The third day of the NFL Draft often becomes a lengthy recap of the earlier rounds, the status of the falling prospects (Quarterbacks), and an occasion bio of a big name player that actually gets drafted. Make no mistake about it, rounds 4-7 of the draft are a crapshoot, but the teams who find players who can contribute are the ones who are winning in the playoffs.
Good players are always available late in the draft for a variety of reasons. Guys fall because of injuries, a lack of elite measurables, or off the field issues (far too often). Because of that, there are a handful of guys I have pegged as players capable of providing an impact right away.
Martavis Bryant-WR-Pittsburgh Steelers
Bryant goes from Sammy Watkins’ sidekick to potentially the deep threat for Ben Roethlisberger. Bryant is more a workout warrior than football player at this point but he has all the physical tools you look for in a Wide Receiver. He’s got the size (6’4, 211) and speed that should work well in Pittsburgh’s offense. The Steelers have made a killing drafting smaller speedy receivers in the middle of the draft over the last decade, and Bryant isn’t small could be the next mid round guy to give them a big boost.
Jared Abbrederis-WR-Green Bay Packers
As a Viking fan, this pick made me cringe. Aaron Rodgers makes JV wide receivers look like Jerry Rice against my Vikings corners. They already got Davante Adams in the 2nd round, and now Abbrederis. Ted Thompson was trolling. Abbrederis may not be a big name nationally, but Bradley Roby is, and Abbrederis ran circles around him. He may not have blazing speed or elite size, but Abbrederis runs great routes, and has sneaky athleticism. He’s going to be a good player for Green Bay.
Lache Seastrunk-HB-Washington Redskins
Before the college football season started, Lache Seastrunk was seen as one of the top HB prospects in the country. He dropped to the 6th round of the draft for reasons unknown to me beyond the seeming lack of positional value placed on HBs in general. Seastrunk won’t be an every down back, but he has the speed and athleticism to be a contributor in a scat back role. Jay Gruden had Gio Bernard last year as a 3rd down back, and I could see Seastrunk having a similar impact.
Storm Johnson-HB-Jacksonville Jaguars
Racking up offensive talent was the theme for the Jags in the 2014 draft. They got their franchise Quarterback in the first round. They plucked a couple of receivers on the 2nd day of the draft. And on day 3 the Jags added Storm Johnson. Johnson joins college teammate, Blake Bortles in the backfield for Jacksonville. Aside from having a sweet name (Storm!), Johnson catches the ball well out of the backfield and brings slashing running style. He isn’t the fastest or most physical runner, but Johnson has been productive and I think he will continue to be in the NFL.
Check back tomorrow for my take on Day 3 defensive contributors.
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