79. Dallas Cowboys: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
Tony Romo will be 33 next season and is and entering his contract year, which will give the Cowboys a tough decision to make next season on their future at the quarterback position. The Cowboys would be smart to bring in a developmental quarterback and potential successor now.
The best choice would be Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. Manuel is a project who needs to become a more accurate passer and better decision-maker, but he is an athletic passer with a big arm and the ability to make any throw on the field when he is composed.
80. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a dearth of talent at running back, so they should be looking to draft one sooner than later this April. Florida’s Mike Gillislee is a hard runner with great vision and who cuts on a dime, and would be great value as a third-round choice and potential feature back.
81. New York Giants: Nickell Robey, CB, USC
The New York Giants have invested a number of draft selections in cornerbacks in recent years, but their play at the position has continued to be subpar. Nickell Robey is a small but physical and athletic cornerback who could help improve the Giants in pass coverage.
82. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago Bears): Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Starting tight end Anthony Fasano is an unrestricted free agent, and even with other young tight ends on the roster, the Dolphins should look to add another playmaker for the passing offense at the position if they lose Fasano. Jordan Reed is a very good intermediate receiving threat at the position who could become another go-to option for young quarterback Ryan Tannehill to work with.
83. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
The Minnesota Vikings should be looking for an upgrade at middle linebacker over unrestricted free agent Jasper Brinkley, and North Carolina’s Kevin Reddick is one of the best available players at this point. Reddick is a very good run-stopper with great instincts, but he would also be an upgrade over Brinkley in pass coverage.
84. Cincinnati Bengals: Bruce Taylor, ILB/OLB, Virginia Tech
The Cincinnati Bengals need to add more than one linebacker this offseason, and should look for a more traditional linebacker with positional versatility if they go with Dion Jordan in Round 1. Virginia Tech’s Bruce Taylor is an instinctive thumper and good athlete who could start or provide depth at middle and strongside linebacker.
85. Washington Redskins: T.J. McDonald, FS, USC
T.J. McDonald could be a much-needed potential upgrade for the Redskins at free safety. While McDonald has to improve in coverage, he is a terrific athlete who can make plays all over the field and is very good in run support.
86. Indianapolis Colts: Oday Aboushi, OT/G, Virginia
The offensive line is a great enough need for the Indianapolis Colts to warrant using their first two picks on the same positional group. Virginia’s Oday Aboushi is a powerful and long offensive lineman who has the potential to be an upgrade at either right tackle or right guard, both positions of need up front for the Colts.
87. Seattle Seahawks: Alvin Bailey, G, Arkansas (Jr.)
Guard is among the weaker spots of the Seattle Seahawks’ roster. With many offensive linemen already off the board, Arkansas’ Alvin Bailey would be a good value pick late in Round 3.
88. Green Bay Packers: Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
The Green Bay Packers have a terrific trio of returning wideouts in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones, but should look for depth to replace Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton is the best player available in this scenario, and the Packers know value when they see it.
89. Houston Texans: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Menelik Watson is incredibly raw with only 20 career football games played, but he has huge upside with great athleticism for a long and big right tackle. For the Houston Texans, who are in need of a starting right tackle, he could be worth taking a chance on as a project.
90. Denver Broncos: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
The Denver Broncos could be in the market for an upgrade at middle linebacker. Oregon’s Kiko Alonso is an explosive athlete and aggressive tackler who has the upside worth taking a chance on late in Round 3.
91. New England Patriots: John Simon, DE, Ohio State
Bill Belichick is likely to receive recommendations from John Simon’s head coach and defensive line coach at Ohio State, Urban Meyer and Mike Vrabel, both of whom are well-known for their acquaintances with Belichick.
Simon impressed his coaches at OSU with his consistent motor and work ethic, and could be a valuable addition to the Patriots’ defensive line rotation as a Vrabel/Rob Ninkovich type of player.
92. Atlanta Falcons: Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
Michael Turner is aging and on the decline, which should have the Falcons in the market for a new feature back who can run the ball between the tackles this offseason. Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor is a hard runner who can drive through contract and has good burst out of the backfield, and is a reliable carrier with the potential to be a workhorse.
93. San Francisco 49ers: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
One of head coach Jim Harbaugh’s former players at Stanford, Chase Thomas is a great fit to provide depth at outside linebacker on the 49ers’ defense, and would be good value at the end of Round 3.
94. Baltimore Ravens: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Even if Anquan Boldin is not a salary-cap casualty, adding another playmaker at wide receiver would make sense at the end of Round 3. West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey is a physical receiver who plays bigger than he is, has good open-field quickness and is a good route-runner, and is good value at the end of Day 2.