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Grades: 2014 NFL Draft Round 3

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CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco analyzes each pick from Round 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections.

Grades: Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7

PickGradeTeamAnalysis
65CTexans select: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

I think this is high for this tight end. He is a solid player, and they have a need, but this is a little high for me. Some scouts thought he was overrated.

66B+Redskins select: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

The Redskins made a value pick here with Moses. He can move to the right side and push for time with Tyler Polumbus.

67BDolphins select: Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State

Turner is a tough guy who will push for time right away. Scouts loved his tenacious style. He is limited in terms of athletic ability.

68BFalcons select: Dezmen Southward, SS, Wisconsin

The Falcons had to get a young safety to replace Thomas DeCoud, who struggled and is now gone. I like this pick to fill a need.

69C-Buccaneers select: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

Sims has big-play ability as much as any back, but with Doug Martin, I am not sure there is good value here.

70A49ers select: Marcus Martin, C, Southern California

Great pick by the 49ers. He fills a hole and will step in and compete right away. Value. Value. Value.

71C+Browns select: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa

Kirksey is a speed linebacker and you have to have them. He's a good player, but are they just forgetting about receiver?

72B+Vikings select: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

Crichton is a good, tough player who isn't a great speed guy but will fight every play. He will back up Brian Robison and Everson Griffen.

73BBills select: Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville

He was on my Better-Than team, so you know I like it. He is a tough thumper in the run game.

74B-Giants select: Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

The Giants love Syracuse players and this fills a need. Bromley is an athletic inside player who could help with push inside.

75C+Rams select: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

I don't like picks of running backs here, especially after taking backs the past two years, but he's a good player.

76BLions select: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

Swanson is a good player and Dominic Raiola is coming to the end of his career. So it makes sense.

77B-49ers select: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

This is an obvious pick to try and plug the hole if Bowman can't come back right away from a knee injury. I think it's a little high and wonder if he can play an inside 3-4 LB, but that has to be it.

78B-Redskins select: Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska

They had to get a center, so it will work. Long is a good player who should be able to compete right away. It is a need pick.

79B+Ravens select: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

Brooks is a rangy player who would seem to have an Ed Reed look about him. OK, a little bit. Brooks will upgrade the back end coverage.

80DJets select: Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland

The Jets need corner help, but this is high for McDougle. He is a smaller corner at 5-foot-10, but this seems like a reach.

81B+Raiders select: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

I like the pick of Gabe Jackson. He is a mauler who some scouts thought had second-round ability. Nice hit by the Raiders.

82B+Bears select: William Sutton, DT, Arizona State

I like this pick of Sutton. He is a much better player who fits what the Bears need. Watch how good he is for the Bears.

83ATexans select: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

This is great pick. Can you imagine him choking off the run with J.J. Watt and then turning the pass rushers in Watt and Clowney loose? Great pick.

84B+Cardinals select: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

The Cardinals needed help on the line and Martin can rush the passer. The athletic Martin could end up being a steal.

85BPackers select: Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Mississippi

The Packers had to get more help on the line with age and B.J. Raji's contract situation. Thornton will fit in with his wide body.

86B+Eagles select: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

Kelly takes a receiver I think is way underrated. He knows this player and Huff is a good player who will play right away.

87BChiefs select: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

I like Phillip Gaines as a nickel corner right away and a player who could push for starting time down the road.

88B+Bengals select: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

I really like the pick of Clarke. This kid flashed big-time ability at times as a pass rusher. He will be in the rotation as a rookie.

89C+Chargers select: Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame

Watt is a good run blocker, which the Chargers like from their guards. He will push for time as a rookie.

90AColts select: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

Moncrief can fly and the Colts need that. Hakeem Nicks might be a one-year guy and Reggie Wayne is coming off an injury. I like it.

91B-Cardinals select: John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State

The Cardinals need a slot receiver and this kid has the look of being just that. His quickness inside of Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald will help.

92CPanthers select: Trai Turner, OG, LSU

The Panthers need line help, and he will provide that but he isn't a tackle. Why not a tackle?

93B-Jaguars select: Brandon Linder, OG, Miami (Fla.)

The Jaguars had to get a center, and this is the next guy in line. It makes sense as they continue to build up the offense.

94C-Browns select: Terrance West, RB, Towson

West is a good player, but what about receiver? He will help the running game, but didn't they sign Ben Tate?

95B-Broncos select: Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

The Broncos took the other Michigan lineman who will add depth to a line that needs it. Did you see the Super Bowl?

96C+Vikings select: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern

He was a quarterback at Georgia Southern in the option offense, but will be a running back. He's a quick, speedy guy. They need a backup.

97B+Steelers select: Dri Archer, WR, Kent State

The Steelers need a flash player outside and Archer can help at running back and receiver. But I think he will be a heck of a slot receiver. I like it.

98BPackers select: Richard Rodgers, TE, California

The Packers needed to get help at tight end, so they take one who can get down the field. He's a former receiver, which is the type of tight end they like.

99B+Ravens select: Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State

This is one of the players on my Better-Than team. He was a late add at the Senior Bowl and impressed. Tight ends are big in Gary Kubiak's offense.

100B49ers select: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson

The 49ers do a nice job picking kids they can give a redshirt. Thomas had late first-round ability and tore his ACL, so it will take time. But I like it.










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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