2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Round 2 and 3 Projections
It was supposed to be the wildest, most unpredictable draft in recent memory, and it didn't disappoint.
The 2013 NFL draft saw three offensive tackles go in the first four picks, no first-round running backs and, incredibly, the consensus best available quarterback slide all the way out of the first round.
That quarterback, Geno Smith, will certainly be the prize commodity on Friday night; whether the Jaguars (long tipped to take Smith No. 2 overall) stick to their board or take a bounty of picks from a team in need will shape much of the second and third round.
With the huge run on offensive linemen on the first evening, will they continue to be overdrafted, or will teams lay off? Where will all the speedy receivers, tailbacks and cornerbacks still on the board land?
How many luxury picks can stacked teams like the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots make?
Find out now, with our fully updated second- and third-round projections.
Round 2, Pick 1 (No. 33): Jacksonville Jaguars
Geno Smith, West Virginia QB
The Jaguars refused to invest a No. 2 overall pick to replace their No. 10 overall pick from just two drafts ago.
With Geno Smith, the best quarterback in the draft, falling to them at the top of the second, though, the Jaguars should be waiting at the podium with the card when the draft reconvenes Friday night.
Round 2, Pick 2 (No. 34): San Francisco 49ers (via Kansas City Chiefs)
Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, Florida State DE
The 49ers replaced Dashon Goldson with their splashy move up into the first round for safety Eric Reid. Now, with Justin Smith suffering a big drop-off in productivity, is the perfect time to draft his eventual replacement.
Carradine is coming off of ACL surgery, but the 49ers don't need him to excel right off the bat. At 6'4", 276 pounds, he has the beef to play defensive end in a 3-4, but he also has the speed to stand up when asked.
Round 2, Pick 3 (No. 35): Philadelphia Eagles
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M DE/OLB
The Eagles are getting tons of buzz because new head coach Chip Kelly will take the zone-read offense revolution in the NFL to the next level.
Kelly, though, wanted to overhaul the Eagles defense even more; the Eagles changed out their entire secondary in free agency and are renovating their front seven.
The 6'4", 250-pound Moore has the size and athleticism to transition to outside linebacker in the NFL, and the Eagles will be glad to use his tremendous edge speed to attack the premier quarterbacks of the NFC East.
Round 2, Pick 4 (No. 36): Detroit Lions
Justin Hunter, Tennessee WR
The Lions have been looking for a tall, fast receiver to play Starscream to Calvin Johnson's Megatron almost since they drafted Johnson.
Hunter represents outstanding value with the fourth pick of the second round; the 6'4", 196-pound receiver has excellent speed, quickness and fluidity in and out of cuts. He'll remind Lions fans of Titus Young with his incredible ability to get open—and his inconsistent hands.
Hunter's reputed to have a much better head on his shoulders, though.
Round 2, Pick 5 (No. 37): Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders)
Eddie Lacy, Alabama RB
The Bengals have an unstoppable passing offense (and his name is A.J. Green). With an excellent offensive line, a lunch-bucket performance from tailback Benjarvus Green-Ellis was just enough to get the job done.
Lacy brings the combination of playmaking power and speed the Bengals have lacked since Cedric Benson was briefly at the peak of his powers. With a back that defenses must respect, the Bengals could have one of the most balanced offenses in football.
Round 2, Pick 6 (No. 38): Arizona Cardinals
Ryan Nassib, Syracuse QB
Nearly everyone in the Cardinals organization with any influence in football operations had dinner with Ryan Nassib recently. Despite trading for Carson Palmer and signing Drew Stanton, the Cardinals need to groom an eventual long-term starter.
Nassib seems to be a good fit for head coach Bruce Arians' offense—he has the strong frame, good decision-making skills and short-area mobility to hit the desert ground running.
Round 2, Pick 7 (No. 39): New York Jets
Keenan Allen, California WR
Santonio Holmes isn't quite what he used to be, and what he used to be wasn't a dominant wide receiver. The Jets desperately need to rejuvenate the passing game, and one of the best playmakers in the draft just happened to fall to them.
This is an easy pick to make.
Round 2, Pick 8 (No. 40): Tennessee Titans
Alex Okafor, Texas DE
Having solidified the offensive line with Chance Warmack in the first round, the Tennessee Titans flip to the other side of the ball in Round 2. Alex Okafor is a 6'4", 264-pound pass rusher with polished technique and great instincts against the run.
Okafor should challenge the disappointing Kamerion Wimbley very quickly.
Round 2, Pick 9 (No. 41): Buffalo Bills
Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech WR
The Buffalo Bills are serious about adding playmakers on offense. With new quarterback EJ Manuel, the Bills need a true outside receiver. Patton, standing 6'0", 204 pounds, certainly is that. He caught 104 catches for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
Round 2, Pick 10 (No. 42): Oakland Raiders (via Miami Dolphins)*
*via first-round trade
Kawann Short, Purdue DT
The Raiders completely overhauled their defensive line in free agency, but wide, powerful run-stuffer Kawann Short is an excellent fit for the hybrid system the Ravens run.
Short is much wider and beefier than his 299-pound listed weight suggests. He has the lower-body strength and leverage to push the pile and the long arms to bring down backs running through the gap. He should help situationally right away, and for years after that.
Round 2, Pick 11 (No. 43): Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Zach Ertz, Stanford TE
Sometimes, having a successful NFL draft means getting lucky, and here the Buccaneers have the perfect replacement for aging (and unsigned) starting tight end Dallas Clark fall into their lap.
The 6'5", 249-pound Ertz ran the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.6 range at Stanford's pro day, and he has an incredible 35.5-inch vertical leap. He's the kind of big target from which a young quarterback like Josh Freeman could benefit hugely, and he's a major mismatch against most linebackers.
Round 2, Pick 12 (No. 44): Carolina Panthers
Robert Woods, Southern California WR
Woods isn't the tallest, fastest or most explosive receiver in this draft. He wasn't even the most droolworthy receiving prospect on his own college team in 2012.
Woods, though, has just enough of every physical tool; he boasts 6'0", 201-pound size and mid-4.4 speed. Where he really shines, though, is in his route-running, hands and toughness. Woods has the savvy and polish to be a very reliable target for Cam Newton in Carolina.
Woods is a perfect fit as the heir apparent to Steve Smith.
Round 2, Pick 13 (No. 45): San Diego Chargers
Jamar Taylor, Boise State CB
The San Diego Chargers signed former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox in free agency, but the departure of Quentin Jammer means they could still use more talent on the outside.
Taylor's 5'11", 192-pound frame is brimming with talent; his 4.39 40-yard dash and blazing 6.82 three-cone drill means the Boise State Bronco has true big league ability. Taylor would make an excellent pure-cover yin to Cox's physical yang.
Round 2, Pick 14 (No. 46): Buffalo Bills (via St. Louis Rams)
Menelik Watson, Florida State OT
The Buffalo Bills finally solved their left tackle problem with last year's draft pick Cordy Glenn; this season, they take Watson to nail down the other side.
Watson's huge 6'5", 310-pound frame and basketball-developed athleticism means he has the power to play right tackle and the potential to eventually switch to the left if need be. Buffalo needs as much protection for EJ Manuel as possible.
Round 2, Pick 15 (No. 47): Dallas Cowboys
Kevin Minter, Louisiana State LB
The Dallas Cowboys are making a dramatic defensive transition: from the attacking, man-coverage 3-4 defense coached by Rob Ryan to the 4-3 base, zone-coverage Tampa 2 scheme innovated by new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
To make that transition, they need more of the players that make the Tampa 2 work, and the middle linebacker might be the most important cog in the machine. LSU's Kevin Minter has the awareness and instincts to man his single gap in the Tampa 2's run fits and also to cover the middle of the field.
Round 2, Pick 16 (No. 48): Pittsburgh Steelers
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State CB
The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been masters of knowing when to let aging free agents walk and when to reinvest in key contributors. When cornerback Keenan Lewis left for the New Orleans Saints, though, it left an unexpected hole.
Johnthan Banks can fill that hole, with a 6'2", 185-pound build and all of the physicality the Steelers love in their cornerbacks—and on their defense.
Round 2, Pick 17 (No. 49): New York Giants
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame ILB
The Giants were thought to be considering Te'o with the 19th overall pick; instead, he's still waiting for them all the way down at No. 49.
This card should be turned in quickly. The Giants address a major need with major value.
Round 2, Pick 18 (No. 50): Chicago Bears
Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT
The Bears don't have a crying need at left tackle right now, thanks to the signing of free agent Jermon Bushrod. Armstead, though isn't a "right now" prospect. A gifted natural athlete standing 6'5" and weighing 306 pounds, he dominated SWAC-level competition at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Armstead proved he had big league ability at the Senior Bowl, though, and the Bears could easily play him at right tackle until he reaches his potential.
Round 2, Pick 19 (No. 51): Washington Redskins
Darius Slay, Mississippi State CB
It looked as though the Washington Redskins were finally set to upgrade from inconsistent veteran DeAngelo Hall, when Hall hit unrestricted free agency.
With the Redskins' cap-penalty-limited budget, though, they couldn't score any of the available cornerbacks. Slay has the best speed in the draft at the position, turning in an official 4.36 40-yard dash time at the combine. He's not a shrimp, either, standing 6'0" tall.
Slay not only upgrades the position, he does so on the cheap. The Redskins also re-signed Hall, which makes the cornerback picture much brighter.
Round 2, Pick 20 (No. 52): New England Patriots (via Minnesota Vikings)
Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International S
The Patriots took in an incredible haul of picks from the Vikings. They also got incredibly lucky to have a player of Cyprien's caliber—talked about as a possible late first-rounder—fall to them here.
The Patriots let Patrick Chung leave for the Philadelphia Eagles, and they picked up Adrian Wilson from the Arizona Cardinals, so Cyprien restores lost physicality and youth to the Patriots backfield.
With luck, he reaches his potential more quickly than Chung.
Round 2, Pick 21 (No. 53): Cincinnati Bengals
Aaron Dobson, Marshall WR
The Bengals could use another downfield threat to take pressure off of A.J. Green. Mohamed Sanu could be developing into that player, but having a 6'3", 210-pound target with speed rounding out the trio could be lethal.
Round 2, Pick 22 (No. 54): Miami Dolphins (via Indianapolis Colts)
Jordan Poyer, Oregon State CB
With the acquisition of free agents Richard Marshall and Brent Grimes, the Miami Dolphins aren't hurting for starting cornerbacks. Grimes, though, will turn 30 before the season starts and is coming off of ACL repair.
Poyer would be an excellent insurance policy for Grimes, and he would likely challenge for time in the nickel slot right away.
Round 2, Pick 23 (No. 55): Green Bay Packers
D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina S
With Charles Woodson just a memory and an NFC North loaded with downfield weapons, the Packers need to make a move to shore up the last line of their defense.
Swearinger is a beefy 5'11", 208 pounds, and maybe all his muscle slows him a bit when changing direction. Though Swearinger doesn't have elite recovery speed, if he keeps the play in front of him he'll make a quick, positive impact in Green Bay.
Round 2, Pick 24 (No. 56): Seattle Seahawks
Giovani Bernard, North Carolina RB
The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best rosters in football, along with the luxury of taking almost anyone here.
Marshawn Lynch did yeoman's work, as always, in 2012, but Bernard brings an explosive home-run gear that Lynch doesn't have—and that should keep Lynch from having to carry so much of the burden all season long.
The Seahawks offense now looks almost impossible to stop.
Round 2, Pick 25 (No. 57): Houston Texans
Matt Barkley, Southern California QB
Many factors converge at the No. 57 overall pick: the subpar play of Matt Schaub in the playoffs, the long slide of the second-best quarterback prospect in the draft, the plethora of picks the Texans have to spend and the deep, balanced roster they already boast.
Barkley is a similar player to Schaub, and he won't push him right away. Having a talented backup with a similar style is a great insurance policy for teams looking to make a deep playoff run.
Round 2, Pick 26 (No. 58): Denver Broncos
Jesse Williams, Alabama DT
The Denver Broncos aggressively addressed what few needs they had in free agency.
As the old "World Theory" states, there are only so many 6'3", 323-pound players who can anchor the middle of a defense. Though the Broncos are already loaded at the position, Williams is excellent value at this slot.
Williams, of course, played at the highest level of college football, and he should be able to make an impact right away, even if it's only rotational. It shouldn't be long before Williams is anchoring the Broncos front seven.
Round 2, Pick 27 (No. 59): New England Patriots
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA RB
Somehow, the Patriots do it nearly every single year. After letting Danny Woodhead walk, the Patriots need a running back with hands and home-run speed to add to their committee.
Deep in the bottom of the second round, here's the most productive back in UCLA history, with great lateral quickness and cutting ability and very good deep speed once he gets into space.
As somehow always happens, the Patriots stand pat and get exactly what they need.
Round 2, Pick 28 (No. 60): Atlanta Falcons
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut CB
One of the few pieces the Falcons lost in free agency was cornerback Brent Grimes. At the bottom of the second round, 6'1", 195-pound corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson has the size and athleticism to make a smooth transition to the NFL.
There are questions about his deep speed, but Wilson certainly can't hurt a ball-hawking Falcons secondary that won't want to miss a beat in 2013.
Round 2, Pick 29 (No. 61): San Francisco 49ers
Sam Montgomery, Louisiana State DE/OLB
The 49ers have the luxury of making nearly every pick a "luxury pick," but they need to make sure they can keep rolling waves of talented front-seven players.
Monster defensive end Justin Smith saw a huge drop in production in 2013, and the pass rush from the outside linebackers wasn't as consistent as a result. Montgomery's a tough, talented pass-rusher who's a little light to start out at 3-4 end, but he could make a situational impact at outside linebacker as he gets in the weight room.
Round 2, Pick 30 (No. 62): Baltimore Ravens
Arthur Brown, Kansas State LB
Everyone thought the Baltimore Ravens would get their inside linebacker at the end of Round 1, and Arthur Brown might be the pick. Instead, Brown falls all the way to the bottom of Round 2 and the Ravens get their man anyway.
At 6'0", 241 pounds, Brown lacks size, but he plays much bigger than he is, with fluidity, aggression and awareness.
Round 3, Pick 1 (No. 63): Kansas City Chiefs
Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee WR
The Chiefs are set on the offensive line, but they need a scary downfield threat to pair with No. 1 target Dwayne Bowe and newly signed speedster Donnie Avery. Rogers fits the bill, with a 6'2", 217-pound frame creating a physical mismatch against most NFL cornerbacks.
Round 3, Pick 2 (No. 64): Jacksonville Jaguars
Larry Warford, Kentucky OG
With the offensive tackle situation on lockdown, the Jaguars wisely invest in guard Larry Warford, whose big body will open up running lanes inside and keep interior pass-rushers from messing with Geno Smith.
Round 3, Pick 3 (No. 65): Detroit Lions
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State TE
The Detroit Lions have been looking for a tight end who can be a physical mismatch down the seam ever since they drafted Matthew Stafford. Brandon Pettigrew's inconsistent hands and Tony Scheffler's poor rapport with Stafford make the 6'6", 254-pound speedster a scary option.
Round 3, Pick 4 (No. 66): Oakland Raiders
Margus Hunt, Southern Methodist DE/OLB
This pick just screams "Raiders." Margus Hunt is the ultimate combine/measureables guy. His film asks plenty of questions about his pro readiness, but that's never stopped Oakland from taking a droolworthy height-weight-speed guy.
Round 3, Pick 5 (No. 67): Philadelphia Eagles
Barrett Jones, Alabama OL
Chip Kelly's offense is built around a dominant offensive front. The Eagles drafted their left tackle of the future with Lane Johnson in the first round, and in the third they grab the most versatile lineman in the draft. Jones could play any position on the offensive line, and the Eagles need that versatility up front.
Round 3, Pick 6 (No. 68): Cleveland Browns
Vance McDonald, Rice TE
The Cleveland Browns will gladly get new offensive coordinator Norv Turner whatever he needs to make quarterback Brandon Weeden successful. McDonald, the fastest tight end in the draft, could well become the next Antonio Gates.
Round 3, Pick 7 (No. 69): Arizona Cardinals
Phillip Thomas, Fresno State S
The Arizona Cardinals are reloading a defense that's traditionally been the strength of the team. With Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes both gone, Thomas will make an immediate impact in the last line of defense.
Round 3, Pick 8 (No. 70): Tennessee Titans
Travis Kelce, Cincinnati TE
The Tennessee Titans already snagged tight end Delanie Walker from San Francisco in free agency, but Walker isn't the receiver the departed Jared Cook is. Kelce is a both a legitimate threat downfield and a great value at No. 70.
Round 3, Pick 9 (No. 71): St. Louis Rams (via Buffalo Bills)
Logan Ryan, Rutgers CB
Jeff Fisher loves physical cornerbacks, and Ryan is exactly that. Though not blessed with huge size, Ryan has the toughness to disrupt routes and support against the run and is versatile enough to play well in man or zone coverage.
Round 3, Pick 10 (No. 72): New York Jets
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas QB
The Jets finally get their quarterback of the future (and possible present) when Wilson slides to them in the middle of the third round. Wilson should have no trouble pushing Mark Sanchez, but he also won't have the intense pressure that Sanchez faced from the get-go.
Round 3, Pick 11 (No. 73): Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Khaseem Greene, Rutgers OLB
The Buccaneers have spent plenty of money and picks on the defensive line and defensive backfield; now, former Rutgers (and current Bucs) coach Greg Schiano can add a known quantity to his linebacking corps.
Round 3, Pick 12 (No. 74): Dallas Cowboys (via Carolina Panthers, Through 49ers)
Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State DT
The 320-pound Hankins has the size to play in a 3-4 scheme, but his quickness and pursuit skills make him a great fit for the Cowboys' new Tampa 2 scheme. With the loss of Marcus Spears, the Cowboys need a big body who can collapse the pocket.
Hankins can be that body.
Round 3, Pick 13 (No. 75): New Orleans Saints
John Jenkins, Georgia DT
With new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan bringing his aggressive 3-4 to the table, a beefy tackle to anchor the whole thing is a must. Jenkins is a great need fit and decent value, here.
Round 3, Pick 14 (No. 76): San Diego Chargers
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina RB
The San Diego Chargers haven't been able to keep any of their running backs upright. Maybe drafting a back with two major injuries is a bad idea, but Lattimore's instincts and power would make a perfect complement to free-agent signee Danny Woodhead's shiftiness.
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy did very well with Willis McGahee in Denver; this seems like a perfect marriage.
Round 3, Pick 15 (No. 77): Miami Dolphins
Andre Ellington, Clemson RB
With Reggie Bush long gone, the Dolphins need another playmaker out of the backfield. Ellington is certainly that, having put up eye-popping numbers at Clemson. His 4.51 speed should allow him to shred defenses that are playing soft to contain Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline.
Round 3, Pick 16 (No. 78): Buffalo Bills (via St. Louis Rams)
J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern S
After losing safety George Wilson to free agency, the Bills' Jairus Byrd needs a new partner in crime. The 6'0", 213-pound Wilcox, having transitioned from wide receiver, has the size and athleticism to make plays all over the field.
Round 3, Pick 17 (No. 79): Pittsburgh Steelers
Dallas Thomas, Tennessee OG/OT
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost OG/OT Willie Colon to free agency; Dallas Thomas has the size and technique to upgrade either spot. The Steelers should grab the versatile Thomas now and figure out where on the line he goes later.
Round 3, Pick 18 (No. 80): Dallas Cowboys
Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State RB
The Dallas Cowboys need to upgrade their running game, and the most versatile three-down back in the draft is a perfect fit. Excelling on the ground, in the air and in pass protection, the only tool Bell doesn't have is electrifying speed.
Round 3, Pick 19 (No. 81): New York Giants
Sio Moore, Connecticut OLB
After Manti Te'o fell to them earlier, the Giants are able to take another good value in the middle of the third round. Moore has the athleticism, awareness and tools to cover in space and rush the passer, but he can also stop the run. He's not dominant in terms of height-weight-speed, but Moore is a football player who should be able to do whatever the Giants ask of him.
Round 3, Pick 20 (No. 82): Miami Dolphins (via Chicago Bears)
David Amerson, North Carolina State S
After all the attention lavished on the Dolphins' speedy pass rush and veteran cornerback pair, the Dolphins shouldn't forget to address the safety position. Amerson should be able to add some of the pop up the middle that the edges of the defense lack.
Round 3, Pick 21 (No. 83): New England Patriots (via Minnesota Vikings)
Kiko Alonso, Oregon ILB
The Patriots add more depth to the front seven with Alonso, who's a very good value at No. 83. What a wealth of talent the Patriots have reaped from Minnesota.
Round 3, Pick 22 (No. 84): Cincinnati Bengals
Tyrann Mathieu, Louisiana State CB
The Bengals have a need at nickel cornerback, and somehow they always end up with the character-flag guys. These dots are just too easy to connect.
Round 3, Pick 23 (No. 85): Washington Redskins
Robert Alford, Southeaster Louisiana CB
Not done revamping the secondary, the Redskins get great value at No. 85 with a small-school cornerback that possesses big league speed. Alford and Slay make a fearsome cornerback pair.
Round 3, Pick 24 (No 86): Indianapolis Colts
Markus Wheaton, Oregon State WR
With Donnie Avery let go and surprise T.Y. Hilton stepping up, the Indianapolis Colts still need to identify a medium- and long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne. Wheaton has the right build and underrated route-running and playmaking skills.
Round 3, Pick 25 (No. 87): Seattle Seahawks
Corey Lemonier, Auburn OLB
The Seahawks absolutely love their pass-rushers, and Lemonier has the blazing edge speed you just can't find this late in the draft. He may play linebacker in the Seahawks' 4-3, and he may take a while to develop.
Round 3, Pick 26 (No. 88): Green Bay Packers
Christine Michael, Texas A&M RB
The Green Bay Packers need a feature back, and at the bottom of the third round those are usually hard to come by. But Michael has rare athleticism for a 5'10", 220-pound back; he should fit perfectly into what the Packers want to do.
Round 3, Pick 27 (No. 89): Houston Texans
Sanders Commings, Georgia S
The Texans lost Glover Quin and replaced him with the aging Ed Reed. Now, they need to get younger and more athletic at safety, and Commings is the perfect fit.
Round 3, Pick 28 (No. 90): Denver Broncos
B.W. Webb, William & Mary CB
The Broncos signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a one-year deal to start opposite Champ Bailey, but neither Champ nor DRC figure to be around for the long haul. Webb adds some stability to the cornerback spot.
Round 3, Pick 29 (No. 91): New England Patriots
Stedman Bailey, West Virginia WR
The Patriots love explosive receivers who can take Tom Brady's accurate passes and make something of them. That's just what Stedman Bailey did over and over at West Virginia; the Patriots again get great value here.
Round 3, Pick 30 (No. 92): St. Louis Rams
Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB
With Steven Jackson gone and Isaiah Pead still more potential than reality, the Rams need to ensure they have a strong running game for quarterback Sam Bradford to lean on. Ball doesn't have deep speed, but he can get four yards when the Rams need three.
Round 3, Pick 31 (No. 93): San Francisco 49ers
Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern DT
The 49ers are absolutely spoiled to get such a perfect fit here. Williams will have the chance to develop in the center of the line behind Glenn Dorsey for a season or two. The rich get richer as the 49ers complete an excellent reload of their vaunted front seven.
Round 3, Pick 32 (No. 94): Baltimore Ravens
Jon Bostic, Florida LB
The Ravens absolutely needed one inside linebacker, but with new free-agent signee Rolando McClain in legal trouble, they could use two. Florida's 6'1", 245-pound Jon Bostic will pair with Arthur Brown quite nicely to give the middle of the Ravens defense the physicality they've prided themselves on.
Round 3, Pick 33 (No. 95): Houston Texans
Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi OLB
Teams running a 3-4 alignment rely on outside linebackers for pass rush and coverage, but two isn't always enough. The 6'3", 250-pound Collins has the speed and athleticism to cover the pass or rush the passer; he's also blessed with long arms that can keep him clean against tight ends and offensive tackles.
Round 3, Pick 34 (No. 96): Kansas City Chiefs
Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse S
The Kansas City Chiefs drafted safety Eric Berry with the No. 5 overall pick in 2010, but Berry could use another safety with pop next to him. Thomas, a 5'9", 213-pound wrecking ball, loves to play downhill and pop people at the line of scrimmage.
Round 3, Pick 35 (No. 97): Tennessee Titans
Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut CB
The Tennessee Titans haven't traditionally spent high draft picks on cornerbacks, preferring to snag aggressive, physical players in later rounds. Gratz can boast legitimate mid-4.4 speed and accompanying athleticism, but he also is willing to jam folks off the line and come up and support in the run game.