2012 NFL Mock Draft: Best Choices for NFL Teams in Round 3
Alright, you draft junkies, mock-draft lovers and big-board enthusiasts, I've got what you're looking for.
Third-round mock draft action, baby!
But for this to make any sense to you, you're probably going to want to go back and check out my second-round mock. It should give you a better idea of why I selected the players I did for the third round.
Along the way, we'll take a little extra time with a few players who should highlight this third round.
This mock is now on the clock.
64. Indianapolis Colts: Jeff Allen, OT (Illinois)
I have the Colts taking tight end Coby Fleener in second round, so now the onus moves to protecting the quarterback.
65. St Louis Rams: Bobby Wagner, OLB (Utah State)
With Michael Brockers and Janoris Jenkins already in town, the Rams will continue to bolster their defense in this year's draft.
66. Minnesota Vikings: Casey Hayward, CB (Vanderbilt)
The reconstruction of the Vikings' secondary will continue with Hayword.
67. Cleveland Browns: Jayron Hosley, CB (Virginia Tech)
Adding a corner opposite Joe Haden should be a priority for the Browns. After going offense with the team's first three picks, it's time to pay some attention to the defensive side of the ball.
68. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kendall Reyes, DT (UConn)
Despite using a lot of picks on the defensive line the past several years, the line remains a need. The Bucs will hope Reyes can provide a stabilizing force.
69. Washington Redskins: Mitchell Schwartz, OT (California)
The Redskins paid a bounty to select Robert Griffin III. The least they can do is protect him.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brandon Mosely, T (Auburn)
The Jags snagged Justin Blackmon, and I have them drafting Vinny Curry in the first round. The third major need for this team likes at the offensive tackle position, making Mosely the logical selection here.
71. Buffalo Bills: Brian Quick, WR (Appalachian State)
The Bills improved two areas of need earlier, nabbing Stephon Gilmore at corner and Jonathan Martin at tackle in my second-round mock. They get a great value adding Quick here to pair with Stevie Johnson.
72. Miami Dolphins: Jared Crick, DE (Nebraska)
Crick could end up being a huge steal this late, and he'll instantly slot in as an effective 3-4 defensive end.
He dropped down the board after only playing five games last season with a torn pectoral, but he was an All-American the year before.
This is great value for the Dolphins.
73. Miami Dolphins: Antonio Allen, S (South Carolina)
Unless you're a huge fan of Reshad Jones and Tyrell Johnson, I think you'll agree the Dolphins could serve to improve the safety position. Allen is a solid value in the third round.
74. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Broyles, WR (Oklahoma)
Wide receiver isn't a huge need, but Broyles is too good to pass up here.
75. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Pead, RB (Cincinnati)
Taking some of the load off Marshawn Lynch would be the smart move for Seattle. Pead will help ease the burden on Lynch.
76. Houston Texans: Tony Bergstrom, OT (Utah)
Keeping Matt Schaub healthy and paving the way for Arian Foster is the key to Houston's success on offense. Improving the offensive line is a must for the Texans at the draft this year.
77. New York Jets: Chris Polk, RB (Washington)
Shonn Greene hasn't proven to be the answer. The Jets will hope Polk can add some "oompf" to a running game that has lacked punch the past several years.
78. San Diego Chargers: Ronnie Hillman, RB (San Diego State)
Ryan Mathews hasn't been a bust, but he hasn't been a boom, either. Losing Mike Tolbert hurts. Turbin could ease some of that pain.
79. Chicago Bears: Dwayne Allen, TE (Clemson)
This is a fantastic pick for the Bears. Allen is the clear second-best tight end in this draft, and his drop to Chicago here is just what the doctor ordered. With Brandon Marshall, and now Allen, in town, Jay Cutler will have some nice weapons to work with in the passing game next season.
80. Arizona Cardinals: Cam Johnson, DE (Virginia)
The Cardinals need to bolster the pass rush. They'll look to Johnson to add a spark in that regard.
81. Dallas Cowboys: Orson Charles, TE (Georgia)
With the departure of wide receiver Laurent Robinson and tight end Martellus Bennett, the Cowboys could use another pass catcher for Tony Romo. It isn't a dire need, but this is a great value for the team at this slot.
82. Tennessee Titans: Jamell Fleming, CB (Oklahoma)
With Cortland Finnegan having departed via free agency to the Rams, the Titans need to address the cornerback position at some point in this draft. The third round is as good a place to do it as any.
83. Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard Pierce, RB (Temple)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a steady player, but he isn't spectacular. Pierce battled injuries at Temple, but he could surprise a lot of people and become a big-time stud in the NFL.
Pierce rushed for 1,361 yards as a freshman and 1481 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. He's going to be an excellent player for the Bengals.
84. Atlanta Falcons: Ladarius Green, TE (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Tony Gonzalez won't play forever.
85. Detroit Lions: Ron Brooks, CB (LSU)
I have the Lions adding cornerback Josh Robinson in the second round, and they take no chances upgrading a major area of need here in the third. You can never have too many talented corners.
86. Pittsburgh Steelers: Derek Wolfe, DT (Cincinnati)
Casey Hampton isn't getting any younger—the Steelers need to add some youth to the interior of their defensive line.
87. Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler, QB (Arizona State)
The Broncos will draft Peyton Manning's successor at some point in this draft. It could be Osweiler, it could be Kirk Cousins or even Nick Foles, but it will happen with this pick.
88. Philadelphia Eagles: Kirk Cousins, QB (Michigan State)
Not only do the Eagles need to find a long-term replacement for Michael Vick, they need a guy who can come in and potentially play immediately if Vick gets hurt.
I'm not sold on Trent Edwards.
Cousins fills each need. This just feels like the perfect fit to me, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Birds moved up this round to ensure they land Cousins.
89. New Orleans Saints: Billy Winn, DE (Boise State)
With their first pick in this draft, the Saints will look to add players to a defensive line in need of an upgrade.
90. Green Bay Packers: Tyrone Crawford, DE (Boise State)
Green Bay continues to improve the defense by adding Crawford, the second straight Boise State defensive end off the board.
91. Baltimore Ravens: James Michael Johnson, MLB (Nevada)
The Ravens were beaten to the punch on Dont'a Hightower, and they know Ray Lewis' career is drawing to a close. They'll hope Johnson can be the next big thing in the middle.
92. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Norman, CB (Coastal Carolina)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: You can never have too many cornerbacks—especially when the last two Super Bowl winners have been the pass-happy Packers and Giants.
93. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Chapman, DT (Alabama)
The Bengals already filled their major needs, so they can draft whomever tops their board. I'm gonna throw out a guess here and say it will be Chapman from Alabama's legendary defense from a year ago.
94. New York Giants: Marvin Jones, WR (California)
The Giants will hope Jones can replace the departed Mario Manningham.
95. Oakland Raiders: Brandon Brooks, OG (Miami)
Finally, a Raiders pick! The Raiders need to run the ball well and protect old man Carson Palmer to have any chance at a winning record this season. They'll gladly snatch the best offensive lineman on the board when they finally get a chance to draft someone this year.
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