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New York Post
29 Apr 2023


NextImg:Best available players on Day 3 of 2023 NFL Draft

There is an adage that the third day of the NFL Draft is how a winning organization separates from the pack.

Well, there is plenty of talent left on the board scattered across all positions after the first 102 picks through the first three rounds.

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Who is going to find this year’s Tariq Woolen or Talanoa Hufanga?

The fifth-round defensive backs made the 2022 Pro Bowl for the Seahawks and 49ers in their rookie and second seasons, respectively.

Here are the top 10 players remaining entering the fourth round, including their original rank on The Post’s Top 100 Big Board:

Stock slipped last season as he was targeted frequently in two playoff games. Elite speed as seen on pick-6 to clinch 2021 national title. Jars the football loose even when boxed out. Could have to switch to free safety for a man coverage defense, a scout told ESPN.

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‘Tweener whose weight is on the rise so he can play inside. Fastest 40-yard dash time (4.49 seconds) by a 280-pounder in NFL Combine history. Slips past blockers in a blink. Motor runs hot and could get undisciplined penalties.

Kelee Ringo
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Former national-level sprinter who scored 10 touchdowns covering 30-plus yards. Can put cornerbacks in a blender with his quick movements and change of direction. Needs to fight through physical coverage to avoid undercut routes.

Get the complete list of first-round 2023 NFL Draft picks, with analysis and more from the New York Post.

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Potential steal. Short slot corners supposedly need to run faster than a 4.51-second 40-yard dash. But the tape is good — and not just his six interceptions last season. Will be a coach’s favorite because of study habits.

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Clark Phillip
AP

Reliable tackler willing to charge up to line of scrimmage. Can handle most tight ends or big receivers, but needs to leave big cushions to overcome deficiency in speed matchups. Brings a well-timed boom to force drops.

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Man or mountain? Forget about overpowering Jones and getting around his long wingspan isn’t easy, either. Allowed pressure on 1.2 percent of his snaps as a 25-game starter at right tackle. Can get twisted around by athletic rushers

Looks even taller because of his long-armed stretch ability. Vertical threat who creates headaches for defenses (26 touchdowns over the last two seasons) and for his own offense with drops (17 during that span, per Pro Football Focus).

New York State Gatorade Player of the Year out of Abraham Lincoln High School. Led the nation (excluding kickers) with 128 points scored last season. Breakaway speed after making first tackler miss with sharp cuts. Struggles in pass protection.  

You won’t find many taller, lankier corners. Uses body to his advantage, especially to jam at the snap. Long-striding clean footwork to track deep balls or close on in-front routes. Moved from safety because run support was an issue.

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Israel Abanikanda
AP

Linebackers are going to love playing behind Ika, a dirty-working nose tackle who frees them up for clean hits. Sneaky athleticism – as long as he manages his weight. Strikes first and then disengages. Not much pocket pressure.