Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft is over, with the Steelers having selected nine players over the draft’s seven rounds.
The draft may be over, but there are still some quality players available. Below, I’ve listed the top 50 players still remaining heading into the next day of the draft. The rankings are based off of Andrew Wilbar’s top 300, with the analysis and stats being from the BTSC Big Board.
And as always, the consensus rankings are from big boards from CBS Sports, Drafttek, ESPN, Mock Draft Database, and Tankathon.
For the last time, let’s look at the top 50 players remaining:
70. Dylan Moses — LB — Alabama
#32, Sr, 6’3”, 240 lbs
Consensus ranking: 59 (76, 48, 54, 62, 53)
2020 season stats: Tackles 80, TFL 22, Sacks 6.5, FF 1, FR 0, PD 4, Int 1, (13 games)
Necksnation: Once considered a potential top 10 pick, an underwhelming 2020 caused Moses to plummet on draft boards. He is an above average tackler who is very athletic, although it isn’t always evident in his film. Moses’ awareness is a reason for concern. In the film I watched, he was frequently getting fooled by read options, and it sometimes looked like he didn’t know where the ball was. His coverage skills could also use some work, as he only registered two interceptions and four pass breakups in his three seasons at Alabama. However, if he can return to his 2018 form, Moses has the potential to be a quality starter for an NFL team.
107. Tamorrion Terry - WR - Florida State
#5, Jr., 6’4”, 210 lbs
Consensus ranking: 107 (78, NA, 129, 116, NA)
2020 season stats: 23 receptions, 289 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD (6 games)
steelerfan11: Terry has dropped significantly on big boards on national sites, but I am not totally sure why. Terry is not the most sure-handed receiver in the world, but I think a lot of his drops are because of poor concentration and adjusting to the football a bit late. I think he can and will improve in that area. Terry’s size and speed make him incredibly difficult to cover on the boundary one-on-one, and his ability to high-point the ball make him an excellent contested catch receiver. His length allows him to create separation vertically, and his agility and footwork make him dangerous after the catch as well. He is raw, but guys with this much size and speed are not usually available in the middle rounds. If he can solve some of the technical issues in his game, he has a chance to be special.
113. Darius Stills - DL - West Virginia
#56, Sr, 6’1”, 285 lbs
Consensus ranking: 96 (57, 130, NA, 102, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 25, TFL 7.5, Sacks 3.5, FF 1, Int 1, PD 3, (10 games)
steelerfan11: Stills is similar to Jalen Twyman in that nobody seems to be sure where he will fit as an NFL defensive tackle. He is probably best suited as a 3-Technique, but his quickness could allow him to become a solid 5-Tech. His quickness off the snap and violent hands help him to get penetration as a pass-rusher. He also does a good job of winning the battle for leverage and maintaining a good pad level. He has good overall awareness and is very consistent at finishing tackles in the backfield, but he will occasionally take himself out of a play by getting upfield too quickly and overrunning plays that are in obvious rushing situations. Overall, I like the upside he brings and find him to be worth the risk if he is still available on day three.
126. Tariq Thompson - S - San Diego State
#14, Sr, 6’0”, 200 lbs
Consensus ranking: 177 (NA, 138, NA, 216, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 41, Sacks 0, Int 1, PD 4, FF 1, FR 1, (8 games)
steelerfan11: If you like versatility and physicality, this is your guy. When I watched San Diego State during the season, it seemed like Thompson was always making plays. He has the speed and fluidity to cover a lot of ground in the secondary, and he is not afraid to hit people. He has the ability to play nickel cornerback and either safety position, which would be a huge plus for the Steelers. Considering that depth is needed at safety and nickel corner, Thompson should definitely be on the Steelers’ radar. I think he will go in the fifth round range, but if he were to fall to round six, the Steelers should be elated. He would actually have a chance to capture Mike Hilton’s former role as the nickel cornerback in Keith Butler’s defense.
127. Hamilcar Rashed - EDGE - Oregon State
#9, Sr, 6’4”, 235 lbs
Consensus ranking: 103 (110, 86, 127, 98, 94)
2020 season stats: Tackles 23, TFL 2, Sacks 0, PD 1, FF 1, FR 0 (7 games)
Ryland B.: Rashed’s 2019 season was incredible, as he garnered 22.5 tackles for loss, leading the nation and being named a First Team All-American. But his 2020 season was a big step back. Known for his high motor and production, Rashed showed neither in 2020, often looking disinterested in the game and spending more time than usual on the sidelines. He only recorded two tackles for loss the entire season, and his lack of polish really showed. Still, there’s reason to hope that Rashed can regain top form in the NFL, as he has incredible athletic upside and has shown the capacity to be both effective and productive when defending the run and rushing the passer. The other major concern with Rashed is his weight, listed only at 235 lbs. However, Rashed has the frame to bulk up and size was never a huge issue for him in college. He’ll probably be limited to a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker, but Rashed has the potential to be an elite pass-rusher on the next level.
130. Jamie Newman - QB - Wake Forest
#9, Senior 6’4”, 230 lbs.
Consensus Ranking: 149
2020 season: Opted out
2019 season stats (Wake Forest): 2,868 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 574 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns.
steelerfan11: I was disappointed to see Newman opt out of the season, because it would have been interesting to see how he would perform in a pro-style offense. It will take him time to transition to the NFL game, but he has the arm talent and athleticism that will get you excited. He failed to show accuracy on a consistent basis at Wake Forest, which is why he is not ranked higher.
144. Marvin Wilson - IDL - Florida State
#21, Sr, 6’4”, 310 lbs
Consensus ranking: 75 (107, 46, 79, 73, 71)
2020 season stats: Tackles 17, TFL 2.5, Sacks 0, FF 0, (6 games)
Ryland B.: Once considered the top defensive line prospect in the draft, Wilson’s stock has taken a nosedive due to a 2020 season in which the star defensive tackle seemed to regress. Wilson is a powerful defender with a strong bull rush and solid athleticism. He’s a decent pass rusher but is strong against the run, although he’s one of those players whose impact may show up more on tape than on the stat sheet. It’s worth noting Wilson has had his share of special teams highlights, having success blocking both kicks and punts. Despite his inconsistency, Wilson has a decent floor, and an even higher ceiling if he can maximize his potential.
148. Josh Imatorbhebhe - WR - Illinois
#9, Sr., 6’2”, 215 lbs
Consensus ranking: 193 (NA, 197, NA, 189, NA)
2020 season stats: 22 receptions, 297 receiving yards, 3 receiving TD (7 games)
Ryland B.: Players like Imatorbhebhe are why it’s worth it to scout late-round prospects. He’s a freakish athlete with great size, speed, and an elite vertical. Problem is he wasn’t very consistent at Illinois and is still incredibly underdeveloped all-around. Still, with some good coaching, Imatorbhebhe’s size, speed, explosiveness, and physicality could turn him into a formidable wide receiver on the NFL level.
149. Nick Eubanks - TE - Michigan
#82, Sr, 6’5”, 236 lbs
Consensus ranking: 202 (NA, 262, 188, 157, NA)
2020 season stats: 10 receptions, 117 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD’s, (5 games)
steelerfan11: Eubanks was never utilized well by Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan coaching staff. Eubanks has a lot of athletic upside, and he was reliable when called upon in the passing game, but I feel as if he was not called upon as much as he should have been. Most scouting reports may knock him for poor blocking skills, but I think that he was actually solid in that department for Michigan. He has the size (256 pounds) and speed that you want in a tight end. While there is no denying that he is raw, he brings fringe TE1 upside who will probably be a solid TE2 in the NFL.
151. Carson Green - OT - Texas A&M
Sr, #54, 6’6”, 320 lbs
Consensus ranking: 280 (NA, 362, 198, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (9 games)
steelerfan11: Green was one of the more unheralded standouts at the Senior Bowl. There is no denying that his hand usage needs to improve and that he needs to get a little stronger, but he brings a lot of upside as a right tackle in the NFL. His footwork is not the neatest, but he is very tough, physical, and relentless as a blocker. Since he is not the most gifted athlete, some project him as a guard, but I liked what I saw from him at the Senior Bowl, and his tape against Alabama was impressive from both pass-blocking and run-blocking perspectives. If he is given time to develop and add functional strength, I think he could have a career similar to what Matt Feiler has had with the Steelers.
152. Jaret Patterson - RB - Buffalo
#26, Junior, 5’9”, 195 lbs
2020 season stats: 1,072 rushing yards, 19 rushing touchdowns, 7.6 YPC, 0 receptions, 0 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns.
steelerfan11: Patterson nearly set a single game FBS rushing record this season before being pulled in the fourth quarter. He shows good balance through contact and the ability to sneak through the tiniest hole. Footwork is tremendous, and he displays natural hands as a receiver. One knock on him is that he doesn’t have top end speed, and it takes him a while to build up his speed. Overall, he projects as a key piece in a committee backfield that can fill in as a workhorse back if necessary.
154. Sadarius Hutcherson - OT/G - South Carolina
Sr, #50, 6’4”, 320 lbs
Consensus ranking: 188 (NA, 171, NA, 205, NA)
2020 season stats: (10 games)
Ryland B.: A good run-blocker with versatility and lots of experience at the SEC level, Hutcherson could turn out to be quite the steal. He’s a good athlete who plays with great power and aggressiveness, but he’s rather underdeveloped and can be inconsistent. He’s the type of player who is best selected in the later rounds with the hope of developing into a starter farther down the road.
155. Drake Jackson - C - Kentucky
Sr, #52, 6’2’’, 292 lbs
Consensus ranking: 132 (129, 107, NA, 160, NA)
2020 season stats: (10 games)
steelerfan11: Jackson does not have the length that some of the other prospects bring to the table, but he has starter potential. Jackson is fairly quick on his feet and has enough functional strength to hold his own against 0-Tech and 1-Tech defenders. He does not have guard versatility like some of the other centers, but he has good hand usage and anchors well. He is somewhat limited physically, but he could become a decent starter in the right scheme.
157. Naquan Jones - DT - Michigan State
#93, Sr, 6’4”, 340 lbs
Consensus ranking: 235 (NA, 225, NA, 244, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 24, TFL 5, Sacks 0, PD 1, FR 1, (7 games)
steelerfan11: Jones is one of my favorite sleepers in this class. His hand usage needs work, and he is not incredibly quick off the snap, but once he gets his body moving in the right direction, he is a threat as a pass rusher from the interior. He is best suited as a 3-4 nose tackle, which makes him a logical fit for the Steelers. He maintains a good pad level in the run game and does a good job of getting leverage on opposing linemen. Jones did not get a ton of opportunities to display his skill set before 2020, but he showed improvement in almost every aspect of his game this season. The Steelers do not currently have a 5th round pick, but he should definitely be considered in round six if he happens to fall that far.
158. Pooka Williams - RB/WR - Kansas
#1, Junior, 5’10”, 170 lbs
2020 season stats: (Opted out during season) 196 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 3.8 YPC, 6 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns.
steelerfan11: Williams is an electric playmaker who could not be contained coming out of the backfield in college. He has good vision, quickness, and elusiveness, which makes him nearly impossible to bring down one-on-one in the open field. He runs good routes out of the backfield and displays good hands as well. Size will limit him to being a change-of-pace option in the NFL.
161. Brock Wright - TE - Notre Dame
#89, Sr, 6’4” 255 lbs
2020 season stats: 3 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns
steelerfan11: You are probably familiar with Tommy Tremble, but there is another Notre Dame tight end who has some intrigue as well. Brock Wright was buried on the depth chart behind Cole Kmet in 2019 and then Tommy Tremble and Michael Mayer in 2020. Wright is a good in-line blocker, but not many people are aware of his athleticism. At Notre Dame’s pro day, Wright ran a 4.62 in the 40, a 4.25 in the 20 yard shuttle, a 7.27 in the 3-cone drill, and did 26 reps on the bench. Wright was actually rated higher than Tremble coming out of high school, but he was not used much in the passing game, accounting for only 7 receptions in his collegiate career. However, all indications seem to point to Wright having reliable hands. His athleticism makes me think that he is capable of doing at the NFL level, but his elite blocking by itself makes him worthy of late day three consideration. Wright is also well-respected in the locker room. If he can reach his full potential, he has a chance of becoming a low-end starter down the line.
162. Quinton Morris - TE - Bowling Green
#80, Sr, 6’4”, 251
2020 stats: 20 receptions, 248 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns
Ryland B.: Morris is an experienced tight end with solid athleticism. He’s a good blocker with decent functional strength and technique. He’s not particularly dynamic but has good long speed and is a solid route runner. He has good hands as well and could be a solid depth TE in the NFL.
168. Deon Jackson — RB — Duke
#4, Sr, 6’0”, 220 lbs
2020 stats: 161 attempts, 682 rushing yards, 5 rushing TD’s
steelerfan11: Jackson is an explosive runner who has a nice blend of speed and power. The only major flaw in his game is ball security, as he was accounted with five fumbles last season. That is the main reason why I would be a bit hesitant to draft him. However, he would be more than worth the risk if he goes undrafted. The guy has 4.4 speed at about 220 pounds, and he is a reliable receiver and pass blocker. If he can learn to secure the ball, he could be a nice running back down the line.
172. Mac McCain III - CB - North Carolina A&T
#29, Sr, 6’0”, 186 lbs
Consensus ranking: 390 (NA, 390, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (0 games)
2019 season stats: Tackles 26, FF 1, FR 2, PD 6, (9 games)
steelerfan11: Sleeper alert!!! I absolutely love this guy on tape, and his athleticism isn’t too bad either. He is very aggressive at the line of scrimmage, although being too “grabby” is something that scouts may mark as a negative. I like his competitiveness and physicality despite not being terribly big, and I appreciate his willingness to help in run support as well. He also tested well at his pro day, running a 4.45 in the 40, a 4.12 in the short shuttle, and a 6.94 in the 3-cone drill. This guy may not even get drafted, but he has the tape and talent that is worthy of a day three selection. This dude has serious upside, and somebody is going to get a steal.
173. T.J. Vasher - WR - Texas Tech
#9, Sr., 6’6”, 210 lbs
Consensus ranking: 199 (NA, 196, 123, 279, NA)
2020 season stats: 19 receptions, 227 receiving yards, 2 receiving TD (7 games)
steelerfan11: When you get to the later portions of day three, I find it better to take a shot on a special talent who has had some injuries than take a guy who’s upside is a solid special teamer or career backup. Vasher has had his share of injuries, but the talent is undeniable. Adding more weight to his 6’6 frame could help him from a durability standpoint, but he has good speed and runs good routes for a receiver at that size. He has good ball skills and has shown success on contested catches as well. Yes, the injury concern is real, but an offensive coordinator could really get creative with a healthy Vasher.
175. Paris Ford - S - Pitt
#12, Jr, 6’0”, 190 lbs
Consensus ranking: 92 (98, 82, 109, 83, 86)
2020 season stats: Tackles 45, Sacks 0, Int 3, PD 6, FF 0, FR 0, (7 games)
Itz JustNoah: Ford opted out after playing in only 7 games, and his stock fell heavily (his pro day did not help either). Despite testing poorly, his athleticism is apparent on tape. He plays fast, he hits hard and he can create turnovers. His coverage ability is alright but he is phenomenal inside the box and stuffing runs. Due to his poor pro day numbers and his average coverage ability, he is going to fit solely as a strong safety. Although I do think the he would do well on a team that knows how to use him as a hybrid linebacker/safety, similar to Jeremy Chinn. I like the idea of picking up Ford because depth at safety is definitely needed, but I doubt we can get him in the sixth, and the fourth might be a bit early depending on how the first 3 rounds go.
185. Cade Johnson - WR - South Dakota State
#15, Sr., 5’9”, 180 lbs
2020 season stats: None
2019 season stats: 72 receptions, 1222 receiving yards, 8 receiving TD (13 games)
Ryland B.: Johnson didn’t get to play in 2020 as the FCS season was cancelled due to COVID-19, but he impressed at the Senior Bowl and definitely looked like a draftable prospect. He doesn’t have great size, but he’s a quick receiver with good athleticism all around. Johnson consistently gets separation on his routes, and showed off some great yards after the catch ability at SDSU. He has good hands and usually finds a way to hold onto the ball through contact, which is encouraging due to his smaller frame. I think Johnson is a sleeper in this draft, as he has the skill-set to be a quality slot receiver in the NFL.
187. Jack Stoll - TE - Nebraska
#86, Sr, 6’4”, 260 lbs
2020 stats: 7 receptions, 89 receiving yards, 0 TD’s
Ryland B.: Stoll is a well-built tight end to won’t offer much as a receiver, but could be a solid depth blocking tight end on the next level. He has good size, strength, and technique as a blocker, but lacks the athleticism to be a true receiving threat. He’s battled through injuries during his time at Nebraska as well. The Draft Network notes some special teams value that could help Stoll’s stock.
189. Dicaprio Bootle - CB - Nebraska
#7, Sr, 5’10, 195 lbs
2020 stats: 25 tackles, 1 interception, 0 sacks
Ryland B.: An undersized and underrated corner out of Nebraska, Bootle could be a steal in the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s a quick, explosive corner with great athleticism and ball skills. He’s very fluid in coverage and might have some starter upside in the slot at the NFL level. However, his size is a big issue as is his tackling. Pro Football Network notes that he can be inconsistent as well. Also a candidate for the best name in the draft.
195. Ar’Darius Washington - S/CB - TCU
#24, So, 5’8”, 178 lbs
Consensus ranking: 104 (100, 118, NA, 100, 99)
2020 season stats: Tackles 37, Sacks 0, Int 0, PD 5, FF 0, FR 0, (10 games)
Ryland B.: I really liked this guy’s tape. He isn’t the greatest athlete but has very good game speed, and while he isn’t the biggest he has a physical style of play. As a tackler he’s very aggressive and comes downfield well, although his technique can be a little inconsistent. When playing deep, Washington is very disciplined, almost to a fault as I’d like to see him freelance a bit more, but overall he has solid range and is very fluid in coverage. He has great ball skills as well. Size and speed could be concerns, but otherwise I was very impressed with what I saw from Washington.
196. Sage Surratt - WR - Wake Forest
#14, Jr., 6’3”, 215 lbs
2020 season stats: Opted out
2019 season stats: 66 receptions, 1001 receiving yards, 11 receiving TD (9 games)
Ryland B.: I see Surratt as a less athletic Chase Claypool in this year’s draft, as he’s a jumbo-sized, muscular receiver who is a little lacking in general quickness and speed. Originally committed to Harvard, he ended up deciding to play at Wake Forest where he established a good connection with quarterback Jamie Newman. Despite not being the fastest, one of Surratt’s strengths was vertical routes, where he has adequate long speed and excellent hands to make difficult catches, although he struggles with concentration drops at times. After opting out of the 2020 NFL season, Surratt looked to improve his draft stock at the Senior Bowl, but may have ended up lowering it, as he had a difficult time getting separation all week although he did have some nice catches. Overall, Surratt’s size, hands, intelligence, and physicality make him a solid mid-round target, although some question regarding his athletic ability could drop him to the later rounds.
198. Jah Maine-Martin - RB - North Carolina A&T
#30, Junior, 5’10”, 203 lbs
2020 season stats: No season
2019 season stats: 1,246 rushing yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, 8.3 YPC, 7 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns.
steelerfan11: I was very impressed with Maine-Martin’s explosiveness when I watched him. He has tremendous burst and has a nasty stiff arm. He isn’t easy to bring down on first contact, and he has some sneaky power as well. He is not a dangerous receiver at this point, and he needs to become a more consistent pass protector, but there is definitely potential here.
200. Miller Forristall - TE - Alabama
#87, Sr, 6’5”, 242 lbs
Consensus ranking: 295 (NA, 295, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: 12 receptions, 505 receiving yards, 5 receiving TD’s, (12 games)
Ryland B.: Trevor Lawrence’s high school tight end ended up at Alabama, where he spent five years before declaring for the NFL draft. Forristall isn’t an incredible athlete, but he has enough ability to compete at a high level, with decent speed and route-running ability as well as strong, reliable hands. He’s an excellent blocker as well, with good technique but also a bit of a nasty streak. His injury history could be a problem, but if he can stay healthy, Forristall is an excellent mid-to-late round prospect with a very high floor.
201. Antonio Phillips - CB - Ball State
#21, Sr, 6’0”, 191 lbs
Consensus ranking: 439 (NA, 515, 363, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 32, PD 8, Int 2, (8 games)
Itz JustNoah: Phillips is polished in coverage even though he isn’t super impressive athletically. Phillips is physical, he has good route recognition and great ball skills. He knows when to get his head around and his timing is phenomenal. He’s also a great open field tackler and provides solid run defense on the outside. Despite all this, Phillips is less than impressive with his footwork, change of direction and speed over the top. He can’t make up ground once he’s beaten and if he were to be put one-on-one against most receivers in the league, he would most likely get cooked. He has the coverage ability and ball skills to be a good corner, he just needs time to develop. If a team wants to take a chance on him because they think they can develop him, it could be a good move but very “high risk, high reward.”
205. Javian Hawkins - RB - Louisville
#10, Sophomore, 5’9”, 196 lbs
2020 season stats (Opted out during season): 822 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 6.2 YPC, 16 receptions, 127 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown.
Ryland B.: At this point in his career, Hawkins is merely a scatback and not much else. He’s extremely fast, is fairly shifty, but the rest isn’t great. He’s undersized, goes down on first contact more often than not, and has a fumbling issue. Hawkins is willing as a pass blocker but not great at picking up defenders, and is too small to do much about it when he does. He opted out to prepare for the draft eight games into the regular season, so staying in shape shouldn’t be a problem, but he might have been better off staying in school one more year to round out his game.
206. Kenny Yeboah - TE - Ole Miss
#84, Sr, 6’4’’, 240 lbs
Consensus ranking: 149 (NA, 112, 197, 137, NA)
2020 season stats: 27 receptions, 524 receiving yards, 6 receiving TD’s, (8 games)
Ryland B.: A high-upside, athletic tight end, Yeboah reportedly interested Mike Tomlin at the Senior Bowl this year. Yeboah is a big play threat at the tight end position, with good speed who really excelled going down the seam. He has good hands and the ability to track the ball well, too. As a blocker he’s not great, but shows good effort and isn’t a total liability. Yeboah’s higher ceiling makes him an interesting prospect, and if he’s available in the later in the draft, expect the Steelers to take a look.
208. Shaun Beyer - TE Iowa
#42, Sr, 6’5”, 246 lbs
Consensus ranking: 293 (NA, 386, NA, 200, NA)
2020 season stats: 11 receptions, 158 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD’s, (8 games)
steelerfan11: Those of you that read only the rankings and not the analysis probably stopped to read the analysis for Beyer after you saw that he was from Iowa. Considering the great reputation that Iowa has with tight ends, I don’t blame you. Beyer had to wait his turn behind Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson, and the quarterback play in 2020 was not the most consistent. Although part of his lack of production was due to that, he does have areas that he needs to improve upon. He lets the ball come to him rather than going toward the ball, and he has a few too many body catches. He isn’t the fastest off the line of scrimmage either, but he does a good job of creating separation downfield. He is a consistently good blocker and does a great job of finishing his blocks. Overall, Beyer is a blocking tight end who could potentially develop into a reliable red zone weapon.
212. LaBryan Ray - DL - Alabama
#89, Sr, 6’5”, 295 lbs
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 12, TFL 0.5, Sacks 0.5, PD 0, (7 games)
steelerfan11: Once considered a potential top 50 pick, Ray’s stock began to drop after a foot injury in 2019 that nearly ended his career. He got multiple second opinions, however, and decided that he would try to make a comeback. He struggled to make it through the year healthy again in 2020, only playing five games. Nonetheless, there is too much talent here to ignore. Despite being a backup in 2018 and only starting one game, the former five-star recruit managed to record 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 6.0 tackles for loss. He is an excellent run defender and has the talent to develop into something decent as a pass-rusher, but he has to prove that he can stay healthy. He projects best as a 3-4 defensive end, and considering that Cameron Heyward is not getting any younger, I would find it worthwhile to take a late-round flier on Ray and see what he can develop into.
213. Shaun Jolly - CB - Appalachian State
#3, Sr, 5’9”, 180 lbs
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 41, TFL 2, Sacks .5, FF 1, FR 0, PD 5, Int 0, (12 games)
steelerfan11: Jolly is an intriguing prospect due to his excellent ball skills and incredible instincts. He is a threat to jump on a route and pick the ball off at any time, and his fluidity, tackling ability, and smooth backpedal make him a nice fit in zone coverage. Don’t think that he is limited to zone, however, because he has the speed and awareness to keep up in man coverage as well. His size may limit him to the slot, but he has a chance to become a starter down the line.
215. David Moore - G - Grambling
Sr, #60, 6’3”, 320 lbs
Consensus ranking: 223 (NA, 312, 184, 171, NA)
2020 season stats: (0 games)
2019 season stats: (9 games)
Ryland B.: Moore is an athletic, high-upside guard, who really dominated in 2019 against Grambling’s FCS competition. He’s big, strong, and powerful, with good mobility and quickness. He’s a very aggressive blocker, which can also work against him, as he often lunges forward too much. Moore’s superior athleticism masked a lot of his technical inconsistencies in college, which will be more easily exposed in the NFL. However, Moore has a lot of upside and the right attitude, and a good coach could turn him into a very good lineman on the next level.
216. Shakur Brown - CB - Michigan State
#29, Jr, 5’11”, 190 lbs
Consensus ranking: 106 (82, 132, 139, 71, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 25, PD 4, Int 5, (7 games)
steelerfan11: Brown is not going to wow you with his athleticism, but he has tremendous ball skills and plays a very smart game. I was listening to Trey Wingo and Tony Pauline’s show the other day, and Pauline compared Brown to Buster Skrine. He is not a gifted athlete, but he will be a guy who can play inside, outside, and contribute on special teams. His lack of speed may limit him to zone concepts, but a smart defensive mind may be able to get some solid production out of this guy.
217. Briley Moore - TE - Kansas
#0, Sr, 6’4”, 250 lbs
2020 stats: 22 receptions, 383 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns
Ryland B.: Moore is a big, versatile tight end who has flown under the radar in the 2021 NFL Draft process. He has great size but is still a good athlete, and it shows in his receiving ability and blocking. He’s a high effort player, but his hands aren’t the most consistent and he has had some injury issues. Moore has some upside and would be a good late round/UDFA pickup.
223. Robert Jones - OL - Middle Tennessee
Sr, #64, 6’5”, 330 lbs
Consensus ranking: 186 (125, NA, 179, 255, NA)
2020 season stats: (8 games)
steelerfan11: Jones is a mauler who has the mobility to get to the second level of the defense in the run game. He played some tackle in college, but his lack of elite athleticism will likely keep him at guard in the NFL. Jones’ strong hands make him an effective run blocker, but he is occasionally slow out of his stance, allowing for defenders to win the battle for leverage. Overall, Jones has the upside to be a down-the-line starter, but he is best suited in a power running scheme.
225. Charles Snowden - LB - Virginia
#11, Sr, 6’7”, 240 lbs
Consensus ranking: 240 (NA, 126, 282, 313, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 44, TFL 10, Sacks 6, FF 1, FR 0, PD 0, Int 0, (8 games)
Itz JustNoah: Snowden played as an outside linebacker in UVA’s 3-4 but he has the athleticism and length to play on the inside. He’s smooth in coverage, good with his hands and he has a good first step. However, he’s overall very raw and his ability to shed blocks is not the greatest. He’s 6’7” but carries a thin frame that could lead to him getting bounced around as a pass rusher. Due to his athleticism, length and lack of pass rushing ability, I think he would fit best in a 4-3, where he can still play “outside” but not be a true pass rusher. I like Snowden as a prospect but he’s a low ceiling, high reward type player and I would not want Pittsburgh to draft him.
226. Olijah Griffin - CB - USC
#2, Jr, 6’0”, 170 lbs
Consensus ranking: 208 (NA, 130, 267, 228, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 22, TFL 1, PD 4, Int 1, (6 games)
Ryland B.: Griffen is a quicker than fast corner who is a good athlete despite lacking elite long speed (4.53 40 yard dash). He’s lacking in size but plays aggressively and physically. He has good ball skills although his hands aren’t great, as he can be counted on to knock the ball down but not necessarily intercept it. He’s a willing tackler in run support as well. Griffen has his limitations, but he could be a very good corner in the NFL.
230. C.J. Marable - RB - Coastal Carolina
#1, Junior, 5’10”, 200 lbs
2020 season stats: 886 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 5.2 YPC, 31 receptions, 228 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns.
steelerfan11: Marable was a big part of Coastal Carolina’s success on offense this season. He is a speedy and shifty runner who is a dangerous threat as a receiver, averaging 8 yards per reception for his career. He does bring value as a kick returner as well, which is something that gives him value in year one. Pass protection still needs work.
240. Trill Williams - CB/S - Syracuse
#6, Jr, 6’2”, 198 lbs
2020 stats: 24 tackles, 1 interception, 4 passes defensed, 0 sacks
Ryland B.: Williams is a big, physical defensive back with a good athletic profile. Williams has shined in both coverage and run support during his time at Syracuse. He also has some versatility, as he can play both safety and corner. However, despite being a good athlete, Williams can be a little stiff and isn’t the greatest at mirroring receivers. His awareness and feel for the corner position is still developing as well, which is why many see his fit at safety in the NFL.
242. Josh Pederson - TE - Virginia
#86, Sr, 6’5”, 235 lbs
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: 32 receptions, 367 receiving yards, 0 receiving TD’s, Punts: 1, 47 yds, (10 games)
steelerfan11: The son of former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Josh is an intriguing prospect that has gotten very little buzz. He is what you would expect out of a coach’s son and then some. Pederson is smart and has good leadership qualities, but he also brings some athletic upside. He needs to add a good bit of weight, but he runs good routes and has decent speed. Run-blocking is a bit of a work in progress, but he could become solid in that department if he adds a good 20-25 pounds. He is also very good after the catch. In an interview with NFL Draft Diamonds, Pederson said that he models his game after Zach Ertz. He isn’t there yet, but if he is given a couple years to develop and get stronger, I think he could be a force to be reckoned with.
244. Christian Uphoff - S - Illinois State
Consensus ranking: 277 (NA, 389, 229, 213, NA)
2020 season stats: (0 games)
2019 season stats: Tackles 70, TFL 5.5, Int 2, PD 7, (15 games)
Ryland B.: Uphoff is a big, athletic safety who has had some success as a return man on special teams as well. He has a lot of upside, but is also technically sound for the most part, possessing good ball skills and range, while also being a sufficient run defender. Uphoff looked really good in college, but the big question is whether or not he can translate that success from the FCS to the NFL.
245. Matt Bushman - TE - BYU
#89, Sr, 6’5”, 245 lbs
Consensus ranking: 223 (NA, 196, NA, 250, NA)
2020 season stats: None
2019 season stats: 47 receptions, 688 receiving yards, 4 receiving TD’s, (13 games)
steelerfan11: Bushman is older than the other prospects in the class, but he was very productive before an achilles injury kept him out of action in 2020. Bushman is a solid in-line blocker, but his lack of functional strength may keep him from becoming elite in that area of his game. He has decent athleticism and has a big catch radius, but his age and injury are both issues that will cause him to drop to day three. He brings enough upside to warrant a 5th or 6th round selection, but the issues are too worrisome to take him any higher than that.
250. K.J. Costello - QB - Mississippi State
#3, Senior, 6’ 5”, 225 lbs
Consensus Ranking: 314
2020 season stats: 1,283 passing yards, 6 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, -65 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns
Ryland B:. I watched a lot of K.J. Costello when he was at Stanford, and came away fairly impressed. He’s a pocket passer through-and-through, who goes through his reads well and has good throwing mechanics despite some awkward arm angles at times. Costello isn’t very mobile, but can navigate the pocket fairly well and scramble when needed. He’s definitely not a mobile quarterback, though. He has good arm strength and solid accuracy. At Mississippi State, Costello took a step backwards, letting some poor decision-making take over and passing for an ugly 6-11 touchdown to interception ratio. Still, Costello has a chance at a good future in the NFL, even though he doesn’t fit the mold of the modern quarterback.
251. Kevin Jarvis - G - Michigan State
Jr, #75, 6’6”, 325 lbs
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (7 games)
steelerfan11: Jarvis has a good bit of experience at guard for the Spartans. He does a good job of getting to the second level and finishing his blocks,but he will play over his feet at times and lose his balance. He isn’t very quick off the snap either, but he has some versatility and has held his own as a pass protector wherever he has lined up. There is some starter potential here, but considering his experience, one would hope that he would be more technically sound than what he is at this point.
255. Ryan McCollum - OL - Texas A&M
Sr, #77, 6’5’’, 300 lbs
Consensus ranking: 226 (NA, 226, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (9 games)
steelerfan11: Texas A&M had maybe the best offensive line in the country outside of Alabama, and the experienced McCollum was a big part of that. While he may not have the upside of his teammates Carson Green and Dan Moore, he is a fundamentally sound player that provides center/guard versatility. Functional strength is lacking, but he has solid footwork and gets good hand positioning. He could be a very nice depth lineman with the upside to be a spot starter in the right scheme.
256. Marlon Williams - WR - UCF
#6, Sr., 6’0”, 215 lbs
Consensus ranking: 140 (142, NA, NA, 137, NA)
2020 season stats: 71 receptions, 1039 receiving yards, 10 receiving TD (8 games)
steelerfan11: Williams was a productive college receiver who excelled at winning 50/50 balls. He has great hands and the ability to high-point the football. He has good lower body strength and is tough to bring down. However, having the thick frame that he has makes him a little less agile than some of the other receivers that may be available in this range. Route running is not a strength, but Williams uses his toughness and sure hands to make the difficult catches when he is unable to separate from defenders. He is yet another slot option that could be an absolute steal due to the depth of this class.
259. Max Duffy - P - Kentucky
#93, Sr, 6’1”, 190 lbs
42 punts, 45.1yd avg, 75yd long
Ryland B.: Duffy is a rugby-style punter who many have ranked as the best of his class. He’s had good production during his time at Kentucky and is a good athlete for the position. He can hold as well. The only major concerns are Duffy’s age (28), and his history of concussion issues.
There’s certainly a lot of talented players still on the board, and the Steelers should have lots of options in undrafted free agency.
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