Best available draft prospects on Day 3

Best available draft prospects on Day 3
May 10, 2014, 4:00 am
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FOXBORO -- The 2014 draft class has been touted for it's unique depth. That depth will be on display Saturday as potential impact players go off the board through the final four rounds of the process.

Here's a quick synopsis of some of the best players available on Day 3.

Quarterback
The Patriots got their quarterback late in the second round so odds are they won't be selecting another. There are still a handful of talented passers available, however.

Aaron Murray, 6-0, 207, Georgia: Good decision-maker. Lacks cannon arm. Injured ACL in November. Private visit to New England and team saw him at his pro day.

Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 224, LSU: Not a throw he can't make. Prototypical size. Success in college's best conference. Reportedly made a private visit to Patriots. Produced a diluted urine sample at Combine.

AJ McCarron, 6-3, 220, Alabama: Proven winner. Not the ideal arm strength for NFL game, but plenty of accolades acquired in the SEC. Played under Belichick friend Nick Saban. Reportedly made private visit to Pats.

Tom Savage, 6-4, 228, Pitt: Looks the part. Possibly best arm in the draft. Has drawn comparisons to Drew Bledsoe as an old-school pocket-passer.

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Running back
LeGarrette Blount now plays for the Steelers. New England's two most experienced backs are nearing the ends of their rookie deals. Would the Pats look here on Day 3?

Davonta Freeman, 5-8, 206, Florida State: A three-down back who can catch, block out of the backfield. Some ball-security issues. Reportedly made a private visit to Pats.

Andre Williams, 5-11, 230, Boston College: Monster size, strength combination. Shades of Blount in that regard. Doesn't have elite quickness. Only 10 career catches.

James White, 5-9, 204, Wisconsin: An intriguing third-down back to be had late. Catches out of the backfield and knows how to pick up a blitz. Reportedly a good character guy. Made a private visit to the Patriots.

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Wide receiver
The Patriots have numbers at the receiver spot, but there are still some available players with legitimate playmaking ability.

Brandon Coleman, 6-6, 225, Rutgers: Tall, lean receiver with a strong work ethic. Won a team leadership and dedication award last year. Good red-zone target. Could show more grit. Also, Rutgers.

Bruce Ellington, 5-9, 197, South Carolina: Raw route-runner but great athletic ability. Former point guard at South Carolina. Has experience in kicking game. Made private visit to Patriots, according to reports, and team had eyes on his pro day.

Martavis Bryant, 6-4, 211, Clemson: Not a sure-fire prospect like his teammate Sammy Watkins, but has the size and speed (4.45 40) to be a big-play guy. Only one year of experience as a starter. Pats checked out his pro day.

Kevin Norwood, 6-2, 198, Alabama: Good route runner with decent speed. Jack of all trades, master of none. Needs to get stronger to compete with physical NFL corners. Professional. Mature. Already obtained his master's degree.

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Tight end
The Patriots passed on an opportunity to land Iowa's CJ Fiedorowicz when they drafted Jimmy Garoppolo. Will the go the tight end route on Day 3?

Arthur Lynch, 6-5, 258, Georgia: From Dartmouth, Mass. Strong in the running game. Skilled route-runner with good hands. Can struggle to gain separation.

Jake Murphy, 6-4, 249, Utah: Aggressive blocker. Relentless effort. Good after the catch but need to refine his route running.

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Defensive line
Would the Patriots continue to add to the defensive line after picking up Dominique Easley in the first round? They've said in the past that numbers at a position won't force them to pass up on a good player.

Ed Stinson, 6-3, 287, Alabama: Very good upper-body strength. Groin injury kept him from participating in Combine. Was versatile -- played outside and inside -- for Nick Saban's defense. Also has experience on special teams.

Da'Quan Jones, 6-4, 332, Penn State: Perhaps the best playe First-Team Ar remaining in the drat. All-Big Ten last season. A strong 3-technique in college, he's projected to have the versatility to play almost any position on the line.

Caraun Reid, 6-2, 302, Princeton: First Princeton two-time All-American in over 20 years. Good quickness for his size. Started playing football in high school and is a student of the game. Surprise, surprise.

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Linebacker
The Patriots could use depth at linebacker, whether its players accustomed to playing inside or out.

Jordan Tripp, 6-3, 234, Montana: Solid agains both the run and the pass. A max-effort guy. Could be more polished in his technique but understands the game. Not a standout athlete.

Kevin Pierre-Louis, 6-0, 232, Boston College: Possesses enough speed (4.51 40) and solid ball skills to potentially consider a move to safety. Some durability concerns. Good special teamer and a good locker-room presence by all accounts.

Telvin Smith, 6-3, 218, Florida State: Ran a 4.49 40 at the Combine and stood out as one of the better athletes at the Senior Bowl. Wins with his speed rather than his strength, but is a smart player who played a key role on the national champions. Could he be moved to safety?

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Secondary
The Patriots appear to have a need at safety, but they could also go with a corner. There is no guarantee Darrelle Revis remains in New England beyond the 2014 season.

Bashaud Breeland, 5-11, 197, Clemson: An aggressive corner with good ball skills who worked in off-man coverage as well as press coverage. Can be over-aggressive at times and could improve his work in the running game.

Terrance Mitchell, 5-11, 192, Oregon: With a 4.61 40 at the Combine, he's not a burner like some others in this class. He did, however, have the best three-cone drill of any corner at the Combine (6.57 seconds).

Keith McGill, 6-3, 211, Utah: In the Richard Sherman mold, McGill is a tall corner with long arms and big hands. Played some free safety and has experience in the kicking game. Will need to get stronger to compete in the pro game.

Walt Aikens, 6-0, 203, Liberty: Three-sport athlete at Liberty (basketball, track), he has experience as a press corner and he also played a little free safety. Was dismissed from the Illinois program in 2010 after he was arrested for his involvement with an on-campus theft. Reportedly met with the Patriots during the pre-draft process.

Brock Vereen, 5-11, 199, Minnesota: Shane's younger brother has been touted as a smart safety -- both on and off the field. He's strong (put up 25 reps on the 225-pound bench press at the Combine) and described as the kind of team-first player that will allow him to fit in wherever he's selected.

Vinnie Sunseri, 5-11, 210, Alabama: One of the signal-callers on a talented defense, Sunseri is known as a strong tackler and solid special teamer if not a stand-out athlete. Safety who tore his ACL in October.