Round three of our mock draft featured a big quarterback run and three tight end selections. With the premier wide receivers and running backs off the board, the best value resided at these two positions.
As I mentioned in the previous mock draft recaps, the quarterback situation is very tricky this year. Desperate teams in your league will reach much further than third round selections for the top five at the position. But with the fact that our teams technically don't have any needs, the depth to talent ratio warranted waiting.
However, once they started moving off the board, the run was on. Basically it was a game of chicken, and while we were fine waiting, we also didn't want to get left without one of the top 5 talents. That's why you saw four in five picks.
Tight end was the other hot commodity in round three. Tight ends tend to be a bit of a crap shoot, so they are likely to go later in your drafts. The three taken are the consensus top three although an argument could be made for Mark Andrews as well. I reached a bit for Gesicki as I feel strongly about his potential and was looking to get a premier player from three positions on that team. Stephen got good value in Goedert as well who has question marks but high upside.
Best Value: Josh Rosen pick #29
Getting a likely NFL starter with as much potential as any quarterback in the class this late is a steal. I find any Rosen "character concerns" a bit laughable, no matter what Jim Mora says. He has the talent and the polish to be a great player. Pairing him with Anthony Miller and Ronald Jones makes for a nice draft so far from the 5 spot.
Biggest Reach: Josh Adams pick #28
I'd like to also nominate Mason Rudolph at pick #30. I know Joe was trying to lock up the last decent quarterback, but I see the drop from the top 5 to Rudolph as immense. That being said, CBS Sports has him ranked as the best QB, so if you like him, take him. As for Josh Adams, I understand Stephen's thinking since he already got his quarterback. But I'm not sold on Adams. He's an upright runner with good top end speed but he feasted on lower competition and Notre Dame's offensive line hid some flaws. I think grabbing a tight end or Jordan Lasley would have been a better pick.