63. Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Wide receiver isn’t a major area of need for the Kansas City Chiefs, but the value of Tennessee’s Justin Hunter at the top of Round 3 would be tough to pass up. If Hunter can overcome issues with drops and inconsistency, he has true star potential as a deep threat with a tremendous combination of size and athleticism, and he can really add another downfield element to the Chiefs’ offense.
64. Jacksonville Jaguars: Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn
Auburn’s Corey Lemonier is an explosive edge-rusher who would be a good fit to play the LEO spot in the Jaguars’ defense, where they should be in the market for an addition to the pass-rush rotation.
65. Detroit Lions: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
The Detroit Lions do not have much proven talent at cornerback outside of Chris Houston, so drafting another one in the early rounds would be a smart plan. Rutgers’ Logan Ryan is a well-rounded cornerback with starting potential and is great value in Round 3.
66. Oakland Raiders: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
There are many different directions with which the Oakland Raiders could go with their second selection of the 2013 NFL draft, but one area of need is to replace Brandon Myers at tight end. Stanford’s Zach Ertz is arguably the best prospect available, and a good value selection to add a weapon to the offense for Matt Flynn in Round 3.
67. Philadelphia Eagles: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
The Philadelphia Eagles signed some defensive backs this offseason, but still have a significant need at cornerback after releasing both Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Connecticut’s Blidi Wreh-Wilson would be a great choice, as a long, physical cornerback who has the versatility to play both man and zone coverage well, making him a good fit for the defense in transition in Philadelphia.
68. Cleveland Browns: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
The Browns have already had visits with at least five quarterbacks (according to Draft Ace), which indicates they are not completely sold on going forward with Brandon Weeden. Considering the value of Tyler Wilson as a third-round pick, the Arkansas quarterback could be a very smart investment to provide competition for Weeden with one of the draft class’ best quarterbacks.
69. Arizona Cardinals: D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
The Arizona Cardinals should be in the market for an upgrade at free safety in the 2013 NFL draft, and South Carolina’s D.J. Swearinger could capture their interest in Round 3. Swearinger is an athletic safety who can light up opponents with his hitting but is also effective in deep coverage, and could add another much-needed playmaker to the Cardinals’ secondary in rebuilding.
70. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Once viewed as a first-round pick and the best running back in the draft class, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore unfortunately suffered a three-ligament knee injury from which he is still recovering, and leaves his stock up in the air. But while concerns about the injury have dropped his stock, he could be a third-round steal if he can return to form upon recovery, and would be a great addition to the Titans offense.
71. Buffalo Bills: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
With a lot of talent still on the board at wide receiver, the Buffalo Bills should take advantage and add another weapon for Ryan Nassib to work with. The best available is Baylor’s Terrance Williams, a talented downfield receiver who could be a big outside playmaker opposite Steve Johnson and is great value in Round 3.
72. New York Jets: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
With a new quarterback coming in, the New York Jets should also be in the market to give him more playmakers on the receiving end. Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton is an athletic receiver who has both long speed and lateral agility, great hands, and the versatility to be a playmaker from both outside and in the slot.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Josh Freeman is entering the final year of his contract, which could also be his final year as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback if he does not make significant progress from two consecutive disappointing seasons. The time is now to bring in a developmental quarterback, and strong-armed Tennessee product Tyler Bray would be a terrific choice in Round 3, as he has real starting upside if he can become more accurate and intangibly sound.
74. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): Quanterus Smith, OLB/DE, Western Kentucky
With many picks and few needs, the San Francisco 49ers can afford to make some selections for future value. A good example of that would be drafting Western Kentucky’s Quanterus Smith, a gifted pass-rusher off the edge who is coming off of a torn ACL, but could be brought along slowly or placed on injured reserve if necessary in 2013 while being groomed as pass-rushing depth as a mid-third-round pick.
75. New Orleans Saints: Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State
The New Orleans Saints should continue to rebuild their defensive front seven by adding a pass-rushing outside linebacker at some point in the draft. The Saints attended Florida State’s pro day, and a potential target could be outside linebacker Brandon Jenkins, who is still recovering from a foot injury but has good potential as a conversion rusher.
76. San Diego Chargers: B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
The San Diego Chargers added one starting cornerback this offseason in Derek Cox, but still need improvements beyond Cox. William and Mary’s B.W. Webb is a talented small-school cornerback with the measurables, instincts and ball skills to develop into a quality starter or nickel cornerback in the NFL.
77. Miami Dolphins: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Sam Montgomery’s stock has dropped considerably following an unspectacular junior season and some serious questions about his in-game effort, but he remains a gifted pass-rushing defensive end with good upside.
Montgomery can impact the game as both a rusher and run defender, and has the potential to develop into a very good starter opposite Cameron Wake or at least be a solid cog in the rotation, assuming he can become a more consistent-effort player at the next level.
78. St. Louis Rams: Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State
The St. Louis Rams need upgrades at both safety spots, so they should be looking to draft at least one safety in the first three rounds. Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas is a playmaking ballhawk who needs to become more consistent in both tackling and coverage, but has the potential to be a solid starter at either safety spot.