78. St. Louis Rams
Kyle Long, OG, Oregon
I couldn’t resist this selection. Kyle Long is able to play with his brother Chris in StL. After getting Lane Johnson in round 1, the Rams get an OG with as much upside as any OL in the draft. He’s got a great frame and moves well in space, just needs reps/experience.
79. Pittsburgh Steelers
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Is there a better fit in this draft than Montee Ball and the Steelers? After a very uncharacterisitic draft by the Steelers last year, they get back to their roots by picking two physical NFL ready players in Ball and Te’o.
80. Dallas Cowboys
Baccari Rambo, SAF, Georgia
Gerald Sensabaugh just won’t cut it in Monte Kiffin’s cover-two system. Rambo will give the Cowboys a safety who can play both at free and strong safety as well as finds the ball nicely when in coverage.
81. New York Giants
Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Big, athletic corner who is shooting up draft boards. Over-shadowed by teammate Johnthan Banks, but I heard one scout say they actually liked Slay better FWIW. Webster was bad last year and the rest of the secondary was banged up throughout the year. Slay adds another young corner to add depth.
82. Miami Dolphins (via Chi)
Justin Pugh, OT/OG, Syracuse
The Dolphins continue to add talent to a young, rebuilding core. Pugh is a skilled OL who played LT at Syracuse, but I like his long-term potential at guard, where he worked some at the Senior Bowl. John Jerry is always a liability due to his conditioning and Pugh can offer immediate depth with starting potential.
83. Cincinnati Bengals
DJ Swearinger, SAF, South Carolina
Reggie Nelson has revived his career since coming over to Cincy, but the Bengals need a more consistent SS to play next to him. Swearinger is a physical and violent player who brings that edge opposing teams hate to play against.
84. Washington Redskins
Xavier Nixon, OT, Florida
With no first round pick the Redskins miss out on adding the best Right Tackles in the draft. In the mid-third they are able to add the athletic, but often uncoordinated Nixon. Nixon played mostly LT at Florida and certainly has the athleticism to play RT in the NFL. He’s got a high upside if he ever learns the proper technique.
85. Minnesota Vikings
Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
The Vikings have depth questions at LB and face some UFA decisions on Henderson and Brinkley. Reddick has the ability to play in the middle or the weakside and offers a lot of special teams value as a coverage specialist.
86. Indianapolis Colts
Brian Winters, OG, Kent State
Winters is one of the meanest players in the draft. He plays with an edge and toughness that you want from your interior linemen. A LT at Kent State, Winters is limited to OG due to lack of length and lack of footspeed.
87. Seattle Seahawks
Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida
LeRoy Hill is a free agent again and it might be best if the two part ways. The Seahawks don’t have many needs on defense but, weakside linebacker is one of them. Jenkins was a somewhat surprising declaration, but possesses good athleticism/range. He should be able to rack up the tackles playing the Will.
88. Green Bay Packers
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
The Packers have been able to get by with a revolving door at RB, but it’s time they added talent and a long term solution at the position. Franklin was the star amongst the running backs at the Senior Bowl, showing explosion, lateral agility and good hands. Adding a running game to the high powered passing attack will make the Packers that much tougher to defend.
89. Houston Texans
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
The Texans need to add at least one more receiving weapon to their passing attack to take some of the coverage away from Andre Johnson. Ideally, they would like to add a slot WR and Goodwin is the hot name to watch. Goodwin’s speed is on another level and his separation skills out of his breaks will make him extremely tough to cover out of the slot.
90. Denver Broncos
Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
Bostic gives the Broncos a young middle linebacker to replace the aging Keith Brooking. The Broncos weakness on defense is down the middle, so by adding another DT in round one and a very good ILB in round three the pieces start to fall into place.
91. New England Patriots
John Simon, DE/OLB, Ohio State
Simon has drawn comparisons to Mike Vrabel for the intensity in which he plays the game. I like Simon as a pass rusher, but he’s going to struggle to cover tight ends in the NFL at least initially. Simon would give the Patriots a ferocious pass rusher, that knows how to use his hands and get to the QB. He’s a very good leader a high character player.
It may take time to convert him to an OLB, but he will be able to provide edge rush in sub-packages during his first couple seasons.
92. Atlanta Falcons
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
This is the ultimate high risk, high reward pick. We all know Michael Turner is on his last legs, but the Falcons can get by for one more season with Turner, Snelling and Quizz. When Lattimore is fully healthy, likely in 2014, he will be able to step in and give the Falcons the equivilant of a high first round talent. Lattimore is already jogging and if his medicals check out, I don’t see any reason not to take him on late day two.
93. San Francisco 49ers
Shawn Williams, SAF, Georgia
The two safeties are so important to the 49ers defensive success, they need to make sure they have similar back-ups if they should lose one. Goldson is an UFA and is going to get a boatload of money. If the 49ers choose to go in another direction, Williams could fit the mold. He’s a physical, well-built strong safety who can provide the toughness and physical edge that Goldson and Whitner play with.
94. Baltimore Ravens
B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
Cary Williams is a free agent and Jimmy Smith is awful, so the Ravens could stand to add one more corner. Webb will add high upside depth behind another small school corner who has become a Pro Bowler, LarDarius Webb.