2023 NFL Draft: Favorite Day 3 pick from each team

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Houston Texans stack up value picks on Day 3

Day 3 Draft Class:
R4 (109): Dylan Horton, EDGE, TCU
R5 (167): Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama
R6 (201): Jarrett Patterson, C, Notre Dame
R6 (203): Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa St.
R7 (248): Brandon Hill, S, Pittsburgh

Favorite Pick: Xavier Hutchinson

This was tough as I really liked this Day 3 class from Houston. I thought they got solid value with To’oTo’o and Patterson, but Hutchinson really stood out to me.

He’s a strong route runner that shows excellent body control when the ball is in the air. He’s got enough athleticism and solid size to make it as a possession WR in the league. His game reminds me of Michael Gallup and I think there’s a chance he’s one of C.J. Stroud’s favorite targets by the end of the year.

Indianapolis Colts prioritize elite athleticism on Day 3

Day 3 Draft Class:
R4 (106): Blake Freeland, OT, BYU
R4 (110): Adetomiwa Adebawore, DL, Northwestern
R5 (138): Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
R5 (158): Daniel Scott, S, California
R5 (162): Will Mallory, TE, Miami
R5 (176): Evan Hull, RB, Northwestern
R6 (211): Titus Leo, EDGE, Wagner
R7 (221): Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M
R7 (236): Jake Witt, OT, Northern Michigan

Favorite Pick: Adetomiwa Adebawore

The Colts clearly prioritized athleticism with their entire draft, but especially so on Day 3.

I thought the Colts crushed this draft as I liked what they did the first two days and they took some of my favorite sleepers on Day 3 like Darius Rush, Daniel Scott, and Jake Witt, but getting Ade Ade in the 4th round is crazy. While the 1st round hype was a bit too much for my taste, I had a 2nd round grade on him and thought he’d for sure here his name on Day 2.

He’s a bit of a tweener as he might be a bit too stiff to play on the edge, but slightly undersized for inside. This guy can play though and would expect any good defensive coordinator to find a role for him. His game reminded me of stiffer Rashaan Gary. Home run draft for Indy.

Jacksonville Jaguars build their depth with volume

Day 3 Draft Class:
R4 (121): Ventrell Miller, LB, Florida
R4 (130): Tyler Lacy, DL, Oklahoma St.
R4 (135): Yasir Abdullah, EDGE, Louisville
R5 (160): Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
R6 (185): Parker Washington, WR, Penn St.
R6 (202): Christian Braswell, CB, Rutgers
R6 (208): Erick Hallett II, S, Pittsburgh
R7 (226): Cooper Hodges, G, Appalachian St
R7 (227): Raymond Vohasek, DT, North Carolina
R7 (240): Derek Parish, FB/DL, Houston

Favorite Pick: Antonio Johnson

It’s almost like the Jaguars were just picking names off my “My Guys” list (Bigsby, Washington, and Johnson).

So deciding which one to pick was tough, but I was overly high on Antonio Johnson throughout the process. I have a soft spot for versatile safeties like him that can play in the box, in the slot, and deep.

When I was watching Johnson, I saw a lot of Jayron Kearse, who has flourished under Dan Quinn as a tight end eraser and near the line of scrimmage. If the Jaguars use him in a similar fashion, he should outperform this draft spot with ease.

Tennessee Titans revamp their offensive line

Day 3 Draft Class:
R5 (147): Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati
R6 (186): Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland
R7 (228): Colton Dowell, WR, UT Martin

Favorite Pick: Jaelyn Duncan

I almost went with Josh Whyle here, but Jaelyn Duncan in the 6th has the potential to be one of the steals of the draft. Duncan has all the tools at his disposal, it’s just whether or not he can put it all together. There was some chatter that he might’ve fallen in the draft due to some character concerns, which his trainer Duke Manyweather kind of alluded to:

If there’s anyone that can get the best out of Duncan, it’s Manyweather. Just look at what he’s done with Trey Smith in Kansas City and Terrance Steele and Tyler Smith in Dallas, just to name a few. He’s also been working out alongside the 11th overall pick and his new teammate, Peter Skoronski, which can’t hurt.