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NFL draft 2017 results: 3rd round ruled by small-school prospects

The third round was a good one if you went to a small school.

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The second day of the NFL draft is in the books with the conclusion of the third round. There was all sorts of talent still left on the board after the first round, and sure enough, teams stocked up throughout Friday night. You could see a lot of future Pro Bowlers taken in the second and third rounds here.

The first player taken in the third round was a small-school prospect, which immediately set the tone for this board. Only two quarterbacks were taken, while the Houston Texans made a low-key great move by grabbing dynamic Texas RB D’Onta Foreman.

Here’s a brief rundown of the big storylines heading out of the third round. Be sure to keep up with the 2017 NFL draft with SB Nation’s tracker, and follow along with SB Nation’s grades of every single pick going into the third round.

Small-school guys fly off the board

The third round was defined by a run of small-school talents. It started right off the bat, with the Cleveland Browns taking Larry Ogunjobi out of Charlotte, which started its football program in 2008 and was recently promoted to FBS.

Perhaps the most notable small-school name in this round was receiver Cooper Kupp, who emerged at Eastern Washington. Los Angeles took Kupp at the nice draft slot of No. 69, giving Jared Goff another weapon to work with. Other small-school talent to go in this round include Taywan Taylor (Western Kentucky), Carlos Henderson (Louisiana Tech), Kareem Hunt (Toledo), Shaquill Griffin (UCF), Chad Williams (Grambling State), Jonnu Smith (FIU), and Brendan Langley (Lamar).

The New England Patriots actually ended up with two small-school prospects, both of whom have a high ceiling. They finally had their first draft pick at No. 83, and made the most of it with Youngstown State DE Derek Rivers, who some considered a second-round talent. Two picks later, New England traded back up and got Troy OT Antonio Garcia. Bill Belichick once again did more with less, getting two solid talents deep into the second day.

QBs continue to slide

After three quarterbacks were taken in the first round, it would’ve been easy to predict a big run on the second-tier talents, as teams feel safer taking them in later rounds. However, that never quite happened. The second round came and went with just one QB (DeShone Kizer at No. 52), and it took over 30 picks before another one came off the board. The New York Giants selected Davis Webb at No. 87, hoping to groom a successor for Eli Manning.

After another long drought, the San Francisco 49ers traded into the end of the third round to get C.J. Beathard of Iowa.

As it turns out, all that smoke about quarterbacks making late rises up draft boards and going earlier than expected was just that — smoke. This is not a great class and teams know it. Players like Nathan Peterman, Brad Kayaa, and Joshua Dobbs will have to wait another day to hear their names called.

Good draft if you like CBs and safeties

You know what wasn’t a smokescreen? That this year’s defensive back class is ridiculously stacked.

And there are a lot of quality players still available for the third day. It’s a gold mine for teams needing secondary help.

Bucs load up on weapons once again

After signing DeSean Jackson and drafting O.J. Howard in the first round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still weren’t satisfied with their skill positions, nabbing Penn State receiver Chris Godwin in the third round. Nobody can deny that Jameis Winston is lacking for weapons now.

Here are the complete pick-by-pick results for the third round.

Third round results

Pick Team Player Position School
Pick Team Player Position School
65 Cleveland Browns Larry Ogunjobi DT Charlotte
66 San Francisco 49ers Ahkello Witherspoon CB Colorado
67 New Orleans Saints Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
68 Jacksonville Jaguars Dawuane Smoot DE Illinois
69 Los Angeles Rams Cooper Kupp WR Eastern Washington
70 Minnesota Vikings Pat Elflein C Ohio State
71 Los Angeles Chargers Dan Feeney OG Indiana
72 Tennessee Titans Taywan Taylor WR Western Kentucky
73 Cincinnati Bengals Jordan Willis OLB Kansas State
74 Baltimore Ravens Chris Wormley DE Michigan
75 Atlanta Falcons Duke Riley LB LSU
76 New Orleans Saints Alex Anzalone LB Florida
77 Carolina Panthers Daeshon Hall DE Texas A&M
78 Baltimore Ravens Tim Williams DE Alabama
79 New York Jets ArDarius Stewart WR Alabama
80 Indianapolis Colts Tarrell Basham DE Ohio
81 Washington Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
82 Denver Broncos Carlos Henderson WR Louisiana Tech
83 New England Patriots Derek Rivers DE Youngstown State
84 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chris Godwon WR Penn State
85 New England Patriots Antonio Garcia OT Troy
86 Kansas City Chiefs Kareem Hunt RB Toledo
87 New York Giants Davis Webb QB California
88 Oakland Raiders Eddie Vanderdoes DL UCLA
89 Houston Texans D'onta Foreman RB Texas
90 Seattle Seahawks Shaquill Griffin CB UCF
91 Los Angeles Rams John Johnson S Boston College
92 Dallas Cowboys Jourdan Lewis CB Michigan
93 Green Bay Packers Montravius Adams DL Auburn
94 Pittsburgh Steelers Cameron Sutton CB Tennessee
95 Seattle Seahawks Delano Hall S Michigan
96 Detroit Lions Kenny Golloday WR Northern Illinois
97 Miami Dolphins Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson
98 Arizona Cardinals Chad Williams WR Grambling State
99 Philadelphia Eagles Rasul Douglas CB West Virginia
100 Tennessee Titans Jonnu Smith TE FIU
101 Denver Broncos Brendan Langley CB Lamar
102 Seattle Seahawks Nazair Jones DL North Carolina
103 New Orleans Saints Trey Hendrickson DE Florida Atlantic
104 San Francisco 49ers C.J. Beathard QB Iowa
105 Pittsburgh Steelers James Conner RB Pittsburgh
106 Seattle Seahawks Amara Darboh WR Michigan
107 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kendell Beckwith LB LSU

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