10 players Patriots will be watching on Day 3 of NFL draft

Ryan Hannable
April 27, 2019 - 8:00 am
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FOXBORO — With seven selections remaining, the Patriots still have some work to do in the NFL draft.

Going into Saturday, the Patriots will select three times in the third round and four times in the seventh round, although it’s likely a trade or two will be made to shake things up.

Even though it is Day 3, there still are some intriguing players available for the Patriots to consider.

Here are 10 names to keep an eye on.

QB Ryan Finley, NC State — Finley may be the best quarterback left on the board and with a great deal of experience, he has the traits the Patriots generally look for. If they want him, they will need to grab him early.

S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida — If safety is still a position of need, Gardner-Johnson appears to be the best available. It is worth noting the selection of Joejaun Williams, as at 6-foot-4, he may not be a typical cornerback and play more like a safety.

TE Foster Moreau, LSU — Almost all of the top tight ends are off the board and this remains arguably the biggest position of need. If there was one remaining who has the best chance of making a Day 1 impact, it’s the LSU product.

WR Riley Ridley, Georgia — Ridley has the potential to be a solid NFL player, not quite to the level of his brother Calvin, but still decent. Even though the Patriots already grabbed a receiver in Round 1, double-dipping on the position wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn — The Auburn product has been connected to the Patriots maybe more than any other quarterback still available, so until he goes off the board he’s worth monitoring.

DL Gerald Willis, Miami — The Patriots still haven’t addressed the defensive tackle spot, although it could be argued Michael Bennett is capable of sliding inside on certain downs. Willis seems to be the best interior defensive lineman left.

S Deionte Thompson, Alabama — Like Gardner-Johnson, if the Patriots feel safety is a need and Thompson is available in the later rounds, he may be worth a selection. Of course, Nick Saban’s recommendation is just a phone call away.

WR Kelvin Harmon, NC State — As mentioned before, double-dipping at wide receiver isn’t a terrible idea and Harmon seems like the player with the upside to potentially contribute on Day 1.

TE Tommy Sweeney, Boston College — With it being the biggest position of need and still no players at the position being taken, it seems almost a lock a tight end will be taken on Day 3. Sweeney would be a decent option.

DT Donatavius Russell, Auburn — If the Patriots really feel like they need to come away with a defensive tackle and become desperate, they could do a lot worse than Russell, who went against some of the best offensive lineman in the country playing in the SEC.

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