2017 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Day 3 Predictions

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 29, 2017

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Day 3 Predictions

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    The 2017 NFL draft lived up to the hype for a second straight day, with Rounds 2 and 3 serving as an exciting sequel to an action-packed Round 1.

    Trades were prevalent at the top of the round, and it was not until six spots into the second—when the Los Angeles Chargers nabbed Forrest Lamp—that a club actually used its original pick.

    It wasn't surprising to see so many moves Friday, as a number of name-brand talents were left on the board. However, there are still some highly regarded, well-known prospects waiting to have their names called on Day 3.

    Let's look ahead to possible landings spots in Rounds 4 through 7.

Round 4

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    Round 4 should open up with Bucky Hodges finally coming off the board. The Packers made a shrewd offseason acquisition for tight end Martellus Bennett and aren't starved for talent at the position, but the 30-year-old will be in the twilight of his career soon.

    Hodges, who some scouts assigned a second-round grade, is an excellent prospect due to his massive 6'7", 245-pound frame and elite athleticism. He'd be a great target for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, especially in the red zone.

    Michigan's Jake Butt racked up a number of accolades, including a second straight First-Team All-American selection. Butt is another big-bodied tight end who can be a game-breaking target for the Jets, who haven't had consistent tight end play in a while.

    Round 4 should also be where quarterback Nathan Peterman gets selected. There are a number of feasible landing destinations for the Pittsburgh product, and in this scenario the Minnesota Vikings—who recently declined a fifth-year option for Teddy Bridgewater—elect to develop this high-upside prospect behind Sam Bradford.

    ROUNDPICKTEAMPLAYER
    4108GREEN BAY PACKERSTE BUCKY HODGES
    4109MINNESOTA VIKINGSDL CALEB BRANTLEY
    4110JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSG DORIAN JOHNSON
    4111SEATTLE SEAHAWKSLB VINCE BIEGEL
    4112LOS ANGELES RAMSS DESMOND KING
    4113LOS ANGELES CHARGERSDL JALEEL JOHNSON
    4114WASHINGTON REDSKINSRB SAMAJE PERINE
    4115ARIZONA CARDINALSDL ELIJAH QUALLS
    4116CINCINNATI BENGALSOT RODERICK JOHNSON
    4117CHICAGO BEARSEDGE CARL LAWSON
    4118PHILADELPHIA EAGLESDL CARLOS WATKINS
    4119CHICAGO BEARSOT JULIE'N DAVENPORT
    4120MINNESOTA VIKINGSG ZACH BANNER
    4121INDIANAPOLIS COLTSRB BRIAN HILL
    4122BALTIMORE RAVENSWR RYAN SWITZER
    4123WASHINGTON REDSKINSLB ANTHONY WALKER
    4124DETROIT LIONSDL DAVON GODCHAUX
    4125NEW YORK JETSTE JAKE BUTT
    4126DENVER BRONCOSRB JEREMY MCNICHOLS
    4127DETROIT LIONSS XAVIER WOODS
    4128CINCINNATI BENGALSLB BLAIR BROWN
    4129OAKLAND RAIDERSLB JAYON BROWN
    4130HOUSTON TEXANSS TEDRIC THOMPSON
    4131NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSDL JEREMIAH LEDBETTER
    4132MINNESOTA VIKINGSQB NATHAN PETERMAN
    4133DALLAS COWBOYSTE JEREMY SPRINKLE
    4134GREEN BAY PACKERSRB MARLON MACK
    4135PITTSBURGH STEELERSQB BRAD KAAYA
    4136ATLANTA FALCONSG DANNY ISIDORA
    4137INDIANAPOLIS COLTSDL D.J. JONES
    4*138CINCINNATI BENGALSDL TANZEL SMART
    4*139PHILADELPHIA EAGLESWR JOSH REYNOLDS
    4140NEW YORK GIANTSRB JAMAAL WILLIAMS
    4*141LOS ANGELES RAMSOT DAVID SHARPE
    4*142HOUSTON TEXANSG ISAAC ASIATA
    4*143SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSWR ISAIAH FORD
    4*144INDIANAPOLIS COLTSLB JALEN REEVES-MAYBIN

Round 5

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    The fifth round is a place where a number of teams will look to make safe picks and fill holes. Interior linebackers and linemen will come off the board in droves.

    There should also be a plethora of recognizable collegiate stars in the mix. One of those is Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who strung together a strong senior season.

    The 6'3" signal-caller threw for nearly 3,000 yards and racked up 27 touchdowns in the air while adding 12 more scores and 831 yards on the ground. He's one of the better QBs still available on Day 3.

    Another potential fifth-rounder to keep an eye on is Corn Elder. The Hurricanes product has one of the best names in draft history, but his play is just as intriguing.

    He originally started out as a running back but switched to defensive back once he arrived on campus and hasn't looked back since. Elder, who recorded 76 tackles and an interception during his senior season, should be a hot commodity Saturday.

    ROUNDPICKTEAMPLAYER
    5145CLEVELAND BROWNSCB CORN ELDER
    5146SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSOT WILL HOLDEN
    5147CHICAGO BEARSS RAYSHAWN JENKINS
    5148JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSQB JOSHUA DOBBS
    5149ATLANTA FALCONSWR JOSH MALONE
    5150NEW YORK JETSWR CHAD HANSEN
    5151LOS ANGELES CHARGERSS LORENZO JEROME
    5152CAROLINA PANTHERSS JADAR JOHNSON
    5153CINCINNATI BENGALSG NICO SIRAGUSA
    5154WASHINGTON REDSKINSWR ISH ZAMORA
    5155PHILADELPHIA EAGLESRB MATTHEW DAYES
    5156ATLANTA FALCONSDL VINCENT TAYLOR
    5157ARIZONA CARDINALSCB DAMONTAE KAZEE
    5158INDIANAPOLIS COLTSWR TRAVIN DURAL
    5159BALTIMORE RAVENSOT ADAM BISNOWATY
    5160NEW YORK JETSOT COLLIN BUCHANON
    5161SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSTE GEORGE KITTLE
    5162TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERSEDGE JOE MATHIS
    5163BUFFALO BILLSTE JORDAN LEGGETT
    5164TENNESSEE TITANSLB CONNOR HARRIS
    5165DETROIT LIONSEDGE CARROLL PHILLIPS
    5166MIAMI DOLPHINSG JESSAMEN DUNKER
    5167NEW YORK GIANTSLB HARVEY LANGI
    5168OAKLAND RAIDERSRB TJ LOGAN
    5169HOUSTON TEXANSDL RYAN GLASGOW
    5170KANSAS CITY CHIEFSLB TANNER VALLEJO
    5171BUFFALO BILLSLB DYLAN COLE
    5172GREEN BAY PACKERSLB PAUL MAGLOIRE JR.
    5173PITTSBURGH STEELERSLB MARQUEL LEE
    5174ATLANTA FALCONSCB WILLIAM LIKELY III
    5175CLEVELAND BROWNSRB WAYNE GALLMAN
    5*176CINCINNATI BENGALSLB ELIJAH LEE
    5*177DENVER BRONCOSC CHASE ROULLIER
    5*178MIAMI DOLPHINSDL JARRON JONES
    5*179ARIZONA CARDINALSQB CHAD KELLY
    5*180KANSAS CITY CHIEFSWR NOAH BROWN
    5*181CLEVELAND BROWNSWR JEHU CHESSON
    5*182GREEN BAY PACKERSEDGE DEATRICH WISE JR.
    5*183NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSC TYLER ORLOSKY
    5*184MIAMI DOLPHINSTE MICHAEL ROBERTS

Round 6

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    The penultimate round of the draft is where the talent level starts to wane. Teams will often kick the tires on players who have upside but never really put things together in college. They may do the opposite and take a look at guys who made plays on campus but don't have the size or speed of a typical NFL player.

    It's rare to find roster contributors at this juncture, but there have been some historically special picks in the sixth round. Look no further than Tom Brady (No. 199 in 2000) or Antonio Brown (No. 195 in 2010) to prove that point.

    This year's potential crop of sixth-rounders includes Ricky Seals-Jones, a highly touted high school prospect who didn't pan out as expected at Texas A&M. It's easy to see why coaches were itching to bring this big wideout to their program.

    At 6'5", 243 pounds, Seals-Jones boasts the size of a star wideout. He should be able to bully his opponent up and down the field, but he suffered from a handful of injuries and was hampered by a lack of speed. If he can find a way to separate, Seals-Jones could join the storied ranks of late-round success stories.

    ROUNDPICKTEAMPLAYER
    6185CLEVELAND BROWNSC JON TOTH
    6186BALTIMORE RAVENSRB TARIK COHEN
    6187SEATTLE SEAHAWKSRB JOE WILLIAMS
    6188CLEVELAND BROWNSCB JALEN MYRICK
    6189LOS ANGELES RAMSEDGE FADOL BROWN
    6190LOS ANGELES CHARGERSEDGE NOBLE NWACHUKWU
    6191NEW YORK JETSC CHAD WHEELER
    6192CAROLINA PANTHERSCB HOWARD WILSON
    6193CINCINNATI BENGALSS EDDIE JACKSON
    6194PHILADELPHIA EAGLESWR DEDE WESTBROOK
    6195BUFFALO BILLSC KYLE FULLER
    6196NEW ORLEANS SAINTSWR SHELTON GIBSON
    6197CHICAGO BEARSCB NATE HAIRSTON
    6198SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSWR RICKY SEALS-JONES
    6199MINNESOTA VIKINGSWR ARTAVIS SCOTT
    6200TENNESSEE TITANSLB BEN GEDEON
    6201WASHINGTON REDSKINSS NATHAN GERRY
    6202SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSRB DONNEL PUMPHREY
    6203DENVER BRONCOSEDGE BRYAN COX
    6204NEW YORK JETSCB BRIAN ALLEN
    6205DETROIT LIONSRB DE'VEON SMITH
    6206LOS ANGELES RAMSG DAMIEN MAMA
    6207NEW YORK GIANTSWR KD CANNON
    6208OAKLAND RAIDERSEDGE AVERY MOSS
    6209WASHINGTON REDSKINSDL CHARLES WALKER
    6210SEATTLE SEAHAWKSOT AVERY GENNESY
    6211DALLAS COWBOYSDL ISAAC ROCHELL
    6212GREEN BAY PACKERSWR RODNEY ADAMS
    6213PITTSBURGH STEELERSS MONTAE NICHOLSON
    6214TENNESSEE TITANSEDGE KEION ADAMS
    6215DETROIT LIONSQB JEROD EVANS
    6*216KANSAS CITY CHIEFSCB CHANNING STRIBLING
    6*217CINCINNATI BENGALSC DEYSHAWN BOND
    6*218KANSAS CITY CHIEFSS DAMARIUS TRAVIS

Round 7

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    The final round will be where franchises start throwing things at the wall and hope something sticks. These picks rarely pan out; regardless, that won't discourage organizations from trying to unearth an impact player.

    Brandon Wilson, the versatile Houston star, is someone to watch. He was a jack of all trades during his tenure with the Cougars. He burst on the scene in 2015 as the only player in the country to score more than one touchdown on offense, defense and special teams, and he continued to make an impact in those areas during his final season.

    He will eventually find a way to get on the field and make some plays.

    ROUNDPICKTEAMPLAYER
    7219MINNESOTA VIKINGSLB MATT MILANO
    7220WASHINGTON REDSKINSRB DE'ANGELO HENDERSON
    7221ARIZONA CARDINALSG CAMERON LEE
    7222JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSEDGE EJUAN PRICE
    7223MIAMI DOLPHINSQB COOPER RUSH
    7224NEW YORK JETSG JORDAN MORGAN
    7225LOS ANGELES CHARGERSOT AVIANTE COLLINS
    7226SEATTLE SEAHAWKSOT JERMAINE ELUEMUNOR
    7227CINCINNATI BENGALSDL DEANGELO BROWN
    7228DALLAS COWBOYSWR MACK HOLLINS
    7229SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSRB ELIJAH HOOD
    7230PHILADELPHIA EAGLESRB AARON JONES
    7231ARIZONA CARDINALSC J.J. DIELMAN
    7232MINNESOTA VIKINGSG SEAN HARLOW
    7233CAROLINA PANTHERSDL STEVIE TU'IKOLOVATU
    7234LOS ANGELES RAMSLB BEN BOULWARE
    7235WASHINGTON REDSKINSLB STEVEN TAYLOR
    7236TENNESSEE TITANSS JOSH HARVEY-CLEMONS
    7237TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERSRB BRANDON WILSON
    7238DENVER BRONCOSLB JORDAN EVANS
    7239NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSCB CHUCK CLARK
    7240JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSDL GROVER STEWART
    7241NEW YORK GIANTSG ERIK AUSTELL
    7242OAKLAND RAIDERSWR FRED ROSS
    7243HOUSTON TEXANSTE DARRELL DANIELS
    7244OAKLAND RAIDERSTE COLE HIKUTINI
    7245MINNESOTA VIKINGSS DAVID JONES
    7246DALLAS COWBOYSS RUDY FORD
    7247GREEN BAY PACKERSOT CONOR MCDERMOTT
    7248PITTSBURGH STEELERSTE ERIC SAUBERT
    7249SEATTLE SEAHAWKSTE ANTONY AUCLAIR
    7250DETROIT LIONSEDGE GARRETT SICKELS
    7*251CINCINNATI BENGALSOT STORM NORTON
    7*252DENVER BRONCOSS FISH SMITHSON
    7*253DENVER BRONCOSG ETHAN COOPER