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2016 NFL Draft Reaction: 5 best players still available heading into Day 3

Day 2 wrapped up last night, signalling the end of Rounds 2 and 3. As you’d expect, there was plenty of action; shock picks, steals, lots


Day 2 wrapped up last night, signalling the end of Rounds 2 and 3. As you’d expect, there was plenty of action; shock picks, steals, lots of trades and of course more players sliding. Now, as we enter Day 3 and we get into the final 155 picks of the draft, who are the best players still available? Andrew Billings – NT, Baylor Billings was picked by some as a potential first round pick or at least an early Day 2 selection. Instead, every team seems to have forgotten about him. There are rumours that he may have a knee injury, and teams just don’t want to give up a high draft pick for a liability, but it’s hard to believe that what would have to be a serious injury isn’t known by anyone. Instead, his measurables will likely be causing the drop. At only 6ft 1, he is not as big as most starting nose tackles, and only one of the four 6ft 1 or smaller nose tackles in the NFL was drafted in the top 100: Brandon Williams. However much longer Billings has to wait, the team is getting a steal. Hassan Ridgeway – DT, Texas Ridgeway is just another member of this very talented defensive line group, and that is probably a large reason why he is still on the board. With less talent at other positions, priority is put on them as teams are confident they can get very talent d-lineman later in the draft. Ridgeway is looking to follow in the steps of Malcolm Brown – the Patriots first round selection last year – but despite sometimes outplaying him, he is slipping down the draft. Whoever gets him will be getting a player with very high potential. Devontae Booker – RB, Utah It is accepted that Ezekiel Elliot is the best running back in this draft, largely thanks to the totality of his game; he can do everything. After that, Derrick Henry seems to be getting the most love. Well, I have always thought that Booker should’ve been the 2nd running back off the board, instead he will a Day 3 selection. Booker, like Elliot, can do a bit of everything and he can do it well. He’s a 3-down back and if not for an injury that cost him a large part of the season I think he would be long gone by now. Christian Westerman – G, Arizona State Westerman is our 3rd ranked tackle and he has a 2nd round grade thanks to his elite pass protection, excellent weight room strength and aggressive style of play. However, now heading into Day 3, 7 guards have been taken ahead of him. His slide must be in part due to his size and length. He is average in size but is certainly not as long as the prospects taken ahead of him, which is a disadvantage. Either way, I think he will be successful wherever he gets picked. Kenneth Dixon – RB, La Tech Here’s another running back that I have ranked ahead of Derrick Henry. Unlike Henry’s one year of dominance, Dixon was a 4-year star for La Tech, and is second in the NCAA in career touchdowns with 87. That production speaks for itself. What’s more, he, like Booker, is a much more well-rounded back. However, his lower level of opposition and not-ideal size is likely pushing him down draft boards.


Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

2016 NFL Draft Reaction: 5 best players still available heading into Day 3

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