2011 NFL Draft Grades: Which Late-Round Gems Will Make Immediate Impact in NFL?

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Which Late-Round Gems Will Make Immediate Impact in NFL?

2011 NFL Draft Projections for Steals of Day Three

The third day of the 2011 NFL Draft is underway and there are still a lot solid players available.  While the later rounds do not represent as much flash as the first two days of the draft, players like Tom Brady, James Starks and Donald Driver have all been selected on day three.

Here are some players who have the capability to become quality players in the NFL that will hear their name called on day three:

Greg McElroy (QB, Alabama)

Greg McElroy scored one of the highest Wonderlic scores of all-time at the combine, where he checked in with a near-perfect score.  McElroy scored a 48 out of 50 on the test, and proved during his time at Alabama that he is one of the smartest QBs. 

He won a national championship and only threw nine interceptions in his two years as a starting QB, while adding 37 touchdown passes.  In his final season as a QB in Tuscaloosa, he had a 70.9 percent completion percentage.

McElroy does not have the big arm that a lot of teams like, but he can make nearly every throw and has incredible accuracy.  There is a good chance that McElroy could be a very solid NFL starter at some point during his career.

 Read More: The 25 Best Players Who Will Be Available On Day Three

Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, Oregon State)

Rodgers will likely never become an elite NFL running back, however, he could be a great return man and change of pace back.  He needs to add a bit more strength but could make an impact like Darren Sproles does in San Diego.

A lot of analysts have questioned the durability that Rodgers will have in the NFL, but he carried the ball more than 250 carries all three seasons and also caught more 140 passes during his career.

Rodgers can come in and make an impact on third downs right away, and may be able to contribute out of the slot position, even though he is a bit undersized.

Edmond Gates (WR, Abilene Christian)

Miami was one of the teams that was definitely in the market to add some speed to their team.  Gates was one of the fastest WRs in this draft and should be able to come in and stretch the field.  The Dolphins selected Gates with the 111th overall selection, and should come in and play the slot right away.

Gates will also provide the Dolphins with a lot of help on special teams as a gunner and as a return man.  He has the speed and elusiveness to become one of the premier return men in the NFL.

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