After two days of excitement the 2019 NFL Draft is heading into its third day. It’s been a wild ride thus far but you can expect more fireworks tomorrow. But before we get into the top prospects that are available to draft, let’s delve into what the franchise was able to accomplish yesterday.
The Denver Broncos were huge winners yesterday evening and were able to get three high-quality players in Dalton Risner, Drew Lock and Dre’Mont Jones. Risner and Lock had first-round grades on my board with Jones coming in as a Top 50 overall player. Broncos Country should be elated that the team has bolstered their offensive tremendously, as well as fortifying their defensive trenches with a disruptive interior pass rusher.
If you would have told me all four of those players would have been Broncos — I would have laughed. I couldn’t have ever expected all of those prospects to be drafted by Denver without mortgaging future draft capital to do so. I’m absolutely stoked for the future of this team and there is no doubt in my mind Denver is better poise to compete next season and beyond after what has all transpired.
It’s time to give some major credit to John Elway who maneuvered the board masterly and picked up the picks necessary to improve the roster dramatically. Had the franchise not moved down in the first-round, they wouldn’t have been able to get all of those players. It’s also important to keep in mind the Broncos still hold a future third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
All and all, 82 of my Top 100 prospects were selected in that time-frame. Yodny Cajuste was selected by the New England Patriots at the 101st selection. After 102 picks, only 17 prospects remain from my board. The Broncos only have three selections left: 149, 157 and 239.
It’s unlikely that any of the players below will be available — but expect the unexpected when it comes to the draft. I’ll also outline some sleeper picks outside of my Top 100 to look out for at positions of need. Let’s get to it!
Hart’s Best Players Available for Day 3
40. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S — Florida
46. Hakeem Butler, WR — Iowa State
52. Riley Ridley, WR — Georgia
60. Amani Hooker, S — Iowa
64. Kelvin Harmon, WR — NC State
65. Jarrett Stidham, QB — Auburn
67. Deionte Thompson, S — Alabama
68. Amani Oruwariye, CB — Penn State
73. Joe Jackson, DE — Miami
76. Anthony Nelson, DE — Iowa
78. Mack Wilson, LB - Alabama
80. Isaiah Johnson, CB — Houston
86. Blake Cashman, LB — Minnesota
89. Drew Samia, OG — Oklahoma
90. Ryan Finley, QB — North Carolina State
92. D’Andre Walker, EDGE — Georgia
96. Isaiah Buggs, DE — Alabama
Hart’s Sleeper Selections for Day 3
Keep in mind this list is nowhere near exhaustive. These are just players I believe would help address needs for the franchise. Here are some quick observations on where value may present itself.
There are still a handful of quality prospects in the secondary. This year’s wide receiver class is incredibly deep and I think the Broncos are poised to add another target in the fifth-round at the position. There are also some quality defensive lineman and edge rushers available too. Linebacker is quite thin but there are some hidden gems there with those listed below offering future starting potential.
Julian Love, CB — Notre Dame
Corey Ballentine, CB — Washburn
Jimmy Moreland, CB — James Madison
Ka’dar Hollman, CB — Toledo
Kris Boyd, CB — Texas
Jordan Brown, CB — South Dakota State
Iman Marshall, DB — USC
Malik Gant, S — Marshall
Jonathan Crawford, S — Indiana
Evan Worthington, S — Colorado
Joe Giles-Harris, LB — Duke
Te’von Coney, LB — Notre Dame
Vosean Joseph, LB — Clemson
Terrill Hanks, LB — New Mexico State
Tyrel Dodson, LB — Texas A&M
T.J. Edwards, LB — Wisconsin
Renell Wren, DT — Arizona State
Daylon Mack, DT — Texas A&M
Lamont Gaillard, C — Georgia
Keelan Doss, WR — UC-Davis
Keesean Johnson, WR — Fresno State
Anthony Johnson, WR — Buffalo
Stanley Morgan, WR — Nebraska
Travis Fulgham, WR — Old Dominion
Dillion Mitchell, WR — Oregon
Emanuel Hall, WR — Missouri
Jalen Jelks, EDGE — Oregon
Justin Hollins, EDGE — Oregon
Jordan Brailford, EDGE — Oklahoma State