The first three rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft are in the books! We’re nearing halfway through the process and there’s a ton of premier talent off the board, but there’s still some quality depth pieces on the board.
Taking a league-wide view of how the best available board looks after the first round, I’ve used two resources to highlight the best value left entering day three. First, here’s how things shake out on The Draft Network predictive board. This was done using their Mock Draft Machine.
According to The Draft Network, the slide of Hakeem Butler (WR, Iowa State) is the biggest surprise. He’s a 6’5 3/8”, 227-pound receiver that ran under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash that had 1,318 yards and 9 touchdowns last year. It’s definitely odd that he’s still out there for the taking.
Outside of Butler, the top players left are Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (S, Florida), Amani Oruwariye (CB, Penn State), and Julian Love (CB, Notre Dame). In terms of positional stacks, the linebacker position looks to have the most readily available contributors. Perhaps that’s due to it being a light top end class. Typically day three is where you see your medical and character concerns begin to go, so you should see these players come off the board soon.
According to my personal big board, the player who saw a slide but can still make meaningful contributions are as follows:
My top player available is one already mentioned. That’s Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. There’s been no firm reason why he has fallen and it’s hard to believe that it’s all performance based. Perhaps news will drop tomorrow that explains his slide.
The other top players left include Kelvin Harmon (WR, NC State), Deionte Thompson (S, Alabama), and Charles Omenihu (DL, Texas). My board shows six prospects at wide receiver remaining in the top 100 that represent solid value. It’s also top heavy with highly ranked players at safety, so watch for a run early in day three.
One day remain in the 2019 NFL Draft. Finding gems in the last four rounds and as priority free agents are how teams elevate themselves on the cheap. Targeting the players noted above is a good way to do that. In theory.