63. Kansas City Chiefs: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
If the Chiefs don’t draft Dion Jordan at No. 1, they could very well end up drafting another Oregon linebacker, Kiko Alonso, at the top of Round 3. Alonso is an aggressive, athletic playmaker at inside linebacker who could fill their need for a starter next to Derrick Johnson.
64. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
The Jacksonville Jaguars lack any particularly disruptive playmakers on their interior defensive line. LSU’s Bennie Logan is an athletic defensive tackle who could provide a much-needed interior pass-rush, and is a high-upside pick worth an early third-round choice.
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: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
After passing upon the cornerback wave earlier, the Philadelphia Eagles should look to add a cornerback before the end of Day 2 with some very good value still on the board. Mississippi State’s Darius Slay is a rising prospect with high athletic upside, so he could be long gone by Round 3, but would be a very good choice for developmental potential if still available.
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: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
The Arizona Cardinals have turned to veteran quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton this offseason, but they would still be smart to draft a young developmental quarterback in the middle rounds, since neither Palmer nor Stanton is a long-term solution. North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon makes a lot of sense in Round 3, as a tall, strong-armed quarterback who has some serious flaws in his game, but has the developmental potential to be a good starter in time.
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. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Buffalo Bills): Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern State
The Buccaneers need a big, powerful gap-filling nose tackle to replace Roy Miller and fill a void in the defensive line next to Gerald McCoy, especially to improve the team’s run-stopping presence. Missouri Southern State’s is a massive yet explosive nose tackle with big upside, and a small-schooler worth taking a chance on in Round 3.
72. New York Jets: Baccari Rambo, FS, Georgia
The New York Jets need to upgrade at free safety, which they could get with good value in Round 3 with Georgia’s Baccari Rambo. Rambo is a ballhawking safety who hits hard and is effective in coverage, and has the potential to be a difference-maker in an NFL secondary.
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 is a terrific choice in Round 3, as he has high upside if he can become more accurate and intangibly sound.
74. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia
The San Francisco 49ers lack a true anchor nose tackle for the middle of their defensive front. Georgia’s Kwame Geathers is a massive yet decently quick nose tackle with the potential to play that role, at least situationally against the run, for the 49ers.
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 among the best cornerbacks available, and has the potential to be a very solid No. 2 or nickel cornerback in the rotation with Cox and Marcus Gilchrist.
77. Miami Dolphins: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
Brent Grimes was only signed to a one-year contract, and the Miami Dolphins do not much outside of him at the cornerback position. North Carolina State’s David Amerson had his stock drop in an up-and-down junior season, but he is a playmaker with great ball skills and big upside, and is great value in the middle of Round 3.
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.