Mock Draft 2.0, Round 3
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Jon Baldwin has shown very little so far, and the team signed Donnie Avery, but I don’t think much of him.
64. Jacksonville Jaguars – Matt Barkley, QB, USC
I just don’t believe that they won’t address the position at some point in this draft. Barkley’s freefall makes this pick a pretty cheap risk for the chance at finding a franchise QB.
65. Detroit Lions – David Amerson, CB/S, North Carolina St.
They need cornerback depth. If he’s not agile enough to work there, they could use a safety as well, anyway.
66. Oakland Raiders – Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
I didn’t expect to slot him here, either. The Raiders have the “luxury” of simply taking the best player available (I put “luxury” in quotes as this is due to a complete lack of overall talent, not an abundance of it). Rogers may take a little while to develop, but it’s not like the team is going to compete in 2013 even if he blows the world away. By the way, Oakland’s depth chart at WR: Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, Juron Criner.
67. Philadelphia Eagles – Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
They lost both starting CBs this offseason; at the least, they’re going to draft one at some point.
68. Cleveland Browns – Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
The Browns are desperately weak at wide receiver, aside from Josh Gordon. Swope’s speed will be a valuable asset for Norv Turner’s Downfield Attack™.
69. Arizona Cardinals – Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina St.
Arizona certainly needs to add a young quarterback, and word is they like Glennon’s arm a lot (though the rest of his game leaves quite a bit to be desired).
70. Tennessee Titans – Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn
Lemonier could provide some outside rush to a team that doesn’t have much of one.
71. Buffalo Bills – Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
Word is they want to upgrade the position through the draft, and McDonald seems like a good prospect.
72. New York Jets – Trevardo Williams, OLB, Connecticut
The Jets have shied away from adding young outside pass-rushing help since the Vernon Gholston disaster, but they have absolutely nothing there right now.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon
They’ll probably take a cornerback even earlier than this, but since they haven’t so far in this draft, they absolutely have to now.
74. San Francisco 49ers – Brian Schwenke, C/G, California
He can provide depth and, ideally, replace Jonathan Goodwin at center down the line.
75. New Orleans Saints – Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
They still need to add talent in the secondary. Keenan Lewis is a fine signing, but Jabari Greer is old, and it’s starting to seem like Patrick Robinson is not going to work out.
76. San Diego Chargers – Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Ryan Mathews can’t stay healthy, and Franklin is the most talented back on the board at this point.
77. Miami Dolphins – David Bakhtiari, G/T, Colorado
Jonathan Martin and Mike Pouncey are the only spots really set on the line. Bakhtiari would have a strong chance of starting on opening day.
78. St. Louis Rams – Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
He should be able to play 4-3 outside linebacker, where St. Louis is somewhat weak.
79. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss
James Harrison is gone; the Steelers will attempt to groom Collins in that grand old tradition.
80. Dallas Cowboys – Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
A good player to help the Cowboys transition to a 4-3. (Plus, everyone else has him mocked here, and sometimes I’m lazy.)
81. New York Giants – Sio Moore, DE/OLB, Connecticut
I think he could potentially start at outside linebacker while rushing the passer on passing downs, similar to how they’ve used Mathias Kiwanuka in the past.
82. Miami Dolphins – Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St.
Dustin Keller is a nice possession target and dumpoff option, but Escobar’s measurables could make him a game-changing receiver at tight end.
83. Minnesota Vikings – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Word is the Vikings really like him, but I have to think teams are going to stay away from him for a while. (I also think he’s a vastly overrated prospect.) He might provide value here at a position of need.
84. Cincinnati Bengals – Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
The Bengals have done well in recent years building their defensive line rotation in the middle rounds. In addition, Montgomery is the kind of guy Marvin Lewis goes after: strong college production and potential but with character and motivation concerns.
85. Washington Redskins – D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
The Redskins need secondary help– actually, they’re surprisingly thin all-around for a team that won 10 games last season.
86. Indianapolis Colts – Barrett Jones, C/G, Alabama
Jones played left tackle one season at Alabama and could project to any of the three inside positions in the NFL, which is good because the Colts were terrible at all three last season.
87. Seattle Seahawks – Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern St.
Might be a project, but he’s a big body who could step into the departed Alan Branch’s shoes.
88. Green Bay Packers – Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
They found Greg Jennings in the third round; now that he’s gone, they’ll look for his eventual replacement here.
89. Houston Texans – Philip Thomas, S, Fresno St.
The defensive backfield still needs help. Ed Reed isn’t anything more than a short-term solution (and neither is Danieal Manning, really).
90. Denver Broncos – Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Willis McGahee could be done, Knowshon Moreno could be a fluke, and Ronnie Hillman is a change-of-pace back. Ball could be that pace.
91. New England Patriots – Tyrann Mathieu, CB/S, LSU
I could see quite a few teams in the late third liking Mathieu a lot. I think Mathieu could be a successful pro in a strong organization that uses him properly– namely, not expecting a classic shutdown corner, but as more of a “Joker” playmaker who can cover the inside or blitz as needed.
92. Atlanta Falcons – Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
They gotta replace Tony Gonzalez sometime, and giving Matt Ryan another weapon surely won’t hurt.
93. San Francisco 49ers – Marquise Goodwin, WR/KR, Texas
They can use him on returns right away and eventually develop him into a deep threat. He’ll step right into Ted Ginn’s role.
94. Baltimore Ravens – Cornelius Washington, DE/OLB, Georgia
Adding another versatile pass rusher to deepen the defense.
95. Houston Texans (compensatory) – Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
They don’t really have enough talent on the defensive line aside from J.J. Watt. Spence could step right in at the other 3-4 end or potentially play a slightly lighter, attacking nose tackle.
96. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory) – Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Well, they’ll draft one at some point, right? Scott’s arm and mobility have been drawing raves, and he’ll have time to develop behind Alex Smith, a fairly mobile guy himself.
97. Tennessee Titans – Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego St.
Their depth at cornerback is really bad. Really bad.
I’m not going to mock rounds 4-7 because teams approach them with such divergent philosophies and rankings that it wouldn’t have any useful value beyond as a player ranking (not that mock drafts have much useful value in general, but even accounting for that). I’ll be back later in the week, perhaps with another team’s offseason review.