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: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
The Dallas Cowboys are in desperate need of upgrades at safety as they convert to a Tampa 2 defense. Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson is an aggressive playmaker who would be good value in the middle of Round 3, and although he has subpar measurables, he has the all-around game to develop into a solid starting free safety.
81. New York Giants: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
The New York Giants have invested often in cornerbacks in recent drafts, but have continued to have trouble with giving up big passing plays, and should look to continue solidifying the position. San Diego State’s Leon McFadden is an instinctive cornerback who would be a good addition and good third-round value as a cornerback upgrade in nickel/dime packages.
82. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago Bears): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Free-agent addition Dustin Keller only signed a one-year contract, and even with Keller, the Dolphins should be in the market for a tight end who can add more as a blocker in addition to being a downfield receiving threat. They can get that from Cincinnati’s Travis Kelce, who visited the Dolphins according to Draft Ace, and whose upside warrants a third-round pick.
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: Travis Frederick, C/G, Wisconsin
The Cincinnati Bengals could use an upgrade at center. Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick is a massive and powerful run-blocking center who is also quick off the snap, and would be a good value selection in Round 3 to improve that position.
85. Washington Redskins: D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
The Washington Redskins could use serious upgrades at safety. Drafting athletic and hard-hitting playmaker D.J. Swearinger out of South Carolina as an upgrade over Reed Doughty at free safety would be a good start in Round 3.
86. Indianapolis Colts: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
If the Indianapolis Colts are still in the market for another wide receiver, West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey would be a good value choice in Round 3. Bailey is small for a receiver that lacks top-end speed, but he is an efficient playmaker who can make plays in the open field, runs great routes and is very physical, allowing him to play bigger than he stands.
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: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
The Derek Newton experiment at right tackle was a failure for the Houston Texans last season, so the Texans should be in the market for an upgrade. Ohio State’s Reid Fragel may not be ready to start immediately, but is a converted tight end whose length and athleticism have translated well to the right tackle position, and give him intriguing developmental potential.
90. Denver Broncos: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
In terms of upside and value, Michigan State defensive end William Gholston is well worth a late third-round pick. He could continue to give the Broncos depth at defensive end — a position where they are suddenly this — while he has big upside as both an outside and interior rusher with intriguing measurables.
91. Pittsburgh Steelers (from New England Patriots): John Simon, OLB, Ohio State
Assuming the Pittsburgh Steelers do not match the Patriots’ offer for Emmanuel Sanders, they will receive the No. 91 overall selection as restricted free agent compensation. A likely selection with that pick could be Ohio State outside linebacker John Simon, a player the Steelers have expressed interest in with general manager Kevin Colbert attending his personal pro day, and could be another strong addition to the Steelers’ outside linebacker rotation.
92. Atlanta Falcons: 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. He can impact the game as both a rusher and run defender, and would be a good addition to the Falcons’ defensive end rotation.
93. San Francisco 49ers: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
Jim Harbaugh could bring back one of his own from Stanford in outside linebacker Chase Thomas to add needed depth at the outside linebacker position. Thomas is not an explosive athlete, but he is solid against the run and at making plays in space.
94. Baltimore Ravens: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
The Baltimore Ravens still have a major need to add playmakers at the inside linebacker position following the losses of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. Florida’s Jon Bostic is an athletic, hard-hitting inside linebacker with the potential to be a very good player if he becomes more disciplined.
95. Houston Texans (compensatory selection): 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.
96. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection): Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
Adding another weapon for quarterback Alex Smith to work with would be a good move. Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton is a big receiver who is skilled at making plays downfield, and is good value as a late third-round pick.
97. Tennessee Titans (compensatory selection): Nickell Robey, CB, USC
USC’s Nickell Robey were drop due to his lack of size at only 5’7” and 169 pounds, but there is a lot of his game in his small package. His physicality, athleticism and sure tackling allow him to play bigger than he is, and he could be a very solid addition at the end of Round 3 as a nickel or dime back for the Titans secondary.