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Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Simmie Cobbs catches a pass during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. 
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There is plenty of good talent that has fallen into day three of the NFL Draft. Remember, day three is such an important part of roster building.

Players like Tyreek Hill, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Anthony Hitchens all heard their names called on the Saturday sessions of their respective drafts.

Every team approaches day three differently. Some choose to bank on athletic upside players that need more development. Some do the opposite, looking for already productive players without the athleticism. Then there are also injury and characters risks sprinkled in.

There are several day three prospects I’m a fan of. Some we’ve added to the Draftmas List, some we will add in this article. Here is a list of fourth and fifth-round graded prospects I would like to see scooped up by the Chiefs on Saturday.

There are also a few left over from the top-100 prospects that I would prefer on day three.

Day Three Selections (updated):

  • 4th round - 124
  • 6th round - 196
  • 7th round - 233
  • 7th round - 243

NOTE: These players have been placed on the board based on grade and positional value. This is not a Chiefs-specific top 100 but rather a global representation of how I view the prospects. There might be instances where I would prefer a lower ranked player on the board based on need and depth of the position.

DRAFTMAS LIST DAY THREE

TOP 100

96. WR Simmie Cobbs

6’ 3” | 220 lbs. | Indiana

NFL: Combine Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Draft Range: third to fourth round

Games watched: Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia

Prospect grade (out of 100): 75.0

I would take him in the: fourth

One sentence bio: Ankle surgery early in his junior took most of his season, suspended one game his sophomore year.

One sentence scouting report: Big-framed, physical outside receiver.

One play:

Why he fits in KC: Cobbs adds a skill set the Chiefs don’t have enough of in the wide receiver room: a receiver that can win high at the catch point. He’s not the most athletic receiver in the draft, but he’s physical and can win in contested areas. Adding a player like Cobbs allows more flexibility within the receiving corp. The Chiefs can add more variety to their personnel usage. Cobbs can play as a big slot or outside as an isolated receiver. If Cobbs is there day three, he could be a great value.

98. Kylie Fitts

FOURTH-ROUND VALUE

RB Nyheim Hines

S Dane Cruikshank

LB Shaquem Griffin

S Jeremy Reaves

CB DJ Reed

TE Chris Herndon

6’ 4” | 253 lbs. | Miami

NFL: Combine Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Draft Range: fourth round

Games watched: Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse

Prospect grade (out of 100): 73.5

I would take him in the: fourth

One sentence bio: Georgia native, known for being a humble, quiet leader.

One sentence scouting report: Smooth moving tight end with room to grow.

One play:

Why he fits in KC: Herndon would be an ideal target on Saturday, as the Chiefs have yet to address the tight end position. Combining smooth movement skills, soft hands and a willingness to block, Herndon has the traits necessary to be a solid contributor down the road as a tight end. Herndon is a player with high character that would be a great addition to a locker room and organization.

EDGE Ade Aruna

6’ 5” | 262 lbs. | Tulane

NFL Combine - Day 4 Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Projected Draft Range: fifth to seventh

Games watched: Memphis, SMU

Prospect grade (out of 100): 71.1

I would take him in the: fourth

One sentence bio: Nigerian born and raised, his given name is Adetarami.

One sentence scouting report: Physical, athletic, powerful, but underdeveloped pass rusher.

One play:

Why he fits in KC: Aruna has an impressive first step for a man his size. Aruna is dense, powerful and gives great effort. He is still developing the technique and consistency to be a successful pass rusher. He has the kind of traits you want to work with in a developmental prospect. I would happy to see him developed in KC.

OL Colby Gossett

6’ 5” | 311 lbs. | Appalachian State

NFL Combine - Day 1 Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Projected Draft Range: fourth

Games watched: Miami 2016, Georgia, Wake Forest

Prospect grade (out of 100): 71.8

I would take him in the: fourth

One sentence bio: Georgia native and unranked recruit who participated in the East-West Shrine Game.

One sentence scouting report: Smart, sound developmental guard prospect.

One play (courtesy KelceKrazies):

Why he fits in KC: Gossett won’t be able to play right away, but he shows promise in both the run and pass game. When he plays with good leverage and balance, he’s impressive. His issues are all fixable. If he can continue to develop consistency, he could start in the near future on the interior.

FIFTH-ROUND VALUE

CB Parry Nickerson

TE Jaylen Samuels

LB James Looney

6’ 3” | 287 lbs. | California

California v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Projected Draft Range: sixth

Games watched: Washington, UCLA

Prospect grade (out of 100): 69.3

I would take him in the: fifth

One sentence bio: Brother of NFL offensive lineman Joe Looney, East-West Shrine Game participant.

One sentence scouting report: Gap shooting defensive lineman with a great first step.

One play (courtesy KelceKrazies):

Why he fits in KC: Looney flashes an excellent first step and the ability to penetrate gaps. The problem is everything after that first step needs work. He sometimes gets stalled in gaps because he shoots up too quickly, and lacks a plan, but that’s fixable. If Looney continues to build off the tools he have, he could be a solid contributor down the road as a one-gap penetrator.

AP Chiefs Draft Show

We’ve had discussions on several of these players and more on the AP Chiefs Draft Show. You can find us on the player below, iTunes and Google Play.

What my grades mean

As a refresher, so you know what the grading scale we use on the show and in this article equates to, here’s a helpful chart:

Grading Scale

Score Draft Range
Score Draft Range
100 #1 Pick
95 - 99 2-5
93 - 94.99 6-10
87.5 - 92.99 11-32
83.75 -87.49 Early 2nd Round
82.5 - 83.74 Mid 2nd Round
81.25 - 82.49 Late 2nd Round
75 - 81.24 3rd Round
70 - 74.99 4th Round
68.75 - 69.99 5th Round
62.5 - 68.74 6th - 7th Round
57.5 - 62.49 Priority FA