Round three of the 2021 NFL Draft is complete, and many of us fantasy football crazies are already planning our strategy on how we can get a leg up on the competition for the 2021 fantasy football season. After the first two rounds, some big names were left on the board and had teams salivating at these players. Let dig into round three of the NFL Draft and see what IDP gems we can find.
Andre Cisco – Safety – Jacksonville Jaguars
Round 3, Pick 1 (65th overall)
Background: Since the 2019 season, Andre Cisco has been moving up draft boards as one of the top safeties in this draft. He is a ball-hawking safety that tends to force turnovers. In his 24 games with the Syracuse Orange, Cisco had an astounding 13 interceptions. He should’ve gone in the second round, but a few injuries in late 2019 and 2020 killed his draft stock.
Team/Value: The Jaguars need some help in the secondary, and they snagged a guy that can help anywhere on this defense. Cisco should be able to complete day one for a starting safety spot, and because of that, he will be one of the top IDP picks in upcoming rookie drafts.
Joseph Ossai – EDGE – Cincinnati Bengals
Round 3, Pick 5 (69th Overall)
Background: The former Texas EDGE had 11.5 sacks and a stout 30 tackles for a loss in his college career. Joseph Ossai is a guy that plays with a very high motor and will do whatever he can to get to the quarterback. He has an outstanding bend to get around the edge. Ossai is a bit raw, but with some more game time and practice, he could turn into a steal for the Bengals.
Team/Value: Ossai was a guy that was pegged anywhere from a late first-round pick to a third-round pick. The Bengals got a guy that should be able to compete for a starting spot in 2021. In 2019, the Bengals linebacking core was atrocious, and in the 2020 draft, they helped address that by drafting three linebackers. Fast forward to 2021, Akeem Davis-Gaither and Logan Wilson are penciled in as starters thus far. Ossai could join them as a starter in 2021. If you are in a high sack point league, he is worthy of a pick.
Chazz Surratt – Linebacker – Minnesota Vikings
Round 3, Pick 15 (78th Overall)
Background: He was a former quarterback for the North Carolina Tarheels but changed to linebacker before his redshirt junior season. He didn’t disappoint. Surratt amassed 207 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, and 12.5 sacks in his two years as a linebacker. With only those two years under his belt, Surratt still needs some polish to his game. Surratt’s tackling is one of his biggest issues, and that can be fixed.
Team/Value: The Vikings took the chance on his potential. Eric Kendricks is still the starting Mike ‘backer with Anthony Barr and 2020 draft pick Troy Dye penciled in as the starters on the outside. However, with a solid training camp and preseason, Surratt could be a guy that could sneak into a starting spot. Fantasy-wise, Surratt could put up solid numbers and shouldn’t be ignored when it comes to your draft.
Malcolm Koonce – EDGE – Las Vegas Raiders
Round 3, Pick 16 (79th Overall)
Background: The 6-foot-3, 245-pound edge from Buffalo took down a quarterback 20 times with 22.5 tackles for a loss. Koonce shows a tendency to get to the quarterback with his 81 hurries over his college career. While he has outstanding speed off the edge, he lacks a dominant countermove if he gets gobbled up by the offensive line.
Team/Value: The Raiders have a plethora of pass rushers. Koonce probably won’t see the field much, to begin with. He will have to compete with Maxx Crosby, Yannick Ngakoue, and Clelin Ferrell at the defensive end position. Koonce has incredible speed and bend off the edge, and should dabble in any of the edge spots. If he gets playing time and can show off his skills, Koonce could be a steal late in rookie drafts.
Patrick Jones II – EDGE – Minnesota Vikings
Round 3, Pick 27 (90th overall)
Background: The Pittsburgh Panthers’ defensive end was one of the most feared pass rushers in the nation. Patrick Jones II has the ideal size to make an impact in the NFL. He racked up 23 career sacks, with 19 of them coming in his last two seasons. He has solid speed off the edge but needs to work on his countermoves and hand placement to get around the more physical offensive linemen.
Team/Value: The Vikings make the list again. Patrick Jones II has a chance to sneak into a starting slot come the 2021 season. They re-signed (played one year in Carolina) edge Stephen Weatherly this offseason, but Jones will get his chance to play opposite of, hopefully healthy, Danielle Hunter. Fantasy-wise, Jones likely won’t contribute right away but learning from Hunter and Weatherly constitutes as a taxi squad member, especially in high sack leagues.
Monty Rice – Linebacker – Tennessee Titans
Round 3, Pick 29 (92nd Overall)
Background: He was the core of the very talented Georgia Bulldogs defense. Monty Rice has outstanding play recognition and will play from sideline to sideline and make the play. He is tough on ball carriers trying to get around on the outside, stuffing them at the line. He doesn’t have eye-popping height in the passing game but can get his hand in and break up the pass.
Team/Value: One of the best picks of the third round. Monty Rice is a guy that can lead a defense. Incumbent Mike LB Rashaan Evans might not be a Titan in 2022, with the Titans undecided on his fifth-year option. Rice could be that guy to fill that role when Evans leaves. Rice, Jayon Brown, Bud Dupree, and Harold Landry could make a scary linebacking core if Evans leaves via free agency.
Baron Browning – Linebacker – Denver Broncos
Round 3, Pick 42 (105th Overall)
Background: Baron Browning is a guy that can do a little bit of everything. He has the ideal size and athleticism to play any of the linebacker positions. However, with only mustering up eight sacks in four years with the Buckeyes, you won’t see him rushing the passer much at the next level. Browning plays more as a coverage linebacker and should see the same at the next level. He does tend to over-shoot the play and take himself out of the play.
Team/Value: One of the biggest steals in the NFL Draft could be this Browning guy. He might be able to start day one for the Broncos. With Von Miller and Bradley Chubb coming back, the Broncos could have one of the best linebacking cores in the NFL. When it comes to fantasy-wise, tackle heavy leagues is where he will have most of his value. However, playing alongside A.J. Johnson, Miller, and Chubb, Browning could get more opportunities to rush the passer and get some sacks.
After three rounds in the 2021 NFL Draft, there have been some shocking disappointed pick and surely some surprise ones. You can find the round-one recap here and the round-two recap here. Stay tuned for rounds 4-7 in the coming days.
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