79. Pittsburgh Steelers: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
If the Pittsburgh Steelers lose Emmanuel Sanders to the Patriots, they are going to be very thin at wide receiver outside of Antonio Brown. Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton is an athletic wideout who can make plays both outside and in the slot, and is also a dynamic playmaker in the open field.
80. Dallas Cowboys: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
The Dallas Cowboys are in desperate need of upgrades at safety as they convert to a Tampa 2 defense, especially following the release of Gerald Sensabaugh. Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson is an aggressive playmaker who would be good value in the middle of Round 3.
81. New York Giants: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
The New York Giants have invested often in cornerbacks in recent drafts, but have continued to have trouble with giving up big passing plays, and should look to continue solidifying the position. San Diego State’s Leon McFadden is an instinctive cornerback who would be a good addition and good third-round value as a cornerback upgrade in nickel/dime packages.
82. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago Bears): Nickell Robey, CB, USC
The Miami Dolphins are going to need to add more than just one cornerback if they do not sign any remaining free agents at the position. USC’s Nickell Robey is a very small cornerback, but he is an instinctive player with good ball skills and whose physicality makes him play bigger than he stands.
83. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
The Minnesota Vikings are in need of an upgrade at middle linebacker following the departure of 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, and is also an upgrade over Brinkley in pass coverage.
84. Cincinnati Bengals: Travis Frederick, C/G, Wisconsin
The Cincinnati Bengals could use an upgrade at center. Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick is a massive and powerful run-blocking center who is also quick off the snap, and would be a good value selection in Round 3 to improve that position.
85. Washington Redskins: Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State
The Washington Redskins could use serious upgrades at both safety spots, and should take advantage of the value still on the board in Round 3. Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas is a skilled ballhawk with the potential to start at either safety spot, and would be a quick upgrade over what the Redskins currently have at the position.
86. Indianapolis Colts: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Drafting another tight end may be overkill for the Indianapolis Colts, but adding another familiar weapon for Andrew Luck from his Stanford days is far from a bad thing. Zach Ertz is a skilled receiver who is tremendous value as a third-round pick, and could re-form the dynamic duo that Stanford had previously with him and Coby Fleener, along with H-back Dwayne Allen.
87. Seattle Seahawks: Justin Pugh, G/OT, Syracuse
The Seattle Seahawks should be in the market for reinforcements at guard and right tackle, and Syracuse’s Justin Pugh is a good talent with the potential to play both positions. He is good value late in Round 3, and could compete for an immediate starting spot.
88. Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
The Green Bay Packers still lack a feature back, and can get great value on a productive, durable runner with in-state ties by selecting Wisconsin’s Montee Ball in the late third round.
89. Houston Texans: Michael Buchanan, OLB, Illinois
After losing Connor Barwin to free agency, adding another pass-rushing outside linebacker to the rotation would be a smart investment. Michael Buchanan, who formed an effective pass-rushing tandem two years ago at Illinois with Whitney Mercilus, would be a good choice late in Round 3.
90. Denver Broncos: Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia
The Denver Broncos signed Terrance Knighton, but should still be in the market for another run-stopping defensive tackle. Georgia’s Kwame Geathers is a big, space-eating nose tackle who can rotate with Knighton and be another addition that can help increase the Broncos’ interior run defense presence.
91. New England Patriots: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
This pick could very well be given up to the Pittsburgh Steelers for restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders, but if not, they would likely use it to draft another wide receiver. West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey is a small receiver, but he plays bigger than he is as a physical receiver who runs crisp routes and is dynamic in the open field.
92. Atlanta Falcons: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
The Atlanta Falcons re-signed Tony Gonzalez, but that is likely only for one more year, so they should draft his heir apparent at tight end. Cincinnati’s Travis Kelce is a big, athletic tight end who can give the Falcons a second downfield receiver and in-line blocker at the position, while being groomed as Gonzalez’s eventual replacement.
93. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Trading away Alex Smith leaves the 49ers in need of a backup quarterback for Colin Kaepernick. The best choice among available quarterback would be Arizona’s Matt Scott, a physically-gifted quarterback with the athleticism and running ability to run the read-option offense that Kaepernick runs.
94. Baltimore Ravens: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
Having traded away Anquan Boldin, the Baltimore Ravens should be in the market for another big wide receiver to fill his shoes. Tennessee Tech’s Da’Rick Rogers would be a good choice at the end of Round 3 as a physical wideout with great athletic ability and the skills to go up and make tough plays on the ball, as Boldin does.
95. Houston Texans (compensatory selection): Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
The Houston Texans had some issues with giving up big passing plays late last season, and need to add some more depth and competition at the cornerback position. Southeastern Louisiana’s Robert Alford is a promising small-school prospect well worth taking a chance on at the end of Round 3.
96. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection): D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
The Kansas City Chiefs could move to Dunta Robinson to free safety, but South Carolina’s D.J. Swearinger would still be a good choice with their third-round compensatory pick. Swearinger is a big hitter on the back end who is great value late in Round 3, and could allow them to play Robinson at cornerback in nickel/dime packages while adding depth at the position.
97. Tennessee Titans (compensatory selection): T.J. McDonald, FS, USC
The Tennessee Titans have started rebuilding the safety position in free agency by signing George Wilson and Bernard Pollard, but could certainly still use some more young depth and competition. USC’s T.J. McDonald has some coverage flaws, but could be a great addition as a situational player for his size/speed potential and in-the-box run defense.