63. Kansas City Chiefs: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
The Chiefs need another inside linebacker to line up next to Derrick Johnson. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey were both at Oregon’s pro day, possibly with a target of the athletic Alonso in mind. Alonso is a good blitzer and is also effective in coverage, and would help solidify one of the NFL’s strongest linebacker groups.
64. Jacksonville Jaguars: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
The Jacksonville Jaguars should be in the market for another pass-rusher who can be a potential fit to play the LEO spot in Gus Bradley’s new defense in Jacksonville. Auburn’s Corey Lemonier, an explosive rusher with a quick first step, would be a good fit and good value in Round 3.
65. Detroit Lions: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has been notorious for his best-player-available strategy, and California’s Keenan Allen certainly could fit that criteria in Round 3. The Lions have some uncertainty at the wide receiver position outside of Calvin Johnson, and Allen, projected as a first-round pick by many, would be great value and a great fit as a No. 2 receiver opposite Megatron.
66. Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Yes, the Oakland Raiders have invested many draft picks in recent years through both selections and trades at trying to fix the quarterback position, but they haven’t found the solution yet. Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson is tremendous value as a third-round selection, and without a solid franchise quarterback solution in place, the Raiders would be hard-pressed to pass him up here.
67. Philadelphia Eagles: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed a number of defensive backs in free agency, but they still have a serious need for talent, especially at cornerback following the release of Nnamdi Asomugha. North Carolina State’s David Amerson is a boom-or-bust prospect coming off of a rough junior season, but he is good value in Round 3 as a physically-gifted cornerback with exceptional ball skills.
68. Cleveland Browns: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech wideout Quinton Patton is a potential first-round pick and exceptional value in Round 3, where the Cleveland Browns could certainly afford to add another wideout to the mix. Patton is a skilled receiver who is great at running routes and making plays on the ball, and would give developing quarterback Brandon Weeden a reliable, go-to receiving weapon to work with.
69. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Frederick, G/C, Wisconsin
Having already drafted an offensive tackle, the Cardinals also need to upgrade their interior line. Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick is a big, powerful interior lineman who would be a solid choice in Round 3 with the potential to start at either right guard or center, both positions where the Cardinals should be in the market for upgrades.
70. Tennessee Titans: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
The Tennessee Titans should be in the market for a safety early in the draft to compete with Michael Griffin and George Wilson for a starting spot. Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson is an instinctive playmaker who would be a solid third-round choice to continue reinforcing the Titans secondary.
71. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills): D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
In addition to a cornerback, the Cleveland Browns also need to upgrade at free safety. South Carolina’s D.J. Swearinger is a hard-hitting free safety with good ball skills, and can be a potential upgrade in the middle of the secondary next to T.J. Ward in both pass coverage and run support.
72. New York Jets: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
The New York Jets seem to be angling away from drafting a first-round quarterback, but without any franchise quarterback options on the roster, they should at least draft a developmental quarterback in the middle rounds of the draft. A potential choice is North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, who has some serious issues with inconsistency and mistakes but has the physical tools to develop into a quality starter.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B.W. Webb, CB, William and Mary
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a major need to address at the cornerback position, and it shouldn’t wait past the third round. William and Mary’s B.W. Webb is a small-school standout with the athleticism, physicality and instincts to develop into a very good starting cornerback at the next level.
74. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern State
The San Francisco 49ers could make their great defensive front seven even better by adding a true anchor nose tackle for the middle of their defensive front. Brandon Williams is an intriguing small-school prospect with big potential. He is a massive and powerful nose with good quickness for his size.
75. New Orleans Saints: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
Signing Keenan Lewis to a five-year contract was a good move to lock up one young starting-caliber cornerback, but the Saints still need further reinforcement at the position. With quick feet, good instincts and good ball skills, San Diego State’s Leon McFadden projects well as a potential nickel cornerback upgrade in New Orleans.
76. San Diego Chargers: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead is a high-upside sleeper with the potential to be the franchise left tackle the Chargers need. He is a raw talent from the small-school ranks who needs development, but with a rare combination of length, athleticism and power, Armstead has the potential to develop into a great left tackle.
77. Miami Dolphins: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
LSU’s Sam Montgomery has fallen down draft boards due to serious questions about his effort and work ethic, but he is a talented defensive end who would be a great third-round choice for the Dolphins. The Dolphins should be in the market for another pass-rushing defensive end, and Montgomery is a gifted pass-rusher with good size and athleticism, and is also a solid player against the run.
78. St. Louis Rams: Kyle Long, OL, Oregon
If the Rams have room for another Long on the roster, Chris’s younger brother Kyle would be a great choice in the third round. The younger Long is very athletic for an offensive lineman, and has the versatility to provide depth and provide competition at both offensive tackle and guard.