Three Round Mock Draft

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 20, 2012

49. San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers

Amini Silatolu – OG – Midwestern State


It is no secret the Chargers need help up front and after springing for a pass rusher in the first round, they grab the best offensive lineman on the board here. Silatolu may not be as well known as some others, but many feel he has the talent to be a great player inside in the NFL.

50. Chicago Bears

Whitney Mercilus – DE – Illinois


With a need for a capable pass rusher across from Julius Peppers, the Bears gladly end Mercilus’ slide down the board. The former All-American for the Illini could see playing time early in Chicago.

51. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles

Lavonte David – LB/SS – Nebraska


After bypassing their greatest area of need with their first two picks, the Eagles finally get their linebacker here. David may lack size, but he plays with remarkable range and is a competent player in coverage.

52. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans

Cam Johnson – DE – Virginia


Sack numbers dropped off severely in Tennessee last season following the loss of Pro Bowler Jason Babin. In Cam Johnson, the Titans get one of the most athletic edge rushers in this draft.

53. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals

George Iloka – S – Boise State


Since Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu established themselves as big-time playmakers in the division, the Bengals have struggled to keep up. Here they land a potential impact safety with intriguing size and range.

54. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions

Mitchell Schwartz – OT/OG – California


The Lions are building one of the league’s most formidable teams on both sides of the ball, but they still lack youth and talent on the offensive line. Schwartz is the best available at this point and figures to be an immediate starter somewhere up front.

55. Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons

Dwayne Allen – TE – Clemson


Though Tony Gonzalez has proven to be ageless, the Falcons would still be wise to invest in a young tight end if the value is there. Allen is this draft’s most complete player at the position.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers

Alfonzo Dennard – CB – Nebraska


After addressing the offensive line with their first pick, the pressure will be on the Steelers to add an impact player to the secondary here. Dennard, a player they likely would have considered earlier, excels in press-man coverage and would be a good value pick.

57. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos

Nick Foles – QB – Arizona


In a move that is sure to rattle any avid supporters of Tim Tebow, the Broncos add a quarterback here to eventually compete for the starting job. Foles gives Denver a more gifted passing option and insurance in case Tebow’s success fades.

58. Houston Texans Houston Texans

Jamell Fleming – CB – Oklahoma


The addition of Johnathan Joseph did wonders for the Texans defense a year ago, transforming an ailing secondary into one of the league’s better units. Still, the team is thin on the back end. Fleming offers Houston valuable depth and talent at the cornerback position.

59. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints

Sean Spence – OLB/SS – Miami


Due to a move up the board in the 2011 draft, the Saints first pick will not come until late in round two. Sean Spence adds much needed speed to the New Orleans defense and figures to be a player capable of starting right away.

60. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers

Jared Crick – DL – Nebraska


After losing Cullen Jenkins in the offseason, Green Bay never was able to find a replacement proficient enough to fill his shoes. Crick falls here only due to an injury that cut his senior season short and could develop into an impact player on the Packers defensive line.

61. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens

Ben Jones – C – Georgia


With 35-year-old Matt Birk on the brink of retirement, you can be sure the Ravens will be looking for a replacement in the draft or free agency. Jones was a standout in the SEC and appears capable of starting from day one.

62. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Zeitler – OG – Wisconsin


While the 49ers earned a reputation as a smash-mouth football team under John Harbaugh, the right guard position leaves a lot to be desired. Zeitler is a road-grading interior lineman who fits perfectly into what they are trying to do in San Francisco.

63. New England Patriots New England Patriots

Joe Adams -WR – Arkansas


The Super Bowl runner-up Patriots were able to receive record-breaking production from their tight ends in the passing game this past season; however, it became painfully evident the team lacked depth, speed, and talent at the wide receiver position. Adams gives the New England offense a more explosive element.

64. New York Giants New York Giants

Zebrie Sanders – OT – Florida State


While the Super Bowl champions used their first round pick on a position many would consider a luxury, New York turns their attention back to the offensive line. Before a poor Senior Bowl stopped his momentum, Sanders was seen as one of the senior class’ top tackle prospects.

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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