Three-round mock draft: True steals still available in Round 3

  • By Pat Kirwan
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65. St. Louis Rams
Dexter McCluster, RB, Mississippi

McCluster is a third-down back, slot receiver and return specialist who is a matchup nightmare.

66. Detroit Lions
Ben Tate, RB, Auburn

Tate is a solid downhill runner who can carry the load if Kevin Smith isn't ready to go.

67. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati

The Buccaneers need a receiver and Gilyard is tricky fast who is able to get deep or work underneath out of the slot.

68. Kansas City Chiefs
Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida

A massive defensive tackle to play the run downs in the 3-4 defense, Troup has good first-step quickness for a guy weighing 315 pounds.

69. Oakland Raiders
Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State

Cox had 10 interceptions in college, and was a good return man on special teams. However, Cox's speed is not ideal for the old Raiders philosophy.

70. Philadelphia Eagles
Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma

There are always grumblings about the corners in Philadelphia, and the team could add another guy to the mix right here. Franks gets a pretty good jump on the ball and has some return skills.

71. Cleveland Browns
Chad Jones, S, LSU

Jones is also a baseball player and has good ball skills. He brings size and range to the position.

72. Buffalo Bills
Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU

LaFell is a big possession receiver to help replace Terrell Owens. At LSU, LaFell had a productive career, catching 175 passes and getting 26 touchdowns.

73. Miami Dolphins
Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina

The Dolphins grabbed Sergio Kindle in the first round, did not have a second-round pick and are lucky here to get a wide body to play the nose tackle spot while Jason Ferguson serves an eight-game suspension.

74. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jon Asamoah, G/C, Illinois

The Jaguars had to wait from pick No. 10 to No. 74, and they still get a guy who can help at any inside spot on the offensive line.

75. Chicago Bears
Zane Beadles, OT, Utah

This is the first pick of the draft for the Bears, who need help at right tackle. Some say Beadles is a guard, but as one coach said, "He always blocks his guy." That's more than I can say for some of the Bears linemen recently.

76. New York Giants
Joe McKnight, RB, Southern California

The Giants were a much better offense when they had Derrick Ward in a three-man rotation. McKnight would blend in well with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.

77. Tennessee Titans
Jason Worilds, LB, Virginia Tech

Whether Keith Bulluck returns or not from injury, the Titans need to get younger at outside linebacker. Worilds is a terrific special teams guy with Elvis Dumervil-type rush skills.

78. Carolina Panthers
Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson

Ford has world-class speed, having run a 4.28 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. He can take advantage of opposing defenses that will focus on stopping the run and roll coverages to Steve Smith.

79. San Francisco 49ers
Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati

Alex Smith hasn't locked down the quarterback job long-term, David Carr is not the answer and Pike can really throw the ball. He moves well for a 6-foot-6 guy.

80. Denver Broncos
Anthony McCoy, TE, Southern California

As expected, Tony Scheffler was dealt before the draft even took place. Here, the Broncos can get a complete tight end with blocking skills as well as receiving skills to replace Scheffler.

81. Houston Texans
Al Woods, DT, LSU

At 6-foot-4 and 309 pounds, Woods is a decent "one-technique" tackle to play in a rotation, especially on run downs.

82. Pittsburgh Steelers
Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State

Carrington has the traits the Steelers look for in a "five-technique" defensive end: Tall, long arms and speed. He's a steal in the third round.

83. Atlanta Falcons
Matt Tennant, C, Boston College

Tennant was the starting center for Matt Ryan at Boston College. The Falcons brought a lot of people to Boston College's pro day and I'm sure Ryan would like to have his old center back.

84. Cincinnati Bengals
Myron Lewis, CB/S, Vanderbilt

Lewis is a big college corner who would make a nice matchup safety. He already is a solid tackler with 169 tackles to his credit throughout his college career.

85. Cleveland Browns
Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida

Spikes may have run a slow 40-yard dash, but he makes plays on the field and is a value pick in the third round. He belongs in a 3-4 defense, playing the strong side at 249 pounds.

86. Green Bay Packers
Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee

Hardesty really came of age under coach Lane Kiffin last year in Knoxville, and now has a year of playing in a pro-style offense under his belt. During that one year, Hardesty demonstrated that he can effectively catch the ball.

87. Philadelphia Eagles
Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia

Atkins is a quick one-gap penetrator who has a solid chance to beat out Trevor Laws for the third tackle spot and will help as a third-down inside rusher.

88. Arizona Cardinals
Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama

Arenas is a slot corner type who plays faster than timed. He could be a blitzer from the nickel slot, too.

89. Arizona Cardinals
Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh

Dickerson is an H-back who had 10 touchdowns last season and is still a raw route runner. He will contribute right away on special teams.

90. Dallas Cowboys
Ed Wang, OT, Virginia Tech

The Cowboys think Doug Free can play left tackle, but it doesn't hurt to start developing another player. Wang has athletic ability.

91. San Diego Chargers
Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern

A tall, long armed "five-technique" defensive end for the 3-4 defense, Wootton needs to get stronger.

92. Cleveland Browns
Thaddeus Gibson, LB, Ohio State

Gibson did not have a lot of sack production in college, but was an active outside linebacker who probably thought he was going in the first round. He plays hard, is a good athlete and will make a name for himself on special teams.

93. Minnesota Vikings
Donald Butler, LB, Washington

E.J. Henderson has been injured two years in a row and as good as Jasper Brinkley played last year, Butler will push to start. A captain and leader of his college defense, Butler can run sideline to sideline.

94. Indianapolis Colts
Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State

The Colts like their defensive players fast, and Bowman can really run from the weak-side linebacker spot. Bowman is also not a bad blitzer and would fit in Larry Coyer's pressure schemes.

95. New Orleans Saints
D'Anthony Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech

The Saints can plug an aggressive inside defender into the rotation. Smith probably helps most in passing situations as an inside rusher.

96. Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota

Decker is coming off an injury, but was a tremendous route runner and receiver in college. He is reminiscent of Joe Jurevicius.

97. Tennessee Titans
Major Wright, S, Florida

Wright can play free or strong, and likes to tackle. He needs some technique work, but was a smart three-year starter.

98. Atlanta Falcons
Blair White, WR, Michigan State

White is a hard worker and is getting better every day. He is also a Mike Smith kind of guy who could win the No. 4 receiver spot.

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