Round Three Grades
May 1, 2015
Colts: D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
Smith is a solid player and fits the range here. There were a lot of people calling for Greg Toler’s head opposite Vontae Davis which I feel was a bit unfounded. Because of that, I didn’t feel it was a huge need, but a nice player at this spot.
Titans: Jeremiah Poutasi, OG, Utah
Titans needed a ton of offensive line help, though I have to say I would have liked to see a tackle here, T.J. Clemmings anyone? Potouasi is a 3-4 round prospect so it’s a minor reach.
Jaguars: A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
Wow, Jags making good moves? Crazy. Either way, Caan is a steal here in the third, should’ve been a high second round pick. Could be the best pure guard in the draft. Jags have to protect Bortles and get a running game going, good step towards that.
Raiders: Clive Walford, TE, Miami
I love the talent here at the spot but I’ve read that Walford has a bit of an attitude, don’t want that clouding a very young locker room. Hopefully Del Rio can straighten him out but this could hurt the Raiders in the long run.
Seahawks: Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
People are not high enough on this kid who I feel should have been taken in the early second round, he’s a razor sharp route runner with great work ethic and high character. He will contribute immediately and Wilson will love him. The rich get richer.
Texans: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Grade: Is there a higher than A+ grade? grade
Texans fill a need with the best player available and that player happens to be a top-15 talent. His knock is an injury that will cause him to be out through training camp and possibly into the season but once he’s healthy he’s smart enough and polished enough to come in and contribute immediately. Incredible.
Bears: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
He’s a fourth round guy but this fills a need, I just think it’s a bit of a reach. He’s a consistent guy but has a fairly low ceiling.
Rams: Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville
Same story, fills a big need but he may not even be talented enough to start right away. With T.J. Clemmings still available, this pick leaves me scratching my head.
Falcons: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
Love this pick, Coleman was my third-best running back in this draft so to get him in the early-mid third is a big steal. He was a game-breaker at Indiana and will fit right into the rotation for the Falcons.
Giants: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
Wow, some great picks here. Giants get a great run-stuffer with pass rush ability who could immediately contribute on their defensive line in the third round. Love the guy and the pick.
Saints: Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
I love Garrett Grayson. I think he has incredible touch, poise, adequate power. I don’t think the Saints needed a QB here but I’m not terribly surprised. Especially since, as expected, all the Petty talk was smoke.
Chiefs: Chris Conley, WR, Georgia
I’m conflicted here because I think Conley is underrated. However, I think he would have been available in the fourth. Lots of better players available but good fit for need for the Chiefs.
Browns: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
Do the Browns need another underwhelming back? Ajayi is a better player and still available, plus Terrence West was solid last year and they also have Isiah Crowell who played well at times. Johnson is about on par with them so I don’t really get it.
Saints: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
He had a DUI charge dropped recently and there are some on-field concerns with technique but he’s a second round talent so this is a nice pickup. Saints had more pressing needs but this is a BPA situation.
49ers: Eli Harold, DE, Virginia
Nice find in the mid-third round for San Francisco, Eli Harold was the best player left on the board and gives the niners some insurance in case Aldon Smith gets in trouble again.
Lions: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
Fills a big need seeing as Rashean Mathis has to turn to dirt at some point this season so they’ll need some insurance. Carter was the best corner available and the range fits perfectly.
Bills: John Miller, G, Louisville
Wow, no QB? It’s about the spot where Petty or Hundley would be acceptable but they go with this guy, who is a solid guard but that wasn’t a huge need. They still have a huge hole under center but they get a good player.
Jets: Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville
Mauldin is a fine prospect, in the fifth round. This is a serious reach to fill a need, they must have some serious conviction in this kid, but currently I don’t. They had to make up for the steal they got in Williams though, it’s the Jets.
Chargers: Craig Mager, CB, Texas State
Yikes, what were they thinking? This is a huge over-drafting situation and it’s not even a position of pressing need. The only reason I don’t give this an F is I think he could develop into a fine player down the line, but he needs a few years.
Eagles: Jordan Hicks, ILB, Texas
So they’re shopping Mychal Kendricks and this is their answer? Gotta say I’m scratching my head here. No way is Hicks a third round draft pick. Chip overvalues athleticism sometimes and here’s another example.
Bengals: Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers
It’s clear that the Bengals don’t understand or care about their needs. They have a capable starter in Tyler Eiffert. Also, they had the lowest number of sacks in the NFL last year. Where’s the defensive help? Kroft is a fine player but he probably won’t play this year.
Cardinals: David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
Right position, wrong player. David Johnson is more of a power guy so it makes sense to pair him with Ellington. What makes no sense is why they didn’t take Jay Ajayi who is a significantly superior prospect.
Steelers: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
Coates is an excellent player who needs to improve his hands but this is a steal here, he’s lightning quick and a crisp route runner. Nice find for Pittsburgh who continue to help Roethlisberger as he gets older.
Vikings: Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
The only reason I’m not jumping for this pick is that Hunter never really produced at LSU but this is the spot to take a prospect with a massive ceiling. Hunter is a wall of muscle and an athletic freak. Great place to go being paired with defensive-minded Mike Zimmer. Vikings building a nice looking defense.
Rams: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
Mannion is a fine player but he needs some talent to throw to and the Rams have a middling receiving corps. Thankfully he won’t be asked to help right away with Foles entrenched as the starter. Mannion could end up being a fine starter in this situation. The Rams have to find some juice for their receiving corps though.
Ravens: Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
Ravens have had a bad draft to this point but this is an excellent find in the late third. Davis fell for really no good reason so finding him hear has to get the Ravens fired up, he will be a fine replacement for Ngata.
Cowboys: Chaz Green, OT, Florida
Slight overdraft but I fully understand the pick, one injury to either Smith or Free and the Cowboys cupboard is bare. Green could start for some teams so he’s a nice find here in the late third. Disappointed the Cowboys missed on Ajayi though.
Broncos: Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
Fine player at this spot, he was probably the best tight end available and the Broncos can’t yet rely solely on Virgil Green, but Heuerman was a fourth round guy on my board. It’s a weak draft for tight ends.
Colts: Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford
Another mid-fourth round talent but understandable selection for a need area. He’s a hard-hat type player with good character and size. Solid find and should fit into the rotation in Indianapolis
Packers: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
Another receiver for the Packers? No inside linebacker? Kind of unbelievable at this point that they’re just ignooring the position. Granted, I really like Montgomery and think he’s been underrated throughout the draft process.
Redskins: Matt Jones, RB, Florida
Roy Helu replacement? Alfred Morris compliment? Not sure where he fits but he’s a good player and a bit of a steal here as I had him as an early third-round guy.
Browns: Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
I love Cooper as a prospect and feel he is severely underrated, this is a great grade for me since I feel Danny Shelton, who the Browns picked earlier, is a two-down guy. Cooper will fit into the rotation. Great replacement for the disappointing Ahtyba Rubin.
Patriots: Geneo Grissom, DE, Oklahoma
This is such a Bellichick pick. Grissom is a very raw prospect with massive talent and ideal size that will probably become a pro bowler under his tutelage. But he’s a fifth round prospect so for the sake of grades, I don’t love it.
Chiefs: Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
He fits the scheme really well as an off-corner with a physical mean-streak. He’s a slight reach and there are better corners available so I don’t love it but he could contribute and the Chiefs need some insurance if Marcus Peters doesn’t work out.
Bengals: Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
Finally, Bengals go defense and what a way to do it. Dawson is a first round talent on tape who had a bad combine performance. Dawson is a ready and willing contributor and the Bengals are a great situation for him as he has some slight character concerns and Marvin Lewis is a very capable disciplinarian.