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Introduction 

This is where we all dream of the Terry McLaurins and James Robinsons of the world. How do I find a championship winning caliber player in the mud that is the 2021 rookie draft. In this round, we see high upside players who need to find themselves an area of opportunity. Be sure to listen into our podcast (The Rookie Fever Forecast | Podcast) to hear our main conversations around our picks.

3.01 – Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC Trojans

(Britt Sanders @TheFFSandman)


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A dude who is getting dogged for being too good at what he does. He may lack an elite ceiling but as an all around prospect he is very solid. He is going to be a big slot receiver who had a young breakout age and showed the ability for YAC when he gets the ball. At this position he feels like the steal of the draft if he lands on a slot needy team.

3.02 – Shi Smith, WR, South Caronlina Gamecocks

(Brad Stickler @FFBourbonDude)


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Now I am starting to take my shots. I think Shi Smith is the best slot WR in this class. Not sure why people aren’t talking about him more. He has speed, agility, quickness, and was a top performer at the senior bowl. He showed growth every year in college and I expect big things from him.

3.03 – Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville Cardinals

(Eric Burkholder @EricBurkholder6)


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Javian Hawkins has a highlight real that rivals anyone in this class. Undersized and a lack of receiving work mostly due to the offense Louisville runs is a consent but multiple 100+ yard games against all sorts of competition and explosiveness that should fit any scheme Hawkins is a great pick in the early third round of rookie drafts

3.04 – Pat Friermuth, TE, Penn State Nittany Lions

(Britt Sanders @TheFFSandman)


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In a tight end premium, Frieiermuth has the profile, size and ability to be a very solid tight end with upside. Without draft capital Freiermuth is at the bottom of his ADP here, getting first round draft capital he sees a 42.85-percent chance of being a Top-12 tight end his second year.

3.05 – Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson Tigers

(Brad Stickler @FFBourbonDude)


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If I had a type that people were unaware of, now they know. I like slot WR. I’m going with another guy who has a diverse skillset and has been tested as both WR and RB. I like the opportunity that Rodgers may see because of that and at 3.05, why not.

3.06 – Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo Bulls

(Eric Burkholder @EricBurkholder6)


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Jaret Patterson is one of my favorite value plays in this years class. If a prospect plays for a small school like Buffalo and against MAC competition they need to absolutely dominate and Patterson did just that. 1000 plus yards in every season including doing it in just six games in 2020 Patterson is a truly intriguing running back going into rookie drafts and if given the chance to start could be a fantastic fantasy asset as soon as 2021. I love getting Patterson this late in the rookie draft

3.07 – Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana Lafayette Rajun Cajuns

(Britt Sanders @TheFFSandman)


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This pick a regret a little not because of who I chose just because I got risky and didn’t reach for true upside. Mitchell here has good size and a good profile at this point that is all I am looking for when assessing prospects without athletic testing and draft capital.

3.08 – Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech Hokies

(Brad Stickler @FFBourbonDude)


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A guy who for some reason just could’t get the opportunity when in Kansas. He transferred in the middle of the 2019 season and decided to stay another year in Virginia to work on his Graduate degree. Boy did he show out, in just 11 games, he has almost 1200 yards, 8 TD’s and averaged almost 18 yards per reception. I love the size and potential for him to be the next late round or undrafted diamond in the rough. He is strong, quick, with good contact balance. If he stumbles into a backfield that doesn’t have a sure fire starter, he could find some early playing time and usurp the current back.

3.09 – Kadarious Toney, WR, Florida Gators

(Eric Burkholder @EricBurkholder6)


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Completely overhyped going into the senior bowl Kadarius Toney disappointed in a big way. However; if the NFL views him as a first or early second round pick Toney will be given every opportunity to produce and that is something that can not be overlooked this late in a rookie draft. Though I don’t love the prospect this is a player I couldn’t let slip any further.

3.10 – Tammarion Terry, WR, Florida State Seminoles

(Britt Sanders @TheFFSandman)


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The most upside of any wide receiver out of the first round. Terry profiles to be an absolute monster. At 6-4 and apparently 220-pounds he is going to be a size and speed specimen. Being clocked at 23.4mph on the group via GPS tracking, a guy who can beat you with speed, size and yards after the catch. This is a player I am very high on that is being missed due to suffering from the horrible FSU offense.

3.11 – Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston Cougars

(Brad Stickler @FFBourbonDude)


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Another upside play here. A guy who could potentially go undrafted but has some really good speed and quickness. He brokeout as a sophomore (1000 yards and 9 TD’s) and put a solid junior season as well in one less game (900 yards and 9 TD’s). He made the decision to go back to school and it is going to hurt his draft stock. He needs to have a good proday.

3.12 – Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes

(Eric Burkholder @EricBurkholder6)


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After transferring from Oklahoma to Ohio State in order to gain a starting role Trey Sermon had a lackluster start to his senior season. This can be attributed to the Big Ten opting out and then back into the college football season late and outbreaks of Covid-19 in the Buckeyes program throughout the season causing a lack of practice reps and continuity. However; Sermon came on late, setting an OSU record for rushing yards in a three game stint. This shows the upside that is rarely found at the end of the third round in rookie drafts and warrants a flier on the efficient 22 year old.


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