2010 NFL Draft Third-Round Grades

Ian O'BrienCorrespondent IApril 23, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Colt McCoy of Texas runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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65. St. Louis Rams- Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida

While depth at cornerback was needed, it wasn't as crucial as selecting a wide receiver or tight end, and they had the golden opportunity to get a steal out of Damian Williams.

Grade: C-

66. Detroit Lions- Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa

The Lions needed a cornerback, and Spievey is a great third-round talent who fits their defense.

Grade: A

67. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt

Ronde Barber won't be around much longer, so a cornerback across from Aqib Talib makes sense, and Lewis fits Tampa Bay's defense.

Grade: B

68. Kansas City Chiefs- Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois

The Chiefs got a second-round prospect in Asamoah, and offensive line depth is needed for the Chiefs, so this is a solid pick.

Grade: B

69. Oakland Raiders- Jared Veldheer, T, Hillsdale

Excellent pick! Has Al Davis lost his senility? Veldheer is an underrated prospect, and the biggest need has been filled, and best of all for Raiders fans, no workout warriors and good football players.

Grade: A

70. Baltimore Ravens- Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon

Tight end is a big need for the Ravens since Todd Heap is aging and injury-prone. Dickson is a talented tight end, and Flacco will have another weapon to throw to. Another great pick by Ozzie Newsome.

Grade: A

71. Green Bay Packers- Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech

The Packers fill another need at safety.  Burnett is a steal since he was a second-round prospect.  Atari Bigby may be gone soon, and depth was needed, so Burnett was an excellent choice.

Grade: A

72. Buffalo Bills- Alex Carrington, DE/DT, Arkansas State

The Bills are switching to a 3-4, so they need to get more pieces for their defense.

Grade: A

73. Miami Dolphins- John Jerry, G, Mississippi

The Dolphins' offensive line is strong, but depth is needed, so Jerry is a solid pick.

Grade: B

74. Jacksonville Jaguars- D'Anthony Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech

They wasted another pick on a defensive tackle when they already have Terrance Knighton and John Henderson.  The Jaguars are cementing their last-place finish this year.

Grade: F-

75. Chicago Bears- Major Wright, S, Florida

The Bears had to wait a while for their first pick to come, but they used it wisely. Wright is a talented player, and he fills a need at free safety.

Grade: A

76. New York Giants- Chad Jones, S, LSU

Jones has a lot of upside, and safety is a major need for the Giants, so Jerry Reese makes another great pick.

Grade: A

77. Tennessee Titans- Damian Williams, WR, USC

This may be the biggest steal of the draft.  Wide receiver depth is needed for the Titans, and Williams is one of the top receiver prospects in the draft.  How in the world did Williams fall this far?

Grade: A+

78. Carolina Panthers- Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU

LaFell was a second-round prospect, so this an excellent value pick for the Panthers, and they filled their biggest need at wide receiver.

Grade: A

79. San Diego Chargers- Donald Butler, LB, Washington

Butler is an underrated prospect with star potential, and the Chargers need linebacker depth, so this is a good value pick.

Grade: B+

80. Denver Broncos- J.D. Walton, C, Baylor

I'll give it to McDaniels on this one.  Casey Wiegmann's departure left a hole at center, and Walton is a very talented center.

Grade: A

81. Houston Texans- Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona

Mitchell fills a need at defensive tackle, and pressuring Peyton Manning is important for the Texans.  Mitchell may have been a reach though.

Grade: B-

82. Pittsburgh Steelers- Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU

Sanders fills a need at wide receiver, and he will be useful in the return game too.

Grade: B

83. Atlanta Falcons- Corey Peters, DT, Kentucky

Defensive line is a need for the Falcons, but this isn't an exciting pick.  Peria Jerry is injury-prone though, so this may be a wise pick.

Grade: B-

84. Cincinnati Bengals- Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas

Shipley adds receiving depth and a return man to the Bengals, and he will make an excellent slot receiver, and may even be as good as Wes Welker.  He has high character and a great work ethic.

Grade: A

85. Cleveland Browns- Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

The Browns are really lucky that McCoy was still available.  They finally filled their need at quarterback, and McCoy was selected right after his best friend and favorite Texas receiving target.  He has his doubters just like Tim Tebow, but I still believe he will succeed in the NFL, and he'll definitely do better than the current Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. 

Grade: A

86. Philadelphia Eagles- Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE, Washington

The Eagles added another pass-rusher, so now they're set at defensive end and outside linebacker, but what are they doing not adding a cornerback after they traded Sheldon Brown?

Grade: C

87. Denver Broncos- Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota

In my opinion, Decker is a more intriguing prospect than Demaryius Thomas. This was a good pick.

Grade: B

88. Arizona Cardinals- Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel

Roberts is the most underrated wide receiver in the draft, but he has incredible upside and rarely drops passes.  Wide receiver isn't a need though, and Early Doucet has improved.

Grade: B-

89. Carolina Panthers- Armanti Edwards, QB/WR, Appalachian State

This is an interesting pick. Edwards is a wildcat quarterback like Pat White, and White hasn't panned out in the NFL so far, so this is a risky pick, and defensive line would've been a better route to take.

Grade: D

90. New England Patriots- Taylor Price, WR, Ohio

The Patriots finally fill their need at wide receiver.  Price is an extremely fast runner who ran a 4.3 at the Combine, but he has raw talent with only upside.

Grade: C

91. San Francisco 49ers- Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State

The 49ers took another character risk. Bowman has no intangibles, but he has first-round talent, and outside linebacker is a need for the 49ers.

Grade: A

92. Cleveland Browns- Shawn Lauvao, G, Arizona State

The Browns' offensive line is fine, but a guard was a minor need. A wide receiver still hasn't been taken though.

Grade: C

93. Kansas City Chiefs- Tony Moeaki, TE, Iowa

A receiving tight end was needed since Brad Cottam is only a blocker.  Moeaki is really talented and was considered a second-round prospect.

Grade: A

94. Indianapolis Colts- Kevin Thomas, CB, USC

The Colts need cornerback depth since Marlin Jackson and Tim Jennings left.  Thomas is a solid pick.

Grade: B

95. New Orleans Saints- Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami

The Saints addressed their need at tight end.  Jeremy Shockey is old and can't stay healthy.  He played basketball and not much football, but so did Antonio Gates, and Graham is often called the next Antonio Gates, so his upside is worth pursuing in the third round.

Grade: A

96. Cincinnati Bengals (comp.)- Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest

Ghee is a steal here since he was a second-round prospect, and he'll make a great nickel back for the Bengals.

Grade: A

97. Tennessee Titans (comp.)- Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia

Curran is a great fit for the Titans' defense.  He fills a need and adds depth to replace Keith Bulluck.

Grade: A

98. Atlanta Falcons (comp.)- Mike Johnson, G, Alabama

Defensive end is still a need that hasn't been addressed, but guard depth is needed as well.

Grade: B