A long, seemingly never-ending Saturday afternoon saw the NFL draft officially wind to a conclusion. On Day 3, the AFC North teams continued to round out their rookie classes with talent in rounds 4-7. A total of 22 players were drafted into the division today.
Admittedly, it can be difficult to evaluate some of the lesser-known prospects deep into the draft — but that isn’t reason to dish out some grades for each pick.
No. 111 — Cameron Sample, DE, Tulane
After drafting Joseph Assai on Day 2, the Bengals double-dipped at edge rusher with the 111th pick by taking Cameron Sample out of Tulane. Sample lacks traditional size but makes up for with agility, bend, and a quick first-step. With added strength and refinement, he could develop into an impact pass-rusher in short order.
No. 122 — Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU
The Bengals’ 122nd pick was DT Tyler Shelvin out of LSU. Shelvin opted out of 2020 season but was a key contributor on LSU’s national title team. He started 14 of 15 games for the Tigers in 2019. He possesses the size and leverage to eat blocks at the line of scrimmage and can absorb double teams. Shelvin doesn’t offer much as a pass-rusher and is limited athletically but can immediately be an impact run defender.
No. 139 — D’Ante Smith, OT, ECU
The Bengals landed a potential sleeper at offensive tackle with the 139th pick, drafting D’Ante Smith out of ECU. Smith doesn’t have great size but his length and quick feet are intriguing. He’ll need to add strength to take on a bigger role but an impressive performance at the senior bowl speaks to his upside as a swing tackle.
No. 149 — Evan McPherson, K, Florida
With their 149th pick, the Bengals became the first team in the draft to select a kicker off the board. Evan McPherson was an accurate kicker for the Florida Gators in 2020 and missed only one extra point. While Cincinnati has had kicking woes, it’s always puzzling to take a kicker at this point with other needs and plenty of talent available.
No. 190 — Trey Hill, C, Georgia
The Bengals drafted their second offensive lineman with the 190th pick, selecting Trey Hill out of Georgia. Hill was a Bulldogs’ starter for the past two seasons and projects as a scheme-dependent player at the next level. He’s best suited for an inside zone, downhill running game where his mauling and pulling ability can shine. For the Bengals, he’s likely a depth piece at center.
No. 202 — Chris Evans, RB, Michigan
Cincinnati drafted their first and only running back in the sixth round, landing Michigan’s Chris Evans with the No. 202 overall pick. Evans’ doesn’t have much tape from 2019-2020 but offers upside as a flier this late in the draft. He has a good frame and possess third-down back potential given his receiving skills. That’s something the Bengals need after losing Giovani Bernard in free agency.
No. 235 — Wyatt Hubert, DE, Kansas St.
The Bengals wrapped up their draft with yet another edge rusher, snagging Kansas State’s Wyatt Hubert with pick No. 235. Hubert is a high energy and high motor player, which are good qualities to find in a seventh-round pick.
No. 110 — James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
The Browns dipped into the state of Ohio with the 110th overall pick, nabbing OT James Hudson out of Cincinnati. He’s also from Toledo, Ohio. Hudson is a bit raw but has good size and physicality. He won’t see playing time on the Browns’ top-tier offensive line but can develop behind Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin. A nice developmental piece.
No. 132 — Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
Cleveland added another local product at pick No. 132 in Ohio State’s Tommy Togiai. Togiai played rotational snaps on a stout OSU defensive line over the past two seasons. He has impressive upper body strength and a high motor. On the downside, he doesn’t have great strength or burst to pressure the quarterback. More of a developmental depth piece.
No. 153 — Tony Fields, LB, West Virginia
After drafting “JOK” on Day 2, the Browns fortify their linebacker corps further with this selection of Tony Fields. Fields played three seasons at Arizona before transferring to West Virginia in 2020. He possesses good patience and play recognition in the middle of the field. He’s a bit undersized, though, and his tackling and coverage can be inconsistent.
No. 169 — Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
The Browns added yet another defensive back with pick No. 169, drafting Georgia’s Richard LeCounte. LeCounte is a true free safety with single-high coverage ability. His ball skills in the backend of the secondary are intriguing. At the same time, he lacks high-level speed and isn’t physical or big enough to cover man-to-man.
No. 211 — Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA
Cleveland’s second-to-last pick of the draft was used on Demetric Felton, the running back prospect out of UCLA. Felton is an intriuging prospect. He’s essentially a RB/WR hybrid and a bit of a tweener between the two. He lacks high-level athleticism but offers third-down upside out of the backfield because of his receiving skills.
No. 128 — Dan Moore, OT, Texas A&M
After taking C Kendrick Greene on Day 2, the Steelers leaned into the offensive line again with pick No. 128. Dan Moore profiles as a developmental swing tackle with a good frame and solid athleticism. He has plenty of starting experience from his time at Texas A&M but needs some more refinement at the next level. Well worth a flier in the fourth round.
No. 140 — Buddy Johnson, LB, Texas A&M
The Steelers added to their linebacker corps at pick No. 140 by taking Buddy Johnson out of Texas A&M. Johnson profiles as a two-down linebacker with special teams ability. He has has good size, fluidity and pursuit but needs improvement in coverage and open-field tackling. He’ll add depth behind Devin Bush and Vince Williams.
No. 156 (via trade) — Isaiahh Loudermilk, DL, Wisconsin
Pittsburgh traded a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Dolphins in exchange for acquiring pick No. 156. They evidently had their eye on Isaiahh Loudermilk from Wisconsin, who has quite a name. Loudermilk plays with strong hands and can line up in different positions along the front seven. However, this seems like a bit of a reach for a raw prospect — one the Steelers probably could have gotten without trading up for.
No. 216 — Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
Quincy Roche slid further in the draft than many people thought. The Steelers stopped his slide at No. 216 overall by drafting him off the board. Roche is an interesting case. Over three seasons at Temple and one in Miami, Roche racked up 30+ sacks and 54 tackles for loss. He was a productive pass-rusher and disruptive edge rusher. Questions arise because of his average athleticism and lack of fluidity. Still, a worthwhile flier for Pittsburgh.
No. 245 — Tre Norwood, CB, Oklahoma
Pittsburgh addressed their secondary for the first time with pick No. 245, selecting Tre Norwood out of Oklahoma. Norwood has flashed some ball skills and has good size at the cornerback position. His speed and athleticism don’t figure to translate well to the NFL, though, at least not right away.
No. 254 — Pressley Harvin, P, Georgia Tech
After the Bengals took a kicker in the fifth round, the Steelers got in on the special teams action at pick No. 254. They concluded Day 3 by taking Pressley Harvin out of Georgia Tech. Harvin was a highly-ranked punter dating back to his high school days and appears to have NFL-ready leg strength.
No. 131 — Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma St.
The Ravens double-dipped at wide receiver with pick No. 131, selecting WR Tylan Wallace out of Oklahoma St. Many projected Wallace to gone far earlier than this spot, so getting him late in the fourth round represents good value. Wallace is slightly undersized for an outside receiver but makes up for it with crisp route-running, strong leaping ability and strong hands. His ball skills might be some of the best of any receiver in the draft.
No. 160 (via trade) — Shaun Wade, DB, Ohio St.
The Ravens acquired this pick in a trade-back with the Cardinals. They packaged pick No. 136 and No. 210 in exchange for No. 160 and a fourth-round pick in 2022.
At 160, they drafted an intriguing prospect in Shaun Wade out of Ohio St. A former five-star recruit, Wade may have been a first-round pick if not for opting in last season. His 2020 season was up-and-down and he struggled in big spots. He possesses tremendous athletic traits, though, and profiles as a nickel corner with safety versatility. The Ravens are the ideal landing spot to maximize his talent.
No. 171 — Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame
The Ravens added another edge rusher with the 171st pick in the fifth round, drafting Daelin Hayes out of Notre Dame. Hayes is an older prospect without a ton of collegiate production, but brings some intriguing traits to the table. His ability to drop back in coverage and move in space make him an ideal SAM backup for the Ravens. From an athletic standpoint, there could be some untapped upside here.
No. 184 — Ben Mason, FB, Michigan
The Ravens concluded their draft by taking Ben Mason with the 184th pick at the tail end of the fifth round. Mason profiles as a FB/TE hybrid with good size and strength. He offers very little as a pass-catcher, though, and isn’t quite dominant as a blocker either. Mason could be used in a role similar to Pat Ricard but the Ravens could, and maybe should, have used their final pick to take a flier on an offensive tackle or defensive lineman.