NFL Draft: Day Three Best Available

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As we enter Day Three of the NFL Draft, there are plenty of talented players still on the board. Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber reveals the top 20 players available, as the fourth round is set to begin.

1. Everson Griffen, DE, USC

Griffen is an explosive pass rusher who has the attributes and skill set to be an outstanding defensive end at the next level. But, there are concerns about his work ethic and character, which is the reason why he’s still on the board. If he’s motivated, Griffen could be the steal of the draft.


Hernandez is a big play threat down field.
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2. Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida

It’s hard to believe that Hernandez is still on the board; he’s an exceptional pass catching tight end. But, just because he doesn’t possess the ideal size (6-foot-2, 245 pounds) that scouts covet, and is considered to be a one-dimensional tight end that has a long way to go as a blocker, Hernandez still offers great value to a team that needs a tight end who can stretch the seam. He’s a big time playmaker who has tremendous upside.

3. Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan

The fifth rated quarterback on my board; LeFevour probably should have been selected in the third round. But he falls into the fourth round where a team like the Philadelphia Eagles, who enter Saturday with four fourth round picks, could select him as their developmental, third-string quarterback. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, LeFevour has the size, athleticism and overall intangibles that make him an intriguing prospect.

4. Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson

A classic tweener, who has tremendous athleticism and explosiveness, Sapp has had durability issues during his career and enters the NFL without a defined position. Sapp possesses the attributes and measurables that could have warranted a first round selection, but it’s obvious that teams weren’t satisfied with his medical records, which explains his fall in the draft.

5. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

I’m not surprised that Owusu-Ansah is still available, because he just had surgery on his shoulder to repair a torn labrum. He’s expected to miss OTA’s next month, but should be 100-percent for training camp. Despite the injury, Owusu-Ansah should hear his name called early in the fourth round, and the team that selects him will be rewarded with a highly skilled athlete that brings tremendous versatility to the field.

6. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

Prior to the Scouting Combine, Dwyer was considered to be a potential first round draft pick. But a poor 40-time and his inability to impress scouts with his receiving skills have caused Dwyer to fall to Day Three. Dwyer has a similar skill set to New York Jets RB Shonn Green, who was a third round pick in 2009. Even though Dwyer doesn’t have elite speed, he’s still an effective runner between the tackles. He’s a great value selection in the fourth round.


Campbell is an outstanding athlete, but is very raw as an OT.
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7. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

So much for the Oakland Raiders taking Campbell with the eighth pick in the draft. I guess scouts and player personnel executives weren’t fooled by the workout Campbell put forth at the Scouting Combine. Teams interested in Campbell did the right thing by evaluating him strictly on his film, which was inconsistent and received a fourth – fifth round grade. As raw as Campbell is, he still has great upside, but it will take a lot of time and coaching to get him to live up to his potential.

8. Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern

One of the most intriguing defensive ends in the draft, Wootton has the ability to be an impact pass rusher at the next level. He suffered a torn ACL during the 2008 Alamo Bowl and played this past year at around 70-percent. Wootton only managed to record four sacks in ’09, which is six less than what he registered during the ’08 season. Wootton didn’t impress scouts this offseason during his workouts, and there are teams that worry about his explosiveness.

9. Carlton Mitchell, WR, South Florida

An intriguing wide receiver prospect that has great size and speed, Mitchell is extremely raw and has to improve his hands and route running. But his ability to stretch the field will likely attract many teams, and the potential he has will ultimately make him an early fourth round pick.

10. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia

It’s surprising to see Atkins still on the board, because many scouts raved about his workouts this offseason. But at 6-foot-2, 293 pounds, Atkins is undersized and was part of a defensive tackle rotation at Georgia. There are teams that don’t think he’s an every down DT, and that belief has caused him to fall. However, expect Atkins to come off the board early on Saturday.


11. Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina

12. Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma
13. Matthew Tennant, C, Boston College
14. Camaron Thomas, DT, North Carolina
15. Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
16. Larry Asante, S, Nebraska
17. Thaddeus Gibson, OLB, Ohio State
18. Selvish Capers, OT, West Virginia
19. Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
20. Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia



A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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