll be wrong. I'm going to be wrong just as some of these teams are going to be wrong—and have been wrong plenty of times in the past. Other analysts are going to be wrong. Fans are going to be wrong. 

Historically, that's just how this thing works. 

Disagree with my grades? Or agree and think you know whom your team should have taken instead? Leave your picks in the comments below.


Other Bleacher Report Draft Content to Check Out For Day 3

Best Players Available for Day 3 

Biggest Surprises from Day 2 

Updated Big Board

NFL Draft Grades for the First Round

NFL Draft Grades for Day 2


Michael Schottey is an NFL National Lead Writer for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff on his archive page and follow him on Twitter

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