The anticipation is building. Draft Day is tomorrow, and we will start to see the landing spots for this rookie class. The Nerds team is rolling out a four-round mock draft this week, and today is Round 3. In this round, we see some players who were well-regarded early in their careers, who have not maintained consistent growth (Chase Brown, Kayshon Boutte), and some who have started to rise later in the process (Tyler Scott, Jonathan Mingo).
Let’s look at Round 3.
1QB Rookie Mock Draft 8.0 – Round 3
3.01 Tyler Scott, WR, 5’10” 177
#Cincinnati WR Tyler Scott is a speedster🔥🔥🔥— Jonny Camer (@CamerJonny) April 25, 2023
-54 receptions, 899 receiving yards, and 9 TDS last season
-Ran a 4.44 40
-Scott could be a great deep threat at the next level. He’s a very solid athlete and at the very least will attract defenders based off his speed. pic.twitter.com/zH1v4zPzgM
Before I began my tape study, I thought Tyler Scott was just a speedy guy who could stretch the field and help an NFL team. That mold is never fantasy relevant. But I was so wrong. On top of his speed and explosiveness, he is also twitchy and technical as a route runner. He frequently created tons of separation at all three levels. His sub-180-pound frame is the biggest concern, but I fell in love after watching him play, and he’ll likely be my favorite third round dart throw. – @devy2dynastyfr
3.02 Nathaniel Dell, WR, 5’8″ 165
Despite his size, Nathaniel “Tank” Dell has been talked about a bunch this rookie season. He had a decent day at the combine, but when you look at his college stats, you see more. Scoring 32 touchdowns in only three years of college is impressive. Even at only 5’8’’, he has the route running to get open and produce. He will find a role on an NFL team and be a solid option for years. – @theDunit13
3.03 Rashee Rice, WR. 6’0″ 204
Rice has a good chance to succeed if he can establish consistency in the NFL. He excels at creating separation and has impressive ball skills – when he isn’t struggling with drops. There’s potential to be a valuable asset in the NFL – but he could be out of the league in three years if he doesn’t. – @ffpeebleschamp
3.04 Eric Gray, RB, 5’9″ 207
Spin move through contact in the hole from Eric Gray + a house call— Anthony Cover 1 (@Pro__Ant) April 16, 2023
Getting Eric Gray in the third round of rookie drafts will be a steal. His true value will be determined by where he lands, but he has talent. He thrived in every situation he was in at the college level. He had a breakout senior season with over 1300 yards and showed value as a pass catcher. Gray will be a must-add rookie prospect in the third round of drafts. – @coachstevenp
3.05 Darnell Washington, TE, 6’7″ 265
Washington is a specimen at tight end. If he gets second-round draft capital, he could vault up draft boards. At this point if the draft, we will likely be looking at Day 2/3 tight ends and Day 3 RB/WRs. Tight ends tend to have the higher hit rate. Washington may be one of the biggest steals of fantasy drafts this year. – @johnnybgoodedff
3.06 Jayden Reed, WR, 5’11” 187
While Reed was never a superstar in college, he’s had an excellent draft season, showing off his skills at the Senior Bowl. Data analyst JJ Zachariason and wide receiver guru Matt Harmon love him, which is plenty of ammo for me to get a guy on my board. Frankly, I’m shocked he’s still available here. – @ekballer
3.07 Jonathan Mingo, WR, 6’2″ 220
As we draw nearer to the draft, Mingo is a name I keep hearing moving up boards. I have seen him mocked in the second round of the NFL draft a few times. While his tape didn’t blow me away, his 6’2″, 220lb frame makes him easily one of the biggest receivers in a class of smaller prospects. He needs to work on catching with his hands and creating separation, but if he can improve there, this is a steal in Round 3. – @timbmartens
3.08 Chase Brown, RB, 5’9″ 209
Chase Brown had a strong NFL Combine and has rebounded well with good measurements and performances. I’m comfortable taking him here after being sniped on Mingo. He’s a well-rounded back who could eventually work his way into a three-down role. – @darthdbacks
3.09 Xazavian Valladay, RB, 5’11” 200
This is a notoriously deep & talented running back cycle & a name to keep an eye on in the later rounds is Xazavian Valladay.— AngeloFF (@angelo_fantasy) April 25, 2023
Really like his 2nd level skillset & how he can chain items together as a mover.
Good in space player that’s better than you think through contact. pic.twitter.com/c6x2ImiMfi
X Valladay is one of my absolute favorite sleepers in this draft. He was shunned by the NFL combine, so he put on a show at the ASU Pro Day. He has been a star everywhere he’s been, from Wyoming to ASU and the East-West Shrine Game. I love his game and am willing to gamble on him at this point in the draft. – @ReflipeWThenuz
3.10 Kayshon Boutte, WR, 6’0″ 190
We are not too far removed from Boutte being talked about as the next great LSU receiver. As recently as the start of the college football season, I had him in my tier-one of receivers. However, nothing positive has occurred since September, and Boutte is plummeting down draft boards. A part of me still believes he can return to his freshman form. He is one of the prospects that I will let the NFL tell me how to rank based on draft capital. Because honestly, he could go in the second or sixth round of the NFL draft, and I wouldn’t be surprised with either. – @DanT_NFL
3.11 DeWayne McBride, RB, 5’10” 209
McBride has the requisite size to be a bellcow back. He will need to answer the question– was he not used in the passing because he can’t or because the offense didn’t use running backs that way? He runs with good vision and power and is scheme versatile. If you are looking for a surprise to be a top 24 running back, McBride is your guy. – @culture_coach
3.12 Parker Washington, WR, 5’10” 204
Parker Washington had the fifth-biggest hands (10 1/8 inches) among WRs at the NFL Combine— Ron Kopp Jr. (@Ron_Kopp) April 18, 2023
It's not a coincidence that he made plenty of tough catches at Penn St, whether it was in traffic or simply an inaccurate pass
He caught 5 of 7 contested-catch opportunities in '22 (PFF) pic.twitter.com/s16i6XUKep
I almost took Parker Washington a round ago. A bulked-up slot, Washington is scary in the open field and a challenge to wrestle down. Despite some size and athleticism concerns, Washington’s film reveals far more vertical playmaking and contested catch ability than expected. My WR7 in the class, I believe Washington has a fair to good chance at Day-2 capital. He’s not your prototype alpha wide receiver, but a player with a moderate dynasty floor and upside who is coming at a discount. – @DynastyOasis
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