2014 NFL Draft Fantasy Live Blog, Day 3

The PFF Fantasy team gives you a blow-by-blow account of the action on Day 3 of the NFL Draft with insights and analysis along the way.

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2014 NFL Draft Fantasy Live Blog, Day 3


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Day 3 is upon us. It’s already been a crazy two days of  the Draft. We saw the latest the first running back has ever been drafted while wide receivers has been flying off the board.

If you need to get caught up, check out our Day 1 Live Blog and our Day 2 Live Blog.

We’ll be updating as the action unfolds with the newest updates appearing at the top of the live blog below.

After the draft concludes, we’ll be rolling out plenty of content, but if you want to get caught up on what we’ve done on the lead in to the big weekend, check out our NFL Draft Fantasy feed. You can also take a look at Jeff Ratcliffe’s pre-Draft offensive and defensive rankings.

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6:28 P.M.: The Packers snagged one of my favorite deep sleepers in WR Jeff Janus. He’s a small school guy with freakish athleticism. He definitely needs some polishing, but his ceiling is high. That’s the third receiver Green Bay has selected in this draft. Here’s a good read on Janus from the folks over at Rotoviz.

5:45 P.M.: Jacksonville just paired up Blake Bortles with his college teammate RB Storm Johnson. This is excellent value for the Jags, who are thin at the position. Johnson isn’t a speed demon, but he has good size and can catch the ball. The existing mind meld with Bortles doesn’t hurt.

5:02 P.M.: The Panthers just stepped up to the plate and drafted RB Tyler Gaffney out of Stanford. Gaffney is a bigger back who is deceptively fast. With DeAngelo Williams and the perennial disappointment Jonathan Stewart on the roster, Gaffney won’t get much of an opportunity in 2014, but he’s a solid long-term option.

4:50 P.M.: San Diego just grabbed RB Marion Grice, who is a solid but unspectacular back. He’s a good receiver, and has gotten Pierre Thomas comparisons. He’s not going to make you miss, but Grice does have the potential to be a immediate contributor. However, with a crowded house in San Diego, it’s unlikely we see much of Grice in 2014.

4:40 P.M.: Still hanging tight here. There are a few more running backs with fantasy potential still on the board, but things are really starting to wind down. However, news just came across the wire that Kenny Britt has allegedly posted a sex tape to his Instagram account. As the kids these days say “smack my head.”

4:07 P.M.: Lache Seastrunk just went to Washington. He’s one of the most dynamic running backs in this year’s draft class. Seastrunk really impressed me with his willingness to run between the tackles and go from inside to outside when he reaches the second level. In Washington, I’d expect to see Jay Gruden use him in a similar manner to Giovani Bernard last season. The one question is whether Seastrunk can catch the football. Baylor doesn’t use their backs as receivers, so his hands are an unknown.

3:54 P.M.: Tennessee selected QB Zach Mettenberger at pick 178. He’s not an immediate threat to Jake Locker, but it shows the leash isn’t particularly long for Locker, who is entering the final year of his deal.

3:38 P.M.: Still slow goings in the fifth round. One player of note that I’d like to mention is LB Lamin Barrow, who the Broncos selected at No. 156. Linebacker is a position of need for Denver, with Wesley Woodyard now in Tennessee. Barrow projects to play WLB, and has the ability to play in the subpackages. There’s some interesting IDP appeal in Barrow.

3:12 P.M.: Back-to-back quarterbacks just came off the board with Aaron Murray going to the Chiefs and AJ McCarron landing with the Bengals. The Bengals were a much talked about team who could surprisingly be in the market for a quarterback. However, McCarron won’t push to unseat Andy Dalton. Likewise, Murray isn’t a first-year starter, but he’s an intriguing long-term option in Kansas City.

2:50 P.M.: It’s slow goings for the future fantasy prospects, but a few names should come of the board soon. Lache Seastrunk, Storm Johnson, Isaiah Crowell and Henry Josey are all still on the board at running back. There are also some intriguing receivers still available like small-school product Jeff Janus.

2:25 P.M.: Dallas selected WR Devin Street at 146. The former Pitt Panther is not a burner, but he plays faster in pads than his 4.55 time suggests.

2:14 P.M.: Not much action from a fantasy standpoint. Washington selected WR Ryan Grant, which makes for a crowded depth chart. The Jags followed up with LB Telvin Smith at pick 144. Smith is extremely athletic, but has a slight build. There was some talk that he could shift to safety, so we’ll have to see what Jacksonville has planned for him.

1:51 P.M.: Here’s another pick that makes perfect sense – Texans select QB Tom Savage at pick 136. Savage’s draft stock seemed to skyrocket in March and April, with talk that he could be a potential first-round pick. However, the fourth round is where he really should have gone. He’s a prototypical pocket passer with a big arm, but one of the knocks on him is couldn’t hold onto the starting job at Rutgers earlier in his college career. Still, this is a smart pick for the Texans. They didn’t panic in the earlier rounds, and still got their guy. The Texans enter the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick atop their depth chart, so Savage won’t be asked to start on Day 1.

1:48 P.M.: For the IDP folks, Seattle just selected LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, who is an ideal fit for the Seahawks. He’s a natural weak side linebacker who can play all three downs. This is likely a depth move, but it could also signify that the Seahawks aren’t entirely satisfied with K.J. Wright.

1:39 P.M.: We had a bit of a run on defensive backs there, but the Pats broke the trend with RB James White out of Wisconsin. White is a shifty smaller back who joins Belichick’s stable. He doesn’t project to make an immediate impact, but you never really know with New England’s hot hand approach at the position. This is a great landing spot for White.

1:22 P.M.: Andy Reid got his replacement for Dexter McCluster in De’Anthony Thomas. On film, Thomas reminds me of a poor mans Reggie Bush. He was no where near as dynamic as Bush was in college, but Thomas can break big plays. He’s not going to run between the tackles, but Thomas is an offensive weapon who fits well in Reid’s West Coast offense.

1:17 P.M.: Seattle selected WR Kevin Norwood at 123. As we’ve seen with a lot of the receivers in this year’s class, Norwood is a big kid who can run. He doesn’t blow you away on tape, but he’s a solid receiver who doesn’t make mistakes. He’ll likely be a special teamer in 2014.

1:07 P.M.: We knew the Cardinals were going to address the quarterback position in the draft, and they just did with the selection of Logan Thomas. This pick is interesting given the fact that Tom Savage and AJ McCarron are still on the board. Thomas is a massive kid with a big arm, but accuracy issues. Bruce Arians has a project on his hands, but he’s more than capable of  fine tuning Thomas.

1:04 P.M.: The Steelers just pluck some serious value at 118 in WR Martavis Bryant. He’s big. He’s fast. However, he’s very raw. But his ceiling is enormous.

12:59 P.M.: Running backs continue to come off the board with the Bears just selecting Ka’Deem Carey at 117. Carey is one of the most complete backs in this year’s class. He lacks speed, but he’s capable of grinding between the tackles and has good hands.

12:50 P.M.: There’s word coming across the wire that the Eagles have traded Bryce Brown to the Bills for two future picks. Brown was not a good fit in Chip Kelly’s offense, so this move isn’t a huge shock. But still, this leaves Philly very thin at the position with just Chris Polk behind LeSean McCoy. Expect a running back to the Eagles on Day 3. Maybe Lache Seastrunk or De’Anthony Thomas?

12:44 P.M.: The G-Men stepped up and selected RB Andre Williams out of Boston College. Williams is a big kid, but he doesn’t blow you away with any aspect of his game. He doesn’t project to step right in and play. However, he’s an intriguing long-term option to be paired in a committee with David Wilson.

12:37 P.M.: A couple of defensive backs have come off the board, with the latest being S Maurice Alexander going to the Rams at 110. This is the second defensive back the Rams have selected, with the other being the versatile Lamarcus Joyner.

12:24 P.M.: WR Bruce Ellington went to the 49ers at pick 106. Ellington is an extremely athletic receiver, but he has some work to do. He’s not a big receiver, but he has the speed to take the top off a defense, which is exactly the type of player the 49ers need to keep up with the NFC West arms race.

12:14 P.M.: The Falcons just scooped a very solid running back at 103 in Devonta Freeman. He’s not a speedy guy, but he’s someone who can step right in and play. With the injury-prone Steven Jackson and scatback Jaquizz Rodgers topping the Atlanta depth chart, Freeman could see immediate playing time as part of a committee.

12:07 P.M.: Philadelphia address a need with DB Jaylen Watkins out of Florida. He’s a versatile defensive back who can play safety and cover the slot. His 4.4 speed does hurt. And you might recognize that last name. He’s Sammy’s half-brother.

12:03 P.M.: The Eagles are on the clock. Let’s do this!


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