Let’s take a look back at the third round and check out some of the notable moves…
Colt McCoy came off of the board to the Browns at No. 85. I like this move as it puts the former Texas QB behind a veteran in Jake Delhomme. Browns make a solid selection here with a QB who won’t have to be forced onto the field as a rookie.
Green Bay traded up for Morgan Burnett out of Georgia Tech. The free safety is the best center field player in the draft outside of Tennessee’s Eric Berry and will get his hands on the football. Should find a role in Dom Caper’s scheme in Green Bay.
The Lions went the CB route with Amari Spievey out of Iowa, which should make us wonder if all of the Pacman Jones talk in Detroit in for real.
Buffalo picked up DE Alex Carrington from Arkansas State—another weapon for new defensive coordinator George Edwards. But, I am starting to wonder where the help along the offensive line is going to come from.
Chicago gets their safety in Florida’s Major Wright. He has the talent to play the middle of the field in Lovie Smith’s Cover 1 and Zone Blitz schemes, and has the athletic ability to get off of the numbers in the Bears Cover 2 looks. This was a pick the Bears had to get and Wright should start on opening day.
Kansas City trades up to get Iowa TE Tony Moeaki. I like this move because Moeaki is the type of TE that can be an “on the line Y” or act as a “move guy” for Charlie Weis. One of the better blocking TEs in the draft who can align outside of the formation and is athletic enough to work against linebackers and strong safeties at the NFL level.
LSU’s Brandon LaFell goes to Carolina and looks to be a guy who can work with Steve Smith. The issue for the Panthers in 2009 opposing defense’s ability to play 2-Man and combo schemes over the top of Smith. LaFell is projected as the guy who can change that for the Panthers.
The Broncos selected Minnesota WR Eric Decker. The former Gopher dropped because of an injury during his senior year, but has the ability to make plays in Josh McDaniels' system. A steal when you break down his overall talent.
Baltimore gets TE Ed Dickson for great value at No. 70. Another option for QB Joe Flacco in an offense that will be much more explosive than we saw last season. Expect to see multiple personnel packages on the field in 2010 from the Ravens—along with the running game of Ray Rice.
Big talent still left on the board:
DE, Everson Griffen, USC
OT, Bruce Campbell, Maryland
TE, Aaron Hernandez, Florida
RB, Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
LB, Ricky Sapp, Clemson
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JUL 24 Joel Corry
Offensive tackle Lane Johnson’s mistake will cost him close to $1 million.
JUL 21 Jesse Lawrence
Denver leads the list in the secondary market.
JUL 21 Jeff Fedotin
Alouettes have QB on their negotiation list.