Third Day Offensive Bargains


Posted Apr 30, 2011
Charlie Bernstein


We are through the first two days of the draft and although many of the impact players are likely gone, we have compiled a list of a few "diamonds in the rough."

Third-Day Bargains- Offense

QB's

Ricky Stanzi, Iowa

Stanzi may not become a starter, but he's big with a solid arm and we believe he can earn an NFL paycheck as a solid, dependable backup for a long time to come.

Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech

Taylor doesn't have the arm strength to be a starting quarterback, but he's an intelligent guy whose athletic ability could have him involved in wildcat formations and other trick plays. He can probably convert to wide receiver or kick returner as well.

RB's

Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

Hunter lacks to prototypical size of an every downs back but he will be a very solid change of pace guy or work well in a two-back system.

Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington

You can't teach speed and Taiwan Jones has speed to burn. He should be a good runner in a two-back system.

WR's

Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian

Don't let the small school label fool you, Gates is an accomplished route runner for a very fast guy (4.3's). Gates can challenge a defense deep and open up the underneath.

Niles Paul, Nebraska

Although Nebraska didn't air out the football all that often, Niles Paul became a solid route runner who can block. Good size (6-foot-1, 224 pounds) and quicker than he is fast, Paul could be a third receiver on most teams.

TE's

Luke Stocker, Tennessee

There's no good reason why Stocker is still on the board as the tall (6-foot-5) target reminds many of former UT alum Jason Witten. Stocker has great hands, enough speed and will make some team very happy.

Virgil Green, Nevada

Colin Kaepernick's favorite target at Nevada runs in the 4.4's and can be a matchup nightmare for most defenses. Although not known for his blocking, Green is willing.

OT's

Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh

Pinkston won't wow you with his unbelievable physical acumen, but he is a solid starter who can play on the right side of an NFL line.

Willie Smith, ECU

Smith is another player who can play tackle or guard, and will compete every day and take to coaching.

OG's/C's

Kris O'Dowd, USC

The best pure center in this draft, O'Dowd is an experienced starter with a mean streak.

Steve Schilling, Michigan

Tall, hard working player who can add some weight to his 6-foot-4, 308 pound frame. Could eventually become a solid starter.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of “The Sports Crunch” on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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