2014 NFL Draft: Top talent available entering Day 3
Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, Arizona State LB Carl Bradford and Penn State DT Da'Quan Jones headline the best available prospects after three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft
The first 100 picks of the 2014 NFL Draft are in the books, but the talent well is far from dry in this deep class.
The bulk of NFL rosters are built in the final four rounds of the draft, where teams can find future starters or fill spots on special teams. Many picks won't pan out, but the NFL is filled with third-day success stories, just ask Tom Brady, Jared Allen and the countless number of other examples.
Here is a look at the top 10 players still available in the 2014 NFL Draft entering the fourth round Saturday.
1. QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh: Over the past few months, no player had more of a perceived jump up draft boards than Savage, who went from draft afterthought to potential crasher in the back-half of Round 1. But while he has the prototypical size and arm strength, his raw qualities from the neck up are why he's still available.
2. OLB Carl Bradford, Arizona State: A relentless, energetic front-seven defender, Bradford was an All-Pac 12 performer the past two seasons, combining for almost 40 tackles for loss. His most glaring weakness is his lack of a natural position, but it's easy for coaches to fall in love with the way he plays the game.
3. DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State: A quick, strong upfield penetrator, Jones has some medical dings on his resume, which are a big reason he's still on the board after three rounds. He needs some technique work, but has the well-rounded skill-set and likeable traits to fit both three- or four-man fronts.
4. OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee: Widely believed to be the top offensive lineman from Tennessee last season, Richardson watched his teammate Ja'Wuan James go in the top 20, while he fell out of the top 100. Richardson has more talent, but knee and hip concerns have hurt his value and the long-term durability is a question mark.
5. WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina: A high school quarterback who went to South Carolina to play basketball, Ellington plays with burst and acceleration to create with the ball in his hands. He still has quite a bit of growing to do on the field with his route-running and reliability in traffic, but has the athletic traits the NFL wants.
6. CB Keith McGill, Utah: An older prospect at 25 years old, McGill fits the mold of the bigger cornerback that is en vogue currently in the NFL at 6-feet-3 and 33-inch arms. And while he looks the part with enough speed and flexibility to cover, he needs to continue to develop his skills in both man and zone coverage.
7. OT Cameron Fleming, Stanford: After earning the starting right tackle job as a redshirt freshman, Fleming started there all but two games the past three seasons. He has the natural base and massive frame you want, but isn't as physically mauling as he looks, falling off blocks and struggling to sustain.
8. WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson: After just 19 catches over his first two seasons, Bryant emerged as a reliable option opposite Sammy Watkins in 2013 with 42 catches for 828 yards and seven scores. He has the size/speed combination that will intrigue, but is still raw with his ball skills and route-running.
9. CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida: The older brother of Sammy Watkins, the Florida corner has experience at cornerback (inside and outside) and at safety, lining up all over the Gators' secondary. He has light, controlled feet and does an excellent job in his backpedal to flip his hips and stay in the wide receiver's pocket.
10. OLB Telvin Smith, Florida State: Although he looks more like a safety when you see him on the sidelines (6-3, 218), Smith plays like a linebacker with the speedy range to cover both sidelines. Smith's lack of bulk and growth potential are tough to overlook, but he's competitive and the motor doesn't shut off.
1. Tom Savage, Pittsburgh (6-4, 228)
2. AJ McCarron, Alabama (6-3, 220)
3. Zach Mettenberger, LSU (6-5, 224)
4. Aaron Murray, Georgia (6-1, 207)
5. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (6-6, 248)
1. Andre Williams, Boston College (5-11, 230)
2. Devonta Freeman, Florida State (5-8, 206)
3. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona (5-9, 207)
4. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (5-10, 201)
5. James White, Wisconsin (5-9, 204)
1. Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (5-9, 197)
2. Martavis Bryant, Clemson (6-4, 211)
3. Kevin Norwood, Alabama (6-2, 198)
4. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin (6-1, 195)
5. Shaq Evans, UCLA (6-1, 213)
1. Arthur Lynch, Georgia (6-5, 258)
2. Larry Webster, Bloomsburg (6-6, 252)
3. Rob Blanchflower, Massachusetts (6-4, 256)
4. Jake Murphy, Utah (6-4, 249)
5. Blake Annen, Cincinnati (6-4, 247)
1. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (6-6, 336)
2. Cameron Fleming, Stanford (6-5, 323)
3. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill (6-5, 298)
4. Seantrel Henderson, Miami (6-7, 331)
5. Matt Patchan, Boston College (6-6, 302)
1. Dakota Dozier, Furman (6-4, 313)
2. Cyril Richardson, Baylor (6-5, 329)
3. David Yankey, Stanford (6-6, 315)
4. Charles Leno, Boise State (6-4, 303)
5. Russell Bodine, North Carolina (6-3, 310)
1. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma (6-4, 304)
2. Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (6-5, 297)
3. Corey Linsley, Ohio State (6-3, 296)
4. Bryan Stork, Florida State (6-4, 315)
5. Tyler Larsen, Utah State (6-4, 313)
1. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas (6-3, 247)
2. Taylor Hart, Oregon (6-6, 281)
3. James Gayle, Virginia Tech (6-4, 259)
4. Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M (6-4, 267)
5. Ed Stinson, Alabama (6-3, 287)
1. DaQuan Jones, Penn State (6-4, 322)
2. Caraun Reid, Princeton (6-2, 302)
3. Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech (6-2, 334)
4. Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina (6-4, 297)
5. Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (6-7, 252)
1. Carl Bradford, Arizona State (6-1, 250)
2. Telvin Smith, Florida State (6-3, 218)
3. Chris Smith, Arkansas (6-1, 266)
4. Christian Jones, Florida State (6-3, 240)
5. Jordan Tripp, Montana (6-3, 234)
1. Shayne Skov, Stanford (6-2, 245)
2. Brock Coyle, Montana (6-1, 235)
3. Lamin Barrow, LSU (6-1, 237)
4. Max Bullough, Michigan State (6-4, 249)
5. Avery Williamson, Kentucky (6-1, 246)
1. Keith McGill, Utah (6-3, 211)
2. Jaylen Watkins, Florida (6-0, 194)
3. Pierre Desir, Lindenwood (6-1, 198)
4. Marcus Roberson, Florida (6-0, 191)
5. Walt Aikens, Liberty (6-1, 203)
1. Marqueston Huff, Wyoming (5-11, 196)
2. Dion Bailey, USC (6-0, 201)
3. Ed Reynolds, Stanford (6-1, 207)
4. Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt (6-0, 207)
5. Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky (6-3, 190)
1. Brock Vereen, Minnesota (6-0, 199)
2. Craig Loston, LSU (6-1, 217)
3. Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (5-11, 210)
4. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor (6-0, 212)
5. Tre Boston, North Carolina (6-0, 204)
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