2017 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Best Remaining Players for Day 3

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 29, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Best Remaining Players for Day 3

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    Gregory Bull/Associated Press

    Day 3 of the NFL draft is the land of hope and dreams.

    For the prospects selected, it's part of a lifelong dream. For the franchises, it's a chance to strike gold at a bargain price. 

    And for NFL fans, Rounds 4-7 provide hope that their teams might be drafting the next fan favorite or diamond in the rough.

    There are 107 players off the board to this point, but the draft won't end until another 146 have heard their names called.

    Here's a look at the top remaining players on the board as we enter Day 3, which begins at noon ET.

Quarterbacks

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    Chad Kelly
    Chad KellyAssociated Press

    A few surprising names came off the board on Day 2, leaving a few more intriguing players available for Saturday's third round. Expect teams to move up early on Day 3 for a few of the guys below. 

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Nathan Peterman Pittsburgh6'2"2266.45
    2Brad Kaaya Miami (Fla.)6'4"2146.25
    3Joshua Dobbs Tennessee6'3"2165.99
    4Chad KellyMississippi6'2"2245.7
    5Cooper RushCentral Michigan6'3"2285.4
    6 Alek Torgersen Pennsylvania6'3"2305
    7Zach TerrellWestern Michigan6'1"2094.99
    8Brady Gustafson Montana6'6"2304.99
    9 Sefo Liufau Colorado6'3"2324.99
    10Mitch Leidner Minnesota6'3"2264.99
    11Trevor KnightTexas A&M6'1"2194.99
    12Wes Lunt Illinois6'5"2254.99
    13Seth RussellBaylor6'3"2134.99
    14Antonio Pipkin Tiffin6'1"2254.99

Running Backs

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    T.J. Logan
    T.J. LoganAssociated Press

    Day 2 was kind to running backs but not as generous as expected. Day 3 promises to provide the remaining players with big opportunities. Several major producers still remain, and there's plenty of upside to boot.

    Look for the running backs to be a big part of Saturday's festivities.

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1 Samaje Perine Oklahoma5'11"2336.25
    2Jeremy McNichols Boise State5'9"2146
    3Brian HillWyoming6'1"2196
    4Marlon MackSouth Florida5'11"2135.99
    5Wayne Gallman Clemson6'0"2155.8
    6Matthew Dayes North Carolina State5'9"2055.8
    7Jamaal WilliamsBYU6'0"2125.79
    8 Tarik CohenNorth Carolina A&T5'6"1795.75
    9TJ LoganNorth Carolina5'9"1965.7
    10 De'Veon SmithMichigan5'11"2235.59
    11Joe WilliamsUtah5'11"2105.55
    12 Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State5'8"1765.5
    13 De'Angelo HendersonCoastal Carolina5'7"2085.5
    14Austin Ekeler Western State5'9"1955.3
    15Elijah HoodNorth Carolina6'0"2325.25
    16Justin DavisUSC6'1"2085.25
    17Dare Ogunbowale Wisconsin5'11"2135.25
    18Aaron JonesTexas-El Paso 5'9"2085.25
    19Brandon WilsonHouston5'11"2005.25
    20Corey ClementWisconsin5'10"2205.2
    21 I'Tavius Mathers Middle Tennessee5'11"1985.2
    22Stanley WilliamsKentucky5'7"1905.2
    23Elijah McGuireLouisiana-Lafayette5'10"2145
    24 Devine Redding Indiana5'8"2054.99
    25 Tarean Folston Notre Dame5'9"2154.99
    26Joe Yearby Miami5'9"2004.99
    27 Jahad ThomasTemple5'9"1904.99
    28Chris CarsonOklahoma State5'11"2184.99
    29 Rushel Shell IIIWest Virginia5'10"2204.99
    30 Taquan Mizzell Virginia5'10"1974.99
    31Marcus CoxAppalachian State5'10"2074.99
    32Anthony WalesWestern Kentucky5'10"1954.99
    33 Tion GreenCincinnati6'0"2304.99

Fullbacks

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    Sam Rogers
    Sam RogersAssociated Press

    If any of the lead blockers are going to come off the board, it will be on Saturday. Sam Rogers of Virginia Tech is the top of the class, but Freddie Stevenson and Anthony Firkser are not far behind. 

    While fullback usage has dwindled in the league in recent years, not all hope is lost. Kyle Juszczyk (formerly of Harvard like Firkser) signed a four-year, $21 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason, with $10.5 million guaranteed.

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Sam RogersVirginia Tech5'10"2285.1
    2Freddie StevensonFlorida State6'0"2435
    3Anthony FirkserHarvard6'2"2415
    4Emmanuel HolderTowson5'11"2654.99
    5Bobby WolfordBoston College6'1"2484.99
    6Cody HeimanWashburn6'3"2454.99
    7Prescott LineMichigan State6'0"2464.99
    8Nate IeseUCLA6'3"2444.99
    9Dakota BallAlabama6'2"2684.99

Wide Receivers

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    Travis Rudolph
    Travis RudolphMark Wallheiser/Associated Press

    Big plays galore are still on the board with the wide receiver class of 2017. Expect a number of these prospects below to hear their names called on Day 3. 

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Josh ReynoldsTexas A&M6'3"1946.4
    2Ryan Switzer North Carolina5'9"1816
    3Josh MaloneTennessee6'3"2086
    4Chad HansenCalifornia6'2"2025.99
    5Noah BrownOhio State6'2"2225.99
    6Jehu Chesson Michigan6'2"2045.99
    7 Travin Dural LSU6'1"2025.9
    8Isaiah FordVirginia Tech6'1"1945.9
    9Ricky Seals-JonesTexas A&M6'5"2405.9
    10 Ish ZamoraBaylor6'3"2205.9
    11 KD CannonBaylor5'11"1825.85
    12Mack Hollins North Carolina6'4"2215.79
    13Shelton GibsonWest Virginia5'11"1915.75
    14Travis RudolphFlorida State6'0"1895.7
    15Rodney AdamsSouth Florida6'1"1895.69
    16 Artavis ScottClemson5'10"1935.6
    17Dede WestbrookOklahoma6'0"1785.59
    18Malachi Dupre LSU6'3"1965.5
    19 Keon Hatcher Arkansas6'2"2075.5
    20Robert DavisGeorgia State6'3"2205.4
    21Stacy ColeyMiami (Fla.)6'0"1955.3
    22Fred RossMississippi State6'1"2135.25
    23 Jalen RobinetteAir Force6'3"2205.25
    24 Damore'ea Stringfellow Mississippi6'2"2125.25
    25 Jamari StaplesLouisville6'3"1955.25
    26 Amba Etta-TawoSyracuse6'1"2085.25
    27Austin CarrNorthwestern6'1"1945.2
    28Kermit WhitfieldFlorida State5'8"1855.1
    29Jerome LaneAkron6'3"2265
    30Trent TaylorLouisiana Tech5'8"1815
    31Isaiah McKenzieGeorgia5'8"1735
    32Michael RectorStanford6'0"1855
    33Kendrick Bourne Eastern Washington6'1"2035
    34Billy BrownShepherd6'4"2365
    35 Krishawn HoganMarian University6'3"2225
    36Noel ThomasConnecticut6'1"2025
    37Quincy Adeboyejo Mississippi6'3"1955
    38Tim PatrickUtah6'5"2105
    39Tim WhiteArizona State5'11"1755
    40Derrick GriffinTexas Southern6'7"2304.99
    41James QuickLouisville6'0"1864.99
    42Speedy Noil Texas A&M5'11"2004.99
    43 Bobo WilsonFlorida State5'9"1894.99
    44Bug HowardNorth Carolina6'4"2214.99
    45Victor Bolden Oregon State5'8"1784.99
    46Gabe MarksWashington State6'0"1884.99
    47Drew MorganArkansas6'0"1934.99
    48Greg Ward Jr.Houston5'10"1854.99
    49Corey SmithOhio State6'0"1884.99
    50 Jhajuan Seales Oklahoma State6'2"1854.99
    51Zach PascalOld Dominion6'2"2144.99
    52 Darreus RogersUSC6'1"2164.99
    53 Keevan LucasTulsa5'9"1924.99
    54Michael ClarkMarshall6'7"2124.99
    55Karel HamiltonSamford6'1"1814.99
    56Trey GriffeyArizona6'3"1924.99
    57Tony StevensAuburn6'3"1984.99
    58DeAngelo YanceyPurdue6'1"2054.99

Tight Ends

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    Michael Roberts
    Michael RobertsAssociated Press

    Tights ends were fashionable during the first two days of the 2017 draft, but that hasn't completely wiped out the talent pool at the position. 

    Day 3 should offer a number of a quality players a home.

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Bucky HodgesVirginia Tech6'6"2576.6
    2Jake ButtMichigan6'5"2466.4
    3George Kittle Iowa6'4"2505.99
    4Jeremy SprinkleArkansas6'5"2565.99
    5Jordan Leggett Clemson6'5"2585.99
    6Michael RobertsToledo6'4"2615.75
    7Cole Hikutini Louisville6'4"2485.25
    8Darrell DanielsWashington6'3"2465.25
    9Eric Saubert Drake6'4"2425.1
    10Antony Auclair Laval6'6"2545.1
    11Hayden Plinke Texas-El Paso 6'4"2555
    12Blake Jarwin Oklahoma State6'4"2485
    13Pharaoh BrownOregon6'5"2504.99

Offensive Tackles

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    Adam Bisnowaty
    Adam BisnowatyAssociated Press

    As one of the weaker groups in the class, the tackles will be underwhelming on Day 3. A few prospects offer starting potential with the right fit, though. 

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1 Julie'n DavenportBucknell6'6"3156.1
    2Roderick JohnsonFlorida State6'6"3086
    3David SharpeFlorida6'5"3575.99
    4Will HoldenVanderbilt6'7"3135.9
    5Adam Bisnowaty Pittsburgh6'5"3005.75
    6Collin Buchanon Miami (Ohio)6'5"3165.5
    7Jermaine Eluemunor Texas A&M6'4"3255.4
    8Avery Gennesy Texas A&M6'5"3155.4
    9 Aviante CollinsTCU6'4"2955.4
    10 Conor McDermottUCLA6'8"3105
    11Storm NortonToledo6'8"3085
    12 Jylan WareAlabama State6'8"2955
    13Justin SeniorMississippi State6'5"2955
    14Levon MyersNorthern Illinois6'5"3095
    15Cole Croston Iowa6'5"3075

Offensive Guards

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    Nico Siragusa
    Nico SiragusaAssociated Press

    Quiet for most of this draft, expect the guards to have a presence on Day 3. 

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Dorian JohnsonPittsburgh6'5"3006.5
    2Danny IsidoraMiami (Fla.)6'4"3106.2
    3Zach BannerUSC6'8"3606
    4Isaac Asiata Utah6'3"3236
    5Nico Siragusa San Diego State6'4"3305.99
    6 Jessamen Dunker Tennessee State6'4"2905.8
    7Jordan MorganKutztown6'4"3205.5
    8Damien MamaUSC6'3"3285.4
    9Sean HarlowOregon State6'4"3105.3
    10Cameron LeeIllinois State6'6"3205.3
    11Erik Austell Charleston Southern6'3"2925.1
    12Ethan CooperIndiana of Pennsylvania6'1"3225
    13Kyle Kalis Michigan6'4"3055
    14Corey LevinChattanooga6'4"3055
    15Greg Pyke Georgia6'5"3134.99
    16Erik Magnuson Michigan6'5"3054.99

Centers

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    Tyler Orlosky
    Tyler OrloskyAssociated Press

    There's no guarantee a center finds a home on Day 3, but don't be surprised if some do.

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Chase RoullierWyoming6'4"3125.7
    2Tyler OrloskyWest Virginia6'3"2955.7
    3Chad WheelerUSC6'6"3105.6
    4Jon TothKentucky6'5"3105.5
    5Kyle FullerBaylor6'4"3105.4
    6J.J. DielmanUtah6'5"3005.3
    7Deyshawn BondCincinnati6'1"2925.3

Defensive Linemen

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    Jarron Jones
    Jarron JonesAssociated Press

    This is a group of players that offers a fair amount of upside and could make a difference on Day 3. 

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Caleb BrantleyFlorida6'3"3076.5
    2Davon GodchauxLSU6'3"3106.3
    3Carlos WatkinsClemson6'3"3056.2
    4Jaleel JohnsonIowa6'3"3106.2
    5Elijah QuallsWashington6'1"3215.99
    6D.J. JonesMississippi6'0"3215.9
    7Tanzel SmartTulane6'0"3045.9
    8Jeremiah LedbetterArkansas6'3"2805.9
    9Vincent TaylorOklahoma State6'2"3105.8
    10Ryan GlasgowMichigan6'3"2995.7
    11Jarron JonesNotre Dame6'5"3155.5
    12Charles WalkerOklahoma6'2"3105.5
    13Isaac RochellNotre Dame6'3"2905.4
    14Stevie Tu'ikolovatuUSC6'1"3315.4
    15Grover StewartAlbany State6'5"2955.3
    16DeAngelo BrownLouisville6'0"3105.3
    17Josh TupouColorado6'1"3255.2
    18Collin BevinsNorthwest Missouri State6'6"2855.1
    19Christian BrownWest Virginia6'2"3055
    20Treyvon HesterToledo6'3"3005
    21Chunky ClementsIllinois6'3"2925
    22Dylan BradleySouthern Mississippi6'0"2684.99
    23Jeremy FaulkGarden City CC6'2"3044.99
    24Joey IvieFlorida6'3"3004.99
    25Matthew GodinMichigan6'5"2954.99
    26Jason CarrWest Georgia6'6"2974.99
    27Harold BrantleyNorthwest Missouri State6'3"3074.99

Edge-Rushers

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    Bryan Cox
    Bryan CoxAssociated Press

    A potential steal in Carl Lawson leads this group, but the overall depth is lacking. Expect teams to reach here.

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Carl LawsonAuburn6'2"2616.45
    2Joe MathisWashington6'2"2555.99
    3Carroll PhilipsIllinois6'3"2405.9
    4Fadol BrownMississippi6'4"2735.75
    5Ejuan PricePittsburgh5'11"2505.7
    6Deatrich Wise Jr.Arkansas6'5"2715.7
    7Avery MossYoungstown State6'3"2625.6
    8Noble NwachukwuWest Virginia6'2"2755.6
    9Bryan CoxFlorida6'3"2695.5
    10Ifeadi OdenigboNorthwestern6'3"2585.5
    11Keion AdamsWestern Michigan6'2"2455.4
    12Garrett SickelsPenn State6'4"2505.3
    13Josh CarrawayTCU6'3"2505.3
    14Hunter DimickUtah6'3"2605.3
    15Samson EbukamEastern Washington6'2"2405.2
    16Keionta DavisChattanooga6'3"2705.2
    17DeVonte FieldsLouisville6'3"2425.2
    18Tashawn BowerLSU6'5"2505
    19Lewis NealLSU6'1"2645
    20Al-Quadin MuhammadMiami (Fla.)6'3"2505
    21Dylan DonahueWest Georgia6'3"2485
    22Ken EkanemVirginia Tech6'3"2554.99

Off-Ball Linebackers

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    Paul Magloire Jr.
    Paul Magloire Jr.Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

    A few potential starters headline the group, but the depth drops off from there. Teams will look to find diamonds in the rough at this position.

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Vince BiegelWisconsin6'3"2466.5
    2Anthony Walker Jr.Northwestern6'1"2386.3
    3Blair BrownOhio5'11"2386.25
    4Jayon BrownUCLA6'0"2316
    5Jalen Reeves-MaybinTennessee6'0"2305.99
    6Elijah LeeKansas State6'3"2205.7
    7Connor HarrisLindenwood5'11"2435.7
    8Marquel LeeWake Forest6'3"2405.7
    9Dylan ColeMissouri State6'0"2365.7
    10Paul Magloire Jr.Arizona6'0"2215.7
    11Ben GedeonMichigan6'2"2475.7
    12Harvey LangiBYU6'2"2515.65
    13Tanner VallejoBoise State6'1"2275.65
    14Steven TaylorHouston6'1"2255.5
    15Matt MilanoBoston College6'0"2215.5
    16Ben BoulwareClemson6'0"2355.5
    17Charmeachealle MooreKansas State5'11"2295.25
    18Hardy NickersonIllinois6'0"2305.15
    19Calvin MunsonSan Diego State6'1"2455.15
    20Ukeme EligweGeorgia Southern6'2"2395.1
    21Riley BulloughMichigan State6'1"2305.1
    22Austin CalitroVillanova6'0"2405.1
    23Jimmy GilbertColorado6'5"2305.1
    24James OnwualuNotre Dame6'1"2325
    25Marcus OliverIndiana6'1"2405
    26Tau LotuleleiUNLV6'0"2375
    27Pita TaumoepenuUtah6'1"2455

Cornerbacks

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    William Likely III
    William Likely IIIAssociated Press

    After a run on cornerbacks on Day 2, we can expect things to slow down, but there is still a good amount of talent here. This was one of the deepest groups in the 2017 draft, and we should expect to see a surprise or two out of this unit.

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Corn ElderMiami (Fla.)5'10"1805.99
    2Damontae KazeeSan Diego State5'10"1905.99
    3William Likely IIIMaryland5'7"1755.9
    4Howard WilsonHouston6'0"1855.75
    5Jalen MyrickMinnesota5'10"2055.7
    6Nate HairstonTemple6'0"1925.5
    7Brian AllenUtah6'3"2155.4
    8Channing StriblingMichigan6'1"1765.4
    9Marquez WhiteFlorida State6'0"1815.3
    10Chuck ClarkVirginia Tech6'0"2085.3
    11Jeremy ClarkMichigan6'3"2065.3
    12Ashton LampkinOklahoma State5'11"1905.3
    13Aarion PentonMissouri5'9"1775.3
    14Treston DecoudOregon State6'2"2085.2
    15Jack TochoNorth Carolina State6'0"2005.1
    16Sojourn SheltonWisconsin5'9"1705.1
    17Jeremy CutrerMiddle Tennessee6'1"1705.1
    18Ezra RobinsonTennessee State6'1"1805.1
    19Justin ThomasGeorgia Tech5'11"1855
    20Des LawrenceNorth Carolina6'0"1855
    21Art MauletMemphis5'10"1895
    22Greg MabinIowa6'1"2005
    23Tyquwan GlassFresno State5'11"1935
    24Mike TysonCincinnati6'2"2014.99
    25Cole LukeNotre Dame5'11"1934.99
    26Brad WatsonWake Forest6'0"2004.99
    27Tony BridgesMississippi6'0"1864.99

Safeties

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    Eddie Jackson
    Eddie JacksonAssociated Press

    Like the corners, safeties enjoyed a healthy run on Day 2, so things are lighter on the board. But sleepers like Xavier Woods could become household names.

    Look for plenty of action in this market Saturday. 

      

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Desmond KingIowa5'10"2016.5
    2Tedric ThompsonColorado6'0"2046.2
    3Xavier WoodsLouisiana Tech5'11"2196
    4Rayshawn JenkinsMiami (Fla.)6'1"2085.9
    5Lorenzo JeromeSaint Francis5'11"1905.75
    6Jadar JohnsonClemson6'0"2105.75
    7Montae NicholsonMichigan State6'2"2205.6
    8Eddie JacksonAlabama6'0"1945.5
    9Nathan GerryNebraska6'2"2205.5
    10Damarius TravisMinnesota6'1"2065.5
    11Josh Harvey-ClemonsLouisville6'4"2285.25
    12David JonesRichmond6'2"2105.1
    13Rudy FordAuburn5'11"2045
    14Fish SmithsonKansas5'11"1905
    15Jamal CarterMiami (Fla.)6'1"2185
    16Leon McQuay IIIUSC6'2"1855
    17Dymonte ThomasMichigan6'2"1994.99
    18Yamen SandersMontana6'4"2104.99

Specialists

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    Jake Elliott
    Jake ElliottAssociated Press

    NFL teams are always looking for a way to cut down costs, and one of the best ways to do that is drafting a young kicker or punter. 

    Expect a few of these specialists to hear their names called on Day 3.

      

    Kickers

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Zane GonzalezArizona State6'0"1905.9
    2Jake ElliottMemphis5'9"1655.4

      

    Punters

    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightGrade
    1Matt HaackArizona State6'1"1855.2
    2Justin VogelMiami (Fla.)6'4"2155
    3Kenny AllenMichigan6'4"2225
    4Cameron JohnstonOhio State5'11"1955