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Live grades for whatever happens on Day Three of the 2021 NFL Draft

We give our instant reaction and live grades for the chaos that can be the third day of the 2021 NFL Draft. Rounds 4 through 7 offer all sorts of randomness. We’re here for it.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Gregory Rousseau being selected 30th by the Buffalo Bills during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft has reached the final day. The first two days brought plenty sizzle, but day three is where the steak is for the diehard NFL fans. We’ll recognize some names, and be left guessing at others. Either way, fans will be convinced that sixth round pick is definitely the next Tom Brady.

The fourth round gets underway at noon ET and is scheduled to run until approximately 6 p.m. ET. It is airing on NFL Network and ESPN, with ABC simulcasting ESPN’s coverage. There are plenty of viewing options to keep you occupied for much of Saturday afternoon.

On Thursday, we provided draft grades on all 32 picks of the first round. 13 teams got some form of an A, 13 got some version of a B, four got various Cs, and two got a D for questionable decision-making. On Friday, we offered up grades for the second and third round. We handed out 28 As, 30 Bs, 13 Cs, and 2 Ds.

We’re back with grades for what will be a busy Saturday. This will be a little bit less serious than what we did the first two nights. We realize football is a serious business, but come day three of the draft, I think we all get a little punchy and can have some fun with it!

Rapid reaction pick grades for Day 3

Goodell is in a sweater! How can we take this seriously?? He thanks Cleveland, says this will be the largest event since the pandemic started at 150,000 people... ya know what? Who cares. You’re Roger Goodell. Your job is to be The Face of The Shield. I can’t take you seriously dressed like a guy looking to cheat on his wife at a singles bar.

Fourth Round

106 Jaguars: Jay Tufele, DT, USC
107 Jets: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
108 Falcons: Darren Hall, DB, San Diego State

A good rule of drafting college football players is “take anyone that played defense or running back for Rocky Long.” Players like Hall end up being contributors at the next level because of the system, responsibility, and reps they get in college. If you’re going to find kids at the G5 level, you can do worse than the Aztecs.

109 Titans: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville
110 Browns: James Hudson, OL, Cincinnati

He’s raw, but no team in the G5 blocked better than Cincinnati in their American Conference championship season last year under Luke Fickell. Desmond Ridder had all day to throw and run the ball, and Hudson was a big part of it.

111 Bengals: Cameron Sample, DE, Tulane
112 Lions: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

Well here we go: His father was a two-time Mr. Universe body builder, and he made this play to keep Clay Helton in his job yet again. He’s extremely physical and can make plays for others down the field with his blocking, even if he’s not a burner or tremendous skill guy.

113 Lions: Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue
114 Falcons: Drew Dalman, C, Stanford
115 Cowboys: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

That’s six straight defensive players taken by the Cowboys. I can’t imagine how this goes badly with the outstanding draft record of the Cowboys the last quarter-century.

116 Giants: Elerson Smith, LB, Northern Iowa
117 Rams: Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M
118 Chargers: Chris Rumph II, LB, Duke
119 Vikings: Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State
120 Patriots: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma

This kid can play, but he’s not dominant in any one area. Whether there’s room for a more complete back that doesn’t have a big elite skill is probably the question. If anyone can find a place to use such a player, it’s Bill Belichick.

121 Jaguars: Jordan Smith, DE, UAB
122 Bengals: Tyler Shevlin, DT, LSU
123 Eagles: Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech
124 Washington: John Bates, TE, Boise State
125 Vikings: Camryn Bynum, CB, Cal
126 Panthers: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

One of the preseason favorites for the Heisman Trophy heading into 2020, Hubbard struggled at times on a sub-mediocre offense in Stillwater. But his 2019 tape should show plenty of talent being under the hood, with 6.4 yards percarry and 2,094 rushing yards with 21 touchdowns.

127 Colts: Kylen Granson, TE, SMU
128 Steelers: Dan Moore Jr., DE, Texas A&M
129 Buccaneers: Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas
130 Rams: Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
131 Ravens: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
132 Browns: Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State

The Browns take the home-state kid in Togiai, who they’ll want to be a three-technique most likely at the pro level. The 40 bench press reps at the combine with 225 pounds on the bar show his upper physical strength.

133 Saints: Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame

All he did in college was win, but do his skills translate to the next level? Book doesn’t have an elite arm or speed, and if you’re the third-best quarterback in your conference, can you really be a starter in the NFL? He also doesn’t make many mistakes at all, and can still fit a ball into a somewhat-tight window. But it would be very hard to see him getting in the mix to potentially replace Drew Brees to start the 2021 season.

134 Vikings: Janarius Robinson, DE, Florida State
135 Titans: Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
136 Chiefs: Marco Wilson, CB, Florida
137 Seahawks: Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma
138 Cowboys: Josh Ball, OT, Marshall
139 Bengals: D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina
140 Steelers: Buddy Johnson, LB, Texas A&M
141 Rams: Jacob Harris, WR, UCF

You really want a guy that played 10 games in college, but only started seven for an ok Golden Knights team? Harris is extremely versatile, and in some sort of slash role he could be a player at the next level. But it’s hard to see him as an every-down receiver in the NFL. He had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns his senior season.

142 Packers: Royce Newman, OG, Mississippi
143 Raiders: Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri
144 Chiefs: Joshua Kaindoh, DE, Florida State

Now that we’re between rounds, you can hear Todd McShay and Mel Kiper just stretching to try and say these guys are good when it’s likely they’re not very good. We’re into the “he doesn’t do...” rounds. Welcome to the dinged and dented bargain bin of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Why hasn’t anyone taken Miami’s Brevin Jordan yet by the way? There’s a chance he ends up a good percentage of what Kyle Pitts becomes someday. He’s a freak.

Fifth Round

145 Jaguars: Luke Farrell, TE, Ohio State
146 Jets: Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn
147 Texans: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

THERE HE IS. This guy is going to be a stud at the next level. Forget that he didn’t test well as he was coming off injury. Just watch the tape, he’s a player.

148 Falcons: Ta’Quon Graham, DT, Texas
149 Bengals: Evan McPherson, K, Florida

The first specialist is off the board, and you can question whether ever taking a kicker is a good idea (shoutout Roberto Aguayo!), but if you’re gonna do it McPherson might be the guy. 149-150 on PAT’s in college, and 51-60 on field goals. Made a 55-yarder at Mississippi, and allegedly made a 70-yarder in high school.

150 Eagles: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis

Underrated stud here! Sat out the 2020 season, but had 231 carries for 1,459 yards and 13 TD’s his sophomore season, as well as 51 catches for 610 yards and three receiving scores. The year off might not be the worst thing for his body either.

151 Bears: Larry Borom, OT, Missouri
152 Broncos: Caden Sterns, S, Texas
153 Browns: Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia
154 Jets: Michael Carter II, S, Duke

155 49ers: Jaylon Moore, OG, Western Michigan
156 Steelers: Isaiahh Loudermilk, DE, Wisconsin
157 Vikings: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
158 Panthers: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
159 Chargers: Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
160 Ravens: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

His film late in the year wasn’t spectacular, and there will be those that question his cover skills, but Wade has also shown he can be a big, physical defensive back that can perform at the highest level. You might see him pivot to safety.

161 Bills: Tommy Doyle, T, Miami-Ohio
162 Chiefs: Noah Gray, TE, Duke
163 Washington: Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati
164 Broncos: Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
165 Colts: Shaun Davis, S, Florida
166 Panthers: Keith Taylor, CB, Washington
167 Raiders: Nate Hobbs, CB, Illinois
168 Vikings: Zach Davidson, TE, Central Missouri
169 Browns: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
170 Texans: Garret Wallow, LB, TCU
171 Ravens: Daelin Hayes, DE, Notre Dame
172 49ers: Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Oregon
173 Packers: Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida

Sorry for the lack of updates, but there’s not a really compelling player on this board above. We have entered the Draft Doldrums. Someone choose a college star without a lot of raw talent here please soon!

174 Rams: Earnest Brown IV, DE, Northwestern
175 Jets: Jason Pinnock, CB, Pittsburgh
176 Buccaneers: KJ Britt, LB, Auburn
177 Patriots: Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan
178 Packers: Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State
179 Cowboys: Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford
180 49ers: Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC
181 Chiefs: Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson
182 Falcons: Adetokunbo Ogundeji, DE, Notre Dame
183 Falcons: Avery Williams, CB, Boise State
184 Ravens: Ben Mason, FB, Michigan

A fullback! Someone took a fullback in 2021! I mean if you have Lamar Jackson, having someone that can lead block for him in isolation probably isn’t the worst idea.

Sixth Round

185 Chargers: Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa
186 Jets: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
187 Falcons: Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State
188 Patriots: Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri

The Patriots take a guy named Bledsoe. How’d that work out the last time?? Actually not too bad, as he did get them to a Super Bowl and played half a season when they won another one.

189 Eagles: Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, USC

We now pause because it’s the NFL Draft and we need to play some music. The Black Pumas are now on stage, and they’re really good! Why are they buried late in Day 3?? More entertaining stuff like this certainly won’t upset the NFL Draft traditionalists on Twitter, as that’s a group that’s very willing to adjust to new times and won’t think anything of a bit of entertainment in the middle of the picks. (Pro tip: Don’t search Twitter about this).

190 Bengals: Trey Hill, C, Georgia
191 Eagles: Tarron Jackson, DE, Coastal Carolina
192 Cowboys: Quinton Bohanna, DT, Kentucky
193 Panthers: Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama
194 49ers: Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana
195 Texans: Roy Lopez, DT, Arizona
196 Giants: Gary Brightwell, RB, Arizona
197 Patriots: William Sherman, OT, Colorado

Imagine if Sherman went to Atlanta...

198 Chargers: Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri

Here’s a guy that doesn’t jump off the page with his speed or athleticism, but all he does is get numbers against SEC talent. Finished his college career with 5.0 yards per carry for a bad team with 3,720 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also had 47 career catches, and his ability to keep his wheels after first contact is impressive. It will be interesting to see if his skills translate to the next level.

199 Vikings: Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh
200 Jets: Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky
201 Giants: Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State
202 Bengals: Chris Evans, RB, Michigan
203 Bills: Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston
204 Panthers: Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina
205 Titans: Racey McMath, WR, LSU
206 Colts: Landon Young, OT, Kentucky
207 Jets: Jonathan Marshall, DT, Arkansas
208 Bears: Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
209 Jaguars: Jalen Camp, WR, Georgia Tech
210 Cardinals: Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke
211 Browns: Demetric Felton, WR, UCLA
212 Bills: Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh
213 Bills: Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin

We’d just like to mention that his name is Rachad Wildgoose, so when he’s trailing receivers after getting beat off the line, the Buffalo defensive back will literally be on a Wildgoose chase.

214 Packers: Cole Van Lanen, OT, Wisconsin
215 Titans: Brady Breeze, S, Oregon
216 Steelers: Quincy Roche, LB, Miami
217 Bears: Khalil Herbert
218 Colts: Sam Ehlinger

INTERESTING! Ehlinger played like a run-first QB at Texas, but would seem to have some promise in a hybrid-type of role if he was willing to spend some meeting time outside of the quarterback room. He ran for 33 TD’s in four seasons at Texas, but was just never able to put it all together in the transition from Charlie Strong to Tom Herman. His college career success seemed slightly out of his control, but Frank Reich is getting his hands on a talent he can mold with no pressure or timeline to develop anytime soon.

219 Broncos: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
220 Packers: Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College
221 Bears: Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina
222 Panthers: Thomas Fletcher, LS, Alabama

If you wonder how many people are on staff in player personnel for the Alabama Crimson Tide, they just had a long snapper selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. The Process allows nothing to get by them.

223 Cardinals: Tay Gowan, CB, C. Florida
224 Eagles: JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU
225 Washington: Camaron Cheeseman, LS, Michigan
226 Chiefs: Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee
227 Cowboys: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
228 Bears: Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon

Seventh Round

229 Colts: Mike Strachan, WR, Charleston (WV)
230 Raiders: Jimmy Morrissey, C, Pittsburgh
231 Dolphins: Larnel Coleman, OT, UMass
232 Panthers: Phil Hoskins, DT, Kentucky
233 Rams: Jake Funk, RB, Maryland
234 Eagles: Patrick Johnson, LB, Tulane
235 Bengals: Wyatt Hubert, DE, Kansas State
236 Bills: Jack Anderson, G, Texas Tech
237 Broncos: Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU
238 Cowboys: Matt Farniok, G, Nebraska
239 Broncos: Jonathon Cooper, DE, Ohio State
240 Washington: William Bradley-King, LB, Baylor
241 Chargers: Mark Webb, S, Georgia
242 Patriots: Tre Nixon, WR, C. Florida
243 Cardinals: James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati
244 Dolphins: Gerrid Doaks, RB, Cincinnati
245 Steelers: Tre Norwood, CB, Oklahoma
246 Washington: Shaka Toney, DE, Penn State
247 Cardinals: Michal Menet, C, Penn State
248 Colts: Will Fries, OT, Penn State

That’s not a misprint: Three straight Nittany Lions go in the middle of the seventh round of the draft. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing when recruiting the next generation of players to Happy Valley.

249 Rams: Ben Skowronek, WR, Notre Dame
250 Bears: Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU
251 Buccaneers: Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU
252 Rams: Chris Garrett, LB, Concordia-St. Paul
253 Broncos: Marquiss Spencer, DE, Mississippi State
254 Steelers: Pressley Harvin III, P, Georgia Tech

Is this a chance for us to embed a Pressley Harvin III highlight tape? Oh you betcha! One of the most entertaining players in college football the last several years, and by all accounts a great kid. Let’s hope he sticks in Pittsburgh for quite awhile.

255 Saints: Kawaan Baker, WR, South Alabama
256 Packers: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State
257 Lions: Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State
258 Washington: Dax Milne, WR, BYU
259 Buccaneers: Grant Stuard, LB, Houston (Mr. Irrelevant)