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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cam Newton, A.J. Green, and Complete 3 Round Projections

David DanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 5, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cam Newton, A.J. Green, and Complete 3 Round Projections

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    The 2011 NFL Draft is more than 110 days away.  Now that the NFL playoffs have begun, it's time to mock the first three rounds of the draft.

    Where will Blaine Gabbert go now that he has declared?  What about Terrelle Pryor?

    These questions and more will be answered in this 2011 three-round NFL Mock Draft:

1. Carolina Panthers: Da'Quan Bowers (DE, Clemson)

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    Analysis: Charles Johnson had about one third of the Panthers sacks this season, and he's a free agent.

     

    Grade: Even

2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson (CB, LSU)

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    Analysis: Champ Bailey is long gone, but the Broncos don't take a step back by selecting Peterson.


    Grade: Even

3. Buffalo Bills: Nick Fairley (DE, Auburn)

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    Analysis: The Bills have the worst run defense in the league, but that will change fast with Fairley on the line.

     

    Grade: Even

4. Cincinnati Bengals: Robert Quinn (DE, North Carolina)

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    Analysis: Character concerns are the only thing holding Quinn back from going No. 1, which the Bengals obviously don't care about.


    Grade: Even

5. Arizona Cardinals: Prince Amukamara (CB, Nebraska)

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    Analysis: The Cardinals will have two shutdown cornerbacks for years to come with Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie manning the outside.


    Grade: Even

6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green (WR, Georgia)

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    Analysis: Colt McCoy gets an All World talent on the outside to throw to for the next 10 years in Green.


    Grade: Even

7. San Francisco 49ers: Blaine Gabbert (QB, Missouri)

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    Analysis: The 49ers new head coach will have no ties to either Smith and will want his own quarterback to run the offense.


    Grade: Even

8. Tennessee Titans: Marcell Dareus (DT, Alabama)

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    Analysis: The Titans finally replace Albert Haynesworth in the middle of their struggling defense.


    Grade: Even

9. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Ingram (HB, Alabama)

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    Analysis: The Cowboys running game has been infective for most of the season, and with no better option, why not?


    Grade: Even

10. Washington Redskins: Ryan Mallett (QB, Arkansas)

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    Analysis: Mike Shanahan gets a gunslinger that's definitely an upgrade to Rex Grossman in the strong armed Mallett.


    Grade: Even

11. Houston Texans: Stephen Paea (DT, Oregon St.)

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    Analysis: The Texans finally upgrade the defensive tackle instantly improving their entire defense.


    Grade: Even

12. Minnesota Vikings: Cam Newton (QB, Auburn)

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    Analysis: Joe Webb isn't the answer, but the Heisman Trophy winner could be.


    Grade: Even

13. Detroit Lions: Brandon Harris (CB, Miami)

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    Analysis: The Lions fill their number one need at cornerback with Harris, who has the potential to be a shutdown cornerback.


    Grade: Even

14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones (WR, Alabama)

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    Analysis: Sam Bradford gets a stud wide receiver in Jones that can turn a short pass into a home run at any time.


    Grade: Steal

15. Miami Dolphins: Mikel LeShoure (HB, Illinois)

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    Analysis: Miami must select a running back to replace Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

     

    Grade: Reach

16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan (DE, Purdue)

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    Analysis: The Jaguars have no legit pass rushers with Aaron Kampman's future in jeopardy with two bad knees.


    Grade: Even

17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan (DE, California)

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    Analysis: The Patriots finally replace Richard Seymour with the pick they received in the Seymour-trade.


    Grade: Even

18. San Diego Chargers: Von Miller (OLB, Texas A&M)

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    Analysis: The Chargers need someone opposite of Shaun Phillips who can rush the passer more effectively than Larry English.


    Grade: Even

19. New York Giants: Travis Lewis (OLB, Oklahoma)

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    Analysis: Keith Bulluck is a shell of his former self and must be replaced.


    Grade: Even

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn (DE, Iowa)

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    Analysis: The Buccaneers have no one at defensive end right now, and Clayborn falls because of inconsistency.


    Grade: Steal

21. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker (QB, Washington)

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    Analysis: The hometown hero falls to the Seahawks and will sit a year behind Matt Hasselbeck.


    Grade: Steal

22. Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Blackmon (WR, Oklahoma St.)

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    Analysis: The Chiefs need an upgrade opposite of Dwayne Bowe to eliminate double teams.


    Grade: Even

23. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder (OT, Colorado)

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    Analysis: The athletic Solder is a pass blocker who fits great in the Colts system.


    Grade: Even

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Janoris Jenkins (CB, Florida)

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    Analysis: The Eagles must find a replacement for Dimitri Patterson after the last few weeks of poor play.


    Grade: Even

25. Green Bay Packers: Akeem Ayers (OLB, UCLA)

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    Analysis: The Packers have nothing across from Clay Matthews, and Ayers will be able to start right away.


    Grade: Even

26. New Orleans Saints: Drake Nevis (DT, LSU)

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    Analysis: Nevis will really improve the Saints mediocre pass rush.


    Grade: Steal

27. New York Jets: J.J. Watt (DE, Wisconsin)

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    Analysis: Watt has great size and can start right away at the Jets weakness on the defensive line.


    Grade: Even

28. Baltimore Ravens: Aaron Williams (CB, Texas)

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    Analysis: All the Ravens cornerbacks are gone next year besides Lardarius Webb and Dominique Foxworth who's coming off of a torn ACL.


    Grade: Even

29. Chicago Bears: Derrick Sherrod (OT, Mississippi St.)

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    Analysis: The Bears offensive line surrendered more sacks than anyone in the league this season.


    Grade: Steal

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Pouncey (G, Florida)

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    Analysis: The Steelers fill their gaping hole at right guard with Maurkice Pouncey's brother Mike.


    Grade: Even

31. Atlanta Falcons: Jonathan Baldwin (WR, Pittsburgh)

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    Analysis: Matt Ryan needs another weapon on the outside besides Roddy White.

     

    Grade: Steal

32. New England Patriots: Justin Houston (OLB, Georgia)

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    Analysis: The Patriots haven't had a dangerous pass rusher since Adalius Thomas left.


    Grade: Even

33. New England Patriots: Jimmy Smith (CB, Colorado)

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    Analysis: The Patriots solidify their secondary and defense with Smith and their third selected defender of the draft.


    Grade: Even

34. Buffalo Bills: Terrelle Pryor (QB, Ohio St.)

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    Analysis: Pryor comes off the board and will sit a year behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Bills.


    Grade: Even

35. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd (WR, Notre Dame)

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    Analysis: Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens will both be gone after free agency and need to be replaced.


    Grade: Even

36. Denver Broncos: Allen Bailey (DE, Miami)

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    Analysis: The Broncos biggest weakness this past season was their defensive line.

     

    Grade: Even

37. Cleveland Browns: Ras-I Dowling (CB, Virginia)

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    Analysis: Eric Wright hasn't been the same talent and needs to be replaced.

     

    Grade: Even

38. Arizona Cardinals: Pat Devlin (QB, Delaware)

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    Analysis: The Cardinals get their franchise quarterback in Devlin pleasing Larry Fitzgerald.


    Grade: Even

39. Tennessee Titans: Bruce Carter (OLB, North Carolina)

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    Analysis: The Titans need an upgrade at outside linebacker and to their run defense.

     

    Grade: Steal

40. Dallas Cowboys: Steve Wisiewski (G, Penn State)

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    Analysis: The Cowboys must upgrade a shaky offensive line for Tony Romo this offseason.


    Grade: Steal

41. Washington Redskins: Ryan Broyles (WR, Oklahoma)

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    Analysis: The Redskins desperately need to find some weapons for Ryan Mallett.


    Grade: Reach

42. Houston Texans: Rahim Moore (FS, UCLA)

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    Analysis: Part two of five of the Texans defensive makeover is complete with the selection of Moore.

     

    Grade: Steal

43. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Castonzo (OT, Boston College)

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    Analysis: There's no reason why Adrian Peterson shouldn't lead the league in rushing every season.


    Grade: Steal

44. Detroit Lions: Gabe Carimi (OT, Wisconsin)

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    Analysis: The Lions must protect their franchise quarterback in Matt Stafford to actually get somewhere.


    Grade: Steal

45. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Burton (CB, Utah)

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    Analysis: The 49ers must upgrade their horrible secondary and it starts at the cornerback position.


    Grade: Even

46. Denver Broncos: Kyle Rudolph (TE, Notre Dame)

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    Analysis: The Broncos gave away Tony Scheffler a year ago and now finds his replacement.


    Grade: Steal

47. St. Louis Rams: Greg Jones (OLB, Michigan St.)

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    Analysis: Both Rams outside linebackers combined couldn't reach 100 tackles this season.

     

    Grade: Even

48. Oakland Raiders: Demarcus Love (OT, Arkansas)

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    Analysis: The Raiders could use an upgrade at right tackle, and Love has the upside Al Davis loves.

     

    Grade: Even

49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremy Beal (DE, Oklahoma)

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    Analysis: The Jaguars always double dip and grab Beal even with Ryan Kerrigan.


    Grade: Even

50. San Diego Chargers: Jared Crick (DE, Nebraska)

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    Analysis: The Chargers must replace Jacques Cesaire, who is a free agent.

     

    Grade: Steal

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mason Foster (OLB, Washington)

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    Analysis: The Buccaneers must improve their run defense, and that starts at outside linebacker.


    Grade: Even

52. New York Giants: Ryan Williams (HB, Virginia Tech)

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    Analysis: Brandon Jacbos is gone, and the injury prone Ahmad Bradshaw needs a back to share carries with.

    Grade: Even

53. Seattle Seahawks: Benjamin Ijalana (G, Villanova)

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    Analysis: The Seahawks must make their offensive line top notch before Jake Locker is thrown in as the starting quarterback.

     

    Grade: Even

54. Indianapolis Colts: Jurrell Casey (DT, USC)

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    Analysis: The Colts haven't had a talent inside since who knows when, but finds one with Casey.


    Grade: Even

55. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyron Smith (OT, USC)

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    Analysis: The Eagles offensive line is the only thing holding their offense back.


    Grade: Steal

56. Kansas City Chiefs: Jabaal Sheard (OLB, Pittsburgh)

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    Analysis: The Chiefs must add a pass rusher opposite of Tamba Hali.


    Grade: Reach

57. Green Bay Packers: Curtis Brown (CB, Texas)

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    Analysis: Charles Woodson is 34-years-old, so the Packers must find his replacement.

     

    Grade: Even

58. New York Jets: Kenny Tate (S, Maryland)

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    Analysis: The Jets' safety play is the only weakness in their secondary.

     

    Grade: Steal

59. Baltimore Ravens: Deunta Williams (FS, North Carolina)

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    Analysis: Ed Reed is contemplating retirement, so a replacement must be found.

     

    Grade: Steal

60. New Orleans Saints: Quan Sturdivant (ILB, North Carolina)

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    Analysis: Jonathan Vilma can move over and fill a need at outside backer with Sturdivant in New Orleans.


    Grade: Even

61. Chicago Bears: Rodney Hudson (G, Florida St.)

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    Analysis: The Bears must continue to upgrade an embarrassing offensive line.

     

    Grade: Even

62. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashard Carmichael (CB, Virginia Tech)

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    Analysis: Cornerback play is the only thing stopping the Steelers defense from being legendary.

     

    Grade: Reach

63. Atlanta Falcons: Sam Acho (DE, Texas)

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    Analysis: John Abraham is 32-years-old, so a replacement must be found.

     

    Grade: Even

64. New England Patriots: Marcus Cannon (G, TCU)

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    Analysis: The Patriots must upgrade their offensive line with Matt Light and Logan Mankins becoming free agents.

     

    Grade: Even

65. Carolina Panthers: DeVier Posey (WR, Ohio State)

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    Analysis: The Panthers must get Jimmy Clausen some weapons to throw to with Steve Smith's future in Carolina up in the air.

     

    Grade: Even

66. Cincinnati Bengals: Shane Vereen (HB, California)

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    Analysis: Cedric Benson is a free agent and hasn't played well to begin with.

     

    Grade: Steal

67. Denver Broncos: Jerrell Powe (NT, Ole Miss)

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    Analysis: The Broncos must continue to upgrade their weak defensive line by replacing the ancient Jamal Williams.

    Grade: Even

68. Buffalo Bills: Matt Reynolds (OT, BYU)

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    Analysis: The Bills must provide Ryan Fitzpatrick with better protection on the right side.

     

    Grade: Steal

69. Arizona Cardinals: Joseph Barksdale (OT, LSU)

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    Analysis: The Cardinals offensive line is horrible and must be improved for Pat Delvin.

     

    Grade: Steal

70. Cleveland Browns: Cameron Heyward (DE, Ohio St.)

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    Analysis: Heyward falls, and the Browns take advantage by upgrading their run defense.

     

    Grade: Steal

71. Dallas Cowboys: Robert Sands (S, West Virginia)

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    Analysis: The Cowboys must find an upgrade to the safety position and Alan Ball.

     

    Grade: Steal

72. New Orleans Saints: Pernell McPhee (DE, Mississippi St.)

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    Analysis: The Saints must continue to improve their pass rush and find replacements to aging defensive ends.

     

    Grade: Even

73. Houston Texans: DeAndre McDaniel (S, Clemson)

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    Analysis: With no outside linebacker and cornerback worth being selected, the Texans upgrade their other safety spot.

     

    Grade: Steal

74. New England Patriots: Titus Young (WR, Boise St.)

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    Analysis: With the defense and offensive line set, the Patriots upgrade Tom Brady's weapons.


    Grade: Even

75. Detroit Lions: Quinton Carter (S, Oklahoma)

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    Analysis: The Lions must continue to upgrade one of the worst secondaries in football.

     

    Grade: Even

76. San Francisco 49ers: Steven Friday (OLB, Virginia Tech)

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    Analysis: The 49ers are forced to select a pass rusher, as it's their biggest need left.

     

    Grade: Reach

77. Tennessee Titans: Kris O'Dowd (C, USC)

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    Analysis: Eugene Amano can't play center and must be replaced.


    Grade: Even

78. St. Louis Rams: Will Hill (S, Florida)

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    Analysis: The Rams must continue to upgrade their defense, and safety is their biggest need left.

     

    Grade: Even

79. Miami Dolphins: Nathan Enderle (QB, Idaho)

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    Analysis: Chad Henne isn't getting the job done and must be challenged.

     

    Grade: Even

80. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalil Brown (CB, Colorado)

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    Analysis: Derek Cox is too inconsistent to be given the starting cornerback job without competition.

     

    Grade: Reach

81. Oakland Raiders: Alex Linnenkohl (C, Oregon St.)

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    Analysis: The Raiders have nothing at center and must find an upgrade.

     

    Grade: Reach

82. San Diego Chargers: Leonard Hankerson (WR, Miami)

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    Analysis: Vincent Jackson is most likely gone, so Philip Rivers could use another target on the outside.

     

    Grade: Steal

83. New York Giants: Marvin Austin (DT, North Carolina)

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    Analysis: Austin falls because of huge question marks,and the Giants take the risk to upgrade an inconsistent defense.


    Grade: Steal

84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: John Moffitt (G, Wisconsin)

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    Analysis: The Buccaneers have a hole at the guard position, and Moffitt is good enough to start right away.

     

    Grade: Steal

85. San Diego Chargers: Chris Marve (ILB, Vanderbilt)

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    Analysis: Stephen Cooper, Brandon Siler, and Kevin Burnett are all free agents this off season.

     

    Grade: Even

86. Philadelphia Eagles: Orlando Franklin (G, Miami)

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    Analysis: The Eagles must continue to upgrade a shaky and always injured offensive line.

     

    Grade: Even

87. Kansas City Chiefs: Sione Fua (NT, Stanford)

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    Analysis: The Chiefs defensive line has been inconsistent down the stretch and could use an upgrade.

     

    Grade: Even

88. Indianapolis Colts: Darius Morris (G, Temple)

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    Analysis: Peyton Manning wants more protection and he'll get more protection this off season.

     

    Grade: Even

89. Green Bay Packers: Chris Hairston (OT, Clemson)

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    Analysis: The Packers have offensive tackles that are 33 and 34-years-old.

     

    Grade: Steal

90. Baltimore Ravens: Jason Pinkston (OT, Pittsburgh)

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    Analysis: Jared Gaither is injured too often to not have a solid backup prepared to start.

     

    Grade: Even

91. New Orleans Saints: Blake Gideon (FS, Texas)

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    Analysis: Darren Sharper, Roman Harper, and Usama Young are all free agents this offseason.

     

    Grade: Even

92. San Diego Chargers: Noel Devine (HB, West Virginia)

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    Analysis: Darren Sproles is a free agent, and the Chargers won't lose anything by replacing him with Devine.

     

    Grade: Even

93. Chicago Bears: Clint Boling (G, Geogia)

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    Analysis: The Bears offensive line is that bad; again, they upgrade with Boling.

     

    Grade: Even

94. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nate Irving (ILB, NC State)

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    Analysis: James Farrior is 35-years-old and will eventually have to be replaced.

     

    Grade: Even

95. Atlanta Falcons: Lance Kendricks (TE, Wisconsin)

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    Analysis: Tony Gonzalez may retire after this season, and if not after this year, then soon.

     

    Grade: Even

96. New England Patriots: Daniel Thomas (HB, Kansas State)

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    Analysis: The Patriots upgrade their running game with a bruiser in Thomas.

     

    Grade: Steal

     

    David Daniels is an NFL Featured Columnist and Writing Intern at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him at One Yard Short.com or on Twitter.

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