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Bargains on Day 3 of the NFL Draft

On the latest edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we explored players that could be good replacements on day three if teams miss their targets earlier in the draft.

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On this week’s episode of the Arrowhead Pride Draft Show, we looked at some potential bargains on day two and day three of the NFL Draft that a team could take advantage of rather than spending major draft capital on a player.

Note that this isn’t a critique of the players but rather a look at areas in the draft where we value some players higher than others.

Here are some of the names we came up with.:

Georgia IOL Trey Hill instead of Ohio State IOL Josh Myers

Instead of taking center Josh Myers (if he’s even there) in the second round, Georgia’s Trey Hill could be had potentially on day three. Myers is a big-framed interior prospect that doesn’t have the most overwhelming athletic profile but does a good job protecting the pocket from the center position. There isn’t a high ceiling to Myers, but he’s strong, sturdy and NFL-ready. Hill has some technical work to do that can improve his game significantly. He has a big frame for the center spot and some small improvements to his stance and leverage could help him take a significant jump. If he adjusts those fixable things, he could be a really good player.

North Texas WR Jaelon Darden instead of Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge

D’Wayne Eskridge is expected to go on day two — with some pundits at times speculating that he could potentially sneak into the end of the first round. Eskridge is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands and a quality slot receiver with some ability to stretch the field vertically. He’s not the biggest receiver, and neither is Jaelon Darden — who could be had later in the draft. He’s got the downfield stretch ability that Eskridge does and a similar ability with the ball in his hands. Eskridge has received a lot of love, but don’t be surprised if Darden has a better career.

Purdue LB Derrick Barnes instead of Missouri LB Nick Bolton

Bolton has some of the more enjoyable moments from anyone at the linebacker position in this class. It’s a thing of beauty to see him diagnose a play, get downhill and pursue the ball carrier. He’s going to earn a spot most likely in the top 50 of the draft by a team that can mask some coverage deficiencies. Barnes doesn’t have the same instincts that Bolton does, but he has a better overall athletic profile that translates to the field — showing real promise in coverage and a more complete skill set in that regard than Bolton. The Chiefs shouldn’t be in the business of investing in linebacker early, but if they must grab one, a player like Barnes on day three is more appealing than spending an early pick on a linebacker when so many other needs are more pressing.


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