79. Pittsburgh Steelers: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Still considered a late first-round pick by some, a draft slide is more likely for California wide receiver Keenan Allen as he faces some serious questions about his health (lingering knee injury) and speed (4.71-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, per NFL.com). That said, if he manages to fall this far in the draft, he would be a great value selection and a good addition to add some size and physicality at wide receiver for the Steelers.
80. Dallas Cowboys: David Amerson, FS/CB, North Carolina State
North Carolina State’s David Amerson was a big playmaker at cornerback at North Carolina State, but a tough junior season hurt his draft stock considerably. He is great value, however, in the middle of Round 3, and with his size, athleticism, tackling and ball skills, he projects very well to playing the free safety position in the Cowboys’ new Tampa 2 defense.
81. New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
The New York Giants need to add playmakers to their linebacker corps. Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene is an athletic linebacker who is a consistently playmaker as a tackler in space, a skilled coverage linebacker and a hard hitter. Greene is tremendous value as a Round 3 selection, and could be an upgrade at either outside linebacker spot, addressing one of the team’s greatest areas of need.
82. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago Bears): Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
The Miami Dolphins have a very good starting duo of defensive tackles in Randy Starks and Paul Soliai, but have very little depth behind them and both players are slated to become unrestricted free agents following the 2013 season. The Dolphins would be smart to add a young player like Logan, an athletic interior lineman who can add value as an inside pass-rusher and penetrator.
83. Minnesota Vikings: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
The Minnesota Vikings need to add some size and speed at the wide receiver position on the outside, which makes Tennessee Tech’s Da’Rick Rogers well worth a shot in Round 3. A 6’2”, 217-pound, physical wideout who can go up and get the football but also has intriguing quickness and agility, Rogers will likely drop due to character concerns which forced him to transfer out of Tennessee before his senior season, but he could end up being a steal if he can stay out of trouble off the field.
84. Cincinnati Bengals: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
As Andre Smith remains unsigned, the Cincinnati Bengals might have to think about using one of their early-round draft picks on a right tackle. Ohio State’s Reid Fragel is a rising prospect with the athleticism and length to develop into a very good NFL right tackle, and he worked out with the Bengals on Monday according to Pro Football Talk.
85. Washington Redskins: Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
The Washington Redskins could really use two new starters at safety, so even with drafting a free safety in Round 2, adding a strong safety in Round 3 would be a smart decision. Syracuse’s Shamarko Thomas is an undersized but instinctive and fast safety who can be a playmaker in run support and be an upgrade in coverage over Brandon Meriweather in coverage.
86. Indianapolis Colts: Travis Frederick, C/G, Wisconsin
The Indianapolis Colts have made some key upgrades to their offensive line in free agency, but could still be in the market for upgrades at both center and right guard. Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick would be a good value investment in Round 3 who has the ability to play either spot on the Colts’ interior offensive line.
87. Seattle Seahawks: Kyle Long, OL, Oregon
The Seattle Seahawks need to revamp the right side of their offensive line. Oregon’s Kyle Long would be a great addition, as a high-upside offensive lineman who had limited college football experience, but has a great combination of footwork, strength and size, and projects as a potential starter at both right tackle and guard.
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: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
In terms of upside and value, Michigan State defensive end William Gholston is a terrific choice as late third-round pick. He could add more much-needed depth at defensive end, while he has big developmental given his size and quickness as both an outside and interior rusher.
PROJECTED TRADE: The New England Patriots trade the No. 91 overall selection to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the No. 112 and No. 126 overall selections.
91. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from New England Patriots): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to add a receiving playmaker at the tight end position, and Cincinnati’s Travis Kelce is good value late in Round 3. With the Atlanta Falcons in position at the No. 92 overall pick to select Kelce, it would make sense for the Buccaneers to trade up ahead of them to select him, while the Patriots would likely be looking to trade down in this scenario given they currently have no selections in Rounds 4-6.
92. Atlanta Falcons: Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
Although a rotational player at LSU, Lavar Edwards has very good potential as an NFL defensive end, given his size, athleticism, ability to rush off the edge while also being a solid point-of-attack run defender. Edwards could be a surprise selection in Round 3, and would be a good fit as a rotational pass-rusher for the Falcons.
93. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
The San Francisco 49ers have one of the NFL’s best tight ends in Vernon Davis, but could use a replacement for Delanie Walker who they can use as an H-back and out wide as another playmaker in their passing game.
Rice’s Vance McDonald fits the bill, as a high-upside tight end prospect with the size and athleticism to be a true downfield threat up the middle, but who is also a quick, shifty dynamic player who can make plays as a runner and receiver out of the backfield.
94. Baltimore Ravens: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
After trading Anquan Boldin, the Baltimore Ravens are in need of a wide receiver in this year’s draft. West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey would be a good fit. Bailey is a small but physical receiver who is also a very good route-runner and quick in the open field. He can play both outside and in the slot even with his size limitations, and is good value as a playmaker late in Round 3.
95. Houston Texans (compensatory selection): Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
The Derek Newton experiment at right tackle was a failure, so the Houston Texans should be looking for an upgrade. LSU’s Chris Faulk is coming off of a torn ACL, but when healthy, he is a powerful run blocker and efficient pass-blocker with the length, strength and footwork that projects to being a very good starting right tackle in the NFL.
96. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection): Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
The Kansas City Chiefs need an upgrade next to Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker. North Carolina’s Kevin Reddick is not a spectacular athlete or playmaker, but is a solid, instinctive tackler and run-stopper who would be good value late in Round 3.
97. Tennessee Titans (compensatory selection): Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
The Tennessee Titans could use an upgrade at the nickel slot cornerback position, and could get a very good one at great value by selecting San Diego State’s Leon McFadden with the final pick of Day 2.