The second day of the NFL Draft is always the most interesting day of the best sporting event on Earth. For the winners, it’s what I would call the “meat and potatoes” of the NFL Draft. For others, it’s like going to the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk that’s already expired.
Last night was a lot of fun. We saw plenty of players get taken a round too soon, and other players not soon enough. For example, D.K. Metcalf had no business lasting until the 64th overall pick. Whether you love him or hate him, he’s a much more talented player than his draft spot suggests. One team that I’ll talk about elsewhere is the Denver Broncos, but sign me up for what they pulled off in the draft, thus far.
With that being said, we enter the third and final day of the 2019 NFL Draft. Surprisingly enough, there are plenty of players available for teams to add to augment their already great draft haul through two days or, if you’re a Lions fan, maybe they can make up for being so bad at this. Who are some of best players entering the third and final day of the 2019 NFL Draft? Here are my top-ranked players that are left for today:
19. Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas
There’s one player left on my board with a first-round grade, and that’s Omenihu. I thought the Colts would have taken him with one of their four picks on the second day but here we are. There’s no reason to believe that the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year will last long on the last day of the draft. He’s got incredible length with 36″ arms and has a great blend of power and speed. He’s versatile and will play just about anywhere for a defense. He can start from day one despite being taken on the third day of the draft.
23. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
It’s odd that a 6’5″ and 227-pound receiver is still available. Butler has a great wingspan at almost 84″, and he’s got a dominant catch radius. He’s not the cleanest athlete compared to other receivers, but he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and takes long strides to the end-zone. Not having agility drills from the Combine could be part of the reason that his stock has fallen, but he’s got the potential to be a number one receiver. If he lasts beyond the fourth round, there’s something wrong that we haven’t heard.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson's 86.9 grade while playing the slot was better than any other SEC defensive back this season by a fairly wide margin. pic.twitter.com/rw7Q4bkY9Q
— PFF College (@PFF_College) April 12, 2019
29. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
I wasn’t the only one that viewed CGJ as the top safety in the class. He’s versatile and can be used as a single-high safety or in covering the slot. He’s a smooth athlete with a good lower body and solid play recognition skills. There was a run on safeties on the second day, but he’s still there for the third. He’s a terrific value pick for today, and I’d have to think he’s one of the first defensive backs off the board.
35. Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
I can understand Harmon not going in the first round and for some, not the second round. But through three rounds and he’s still on the board, my goodness. Harmon is a perfect to be an “X” receiver for whoever drafts him. He’s the best run blocker in this draft and does a really good job in contested catch situations. Meanwhile, Harmon makes find adjustments when passes are off their path. This one is really puzzling to me but much like Butler, he shouldn’t have to wait long for his name to be called in the fourth round.
39. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
He’s a solid cornerback with plenty of upside for whoever takes him. He can play in man or zone coverage, but what’s most important is how he has no issues coming up to make the tackle. Against Michigan State, he did slip on the sideline and missed a tackle against Felton Davis, but he did put up 17 reps in the bench and showed good hip fluidity in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.82 seconds. He’s shown good ball skills over the last three seasons with eight interceptions and 20 pass deflections. The Raiders pick twice near the top of the fourth round, and I’d guess they and the Lions have some interest.
— PFF Las Vegas Raiders (@PFF_Raiders) March 4, 2019
50. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Love is a terrific zone cover corner that has the instincts needed to make plays on the football. Thirty-nine career pass deflections don’t happen by accident; Love still being available is a mistake. Much like the reasoning above, there are too many teams at the top of the fourth round that can still use more talent at cornerback. The Bengals are a team to consider with their age and expiring contracts at the position.
52. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
It’s often been said that Mack Wilson should have returned to school, but there’s no reason that three or four other linebackers went in front of him. The Devins make sense, but that’s about it. He checked into the Combine at 6’1″ and 240 pounds, but his 32″ vertical and 117″ broad jump were less than stellar. Regardless of that, he has the physical tools to become a two-down linebacker at the next level. It’ll be interesting to see if the Giants consider a linebacker with their first pick during the third day of the Draft.
55. Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
Maybe I was just higher on him than others? That’s possible, but I thought Hooker looked really fluid on tape, and he flashed the range necessary for the position. He tested really well at the Scouting Combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.48 seconds and a 20-yard shuttle of 4.1 seconds. Lastly, he improved his ball skills from the previous season, so I’m curious about which teams will covet him on the third day of the Draft and where. He can easily become a starting safety for whatever team takes him. He’s fallen down draft boards the same way it happened to Jessie Bates and Justin Reid last year.
Safety Amani Hooker had a great game. 11 solo tackles. This one saved a TD. pic.twitter.com/l3rndkiNO7
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) February 7, 2018
There are a couple of other names that I could add to the “detailed” list, such as Blake Cashman from Minnesota or Deionte Thompson from Alabama, but I’ll spare you the details of all the remaining players on my list. With that being said, here’s a simple list of the remaining players in the top-100 of my board on the third day of the 2019 NFL Draft:
Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama (64th Overall)
Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota (66th Overall)
Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M (67th Overall)
Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke (70th Overall)
Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State (73rd Overall)
Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford (75th Overall)
Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State (80th Overall)
Emmanuel Hall, WR, Missouri (81st Overall)
Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama (82nd Overall)
Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma (83rd Overall)
Anthony Nelson, EDGE, Iowa (86th Overall)
Jakobi Meyers, WR, N.C. State (88th Overall)
Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama (93rd Overall)
Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Eastern Michigan (95th Overall)
Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State (96th Overall)
Stanley Morgan, WR, Nebraska (98th Overall)
D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia (99th Overall)
Ben Powers, OG, Oklahoma (100th Overall)
It’s always unfortunate to see this happen to talented players, but it’s just part of the process. There are players who get “overdrafted”, and other players who fall through the cracks. The third day of the 2019 NFL Draft is going to be a lot of fun, and I’d be shocked if any of the names listed above fell to the fifth round. If your team can somehow grab one of these eight players, or even more, it’s going to be an incredible haul for them on the third day! Enjoy the final day of the 2019 NFL Draft and be sure to follow me on Twitter @RussNFLDraft!