The second day of the NFL Draft was mostly good for the Big 12, with seven players going in rounds two and three. Today is the last day of the draft, meaning that after today players who don’t find their names called will have to look for other ways to get onto an NFL roster.
DAY THREE (ROUNDS 4,5,6 & 7)
PROJECTED FOURTH ROUND PICKS
MARCEL ATEMAN, WR, OKLAHOMA STATE
Ateman excels at going up and getting the ball at its highest point. For that reason, he’s valuable to NFL teams on the third down and in the red zone.
EARLY-TO-MID-FOURTH ROUND: HOLTON HILL, CB, TEXAS
Hill has had some off the field issues that pushed him back this far, but expect him to come off the board early today. You can read more about him here.
EARLY-TO-MID-FOURTH ROUND: OGBONNIA OKORONKOW, OLB/DE, OKLAHOMA
Obo is somewhat undersized to be a true defensive end in the NFL, but he’s a great pass rusher who will hear his name called early in Day Three. You can read more about him here.
MID-FOURTH-TO-EARLY FIFTH ROUND: DORANCE ARMSTRONG, DE, KANSAS
Armstrong was a force last season for Kansas, but he’s a little raw as a prospect. While he’s got the physical tools to play in the NFL, his technique needs to be developed and he probably needs to add some weight. He will probably go early in Day Three. The Kansas City Chiefs have shown interest in him.
LATE FOURTH ROUND: TRAVIN HOWARD, LB, TCU
Howard has great athleticism and a knack for getting to the ball, but issues with tackling and getting off blocks will have him land early in Day Three.
LATE FOURTH-TO-EARLY FIFTH ROUND: DESHON ELLIOT, FS, TEXAS
Elliot has good size and athleticism. He had a productive year in 2017, which caught the eye of some scouts. His downsides mostly have to do with his technique in pass coverage and tackling. Since he only really has one year as a young prospect, in addition, expect him to go somewhere around the middle of Day Three.
LATE FOURTH-TO-EARLY FIFTH ROUND: KYZIR WHITE, S, WEST VIRGINIA
White has good size for the position and the ability to play at the next level. His ball skills have been a problem for him and he hasn’t spent a lot of time working in zone coverage. How much those things matter to teams will depend on how quickly he comes off the board on Day Three.
PROJECTED FIFTH ROUND PICKS
MID-FIFTH ROUND: ALLEN LAZARD, WR, IOWA STATE
Lazard is a great wide receiver who has a lot of elite skills when it comes to catching the ball and has great body control. His lack of speed is one reason why it’s taken this long for him to get drafted, but expect him to go earlier in Day Three.
MID-FIFTH ROUND: TRE FLOWERS, S, OKLAHOMA STATE
Flowers is a good tackler, but there are some concerns about his size and ability to hold up in one-on-one pass coverage. Expect him to go early in Day Three, though.
PROJECTED SIXTH ROUND PICKS
EARLY SIXTH ROUND: POONA FORD, DL, TEXAS
Ford is undersized for a defensive tackle, but his motor and ability to play in a gap scheme mean that he’ll probably be taken around the middle of Day Three somewhere.
EARLY SIXTH ROUND: D.J. REED, CB, KANSAS STATE
Reed is good in coverage despite his smaller stature. His can keep up with receivers in one-on-one, but he could also improve his tackling. It’s possible he goes earlier in the day, but his size may mean his name isn’t called until later.
EARLY SIXTH ROUND: DIMITRI FLOWERS, FB, OKLAHOMA
Even though Flowers is a great and versatile athlete, could also likely be the reason he’s drafted in the later rounds. The NFL is moving away from traditional fullbacks and the team that takes Flowers will be one that has a very specific need for his talents.
MID-SIXTH ROUND: MICHAEL DICKSON, P, TEXAS
Dickson could hypothetically go in the fifth round because he’s by far the best punter in this year’s draft, but it’s more likely for him to get drafted later.
LATE SIXTH ROUND: KEKE COUTEE, WR, TEXAS TECH
Coutee has great speed and ability to make plays after the catch, but his smaller frame are going to be reason for NFL teams to hesitate on taking him. It is hard to see him not getting drafted because of his athleticism, but he’ll have to find the right fit.
PROJECTED SEVENTH ROUND PICKS
EARLY SEVENTH ROUND: JUSTIN CRAWFORD, RB, WEST VIRGINIA
Crawford shows some really great athleticism, but he’s not thought to be a “home run” hitting type of running back at the next level. Struggles with fighting through blocks are why he’s more likely to hear his name called later in the day.
MID-TO-LATE SEVENTH ROUND: DYLAN CANTRELL, WR, TEXAS TECH
Cantrell was a good, big wide receiver for the Red Raiders. He’s got strong hands, but his lack of elite speed and need to work on his route running will likely have him land later in the day.
LATE SEVENTH ROUND: BYRON PRINGLE, WR, KANSAS STATE
Pringle is viewed as an athletic wide receiver who is inconsistent in his ability to get into his routes and make contested catches.
LATE SEVENTH ROUND: DEQUINTON OSBORNE, DT, OKLAHOMA STATE
Osborne is seen as a good run stuffer because of his size, but there are questions about whether or not he’s explosive enough to play significant snaps from game to game. There are teams who may want to get him later in the day to help with their run defense.