2017 NFL Draft Day 3

2017 NFL Draft Day 3: Future Stars

The first two days and three rounds of the NFL draft have finished. The third day of the draft is rounds four through seven. These players drafted on day three sometimes do not even make the roster. So what players remaining, after day two, have a chance to become stars in the NFL? Here are some who may answer that question.

Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss

2017 NFL Draft Day 3

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Chad Kelly is flying high under the radar. Kelly is the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly. Chad Kelly had a pretty solid career while at Ole Miss. Going 14-8 as a starter and even notched a win against Alabama. Kelly threw for 6,858 yards, 50 touchdowns, and just 21 interceptions. He also added 958 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground in his career.

Kelly had a lot of problems off the field that have derailed his career. He was kicked off the team at Clemson for actions against the coaching staff. Once he left Clemson he landed at East Mississippi Community College, more commonly known as Last Chance U. There Kelly led EMCC to a 12-0 season and an NJCAA National Football Championship.

If Kelly has learned from his past mistakes and can be a model citizen off the field then there is a chance he can become a star in the NFL. He has great arm strength and can make NFL throws. Kelly has played primarily in the shotgun and will need to work on his under center mechanics. Also he has great touch passing skills and is much better when moving outside the pocket and throwing. If a team takes a risk in the sixth or seventh round there is a good chance Kelly becomes an NFL starter one day.

Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

Dede Westbrook was one of the top five receivers in all of college football last season. Some would argue he was the best. Last season he had 80 receptions, 1,524 yards, and 17 touchdowns. Westbrook is an excellent route runner with big play capability. In the open field, Westbrook is explosive and turns a lot of good plays into big plays. Some say his size is an issue but make no mistake, Westbrook could be a scary playmaker in the NFL.


Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego St.

Donnel Pumphrey is only still available because of his size, 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds.. The Las Vegas product is the all-time leading rusher in NCAA history. NFL tacklers will be able to arm tackling him but that is only if they can catch him. He is so quick and fast that when he sees a hole he hits it without a second thought.  Pumphrey may not become an every-down back in the NFL but he can create momentum-changing plays. One NFL team will be very happy one day because of the risk they took on him.


Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

Malachi Dupre has fallen mostly because LSU has not had a quarterback capable of helping any receiver. LSU has had some of the worst quarterback play in the country which is why Dupre only put up 98 receptions, 1,609 yards, and 14 touchdowns in his three years at LSU. If you throw the ball in Dupre’s direction there is a good chance he will catch it. He has one of the best catch radii of all the prospects. He will have to work on his route running but with a solid quarterback Dupre could break out as the next great LSU wideout to turn pro.

Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina

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Ryan Switzer may be the most underrated, underappreciated player in this draft. Similar to Dede Westbrook and Donnel Pumphrey, size is the only reason for that. In his senior season at North Carolina, Switzer snagged 96 receptions for 1,112 yards, and six touchdowns. He has also proven to be a great return man who returned seven punts for touchdowns in his collegiate career. Switzer can be a Wes Welker or Julian Edelman type playmaker in the NFL and that is a reason teams should draft him as soon as possible.

Connor Harris, LB, Lindenwood

Connor Harris could have been a first round pick. He has it all, the size, the speed, and the intangibles. Teams seem to be holding it against him that he played in division II but Harris is a tackling machine. Harris holds the record at 633 career tackles. He has the ability to drop in coverage and has shown impressive ball-hawking skills as well. Any team that drafts him is getting a player who doesn’t have to come off the field and is a prototypical, old-school linebacker.

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

Jake Butt is the victim of a bad injury at the worst time. Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery got a lot of heat for skipping their bowl games but had Jake Butt done the same then he wouldn’t have torn his ACL for the second time in his career. Butt would have been a second round pick without the injury but now teams are scared. He averaged 11.9 yards per reception for his career and is a guaranteed first down waiting to happen. Every team in the NFL needs a tight end that can get them out of a jam like that. If Butt can become healthy and get a shot, he has a great chance of being a top 10 tight end in the league.


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NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2016 Sun Bowl

Christian McCaffrey isn’t playing in this game, which will hurt his draft stock, but there are a lot of other good prospects to watch in the Sun Bowl. The possible first player taken in the draft, his favorite target and the man who will try to stop them. Here are the best prospects from this game:

Stanford Cardinal

Solomon Thomas, DE

Projected Draft Range: Second round-fourth round

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Solomon Thomas (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Thomas is just a junior, but has played so well that he should leave early for the NFL draft. His greatest asset is stopping the run. He is decent at rushing the passer too, with seven sacks on the year. Thomas is versatile enough to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme at the NFL level at six foot three inches and 273 pounds.

North Carolina Tar Heels

Mitch Trubisky, QB

Projected Draft Range: First Round

Scouts are tabbing Trubisky as the possible first quarterback taken in the draft. Trubisky has great size at six foot three and 220 pounds. He has thrown for 3,468 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. His ability to protect the football is great, as two of his interceptions this year came in a hurricane. His completion percentage is high at 69%, but that is mostly due to a lot of screen passes. Trubisky also has decent mobility to use if needed. He is the main prospect to watch in this game.

Ryan Switzer, WR

Projected Draft Range: Fifth round-seventh round

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Ryan Switzer (Photo courtesy: jimrome.com)

Switzer has the makings of a good slot receiver at the next level. At five feet ten inches and 185 pounds, Switzer uses his quickness to get separation. He is explosive once he has the ball in his hands and he hardly ever drops the ball. His added value comes in the return game where he can be lethal. A team that drafts him on the third day of the NFL Draft will at the very least get a dynamic special teams player.


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2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl Preview

North Carolina is playing Stanford in an intriguing match-up in the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

Stanford Cardinal

The Cardinal started off the season well, faltered in the middle, then finished strong. They only lost to very good teams on the season. Stanford only beat two bowl eligible teams in USC and Kansas State.

The quarterback position has been a huge problem for the Cardinal this season. Keller Chryst took over and didn’t lose a game he started, but also didn’t beat any bowl eligible teams. He has only thrown for 837 yards and nine touchdowns, with just two interceptions. He adds the ability to run too, with 145 yards.

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Bryce Love (Photo courtesy: thesportsfanjournal)

Chryst has a few receivers who he can go to in this game. Michael Rector has been doing it for the Cardinal for years, but has just 355 yards on the season. Trenton Irwin leads the team in receiving yards with 437. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside leads the team with five receiving touchdowns.

Christian McCaffery has elected to not play in this game to protect his NFL draft stock, so the rushing load will fall on Bryce Love. Love has 664 yards on the season and is averaging a whopping 7.4 yards per carry. Love will give fans a look into next season in this game.

Stanford allows 147 yards per game on the ground, which is pretty good. The pass defense is above average giving up 219 yards per game.

Harrison Phillips has had a tremendous season with 7.5 sacks and will be tasked with getting after UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

North Carolina Tar heels

North Carolina finished the season at a respectable 8-4 record. What wasn’t respectable was the bad loss they suffered to their rival, Duke. That was their only bad loss on the season. They did, however, beat Pittsburgh, Florida State, Miami and Georgia Tech for some solid wins.

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Mitch Trubisky (Photo courtesy: sportingnews.com)

Mitch Trubisky might be the first quarterback selected in the 2017 NFL Draft after just one season as a starting quarterback. He has a seven to one touchdown to interception ration with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. Trubisky finished the regular season with 3,468 passing yards.

Ryan Switzer has 91 catches on the season, with a chance to get to 100 in this game. With 1,027 yards, he is a master of racking up yards after the catch. Bug Howard is a player that Trubisky likes to throw down the field to and he two have connected for 768 yards and seven touchdowns.

Running backs Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan both get carries for the Tar Heels. Hood is at 5.9 yards per carry, while Logan is at 5.7 yards per game. Hood has 858 yards and eight touchdowns. Logan has 578 yards and seven touchdowns.

The run defense is horrible for UNC with 236 yards allowed per game. Fortunately the pass defense is among the best in the country, giving up 183 yards per game.

Linebacker Cole Holcomb has stood out with 60 solo tackles on the season.


Without McCaffrey, Stanford will still be able to move the ball, but won’t be able to score enough to keep up with North Carolina. Trubisky will find Switzer and Howard often for big plays and Stanford won’t be able to catch up.


North Carolina Tar Heels 41 Stanford Cardinal 29


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