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Grades: 2012 NFL Draft Round 3


CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco analyzes each pick from Round 3 of the 2012 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections. Refresh this page during the draft for the latest grades.

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CBSSports.com will grade each pick of Round 3 as it happens on Friday. Check back for the latest grades.

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com Senior Writer - Round 3
No. 64: Colts select: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson Grade
I don't like this pick. Another tight end with all their needs? You can see they want to protect the young quarterback, but they have other needs.
No. 65: Rams select: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana Grade
This kid has a ton of ability. He is raw, but scouts say he can be a man-cover corner. Helps at a need position.
No. 66: Vikings select: Josh Robinson, CB, UCF Grade
He is a fast corner who wowed scouts at the combine. Soared up boards after a nice workout. Another need pick.
No. 67: Broncos select: Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State Grade
I like this kid. He will be Peyton Manning's Joseph Addai. He will be a big part of the screen game and he's a nice inside runner.
No. 68: Texans select: DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State Grade
This can be a really good pick. They need to take pressure off of Andre Johnson. He has to be the No. 2 receiver to make that happen.
No. 69: Bills select: T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State Grade
He is an inconsistent player, but he has speed. The Bills need speed outside. If he can catch the ball -- and there were drops -- it will be a good pick.
No. 70: Jaguars select: Bryan Anger, P, California Grade
What? A punter in the third round? Didn't they learn when they took one in the fourth a few years ago? A punter? Really. Terrible pick.
No. 71: Redskins select: Josh LeRibeus, OG, Southern Methodist Grade
He's a guy who didn't play in 2010 because of academic troubles, but bounced back to play well in 2011. He is a tough guy who will fight and can move -- a must in the Redskins scheme.
No. 72: Dolphins select: Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami (Fla.) Grade
This is a player with raw pass-rush ability, but always didn't play to it. Could be a nice situational player on third down.
No. 73: Chargers select: Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU Grade
He fills a need next to Eric Weddle. He is a good player in a good secondary and might not be a star, but should be a quality starter.
No. 74: Chiefs select: Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma Grade
The Chiefs take a big kid who gives them depth on the line. He will be a backup, but it makes sense. Not a great player, but it's a need.
No. 75: Seahawks select: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin Grade
Why does Seattle take him? They paid Matt Flynn and have two others. Strange pick.
No. 76: Texans select: Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio) Grade
Brooks is a player who can play multiple positions and the Texans lost both their right guard and right tackle. It's a need pick. Has the feet to play in the Houston offense.
No. 77: Jets select: Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State Grade
He's a run-and-chase linebacker who can fly to the football. He's not big, but he can help on teams.
No. 78: Dolphins select: Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri Grade
I love this pick. The Dolphins get a move tight end who can split wide and create problems for a defense. He won't block like a tough guy, but he will help in the passing game.
No. 79: Bears select: Brandon Hardin, FS, Oregon State Grade
Can play corner and safety. He missed all of last season, but he has cover skills. That's what you need at safety. Solid pick.
No. 80: Cardinals select: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma Grade
He is a solid player who can help as a nickel corner. He can play man-coverage, which makes sense for the Cardinals.
No. 81: Cowboys select: Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State Grade
Crawford. He is a nice pick and will transition to 3-4 outside rusher in the Cowboys defense. Some scouts thought he had first-round ability. Good value.
No. 82: Titans select: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan Grade
I love this pick. What a tough, feisty guy. He doesn't back down. He doesn't have the size you like, but he is a former wrestler who plays like it.
No. 83: Bengals select: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers Grade
He's a good player, but does he run well enough? That's the concern. He will push to be a complement to A.J. Green.
No. 84: Ravens select: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple Grade
He's a backup. He's a grinder. But why not Lamar Miller? Not really a value pick here.
No. 85: Lions select: Dwight Bentley, CB, La.-Lafayette Grade
The Lions need corners and this is a value pick. He is a former teammate of Janoris Jenkins in high school and does a nice job in man coverage. Good pick.
No. 86: Steelers select: Sean Spence, OLB, Miami (Fla.) Grade
You watch how good he is on special teams and maybe eventually works his way onto the field. He's small, but fast.
No. 87: Browns select: John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati Grade
Hughes is a squatty defensive tackle who can help give them depth inside. Might be a little high, but should be a decent backup.
No. 88: Eagles select: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona Grade
He has horrible feet, but a big arm. In the Eagles' system, where the ball gets out fast, it won't matter as much.
No. 89: Saints select: Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina Grade
Isn't this high for a kid from Canada? This is a strange pick, but he did go to LSU before running into troubles that forced him to Canada.
No. 90: Patriots select: Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas Grade
He is a need pick to add another potential pass rusher. He plays hard and had some big games for the Hogs.
No. 91: Falcons select: Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Mississippi Grade
They have issues on their line at left tackle and Holmes might be able to fill that, but he is raw. He is a second lineman taken by the Falcons, which shows the need.
No. 92: Colts select: TY Hilton, WR, Florida International Grade
This is one of my favorite picks in this draft. He is a speed player who will liven up their special teams. I like it.
No. 93: Bengals select: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson Grade
The Bengals land another nice front seven player. Thompson had first-round ability. This is value.
No. 94: Giants select: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech Grade
He failed a drug test at the combine, which is a red flag. But the Giants have the confidence to still draft him. He's a good player and could be value.
No. 95: Raiders select: Tony Bergstrom, OT, Utah Grade
For a team that has issues at right tackle, it makes sense. He can also play guard.

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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