A staggering 16 wide receivers came off the board over the first two days of the NFL Draft.

Surprisingly, Troy Franklin and Devontez Walker were not part of that group.

They headline a quality group of Day 3 fantasy options that also includes Jaylen Wright at running back as well as Ja’Tavion Sanders and Theo Johnson at tight end.

Let’s take a look at those five as well as the other most interesting skill players taken on the final day of the draft.

Click here for Rich Hribar’s comprehensive Round 1 fantasy recap.

Click here for my look at Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

Day 3 Running Back Fantasy Outlook

Jaylen Wright

Jaylen Wright falling to Day 3 is tough for his Dynasty value, and ending up behind both Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane in Miami also hurts.

Wright tested well at the Combine, pairing a 5-foot-10, 210-pound frame with a 4.38 40 on his way to a 9.81 (out of 10) relative athletic score.

He also dominated in college, recording an explosive touch on 22% of his opportunities in 2023 and gaining 15 yards or more on 13.9% of his runs.

Wright did that in a committee, though, and 81% of his runs came against light boxes.

He averaged 4.8 yards per carry against loaded boxes and averaged just 1.1 yards per carry when he was hit behind the line of scrimmage.

Just three other backs in this class were worse.

With that kind of profile and limited receiving work, it is not surprising he fell, but at least he landed in an offensive system that will get him into space IF he is able to get on the field.

It should be noted Mostert missed two games last season while Achane missed six.

Bucky Irving

Bucky Irving had a productive two seasons after transferring to Oregon, finishing with 2,950 total yards and 21 touchdowns.

He was particularly productive in the passing game, trailing just Dylan Laube (below) in this class with 4 receptions per game throughout his career.

Unfortunately, he tanked the Combine.

Weighing in at 5-foot-9, 192 pounds, he ran a 4.55 40 with a bottom-tier 29.5-inch vertical leap.

That size does not suggest he will be a workhorse in the NFL, and he lacks the high-end athleticism that could make him a factor on limited snaps.

Ending up with the Bucs is a positive given Rachaad White’s struggles as a runner to this point in his career, but it is tough to get too excited about Irving.

Will Shipley

Will Shipley took a step back in his final season at Clemson, finishing with 1,071 total yards and 7 touchdowns, but he had an overall productive career with the Tigers.

Shipley did not test at the Combine, only weighing in at 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, but he reportedly ran a 4.39 40 with a 38.5-inch vertical at his Pro Day.

Even if applying the normal Pro Day discounts, Shipley still tested out as an above-average athlete for the position.

The landing spot, however, does not offer a clear path to early work.

The Eagles just signed Saquon Barkley to a three-year, $37.75 million contract.

Barkley has missed time throughout his career – although he has played at least 13 games in all but one season – and the Eagles’ offensive line can consistently open holes.

Even so, Shipley just looks like a handcuff right now, one that might end up behind Kenneth Gainwell on the depth chart.

Ray Davis

Ray Davis spent five years at three different schools during his college career, finishing up with 1,452 total yards and 21 touchdowns at Kentucky last season.

Standing 5-foot-8, 211 pounds, Davis posted a 4.52 40 with a 35-inch vertical at the Combine, at best an average performance for his size.

Average is a good way to describe Davis, who does a lot of things well but routinely ranked around 15th when looking at metrics for this draft class.

To be fair, he did run against heavy boxes often at Kentucky, and his 5.9 yards per carry in those situations ranked fifth.

The best aspect of Davis’ fantasy profile might be the landing spot.

Latavius Murray, Damien Harris, and Leonard Fournette combined for 20 carries in goal-to-go situations last season.

That was two more than Josh Allen and, more importantly, eight more than James Cook.

Perhaps the Bills commit more to Cook moving forward, but they have tended toward subbing him out near the goal line.

Dylan Laube

The final running back picked in the 2024 NFL Draft, Laube offers an interesting profile and landing spot with the Raiders.

On the negative side, Laube is an older prospect who played at the FCS level for New Hampshire.

On the positive side, he was a consistent weapon in the passing game in college, averaging 6 catches per game and hauling in 22.9% of New Hampshire’s receptions last season.

Laube did not create a ton of explosive plays on those receptions, which is a concern given the competition.

At 5-foot-10, 206 pounds, Laube’s 4.54 40 is nothing to write home about, but he excelled in the agility drills at the Combine.

Even with Alexander Mattison added to the mix in free agency, Zamir White should get the first crack at the lead job in Las Vegas this season.

White did catch 15 of 19 targets last season, but he averaged 0.21 air yards on those targets and was never expected to be a passing-down back when he entered the league.

Mattison does have two 30-catch seasons on his resume, but his career 5.6 yards per target is very average.

Laube will have to make the team – his return experience could help with that – but there is a path here for a complementary receiving role right out of the gate.

Other Day 3 Running Backs:

  • Isaac Guerendo
  • Braelon Allen
  • Audric Estime
  • Rasheen Ali
  • Tyrone Tracy Jr.
  • Keilan Robinson
  • Isaiah Davis
  • Kimani Vidal
  • Jase McClellan
  • Jawhar Jordan

Both Braelon Allen and Audric Estime are big backs with good production for major programs with some questions about their overall athletic profile.

Allen did not end up running in the pre-draft process, but his 32-inch vertical is a red flag when it comes to explosive traits.

Estime flunked the 40 at the Combine, finishing with a 4.71 time, but he did show off some explosion with a 38-inch vertical.

Estime also recorded an explosive play on 16.7% of his touches, which was seventh among running backs in this class, further putting into question that 40 time.

While Allen ended up behind Breece Hall in New York, Estime finds himself behind a pair of Broncos running backs who did not impress last season.

The overall fantasy concern for both is a two-down role that makes them touchdown-dependent, but there is at least some intrigue here.

Kimani Vidal was productive in college, tested well, and has solid underlying numbers such as forcing a missed tackle on 31.1% of his carries when hit behind the line of scrimmage.

He fell to the sixth round, but only the former Raven duo of Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins sit ahead of him on the depth chart.

He is one to watch in training camp and a decent enough best ball dart throw at his current RB72 price.

Day 3 Wide Receiver Fantasy Outlook

Troy Franklin

Arguably the biggest faller of the draft based on expectation, Troy Franklin was selected by the Broncos in the fourth round.

He will pair up with college quarterback Bo Nix in Denver.

Franklin closed his college career strong with an 81-1,383-14 line last season, and his 3.32 yards per route run was third among receivers in this class.

Younger than almost all of their receiver class, Franklin’s production is more impressive when you adjust for age.

While he did relatively well at the Combine, Franklin weighed in at 176 pounds on a 6-foot-2 frame.

He also struggled with drops in college, and those two factors might have led to his fall.

Draft capital is important, especially from a Dynasty perspective, and the Broncos still have a lot of receivers even if no one stands out behind Courtland Sutton.

Franklin could certainly still reach the heights that justify his draft slot in early Dynasty rookie drafts, but this was a disappointing fall.

Javon Baker

Javon Baker had a productive two seasons after transferring to UCF, catching 108 passes for 1,935 yards and 12 touchdowns in 17 games.

He averaged 3.21 yards per route run last season, which was fifth in this class, thanks in part to his downfield usage.

He averaged 17.1 air yards per target with 15 catches on throws 20 or more yards downfield.

His Combine workout raises some questions about whether he will continue to win down the field in the NFL.

Weighing in at 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, Baker ran a 4.54 40 with his 37-inch vertical the only thing that really stands out from his Combine performance.

He did land in a great spot for immediate production with the Patriots near the bottom of the league in receiver talent.

He could earn an immediate role if he shows well this summer.

Devontez Walker

Devontez Walker’s fall was not as shocking as Franklin’s, but seeing him available on Day 3 was still surprising.

The Ravens took advantage, drafting him in the fourth round.

Walker missed the beginning of last season after transferring to North Carolina, but he returned to post a 41-699-7 line in eight games with Drake Maye.

While his frame is on the slighter side (6-foot-1, 193 pounds), Walker showed out with a 4.36 40, 40.5-inch vertical, and 11-foot-2 broad jump at the Combine.

Like Baker above, Walker consistently won down the field, with 34.9% of his targets on throws of 20 or more air yards last season.

Unlike Baker, Walker’s athletic profile suggests he can keep that up in the NFL, giving him a path to work even if he is only a deep threat.

That is especially true with the Ravens, who could use a consistent downfield option to pair with Zay Flowers.

The draft capital is not ideal, but some things are working in Walker’s favor from both a redraft and Dynasty perspective.

Other Day 3 Wide Receivers

  • Jacob Cowing
  • Anthony Gould
  • Ainias Smith
  • Jamari Thrash
  • Bub Means
  • Jha’Quan Jackson
  • Malik Washington
  • Johnny Wilson
  • Casey Washington
  • Tejhaun Palmer
  • Jordan Whittington
  • Ryan Flournoy
  • Brenden Rice
  • Devaughn Vele
  • Tahj Washington
  • Cornelius Johnson

Ainias Smith and Jha’Quan Jackson both have a better shot than most Day 3 receivers to stick on the roster thanks to their ability in the return game.

Smith in particular showed playmaking ability at Texas A&M, forcing a missed tackle on 37.7% of his receptions.

Malik Washington led the nation with 110 catches for Virginia last season, recording 1,426 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Unsurprisingly since he ended up with the Dolphins, Washington is a good athlete (4.47 40, 42.5-inch vertical) who forced a missed tackle on 31.5% of his catches last season, but he is also 5-foot-8 and 191 pounds.

Still, if you were picking an offense that could maximize Washington’s skill set, it would be Miami.

I would have liked to see better draft capital for Johnny Wilson, but he is a very big (6-foot-6, 231 pounds) and athletic (37-inch vertical) receiver who produced at roughly the same level as Keon Coleman minus the touchdowns last season for Florida State.

Ryan Flournoy’s late sixth-round draft capital does not create a ton of confidence, but he at least has an interesting profile and landed with a Cowboys team that needs some help at receiver.

Flournoy averaged over 80 yards per game at Southeast Missouri State and ran a 4.44 40 with a 39.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds.

The son of Jerry Rice, Brenden Rice somewhat unexpectedly fell to the seventh round despite a 45-791-12 line at USC last season.

His Combine was not amazing, running a 4.5 40 with middling jumps at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, but landing with the Chargers gives him at least a shot at earning meaningful snaps.

Day 3 Tight End Fantasy Outlook

Ja’Tavion Sanders

On the smaller side for a tight end at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Ja’Tavion Sanders ran a 4.69 40 at the Combine but disappointed with a 30-inch vertical.

He was not particularly productive playing in a loaded Texas offense, but he did amass 1,295 yards on 99 catches over the last two seasons.

He also created after the catch, averaging 7.7 yards after each reception, and was not credited with a drop last season.

Sanders’ Day 3 draft capital does not suggest he will be an immediate contributor, but he is going to a Panthers team that is desperate for weapons in the passing game.

Theo Johnson

Theo Johnson struggled to consistently produce in an underperforming Penn State offense, finishing his career with 77 catches for 938 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He made his mark at the Combine, though, running a 4.57 40 with a 39.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-6, 259 pounds.

Johnson also showed some ability in the red zone, where 28.9% of his targets came at Penn State.

That athleticism plus ability near the goal line at least gives Johnson a shot to become fantasy-viable.

Johnson currently sits behind Darren Waller on the Giants’ depth chart, but Waller is still considering retirement.

2022 fourth-rounder Daniel Bellinger has not proven to be a consistent threat in the passing game when given the chance.

Other Day 3 Tight Ends

  • Erick All
  • AJ Barner
  • Cade Stover
  • Jared Wiley
  • Tanner McLachlan
  • Jaheim Bell
  • Devin Culp

Erick All had some impressive underlying numbers last season, averaging 2.62 yards per route run. That was just behind Brock Bowers in this class.

All has a lengthy injury history including an ACL tear last October that prevented him from participating in pre-draft testing.

But it is promising the Bengals felt good enough to take him in the fourth round as the sixth tight end off the board.