Here’s a huge splash to start off day three. The Eagles move up ahead of the Chiefs to get Barkley, and I think he could be a really intriguing fit with Chip Kelly. Not a speedy QB, but they obviously believe in this class that he is the best fit for their system, because they could have picked anyone else in the top three rounds. Wow, what a move here.
Solid pick here at a position of need for the Chiefs. Johnson had a much higher grade coming into this season, but didn’t have a great 2012 campaign. He could be in line to start for KC right away.
I think this is a really good spot for Spence given the Bucs’ need for depth on the defensive interior. He is a really strong guy who we graded as a mid-fourth round pick, so not a bad value here either.
101. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Eagles): Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
Sanders is a very small receiver at 5’7″, but he can definitely make plays. The Jaguars likely will use him as their return specialist and maybe fit him in as a slot receiver as well.
I like this pick for the Patriots. Boyce has a ton of speed and with his injury last year at TCU, he falls down the board here. He probably could have been a 2nd or 3rd round player. I like this addition for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
This is a great value for the Cardinals, who will use Okafor as a rush linebacker in their scheme. It’s a weird fit for their defense, but the Cardinals needed pass rushers and they got the best one on the board. Okafor is a guy I had rated as a borderline first round pick. I think he can be a really good pro.
With the Dolphins’ recent additions at LB, this is a surprising pick to me, but Jenkins is a guy I actually liked quite a bit. He has great athletic ability and is a former top recruit. He has had injury issues, but is a good risk at this point.
This is a tough safety prospect who can hit like a ton of bricks, and I like his fit with Buffalo. He can start off in a rotation with George Wilson departed for Tennessee, and add some nice depth to their secondary.
106. Miami Dolphins: Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
The Dolphins aren’t looking a ton of OTs straight in the face, so they continue to go with some more skill players for Ryan Tannehill. I like Sims as a blocking TE to pair with Dustin Keller for them. He is a solid player.
The Titans just got a steal here. After getting Chance Warmack in round one, they continue to solidify their offensive line with one of my favorite interior guys still on the board. I had a mid-2nd round grade on Schwenke, so this is a phenomenal pick for Tennessee.
108. Carolina Panthers: Edmund Kugbila, OG, Valdosta State
The Panthers obviously saw something in Kugbila, who I had as a late-round, free agent type of player. Really big kid who can come in and give them some depth on the offensive front.
Really good pick for the Packers, getting a guy who can play either tackle position or guard in the NFL, and I think he could be in contention to start for them as a rookie. If nothing else, he provides solid depth.
The Giants take Nassib to be an understudy for Eli Manning, and finally get some home-grown depth at the QB position. He is a very hard worker at QB who will be a backup in New York, so this is an interesting trade up, but they feel like they can develop him and maybe get some return investment on him in the future.
The Steelers get a very athletic safety here who I thought looked at times like Bob Sanders watching him play at Syracuse. I thought they might go for a receiver, but this is a great value for Pittsburgh.
Wilson is one of the top QBs left on the board, and he can really light it up. The problem is, he was not good last year without Bobby Petrino as his head coach. He will be a project for the Raiders, but actually could wind up being a similar pro to Carson Palmer at his best. He was projected as the number one pick for this draft a year ago.
One of the top remaining players on the board fills a need on the offensive interior for the Rams. I love this guys intangibles and think he can be a starter in the NFL for a long time, and he is a huge upgrade for the Rams up front.
The Cowboys are looking at a bit of a steal here, and one of the top corners on the board. I think he can be a nickel corner for them with Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne on the edges, and he can also help out as a return specialist.
115. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Well, we’ve seen a little run on quarterbacks here in the fourth round, and as many injuries as the Steelers seem to go through at the position, this is a good pick for them if you ask me. Jones is a competitive kid with a lot of experience and is one of the most prolific passers in Oklahoma history. I like his fit as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup.
116. Arizona Cardinals: Earl Watford, OG, James Madison
The Cardinals add some more depth to their offensive line with a guy I had rated as a free agent type. They must have seen something from him in an interview or workout that they really liked. Sleeper pick here.
The Bears strike gold here with Greene still on the board. He was a top 60 graded player from me, and I think he has starting potential in the Bears’ revamped LB group. This is a very good pick for them.
Bengals get a guy who can play a little bit of a joker role for them. He will be listed as a linebacker but he can also rush the passer and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He is a smaller player, but was productive for the Aggies.
The Redskins really liked this player going into the draft, and they get a guy here who had eight interceptions to lead the nation last year. I think he could be a good fit with this defense.
120. Minnesota Vikings: Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
Well, the Vikings made a huge splash in the first round, and get a bit of an underrated prospect here in the fourth round in Gerald Hodges, who provides them versatility at LB and can play special teams.
Holmes was rated as a top center prospect going into this season, but fell off the map a bit. I like that the Colts are investing a lot into protecting Andrew Luck, and this is a guy who has some starting potential.
122. Green Bay Packers: J.C. Tretter, OL, Cornell
This is a bit of a sleeper pick and a guy who has been getting talked about a bit in recent weeks. The Packers just invested a lot in Aaron Rodgers, so they need to take steps to protecting him.
This is a big receiver with speed who played in an offense that isn’t very favorable for wide receivers. He has good size and I think with the Seahawks, he provides them a guy with a lot of upside and solid depth.
You’ve got to have pass rushers in this league, and this is a guy who can get after it for the Texans. He gives great effort and can be good depth for Houston at the rush linebacker position.
125. Green Bay Packers (from Broncos): Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
The Packers trade up with the Broncos and get another running back, a guy that some were projecting as a first or second round pick just a couple of days ago. I think this is an excellent value, the Packers getting one of the smartest backs in the draft and a guy who had a huge senior season for UCLA.
126. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
The Bucs get a guy here in the fourth round who has a lot of upside. He has great size, but a lot of untapped potential. This could be a pick that really pays off for them down the road.
The Falcons need guys to come off the edge, and I think Goodman is a guy who can do that. He has great measurables, but he’s more of a tweener DT/DE who will kick inside in nickel situations. I think this is a solid pickup in the 4th round.
Patton going to the Niners is huge value here in the fourth round. He has the potential to be a really solid #2 receiver and I had him graded out as a second round pick. Some people didn’t think he’d make it out of the top 50 picks. The Niners got a good one here.
The Ravens get a guy who is a workout warrior and who will provide them some depth off the edge. He works hard and gives a ton of effort on every single play.
130. Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Juszczyk, FB/HB/TE, Harvard
Interesting pick here for the Ravens, a guy who can come in and play fullback for them and move around the field as a big kid who has gained a lot of steam on draft boards in recent weeks. I will be intrigued to see how this one plays out.
131. San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Lattiomre, RB, South Carolina
The Niners continue to add depth to their backfield. This pick seems like overkill to me. They have seemingly hundreds of talented backs on their roster, but on a team this talented, you can take risks like this and just see how it all plays out. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them trade someone pretty soon.
Taylor is a big defensive end who had a really good week at the Shrine game. I think he has a lot of potential as a pass rusher, but he was inconsistent last year. This is a good risk/reward pick for the Lions.
133. Atlanta Falcons: Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
Massive tight end prospect and red zone threat who is a good fit for the Falcons at this point in the draft. He will be the heir apparent to Tony Gonzalez and is a big target that they can put on the field at the same time to create mismatches.