The Mock Draft Version 3.0: Round 3

Round 3

65. Cincinnati Bengals: Malik Harrison, ILB, Ohio State

66. Washington Redskins: Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

67. Detroit Lions: Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn

68. New York Jets: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

68. Carolina Panthers: Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiana

70. Miami Dolphins: Jason Strowbridge, DE, North Carolina

71. Las Angeles Chargers: Khalid Kareem, DE, Notre Dame

72. Arizona Cardinals: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

73. Jacksonville Jaguars: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

74. Cleveland Browns: Terrell Lewis, DE/LB, Alabama

75. Indianapolis Colts: Brandon Jones, S, Texas

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

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76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

77. Denver Broncos: Troy Dye, LB, Oregon

78. Atlanta Falcons: Julian Okwara, LB/DE, Notre Dame

79. New York Jets: Josh Uche, LB/DE, Michigan

80. Las Vegas Raiders: John Simpson, OG, Clemson

81. Las Vegas Raiders: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

82. Dallas Cowboys: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

83. Denver Broncos: Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame

84. Las Angeles Rams: Reggie Robinson, CB, Tulsa

85. Detroit Lions: Zack Moss, RB, Utah

86. Buffalo Bills: A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State

87. New England Patriots: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

88. New Orleans Saints: Willie Gay, LB, Mississippi State

89. Minnesota Vikings: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

90. Houston Texans: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas

91. Las Vegas Raiders: Michael Pittman, WR, USC

92. Baltimore Ravens: Damien Lewis, OG, LSU

93. Tennessee Titans: Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s-Minn.

94. Green Bay Packers: Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut

95. Denver Broncos: Terrell Burgess, S, Utah

96. Kansas City Chiefs: Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh

Compensatory Picks

97. Cleveland Browns: Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami

98. New England Patriots: James Lynch, DT, Baylor

99. New York Giants: Geno Stone, S, Iowa

100. New England Patriots: Jordan Mack, LB, Virginia

101. Seattle Seahawks: Trey Adams, OT, Washington

102: Pittsburgh Steelers: K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

103: Philadelphia Eagles: J.R. Reed, S, Minnesota

104: Las Angeles Rams: Jonathan Greenard, DE/LB, Florida

105: Minnesota Vikings: Trevis Gipson, DE, Tulsa

106: Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Biadasz, OC, Wisconsin

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Round 1 Round 2 | Round 3

The 85th NFL Draft will take place from April 23-25, 2020, in Las Vegas on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

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Camping World Bowl – Dec 28, 2019: Notre Dame vs Iowa State

#15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) vs Iowa State Cyclones (7-5)

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NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH | INDEPENDENT

Coach: Brian Kelly

Notre Dame Players to watch:

Senior SS Jalen Elliott (6-1/210)

Elliott (21) is headed to the Senior Bowl after the Camping World Bowl.

The Richmond, Va. native is a three-year starter in the Irish secondary. A quarterback in high school, Elliott has gone from a raw athlete trying to learn to the position to a veteran leader of the defense. Elliott has 164 career tackles, 11 pass break ups and six interceptions during his Notre Dame career.

A team captain, Elliott will get one last further chance to shine when he participates in the Senior Bowl, which takes place on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Ala.

Senior WR Chase Claypool (6-5/229)

“He’s a guy that is difficult to defend because he can catch on drive routes and score a touchdown,” head coach Brian Kelly said. “He can catch a ball on the sideline. He can catch a vertical route in the seam, a fade. He’s virtually a guy that has all of the weapons.”

In his senior season, Claypool is averaging 15.1 yards per catch. He has 891 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

Senior DE Khalid Kareem (6-4/262)

“I feel like we left a lot on the table in 2018,” Kareem said. “This is a national championship-caliber team. Also, I came here to graduate from Notre Dame and that’s what I plan on doing.”

With the bowl game remaining, Kareem has racked up 107 career tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks. He’s also had eight pass break-ups and four forced fumbles.

Senior CB Tony Pride, Jr.  (6-0/185)

“The tradition. The rich heritage that Notre Dame has. The preaching of family and the finding out that this is truly a family,” Pride Jr. said. “What it means to play here is that you’re following greats. I remember specifically watching Manti Teo, who wore that number five, and ball out and take Notre Dame to the national championship and I had aspirations to do that myself. Obviously, I get a chance to wear the number five and so many greats have donned the number before me and it’s just an amazing experience.”

Pride Jr. has played in 36 games over his four years, racking up 118 tackles with 17 passed defended.

*Junior ROV Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah  (6-2/215)

The Irish finished the season ranked among the top-15 nationally in both scoring offense (37.1 points per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points allowed per game), while registering three wins against teams in the final College Football Playoff rankings (USC, Virginia and Navy).

Owusu-Koramoah is third on the team in total tackles with 71. He has 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks, and four passes defended.

Senior FS Alohi Gilman  (5-11/201)

Gilman owns 66 tackles, trailing only the team’s three starting linebackers, while adding a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles. 

With left tackle Liam Eichenberg and tight end Cole Kmet both declaring definitively that they’d be returning to the Irish next season, don’t be so sure about Gilman. Alohi apparently has one year of eligibility remaining, still he’s more likely to jump to the next level than not.

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IOWA STATE CYCLONES | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Matt Campbell

Iowa State Players to watch:

Senior LT Julian Good-Jones (6-5/310)

Good-Jones is a four-year starter, finding a spot in ISU’s starting lineup in 49 consecutive games, breaking the school record for the most career starts (49) in the history of Cyclone football. Good-Jones, who hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, anchored an offensive line that helped the Cyclone offense produce historic numbers in 2019. The Cyclone offense is on pace to set school marks in both total offense (458.7) and scoring (34.1).

**Sophomore TE Charlie Kolar (6-6/255)

Kolar set ISU’s season receiving yardage record by a tight end (675) and tallied five games with 70+ receiving yards. A native of Norman, Okla., Kolar recorded one of the greatest seasons by a tight end in Cyclone history, leading all Big 12 tight ends and ranking in the top-6 nationally among tight ends in receptions (48), receiving yards (675) and touchdown catches (7).

*Junior NB Greg Eisworth (6-0/202)

Eisworth tallied 60 tackles, 3.5 TFL and had one interception during the season. His 11 passes defended led the team and tied for fifth in the Big 12. Eisworth, who earned first-team All-Big 12 honors for the second consecutive season, is the fourth Cyclone in school history to earn First-Team All-Big 12 accolades twice (1996-present): Ennis Haywood (2000, 2001), A.J. Klein (2011, 2012) and Allen Lazard (2016, 2017).

**Sophomore TE Chase Allen (6-7/245)

Allen, a native of Nixa, Mo., helped bolster a tight end unit that ranked among the nation’s best. Allen’s blocking skills helped open holes for the running game and the junior also caught 17 passes for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Allen was also a second-team recipient in 2017.

*Junior DT Ray Lima (6-3/310)

Lima, a three-year starter and two-time team captain, has been a force on the defensive line for the Cyclones, earning second-team All-Big 12 accolades for the second-straight season. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Lima tallied 27 tackles and 2.5 TFL for the Cyclones in 2019. He has 86 tackles and 10.5 TFL in his outstanding career.

*Junior WR Deshaunte Jones (5-10/185)

Jones is one of the top wide receivers in Cyclone history, ranking second in career receptions (180) and sixth in career receiving yards (2,007). A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jones was second in the Big 12 and 27th nationally in receptions per game (6.0), catching 72 passes, the second-best single-season total in school history. He also accumulated a team-best 832 receiving yards, ranking ninth in school history.

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Camping World Bowl
Notre Dame 33, Iowa State 9
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
Dec 28, 2019 | Noon | ABC 

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2018 Camping World Bowl
Syracuse 34, West Virginia 18

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Wide Receivers/2020

Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.

Mims moves up, possibly into the first round. Hamler sits on edge of the first/early second. Speed, as we saw in the Super Bowl, is moving these guys up the board.

Some of these receivers opted out of the Combine, only to have their Pro-Day cancelled. That’s going to hurt them, especially if a team was on the fence.

Quintez Cephus, who I really like as a player, ran a horrible 4.73 at the Combine and didn’t get a second chance because there was no Pro-Day. That’s going to make for challenging evaluation, and I’m sure drop his stock.

2020 NFL Draft:  Top Rated WRs

Photo: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

1. Jerry Jeudy*, Alabama, 6-1/193

Jeudy and Lamb are still neck-and-neck on a lot of boards for the top spot at WR. At the Combine, Jeudy ran a 4.45 and looks smooth, as always. I would take either guy on my team. I just thing Jeudy is more pro-ready, he’s smoother.

2. CeeDee Lamb*, Oklahoma, 6-1/198

Lamb has been a star on a team loaded with talent. When Oklahoma needed a big play, they looked to Lamb. He attacks the ball with strong hands and excellent body control.

3. Henry Ruggs III*, Alabama, 5-11/188

Ruggs has quietly moved up many draft boards. What sets him apart from say, Baltimore’s Hollywood Brown, is that Ruggs is really, really, good at taking those crossing routes and slants and taking them to the house. He’s a better receiver than your regular go-route burner.

Ruggs didn’t break any records at the Combine, but he did run a 4.27.

4. Denzel Mims, Baylor, 6-/207

Mims is a riser, running a 4.38 with a WR class best 6.66 3-Cone. He could continue to rise as the draft nears.

5. K.J. Hamler*, Penn State, 5-8/178

Hamler only lifted. Since his game is based on speed, we’ll have to see what he runs at his Pro-Day.

6. Tee Higgins*, Clemson, 6-3/216

Higgins and his 80″ wingspan did not participate, we’ll have to wait for his Pro-Day.

7. Justin Jefferson*, LSU, 6-1/202

Jefferson ran a 4.43 and looked good all week. He definitely helped himself.

8. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame, 6-4/238

The big man from Notre Dame ran a 4.42 at 238 lbs. Definitely helped himself at the Combine.

9. Laviska Shenault*, Colorado, 6-0/227

Shenault ran a 4.58 which turned some heads. Afterwards, he announced he was going to have “Core Surgery.”

10. Michael Pittman, Jr., USC, 6-4/223

Pittman can in at 6′ 4″ and ran a fluid 4.52. He did nothing to hurt his stock.

11. Jalen Reagor*, TCU, 5-10/206

Reagor ran a solid 4.47, but he didn’t blow the doors off the cars.

12. Devin Duvernay, Texas, 5-11/200

Duvernay ran a 4.39 and continues to see his stock improve.

13. Brandon Aiyuk*, Arizona State, 5-11/205

Aiyuk measured in a 5″ 11″, about two inches shorter than he was listed during the year; however, he has an 80″ wingspan. He ran a 4.5 and had a 40 Vertical Jump.

14. Isaiah Hodgins*, Oregon State, 6-3/210

Hodgins ran a pedestrian 4.61; however, he had a 4.12 20-Yard Shuttle which was tops in the WR class.

15. Bryan Edwards, So. Carolina, 6-2/212

Edwards did not participate in the Combine drills.

16. Van Jefferson, Florida, 6-1/200

Jefferson did not participate at the Combine.

17. Antonio Golden-Gandy, Liberty, 6-4/223

Golden-Gandy is one of the most athletic and acrobatic wide receivers in this class. He’s not the fastest, clocking in a 4.6 flat, and ran the slowest 3-Cone in his WR class. He’s still got the look of a player.

18. Gabriel Davis*, UCF, 6-2/216

Davis held his own at the Combine, he remains in the 18th spot.

19. Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin, 6-0/202

Cephus took a dive by running a 4.73. Certainly, he’ll try to improve that mark at Wisconin’s Pro-Day.

20. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota, 6-1/206

Johnson did not participate in the drills at the Combine.

21. Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi, 6-0/185

Quez helped himself by running a 4.35 at the Combine.

22. Donovan Peoples-Jones*, Michigan, 6-1/212

Peoples-Jones had the vest Vertical (44.5) and Broad Jump (139) in the WR class. Like Jalen Reagor, People-Jones was expected to do good at the Combine. His 4.48 didn’t blow anybody away. However, did enough to make evaluators go back and check the tape again.

23. Collin Johnson, Texas, 6-5/222

Johnson was considered a possible top five wide receiver if he had declared for the draft last year. He hasn’t done anything wrong, but now he finds himself buried in an exceptionally talented WR class.

24. K.J. Hill, Ohio State, 5-11/196

Hill ran a pedestrian 4.6; his real gift is his route running.

25. Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, 5-11/207

Like Collin Johnson, he’s too talented to be buried way down here. There’s some talented wide receivers who will be going on day three.

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OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  • Juwan Johnson, Oregon, 6-4/230
  • Joe Reed, Virginia, 6-1/215
  • Freddie Swain, Florida, 6-0/199
  • Darnell Mooney, Tulane, 5-10/176
  • Kirk Merritt, Arkansas State, 6-0/215
  • Malcolm Perry, Navy, 5-9/190
  • John Hightower, Boise State, 6-2/185
  • Trishton Jackson*, Syracuse, 6-1/194
  • Quartney Davis*. Texas A&M, 6-2/200
  • Lynn Bowden, Kentucky, 6-1/195
  • Tony Brown, Colorado, 6-0/198
  • Ja’Marcus Bradley, Louisiana, 6-1/195
  • Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest, 6-0/190
  • Jauan Jennings, Tennessee, 6-3/216
  • Josh Hammond, Florida, 6-0/194
  • Tyrie Cleveland, Florida, 6-2/206
  • Binjimen Victor, Ohio State, 6-4/205
  • James Proche, SMU, 5-11/188
  • Jordan McCray, Oklahoma State, 6-6/190
  • Marquez Callaway, Tennessee, 6-2/199
  • Cody White*, Michigan State, 6-3/214
  • Darrell Stewart, Michigan State, 6-2/218
  • Austin Mack, Ohio State, 6-2/215
  • Nick Westbrook, Indiana, 6-3/209
  • Stephen Guidy, Mississippi State, 6-4/190
  • Omar Bayless, Arkansas State, 6-3/207
  • Diondre Overton, Clemson, 6-4/210
  • Isaiah Wright, Temple, 6-1/214
  • Jeff Thomas*, Miami, 5-10/177
  • Lawrence Cager, Georgia, 6-5/220
  • Derrick Dillon, LSU, 5-11/185
  • Chris Finke, Notre Dame, 5-10/182
  • Demonte Coxie, Memphis, 6-3/200
  • Kendrick Rodgers*, Texas A&M, 6-4/204
  • Maurice Ffrench, Pittsburgh, 5-11/190
  • Malik Stanley, Lousiana Tech, 6-3/212
  • Saiosi Mariner, Utah State, 6-2/193
  • Dezmon Patmon, Washington State, 6-3/223
  • Kyle Davis*, FAU, 6-2/213
  • Darnell Salomon*, USF, 6-3/207

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SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS

  • Aaron Parker, Rhode Island, 6-3/191
  • Mason Kinsey, Berry, 5-10/191
  • Josh Pearson, Jacksonville State, 6-4/205
  • Zimari Manning, Tarleton State, 6-2/200
  • Isaiah Coulter*, Rhode Island, 6-3/190
  • Chris Rowland, Tennessee State, 5-8/180
  • Michael Bandy, San Diego, 5-11/190
  • Kristian Wilkerson, Southeast MO State, 6-4/214
  • Juwan Green, Albany, 6-0/187
  • Quan Shorts, Northwestern State, 6-2/195
  • J.P. Shohfi, Yale, 6-1/209
  • J.J. Koski, Cal-Poly, 6-1/195
  • Menneseh Bailey, Morgan State, 6-1/195
  • Kameron Brown, Charleston So., 6-3/220

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*Denotes underclassman.

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QBRB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST