Winners: New York Jets
The Jets continued their overhaul of their offense on Day 3, taking North Carolina running back Michael Carter off the board with the second pick in Round 4. Carter should help work to stabilize a backfield situation for New York that’s been anything but organized and at times, is downright embarrassing for the franchise. However, the Tar Heel wrapped up four straight picks of offensive talent by the team, including BYU quarterback Zach Wilson at #2 overall, USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker at #14 overall and Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore at #34 overall.
Then, New York switched over to fixing their issues on the defensive side of things. Auburn safety Jamien Sherwood to kick off the 5th Round gives them a physical, downhill type of player who thrives against the run. Duke’s Michael Carter (yeah, they like the name) and Pittsburgh’s Jason Pinnock have a shot to be in the mix and if Florida State’s Hamsah Nasirildeen finds his way, he can do the same. Late in the 6th Round, they added one more cornerback to the haul with Kentucky’s Brandin Echols, a typical undersized talent, before ending the day with defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall from Arkansas. Overall, I loved what I saw from the Jets on Day 3.
Losers: New York Giants & Washington Football Team
I don’t have a lot to say besides I clearly don’t like the Giants’ NFL Draft this year. Elerson Smith, their 4th Round choice from Northern Iowa, is massive and can actually find a fit and might be their best selection of the whole thing. The rest of the choices, which include Arizona running back Gary Brightwell and Oklahoma State cornerback Rodarius Williams in the 6th Round were downright boring. It’s almost as if New York checked out for Day 3. As for Washington, with six picks on their slate, they really could’ve made some ground and snagging a longsnapper in Camaron Cheeseman in the 6th Round kind of shows how their thought process went.
Winners: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It seems easier to draft well when you’re ahead. You don’t have to scramble to meet needs, which means you can afford to just grab the best players available and let them set for a season or two until they develop. That’s where the Bucs are, and a solid draft from them continued into Day 3. The big get is receiver Jaelon Darden, who probably should have gone on Day 2. He could contribute on special teams right away, and has the chance to develop into a great deep threat. K.J. Britt has some promise at linebacker, and I also really like the late pick up of Grant Stuard.
Losers: Houston Texans
I picked on them yesterday but their still messing things up. They gave up a tremendous amount of draft capital over two trades to move up and draft linebacker Garret Wallow, who is a solid pick then, but certainly not worth all they gave up to grab him. Especially on a team that has as many needs as Houston. It does not augur well for the Texans new front office.