NFL Draft 2021: Day 3 Steals

NFL Draft 2021: Day 3 Steals
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Day 3 is upon us and with a blink of an eye the NFL Draft is drawing to its close. We are now 105 selections in with another 154 prospects to be selected on day 3.

We had some surprise picks on day 2, which has meant we have seen some of our top prospects fall into day 3.

These players who are in our 100 prospects are still available to be picked up on day 3!

51.TREY SMITHIOLTENNESSEE
54.KENNETH GAINWELLRBMEMPHIS
61.DAVIYON NIXONDTIOWA
68.JABRIL COXLBLSU
69.TYLAN WALLACEWROKLAHOMA STATE
70.KHALIL HERBERTRBVIRGINIA TECH
72.AMON RA ST. BROWNWRUSC
74.MICHAEL CARTERRBNORTH CAROLINA
78.BREVIN JORDANTEMIAMI
83.JAMES HUDSONOTCINCINNATI
85.CAMERON MCGRONELBMICHIGAN
88.CADE JOHNSONWRSOUTH DAKOTA ST
91.TYREE GILLESPIESMISSOURI
93.HAMSAH NASIRILDEENSFLORIDA STATE
94.RASHAD WEAVERDEPITTSBURGH
96.STONE FORSYTHEOTFLORIDA
97.JAELON DARDENWRNORTH TEXAS
98.ROBERT ROCHELLCBCENTRAL ARKANSAS
99.D’ANTE SMITHOLEAST CAROLINA

DAY 3 STEALS

Kenneth Gainwell – RB – Memphis

Day 3 target Kenneth Gainwell
Memphis Tigers RB Kenneth Gainwell. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

For our money, Gainwell has gone criminally underrated through the whole of the draft process. Gainwell is a lethal playmaker who has incredible field vision and power. He is slippery with the ball in hand and is one of the best backs in this class in the passing game.

A team is going to get a steal on day 3 in Kenny Gainwell.

Jabril Cox – LB – LSU

It is a real shock that Jabril Cox is still on the board. He was view by our Draft Talk team as one of the top linebackers in this class.

Cox has the traits that the NFL now like in modern day linebackers. He has the size and the speed to be a feature linebacker. He is disruptive from the second level and he performs well in coverage and in pursuit.

Trey Smith – IOL – Tennessee

Trey Smith is an explosive o-lineman who excels in the run game. He has a great recovery technique and works well in short spaces. Ranked at #51 on our Big Board, Smith is a better player than his draft position will let on.

The only reason for his fall will be due to medicals. Smith has had issues with blood clots on his lungs and it has appeared to be a reoccurring issue. With the teams getting medical data from the combine, we can only speculate that the issue wasn’t as resolved as let on.

Fingers crossed for Trey Smith that he gets picked sooner rather than later and those medical issues clear up.

Tylan Wallace – WR – Oklahoma State

As we spoke about on our Draft Talk podcast, Tylan Wallace has been a bit of a sleeper throughout the process. Wallace has a fantastic catch radius and is a clean route runner. He thrives in contested catch situations and has really good contact balance.

Wallace does have some injury concerns and he may not have the raw speed that some receivers that were selected on day 2 have. But, he will be a contributor on a team in the NFL.

Daviyon Nixon – DT – Iowa

Daviyon Nixon will be picked on day 3
Iowa DT Daviyon Nixon. Image Credit: GlobeGazette.com

Nixon had a standout year in 2020 and we expected him to be selected on day 2. He is a snappy and punchy disruptor who is both powerful and strong. Nixon has good movement skills and explosiveness, summed up by his pick 6 against Penn State.

There doesn’t appear a lot not to like about Nixon. He may be a bit raw, but we expect him to be one that goes early on day 3.

FEATURE IMAGE CREDIT: Photo: Kirby Lee / USA Today

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