Source: USA TODAY
Pick-by-pick results for Round 3 of the 2013 NFL draft:
Pick in Round 3; (overall pick); team; selection
1 (63) Chiefs: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Analysis: The Chiefs begin Round 3 with LT Branden Albert on their roster as well as Kelce, an outstanding combination tight end. Kelce is a devastating blocker who should be a nice complement to Tony Moeaki in double-tight sets. Kelce’s brother, Jason, is the center for the Eagles, who also have former Cincinnati TE Brent Celek on their roster. You wonder if Andy Reid had some inside info on Travis Kelce before he packed up for Kansas City.
2 (64) Jaguars: Dwayne Gratz, CB Connecticut
Analysis: The Jags continue rounding out their secondary with Gratz after grabbing John Cyprien in Round 2. Gus Bradley’s very successful and forward-looking defense was built back to front in Seattle, and he seems to be following a similar template in Jacksonville.
3 (65) Lions: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Analysis: Finally, some help in front of QB Matthew Stafford. Warford’s arrival essentially guarantees that 2012 first-rounder Riley Reiff will stay at tackle. Look for Reggie Bush to run behind massive Warford and break off chunks of yardage.
4 (66) Raiders: Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut
Analysis: The Raiders will look far different at linebacker. Moore joins Nick Roach in a new mix after the team let Philip Wheeler go and told Rolando McClain to take a hike. Moore is still learning to play the position after converting from running back when he arrived at UConn.
5 (67) Eagles: Bennie Logan, DT, Louisiana State
Analysis: The latest addition from LSU’s pro pipeline might have a leg up on some incumbent defenders — Trent Cole? Brandon Graham? — who might not fit a defense that’s expected to line up primarily in 3-4 fronts after years in the 4-3 under Andy Reid.
6 (68) Browns: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
Analysis: The Browns were in desperate need for a corner opposite Joe Haden after choosing to let Sheldon Brown go in free agency. McFadden’s not a big guy, and neither is Buster Skrine, which makes us wonder if the Mohamed Sanus and Jacoby Joneses of the division will feast on this guy while Haden is preoccupied with the AFC North’s No. 1 receivers.
7 (69) Cardinals: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, Louisiana State
Analysis: A stroke of luck for Mathieu since former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson can look after him in the desert. Coach Bruce Arians says Mathieu will play free safety in the NFL, which will help take advantage of his ball-hawking skills.
8 (70) Titans: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
Analysis: The Titans make the first draft addition to a defense that surrendered a franchise-record 471 points in 2012. Wilson could push Alterraun Verner for snaps if he makes a smooth transition to the NFL.
9 (71) Rams (from Bills): T.J. McDonald, FS, Southern California
Analysis: The Rams address their safety issues after bidding Quintin Mikell and Craig Dahl adieu in the offseason. McDonald has NFL bloodlines; his father Tim was a six-time Pro Bowler who spent much of his career with the 49ers in the 1990s. Like dad, the son is a heavy hitter.
10 (72) Jets: Brian Winters, OT, Kent State
Analysis: The Jets have two holes at guard after choosing not to re-sign Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson — and Austin Howard isn’t exactly entrenched at right tackle. Winters could quickly find himself in the starting mix if he can merely beat out disappointing Vlad Ducasse, and he might even force Howard inside instead.
11 (73) Buccaneers: Mike Glennon, OB, North Carolina State
Analysis: At 6-7 with an easygoing demeanor and a big arm, Glennon draws loose comparisons to Joe Flacco. He’s not likely to start this season, but now Josh Freeman has a prospect with potential looking over his shoulder in a contract year. The knocks on Glennon are lack of athleticism and fire in the huddle.
12 (74) Cowboys (from Panthers through 49ers): Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Analysis: Williams could immediately compete for the No. 3 job vacated by Kevin Ogletree. And given the frequent issues Miles Austin seems to have with his legs, it’s not a bad idea for the Cowboys to get an insurance policy after losing Ogletree and Laurent Robinson over the past two offseasons.
13 (75) Saints: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Analysis: New Orleans commits its second pick of the draft to its offensive line. Armstead might grow into a blindside tackle with a year of development but probably will be a project who won’t play right away since the Saints are set at guard with Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs. Armstead also could see snaps as a third tight end assuming Zach Strief holds down the fort at right tackle.
14 (76) Chargers: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Analysis: Allen’s knee surgery and news reports of a failed drug test at the scouting combine apparently deflated his once-impressive stock. But new Chargers GM Tom Telesco might have gotten a steal here, and the Chargers surely need one because Robert Meachem flopped after signing a big contract in 2012. Allen should join TE Antonio Gates as a medium-range target for Philip Rivers while Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander do most of the work on the outside.
15 (77) Dolphins: Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee
Analysis: He projects as a guard, maybe a right tackle in the NFL. With the Branden Albert option seemingly off the table, Thomas might get pressed into service with Jonathan Martin apparently ticketed to take over for free agent loss Jake Long.
16 (78) Bills (from Ravens): Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Analysis: After grabbing Robert Woods in Round 2, the Bills go for a more athletic target as they continue rebuilding the wideout depth for QB EJ Manuel.
17 (79) Steelers: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Analysis: Physically, Wheaton resembles Antonio Brown more than Mike Wallace. It’s possible Wheaton could claim the No. 3 role behind Brown and Emmanuel Sanders when the Steelers are operating between the 20-yard lines before giving way to Plaxico Burress in the red zone.
18 (80) Cowboys: J.J. Wilcox, FS, Georgia Southern
Analysis: The Cowboys admitted safety was an area of need all along, though Dallas fans probably would have felt much better about Kenny Vaccaro or Eric Reid, whom the Cowboys essentially gave to the 49ers. Still, Wilcox should get a chance to compete for snaps in an underwhelming group.
19 (81) Giants: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Analysis: The Giants end the free fall of a guy once touted as a potential top-five pick. Moore flopped at the combine and apparently never recovered afterward. But he’ll have an opportunity to claim Osi Umenyiora’s nickel rusher role in New York and might eventually develop into the player many think he can be in the NFL.
20 (82) Saints (from Bears through Dolphins): John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Analysis: When you switch to the 3-4 defensive alignment, you need a beast to man the nose. They don’t come much bigger than 6-4, 346-pound Jenkins, who should be hard to move when the Saints are in their base defense.
21 (83) Patriots (from Vikings): Ryan Logan, CB, Rutgers
Analysis: The Patriots have struggled to develop corners — Darius Butler, Ras-I Dowling, Patrick Chung, Terrence Wheatley – and even Devin McCourty has been moved to safety. They take another whack with Ryan, who could get into dime packages behind Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington.
22 (84) Bengals: Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
Analysis: The Bengals seemed to struggle without Chris Crocker, who’s no longer on the roster. Williams could get a shot at his spot next to starting FS Reggie Nelson.
23 (85) Redskins: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Analysis: The Redskins re-signed Fred Davis, but who knows how he’ll respond after tearing an Achilles last October. Reed provides a fallback who’s more athletic than Logan Paulsen.
24 (86) Colts: Hugh Thornton, G, Illinois
Analysis: The Colts signed OT Gosder Cherilus and G Donald Thomas to better safeguard QB Andrew Luck after he was frequently under fire as a rookie. Massive Thornton (320 pounds) might just give starting RG Mike McGlynn a run for his money.
25 (87) Seahawks: Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
Analysis: Seattle has done quite a bit on the edges of its defense this offseason but could use more heft inside after losing Alan Branch to the Bills. Hill could get into the rotation next to the team’s best interior player, Brandon Mebane.
26 (88) 49ers (from Packers): Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
Analysis: None other than Luke Joeckel mentioned Lemonier as a pass rusher who gave him problems in their Southeastern Conference battles. But Lemonier will have work to earn his stripes behind Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks.
27 (89) Texans: Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
Analysis: Houston isn’t exactly set at right tackle after watching several players try to take over for Eric Winston last season. Williams provides competition for Derek Newton and Ryan Harris.
28 (90) Broncos: Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida
Analysis: Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is on a one-year deal. Two pretty good guys for Webster to watch and develop behind.
29 (91) Patriots: Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers
Analysis: Bill Belichick is making a run on Scarlet Knights defensive backs. Devin McCourty, Adrian Wilson, Steve Gregory and Tavon Wilson are ahead of Harmon on a crowded depth chart.
30 (92) Rams (from Falcons): Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Analysis: Geno Smith’s favorite wide receiver since high school must now win over Sam Bradford, who also will be throwing to ex-Mountaineers dynamo Tavon Austin in 2013. GM Les Snead is quickly putting the pieces around Bradford that could finally lead to a breakthrough season from the fourth-year passer.
31 (93) Dolphins (from 49ers through Packers): Will Davis, CB, Utah State
Analysis: Davis is the second corner Miami took Friday and might find time in sub packages. However, given the Bills have relied on their dual tailbacks as playmakers and the Patriots on their tight end tandem, the AFC East is one division where teams might still employ their base defense more than the nickel.
32 (94) Ravens: Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
Analysis: A wake-up call for Terrence Cody? Ozzie Newsome has expressed disappointment in his nose tackle, and Williams (335 pounds) could quickly vie for time in the middle of Baltimore’s revamped defense.
33 (95) Texans (compensatory pick): Sam Montgomery, DE, Louisiana State
Analysis: He admitted at the combine that he didn’t always play hard for the Tigers. If Wade Phillips (maybe with some help from J.J. Watt) can change Montgomery’s approach, Houston just added another talented piece to its front seven.
34 (96) Chiefs (compensatory pick): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
Analysis: Might be a steal for Andy Reid. In recent years, the Chiefs have (mostly unsuccessfully) turned to older players like Thomas Jones and Peyton Hillis to be the thumper behind Jamaal Charles. Now 227-pound Davis gets a chance if he can re-establish a consistent baseline level of performance.
35 (97) Titans (compensatory pick): Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri
Analysis: The Titans close out Round 3 by adding depth to what is an already young and talented linebacking group. But given Colin McCarthy’s struggles to stay on the field in 2012, there could be playing time to be had for an athletic youngster.