Ryan Lownes 3 Round Mock With Trades – April 26th

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 26, 2011

Round 3


65. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers Curtis Brown – CB – Texas

You can expect the Panthers will be working the phones hard on draft day to trade out of the first spot and add a few more early picks. On paper that sounds ideal, but it rarely works that way in the NFL. For a team with a laundry list of needs, this third rounder is a very tough pick  having gone quarterback in the first. Curtis Brown fills the void at cornerback that Richard Marshall will more than likely leave behind. Though his production on the ball is low, Brown has great size, feet, and cover skills.

66. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals Mikel Leshoure – RB – Illinois

After striking out on quarterbacks in the first two rounds, the Bengals choose not to force a pick here. With Cedric Benson’s future with the team still in jeopardy, Cincinnati may choose to target a big, pounding back in the first few rounds. Mikel LeShoure has the size the team covets and excels as a one-cut, down-hill runner. He could step in right away and complement Bernard Scott in the team’s backfield.

67. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos Johnny Patrick – CB – Louisville

Many feel that Denver could address their cornerback need as early as second overall with Patrick Peterson. Having bolstered their front seven in the first two rounds, the Broncos turn their attention to the defensive backfield here in the third. Johnny Patrick is a very good cover corner with the size, hips, and agility to help out immediately.

68. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills Jah Reid – OT – Central Florida

Strangely, the Bills don’t take a quarterback in the first three rounds of this mock draft. With Ryan Fitzpatrick looking comfortable last season, I doubt they force a pick if their guy isn’t available. Jah Reid fills a large need for Buffalo on the offensive line, where he appears to have potential to play left or right tackle. He joins a unit that may have overachieved a bit a year ago and adds the size & grit they have lacked.

69. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals Kelvin Sheppard – LB – LSU

Having addressed key offensive needs in the first two rounds, Arizona opts to go defense here in the third. Though the outside may be a bit thinner, the Cardinals may prefer the value and fit here inside. Kelvin Sheppard has the potential to be an impact inside backer at the next level with the size and speed to transition to the pro game. He would battle second year player, Daryl Washington, for playing time on defense right away.

70. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Greg Little – WR – North Carolina

After focusing on defense in the first two rounds, the Browns take this opportunity to add a talented receiver for Colt McCoy. The Cleveland wide receivers have disappointed in recent years and it’s becoming increasingly evident that they do not have much room for growth on their current roster. Greg Little, although immature, projects as a perfect flanker in a west coast offense. Though lacking in college experience, he has potential to be a primary receiver if he keeps his head on straight in the NFL.

71. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys Muhammad Wilkerson – DT – Temple

With their primary needs addressed in the first two rounds, expect Dallas to turn their attention to the defensive line. They appear to be moving from Wade Phillips’ hybrid 3-4 to a more traditional version of the scheme. Muhammed Wilkerson may lack anchor strength, but he possesses the size, length, and athletic ability to develop into a quality 5-Tech. Though unpolished, he could fight for a spot in the team’s rotation early.

72. New Orleans Saints New Orleans SaintsAllen Bailey – DE – Miami

For a team without many needs, playing time will be tough to come by as a rookie. While the Saints have few glaring holes now, they would be wise to bolster their front seven for rotational and future purposes. Allen Bailey looks to be a terrific left end project for New Orleans. Blessed with elite size and athletic ability, Bailey must be coached up if he wants to make his impact felt at the next level. Though he would be unlikely to start right away, this pick could come to fruition in a few years.

73. Houston Texans Houston Texans Sam Acho – DE – Texas

As the Texans build their 3-4 defense in the Wade Phillips role, they need to consider versatility more than ever. Houston will surely be mixing in looks with a four man front at times and it is important that they add pass rushers that are not necessarily scheme specific. Sam Acho is a blue-collar linebacker prospect that will be making the transition from college end. He may lack elite explosiveness, but he has a great work ethic and should be athletic enough to play in space. If drafted to play in Houston, he should compete for playing time immediately.

74. New England Patriots New England Patriots Rodney Hudson – OG – Florida State

The Patriots acquire this pick through their trade in the early second round. For a team with so few glaring holes, playing time will need to be earned by draftees. Rodney Hudson possesses the polish and athletic ability to immediately contribute at center or left guard. For such a future-minded organization, this pick could go a long way in shoring up the interior offensive line for years to come.

75. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions Ross Homan – OLB – Ohio State

The defensive overhaul continues here in the third round for the Lions. Starting spots are up for grabs in the front seven and you have to figure that a weak-side linebacker is near the top of Detroit’s priority list. Ross Homan may not be viewed by many as a value pick here, but he has enough talent to start in the NFL whether it be in the middle or outside. Retractors that believe he is not physically capable of playing the pro game need to look at guys like Pat Angerer and Lofa Tatupu for examples. Homan is very instinctual, moves well, and has excellent character. He projects as a first year starter in Detroit.

76. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers Kenrick Ellis – DT – Hampton

Having gotten their quarterback of the future in the second, the 49ers turn their attention back to defense. San Francisco may not have Aubrayo Franklin long term and the team will likely be eager to draft a replacement. Kenrick Ellis has some character concerns, but he has the mass, athleticism, and motor to occupy a two-gap role in the NFL. Depending on what happens in free agency, Ellis could be looking at early playing time.

77. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans Quan Sturdivant – ILB – North Carolina

After what many would describe as a shocking first two rounds for the Titans, they settle down here and make a safe pick. Stephen Tulloch is a good starter in Tennessee, but their linebacking corps must be bolstered through the draft. Quan Sturdivant is an extremely underrated inside linebacker that should play upwards of ten years at a high level. He is capable of immediately winning a starting job here.

78. St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams Marcus Gilchrist – CB/S – Clemson

The Rams got off to a good start on draft weekend in this scenario, as they addressed their two most pressing needs in the first couple rounds. Here St. Louis turns their attention to the secondary, where they will continue to add versatile, capable players. Marcus Gilchrist is able to play anywhere in the secondary and even offers some special teams value. For a team thin in the defensive backfield, he would likely step into a large role in his first year.

79. Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins Jacquizz Rodgers – RB – Oregon State

You can bet the Dolphins will be pushing hard to trade back in the first round to add a second round pick, but this will be their second selection if they are unable to find a partner. With Ronnie Brown’s tenure with Miami in jeopardy, expect the team to go out and find a ball-carrier early on draft weekend. Jacquizz Rodgers is not built for a full time role, but don’t be fooled by his diminutive stature. He is tough as nails, versatile, and extremely quick. It would not be hard to find a spot for him immediately in the Phins offense.

80. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars Rashad Carmichael – CB – Virginia Tech

The defensive draft continues here for the Jaguars, as they fill another hole with this pick. Jacksonville has needed an injection of young talent for some time and this appears to be an appropriate spot to pull the trigger. Rashad Carmichael is one of this class’ best athletes and displays the ball skills to make an impact on the NFL game. He figures to be capable of playing in nickel or dime packages as a rookie.

Ryan Lownes

Ryan is currently an undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He has been attending the NFL Draft in New York City since 2005 and has aspirations of a career in scouting. He is currently a draft writer and analyst on the Draft Breakdown team, posting his latest rankings, mock drafts, scouting reports, and more. Be sure to follow Ryan on twitter for year-round NFL Draft analysis.

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