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Best players still available entering day 3 of NFL free agency

We're already entering what is essentially the second wave of free agency. Most of the premier names are gone, including Darrelle Revis, who was a free agent for about a minute on Wednesday. As the sun rises on the third day of the new league year, here's a look at the top 10 players still available:

1. Jason Hatcher: Coming off a career year but 32 years old. Dude is versatile and can get a push from inside, so he'll get big money. He's been touring the country, so look for something to happen soon. 

2. Henry Melton: Another versatile defensive tackle with Pro Bowl ability. He's younger than Hatcher but is coming off a torn ACL. Somewhat ironically, the Cowboys are reportedly interested, but he'll visit the Vikings on Thursday

3. Evan Dietrich-Smith: He was the fourth-best pass-blocking center in the league last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Nothing done yet, but he's visited the Bucs. 

4. Anthony Collins: He proved last year that he could be a long-term left tackle somewhere. He's reportedly choosing between the Bucs, Panthers and Bengals

5. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: I don't totally trust him but he makes the list with Revis and Aqib Talib is reportedly gone. DRC was PFF's fifth-ranked corner in 2013. 

6. Justin Tuck: Wrong side of 30 and inflated his stats late in a contract year, but the guy still gets after the quarterback and is a great run-defending defensive end. Apparently he's visiting the Raiders, which is mandatory for all Giants free agents. 

7. B.J. Raji: Coming off a rough year, but he's only 27 and still a beast. But it's been crickets thus far

8. Hakeem Nicks: Only 26 and so much talent, with two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. The former first-round pick might have to settle for a one-year prove-it contract. 

9. Chris Clemons: The former Dolphins safety, not the former Seahawks defensive end. Clemons isn't a star, but he's a very strong starter. He won't last long now that all of the top-tier safeties are gone. 

10. Julian Edelman: I know the circumstances were weird in New England, but he's coming off a 100-catch, 1000-yard season. Now that Eric Decker is signed, the market should open up for him and Nicks. 

Brad Gagnon

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.

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