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2010 NFL Mock Draft: Version 3.0
Round 3

Round: One | Two | Three
Version 1.0 - 2/8/10.
Version 2.0 - 3/18/10.

65. St. Louis Rams – Carlton Mitchell, WR, South Florida
Offers the size they need to upgrade with at the position with excellent speed, but a very unfinished product.

66. Detroit Lions – Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
After an impressive Senior Bowl, he blew teams away at the Combine with his size, speed and athleticism. Could go earlier, but still raw, he missed a lot of time in college due to injuries and an academic suspension for 2008 season, so he has a couple red flags. Safety might end up the best place to play him.

67. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dexter McCluster, WR, Mississippi
A multi-talented utility back, McCluster was one of the stars of Senior Bowl and provides QB Josh Freeman with another weapon.

Washington Redskins – NO PICK
This pick was used in the 2009 supplemental draft to select DE Jeremy Jarmon.

68. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina
Inconsistent, but has shown flashes of greatness on his way to becoming South Carolina’s all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss. Almost came out last year, didn’t help his standing much this year, but a very good Combine performance did.

69. Oakland Raiders – Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
Ghee is a physical defender coming off a great Combine, but needs to work on his coverage skills. He has the athleticism that will appeal to owner Al Davis.

70. Philadelphia Eagles (from Seattle Seahawks) – Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
Despite the addition of Mike Bell, HC Andy Reid likes his options in the running game. The PAC-10 single-season TD record holder is a long-term solution as a power runner with a nose for the end zone.

71. Cleveland Browns – Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
Massive small school project who stood out at Senior Bowl and had a solid Combine. He is the perfect fit for end in a 3-4.

72. Buffalo Bills – Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina
Nose tackles are in high demand with more teams switching to 3-4 base defenses.

73. Miami Dolphins – Major Wright, S, Florida
Solid football player and physical tackler who can play either safety position, he answered questions about whether or not he had the athleticism for the next level at the Combine.

74. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sean Lee, LB, Penn State
Considered a first-round talent after a great junior season in 2007, Lee tore his right ACL in the spring of 2008 and missed the season. After returning in 2009, he sprained the ACL in his left knee in September. He missed three games and never returned to top form with lingering issues in both knees. He was solid, but unspectacular at the Combine, with an impressive 24 reps despite not really jumping out at you in the eyeball test. However, he is a football player. If he adds a solid 5-10 pounds, MLB is probably his best position for the next level. He could be a three-down player in the middle, with a great feel for dropping back in to coverage.

75. Chicago Bears – Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB, Indiana (PA)
A speed/size DB with return skills from a small school who can play anywhere in the secondary is a text book pick for GM Jerry Angelo.

76. New York Giants – Jamar Chaney, ILB, Mississippi State
After failing to solve MLB earlier in the draft, they add a guy with good size and athleticism, but it didn’t always translate on the field.

77. Tennessee Titans – Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa
Lacks elite speed, but one of the most physical corners in the country is an extremely overlooked prospect who is HC Jeff Fisher’s type of player.

78. Carolina Panthers – Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas
Worked as both a tackle and end for the Longhorns, bringing the flexibility up front. Previously considered a mid-round pick, a very good Combine performance has his stock on the rise.

79. San Francisco 49ers – John Jerry, OG, Mississippi
Brother Perry was a first-round pick for the Falcons last year, but John wasn’t viewed as nearly as much of an NFL prospect until the evaluation season. He impressed at the Senior Bowl and showed some surprising athleticism at the Combine for a mountain of a man – enough that he could be considered as a potential tackle as well as a guard.

80. Denver Broncos – J.D. Walton, C, Baylor
After cutting Casey Wiegmann, nice fit for the team’s need at center.

81. Houston Texans – Brandon LaFell, WR, Louisiana State
The top senior WR prospect in the draft was bypassed by a caravan of underclassmen and didn’t help himself at the Combine, but is a great value here. He doesn’t have elite speed, but is a big target.

82. Pittsburgh Steelers – Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
Name recognition has Spikes valued higher by many, but he’s basically a two-down thumper. Good fit inside for the 3-4 scheme the Redskins are expected to switch to this year.

83. Atlanta Falcons – Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami
Converted hooper could become next Antonio Gates under HC Mike Smith. Grabbed attention at Senior Bowl for his great hands and runs. Raw, but has time to develop behind Tony Gonzalez for another year or two.

84. Cincinnati Bengals – T.J Ward, S, Oregon
Age and inconsistency are problems in at safety in Cinci.

85. Cleveland Browns (from Oakland via New England) – Thaddeus Gibson, OLB, Ohio State
The Browns use the pick they acquired for Kamerion Wimbley to draft his potential replacement. Workout warrior who is too small to remain a DE at the next level has impressed in conversion to OLB so far.

86. Green Bay Packers – Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
The 6’8” DII prospect is a fast riser after a tremendous Combine. He is raw, but with Clifton and Tauscher resigned to be their bookends for this year, the Packers can afford to develop his appealing potential.

87. Philadelphia Eagles – Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State
After being suspended from the Cotton Bowl for missing curfew, twice, and turning in a disappointing Combine performance, Cox saw his stock plummet. It has rebounded and as a physical corner who was considered a potential first-round pick, Cox has plenty of upside and adds value as a kick returner.

88. Arizona Cardinals (from Baltimore Ravens) – Selvish Capers, OT, West Virginia
Promising athlete with good athleticism, but needs to hit the weight room and learn. Not ready for prime time, but more upside than other prospects that could be plugged in faster.

89. Arizona Cardinals – Jason Worilds, OLB, Virginia Tech
Converted DE adds pass rush potential on the edges.

90. Dallas Cowboys – Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
Significantly upgrades return game and offers big play potential as a slot receiver.

91. San Diego Chargers – Linval Joseph, NT, East Carolina
Raw mountain of a man has been moving up as a workout wonder. Some scouting reports question if he can play the nose, but the Chargers take a gamble on his potential.

92. Cleveland Browns (from New York Jets) – Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
Undersized multi-talented playmaker is the perfect fit as a slot receiver to compliment the big bodies they have to develop and excellent returner to help easy Cribbs’ workload.

93. Minnesota Vikings – Joe McKnight, RB, Southern California
The departure of Chester Taylor creates an opportunity for a new RB2.

94. Indianapolis Colts – Dekoda Watson, LB, Florida State
Watson pleasantly surprised with his size, coming in over 6’1” and a chiseled 240 pounds at the Senior Bowl and Combine. He was expected to be a bit smaller and possibly need to convert to safety, but that is decent size for WLB in their Tampa Cover 2. Injury and academic problems have been a problem, but he played every game last year and put up great numbers. He has kept the momentum going through the evaluation process and could squeeze in to the third round.

95. New Orleans Saints – Dennis Pitta, TE, Brigham Young
Consensus All-American demonstrated more speed and athleticism than expected at Combine and Pro Day. The Saints carry a lot of risk at the position with Jeremy Shockey as their primary TE.

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