Round 3
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  • What he brings 

    Murphy must work on his route recognition skills. He will bite on play-action and double moves but he has the tools to be an effective corner. He shows good speed on film when asked to turn and run and closes quickly when wideouts catch the ball in front of him.

    How he fits 

    The Rams had only eight interceptions last season and zero by their cornerbacks. The unit did not display enough anticipation or playmaking ability. Murphy will have a chance to come in and play quickly and needs to given the team's anemic pass rush.
  • What he brings 

    Spievey is a physical corner with great instincts and ball skills. He is very tough against the run. While he has good size for a corner, he is limited with his top-end speed because of that he could line up at safety.

    How he fits 

    Though the Lions recently acquired three new cornerbacks, the defense was last in the NFL defending the pass last season. Eric King is coming off injured reserve and Spievey has a chance to compete for playing time right away.
  • What he brings 

    Lewis is another guy with a great combination of size and solid instincts. He's a bit tight but fits perfectly in Tampa's scheme because he can play near the line of scrimmage due to his physicality and utilize his above-average tackling skills.

    How he fits 

    Ronde Barber is finally hitting the age wall and the team needed to add another big Cover 2 corner to pair across from Aqib Talib in the near future. Elbert Mack will now have to be the fourth corner. This is a very good pick.
  • What he brings 

    We are surprised Asamoah made it this far down the board. As a run blocker he takes very good angles, shows functional inline power and is an excellent blocker in space. He also shows good awareness in pass protection and should develop quickly into a starter who has a long, productive career.

    How he fits 

    Brian Waters is getting long in the tooth and though the addition of Ryan Lilja will help, an offensive guard of the future was much-needed. The team lost versatile Wade Smith, making this pick even more important.
  • What he brings 

    At a little more than 6-foot-8, Veldheer has left tackle feet and excellent length for the position. Although he needs to get stronger in his core and learn to play with an aggressive attitude, he has great upside to become a more-than-adequate NFL left tackle.

    How he fits 

    Cornell Green has gone to Buffalo and Mario Henderson struggles at left tackle in pass-protection. Veldheer may be a bit raw developmentally, but will certainly help the ailing stable of offensive tackle.
  • What he brings 

    Dickson is one of the better pass-catching tight ends in this year's class. He has great top-end speed to stretch the field combined ideal body control and ball skills. He still needs to develop as a run-blocker but should contribute in the passing game.

    How he fits 

    This receiving tight end has the ability to threaten the seam and initially will have a chance to learn behind Cornell Green has gone to Buffalo and Mario Henderson struggles at left tackle in pass-protection.
  • What he brings 

    Burnett has good athleticism, fluid hips and provides a wide range in the back end in coverage. Still, he needs to refine his angles to the point and to the ball. That said, he still has all the physical tools to become a starting NFL safety.

    How he fits 

    This was a safe pick for Green Bay because Burnett will be able to play behind Nick Collins and Atari Bigby, both very productive veteran safeties. He gives the team the opportunity to part with Bigby, if needed.
  • What he brings 

    At 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, Carrington has ideal size for the 5-technique. With his great explosion off the ball he can get a great initial surge, good penetration and hold his ground at the line of scrimmage. At this point he needs polishing with his use of hands in combat and instincts to find the ball. In addition, he could use some refining as a pass-rusher.

    How he fits 

    This big defensive lineman will fit well in Chan Gailey's 3-4 defense. He will back up Marcus Stroud and Dwan Edwards, as well as play stronger at the point of attack than Spencer Johnson and John McCargo.
  • What he brings 

    Jerry was a tackle in college and projects to move to the guard position at the next level. He is limited athletically with a nice wide body an functional inline strength to anchor on the interior.

    How he fits 

    Justin Smiley and newly-acquired Richie Incognito are experienced and tough players. Smiley will start while Incognito, Jerry, Nate Garner and Donald Thomas can compete for the other spot. Offensive guard was a definite need at this point in the draft.
  • What he brings 

    Smith has above-average athletic ability and moves well laterally for his size. That said, he needs to get stronger in his core and lacks an elite anchor to hold up against the run on the inside. The good news for Smith is that he is an above average pass-rusher with a wide array of moves.

    How he fits 

    Smith will now team with first-rounder Tyson Alualu as the primary backups and rotational players with John Henderson and Terrance Knighton. Smith will be the pass-rusher of this group.
  • What he brings 

    Wright has great athleticism, fluidity and brings great toughness with his game. While he is a bit tight in the hips when getting off the hash, he has an extra gear to recover once caught out of position. In addition, he has adequate ball skills to make plays when in position.

    How he fits 

    The Bears' defense already had good, tough run-playing safeties, but needed more range and closure on the back end versus the pass. While Wright does not possess great ball skills, he will give the defense more versatility to play both run and pass. He will have a chance to earn playing time right away.
  • What he brings 

    Jones is a versatile athlete who brings great size, strength and physicality with his play. In addition, he has the ability to make a quick diagnosis to find the ball and consistently put himself in position to make plays.

    How he fits 

    The safety position struggled last year in pass defense with the early loss of Kenny Philips to injury. Jones will have to compete with newly-added Antrel Rolle, rangy Deon Grant and Michael Johnson. This will allow Aaron Ross to revert back to corner full-time.
  • What he brings 

    Williams is one of the most polished and savvy route-runners in this year's draft class. Williams is a smooth athlete who does a good job transitioning out of breaks and shows above-average body control and ball skills. We graded him out as a second-round pick, but his lack of burst to create separation is likely the reason he dropped to the third round.

    How he fits 

    Kenny Britt is an emerging receiver for the club, but Nate Washington and Justin Gage are more complementary receivers than playmakers. With that said, Williams will be another weapon for Vince Young and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.
  • What he brings 

    LaFell has some of the biggest upside in this year's receiving class. He has great size and does a good job using his body to shield defenders from the ball. The problem for LaFell is that he needs refining with his route running and he must catch the ball more consistently at the next level.

    How he fits 

    Steve Smith can't do it all for the Panthers. Dwayne Jarrett has not lived up to his billing and LaFell will offer big upside and a huge target for new quarterback Jimmy Clausen. He will need to catch the ball more consistently to have the impact the Panthers are looking for.
  • What he brings 

    We believe Butler has more athleticism than first-rounder Rolando McClain. At 245 pounds, Butler is light on his feet and covers a lot of ground with a wide range. However, Butler however, lacks the same instincts and sometimes is undisciplined with his run fits.

    How he fits 

    San Diego needed size and power down the middle of its defense. Stephen Cooper and Brandon Siler play the game with heart and soul, but Butler possesses the natural physical qualities that fit the Chargers' defense better. He will need time to prove he can overtake either of them.
  • What he brings 

    Walton is a tough and scrappy interior offensive lineman who plays with an aggressive attitude. While he's a limited athlete, Walton possesses functional inline strength and should provide immediate depth and develop into a starter along the interior front in a few years time.

    How he fits 

    The release of Casey Weigmann means that an inexperienced player will be the starting center this year. Walton will have a chance to compete with Seth Olsen, Russ Hochstein and Dustin Fry for the starting role.
  • What he brings 

    Mitchell lacks great size, but he has a thick lower body and does a good job playing with leverage. He is a perfect fit as a 3-technique who can consistently hold down his gap as a run defender. While he has good upside as a pass-rusher, he needs to develop a few more moves.

    How he fits 

    Mitchell is an interior 3-technique player who fits Houston's one-gap defense. His good, lower body and use of leverage should help to improve the Texans' struggling run defense.
  • What he brings 

    Sanders is an undersized receiver who projects to play out of the slot. He has great quickness and suddenness getting out of his breaks. In addition, he shows good body control but can have some inconsistency with his hands on balls outside his frame. He should become a strong No. 3 receiver.

    How he fits 

    Trading Santonio Holmes took away the only sure downfield playmaker the Steelers had. Hines Ward is aging and Limas Sweed has yet to produce, while Arnaz Battle and Antwaan Randle El have both had their ups and downs in the NFL. Pittsburgh needed depth here.
  • What he brings 

    Peters is a one-gap defensive tackle with adequate quickness and ability to find the ball. He also shows pass-rushing capabilities, but he needs to add more moves to his repertoire. He has an inconsistent motor, which is a concern, and he will probably be a rotational guy.

    How he fits 

    Peters fits the mold of the Falcons' attacking style defensive front. Atlanta needed a player like this with the ability to make plays on the move and rush the passer, especially given the fact that last year's first-rounder, Peria Jerry, missed his rookie season due to a knee injury.
  • What he brings 

    Shipley has good agility in and out of breaks and has some of the better hands in this year's receiving class. He lacks elite explosion, though, to create consistent separation. His toughness to consistently attack the middle of the field working out of the slot is an asset In addition, he brings value on special teams as a returner.

    How he fits 

    Chad Ochocinco and newly-acquired Antonio Bryant will most likely be the outside starters, but Shipley's route running and sure hands will enable him to compete for the slot role with Andre Caldwell. There are question marks at the position, but his consistency will not be one.
  • What he brings 

    McCoy doesn't have the big time arm to stretch the field and his accuracy can also dip on the longer throws. However, he shows a quick release the ability to move in the pocket and is extremely accurate with his underneath throws. He also brings great intangibles with his leadership and toughness. Those traits will help him develop into a functional quarterback in Cleveland's West Coast system.

    How he fits 

    Jake Delhomme will likely begin the season as the offensive leader and starter. However, his sporadic play of late will allow McCoy to possibly see the field and learn the speed of the game quickly. He will have to compete with a very similar Seneca Wallace.
  • What he brings 

    Te'o-Nesheim is limited athletically and does not show great lateral movement. On the plus side, he has great core strength for his size at 263 pounds. He plays the game with a high motor and gives great effort on every play. This might be a bit of a reach at this point, but the Eagles are looking for this type of player.

    How he fits 

    This is yet another undersized, high-motor defensive end. This pick is a little surprising given that the Eagles got Brandon Graham in the first round. While he does sound like an Eagles-type defender from an effort standpoint, the team had bigger needs here in the third round.
  • What he brings 

    At 6-foot-3, 217 pounds Decker has a good combination of size and overall athleticism. He is limited in terms of burst and ability to stretch the field, but he shows outstanding toughness and ball skills. He should become a solid possession receiver at the NFL level.

    How he fits 

    Decker will bring the smarts and toughness Denver looks for in its passing attack. While he may not have great separation, he will make sure catches and likely play multiple positions, which coach Josh McDaniels loves.
  • What he brings 

    Roberts is polished and shows the ability to run the entire route tree. He has great hands. His best skill, however, is his ability to run after the catch. He also brings added value in the return game.

    How he fits 

    Now that Anquan Boldin is in Baltimore and Jerheme Urban is in Kansas City, the Cardinals needed another receiving option. Roberts will likely align behind Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston, while competing with Early Doucet for the No. 3 role.
  • What he brings 

    Edwards played quarterback in college but projects as a wideout at the next level. He's going to have a tough adjustment to make adapting to the position in terms of reading coverages on the run and polishing his route-running skills. He has the athleticism and experience to be the conductor in a Wildcat package.

    How he fits 

    Edwards will be a good complement to the Panthers other third-round pick, Brandon LaFell. LaFell will bring size and toughness, while Edwards offers burst, acceleration and short-area playmaking ability. Look for him to show up in any Wildcat packages, as well.
  • What he brings 

    Price is an explosive home run threat on the perimeter. He has both top-end speed to stretch the field and does a great job dropping his weight and transitioning in and out of breaks. His best quality might be his overall ball skills. He should provide immediate playmaking ability for the Patriots offense.

    How he fits 

    This is a good pick for the Patriots. Price will offer outside speed and sure-handedness, which could be very good qualities moving forward for the Pats as Randy Moss ages. He has more upside than Sam Aiken and will have a chance to compete with Brandon Tate, who is coming off injury during his rookie season.
  • What he brings 

    Bowman has great physical skills, natural instincts and a nose for the football. In fact, on the field we think he is a fringe first-round talent. That said, we are not surprised that he dropped to the third round; he can be undisciplined on the field and has major off-the-field character concerns.

    How he fits 

    Bowman will likely be a special teams player in year one and have a chance to learn behind Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes. He plays more in the mold of a weakside linebacker in college, but may be able to bulk up and replace Spikes in time. He does add depth as well.
  • What he brings 

    Lauvao is a limited overall athlete who possesses functional overall strength. He is a wide body in pass protection who makes it tough for defenders to get around him. He needs to clean up his angles to the point and learn to stay on blocks more. He will provide depth and could potentially develop into a starter down the road.

    How he fits 

    Lauvao will have a chance to compete for the third offensive guard spot with Billy Yates and Scott Kooistra quickly. The starters are set up front, but Lauvao has a chance to make the team. He may have a chance to replace Floyd Womack in the future.
  • What he brings 

    Moeaki is an intriguing prospect; he's a very savvy and sure-handed receiving target. He needs major refining in his overall run blocking, but he has the toughness and athleticism to provide an immediate impact in the passing game.

    How he fits 

    Moeaki will provide the Chiefs with more receiving options than with the team's current tight end corps. Leonard Pope will be the starter, Brad Cottam will serve as the second tight end in a blocking role with Moeaki entering as the third.
  • What he brings 

    Thomas has a great combination of size and top-end speed. In addition he shows the ability to turn, locate and find the football. While he is a bit tight in the hips when having to quickly turn and run, he still provides enough athletic ability to develop into a quality starter in the Colts' defensive scheme.

    How he fits 

    The loss of Marlin Jackson to the Eagles created a spot at corner for a good-sized player with good speed and range, which is what Thomas possesses. He has to improve his durability and run support, but given the Colts lack of depth he will see the field.
  • What he brings 

    Graham has one of the biggest upsides of any prospect in this year's draft. The former basketball player has great athleticism, the ability stretch the field, body control and hands. Those assets could help him become a dynamic playmaker at the next level. With that said, this is all based on potential; Graham's lack of mental toughness could hinder his ability to cash in on his natural gifts. This is a big risk-reward pick in our opinion.

    How he fits 

    Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas are not in risk of losing their jobs anytime soon because Graham is extremely raw. Thomas was very productive in his role last year and though he will likely repeat that this year, Graham is expected to be his replacement in the future.
  • What he brings 

    Ghee has adequate size and top-end speed , which provides him with a wide range for the position. At the same time, he needs to learn to stay lower in his backpedal and transition out of his breaks. He has tremendous upside.

    How he fits 

    Interceptions were not an issue for this team last year, both Jonathan Joseph and Leon Hall had six apiece. While Morgan Trent surprised many people as the third corner in his rookie season, Joseph is in the last year of his contract. The current nickel package is intact, but Ghee will likely earn a role in time.
  • What he brings 

    While Curran is a bit undersized and lacks top-end speed, he makes up for it with outstanding instincts and high motor. He also takes very sound angles to the ball in pursuit and should become a solid weakside linebacker.

    How he fits 

    This may very well be a newer version of current weakside linebacker David Thornton, who is aging. Though he is a little undersized, his instincts and knack for getting to the football will fit in well with the Titans' defense.
  • What he brings 

    Johnson is a very intelligent, instinctive and nimble athlete for the position. He does a good job taking proper initial angles and has great lateral movement to reach or cut off defenders down the line of scrimmage. He could develop a more aggressive and tougher mentality and needs t obe more of a finisher at this point.

    How he fits 

    The Falcons' offensive line has an abundance of toughness, but the depth is lacking. Johnson can compete for a backup role with Jose Valdez and Quinn Ojinnaka.