With Day 2 of the NFL draft in the books and Day 3 in the offing, there are 19 players left in the top 100 players of the Consensus Big Board that could prove to be steals. Below are them and player 101, Nyheim Hines.
|58||71||51||48||Josh Sweat||Florida St.||EDGE||6|
|76||83||76||81||Duke Ejiofor||Wake Forest||EDGE||9|
|78||96||78||89||Jamarco Jones||Ohio St.||OT||9|
|80||92||80||84||Equanimeous St. Brown||Notre Dame||WRF||9|
|84||90||84||91||DaeSean Hamilton||Penn St.||WRF||10|
|86||78||86||80||Tim Settle||Virginia Tech||DL1T||6|
|90||95||87||95||Kyzir White||West Virginia||S||6|
|101||103||104||88||Nyheim Hines||NC State||RBC||1|
Every so often a player in the top 30 of the Consensus Big Board will fall to Day 3. In 2014, that player was nearly Louis Nix, who fell to pick 83. In 2015, that was T.J. Clemmings — and Randy Gregory fell fairly substantially from pick 12 to pick 60. In 2016, that was Andrew Billings and last year the closest we saw to that was Carl Lawson.
Clemmings, Billings and Lawson all reportedly had medical reasons for falling, and Maurice Hurst seems to have the same reason for falling.
This obviously comes down to what teams are comfortable with, but for now Hurst seems to be off the table. Other than that, Tyrell Crosby, Josh Sweat and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo could deliver second-round value in the fourth.
A flat receiver class has delivered three top 100 receivers into Day 3, and two tackles with no guards (or two guards or one guard and one tackle depending on one’s opinions of Jamarco Jones and Tyrell Crosby). Further, three cornerbacks seem to be available as well.
For the Vikings’ current need profile, which likely includes another offensive lineman, a tight end and a running back, there are some intriguing options. Tyrell Crosby, like O’Neill, meets the Vikings’ athletic thresholds. Jamarco Jones does not, but there are moments in every draft where the Vikings stray from those thresholds to make selections.
At tight end, Ian Thomas stands out both as a talented, athletic prospect and one that fits the Vikings’ overall profile. Only one running back exists on the list above, but he meets the profile as well.