Round 3 – 99th pick
There is not as much information in round three as in earlier rounds. Only 12 of our 35 mocks went this deep. While pick 99 isn’t as good as the 64th pick Big Blue sent to the Jets, for now-franchise tagged and still unsigned Leonard Williams, there are still quality players available at that spot.
Some positions are very deep in this draft, such as edge rusher. There are a few very interesting projects the New York Giants could use this pick on like Bradlee Anae of Utah, who could still be available that late. Unlikely he is, but Anae is a difference-maker and team leader.
Another is Akeem Davis-Gaither. The former Appalachian State linebacker, is one of those players, like Anae, who is always near the ball. Although at 6-1, 225-pounds, he’s built more like a safety but has outstanding pass rush skills. An “Isaiah Simmons-lite,” if you will. In the NFL, his ideal fit is the will-linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
"You see the explosiveness from Davis-Gaither almost immediately on tape. He has the quickness and quick twitch to be a blitzer and an effective one. Has good length to combat with blockers and offensive lineman when chasing after the quarterback. He is very disruptive in the backfield. – Patrick Conn, USA Today Draftwire."
Peoples-Jones almost jumped out of Lucas Oil Stadium at the Combine with a 44.5-inch vertical leap. Combined with his 6-2 frame, there are few, if any, in this draft class who can “climb the ladder” for a pass like he can. The weaker aspects of his game are glaring, and there is a good reason why he is available this late.
The 6-3 Edwards was a big producer with South Carolina. He’s got all the tools, but a very talented wide receiver class has left him in the dust, due to a broken foot he suffered two weeks before the combine.
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"Out of sight and out of mind – unfortunately that has been the theme of Edwards’ draft process after injuries sidelined him for the Senior Bowl and combine. But teams know what type of competitor he is after his record-setting career for the Gamecocks. – Dane Brugler, The Athletic."
Other players with third-round mock draft selections are Tyler Biadasz, center, Wisconsin; Ashtyn Davis, safety, California; Jordan Elliott, defensive line, Missouri; Jabari Zuniga, Edge, Florida; and J.R. Reed, safety, Georgia.
That’s a wrap for 2020. We hope you liked the mock draft consensus series. Feel free to leave feedback in the comments section below.