Round 3
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  • What he brings: 

    Allen is a marginal blocker who needs to get meaner and stronger at the point of attack, but he has the frame to get there. As a receiver, he plays faster than his timed speed and he tracks the deep ball well.

    How he fits: 

    You would expect a position they gutted to be restocked and that's what the Colts have done. He doesn't have the athleticism of Fleener and he's not a great blocker, but he has solid dependable skills in their two-tight end sets.

  • What he brings: 

    Johnson playing at a small school obviously raises concerns about the level of competition he faced. And like a lot of taller corner prospects, he's not the most fluid in coverage. On the other hand, his arm length and range make up for his weaknesses, and he can always move to safety if he doesn?t work out at corner.

    How he fits: 

    As mentioned, this is one of the worst units in the NFL a year ago, this is the third guy they've added to the back end of this defense. They need to create big plays and turnovers, and Johnson is a hybrid guy that can play inside or outside with some range and that gives them some versatility.

  • What he brings: 

    Robinson's an explosive athlete that's got great change-of-direction skills and top-end speed. He needs development in terms of instincts and technique, but he has recovery speed and playmaking ability.

    How he fits: 

    There is no question about the need to upgrade the corner position in this defense, which was awful a year ago in giving up 34 TD passes. Robinson is a turn-and-run speed guy who excels in man-to-man, yet this is a Cover Two defense which preaches physicality in this defense. A good athlete but a interesting pick for this scheme.

  • What he brings: 

    Hillman has to do a better job of holding onto the football and he's never going to be a great power back. However, he's explosive and can make things happen when he gets in space.

    How he fits: 

    Willis McGahee has been a workhorse, but he's 30 years old and Knowshon Moreno can't stay healthy. You would think the need is for a guy who can share physical carries, but Hillman is more of a scat back who may contribute on third down, though his hands are up and down. This looks like the kind of guy Peyton Manning will try to develop as a matchup guy in the passing game.

  • What he brings: 

    Posey missed most of his senior season because of off-the-field problems, raising concerns about his character. He could be a great value at this pick because of his size/speed combination, but he was most consistent catching the ball on film than he was the week of the Senior Bowl.

    How he fits: 

    Andre Johnson has been looking for a quality No. 2 to take away coverage and although, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are solid players, they are complementary guys and Jones may be on the trading block. Houston could either use Posey in the slot and if he can't play there, he could line up outside and stretch the defense and at least give Johnson some single teams.

  • What he brings: 

    Graham is a dangerous open-field runner, both after the catch and in the return game. He just needs to improve as a route runner, and he's more than capable of doing that with good coaching.

    How he fits: 

    The Bills have been looking for a guy to take some pressure off Stevie Johnson. While they had a nice three-receiver package in the first half of last season, it tailed off badly in the last two months. They have good complementary guys, but the need is for a No. 2 on the outside, and Graham may be more suited to play in the slot and as a return guy, but the Bills are already good in the kicking game. He looks more like a depth pick than a No. 2.

  • What he brings: 

    Anger has an above-average leg, combined with good touch and accuracy to drop the ball inside opponents' 20-yard line.

    How he fits: 

    They were near the bottom of the league a year ago in punting and with an offense that doesn't put together a lot of sustained drives, they must get better field position by pinning their opponents down and giving their defense a better field to work with. They think Anger can give it to them.

  • What he brings: 

    LeRibeus makes up for his lack of lateral mobility with his aggressiveness in pass protection. He's also a tenacious run blocker, who drives his legs through contact.

    How he fits: 

    This offensive line has major challenges at all five positions. And inside they had no depth and a lot of injuries. They're hoping LeRibeus has the versatility to be a swing guy and help at all three inside spots, at least as a rookie before settling into a position.

  • What he brings: 

    An underrated athlete who is stout at the point of attack. He flashes effective speed to power moves as a pass rusher, and provides scheme versatility.

    How he fits: 

    They are making the transition from the 3-4 to 4-3 defense and that means changing personnel. Right now, their best pass-rusher Cameron Wake and he will likely put his hand in the dirt at DE. Vernon could be that 4-3 DE edge rusher with really good speed. He might even be able to move to OLB if they sprinkle in 3-4 packages and he can really help Wake.

  • What he brings: 

    Taylor is an above-average athlete with adequate range in the back end and is a missile in run support. He shows good instincts and diagnostic skills, and is consistently in position to make plays.

    How he fits: 

    This secondary gave up a lot of big plays a year ago between the hashes and they have been looking for someone to play opposite of free safety Eric Weddle, who has good overall range. Taylor is excellent in run support, he's a good box player and will really upgrade them against the run on the back end of this defense and should be adequate in zone pass defense.

  • What he brings: 

    Outside of his problems picking of blitzes, an area he can improve in, he's an above-average pass blocker. Though he's not a mauler, he's an effective wall-off, positional run blocker.

    How he fits: 

    As we have already mentioned, this much-maligned unit has only one guy they can count onOT Brandon Albert, who in a perfect world, would move inside to OG. If that happened, Stephenson could slide into that LOT position, which is probably his best fit. It may take a year to do it, that could potentially solidify two positions and is very good in pass protection.

  • What he brings: 

    Of course there are concerns about his height and how it's going to affect his ability to scan the field, but if he's 4 inches taller, he's probably a top-10 pick. He's a great leader, he makes sound decisions, he's accurate and he has more than enough arm strength to make it in the NFL.

    How he fits: 

    His lack of size has been well-documented, but other than that he has every quality you are looking for in a QB. Initially, this doesn't look like a need for the Seahawks with their acquisition of Matt Flynn, but backup Tavaris Jackson has only one year left on his contract and they like young, developmental guy Josh Portis a little bit. And we really don't know if Matt Flynn can be the guy. At the very least, Wilson can move up to a solid No. 2 guy. He will be a pleasure to coach.

  • What he brings: 

    Brooks is a big, wide-bodied offensive guard who can move defenders off the ball as a run blocker and cover up linebackers at the second level. His technique could improve in pass protection, but his size and power make up for a lot in terms of footwork.

    How he fits: 

    This has been an excellent zone blocking offensive line for their powerful run game, but LOG Wade Smith is the weak link and ROG Mike Briesel left in free agency. That put a big hole in the OG position, which is critical for Arian Foster's one-cut and go runs. Brooks is massive with underrated athletic ability, he should be able to move the pile in the run game.

  • What he brings: 

    Has a nice combination of size and overall athleticism. He possesses sideline-to-sideline range and brings added value as a pass rusher. He can improve in terms of tackling with better balance in space.

    How he fits: 

    He has played inside and outside, but he will likely settle inside for the Jets. David Harris is rock solid at one spot, but the Jets would like to replace the aging Bart Scott at the other position. They need a guy who can play all three down and Davis is really a good hitter with excellent speed. He may contribute in his rookie year as a swing guy and a special teams performer, but the upside is excellent.

  • What he brings: 

    Egnew makes up for his sub-par in-line blocking skills with his ability to contribute in the passing game. His size makes him a matchup problem for defensive backs when he splits out wide, and his athletic ability makes him a tough matchup for linebackers.

    How he fits: 

    Starter Anthony Fasano is adequate but aging, but this offense is going to resemble what we see in Green Bay with a lot of motion and flexes. That's what Egnew can do. He can move out wide and he can give them another target in the passing game and maybe make up for their lack of weapons at wide receiver with his pass catching skills.

  • What he brings: 

    Hardin's a big, in-the-box safety than can make an immediate impact as a run blocker. He has average cover skills and he's not going to be a playmaker, but he has enough range and instincts to cover a deep path.

    How he fits: 

    The Bears started eight different safety combinations in 2011 and never got it right. They give up big plays inside, they don't make big plays and while Hardin is a physical guy who can really help versus the run as a box-type safety and good in run support, the real need here is more of a range guy that can play the deep half of the field in their Cover Two. He's not that type of athlete.

  • What he brings: 

    Fleming's got a nice combination of size and strength. He's at his best near the line of scrimmage and can disrupt a receivers' release. He plays with good balance and has adequate instincts and ball skills.

    How he fits: 

    This has been a middle-of-the-road, but you would like for them to intercept a lot more balls. Fleming could possibly start at corner opposite Patrick Peterson. Fleming is a physical guy who can play good press schemes, but he's not an elite turn-and-run corner like Peterson is, but he could turn into a good cover guy versus your No. 2 receiver.

  • What he brings: 

    Crawford is a strong and physical defensive end who does a good job of posting and setting the edge against the run. He's also a relentless pass rusher who makes up for a lack of elite closing speed with effort and power.

    How he fits: 

    They're really trying to upgrade the edge of their defense. Crawford fits well as a 3-4 DE in this scheme. He will be strong at the point of attack and a good run-support guy. He should eat up blockers well enough to let his OLBs to come hard off the edge. The Cowboys could also show some 4-3 looks where Crawford could play inside.

  • What he brings: 

    Lacks size and length on the interior, but shows a quick first step and has relentless motor. He shows a good lateral quickness to make plays outside the tackle box.

    How he fits: 

    Tennessee was very unhappy with their defensive front a year ago, especially in their inability to pressure QBs. Martin has a chance to be an inside penetrator as a DT in their 4-3 scheme even though he doesn't have great size, but his overall quickness can be disruptive.

  • What he brings: 

    A strong and physical receiver that shows reliable hands and body control. However, his lack of speed and suddenness as a route runner brings up slight concerns about his ability to separate at the next level.

    How he fits: 

    This is an area of need for Cincinnati as they are continually looking for a guy to pair with superstar A.J. Green. Their need is for a No. 2 guy outside. They have some decent slot candidates for their No. 3 receiver, but that's where Sanu may actually fit. He can also help them on third down and in the red zone.

  • What he brings: 

    Pierce is a bigger back that shows quick feet and adequate lateral agility. He shows good balance and can churn out a lot of yards out of contact.

    How he fits: 

    His main role appears to be to give Ray Rice some carries off and not make Rice carry the entire load. Pierce has good size and should be a nice complementary two-down back but don't expect much out of him in the passing game. But he could fill a much needed role here.

  • What he brings: 

    Bentley's an undersized corner who doesn't offer much in run support who's going to have a tough time matching up with bigger receivers. Still, he's a good value here because of his quickness, fluidity and top-end speed.

    How he fits: 

    This secondary gave up a ton of big plays a year ago against the pass. Even with their good pass rush and they keep searching for a turn-and-run corner and they just haven't found that guy. Bentley will have a chance because he's a pure turn-and-run guy and if the pass rush continues to be good, he has a chance to make big plays. This is far from a solved position.

  • What he brings: 

    Spence is undersized and he gets swallowed up by traffic on occasion. However, he possesses great instincts, lateral quickness and is a reliable player in space.

    How he fits: 

    With James Farrior gone, they really need to develop the depth inside. Their young guys right now are mostly on special teams. With Lawrence Timmons able to play inside or outside, Spence is an inside guy that might be able to play all three downs and contribute in pass situations.

  • What he brings: 

    Hughes doesn't have great lateral mobility, but he has a natural low center of gravity and good strength that makes him hard to move off the ball. He's also a non-stop pass rusher that occasional gets to the quarterback with effort.

    How he fits: 

    This was a bad run defense a year ago and they were not physical enough inside in their 4-3 scheme. Hughes is a power-type guy who should be able to clog the middle and give them a little better inside rotation than most people realize.

  • What he brings: 

    While he doesn't have the pocket mobility you'd like to see in the modern-era quarterback, he can beat pressure with a quick release. He also has a strong arm and above-average accuracy.

    How he fits: 

    You would not think this is a position of need, but Michael Vick is over 30 and his contract is up after this season. Backup Mike Kafka knows the system but is not special nor is UFA pickup Trent Edwards. Andy Reid loves to develop young QBs. He has at least a year to see if Foles can be that guy. The Eagles are always aware that their young guys can either become a starter or become trade bait.

  • What he brings: 

    Hicks is a talented player who was recruited to play at LSU, but got caught up in a pay-to-play scandal. He showed that he has the athletic ability and foot speed to go along with his size and can still compete at the highest level.

    How he fits: 

    The interior of this run defense wasn't good enough a year ago and neither was the pass-rush. New UFA Brodrick Bunkley will help, but Hicks can probably step in as a third DT in a rotation. His quickness could make him a disruptive inside penetrator.

  • What he brings: 

    A defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid prospect who's a little to straight-line, but he has good quickness and upper-body strength. There's also a lot to like about his smarts and motor.

    How he fits: 

    Here we go again. This is another example of Bill Belichick's preference for versatility. Bequette can play DE in their 4-3 front and some OLB when they go to a 3-4. He is another guy who gives them flexibility as they change their fronts. That pass-rush pressure can help the struggling backend of their pass defense.

  • What he brings: 

    Holmes is a long offensive tackle who can ride edge-rushers past the quarterback, but he doesn't move his feet well enough to trust him with protecting your quarterback's blind side. He also needs to get tougher and stronger as a run blocker.

    How he fits: 

    Offensive tackle has been a huge problem for this offense, especially on the left side with Sam Baker. The problem is that Holmes doesn't really have LOT skills and his feet may not be good enough to play there. Could he play ROT and move Tyson Clabo to the left side and move Baker to OG. Some room to maneuver here.

  • What he brings: 

    An undersized receiver who will never start on the outside. The reason he's still a good value here is he's a threat to go the distance whenever he gets the seam, whether it's after the catch or in the run game.

    How he fits: 

    Wide receiver is another position that has been gutted under this coaching regime. QB Andrew Luck doesn't have a lot of weapons. Hilton is a small guy with explosiveness that might be able to fit in as their slot receiver and he could also give them some production in the return game.

  • What he brings: 

    Thompson has a good first step and can be disruptive on the interior as a one-gap defender. He also shows good strength at the point of attack and flashes the ability to anchor against double-teams.

    How he fits: 

    The Bengals continue to build the inside of this defense with two defensive tackles and they already have decent starters. They now have the luxury of having an excellent inside rotation with Thompson as a strong inside penetrator.

  • What he brings: 

    Hosley's an instinctive corner that displays good, short-area quickness, and top-notch ball skills. He needs to get stronger in jump-ball situations and improve as a tackler.

    How he fits: 

    There are a lot of question marks at the corner position in this defense, although if everybody is healthy, and they play up to expectations, they're not that bad. They want to play a lot of man-to-man coverages on the backend and Hosley could contribute immediately versus multi-receiver packages as he has good instincts and ball skills.

  • What he brings: 

    Bergstrom's a college offensive tackle that will play guard because of his limitation in pass protection. But he moves well enough to hold up on the inside. He's a tough run blocker, who makes up for his weaknesses in terms of technique with effort and strength.

    How he fits: 

    The Raiders have worked hard to upgrade this offensive line and their two weakest sports are ROT and ROG. Initially, Bergstrom looks like an ROT, but his best position may be to move inside to OG where he could fit in their power run game.