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2012 NFL Draft: Round 3

2012 NFL Draft - April 26th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM, in New York, NY
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Round 3

64 Indianapolis Dwayne Allen* TE Clemson 6' 4" 255
DraftSite's comments:The Colts get the two best pass catching tight ends in the draft with Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. Allen is a better blocker, so between the two of them, they get strong bookends for their line who can jump out and be automatic weapons down field.
65 LA Rams Trumaine Johnson CB Montana 6' 2" 210
DraftSite's comments:He's a very tall cornerback, who along with Janoris Jenkins provides St. Louis the most improved secondary in the league. While he played at a smaller school of Montana, he showed the skills that could translate well to the NFL.
66 Minnesota Josh Robinson* CB UCF 5' 10" 186
DraftSite's comments:Fastest cornerback at the combine, was a productive player at Central Florida who would have benefited from an extra year at Central Florida. However, for a Minnesota team that needed a lot of secondary help, Robinson and Harrison Smith immediately upgrade the back part of their defense.
67 Denver Trade Icon Ronnie Hillman** RB San Diego State 5' 10" 175
DraftSite's comments:Incredibly productive runner from San Diego State, who fills a big concern for Denver with Knowshon Moreno injury-prone and Willis McGahee getting up there in age.
68 Houston Trade Icon DeVier Posey WR Ohio State 6' 2" 200
DraftSite's comments:Posey was another player who was hurt by the Ohio State suspensions, as he could have been the most productive wide receiver in the Big Ten last year. He'll be a great fit opposite Andre Johnson and will make their offense even more effective than it was.
69 Buffalo Trade Icon T.J. Graham WR NC State 6' 1" 180
DraftSite's comments:T.J. Graham was one of the leaders in the FBS for total yards, and gives Buffalo not only a good slot option at wide receiver but also a home run threat as a return man on special teams.
70 Jacksonville Bryan Anger PT Cal 6' 4" 207
DraftSite's comments:Some people though Josh Scobee was picked early for Jacksonville in the 5th round, but this is early for a punter/kicker. Anger though has one of the strongest legs for a punter to come along for years, and they will probably not regret having him on the team.
71 Washington Trade Icon Josh LeRibeaus OG SMU 6' 2" 311
DraftSite's comments:LeRibeaus was part of a line for a team who's offense improved by leaps and bounds. The Redskins offensive line needs a lot of help with most of their strength on the outside at tackle.
72 Miami Olivier Vernon* DE Miami 6' 4" 250
DraftSite's comments:Vernon's suspensions hurt him, but his athleticism can not be denied and he will provide at great option as a pass rushing outside linebacker opposite Cameron Wake.
73 San Diego Trade Icon Brandon Taylor S LSU 6' 0" 191
DraftSite's comments:Brandon Taylor was one of the leaders on an accomplished LSU defense this year. Putting him next to Weddle, along with Darrell Stuckey backing them up, gives them a very strong back end to the defense.
74 Kansas City Donald Stephenson OT Oklahoma 6' 6" 309
DraftSite's comments:Tackle didn't seem like a big need after signing Eric Winston and drafting Illinois tackle Jeff Allen, but it never hurts to have more depth on the offensive line. Donald Stephenson was a strong tackle at Oklahoma and will provide some extra leadership for the Chiefs.
75 Seattle Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin 5' 11" 208
DraftSite's comments:Had Russell Wilson been a few inches taller he would have been a 1st round pick, but he's not and he fell to the 3rd. He's got a strong arm after playing baseball for years, and excellent leadership and accuracy as proven at both N.C. State and Wisconsin.
76 Houston Trade Icon Brandon Brooks OG Miami (Ohio) 6' 5" 343
DraftSite's comments:Brandon Brooks gives Houston excellent depth on the interior of their line where they needed some extra depth.
77 NY Jets Demario Davis ILB Arkansas State 6' 3" 231
DraftSite's comments:Demario Davis was a productive linebacker at Arkansas State, but still has a few things to prove at the next level before he could be trusted as a starter.
78 Miami Trade Icon Michael Egnew TE Missouri 6' 6" 235
DraftSite's comments:Egnew was one of the best tight ends in college football his junior year, and while his production might have declined, his all-around skill-set remained the same. He can pluck balls from out of the air and provide extra blocking along the line.
79 Chicago Brandon Hardin CB Oregon State 6' 3" 216
DraftSite's comments:Hardin is a fast rising cornerback with great size, who gives Chicago a much needed boost in the back side of their defense at both cornerback and safety. After losing Zack Bowman and Corey Graham to free agency, the Bears are lacking playmakers in their secondary.
80 Arizona Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma 5' 11" 191
DraftSite's comments:Arizona has a great cornerback in last year's rookie Patrick Peterson, and some other good pieces, but they need a more reliable starter and Fleming gives them that. One of the best defenders on Oklahoma, he provides strong leadership and reliability in Arizona's secondary.
81 Dallas Tyrone Crawford DE Boise State 6' 4" 275
DraftSite's comments:Dallas gets a player in Tyrone Crawford who could potentially rush the passer outside or play along their defensive line holding up blockers. He was a key component in Boise State's success the last few years, and will provide a lot of depth to Dallas.
82 Tennessee Mike Martin DT Michigan 6' 2" 299
DraftSite's comments:The best player on Michigan's defense who has a big frame and strong center of gravity. Tennessee adds to an already great front-line rotation along with last year's successful picks Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, and young players Derrick Morgan and Sen'Derrick Marks.
83 Cincinnati Mohamed Sanu* WR Rutgers 6' 2" 218
DraftSite's comments:Cincinnati gets a wide receiver who has the skill set to have been a first round pick. He provides a perfect compliment to A.J. Green and a great replacement for Jerome Simpson.
84 Baltimore Trade Icon Bernard Pierce* RB Temple 6' 0" 218
DraftSite's comments:Pierce was a touchdown machine last year scoring 27 touchdowns last year for Temple. He provides a perfect thunder to Ray Rice's lightning, and gives Baltimore a potent running back attack.
85 Detroit Dwight Bentley CB Louisiana-Lafayette 5' 11" 173
DraftSite's comments:Detroit needed more cornerbacks to pair with Chris Houston, and they got an extremely fast one in Dwight Bentley. He played against smaller competition in college but looked to hold his own against tough competition in the scouting games.
86 Pittsburgh Sean Spence OLB Miami 6' 0" 212
DraftSite's comments:Pittsburgh needed another inside linebacker to replace James Farrior and play next to Lawrence Timmons. Sean Spence is a little undersized but he was an excellent defender for a Miami team that was missing a lot of key players.
87 Cleveland Trade Icon John Hughes DT Cincinnati 6' 4" 300
DraftSite's comments:John Hughes was the lesser of the two of Cincinnati's defensive tackles, and clearly the beneficiary of Derek Wolfe's dominance. This was probably a little early for Hughes, but Cleveland needed some extra depth at DT to play alongside last year's 1st round pick Phil Taylor.
88 Philadelphia Trade Icon Nick Foles QB Arizona 6' 5" 235
DraftSite's comments:Nick Foles could have been a first round pick if his Arizona team won more than 4 games last year. He has perfect size for a quarterback and a nice touch on his throws, going for over 4000 yards last year. Philadelphia wanted a developmental quarterback in case Vick doesn't make it the whole year, and Foles gives them exactly that.
89 New Orleans Akiem Hicks DT Regina 6' 5" 300
DraftSite's comments:The Saints add to their strong defensive tackle rotation of Sedrick Ellis and newly signed Brodrick Bunkley. Even though Hicks played in Canada, he'll be fine playing the sport in the United States.
90 New England Trade Icon Jake Bequette DE Arkansas 6' 5" 270
DraftSite's comments:The Patriots go with another defensive end in the draft, but this time it's more tailored towards their defensive line. Bequette has the size and strength to play the defensive end position in their 3-4 defense, but showed during the Senior Bowl that he could play outside rushing the passer as well.
91 Atlanta Trade Icon Lamar Holmes OT Southern Miss 6' 6" 333
DraftSite's comments:Lamar Holmes was one of the keys to a successful Southern Mississippi team. Holmes and Konz give Atlanta two potential starters along their offensive line, where depth was much needed.
92 Indianapolis Trade Icon T.Y. Hilton WR Florida International 5' 10" 175
DraftSite's comments:T.Y. Hilton is blazing fast, and Indianapolis just picked up another great weapon for Andrew Luck. Hilton is also incredibly effective in the return game and makes them very dangerous on special teams.
93 Cincinnati Trade Icon Brandon Thompson DT Clemson 6' 3" 305
DraftSite's comments:Thompson is a player that the Bengals will fall in love with, and could have been a first round pick if he came out last year. The Bengals clearly went with who they thought was the best player available, but finding time for him to play will be an issue, especially with their second round pick Devon Still.
94 NY Giants Jayron Hosley* CB Virginia Tech 5' 11" 170
DraftSite's comments:Jayron Hosley is another player who has the talent to have been a 1st or 2nd round pick, but when his productivity dipped last year, he clearly fell in scout's eyes. Yet the Giants just got a player who can immediately step in to help replace Aaron Ross, but can also give them a very valuable weapon in their punt return game.
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Oakland Tony Bergstrom OT Utah 6' 6" 310
DraftSite's comments:Oakland has a few nice pieces along their offensive line with Stefen Wisniewski, Jared Veldheer, and Joseph Barksdale, but Bergstrom gives them great versatility and depth as he can play both right tackle and inside at guard.

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