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Best available players for Day 3 of 2021 NFL Draft — and for the Chiefs on Friday night

Let’s take an updated look at our consensus rankings — and examine the circumstances in which the Chiefs picked on Friday.

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On Wednesday, we brought you a draft prospect ranking based on lists from five sources: NFL.com, ESPN (Todd McShay), Pro Football Focus, CBS Sports and The Draft Network. Now that the first three rounds of the draft are behind us, here are the top 100 of those prospects who are still available.

Below the table, we’ll the have details about the situation in which the Kansas City Chiefs found themselves at the end of the second round on Friday night.

Top 100 Prospects
(Thru Rd 3, Pk 105)

Rk Pos Player
52 LB
(6)
Jabril Cox
LSU
60 S
(4)
Jamar Johnson
Indiana
70 WR
(10)
Tylan Wallace
Oklahoma St.
71 RB
(4)
Michael Carter
N. Carolina
78 DT
(5)
Daviyon Nixon
Iowa
81 IOL
(6)
Trey Smith
Tennessee
82 WR
(14)
Amon-Ra St. Brown
USC
86 S
(6)
Hamsah Nasirildeen
Florida St.
92 DT
(6)
Tyler Shelvin
LSU
93 WR
(15)
Cade Johnson
S. Dakota St.
94 EDGE
(11)
Chris Rumph II
Duke
97 DT
(7)
Jay Tufele
USC
99 IOL
(9)
Deonte Brown
Alabama
101 DT
(8)
Tommy Togiai
Ohio St.
102 RB
(6)
Kenneth Gainwell
Memphis
103 EDGE
(13)
Rashad Weaver
Pittsburgh
105 OT
(13)
Stone Forsythe
Florida
106 TE
(5)
Brevin Jordan
Miami (FL)
110 S
(7)
Ar'Darius Washington
TCU
111 LB
(10)
Cameron McGrone
Michigan
112 LB
(11)
Dylan Moses
Alabama
113 RB
(7)
Rhamondre Stevenson
Oklahoma
114 DT
(10)
Marlon Tuipulotu
USC
115 CB
(14)
Kary Vincent Jr.
LSU
116 DT
(11)
Bobby Brown III
Texas A&M
117 CB
(15)
Shakur Brown
Michigan St.
119 OT
(15)
James Hudson
Cincinnati
120 DT
(12)
Marvin Wilson
Florida St.
121 WR
(16)
Cornell Powell
Clemson
122 S
(8)
Tyree Gillespie
Missouri
125 EDGE
(14)
Jordan Smith
UAB
126 CB
(17)
Shaun Wade
Ohio St.
128 EDGE
(16)
Quincy Roche
Miami (FL)
129 CB
(18)
Robert Rochell
Cent. Arkansas
131 EDGE
(17)
Cameron Sample
Tulane
132 S
(10)
Trill Williams
Syracuse
133 WR
(19)
Jaelon Darden
N. Texas
135 WR
(21)
Shi Smith
S. Carolina
136 CB
(19)
Tre Brown
Oklahoma
138 CB
(20)
Thomas Graham Jr.
Oregon
139 EDGE
(18)
Patrick Johnson
Tulane
140 CB
(21)
Israel Mukuamu
S. Carolina
141 EDGE
(19)
Hamilcar Rashed Jr.
Oregon St.
142 CB
(22)
Tay Gowan
UCF
143 CB
(23)
Camryn Bynum
California
144 WR
(22)
Seth Williams
Auburn
145 WR
(23)
Tamorrion Terry
Florida St.
146 IOL
(12)
Jaylon Moore
W. Michigan
147 WR
(24)
Ihmir Smith-Marsette
Iowa
148 RB
(8)
Khalil Herbert
Virginia Tech
149 DT
(13)
Jaylen Twyman
Pittsburgh
151 S
(11)
Talanoa Hufanga
USC
152 CB
(24)
Marco Wilson
Florida
153 S
(12)
Caden Sterns
Texas
154 EDGE
(20)
Adetokunbo Ogundeji
Notre Dame
155 RB
(9)
Jermar Jefferson
Oregon St.
156 S
(13)
Richard LeCounte III
Georgia
157 WR
(25)
Sage Surratt
Wake Forest
158 CB
(25)
DJ Daniel
Georgia
159 RB
(10)
Demetric Felton
UCLA
160 IOL
(13)
David Moore
Grambling
161 OT
(17)
Brenden Jaimes
Nebraska
162 WR
(26)
Marquez Stevenson
Houston
163 WR
(27)
Simi Fehoko
Stanford
164 EDGE
(21)
Janarius Robinson
Florida St.
165 LB
(13)
Charles Snowden
Virginia
166 LB
(14)
Justin Hilliard
Ohio St.
167 RB
(11)
Chris Evans
Michigan
168 OT
(18)
Josh Ball
Marshall
169 WR
(28)
Frank Darby
Arizona St.
171 S
(14)
Joshuah Bledsoe
Missouri
172 EDGE
(22)
Shaka Toney
Penn St.
173 S
(15)
Damar Hamlin
Pittsburgh
174 S
(16)
James Wiggins
Cincinnati
175 CB
(26)
Rachad Wildgoose
Wisconsin
176 EDGE
(23)
Elerson Smith
Northern Iowa
177 IOL
(14)
Drew Dalman
Stanford
178 OT
(19)
Dan Moore Jr.
Texas A&M
179 EDGE
(24)
Boogie Basham
Wake Forest
180 EDGE
(25)
Jonathon Cooper
Ohio St.
181 RB
(12)
Chuba Hubbard
Oklahoma St.
182 LB
(16)
Derrick Barnes
Purdue
183 CB
(27)
Zech McPhearson
Texas Tech
184 OT
(20)
D'Ante Smith
E. Carolina
185 S
(17)
Jamien Sherwood
Auburn
187 WR
(29)
Austin Watkins Jr.
UAB
188 IOL
(15)
Trey Hill
Georgia
189 QB
(9)
Jamie Newman
Georgia
191 LB
(17)
Isaiah McDuffie
Boston College
192 S
(18)
Christian Uphoff
Illinois St.
193 WR
(30)
Dax Milne
BYU
194 WR
(31)
Dazz Newsome
N. Carolina
195 EDGE
(27)
Victor Dimukeje
Duke
196 EDGE
(28)
Joshua Kaindoh
Florida St.
198 CB
(28)
Olaijah Griffin
USC
199 EDGE
(30)
Daelin Hayes
Notre Dame
200 CB
(29)
Keith Taylor Jr.
Washington
201 RB
(13)
Jaret Patterson
Buffalo
202 CB
(30)
Rodarius Williams
Oklahoma St.
203 S
(19)
Shawn Davis
Florida

What the Chiefs faced on Friday

Now let’s take a look at two specific situations from Friday night — the first being when the Chiefs made their pick at 58. Here are the top players who were available.

Top Prospects
(at Pick 58)

Rk Pos Player
33 WR
(7)
Terrace Marshall Jr.
LSU
42 LB
(5)
Nick Bolton
Missouri
48 CB
(6)
Elijah Molden
Washington
49 CB
(7)
Ifeatu Melifonwu
Syracuse
51 EDGE
(7)
Joseph Ossai
Texas
52 LB
(6)
Jabril Cox
LSU
54 IOL
(3)
Creed Humphrey
Oklahoma
56 IOL
(4)
Wyatt Davis
Ohio St.
59 CB
(10)
Aaron Robinson
UCF
60 S
(4)
Jamar Johnson
Indiana
62 EDGE
(9)
Ronnie Perkins
Oklahoma
64 DT
(3)
Milton Williams
Louisiana Tech
65 IOL
(5)
Quinn Meinerz
UW-Whitewater
66 LB
(7)
Baron Browning
Ohio St.
67 WR
(9)
Dyami Brown
N. Carolina
68 DT
(4)
Alim McNeill
NC State
69 S
(5)
Andre Cisco
Syracuse
70 WR
(10)
Tylan Wallace
Oklahoma St.
71 RB
(4)
Michael Carter
N. Carolina

Thanks to the trade the Chiefs had made with the Baltimore Ravens for offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr., the team was in a position to take the best available player — and the data suggests that in this moment, that’s fair description of their pick: Nick Bolton.

It’s true that based on the rankings of draft analysts, Terrace Marshall Jr. might have been a more highly-rated player — but the fact that he was still available so late in the second round (more than 20 picks later than draft analysts had rated him) suggests that most NFL teams (apparently including the Chiefs) had a different view. The Cincinnati Bengals felt differently, taking him with the next selection.

It’s also true that if you feel the Chiefs needed an edge rusher more than a linebacker, Joseph Ossai would have been a reasonable pick. But it wasn’t the pick the Chiefs chose to make — suggesting that all other things being equal, the Chiefs saw linebackers as a greater priority than edge rushers.

Five picks later at 63, here’s the situation the Chiefs faced:

Top Prospects
(at Pick 63)

Rk Pos Player
48 CB
(6)
Elijah Molden
Washington
49 CB
(7)
Ifeatu Melifonwu
Syracuse
51 EDGE
(7)
Joseph Ossai
Texas
52 LB
(6)
Jabril Cox
LSU
54 IOL
(3)
Creed Humphrey
Oklahoma
56 IOL
(4)
Wyatt Davis
Ohio St.
59 CB
(10)
Aaron Robinson
UCF
60 S
(4)
Jamar Johnson
Indiana
62 EDGE
(9)
Ronnie Perkins
Oklahoma
64 DT
(3)
Milton Williams
Louisiana Tech
65 IOL
(5)
Quinn Meinerz
UW-Whitewater
66 LB
(7)
Baron Browning
Ohio St.
67 WR
(9)
Dyami Brown
N. Carolina
68 DT
(4)
Alim McNeill
NC State
69 S
(5)
Andre Cisco
Syracuse
70 WR
(10)
Tylan Wallace
Oklahoma St.
71 RB
(4)
Michael Carter
N. Carolina
74 QB
(6)
Kyle Trask
Florida
75 TE
(3)
Tommy Tremble
Notre Dame
76 QB
(7)
Davis Mills
Stanford

This shows us that yet again, their pick of Creed Humphrey could be seen as the best player available — but this time, with an emphasis on the interior offensive linemen over edge rushers and cornerbacks.

It’s certainly arguable whether this was the correct emphasis for the Chiefs to use in these two moments. But again — rightly or wrongly — this is what the team chose to do. This data clearly suggests that in both situations, the picks represented good value.