The 2023 NFL Draft is entering the final stretch, but there could still be some late-round gems waiting to be mined.
After two days, many big names have already left the board. But there could be some solid starters still waiting to hear their names called. From prospects with untapped potential to college stars looking to prove they can transition professionally, there’s no shortage of notable figures to watch as the event begins to wind down.
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Here are the best players still available who will enter the final four rounds of the draft on Saturday.
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1. Clark Phillips III, BC, Utah
NFL teams shouldn’t overthink this. Yes, the 5-foot-9, 184-pounder doesn’t have the ideal build or speed to take on receivers on the outside. But put him in the slot and watch him thrive with his quick movements and exceptional feel for the position.
2. Kelee Ringo, BC, Georgia
The 6-2, 207-pounder drew a lot of criticism months ago when his name was floated as a potential first-round pick. But as a Day 3 pick, his immense physical tools are worth the bet, even if he needs to be used in fairly specific ways while still allowing him time to develop.
3. Dawand Jones, Occupational Therapist, Ohio State
The 6-8 and 374 pounds will not fit all offenses. It’s OK. In the right pattern, he can be a crippling right tackle that can also rush to stone edges.
4. Darius Rush, BC, South Carolina
It’s hard to find 6-foot-2, 198-pound cornerbacks with 4.38-second speed in the 40-yard dash at any point in the draft, let alone Day 3. Rush’s covering instincts are however still ongoing.
5. Adetomiwa Adebawore, DT/DE, North West
His star turn at the NFL scouting combine didn’t mean much, as his outstanding athleticism didn’t quite translate to consistent performances. But moving the 6-2, 282-pounder from the edge to a three-technical role should help him become more disruptive on a downbase.
6. Chandler Zavala, G, NC State
A tough but nimble blocker, Zavala could be a strong starter for any number of teams. Medical history could be an X factor, as he underwent back surgery in 2021.
7. Cory Trice Jr., CB, Purdue
Could the 6-3, 206-pounder be the latest oversized athlete to make waves after lasting until Day 3? It’s unfair to expect him to follow Tariq Woolen’s trajectory, but Trice could be a dynamic playmaker with some refinement.
8. Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati
Separation is no problem for the 5-10, 177-pounder, as he can easily accelerate past defensive backs as a deep target. He’ll likely have to beef up and get creative to find ways to beat the media coverage.
9. Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State
Of all the quarterbacks remaining on the roster, Haener might have the best chance of becoming at least a reliable starter or backup. His accuracy, anticipation and handling make him a trustworthy option behind center, though his suboptimal build (6-0, 207 pounds) and walking arm strength could limit his ceiling.
10. Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
Although his game can be a bit wild, Johnson shows some intriguing skills when working downhill. His physical tools suggest he could become an asset in coverage with a bit of work, although right now he could be a liability against more seasoned pass catchers.
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