When you get to day three of the draft, there are players that you love, players that you like and players that have one trait that makes them not only draft worthy, but gives them a chance to make the team.
The Arizona Cardinals had seven picks on day three, so lets take a look at a single trait that could give each player a chance to make the Arizona Cardinals 53-man roster.
4.1 Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State - Size
6-6 225lbs, running a 4.48 forty. He is a contested catch, jump ball, 50/50 machine. He can be a great vertical threat for the Arizona Cardinals and give Kyler Murray a big receiver to go with his bevy of RACletes.
5.1 Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama - Range
Thompson is a top 40 player, almost universally, who got the red flag treatment because of an apparent degenerative knee issue. However, when you watch the tape (hate that) you see a special talent as a single-high safety. Thompson has range and a phenomenal understanding of where the ball is going and angles on the field to take. He is unique in that right. If he can remain healthy, I’d be surprised if he is not a big contributor in 2019.
6.1 KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno State - Hands
He doesn’t run fast or jump high, however one thing he does is catch everything. Johnson legitimately may have the best hands of any wide receiver in the 2019 draft class. He catches everything thrown to him, which makes him a quarterbacks best friend.
6.6 Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia - Fight
This may sound silly, but Gaillard is a guy who you want on your team and on your line. He is one of those linchpin guys that gives your team an edge. He plays to the end of the whistle, which when he is not on your team, means he is slightly dirty. He’s tough, mean and will punch you in the face. He is going to fight you on every play.
7.34 Joshua Miles, OL, Morgan State - Athleticism
It is hard to understand, but a player like Joshua Miles is unique because of how he moves at his size. He is 6-6 314lbs, and has a vertical of 36” which is in the 99th percentile of all linemen ever at the combine and a broad jump of 109” which is in the 84th percentile. Those are traits that are not coachable, but they do give you hope that he is an explosive athlete.
7.35 Michael Dogbe, DL, Temple - Strength
Find me someone that benches 500 pounds and squats 670 pounds. Now, find me someone that does both. Dogbe is a bit undersized, but he is one of the strongest athletes everytime he steps on the field. That strength could prove important if he is to make the team.
7.40 Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA - Straight line speed
Wilson put up huge numbers his final season at UCLA, 60 catches for 965 yards and four touchdowns. He is a matchup nightmare because of his straight line speed. His 4.56 forty and ability to out run people in the open field, couple with how Kliff likes to use athletes to create those matchups, give Wilson a chance to make the roster.