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Grades: 2011 NFL Draft Round 3


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CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco analyzes each pick from Round 3 of the 2011 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections.


Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com Senior Writer - Round 3
No. 65: Panthers select: Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida Grade
He helps fill a major need. The really lacked talent at tackle. McClain is small at 305, but he has some quickness.
No. 66: Bengals select: Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada Grade
This guy is a former track athlete who can really run. He is raw, but Mike Zimmer loves speed on his defense.
No. 67: Broncos select: Nate Irving, ILB, North Carolina State Grade
This kid came back from a bad car crash to play in 2010 and showed he was OK. He can run, which the Broncos need in their revamped defense.
No. 68: Bills select: Kelvin Sheppard , ILB, LSU Grade
He will be an inside linebacker in their defense. He can run, but he needs to be tougher. Has good instincts.
No. 69: Cardinals select: Rob Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic Grade
He's a pass-catching tight end the Cardinals need. He isn't a great blocker, but he can catch the ball. He makes sense.
No. 70: Chiefs select: Justin Houston, DL, Georgia Grade
He had first-round ability, but there are problems off the field. If he can fix that, this is a great pick. Big if.
No. 71: Cowboys select: DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma Grade
Strange choice with all the backs they have. Should mean Barber is gone for sure. Murray is a nice back, but they had other needs.
No. 72: Saints select: Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois Grade
I love this pick. The Saints need linebackers who can run. Wilson will push for a starting job right away.
No. 73: Patriots select: Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU Grade
I think this kid will be better than Vereen, who the Patriots picked earlier. He's a chain-mover.
No. 74: Patriots select: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas Grade
He has first-round talent. Now it's up to the Patriots to clean him up. Could end up being the steal of this draft if they can wash off the stink.
No. 75: Seahawks select: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin Grade
He's a mauler who was on my Better-than team. I really like him as a potential Pro Bowl player down the road.
No. 76: Jaguars select: Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh Grade
I like this pick. He will move from tackle to guard for the Jaguars. He is tough player who should push for time as a rookie.
No. 77: Titans select: Jurrell Casey, DT, Southern California Grade
This is another guy I really liked. He's a perfect Titans kind of player. He had second-round talent.
No. 78: Rams select: Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State Grade
He is a nice player, but he doesn't run that well. The Rams need deep speed. There were better options.
No. 79: Redskins select: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (Fla.) Grade
Want to bet this turns into a real steal? Hankerson is a good player who some pegged as a potential first-round pick.
No. 80: 49ers select: Chris Culliver, CB, South Carolina Grade
This is a reach. Does he play safety or corner? Most had him as a late-round guy. There were better options.
No. 81: Raiders select: DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami (Fla.) Grade
You know Al Davis likes him. Why? He's a good man cover player. But he is slight. He does fill a need.
No. 82: Chargers select: Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State Grade
This is a nice pick. He looks just like the Chargers receivers on the roster. He isn't a burner, but he can play. Nice pick.
No. 83: Giants select: Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy Grade
This small-school player is a good slot receiver. A lot of personnel people talked him up big before the draft. Another nice pick by the Giants.
No. 84: Buccaneers select: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington Grade
With Barrett Ruud a free agent, the Bucs get a linebacker who can take his spot. Foster is another good pick by Tampa Bay.
No. 85: Ravens select: Jah Reid, OT, UCF Grade
This is a kid who has risen up boards the past two months. He's a tough kid who will play right tackle for the Ravens.
No. 86: Chiefs select: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (Fla.) Grade
This kid had first-round talent, but didn't play as well in 2010. Now the Chiefs get him in the third round, which is a nice choice.
No. 87: Colts select: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU Grade
Bill Polian knows how to find good football players. He is small, like all Colts tackles, but he is quick. Great pick.
No. 88: Saints select: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville Grade
He is a fast corner who can play both man and zone. Should join last year's top pick Patrick Robinson as young players contributing in the secondary.
No. 89: Chargers select: Shareece Wright, CB, Southern California Grade
He played well as a senior, but he missed time with injuries and because he was ineligible. Wright isn't a burner, but he fits the Chargers needs.
No. 90: Eagles select: Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State Grade
This former running back has good speed, but he is raw. It might take time for him to get on the field. He should play well on teams.
No. 91: Falcons select: Akeem Dent, OLB, Georgia Grade
This is a nice pick. I heard a lot of good things about this kid in the weeks leading into the draft. He will play weak-side in their defense.
No. 92: Raiders select: Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU Grade
Typical Raiders pick. They get a big, bruising tackle who won't back down. I think he goes to right tackle in their offense.
No. 93: Bears select: Chris Conte, FS, California Grade
He has been a corner and a linebacker, but moved to free safety and played well last season. He's a Bears kind of player.
No. 94: Jets select: Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton Grade
He is a massive man at 6-4, 345 pounds who will see time on the nose. The Jets love guys like this. He is a risk this high, but big guys like this are worth it.
No. 95: Steelers select: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas Grade
Nice choice. The Steelers needed help at corner. Brown is a taller corner like the Steelers prefer. He will need to tackle better for the Steelers.
No. 96: Packers select: Alex Green, RB, Hawaii Grade
He is a speed back who should compliment James Starks, the power back for years to come. He can catch the ball and really should factor in the screen game.
No. 97: Panthers select: Sione Fua, DT, Stanford Grade
He is a power player who will anchor in against the run. Should be able to help at a position of need. Value was in this range, but maybe a little high.

Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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