Scout.com Mock Draft: Nevis a Panther

DT Drake Nevis (Derick Hingle/Getty)

In the latest installment of Scout.com's mock NFL Draft, Drake Nevis gets Round 3 underway, Daniel Thomas now takes handoffs from Tom Brady and Tyler Sash tries to be the next Bob Sanders.

Round 3
65
Carolina Panthers
Player: Drake Nevis
Height: 6-1
Weight: 294
Hometown: Marrero, LA
College: LSU
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 10

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

2010 Record: 2-14

What They Have: DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart make up one of the best running back tandems around, Charles Johnson can rush the passer and Jon Beason is a tremendous middle linebacker.

What They Need: More help along the defensive line, a play-making wide receiver to possibly replace Steve Smith and a quarterback of the future, since it doesn't appear to be Jimmy Clausen.

Another Possibility: Oklahoma S Quinton Carter

Never Considered: MLB Greg Jones

ANALYSIS: The Panthers decided to take Cam Newton at No. 1 instead of Marcell Dareus, so getting Nevis in Round 3 is a necessity on the D-line.

Round 3
66
Cincinnati Bengals
Height: 6-1
Weight: 208
Hometown: North Las Vegas, NV
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2011 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: It wasn't that long ago when Carson Palmer was an elite QB, Cedric Benson is coming off back-to-back years of 1,100 yards and change on the ground and Johnathan Joseph is a great corner -- if he returns, of course.

What They Need: A receiver to replace the production provided by the soon-to-be-departed Terrell Owens, better pass rushers inside at tackle and outside at end and an injection of youth at both of the safety positions.

Another Possibility: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi

Never Considered: Alabama OG James Carpenter

ANALYSIS: Carter provides some much needed youth to Cincinnati's depth chart at safety, which has been relying on veteran retreads for too long.

Round 3
67
Denver Broncos
Player: Greg Jones
Height: 6-0
Weight: 242
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Class: 2011 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: John Fox

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Ryan Clady is a franchise-type left tackle, no matter if he is protecting veteran Kyle Orton or youngster Tim Tebow, Knowshon Moreno has proven to be productive when healthy and Champ Bailey re-signed.

What They Need: All kinds of help along the defensive line, speed at both inside and outside linebacker, especially since Robert Ayers looks to be a bust, and a play-making safety to replace Brian Dawkins, who is 37.

Another Possibility: New Mexico State CB Davon House

Never Considered: Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas

ANALYSIS: While Jones may not test as well as some of the better pure athletes in the draft, he's a tackling machine that's always around the ball.

Round 3
68
Buffalo Bills
Height: 6-2
Weight: 299
Hometown: Mobile, AL
College: Florida State
Class: 2011 JR
Position: C
Rating:
Overall Rank: 49
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Chan Gailey

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Running back is set with the combination of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, Steve Johnson emerged as a go-to option at receiver and Kyle Williams might be the best defensive lineman you've never heard of before.

What They Need: Pass-rushing help at defensive end and outside linebacker is a must, a tight end to throw to would be a quality addition and another quarterback of the future has to be considered, even if Ryan Fitzpatrick still starts in 2011.

Another Possibility: Nevada OLB Dontay Moch

Never Considered: Miami WR Leonard Hankerson

ANALYSIS: Whether he ends up playing guard or center, Hudson is one of the best blockers in FSU history and can start right away as a third rounder.

Round 3
69
Arizona Cardinals
Height: 6-4
Weight: 321
Hometown: Hephzibah, GA
College: Alabama
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt

2010 Record: 5-11

What They Have: One of the few game-changing receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald, a difference maker along the defensive line in Darnell Dockett and an interception waiting to happen in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

What They Need: A legitimate quarterback that can get the football consistently downfield to Fitzgerald, better blocking at every position available on the offensive line and an outside linebacker capable of putting pressure on the passer.

Another Possibility: Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan

Never Considered: Texas DE Sam Acho

ANALYSIS: Because Arizona's offensive line has been a sore spot for so long, it is never a bad idea for this team to grab the best blocker on the board.

Round 3
70
Cleveland Browns
Height: 6-2
Weight: 209
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
College: Miami (Fl)
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 48
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Pat Shurmur

2010 Record: 5-11

What They Have: An offensive line led by a pair of Pro Bowlers in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack, a bruising ball carrier in Peyton Hillis to pound it up the middle and a budding star at corner in Joe Haden.

What They Need: A No. 1 receiver to make some plays for young quarterback Colt McCoy, defensive line help inside and outside to smooth the transition from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and a pure right tackle opposite Thomas.

Another Possibility: Wisconsin TE Lance Kendricks

Never Considered: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi

ANALYSIS: McCoy needs better targets downfield if the Browns are going to get the most out of him, and Hankerson was great at the Senior Bowl.

Round 3
71
Dallas Cowboys
Player: Davon House
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 7

Head Coach: Jason Garrett

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Tony Romo remains a fantasy-friendly numbers machine at the game's most important position, Dez Bryant is a star on the rise as both a receiver and a returner and DeMarcus Ware is a terror off the edge.

What They Need: Better offensive line play at both guard and tackle, corners and safeties that can slow the opposition down in the passing game and maybe another five-technique defensive end for depth.

Another Possibility: Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel

Never Considered: Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray

ANALYSIS: After missing out on some of the top corners in Rounds 1 and 2, Dallas gets House in Round 3 and hopes his upside is realized one day.

Round 3
72*
New Orleans Saints
Player: Sam Acho
Height: 6-2
Weight: 262
Hometown: Dallas, TX
College: Texas
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 11

Head Coach: Sean Payton

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: A surgeon of a quarterback in Drew Brees that spreads the ball around beautifully, a receiving corps that seems to feature a new flavor of the week every Sunday and a leader at linebacker in Jonathan Vilma.

What They Need: The defensive line requires more bodies at both tackle and end, an outside linebacker to flank Vilma can contribute right away and it may be time to settle on a running back that can do it all and stay on the field.

Another Possibility: Fresno State OLB Chris Carter

Never Considered: Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa

ANALYSIS: Since New Orleans is a 4-3 defense, Acho could be a solution at end or strong-side linebacker, depending on where he winds up playing.

Round 3
73
Houston Texans
Height: 6-0
Weight: 191
Hometown: Clermont, FL
College: Ohio State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Gary Kubiak

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: A terrific passing game with Matt Schaub throwing and Andre Johnson catching, a running back in Arian Foster that made everyone forget about Steve Slaton and a dominant defensive end in Mario Williams.

What They Need: Both corners and safeties to bolster a secondary that allowed 33 touchdown passes, another outside linebacker to rush the passer in their new 3-4 approach and a zero-technique tackle to line up over the enemy center.

Another Possibility: Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates

Never Considered: Penn State C Stefen Wisniewski

ANALYSIS: Three picks in a row for the Texans on defense, which makes a lot of sense considering how bad they've been on that side of the ball.

Round 3
74**
New England Patriots
Height: 6-0
Weight: 230
Hometown: Hilliard, FL
College: Kansas State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2010 Record: 14-2

What They Have: Tom Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were both tremendous rookies at tight end and Vince Wilfork is an immovable object at nose tackle.

What They Need: A pass-rushing outside linebacker that has been missing for quite some time, offensive linemen at any and all positions provided they are versatile and a running back that can lend more support to Brady and Co.

Another Possibility: Texas CB Curtis Brown

Never Considered: Washington OLB Mason Foster

ANALYSIS: If Thomas lives up to his potential as a ball carrier, Brady's job under center just got easier and the Pats can be more balanced on offense.

Round 3
75
Detroit Lions
Player: Curtis Brown
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Hometown: Gilmer, TX
College: Texas
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Jim Schwartz

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: A quarterback in Matthew Stafford that everyone loves when he's actually on the field, a cornerback's worst nightmare in Calvin Johnson on the outside and the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year: Ndamukong Suh.

What They Need: Some outside linebackers to slow down the merry-go-round at those two positions, at least one corner to help a pass defense that has been below par for years and more offensive linemen to protect Stafford in the pocket.

Another Possibility: Washington OLB Mason Foster

Never Considered: Hampton DT Kenrick Ellis

ANALYSIS: Finally taking care of the defense after a pair of value picks on offense in Rounds 1 and 2, Detroit sure needs Brown to contribute quickly.

Round 3
76
San Francisco 49ers
Height: 6-3
Weight: 313
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Penn State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: C
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: The offensive line is loaded with first- and second-round picks of recent vintage, Frank Gore is productive year after year despite little help at the skill positions and Patrick Willis is a special middle linebacker.

What They Need: The failure of former No. 1-overall selection Alex Smith can no longer be ignored, better players at outside linebacker would remove some of the burden from Willis and Nate Clements isn't worth all that money at corner.

Another Possibility: Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray

Never Considered: Miami OG Orlando Franklin

ANALYSIS: Since nobody knows who's going to play quarterback in San Francisco, strengthening the offensive line in front of Gore is a wise choice.

Round 3
77
Tennessee Titans
Player: Dontay Moch
Height: 6-1
Weight: 248
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
College: Nevada
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Mike Munchak

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Chris Johnson is one of the few 2,000-yard rushers in league history, Kenny Britt has a world of upside catching passes down the field and Jason Babin was among the NFL's leading sackers last year with 13.

What They Need: Quarterback is a big question mark since both Vince Young and Kerry Collins could be out the door, better play at D-tackle and D-end to help Babin is necessary and linebacker is also a weakness defensively.

Another Possibility: Hampton DT Kenrick Ellis

Never Considered: Utah CB Brandon Burton

ANALYSIS: Moch will have to learn how to play linebacker at the next level, but his ability to rush the passer like a defensive end is rather attractive.

Round 3
78
St. Louis Rams
Height: 6-9
Weight: 185
Hometown: Eufaula, AL
College: Troy
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Steve Spagnuolo

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: A home run in 2010 No. 1-overall pick Sam Bradford running the offense, one of the league's few remaining workhorse backs in Steven Jackson and an unquestioned leading tackler in James Laurinaitis.

What They Need: A primary target down the field to take advantage of Bradford's talent in the passing game, a safety to replace the departed Oshiomogho Atogwe and a weak-side linebacker that can run sideline to sideline.

Another Possibility: Utah CB Brandon Burton

Never Considered: Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel

ANALYSIS: Even if Jernigan does not develop into Bradford's favorite weapon one day, he should be able to help the St. Louis aerial attack improve.

Round 3
79
Miami Dolphins
Height: 6-0
Weight: 213
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2011 SR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Tony Sparano

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: An offensive line that is always going to be a strength when Jake Long lines up at left tackle, a receiving corps with a true alpha dog in Brandon Marshall and an out-of-nowhere phenom pass rusher in Cameron Wake.

What They Need: Another quarterback of the future since everyone soured on Chad Henne so quickly, a ball carrier to breathe new life into what used to be a great running game and another pass catcher to make Marshall's life easier.

Another Possibility: Miami OG Orlando Franklin

Never Considered: Fresno State OLB Chris Carter

ANALYSIS: Neither Ronnie Brown nor Ricky Williams looks like he's going to return to South Beach, so Murray can get carries right out of the gate.

Round 3
80
Jacksonville Jaguars
Height: 6-0
Weight: 217
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
College: Clemson
Class: 2011 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio

2010 Record: 8-8

What They Have: A do-it-all running back in Maurice Jones-Drew that has a nose for the end zone, young talent at offensive tackle that should only be improved and an outside linebacker in Daryl Smith that led the team in stops.

What They Need: A quarterback that can finally put an end to the roller-coaster ride referred to as the David Garrard Era, someone that can actually get after the passer consistently and a safety capable of taking away the big play.

Another Possibility: USC CB Shareece Wright

Never Considered: Indiana OT James Brewer

ANALYSIS: From nearby Tallahassee, McDaniel is a need pick considering all the big plays Jacksonville gave up in the passing game this past season.

Round 3
81
Oakland Raiders
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Hometown: League City, TX
College: Utah
Class: 2011 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 10

Head Coach: Hue Jackson

2010 Record: 8-8

What They Have: Darren McFadden finally looks like one of the next great ball carriers in this league, Zach Miller is a very underrated pass-catching tight end and Richard Seymour is a Pro Bowler again on the defensive line.

What They Need: More offensive linemen, whether they play inside or outside, a cornerback ready to tackle the unenviable task of possibly replacing the sensational Nnamdi Asomugha and another tight end to go with Miller.

Another Possibility: Indiana OT James Brewer

Never Considered: Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates

ANALYSIS: Should Asomugha fly away in free agency, Oakland will have to throw a bunch of corners at the wall in an effort to replace the Pro Bowler.

Round 3
82
San Diego Chargers
Player: Chris Carter
Height: 6-1
Weight: 248
Hometown: Fontana, CA
College: Fresno State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 7

Head Coach: Norv Turner

2010 Record: 9-7

What They Have: Philip Rivers is a cold-blooded killer at quarterback no matter who he's throwing to, Antonio Gates is one of his generation's most uncoverable pass-catching weapons and Shaun Phillips is a handful off the edge.

What They Need: More linebackers, both inside and outside, so Phillips doesn't have to do it all himself, a five-technique defensive end that can hold the point of attack and a right tackle to mirror Marcus McNeill on the other side.

Another Possibility: Iowa S Tyler Sash

Never Considered: Wisconsin TE Lance Kendricks

ANALYSIS: Another defensive end-turned-outside linebacker, Carter's experience tearing after the quarterback makes him a good fit in San Diego.

Round 3
83
New York Giants
Player: Mason Foster
Height: 6-1
Weight: 245
Hometown: Seaside, CA
College: Washington
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Eli Manning has a plethora of skill-position talent at his disposal, both in the backfield and in the receiving corps, sacking the enemy quarterback continues to be a team strength and there is depth at safety.

What They Need: A talented linebacker can probably be an immediate starter at any of the three positions, corner is a concern due to injury and ineffectiveness and another offensive tackle wouldn't be a bad idea.

Another Possibility: California S Chris Conte

Never Considered: Nebraska WR Niles Paul

ANALYSIS: Just like Jones a few selections prior, Foster may be somewhat limited athletically but showed great instincts during Senior Bowl workouts.

Round 3
84
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Height: 7-6
Weight: 316
Hometown: Delray Beach, FL
College: Miami (Fl)
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Raheem Morris

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: A sensational young quarterback in Josh Freeman that is still somewhat anonymous across the country, a serious red zone threat in receiver Mike Williams and a promising D-tackle in Gerald McCoy, last year's No. 1.

What They Need: A pair of defensive ends that can make it easier on McCoy inside, a middle linebacker ready to step in and start assuming Barrett Ruud leaves via free agency and offensive linemen at every position.

Another Possibility: Nebraska WR Niles Paul

Never Considered: Mississippi DT Jerrell Powe

ANALYSIS: No question about it, Freeman is the future of the Tampa Bay franchise, so anybody that can block in front of him is a welcome addition.

Round 3
85
Philadelphia Eagles
Player: James Brewer
Height: 7-6
Weight: 323
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: Indiana
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 10

Head Coach: Andy Reid

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Michael Vick is again the NFL's most dangerous dual threat with his ability to throw and run, receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have speed to burn and cornerback Asante Samuel has magnets for hands.

What They Need: Samuel must get some help in the secondary, both at corner and safety, more pass rushers are always necessary in such an aggressive scheme and offensive tackle could use an influx of talent.

Another Possibility: Tennessee TE Luke Stocker

Never Considered: Lehigh OG Will Rackley

ANALYSIS: Vick is always going to be subject to injury because of his penchant for making plays outside the pocket, so Brewer adds depth up front.

Round 3
86
Kansas City Chiefs
Player: Edmond Gates
Height: 6-0
Weight: 192
Hometown: Vernon, TX
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 10

Head Coach: Todd Haley

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Running back Jamaal Charles has a chance to go the distance every time he gets his paws on the football, Dwayne Bowe rebounded to have a productive year as a pass catcher and Tamba Hali had 15 sacks.

What They Need: Yet another big body in the trenches to help top-5 picks Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson, Bowe could use a new partner in crime to augment the passing game and depth at offensive tackle would be a wise move.

Another Possibility: Pittsburgh OT Jason Pinkston

Never Considered: USC CB Shareece Wright

ANALYSIS: In the market for a pass-catching weapon opposite Bowe, Kansas City goes for small-school-product Gates, who is rising up draft boards.

Round 3
87
Indianapolis Colts
Player: Tyler Sash
Height: 6-0
Weight: 211
Hometown: Oskaloosa, IA
College: Iowa
Class: 2011 JR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Peyton Manning is a quarterback and an offensive coordinator rolled into one, Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme should be a dynamite combo at tight end and pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are still terrific.

What They Need: An offensive tackle can give Manning more time and hopefully open more holes for an unproductive run game, another receiver following injuries to Anthony Gonzalez and Austin Collie and more DBs would be welcome.

Another Possibility: Mississippi DT Jerrell Powe

Never Considered: Tennessee TE Luke Stocker

ANALYSIS: Indianapolis did pretty well the last time a safety out of Iowa came to town (Bob Sanders), so Sash is going to have some big shoes to fill.

Round 3
88
New Orleans Saints
Height: 6-5
Weight: 346
Hometown: Lake Worth, FL
College: Hampton
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 11

Head Coach: Sean Payton

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: A surgeon of a quarterback in Drew Brees that spreads the ball around beautifully, a receiving corps that seems to feature a new flavor of the week every Sunday and a leader at linebacker in Jonathan Vilma.

What They Need: The defensive line requires more bodies at both tackle and end, an outside linebacker to flank Vilma can contribute right away and it may be time to settle on a running back that can do it all and stay on the field.

Another Possibility: Connecticut OLB Lawrence Wilson

Never Considered: California S Chris Conte

ANALYSIS: The best player on the board in terms of pure talent, Ellis has boom or bust written all over him -- New Orleans rolls the dice at No. 88.

Round 3
89***
San Diego Chargers
Player: Jerrell Powe
Height: 6-2
Weight: 335
Hometown: Waynesboro, MS
College: Mississippi
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 12

Head Coach: Norv Turner

2010 Record: 9-7

What They Have: Philip Rivers is a cold-blooded killer at quarterback no matter who he's throwing to, Antonio Gates is one of his generation's most uncoverable pass-catching weapons and Shaun Phillips is a handful off the edge.

What They Need: More linebackers, both inside and outside, so Phillips doesn't have to do it all himself, a five-technique defensive end that can hold the point of attack and a right tackle to mirror Marcus McNeill on the other side.

Another Possibility: Arkansas OT DeMarcus Love

Never Considered: Connecticut RB Jordan Todman

ANALYSIS: While Antonio Garay suddenly developed into an incredibly effective 3-4 nose tackle, getting him some help is a smart move by San Diego.

Round 3
90
Baltimore Ravens
Height: 6-11
Weight: 185
Hometown: Colton, CA
College: USC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 11

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

2010 Record: 12-4

What They Have: Nobody told Joe Flacco that young quarterbacks don't win playoff games on the road, Ray Rice is nothing short of dynamic both rushing and receiving and Ed Reed has a nose for the football like few others.

What They Need: Another outside linebacker to take some pressure off Terrell Suggs, a true left tackle so Michael Oher can go back to what is a better spot for him on the right side and a receiving threat with serious speed.

Another Possibility: Mississippi State OLB K.J. Wright

Never Considered: Miami MLB Colin McCarthy

ANALYSIS: Baltimore's pass defense fell all the way to 21st in the NFL, so Wright has a chance to challenge for playing time right away as a rookie.

Round 3
91
Atlanta Falcons
Player: Niles Paul
Height: 6-1
Weight: 224
Hometown: Omaha, NE
College: Nebraska
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 11

Head Coach: Mike Smith

2010 Record: 13-3

What They Have: Matt Ryan throwing to Roddy White is a beautiful thing to watch in the passing game, Michael Turner is one of the toughest tailbacks in the league to tackle and John Abraham must be accounted for as a pass rusher.

What They Need: Defense, defense and more defense, including another D-end opposite Abraham to pull the plug on the Jamaal Anderson experiment, outside linebackers to support Curtis Lofton and a corner that can cover.

Another Possibility: Clemson DT Jarvis Jenkins

Never Considered: California RB Shane Vareen

ANALYSIS: White is one of the game's elite wideouts, but Michael Jenkins simply never delivered on the promise he showed as a first-round pick.

Round 3
92
New England Patriots
Player: Ricky Stanzi
Height: 6-4
Weight: 223
Hometown: Mentor, OH
College: Iowa
Class: 2011 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2010 Record: 14-2

What They Have: Tom Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were both tremendous rookies at tight end and Vince Wilfork is an immovable object at nose tackle.

What They Need: A pass-rushing outside linebacker that has been missing for quite some time, offensive linemen at any and all positions provided they are versatile and a running back that can lend more support to Brady and Co.

Another Possibility: Arizona State DT Lawrence Guy

Never Considered: USC TE Jordan Cameron

ANALYSIS: With six selections in the first three rounds, New England has the luxury of adding a developmental QB to learn behind Brady for a bit.

Round 3
93
Chicago Bears
Player: Will Rackley
Height: 6-3
Weight: 309
Hometown: Riverdale, GA
College: Lehigh
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Lovie Smith

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: Jay Cutler can spin the football as well as any quarterback in the league, Julius Peppers proved to be worth all that money at defensive end and the linebacking duo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs is scary.

What They Need: Any offensive linemen that can help keep Cutler upright in the pocket on passing plays, a penetrating defensive tackle since Tommie Harris is now history and a corner that can both cover receivers and support the run.

Another Possibility: Colorado CB Jalil Brown

Never Considered: Mississippi State DE Pernell McPhee

ANALYSIS: With Nate Soldier in Round 1 and now Rackley in Round 3, Chicago may actually be able to keep Cutler protected if the rookies can play.

Round 3
94
New York Jets
Height: 6-10
Weight: 195
Hometown: High Point, NC
College: Clemson
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 12

Head Coach: Rex Ryan

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: Mark Sanchez looks so bad at times but makes big throws when it counts in big games, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene run the ball behind a terrific offensive line and corner Darrelle Revis can eliminate any receiver.

What They Need: A D-end sturdy enough to defend the run and speedy enough to rush the passer, an outside linebacker that can also get to the quarterback and a receiver since both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards are free agents.

Another Possibility: Hawaii WR Greg Salas

Never Considered: Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers

ANALYSIS: Revis and Antonio Cromartie are a talented pair, but Cromartie might be a free agent and 2010 first rounder Kyle Wilson disappointed.

Round 3
95
Pittsburgh Steelers
Height: 6-4
Weight: 310
Hometown: Central, SC
College: Clemson
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 13

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin

2010 Record: 12-4

What They Have: A winner of a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, despite his somewhat unconventional way of doing things, a deep target in Mike Wallace that can burn past any corner and a defense that suffocates the running game.

What They Need: Better coverage in the secondary, definitely at cornerback but perhaps also at safety, a big right tackle so Flozell Adams can finally be put out to pasture and depth at linebacker -- linebackers are oxygen in this system.

Another Possibility: West Virginia S Robert Sands

Never Considered: LSU MLB Kelvin Sheppard

ANALYSIS: Ziggy Hood has a chance to be a very good player, but the rest of this Pittsburgh defensive line is aging and due for an injection of youth.

Round 3
96
Green Bay Packers
Height: 6-3
Weight: 243
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
College: Wisconsin
Class: 2011 SR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: A future MVP quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, a pass-rushing beast in Clay Matthews and one of the most versatile defenders around in Charles Woodson -- they have the Vince Lombardi Trophy, too.

What They Need: More cornerbacks for a scheme that calls for a lot of nickel and dime packages, a receiver to replace the aging Donald Driver and another option or two for the offensive line, preferably a tackle.

Another Possibility: Miami MLB Colin McCarthy

Never Considered: North Carolina CB Kendric Burney

ANALYSIS: Everyone loves Jermichael Finley's future, but he's coming off an injury and Donald Lee is no longer around -- Kendricks is a local kid, too.

Round 3
97^
Carolina Panthers
Player: Luke Stocker
Height: 6-5
Weight: 258
Hometown: Berea, KY
College: Tennessee
Class: 2011 SR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

2010 Record: 2-14

What They Have: DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart make up one of the best running back tandems around, Charles Johnson can rush the passer and Jon Beason is a tremendous middle linebacker.

What They Need: More help along the defensive line, a play-making wide receiver to possibly replace Steve Smith and a quarterback of the future, since it doesn't appear to be Jimmy Clausen.

Another Possibility: Utah State CB Curtis Marsh

Never Considered: Syracuse RB Delone Carter

ANALYSIS: Stocker did incredibly well for himself at the Senior Bowl, and with QB problems in Carolina, a reliable tight end is a sound investment.

* from Redskins
** from Vikings
*** from Seahawks

^ compensatory pick


John Crist is an NFL Analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.

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