2014 NFL Draft: Day Three Running Backs and Tight Ends

The Patriots missed out on Troy Niklas, but there are still some tight ends left on Day 3.

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

Well, I whiffed on my predictions for day two, really thought New England would take a receiver before round four. With so much talent left over from day one, investing a 2nd or 3rd rounder at the position seemed like a realistic possibility. They decided to go quarterback with Garoppolo, and secured Brady’s back up for the next couple years. Not against the move at all, just thought they would address players who can make an impact now, as opposed to later.

The biggest surprise Friday night might have been New England missing out on selecting a marquee Tight End. By the time #62 rolled around Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jace Amaro and Troy Niklas were already gone. The Patriots opted to select a quarterback, and the next best option C.J. Fiedorowicz was taken shortly after that.

Although most of the better “Y” type prospects have been selected, Marcel Jensen, a former Pat Hill guy from Fresno State, would be a solid pick on day three. He has the height and athleticism to be a threat in the passing game, and most importantly the red zone. Considering the run on TE in day two, I could see Jensen going quicker than predicted tomorrow. After Jensen, Trey Burton and Gator Hoskins are alternatives beyond round five. Both offer versatility as move TE’s in McDaniel’s offense.

There’s also a chance with multiple selections in round four New England decides to pluck from the RB tree twice, which still has some quality fruit hanging from it’s branches.

If the Pats go in that direction expect UCF’s Storm Johnson’s name to be called early. He’s a big, powerful back who could replace what Blount did last year. Boston College’s Andre Williams makes a lot of sense for similar reasons, but he doesn’t really match New England’s template at the position given his lack of receiving skills. However, Williams’ frame and speed might inevitably sway their decision. Another RB to watch later on in the day is Toledo’s David Fluellen. He has great size as well as vision, and is faster in pads than his forty time would indicate.

As far as wide receivers go Brandon Coleman, Kevin Norwood and Bruce Ellington are all players worth monitoring  Saturday afternoon.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Patriots, Storm Johnson

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