NEW YORK — Much like the NFL teams did, I had a chance to regroup overnight in the hours after Day 2 of the draft ended. After checking over my notes for Day 3, here are a few thoughts to get the day started:
- The top two players left in my Hot 100 — both tier-5 players — are TCU OL Marcus Cannon and Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi. Cannon is still on teams’ draft boards because of his medical issues. What it amounts to is a team could draft him and “redshirt” him his rookie season. For teams with multiple picks in a round, I don’t see how they could go wrong with Cannon. Looking at Stanzi, the Bills have the third pick in the fourth round, and that would be good spot for him if they feel about him the way I do.
- There were 97 players drafted in the first three rounds, and all of them attended the NFL Scouting Combine. That shows you that not only are the right players getting to the combine, but that teams aren’t drafting long shots, sleepers or out of order. Teams are falling into a rhythm of drafting good players. It will be interesting to see who will be the first non-combine player drafted. My guess is safety Chris Prosinski of Wyoming.
- Teams will start drafting more for need on Day 3 of the draft, and we’ve already seen them start going for special teams needs. I thought the Chargers drafted Michigan LB Jonas Mouton early at No. 61, but I think he was taken for special-teams purposes.
- The top part of the fourth round could be interesting, because teams have had the chance to regroup overnight. In doing that, they will start to draft players that have special traits, things like long arms, exceptional speed, size, etc. It will be interesting to see the first six or seven guys who come off the board. One player to keep an eye on is Easter Washington RB Taiwan Jones because a lot of teams equate him to a player like Jamaal Charles because of his special speed.