As the sad Eagles fan I am who’s already convinced myself Howie had the draft accidentally set to autopick on the name “Jalen” for the first two rounds, I’ve decided to put finger to keyboard and list some of my favorite mid-major prospects still on the board that can make an NFL impact as we enter day three this afternoon.
Antonio Gandy-Golden – WR, Liberty
This is a guy who’s been on my radar since I first heard about him a couple months ago. Not many people have heard of him as he played his college football at the Jerry Falwell cesspool that is Liberty University. Pre-marital sex views aside, AGG jumps off the page physically standing at 6’4″ and weighing in just under 225 pounds. The guy can flat out go up and get the football and has the ability to make some ridiculous catches. A true deep jump-ball and red zone threat, I’ve been describing him as a poor man’s Tee Higgins. In Liberty’s first two seasons at the FBS level, AGG posted 2,433 yards and 20 TDs on 16.2 yards per catch. His 4.6 40-time leaves some to be desired, but his frame and ball-skills are more than enough in my eyes for teams to give him a shot early on day three.
Amik Robertson – CB, Louisiana Tech
Here we have ourselves a very interesting prospect. A guy with potentially first round talent as a defensive back who is hindered by the fact that he’s 5’8″, making teams weary to spend a top pick on him. In his three years at Louisiana Tech, he put on quite a show as he racked up 184 tackles (23 for loss), 14 interceptions (three returned for TD’s) and 34 pass deflections. Robertson is a physical corner that isn’t afraid to hit someone and is great against the run. His size and play-style have him trending towards being a slot corner at the next level. That’s a place where things could get a little dicey against tight ends or bigger receivers, but he’s good at jamming receivers off the line in coverage and has a nose for the football.
Harrison Bryant – TE, Florida Atlantic
The 2019 John Mackey Award winner for the nation’s top tight end is going to make some NFL team quite happy as a day three selection. Bryant, a high school offensive tackle, made the switch to tight end his senior year and quickly rose through the ranks. In four years at FAU, Bryant went from the C-USA All-Freshman Team, to 2nd Team All-Conference, to 1st Team All-Conference, to AP 1st Team All-America. Not too shabby, huh? Senior year he led all tight ends with 65 receptions for 1,004 yards on 15.4 YPC while finding the end zone seven times. at 6’5″ 245 pounds, he’s a little light for the NFL but shows great upside as a receiver and is an above-average blocker already. He has great instincts and if he can add some muscle, he can be very good at the next level. Also, how sweet are these FAU uniforms?
Akeem Davis-Gaither – OLB, Appalachian State
Davis-Gaither is another undersized defender that has extreme playmaking abilities and a nose for the football. He plays like a true outside linebacker/edge rusher, but at 6’1″ 224 pounds, he’s built more like a strong safety. In his 26 games as a starter for App State, he compounded 197 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 15 passes defended, 6.5 sacks and one interception while being named the 2019 Sun Belt DPOY. I really like his attitude as a defender and he could be a real special teams force with his ability to shed blocks along with his size and speed. To keep playing his natural position on the defensive side of the ball, he’s going to need to beef up quite a bit to hang with the pulling guards and tight ends. ADG is a high-motor guy that is great in pursuit and will find his spot on a team one way or another.
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