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2012 NFL Draft Round 3 Complete Review and Recap

1. (64) Indianapolis Colts – Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

If the Colts want to go with a two TE set, they’ll start with the top two TEs in the draft.

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2. (65) St. Louis Rams – Trumaine Johnson, CB/S, Montana

Johnson’s size screams “Safety”, but Fisher insists he’ll be a corner. We’ll see if that changes, and that three CBs will possibly start.

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3. (66) Minnesota Vikings – Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida

Robinson was an athletic freak and the combine, and has the tape to back it up. They needed a CB, and they drafted a versatile one who can play press, off-man, or zone.

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4. (67) Denver Broncos – Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State

We haven’t been high on Hillman so we’re not big fans of this pick. In fact, we haven’t agreed with either of the Broncos picks so far (Brock Osweiler, 57th overall)

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5. (68) Houston Texans – Devier Posey, WR, Ohio State

They needed to add a WR and they did. Unfortunately, they added the wrong one.

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6. (69) Buffalo Bills – TJ Graham, WR, NC State

We didn’t have a third round grade on Graham, as we didn’t we the Posey pick before. It’s a testament to how deep the WR class really is this year.

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7. (70) Jacksonville Jaguars – Bryan Anger, P, California

With so many needs to fill, the Jags went with a Punter. Yes he’s good, but he’s a Punter. What does that tell you about the expectations Jacksonville has about their offense next year?

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8. (71) Washington Redskins – Josh LeRibeus, G, SMU

LeRibeus is a good small school prospect who will add some protection to their long term investment, RG3.

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9. (72) Miami Dolphins – Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami (FL)

Vernon has the potential to make plays, he just isn’t there yet.

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10. (73) San Diego Chargers – Brandon Taylor, S, LSU

Taylor played on a talented LSU secondary and that could be the reason for the pick.

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11. (74) Kansas City Chiefs – Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma

Stephenson has the talent, but on film didn’t always show the focus.

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12. (75) Seattle Seahawks – Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin

Wilson’s biggest downfall is his height. He is a great athlete and was a great collegiate QB, but can that  translate to the NFL at 5’10”?

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13. (76) Houston Texans – Brandon Brooks, G, Miami (OH)

The guy that didn’t receive a Combine invite goes in the third to Houston where he fits very well in the zone blocking scheme.

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14. (77) New York Jets – Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State

Davis is a smaller, quicker type LB that may be moved inside for best fit in the Jets’ 3-4 defense.

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15. (78) Miami Dolphins – Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri

Egnew is a big, fast, athletic receiving tight end, which is a good pickup for Tannehill.

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16. (79) Chicago Bears – Brandon Hardin, S, Oregon State

Jerry Angelo may be gone, but the Bears continue their trend of drafting safeties in the third round.

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17. (80) Arizona Cardinals – Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma

This is a good value pick for Arizona as Fleming has the ability to compete for a starting spot opposite Patrick Peterson.

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18. (81) Dallas Cowboys – Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State

Crawford, a JuCo transfer, only started one year in Boise, but he had good production and is a good pick up for Dallas.

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19. (82) Tennessee Titans – Mike Martin, DT, Michigan

He’s not big in stature, but he is a very physical, strong DT who gives the Titans a nice interior presence on the DLine.

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20. (83) Cincinnati Bengals – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

Someone played a horrible prank on Sanu Thursday night by calling him saying they were from the Bengals and he had just been selected. The next night, the real Bengals called.

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21. (84) Baltimore Ravens – Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

Pierce is a top RB prospect in this class and will be added to a backfield that features Ray Rice who is looking for a big contract.

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22. (85) Detroit Lions – Dwight Bentley, CB, UL-Lafayette

We’ve had Bentley in our top 10 CB prospect list for months.

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23. (86) Pittsburgh Steelers – Sean Spence, LB, Miami (FL)

Spence is a smaller, speedy LB who lacked consistency on film. He is going to a team that can coach up LBs, so we’ll see if they can touch into his potential.

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24. (87) Cleveland Browns – John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati

Instead of taking advantage of a deep WR class and giving Weeden some more targets, Cleveland opted for Hughes who GM Tom Heckert called a “big, tough, powerful guy”.

25. (88) Philadelphia Eagles – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

We’ve been higher on Foles than most – we have him as the third best QB prospect. He’s big, mobile, and has a strong arm. He gets to sit behind Vick for a few years and develop into a nice starter down the road.

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26. (89) New Orleans Saints – Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina

The Saints use their first pick of the draft on a big, athletic DT from Canada.

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27. (90) New England Patriots – Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas

Bequette is a versatile lineman who played DT and DE so the Patriots can use him in many different looks.

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28. (91) Atlanta Falcons – Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Miss

Atlanta decides to strengthen the line to buy Matt Ryan more time to find all those receiving threats.

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29. (92) Indianapolis Colts – TY Hilton, WR, Florida International

The Colts move back into the third and draft a solid receiver, obviously using the strategy of giving Luck as many weapons as they can. They’re giving him a good one in Hilton – a guy we’ve been higher on than most.

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30. (93) Cincinnati Bengals – Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

The Bengals get great value in the bottom of the third round with a guy that moves well, gets penetration and can get through the hole.

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31. (94) New York Giants – Jayron Hosley, CB, Va Tech

We had Hosley as the fourth-best CB with a first round grade, but he probably slid due to failing the drug test at the Combine (like Mike Adams).

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32. (95) Oakland Raiders – Tony Bergstrom, OT, Utah

The Raiders finally get on the board and draft a Tackle who they will move to Guard.

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Dory LeBlanc, co-hosts NFL Draft Cheat Sheet on RotoRadio and freelances for BourbonMeyer.com. Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You may email Dory at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @DoryLeBlanc

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