Scout.com Mock Draft: Dalton a Panther

In the latest installment of Scout.com's mock NFL Draft, Andy Dalton gets Round 3 started, Kendall Hunter hopes to help Steven Jackson and Marcus Gilchrist finds a new leader in Ray Lewis.

Round 3
65
Carolina Panthers
Player: Andy Dalton
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
Hometown: Katy, TX
College: TCU
Class: 2011 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 6

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: Tennessee TE Luke Stocker

Never Considered: LSU MLB Kelvin Sheppard

ANALYSIS: Dalton is rising up draft boards lately and may be a better player as a rookie than Clausen, who didn't resemble an NFL quarterback very often.

Round 3
66
Cincinnati Bengals
Player: Randall Cobb
Height: 6-10
Weight: 191
Hometown: Alcoa, TN
College: Kentucky
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
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: USC DT Jurrell Casey

Never Considered: Georgia OG Clint Boling

ANALYSIS: The Bengals could be without both Owens and Chad Ochocinco by the time the season arrives, so Cobb must be ready to contribute right away.

Round 3
67
Denver Broncos
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: 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: Indiana WR Tandon Doss

Never Considered: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick

ANALYSIS: No matter who is under center, every good offense needs a tight end that can move people around in the running game and also catch passes.

Round 3
68
Buffalo Bills
Height: 6-5
Weight: 233
Hometown: Turlock, CA
College: Nevada
Class: 2011 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 7

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: Miami OG Orlando Franklin

Never Considered: Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter

ANALYSIS: Kaepernick makes a lot of sense for the Bills since he is a project and needs time to develop, so Fitzpatrick gets at least one more year to start.

Round 3
69
Arizona Cardinals
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: 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: Arizona OLB Brooks Reed

Never Considered: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi

ANALYSIS: Arizona has been shaky up front for years, so look for Franklin to return to his more familiar spot inside at guard and be a starter immediately.

Round 3
70
Cleveland Browns
Height: 6-1
Weight: 300
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
College: USC
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
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: Fresno State OLB Chris Carter

Never Considered: Louisville CB Johnny Patrick

ANALYSIS: Cleveland needs front-seven defenders since the scheme will be quite different in 2011, and Casey is moving up because of what he does inside.

Round 3
71
Dallas Cowboys
Height: 6-0
Weight: 198
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
College: Temple
Class: 2011 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 2

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: TCU OT Marcus Cannon

Never Considered: Nevada OLB Dontay Moch

ANALYSIS: Alongside first-round cornerback Prince Amukamara, Dallas continues to rebuild what was a terrible secondary last year with Jarrett at safety.

Round 3
72*
New Orleans Saints
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: 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: Iowa S Tyler Sash

Never Considered: North Carolina WR Greg Little

ANALYSIS: Despite the fact that he was a defensive end in college, Carter projects as an outside linebacker in the pros and should be able to assist Vilma.

Round 3
73
Houston Texans
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: 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: North Carolina WR Greg Little

Never Considered: South Florida DT Terrell McClain

ANALYSIS: Three defensive picks in a row for Houston, which can score points as well as any team in the NFL but hasn't been able to slow anyone down.

Round 3
74**
New England Patriots
Player: Clint Boling
Height: 6-5
Weight: 308
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
College: Georgia
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 2

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: LSU MLB Kelvin Sheppard

Never Considered: Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel

ANALYSIS: After landing tackle Nate Solder in the first round, New England again strengthens its blocking up front with Boling, who is a natural fit at guard.

Round 3
75
Detroit Lions
Height: 6-11
Weight: 191
Hometown: Deland, FL
College: Louisville
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 13

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: Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel

Never Considered: Clemson DT Jarvis Jenkins

ANALYSIS: While Detroit probably needed to go cornerback earlier but didn't want to reach in the first two rounds, Patrick is still a strong pick in Round 3.

Round 3
76
San Francisco 49ers
Player: Brooks Reed
Height: 6-3
Weight: 263
Hometown: Tuscon, AZ
College: Arizona
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 4

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: Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas

Never Considered: Miami MLB Colin McCarthy

ANALYSIS: Initially a fullback at Arizona that developed into a productive defensive end, Reed should now be an outside linebacker lining up in the 3-4.

Round 3
77
Tennessee Titans
Height: 6-2
Weight: 250
Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA
College: LSU
Class: 2011 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 4

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: Nevada OLB Dontay Moch

Never Considered: Florida OT Marcus Gilbert

ANALYSIS: Linebacker is a weak spot for Tennessee, and with Sheppard currently on the rise, he looks to be a sound tackler in the middle of a 4-3 system.

Round 3
78
St. Louis Rams
Height: 6-7
Weight: 199
Hometown: Tyler, TX
Class: 2011 SR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 4

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: Clemson DT Jarvis Jenkins

Never Considered: North Carolina CB Kendric Burney

ANALYSIS: Jackson can't continue to take this kind of punishment year after year, plus the Rams want to make sure Bradford is surrounded with options.

Round 3
79
Miami Dolphins
Height: 6-5
Weight: 358
Hometown: Odessa, TX
College: TCU
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 7

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: Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates

Never Considered: Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor

ANALYSIS: Miami's offensive line was a big disappointment in 2010 after previously being a strength, so Cannon is more of a need pick than once thought.

Round 3
80
Jacksonville Jaguars
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: 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: North Carolina CB Kendric Burney

Never Considered: Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas

ANALYSIS: Moch is not big enough to play defensive end in the pros but can be scary at outside linebacker, where his speed off the edge could be nasty.

Round 3
81
Oakland Raiders
Height: 6-9
Weight: 186
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 15

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: Wisconsin TE Lance Kendricks

Never Considered: Oklahoma OLB Jeremy Beal

ANALYSIS: Asomugha is all but a memory now, and while Burney is not Asomugha and he never will be, he's a gamer that gets the most out of his ability.

Round 3
82
San Diego Chargers
Height: 7-6
Weight: 330
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
College: Florida
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 8

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: Lehigh OG Will Rackley

Never Considered: Hampton DT Kenrick Ellis

ANALYSIS: Gilbert at the very least can supply depth to the offensive line for the Chargers, who need to stop relying on Rivers so much and run the football.

Round 3
83
New York Giants
Height: 6-2
Weight: 297
Hometown: Pensacola, FL
College: South Florida
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 14

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: LSU DT Drake Nevis

Never Considered: East Carolina WR Dwayne Harris

ANALYSIS: Whether or not Barry Cofield comes back via free agency, McClain is the kind of player that can be a part of the rotation at either D-tackle position.

Round 3
84
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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: 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: East Carolina WR Dwayne Harris

Never Considered: Arizona State DT Lawrence Guy

ANALYSIS: When you have a budding passer that knows how to win games like Freeman does, you always make sure he's protected as much as possible.

Round 3
85
Philadelphia Eagles
Height: 6-10
Weight: 212
Hometown: Compton, CA
College: Boise State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 7

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: Alabama OG James Carpenter

Never Considered: North Caroilna RB Johnny White

ANALYSIS: Second-round cornerback Curtis Brown was a must after Philadelphia addressed the offensive line in the first round, as is Johnson in Round 3.

Round 3
86
Kansas City Chiefs
Player: Tandon Doss
Height: 6-2
Weight: 201
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: Indiana
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 13

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: Hampton DT Kenrick Ellis

Never Considered: Texas DE Sam Acho

ANALYSIS: Doss would provide yet another weapon in the passing game for Matt Cassel, who quietly had a great 2011 and threw a plethora of TD passes.

Round 3
87
Indianapolis Colts
Player: Greg Little
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Hometown: Durham, NC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 7

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: Nebraska S Eric Hagg

Never Considered: Pittsburgh DE Greg Romeus

ANALYSIS: It may seem as if Manning is productive no matter who he's throwing to, but Little makes a lot of sense with Reggie Wayne on the back nine.

Round 3
88
New Orleans Saints
Height: 6-0
Weight: 230
Hometown: Hilliard, FL
College: Kansas State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 5

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: Auburn OT Lee Ziemba

Never Considered: Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa

ANALYSIS: A bruising running game pairs nicely with Brees and the passing game, and since Reggie Bush can't do that, Thomas is a no-brainer here.

Round 3
89***
San Diego Chargers
Height: 6-1
Weight: 238
Hometown: Clearwater, FL
College: Miami (Fl)
Class: 2011 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 5

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: Utah CB Brandon Burton

Never Considered: Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers

ANALYSIS: San Diego must come out of this draft with both an inside and outside an linebacker, so McCathy is a solid pick after Akeem Ayers in the first round.

Round 3
90
Baltimore Ravens
Height: 6-10
Weight: 195
Hometown: High Point, NC
College: Clemson
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 12

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: Clemson OT Chris Hairston

Never Considered: Nebraska S Eric Hagg

ANALYSIS: The Ravens hope Gilchrist can cover like a cornerback and yet hit like a safety, which he did during Senior Bowl workouts and impressed scouts.

Round 3
91
Atlanta Falcons
Player: Jeremy Beal
Height: 6-2
Weight: 262
Hometown: Carrollton, TX
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 9

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: Hawaii WR Greg Salas

Never Considered: Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray

ANALYSIS: A defensive end for the Sooners, Beal is better off playing linebacker in the NFL, specifically on the strong side in Atlanta's more traditional 4-3.

Round 3
92
New England Patriots
Height: 6-4
Weight: 310
Hometown: Central, SC
College: Clemson
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 13

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: Oregon MLB Casey Matthews

Never Considered: Idaho QB Nathan Enderle

ANALYSIS: If Jenkins isn't able to play the five-technique position, chances are he can at least provide depth at nose tackle behind the behemoth Wilfork.

Round 3
93
Chicago Bears
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Hometown: League City, TX
College: Utah
Class: 2011 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 10

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: Wisconsin OG John Moffitt

Never Considered: Washington OLB Mason Foster

ANALYSIS: All of a sudden corner is a top priority for Chicago since Charles Tillman is likely moving to safety, and Burton has nice size for that position.

Round 3
94
New York Jets
Height: 6-5
Weight: 346
Hometown: Lake Worth, FL
College: Hampton
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 11

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: San Diego State WR Vincent Brown

Never Considered: Connecticut RB Jordan Todman

ANALYSIS: Ellis has been in and out of trouble too often and seen his stock tumble, which makes him an ideal player for Ryan and that misfit Jets franchise.

Round 3
95
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player: Lawrence Guy
Height: 6-4
Weight: 305
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
College: Arizona State
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 15

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: Nebraska WR Niles Paul

Never Considered: Georgia MLB Akeem Dent

ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh needs an influx of youth at all three spots along its defensive line, and Guy is a quality candidate at this point to be a 3-4 end.

Round 3
96
Green Bay Packers
Height: 6-4
Weight: 321
Hometown: Hephzibah, GA
College: Alabama
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 5

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: Mississippi State DE Pernell McPhee

Never Considered: Oregon MLB Casey Matthews

ANALYSIS: Carpenter was a starter at left tackle for two years while at Alabama, although he admitted at the combine his future may be inside at guard.

Round 3
97^
Carolina Panthers
Height: 6-3
Weight: 243
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
College: Wisconsin
Class: 2011 SR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

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: Notre Dame DT Ian Williams

Never Considered: Indiana OT James Brewer

ANALYSIS: Awarded the one and only compensatory selection in Round 3, Carolina does its best to fill what is a gaping hole at tight end with Kendricks.

* 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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