Although it’s the least-watched day of the draft, teams can still find great value on Saturday. Guys like Dak Prescott, Tom Brady and Richard Sherman were taken after the fourth round, so there is still plenty of talent to be had on the final day.
These nine players are worth keeping an eye on Saturday as they’re some of the best available for teams to select.
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Lawson is the best remaining pass rusher, and by a wide margin. He has good quickness and hands off the edge, and has a knack for getting after the quarterback. Medical concerns have likely pushed him down boards a bit, but in a 4-3 defense, he can really have an impact right away as a defensive end.
Desmond King, DB, Iowa
King played cornerback in college, but he projects better as a safety at the next level. He has great ball skills (14 interceptions) and good range, he’s just a bit undersized. A four-year starter with good character traits, King should be a contributor right away for whichever team selects him.
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Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
If not for a torn ACL in his bowl game, Butt likely would have been a second-round pick. Instead, he’ll have to redshirt as a rookie, effectively keeping him off the field for all of 2017. When he does get healthy, he can be a reliable starter, similar to the mold of Jason Witten. A team will likely take a chance on him in the fourth round.
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Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
It’s surprising to see Reynolds still on the board despite having an ideal combination of size and speed. At 6-3, he has 4.5 speed and plays above the rim, so to speak. He can be a good third receiver in the NFL and potentially develop into a solid contributor as a boundary No. 2. He was productive with the Aggies in his final season, catching 61 passes for 1,039 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
Peterman remains on the board after seeing CJ Beathard get drafted in the third round, which was a bit shocking. He’s much more pro-ready than some of the quarterbacks drafted ahead of him, having played in Pitt’s NFL-style offense. He has good size for the position, too, but needs to improve on his accuracy and field vision.
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Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Perine is the “other” running back from Oklahoma, being a big bruising back for the Sooners. At the next level, he’ll primarily contribute on early downs and as a goal-line back, which does have some value in the NFL. Taking him in the second round would have been rich but as a Day 3 selection, he can provide some value.
Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Hodges is a dynamic receiver at tight end, having good speed for the position. He ran a 4.57 at the Combine, which was among the best for tight ends, but he’s still far from a polished product. He needs to improve as a blocker and play with more power and strength, which can be taught at the next level. In a few years, he can become a starter.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Westbrook has off-the-field concerns, but he’s a speedy receiver with outstanding hands. He’s a bit thin and doesn’t play with great strength, but he can bulk up at the next level. You can’t teach speed for a receiver, which Westbrook has, and if not for character issues, he likely would’ve been a second-round pick.
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Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Brantley was recently arrested for misdemeanor battery for punching a woman, which caused his draft stock to plummet. Teams are reportedly still considering drafting him because he’s a first-round talent on the field, but there’s a chance he still goes undrafted due to character concerns. Based on ability, Brantley is one of the best defensive tackles in the draft.