NFL Draft: 2014 NFL Round 3 Rapid Reaction

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The pick: Donte Moncrief, receiver, Mississippi

My take: The Colts are set at receiver next season with T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks as their top three options, but they could have question marks there in 2015. Wayne and Nicks will both be free agents and it's uncertain how many more years the 35-year-old Wayne will continue to play.

Moncrief started all but one of the 37 games he played in at Mississippi. He had 59 receptions for a team-leading 938 yards last season.

The drafting of Moncrief means the Colts could end up releasing two of their three young receivers -- Da'Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen or LaVon Brazill -- depending on how many wideouts they want to keep on the roster next season.

Another third-round gem: Moncrief is the second receiver the Colts have selected in third round in the past three drafts. Hilton was taken with the No. 92 pick in 2012. And all Hilton has done is total 132 receptions for 1,944 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.

What's next: The Colts have three picks -- in the fifth, sixth and seventh -- in the final four rounds Saturday.
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The pick: Preston Brown, linebacker, Louisville

My take: Not an overly surprising pick. The Bills were expected to go defense with their third pick after picking up a wide receiver and offensive tackle in the first two rounds. This was probably a case where the Bills weighed their grade on Brown against other potential targets left on the board, including Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton and cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Don't expect Brown to start this season. He makes for an ideal reserve option behind Keith Rivers (on the strong side) and Brandon Spikes (in the middle).

Third-down questions: The question mark with Brown could be on third down, as he's considered more of an early-down, run-stopping backer. The Bills will need to find an athletic option next to Kiko Alonso in their sub packages. Some teams have been in their sub defense up to 70 percent of defensive snaps. What happens if Alonso is injured? Nigel Bradham might be one possibility as a lighter, speedier linebacker but it's one of the thinner spots on the Bills' roster. I don't think Brown fills that hole.

What's next: The Bills are likely done picking tonight. Their next scheduled pick is No. 109, in the fourth round. They have two fifth-round selections and a seventh-round pick remaining.
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The pick: Tre Mason, running back, Auburn

My take: This is the first pick the Rams have made that caught me off guard. I thought the Rams might grab a receiver or quarterback if they were going to add at the skill positions but didn't expect any running back to be the choice this early. I have to think this was one of those situations where value was too good for the Rams to pass up. Reuniting Mason with tackle Greg Robinson allows them to get the nation's most dynamic rushing combo back together. Honestly, I feel as if the Rams could have had similar value at a position of need. Even doubling down on Florida State defensive backs with safety Terrence Brooks would have been a good play. Mason is a good back and could actually push for starter carries, but the Rams could have waited and taken another back to contribute later.

Message sent: At the scouting combine in February, coach Jeff Fisher said he wanted to give the bulk of the carries to Zac Stacy and though that's still possible, Mason has the ability to eventually wrest the job away. Barring that, the rest of the running back group has been put on notice. The Rams like Benny Cunningham and this move would seem to put Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead in danger of not making the roster. The Rams would probably be happy to get a pick for either at this point.

What's next: The Rams dealt their fifth-round pick to Buffalo earlier in the night, leaving them with a pick in the fourth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh before calling it a draft. The Rams still have needs at quarterback, on the offensive line, linebacker and in the secondary.
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DAVIE, Fla. -- The picks: Billy Turner, OL, North Dakota State

My take: The Dolphins made their third trade of the day to pick Turner at No. 67 overall in the third round. Miami worked out a trade with the Oakland Raiders to move up near the top of the third round. Turner played offensive tackle in college but will probably have his best chance to play with Miami at guard in the NFL. The Dolphins continue their offensive line makeover with Turner and also first-round pick Ja'Wuan James.

What’s next: Barring another trade, the Dolphins are presumably done on Day 2. Miami will have a bevy of picks on Day 3 to add depth. Miami could use additional depth on the roster at linebacker, safety and tight end.
RENTON, Wash. -- The pick: Missouri OT Justin Britt (6-5, 325) with the final selection of Round 2.

My take: Many Seahawks fans probably said “finally” with the team selecting an offensive lineman, the biggest need area in the eyes of most observers. But again, this wasn’t the highest-rated OT left on the board. Britt played left tackle at Mizzou but probably will compete for the right tackle spot in camp. Britt was not listed among the top 10 OTs on most draft boards, and was seen as a fourth- to fifth-round pick by most experts.

Big blocks and big moments: Britt seemed to play his best and kick it into an extra gear when the Tigers were near the goal line. He posted 14 touchdown-resulting blocks in 2013, helping Missouri rush for 3,300 yards. He started 36 games in his college career and was All-SEC in 2013.

What’s next: At the moment, the Seahawks do not have a third-round pick, but they will have three fourth-round picks on Saturday morning.

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