Three rounds over the first two nights of the 2018 NFL Draft are complete. We have seen numerous players from: Derwin James to Mike Hughes to Taven Bryan to Deadrin Senat to Duke Dawson go to different NFL teams.
Now, as the final day unfolds with rounds four through seven, we take a look at our F.F.I. “Best Available” list of players remaining:
Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State
The 6’5 250lb. pass rusher has lasted until day three largely on injury concerns. He’s battled knee soreness and, even though he only missed one game last year, he does have question marks about his health at the next level. Sweat did have 24 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in his final two years in Tallahassee. Don’t look for him to last late into the day.
Mark Walton, RB, Miami
The same as Sweat, an injury has Walton still available. It was a nasty ankle sprain that cost him the last nine games of 2017. At 5’10 200lbs., Walton is a slashing running back, who while fully healthy in 2016, rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns against ACC competition averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He would likely bring great depth to a run game and could end up being a key contributor in year one.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, USF
It should not take long for his name to be called Saturday. He ran a blazing fast 40 that got people’s attention at the Combine. He’s big at 6’5 and last year Valdes-Scantling (above) caught 53 passes for 879 yards and a gaudy 16.6 avg per catch. That also included six TD receptions on the season. He had three 100 yard receiving games, including a 133 yard day on just three catches with a score, in the Bulls win over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl last December.
Again, great value on day three for someone looking for a big receiver.
Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
We have well chronicled his story throughout this process and now it’s not a matter of if, but where Griffin will be drafted Saturday. The AAC Defensive Player of the Year has got physical talent, can play some pass rushing linebacker, as well as safety, and is a great story. Now, it’s, who wants him and how soon?
R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami
At 6’5 290lbs., McIntosh is someone that has size and has shown flashes of ability throughout his career. He had 52 tackles with 12.5 for loss in 2017, but there are questions though about his ability to “get off” the line, explosively. Still, there is a long line of great defensive tackles that have come from “The U.” And, that will give McIntosh the benefit of the doubt from some team on Saturday.
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