Alright, so after shocking everyone by taking cornerback Eli Apple with the 10th overall pick, Jerry Reese won back a huge majority of New York Giants' fans Friday night with a pair of highly-regarded selections in wide receiver Sterling Shepard and free safety Darian Thompson.
That means we're three rounds deep into the NFL Draft, and the clock is ticking until picks start rolling in again later on Saturday. Now, we know that Day 3 isn't the most glamorous or exciting segment of the event, but it provides an important backbone to the team development process.
We take a quick inventory of the 10 best remaining players, in no particular order, so that you can get a rooting interest when the Giants are on the clock in the fourth round with the 109th overall pick.
1. Kyle Murphy (OT/G, Stanford)
A stout lineman who could start at right tackle on opening day. Position versatility at guard means Murphy would likely see the lineup at one of the spots on the line. I didn't think he would be available in the fourth round, so let's hope he lasts another 10 picks. [Prospect profile]
2. Vadal Alexander (OT/G, LSU)
Much like Murphy, Alexander can play either guard or tackle. He would add serious muscle to the line and could be a serious interior mauler in the run game.
3. James Cowser (DE, Southern Utah)
Owns the FCS all-time record for sacks (43) and tackles for loss (80). The Giants have a pair of star defensive ends, and a couple of back-ups. Cowser is a high-upside development guy who could offer a lot as a specialist on passing downs and help out on special teams.
4. Kentrell Brothers (LB, Missouri)
Excellent run defender who will pile up huge numbers in the tackling column, can both avoid and shed blocks to find the play. Skills translate well for special teams contribution. [Prospect profile]
5. Christian Westerman (G, Arizona State)
Athletic guard with polished pass-protection skills. Murphy is balanced, Alexander is best for the run, and Westerman is your man in pass protection. Take your pick for what you want out of a fourth round lineman. [Prospect profile]
6. Joshua Perry (LB, Ohio State)
Air-tight coverage linebacker who can offer a lot in run defense. He's not going to get to the quarterback, but that's what Devon Kennard is for. [Prospect profile]
7. Thomas Duarte (TE, UCLA)
Next to Hunter Henry, Duarte is the top pass-catching tigh -end in the draft, can be used in the slot as a receiver. Think of him as a Jimmy Graham style player, though obviously not as refined.
8. Sheldon Day (DT, Notre Dame)
The most balanced and well-rounded of any defensive interior player in this draft. High floor, and would be an immediate backup. A luxury pick perhaps, but good value.
9. Ronald Blair (DE, Appalachian State)
Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year, undersized but hangs around the quarterback all day. The Giants learned to trust Nikita Whitlock, and could do the same for Blair.
10. Jerell Adams (TE, South Carolina)
What if the Giants had a blocking TE? It's been a while since I've seen one of those. Adams has plenty to offer in the passing game, but could carve out a niche role for himself as an in-line blocker.