Round 3 Updated 2009 NFL Draft

#65 Detroit Lions: Keenan Lewis, CB, Oregon State
“We need a cornerback! Let’s trade for one now! What? He doesn’t fit our system? What system? We don’t have a system!”

One can only imagine the discussions Matt Millen had in the war room…

#66 St. Louis Rams: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
Brandon Chillar wasn’t great for the Rams, but he was serviceable. He defected for Green Bay this season, leaving St. Louis with a huge void at the strongside linebacker position.

#67 Kansas City Chiefs: Darry Beckwith, ILB, LSU
Napoleon Harris was Kansas City’s middle linebacker when the season began. That failed miserably, as Harris was cut a few weeks ago. Pat Thomas took Harris’ spot, and based on Kansas City’s defensive rankings – click here for accurate NFL Run, Pass Defensive Rankings – it hasn’t exactly worked out too well.

Derrick Johnson recently moved to inside linebacker. I don’t think that’s going to end well. This position needs to be addressed.

#68 Cincinnati Bengals: Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
With the top three center prospects off the board, the Bengals “settle” for Shonn Green, who could be drafted atop the second round, making him a steal here. Cincinnati pretty much needs help everywhere, including running back. I know Cedric Benson just had two great games, but once he gets arrested for another five DUIs this offseason, this pick will make more sense.

#69 Dallas Cowboys: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
There were no secret meetings. Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Terrell Owens all love each other. Ed Werder is the source of famine and poverty. Yadda, yadda, yadda… I’m not buying it. If Romo wants Owens gone at the end of the year, Jerry Jones will grant his wish. If that happens, a wideout could be chosen in the middle rounds, especially if someone like Brian Robiskie slips.

#70 Seattle Seahawks: DeAngelo Smith, CB, Cincinnati
More secondary help for the Seahawks. Former first-round pick Kelly Jennings was recently benched for poor performance. Josh Wilson took his spot in the lineup, but Wilson’s not really starting material.

#71 Oakland Raiders: Domonique Johnson, CB, Jackson State
Easy pick for Al Davis. He needs cornerback depth in the wake of cutting DeAngelo Hall, and Domonique Johnson runs the fastest 40 (mid 4.3) out of all the top players remaining at his position. Hey, don’t question the scouting methods of the Undead!

#72 Green Bay Packers: Fenuki Tupou, OT, Oregon
Both Green Bay tackles are nearing the age of regression, so some young blood is needed at the position, especially with Mark Tauscher being thrown on the IR.

Pick change; previously Vince Oghobaase, DT

#73 Jacksonville Jaguars: Dannell Ellerbe, ILB, Georgia
As mentioned earlier, Mike Peterson, who isn’t as playing as well as he used to, is 33 and in his walk year. If he goes, which is likely, given his confrontation with Jack Del Rio, the Jaguars will need inside linebacker help.

#74 San Francisco 49ers: Alex Boone, OT, Ohio State
I’ve had a quarterback in this spot for a while, but Shaun Hill is playing excellent football right now, owning a 4-3 record since the bye. The 49ers could be in playoff contention if they went with him all year. Let’s not forget that Mike Martz called J.T. O’Sullivan the “best quarterback” he’s ever coached. How does this man still have a job?

The 49ers desperately need some help up front; their offensive line has surrendered 54 sacks this year.

Pick change; previously Fenuki Tupou, OT

#75 Houston Texans: Andy Levitre, G, Oregon State
Houston needs some help up front, particularly at right guard. Mike Brisiel shouldn’t be starting at this level.

#76 Buffalo Bills: Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri
The Bills have needed a quality pass-catching tight end for a very long time. Perhaps this is the year they finally address that need.

#77 San Diego Chargers: Fili Moala, DE/DT, USC
Many Chargers defenders have disappointed this year. Perhaps the greatest underacheiver, besides Shaun Phillips, is Igor Olshansky. San Diego needs an upgrade at defensive end.

#78 Denver Broncos: Marcus Freeman, OLB, Ohio State
I found it funny that when it was announced that starting strongside linebacker Boss Bailey was lost for the year, Broncos fans rejoiced in celebration. Yeah, I don’t think that signing was working out too well.

#79 Arizona Cardinals: Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama
Arizona’s current center, Lyle Sendlein, is known for botching a snap or two each game. This just in – that’s not good.

#80 Washington Redskins: Andy Kemp, G, Wisconsin
Washington’s offensive line needs some young blood. Pete “I Think I’m a Running Back” Kendall and Randy Thomas will be 35 and 33, respectively, by the start of the 2009 NFL season.


#81 New York Jets: Mark Parson, CB, Ohio
Excluding Ryan Fitzpatrick, JaMarcus Russell, Seneca Wallace and Marc Bulger, every quarterback the Jets have faced this year has thrown for at least 243 yards. The Jets were so desperate for corner depth that they signed Ty Law.

#82 Philadelphia Eagles: Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty
The Eagles probably have a better shot at converting fourth-and-11 than they do fourth-and-one. That’s because Andy Reid is a moronic play-caller, and always decides to go with a run toward the right guard or right tackle with his small running backs. Or sometimes he mixes it up and calls for a Hail Mary. If Big Red returns next year, he’ll need a big back. At 6-1, 232, Rashad Jennings qualifies.

#83 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alex Magee, DT, Purdue
The Buccaneers don’t have many weaknesses on defense, but they could use some help at under tackle.

#84 Detroit Lions: Terrance Taylor, DT, Michigan
More defense for a team that desperately needs it. It’s no coincidence that the Lions are giving up 5.2 yards per carry (good for 31st in the NFL) after trading away Shaun Rogers.

Pick change; previously Ron Brace, NT

#85 Minnesota Vikings: Jarron Gilbert, DT, San Jose State
Pat Williams won’t be around forever. The Vikings need to secure a solid defensive tackle. Jarron Gilbert will play under tackle, which will move Kevin Williams over to the nose. Gilbert has terrorized quarterbacks this year. Through 11 games, Gilbert has 47 tackles, 21.5 TFL, nine sacks and three passes broken up.

Pick change; previously Graham Harrell, QB

#86 Green Bay Packers: Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech
More secondary help for a team that desperately needs it. Kam Chancellor is one of the top players available.

Pick change; previously Daniel Holtzclaw, ILB (NYJ)

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#87 Chicago Bears: Trevor Canfield, G, Cincinnati
Lovie Smith is an ultra-conservative coach, and I truly believe that he thinks his team can win the Super Bowl by running the football behind a great offensive line and playing outstanding defense, despite the fact that he has Kyle Orton throwing to a bunch of bums. If I’m right, he’ll make sure he solidifies his front before improving his aerial attack, though it wouldn’t shock me if he goes wideout here to find a complement for Devin Hester.

#88 Atlanta Falcons: Michael Hamlin, SS, Clemson
Atlanta’s young corners have played surprisingly well thus far, but the secondary still needs work at the safety position. Laywer Milloy may retire after this season, so a replacement at strong safety will be needed.

#89 Baltimore Ravens: Troy Kropog, OT, Tulane
Injuries have exposed how thin the Ravens are up front. They’ll need to address their depth issue in this draft.

If Baltimore doesn’t sign a corner, it’ll also have to address that position in the first three rounds. Chris McAlister, now 31, came off an injury-ridden season and just went back on IR. Meanwhile, it seems like retirement is knocking down Samari Rolle’s door. Trading for Fabian Washington wasn’t enough; the Ravens need a No. 1 corner for the future.

#90 New England Patriots: Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State
I’d like to see the Patriots acquire some depth at receiver. Jabar Gaffney has proven time and again to be unreliable.

#91 Miami Dolphins: Brandon Gibson, WR, Washington State
Ted Ginn and Davone Bess both have their strengths, but neither wideout is a massive target. At 6-1, 204, Brandon Gibson could be the solid split end Miami was looking for when it signed Ernest Wilford.

#92 Indianapolis Colts: Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
We saw the Patriots draft a quarterback in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and we could see something similar from the Colts here. In the wake of Peyton Manning’s knee surgery and Tom Brady’s ACL-MCL tears, I think Bill Polian will recognize that he needs to develop an insurance policy for Manning. Plus, I’m sure he doesn’t want to watch Large and Larger compete in the preseason again.

#93 Carolina Panthers: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
There’s a good chance Richard Marshall and Ken Lucas could both be gone soon, as neither has played particularly well this season. Carolina needs an upgrade at corner.

Pick change; previously Jason Watkins, OT

#94 Pittsburgh Steelers: Derek Pegues, FS, Mississippi State
One of the best players available at this juncture, I think Derek Pegues makes sense for the Steelers. Ryan Clark’s contract expires after the 2009 season, and I can’t see Pittsburgh re-signing a 31-year-old safety. His current backup, Anthony Smith, looks like a bust. Even when Clark was out of the lineup, Smith could barely get on the field.

#95 New York Giants: Nic Harris, SS, Oklahoma
I’m not sure how thrilled the Giants are to have James Butler as their starting strong safety again. Did you see him run the wrong way on that long Pittsburgh touchdown? Ugh. The Giants should draft someone early who would be a force next to Kenny Phillips the next decade.

#96 Tennessee Titans: Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia
Yeah, I know… the Titans don’t draft receivers. Hey, miracles can happen (especially after your team has five drops in one half of the first loss of the year.)