We are on to Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft! The first two days were fun, but we’ve got teams like the Jaguars who have 10 picks today and the Packers, Patriot, and Rams who have nine. There will be plenty of trades, but teams are building out their rosters today and there will be plenty of diamonds in the rough.
We’ll also possibly see Mel Kiper finally break down completely. You never know. There are some good players left, with CB Kalee Ringo, DT Adetomiwa Adebawore. OT Dawand Jones, CB Clark Phillips, LB Nick Herbig, RB Israel Abanikanda, RB Roschon Johnson and many more ready to help out your teams!
I won’t be grading every player picked here today, but will get to notable names and add in any useful or not so useful information that comes along. Have fun!
Rapid reaction pick grades for notable Day 3 picks and news
Roger Goodell still hearing some healthy boos here in Day 3 of the draft!
We have three trades before the first pick! The Saints have moved up to the first pick of Round 4 after trading with the Bears.
No. 105 Philadelphia Eagles: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
The Eagles have done it again. They’ve drafted yet another Georgia Bulldog and another one that has fallen too far. Ringo has the speed to keep up with NFL receivers along with the size and tenacity. He is likely better off at safety in the NFL, but would project to be extremely good at the position.
No. 110 Indianapolis Colts: Adetomiwa Adebawore, DE, Northwestern
Adebawore ran a 4.49 40 at 6’2”, 282 lbs! He is a physical specimen, but probably needs to bulk up a bit and move to DT. His upside is special if he can learn to work in the guts of the defense with some extra weight.
No. 111 Cleveland Browns: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Jones fell in the draft due to some medical concerns, but if he can stay healthy, he could be a true steal. He has relied a bit on his huge size, 6’8”, 374 lbs., but he’ll need to refine his game to excel in the NFL.
At No. 111, the #Browns take Ohio State OT Dawand Jones. The pre-draft process was tough on Jones, who also was downgraded by some teams on medical. But he’s 6-8, 370+ with an 88-inch wingspan and didn’t allow a sack last season. A high-upside addition in Round 4.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 29, 2023
No. 115 Chicago Bears: Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
The Bears let David Montgomery walk this offseason and added Donte Foreman. They also have Khalil Herbert, who projects as the lead back. Johnson is a power back who produces extra yards by running through tackles. He’s not very creative, but he does find ways to get those extra yards. There’s a real chance this backfield is up for grabs, so Johnson should at least get a chance to lead and his pass blocking skills will help.
The Patriots took a kicker, because of course they did. We’ll see if long snapper or punter is next.
The Eagles think they’re so cool with all the Georgia defenders but the Pats are cornering the market on Eastern Michigan over here https://t.co/p27w3JVhK2— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) April 29, 2023
The 49ers and Patriots have drafted kickers in the third and fourth round. Let’s take a look at the best kickers in the league, and where they were drafted:
PFF's top 10 kickers— Pat Thorman (@Pat_Thorman) April 29, 2023
1- D. Carlson - 5th Rd
2 - J. Tucker - Undrafted
3 - G. Gano - Undrafted
4 - M. Gay - 5th Rd
5 - K. Fairbairn - Undrafted
6 - Y. Koo - Undrafted
7 - C. McLaughlin - Undrafted
8 - J. Myers - Undrafted
9 - C. Dicker - Undrafted
10 - R. Patterson - Undrafted https://t.co/iPyQstUipx
No. 125 Los Angeles Chargers: Derius Davis, WR, TCU
Davis, teammate of the Chargers first round pick Quentin Johnson at TCU, is more of a return man than every down receiver, but could help stretch the field when needed.His speed is special and if the Chargers can find ways to use it well, he could help add a wrinkle to the offense.
The Eagles trade a 7th rounder for D’Andre Swift. This team can’t not get value from every move they make. And he’s yet another Georgia Bulldog!
The #Lions are trading starting RB D'Andre Swift, sources tell me and @TomPelissero, sending him to the #Eagles in exchange for draft pick compensation. With David Montgomery and now first-rounder Jahmyr Gibbs, Swift heads out. pic.twitter.com/gyUBnUuVCY— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2023
THE #Cardinals HAVE A DOG IN THE DRAFT ROOM #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/xVzOjofWe7— Paola Boivin (@PaolaBoivin) April 29, 2023
No. 128 Los Angeles Rams: Stetson Bennett, QB, Georgia
Grabbing a quarterback here for the Rams was the right move, but they took the wrong one! Bennett just isn’t a starting NFL quarterback. He’ll be 26 during his rookie season and his arm is too weak. He does fit in Sean McVay’s system, but his best prognostications will be as a journeyman backup.
No. 131 Cincinnati Bengals: Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue
Jones is a zone-beater who Joe Burrow should be able to hit all day underneath. He’s too small to be an outside receiver, but the Bengals won’t need him to be.
Charlie Jones: "My size is what it is but when that ball is in the air I'm going to get it."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) April 29, 2023
Jones tied for most contested catches in FBS last year (via @PFF) with 22.
It’s all in the family for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they draft Nick Herbig, Washington OLB, brother of Nate Herbig.
The Steelers now have:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2023
- DL Cam Hayward and FB/TE Connor Hayward
- OLB Nick Herbig and OL Nate Herbig
If FB Derek Watt is re-signed, he'll re-join OLB TJ Watt too
Plus they drafted Joey Porter, Jr. last night.
A very family affair in Pittsburgh.
No. 140 Cleveland Browns: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA
This is who I thought the Rams should have grabbed. It would have been a better spot for DTR, as Deshaun Watson is entrenched at QB in Cleveland, but he should be a perfect backup there. He has some of the same skills as Watson.
No. 143 New York Jets: Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pitt
Abanikanda is a strong one cut and go runner who has good burst and footwork in traffic. He has good speed and defenders have trouble catching him from behind. He is still a bit raw and needs work as a blocker and following blocks, but has great upside.
RD 5 | PK 143 - Jets: Israel Abanikanda RB, Pittsburgh— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) April 29, 2023
Abanikanda ran for 20 touchdowns in his final season at @Pitt_FB, tied for the most in the FBS. The explosive athlete recorded a 10-foot-8 broad jump and 41-inch vertical at his pro day, both in the top 5% of RBs since 2003. pic.twitter.com/OMOCNF0BAv
No. 149 Green Bay Packers: Sean Clifford, QB, Penn St.
I’ll let some of the Twitter responses speak for themselves:
Sean Clifford got drafted??? To the NFL???? What in the world— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) April 29, 2023
QB Sean Clifford (fifth round to the Packers) is the first QB/RB/WR/TE drafted who was not invited to April's combine.— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) April 29, 2023
Is there some other Sean Clifford the Packers just drafted?— Tom Gower (@ThomasGower) April 29, 2023
No. 163 Cincinnati Bengals: Chase Brown, RB, Illinois
The Bengals have a decision to make with Joe Mixon, so need some viable replacements. Brown coul be that guy, but if they do get rid of Mixon, they would probably bring in a veteran as well. But this is a great spot to get Brown.
Chase Brown is my RB10. Exceptional production. Extremely hard to tackle one on one. Gets skinny through the hole and maintains explosion. Shows deep speed. Carried the Illinois offense. Plays more like a plodder than to his athleticism. Rare to freelance into bigger plays. Runs…— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) April 29, 2023
No. 172 New York Giants: Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma
Gray has nice burst and acceleration and can make defenders miss in the open field. He can also be productive in the passing game. His inconsistencies could be helped with more decisiveness. He’s not going to be a Saquon Barkley replacement, but has the upside to be part of a committee that could allow Barkley to walk after this season.
This photo of Patriots draft pick Atonio Mafi housing some kid as a high school rugby player is pretty fantastic.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) April 29, 2023
From this LA Times profile: https://t.co/tUQ36HTAtu pic.twitter.com/qo8WcD0hY2
No. 176 Indianapolis Colts: Evan Hull, RB, Northwestern
Hull is going to be a useful pass-catching back and is a good value here. They of course have Jonathan Taylor, so his opportunities might not be many early on.
No. 187 New England Patriots: Kayshon Butte, WR, LSU
At this point in the draft this is a good pick for the Patriots, who always need receivers. He started out hot in his college career but slowly faded with injuries and a poor 2022. The Patriots will look to bring back that early shine.
The first NE pick at WR I've liked in I don't remember how long.— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) April 29, 2023
Kayshon Boutte, if the maturity questions are overblown, is a top-five talent at the position in this class. #Patriots
A Robert Woods-Jarvis Landry type with a little more explosion.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says it will be head coach Shane Steichen’s call on whether or not Anthony Richardson will start Week 1. But he does say he’ll need to play to get better. We’ll see him out there sooner than later.
Jim Irsay says it'll be Shane Steichen's decision on when Anthony Richardson plays, but adds, very clearly, "these guys have to play to get better."— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) April 29, 2023
I continue to think he'll play sooner than later.
The Patriots draft Michigan St. punter Bryce Baringer and become the first team to draft a punter and kicker in the same draft since the Raiders in 2000. For Pats fans, hopefully they turn out as good as the Raiders picks.
Patriots drafted Michigan St punter Bryce Baringer in round six and Maryland kicker Chad Ryland in round four, becoming the first team since the 2000 Raiders - who selected kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler - to pick a kicker and punter in the same draft.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2023
Sorry Greg Dulcich. Time to request a trade.
The #Saints are trading TE Adam Trautman and a seventh-rounder to the #Broncos for the No. 196 pick, per source. A reunion with Sean Payton.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 29, 2023
It appears the Patriots have added a regional sales rep from an insurance company.
Patriots new punter, Bryce Baringer: pic.twitter.com/WFkUN0PfmS— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) April 29, 2023
When NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah gets peed on, you know it’s late in the draft.
.@movethesticks had character concerns about Patrick.— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 29, 2023
We now know why pic.twitter.com/ana6Rtn1C3
No. 212 Dallas Cowboys: Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State
At 5’5, 179 lbs, Vaughn is probably smaller than you, but don’t let his size fool you. In his last two seasons he put up 3,723 total yards and 37 touchdowns. He’s never going to be a lead back, but his ability in space, if used wisely, is NFL caliber.
This was great to see. It’s getting a little dusty in here.
Here’s the emotional reaction in the Cowboys’ war room when the team used the 212th overall pick in the sixth round on Kansas St. RB Deuce Vaughn, son of Cowboys’ assistant director of college scouting, Chris Vaughn. pic.twitter.com/wC5dWw7IJp— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2023
I don’t think the 28-3 jokes will ever cease. Sorry Falcons fans.
Falcons fan announcing the pick was NOT here for the 28-3 jokes pic.twitter.com/qoIOWnXRoT— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 29, 2023