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.
|65||C||Texans 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.
|66||B+||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.
|67||B||Dolphins 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.
|68||B||Falcons 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.
|69||C-||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.
|70||A||49ers 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.
|71||C+||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?
|72||B+||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.
|73||B||Bills 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.
|74||B-||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.
|75||C+||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.
|76||B||Lions 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.
|77||B-||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.
|78||B-||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.
|79||B+||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.
|80||D||Jets 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.
|81||B+||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.
|82||B+||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.
|83||A||Texans 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.
|84||B+||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.
|85||B||Packers 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.
|86||B+||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.
|87||B||Chiefs 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.
|88||B+||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.
|89||C+||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.
|90||A||Colts 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.
|91||B-||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.
|92||C||Panthers 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?
|93||B-||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.
|94||C-||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?
|95||B-||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?
|96||C+||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.
|97||B+||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.
|98||B||Packers 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.
|99||B+||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.
|100||B||49ers 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.