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  • Gil Brandt's 2018 NFL Draft: Best players available Day 3

    2018 NFL Draft: Best players available
    By Gil Brandt
    NFL Media senior analyst
    Published: April 26, 2018 at 07:26 p.m. Updated: April 27, 2018 at 10:58 p.m. 0 Likes | 0 Comments


    Here are the top remaining players in the 2018 NFL Draft, based on NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt's rankings of the top 150 prospects (number by player's name is where Brandt had them originally ranked).

    2018 NFL Draft Tracker | Watch every pick of the draft live

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    42

    Tyrell Crosby - G
    School: Oregon | Year: Senior

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    51

    Maurice Hurst - DT
    School: Michigan | Year: Senior

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    69

    Josh Sweat - Edge
    School: Florida State | Year: Junior

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    71

    Anthony Averett - CB
    School: Alabama | Year: Senior

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    77

    Josey Jewell - ILB
    School: Iowa | Year: Senior (RS)

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    79

    Ian Thomas - TE
    School: Indiana | Year: Senior

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    80

    Equanimeous St. Brown - WR
    School: Notre Dame | Year: Junior

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    82

    Michael Dickson - P
    School: Texas | Year: Junior

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    83

    Daniel Carlson - K
    School: Auburn | Year: Senior

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    86

    Marcus Allen - S
    School: Penn State | Year: Senior

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    88

    Mike White - QB
    School: Western Kentucky | Year: Senior

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    89

    Kyle Lauletta - QB
    School: Richmond | Year: Senior (RS)

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    91

    Da'shawn Hand - DE
    School: Alabama | Year: Senior

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    92

    Shaquem Griffin - OLB
    School: Central Florida | Year: Senior (RS)

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    93

    Tremon Smith - CB
    School: Central Arkansas | Year: Senior

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    95

    Nyheim Hines - RB
    School: N.C. State | Year: Junior

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    96

    Deon Cain - WR
    School: Clemson | Year: Junior

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    99

    Dane Cruikshank - S
    School: Arizona | Year: Senior (RS)

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    102

    Foley Fatukasi - DT
    School: Connecticut | Year: Senior (RS).

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    105

    Luke Falk - QB
    School: Washington State | Year: Senior (RS).

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    107

    Marcell Ateman - WR
    School: Oklahoma State | Year: Senior (RS).

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    108

    Kyzir White - S
    School: West Virginia | Year: Senior.

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    109

    Armani Watts - S
    School: Texas A&M | Year: Senior.

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    111

    Scott Quessenberry - C
    School: UCLA | Year: Senior (RS).

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    112

    Derrick Nnadi - DT
    School: Florida State | Year: Senior.

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    114

    Tim Settle - DL
    School: Virginia Tech | Year: Junior (RS)

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    115

    Micah Kiser - LB
    School: Virginia | Year: Senior (RS)

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    117

    Mark Walton - RB
    School: Miami | Year: Junior

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    118

    Dorance Armstrong - DE
    School: Kansas | Year: Junior

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    119

    Hercules Mata'afa - DL
    School: Washington State | Year: Junior (RS)

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    120

    Christian Sam - LB
    School: Arizona State | Year: Junior (RS)

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    122

    John Kelly - RB
    School: Tennessee | Year: Junior

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    123

    Justin Jackson - RB
    School: Northwestern | Year: Senior

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    124

    Keke Coutee - WR
    School: Texas Tech | Year: Junior

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    125

    Daurice Fountain - WR
    School: Northern Iowa | Year: Senior

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    126

    Trey Quinn - WR
    School: SMU | Year: Junior

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    127

    JK Scott - P
    School: Alabama | Year: Senior

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    128

    Kalen Ballage - RB
    School: Arizona State | Year: Senior

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    129

    Chris Herndon - TE
    School: Miami | Year: Senior

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    130

    Skai Moore - LB
    School: South Carolina | Year: Senior

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    132

    Allen Lazard - WR
    School: Iowa State | Year: Senior

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    133

    R.J. McIntosh - DT
    School: Miami | Year: Junior

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    134

    Bilal Nichols - DT
    School: Delaware | Year: Senior

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    135

    Andrew Brown - DT
    School: Virginia | Year: Senior

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    136

    Will Richardson - OL
    School: N.C. State | Year: Junior (RS)

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    137

    Jamarco Jones - OL
    School: Ohio State | Year: Senior

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    138

    Deshon Elliott - S
    School: Texas | Year: Junior

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    139

    Simmie Cobbs - WR
    School: Indiana | Year: Junior (RS)

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    140

    Bo Scarbrough - RB
    School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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    141

    Jaylen Samuels - TE
    School: N.C. State | Year: Senior

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    142

    Antonio Callaway - WR
    School: Florida | Year: Junior

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    143

    Jalyn Holmes - DL
    School: Ohio State | Year: Senior

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    145

    Mason Cole - OL
    School: Michigan | Year: Senior

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    146

    Colby Gossett - OL
    School: Appalachian State | Year: Senior (RS)

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    147

    Troy Apke - S
    School: Penn State | Year: Senior

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    149

    Holton Hill - CB
    School: Texas | Year: Junior

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    150

    DaeSean Hamilton - WR
    School: Penn State | Year: Senior (RS)

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