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: T.J. McDonald, FS, USC
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. USC’s T.J. McDonald has his flaws in coverage, but he is an intriguing size/speed athlete who is a big playmaker in run support and has high upside as a solid third-round value.
81. New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
The New York Giants can use multiple additions at linebacker, and Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene is outstanding value in the middle of Round 3. Greene is an athletic playmaker who was highly productive at Rutgers, and does a great job of making plays sideline-to-sideline in space as well as in coverage.
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: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Drafting two wide receivers last year should not preclude the Cincinnati Bengals from drafting another wideout, as they still should have an open competition for the No. 2 spot opposite A.J. Green. Stedman Bailey is a dynamic playmaker who makes up for subpar measurables with physical play, good open-field moves and good route-running, and is good value late in Round 3.
85. Washington Redskins: J.J. Wilcox, SS, Georgia Southern
The Washington Redskins have a massive need to upgrade at safety, and could turn to one of the draft’s top small-school sleepers in Round 3 with Georgia Southern’s J.J. Wilcox. An athletic strong safety who makes plays in coverage but is also forceful in run support, Wilcox is an under-the-radar talent who could turn out to be a steal.
86. Indianapolis Colts: Cornelius Washington, OLB/DE, Georgia
The Indianapolis Colts should be looking to add some talent to their defensive front seven with their third-round pick, and a pass-rushing outside linebacker would fit the bill. Cornelius Washington never played up to his potential at Georgia, but flashed at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, and has big upside as a 3-4 outside linebacker, making him a potential choice late on Day 2.
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: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
If the Houston Texans want a replacement for James Casey as an H-back and receiving weapon out of the backfield, Florida’s Jordan Reed is the perfect choice. A skilled receiver with good movement skills but not a traditional in-line blocker, the role Casey played in Houston’s offense is one tailored well to Reed’s game.
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: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
The New England Patriots helped solve the short-term need at cornerback by re-signing Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington, but still have a major need to add young talent at the position. Southeastern Louisiana’s Robert Alford could drop due to questions regarding his intelligence and Crohn’s disease, but red flags aside, Alford is a talented small-school cornerback with the potential to be a very good starter at the next level.
92. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
The Falcons re-signed Tony Gonzalez for the 2013 season, but Stanford tight end Zach Ertz is a steal late in Round 3. Ertz is a talented receiving tight end who can give the Falcons a second receiving playmaker at the position and be groomed to take over for Gonzalez should he retire following the 2013 season.
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: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
The retirement of Ray Lewis and free-agent departure of Dannell Ellerbe opened up a huge need at inside linebacker for the Ravens. Florida’s Jon Bostic is a rangy athlete and hard hitter who has the potential to be a very good 3-4 inside linebacker if he becomes more disciplined and consistent.
95. Houston Texans (compensatory selection): Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
Derek Newton did not pan out for the Houston Texans at right tackle last season, leaving them in need of an upgrade. Ohio State’s Reid Fragel is a raw talent with only one year of collegiate experience at the position, but he is a good athlete with the potential to be a very solid starting right tackle.
96. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection): Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Branden Albert was franchised at left tackle, but it is questionable whether he will be a Chief for the long haul. LSU’s Chris Faulk is coming off of a knee injury, but could be developed as a potential success for Albert at left tackle in 2014, and could also compete for playing time at right tackle and guard.
97. Tennessee Titans (compensatory selection): Bruce Taylor, ILB, Virginia Tech
The Tennessee Titans could use depth at linebacker. Virginia Tech’s Bruce Taylor is a skilled linebacker who could provide depth in both the middle and at outside linebacker, and provide competition for Colin McCarthy in the middle.