53: Louisville Cougars (Utah (New Orleans (St. Louis))) – Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
This is an incredible pick to start the third round. Ryan Glasgow could be a Day One starter. The Cougars need a lot of help. Glasgow was arguably the best player available but also should be an impact player in the middle of their defensive line.
54: Mississippi Cottonmouths – Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah
Hunter Dimick isn’t big, isn’t fast, isn’t overly athletic – not great qualities to try to catch scouts eyes. But the Mississippi Cottonmouths watched more than just his workouts and should be happy with what they are getting. Hunter Dimick was very productive as a pass rusher in college. As a senior he has 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss. For his collegiate career he had 42.5 tackles for a loss and 28.5 sacks. Those are the numbers that matter, not his 40 time. He’s an impact pass rusher.
55: Iowa Threshers – Sean Harlow, OG, Oregon State
This expansion team has committed to building their offensive line early on and this pick continues that trend. Sean Harlow looks like a day one starting guard. He is a tough and powerful guys who drives guys back – the mauler any team would want up front.
56: San Diego Diablos – Marquez White, CB, Florida State
A productive two-year starter at a powerhouse like Florida State, Marquez White is still a project player but should be in the mix for big playing time and could develop into a starter.
57: Omaha Express (Houston Wranglers) – Kwaku Boateng, DE, Wilfrid Laurier
Dallas Hartwell knows how to find Canadian prospects and this is another good one he’s gotten. Kwaku Boateng is a well-built defensive end who should be an immediate impact player for a team that tied for last in the league in sacks last year.
58: Minnesota Freeze – Eric Wilson, LB, Cincinnati
An athletic safety-turned linebacker, Eric Wilson has very good coverage skills, but is probably slower than needed to be a safety and too small to be an outside linebacker. Still, he had a productive collegiate career and should find himself in a developmental prospect role with the Freeze.
59: Philadelphia Bulldogs (Louisville Cougars) – Cole Croston, OG, Iowa – Signed
If you want big, strong, powerful offensive linemen, where better to go than Iowa? Cole Croston has all the tools needed to develop into quality starting offensive linemen in this league. It might take a year or two, but his powerful and physical nature will bode well for his future.
60: Atlanta Firebirds (Charleston Dragons) – Donald Payne, MLB, Stetson
Atlanta lost AJ Klein to the NFL, Donald Payne is a guy who could develop into a starter in time, but probably would just be a quality backup and rotational linebacker. In college, he did play lesser competition, but his 526 career tackles has to open anybody’s eyes. He also has 29 pass breakups and nine interceptions in 44 starts. He just knows where to be.
61: Atlanta Firebirds (Utah Raptors) – Justin Vogel, P, Miami (FL)
It’s always a questionable decision to draft a specialists this high, but the Firebirds wanted a specialized punter to pair with kicker Wil Lutz. Justin Vogel is more of an accurate coffin corner punter than a guy who can boom the ball down the field. There were better options for this team in the third round outside punter.
62: New York Marauders – Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo – Signed
With their second pick the Marauders stuck to their defensive line. It does seem like maybe a bit too much considering they used a first round pick on Patrick Ricard and brought in Arthur Jones in free agency. Hester also has a bit to prove coming from the MAC, but there certainly is worse competition to play against. Still, he probably won’t be much of a pass rusher, more of a run stuffer for this team focusing in on their defense.
63: Carolina Generals (Dallas Six-Shooters (Birmingham Predators)) – Alex Armah, FB/LB, West Georgia – Signed
At least Carolina is getting fullbacks who can play more than just fullback, but they already have Dan Vitale. Alex Armah will probably have a tough time getting on the field as the fullback, but he can play linebacker too, but isn’t polished. He’s talented, but the third round is too high of a spot for him.
64: Houston Wranglers (Utah (New Orleans (Memphis (Dallas)))) – Jaylen Hill, CB, Jacksonville State
Once again, Houston can’t really make a bad pick considering all the needs they have, but Jaylen Hill stands out this round as a really good pick as a defensive back who could compete for some significant playing time right away. He’s a small-school guy, who might be a tad undersized, but he had come incredible pre-draft workouts and really stood out as a playmaker.
65: Houston Wranglers (Omaha Express) – Adam Pankey, OL, West Virginia
Adam Pankey is truly a versatile offensive linemen with the ability to play all five position. He’s got the size and length needed to play tackle, the leg-churning power to be a good guard and the smarts to play center too. He’s quick, strong and well-built. It’s a big surprise this guy fell this far, but he does need to work on his footwork and needs to polish some of his technique.
66: Birmingham Predators (Atlanta Firebirds (Memphis Bombers)) – Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona State
It’s hard to imagine there will be a worse pick than this one made in this draft. Birmingham traded up into the third round, giving up a 2018 second round pick, to get a kicker tho comes with a pricy contract and only an 82.7-percent success rate in college. His 92-percent rate as a senior boosted that up too, but it was done on fewer attempts. As a junior he missed two inside 30 yards and has five missed extra points in his career as well. He also won’t be able to double up as a punter…at least not successfully.
67: Carolina Generals (New Orleans Nightmare) – Jake Elliott, K, Memphis – Signed
A third round run on specialists? Carolina backs up their pick of Jake Elliott with the notion that they didn’t need anything else so they wanted to make sure they got their guy, that’s fine. Elliott could be good too, but he’s very expensive for a kicker who has no history as a punter and he’s only a 77.8-percent picker in college. At least he’s never missed and extra point.
68: Charleston Dragons (Washington Wave) – Taysom Hill, QB, BYU – Signed
Colin Durina loves these super athletes and selected Taysom Hill as an offensive weapon who could be used as a running back and wide receiver. We don’t expect that to work out, but but he is an interesting quarterback prospect. However, he must work on his accuracy as a thrower to compete with first round pick Cooper Rush. He completed less than 60-percent of his passes at BYU and had 31 interceptions to his 43 touchdowns.
69: Columbus Explorers – Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State – Signed
As Columbus searches for a guy to replace Beau Allen they turn toward a big-bodied pass rusher in Vincent Taylor. Over his final two years in college Taylor had 12 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss. He is a powerful guys who will get into the backfield because of his size and strength and explosiveness off the snap.
70: Seattle Orcas (Atlanta Firebirds) – Kyle Sloter, QB, Northern Colorado
If any team could develop Kyle Sloter it’s Seattle. He was only a one-year starter for a smaller school at Northern Colorado, but Sloter has great mechanics and maybe the best release of the football in the entire draft class. Sloter has worked with former NFL offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild and that sets him up well with the skills he needs, but he needs to be polished. He’s got skills and has an arm, but is raw. Seattle will be patient with this guy. It’s a perfect situation for him.
71: Pittsburgh Forge – Ejuan Price, OLB, Pittsburgh
Certainly the Forge were scouting this guy for a territorial pick, but while they passed then they nab him in the third round. Price is on the smaller side for outside linebacker and has serious health concerns, but was remarkable his final two years at Pittsburgh, raking up 24.5 sacks and 42.5 tackles for a loss. If he stays healthy, he’s a tremendous pickup for a defense that is looking to get off the ground in 2018.
72: Orlando Rockets – Kenny Moore II, CB, Valdosta State
He’s small and comes from a small school, but who are we to second guess a pick by the Orlando Rockets. Kenny Moore II has flashed some serious skill in pre-camp workouts and that clearly caught the eye of the Rockets.
73: Michigan Stags – Danny Isidora, OG, Miami (FL) – Signed
It was pretty shocking to see this guy still available at this point in the draft considering the premium on offensive linemen. Danny Isidora is a powerful guard who will fit in perfectly in the Stags grinding, hard-nosed offense. Expect him to become a starter before too long.
74: Seattle Orcas – Brian Walker, CB, Fayetteville State
A small school guy who you won’t find too much on. Brian Walker is definitely a curious pick here considering how low-profile he is, but he is a true student of the game who loves film and winning the mental battle against wide receivers. He’s a long-term project, though.
75: Houston Wranglers (Omaha Express (Los Angeles Stars)) – Matt Haack, P, Arizona State
Another specialist, but that was the story of this round so it’s not too crazy to see a punter taken here. Still, it’s a risky pick to take a punter in the third round. At least he doesn’t come with the huge contract, though. He has a nice boot and finished fifth nationally in yards per punt as a junior and actually was better as a senior.
76: San Antonio Marshals – Jamal Carter, S, Miami (FL)
A strongly-built athlete with all the physical attributes a team could ask from a safety. He is definitely raw and doesn’t have the best instincts, but this sort of athleticism is something a team must get in the third round. San Antonio’s defense should be the focal point of this draft and they get a special talent here.
77: Omaha Express (New Orleans Nightmare (Carolina Generals)) – Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
A huge, huge offensive tackle, standing 6-foot-10, 309-pounds. While his height can work against him when it comes to leverage battles, he’s pretty athletic for tackle and is used to running a pro blocking system. Omaha get a guy who very well may compete for a starting job on a line that needs to be upgraded.
78: Philadelphia Bulldogs – Harvey Langi, ILB, BYU
Philadelphia made this pick after Harvey Langi was seriously injured in an unfortunate car accident that was no fault of his own, so they are clearly thinking he will come back just fine. And if he does come back just fine the Bulldogs get an athletic linebacker who has nice strength and technique. He was quite productive his final two years at BYU, raking up 124 tackles and 11.5 tackles for a loss in that span.
Best Pick: Danny Isidora – Michigan Stags
Danny Isidora just edges out Jaylen Hill and Sean Harlow for the best pick of the round. Danny Isidora perfectly fits wht the Michigan Stags like to do, and that is be physical and powerful and wear out a defense. Danny Isidora was a steal for the bottom half of the third round.
Worst Pick: Zane Gonzalez – Birmingham Predators
Trading a future second round pick to get up into the third round and getting a kicker when the team needs so much else is just a terrible decision.