Day three of the 2017 NFL Draft was a continuation of excellence for Mid-American Conference players. The conference, outside of Western Michigan, struggled a bit in 2016, but the 2017 NFL Draft more than made up for that lost season.
The MAC as a whole had a great draft with a total of 11 players hearing their names in the seven round event in Philadelphia. Days one and two we very interesting with Corey Davis heading to the Titans at #5, Taylor Moton heading to the Panthers at #64, Tarell Basham heading to the Colts at #80, Kenny Golladay headed to the Lions at #96, and Kareem Hunt heading to the Chiefs at #86.
While the first and second round players got their own posts, day three will be looked at as a group. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the six MAC players that heard their names called on Saturday.
- Keion Adams, OLB, Western Michigan, Round 7 (248) Steelers: If there is a team that can turn Adams into a situational contributor, it is Pittsburgh. Adams is an athletic edge rusher that fits the mold of what they want out of their outside linebackers. He does not have the versatility of other options, but with Watt being drafted earlier and multiple others on the roster, Adams will have time to develop.
- Blair Brown, LB , Ohio, Round 5 (148) Jaguars: A position of need for the Jaguars, Brown should be able to make the roster and give some much needed depth to the position. Brown is fast and talented and should immediately make an impact on special teams. Brown could develop into a role player on defense, but if he can improve the Jags Special Teams coverage, he will be a great pick.
- Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo, Round 7 (244) Raiders: Hester was an excellent late draft choice for the Raiders. He is a lineman that is big enough to play nose, is at home at tackle, and can even kick out to end when needed. His versatility and willingness to do anything are what could land him on the roster.
- Pat O’Connor, DE, Eastern Michigan, Round 7 (250) Lions: Though he was selected in the seventh round, O’Connor stands a decent chance of making the roster at defensive end. The Lions are looking to improve in the trenches and players like O’Connor do that in spades. If he is able to make the roster, he should give depth the starters and find occasional time on the field. He can even slip inside and hold his own. I seem him with a role similar to Karl Klug of the Tennessee Titans.
- Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo, Round 4 (127) Lions: With a starter like Eric Ebron in place, the Lions may have found another option with Roberts. The Toledo product does a great job of catching touchdown passes in the redzone, making the Lions offense much more efficient. Even if he is only effective in redzone situations, that will more than justify his selection in the fourth round.
- Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo, Round 7 (251) Bengals: This is a tough spot for Schreck. He will struggle to make the roster with Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, and CJ Uzomah all in his way. If he is to earn a spot on the roster, it will be at the expense of Kroft and that means spending a lot of time blocking.