The first two rounds of the NFL draft contain the most obvious talent, but Round 3 is where teams build depth and find hidden gems. I have graded each team’s selection from Round 3 and given a brief analysis of each pick.
No. 64: Indianapolis Colts - Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
Decent player, but the Colts needed to fill other positions and after already drafting a TE in the second round, this pick was a mistake.
No. 65: St. Louis Rams - Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
Talented player that can play man coverage and battle with physical receivers. Jeff Fisher has significantly upgraded the CB position this offseason.
No. 66: Minnesota Vikings - Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
The Vikings needed help in the secondary and Josh Robinson will provide speed at CB. He needs to work on his technique, but he has the ability to be a good starter.
No. 67: Denver Broncos - Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
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The Broncos had a good running game last year, but they needed to surround Peyton Manning with more weapons and Ronnie Hillman is a good RB that can catch the ball out of the backfield.
No. 68: Houston Texans - DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
DeVier Posey has the talent to be a starting receiver opposite Andre Johnson, but he needs to be more consistent.
No. 69: Buffalo Bills - T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State
Like Posey, T.J. Graham needs to be more consistent. He has the talent, but with other holes to fill, this was a questionable move.
No. 70: Jacksonville Jaguars - Bryan Anger, P, California
I am a fan of drafting kickers because it is an underrated part of the game, but this was way too high.
No. 71: Washington Redskins - Josh LeRibeus, OG, Southern Methodist
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This pick makes a lot of sense, as Mike Shanahan likes mobile offensive linemen and Josh LeRibeus can do everything Shanahan will ask of him. Good player and a nice pickup for the Redskins.
No. 72: Miami Dolphins - Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami (Fla.)
If he can develop his raw ability, Olivier Vernon will be a good player opposite Cameron Wake. For now, he can be a situational pass-rusher with room to develop into starter.
No. 73: San Diego Chargers - Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU
Brandon Taylor will provide an immediate boost to the Chargers secondary. While he won’t wow you, he is a reliable safety that can start right away.
No. 74: Kansas City Chiefs - Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma
The Chiefs needed to upgrade and get depth on the offensive line. Donald Stephenson is a good player that can step in and spot start when needed.
No. 75: Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Chalk this up to Pete Carroll. Russell Wilson has talent, but after signing Matt Flynn and with other holes to fill, this pick doesn’t make sense.
No. 76: Houston Texans - Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
After losing two offensive linemen in the offseason, the Texans took a versatile player that adds depth and has a chance to start down the line.
No. 77: New York Jets - Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State
The Jets get a fast linebacker that is versatile and fits in well in Rex Ryan’s defense. He needs to add bulk but has the skill needed to play as a rookie.
No. 78: Miami Dolphins - Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
The Dolphins needed to upgrade their receiving corps and Michael Egnew could be their poor-man's Dallas Clark. He is tall, but lacks the blocking skills needed to help in the running game.
No. 79: Chicago Bears - Brandon Hardin, FS, Oregon State
If he can return from injury and play up to his ability, this will be a good pick for the Bears. This was a good spot for the Bears to take a risk.
No. 80: Arizona Cardinals - Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
He is corner that can play in man coverage and makes sense for the Cardinals. This is a good pick at a need position.
No. 81: Dallas Cowboys - Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State
Good player that could have gone higher in the draft. If he can transition into playing 3-4 OLB, he will be a solid player for the Cowboys.
No. 82: Tennessee Titans - Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
A high-energy player and a versatile defensive lineman. If he is going to develop more, he will need to add bulk. His wrestling background makes him an interesting prospect.
No. 83: Cincinnati Bengals - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
He fell due to concerns over his speed not translating to the NFL, but Mohamed Sanu has great hands and is a strong receiver. He will be a good complement to A.J. Green.
No. 84: Baltimore Ravens - Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
A decent player, but with better running backs on the board this pick didn’t make sense. Could be a nice complement to Ray Rice.
No. 85: Detroit Lions - Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette
The Lions needed to add to their secondary and Dwight Bentley is a good player that has the ability to play multiple positions at the next level.
No. 86: Pittsburgh Steelers - Sean Spence, OLB, Miami (Fla.)
He is a fast linebacker that tackles well, but needs to add bulk in order to play outside at the next level. He has the opportunity to learn in a great system and develop into a starter.
No. 87: Cleveland Browns - John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati
He is a run-stuffing DT, but doesn’t excel at anything. He is a good player, but is a reach in the third round.
No. 88: Philadelphia Eagles - Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
Nick Foles has a great arm and can develop under Andy Reid. He will have an opportunity to start down the road and compete for the backup job this year.
No. 89: New Orleans Saints - Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina
Akiem Hicks is a tall defensive tackle that needs to add strength to his base in order to play inside in the NFL. He is a project with limited upside.
No. 90: New England Patriots - Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
The Patriots continued to add to their front seven by drafting a playmaker in Jake Bequette. He needs to work on his technique and become stouter against the run in order to be a 3-4 OLB, but he has the potential to be a quality starter.
No. 91: Atlanta Falcons - Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Mississippi
The Falcons got a versatile player that can play both guard and tackle at the next level. He needs to work on his footwork and get stronger if he is going to start in the NFL.
No. 92: Indianapolis Colts - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International
He is a fast receiver that could be a reliable slot target for Andrew Luck if he can show that he can handle press coverage. He has good hands and is a decent route-runner.
No. 93: Cincinnati Bengals - Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
He is an explosive DT with pass-rush ability. If he continues to develop, he could be a full-time starter and a difference maker.
No. 94: New York Giants - Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
He is a physical corner that had 10 interceptions as a sophomore. He is a bit undersized, but has good footwork and playmaking ability.
No. 95: Oakland Raiders select: Tony Bergstrom, OT, Utah
He is a strong and athletic RT that could develop into a starter. He needs to develop better technique in order to handle speed rushers.