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2011 NFL Draft - 3rd Round Talents
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Posted Apr 25, 2011


From the college football perspective, here's CFN's 2011 pre-draft ranking of the players with third round talent.

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Third Round Talents


By Pete Fiutak

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65. OLB Casey Matthews, Oregon 6-1, 231
While he’s not his brother, Clay, talent-wise, he’s a typical Matthews with a good motor and tremendous instincts. Always around the ball and always making plays, he makes up for his lack of raw athleticism by being in the right position at the right time. A good football player without the tools, the family name will buy him several draft slots, but he has to work to get bigger and stronger to hold down a steady job on the inside. He’ll be a starter who’ll make plenty of plays, but there’s a hard ceiling on what he can end up doing. No one’s going to worry about his hitting skills and he’s not going to get into the backfield, but his stats will look good.
CFN Projection: Third Round

66. SS Robert Sands, West Virginia 6-4, 217 (Jr.)
One of the most interesting prospects in the draft, he’s huge, long, and very cut. There’s almost no fat on him and he’s able to use his frame and look as an intimidating force. A major-league hitter, arguably the best among the 2011 defensive backs, he blows up anyone with the ball, but that’s not always a plus. He tries for the highlight reel hit way too often and has the attitude that makes him want to be showy when making the routine play would do. Not strong enough, he has to hit the weight room hard to hold up better against the run. Still raw, he needs time and coaching, but the upside it limitless.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

67. DE Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State 6-3, 274
Huge, he fits into just about any system and can hold up as well against the run as any end in the draft. He’s a high-character leader who wants to be the main man for the line, he’s always working and he’s great at leading by example. Strong, he doesn’t get pushed around and he’ll fight through the lazier linemen. However, he’s not a top pass rusher and he can be stopped by a good, sound blocker. More of an NFL plugger than a star, he’ll be the type of starter who’s on a line for a decade, but generally goes unnoticed … but not always in a bad way.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

68. DE Allen Bailey, Miami 6-3, 285
As far as raw tools, it’s tough to find a better equipped talent on the end with rock-solid size with little to no fat on him, and the strength to throw weights around in the gym and beat up blockers when getting into the backfield. Fast off the ball, he can be used as a dangerous pass rusher and has the athleticism to overwhelm an offense. The problem is that all his talents don’t always translate to the field. He was mediocre at the Senior Bowl and didn’t do enough for the Canes when the spotlight was on. On pure tools he’s worth a high pick, but he needs to be a better football player.
CFN Projection: Second Round

69. CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia 6-1, 198
A long, lean defender with terrific speed, he looks the part of an NFL corner. Unlike some of the other big corners in this draft, Dowling can cut on a dime and has no problems whatsoever staying with the quicker receivers. He’s not going to blow anyone up with his hitting ability, but he’s not afraid to tackle and he’ll work in the weight room and will do whatever is needed to get better. Hurt, he was never quite right all throughout last year and he slipped. A much hotter prospect going into last year than he is now, durability is the main problem that will knock him down a bit. He’ll never be 100% and he’ll have to fight through problems, but he’s a good character guy who’ll never dog it.
CFN Projection: Third Round

70. CB Brandon Burton, Utah 6-0, 190 (Jr.)
With enough size and enough toughness to hang with the stronger receivers, and just enough speed to get by against the faster ones, he’s a good all-around prospect. Not great, but good. The 4.51 40 at the Combine was a problem, and for some, the 8 ½” hands are considered a major negative, but he has the right attitude, is quick, and seems to play faster than he times. Not quite a good enough hitter to move to safety, he could be locked into being a No. 3 corner with his less than ideal athleticism. Even so, he’s a good football player who can be a nice part of a secondary that’s already full of good playmakers.
CFN Projection: Third Round

71. DE Sam Acho, Texas 6-2, 262
One of the highest-character players in the draft, he’ll win the NFL Man of the Year before his career is out. On the field, he’s a supreme athlete who leads by example and will always bring the A effort to every practice and ever play. It would be nice if he was a little bigger and wasn’t so short and squatty, and he didn’t produce as well as a player with his talent should, getting erased by too many good blockers. He was always a good prospect and then he upped his stock in a big way at the Combine and at the Senior Bowl. He’ll be the type of player every team wants to have, and he’ll be great in the locker room.
CFN Projection: Third Round

72. QB Christian Ponder, Florida State 6-2, 229
The athleticism is there, the tools are there, and the toughness is there. Ponder shows nice touch, is a playmaker, and is a fiery, old-school leader who acts the part. There’s nothing phony about him; he’s a baller who just seems to like being the main man for an offense. As tough as he is and as hard-nosed as he is, that’s also his problem as he takes too many shots and gets hurt way too often. While he has a nice arm, it’s nothing special and he’ll likely need to work in a timing attack. The problem is that he thinks he has Brett Favre’s gun at times and he can’t seem to make the throw he’s able to see. While he’s not a fastball pitcher, he does a decent job of putting a nice touch on his deeper throws. It would be nice if he was a little bit taller, and it’ll be tough to count on him for a full season, but he should be more than just a nice No. 2 option.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

73. RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State 5-7, 199
He’s very fast, very tough, and he has no problems fighting for yards, but he’s way too small to be an every down back. He’s not afraid to work between the tackles and he has the wheels to fly around on the outside, but he’s going to get beaten up. While he tried to get on the field in2009, he was banged up and couldn’t get over an ankle problem. He’ll try to block and he’ll try to be physical, but he doesn’t have the bulk. There’s no questioning his desire or his toughness, and he’ll have a few games here and there where he looks like an All-Pro. He’s just not going to do it for a full season.
CFN Projection: Third Round

74. WR Dwayne Harris, East Carolina 5-10, 200
An excellent route runner who runs well and tries to beat people up as a blocker, Harris has the fight and the toughness to be a coach’s dream. With huge hands, he snatches everything that comes his way, and he isn’t afraid to take a big shot or try to come up with the big catch. He doesn’t have special skills and he isn’t as weight room strong as he needs to be to play the type of game he likes, but he should be a great No. 2 receiver who’ll be used in a variety of ways. Durability is a question, but he should carve out a long, productive career. CFN Projection: Third Round

75. OLB Colin McCarthy, Miami 6-3, 238 (OLB)
It’s a shame he doesn’t have better tools. He has everything you’d want in a linebacker makeup-wise, with a willingness to do anything, including play on special teams, and he’ll work inside, outside, or wherever he’s needed. A pure football play who’s very smart, very active, and always plays like his hair is on fire, he’ll be tough to keep off the field. The problem is his lack of size, and while he’s not built for the inside he’ll battle hard to try to hold up against the bigger blockers. He’ll always be banged up with the way he’ll play and he missed a full season with a shoulder injury; he’ll never shy away from contact. Coaches will love him, but they’re always going to have to assume he’ll miss at least a few games a year hurt.
CFN Projection: Third Round

76. DE Cliff Matthews, South Carolina 6-4, 257
It should all be there with a great frame, a chiseled physique, and good quickness, but he’s not as fluid as he needs to be for an outside linebacker, and he’s not quite there bulk-wise to be a regular, consistent end. Tough, he’s willing to work and willing to do whatever is needed to try to produce and make a play. Consistent, he doesn’t make a slew of mistakes. The tweener issue will limit what he can do, and he’s not a creative pass rusher, but he should be a nice starter and a great part of a rotation as long as the rest of the line has talent.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

77. OT James Brewer, Indiana 6-6, 323
The size is there and the frame is ideal, but can he stay healthy? Can he push anyone around in the running game? He’s missing the ability to destroy his man and he’s not going to be a killer for a tough ground game, and he’s not consistent enough as a pass protector. He’s quick for his size, but he needs work to harness all his tools to become an NFL left tackle. There’s huge upside considering his size.
CFN Projection: Third Round

78. RB Jordan Todman, Connecticut 5-9, 203 (Jr.)
Tough as nails, the guy took a huge beating over the course of his career as the lone offensive weapon and a one-track UConn attack. While he ran with great power and isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty, he opened eyes with his terrific timed speed in workouts, hovering around the 4.4 mark. He’s not going to be able to shove anyone around in the NFL like he did in the Big East, and he’s not all that big, but he cuts well, won’t back down from an assignment, and is a high-character player who’ll be easily coachable.
CFN Projection: Third Round

79. DT Christian Ballard, Iowa (DE) 6-4, 283
Quick and athletic enough to work as an end, and with the toughness to work inside, he works in any scheme. He’s a fast playmaker who can get to the ball and into the backfield in a hurry, and he’s slippery enough to avoid staying blocked for too long, and he upped his stock in a big way proving to be even better than expected during offseason workouts. He doesn’t have the raw bulk and the mass to be a run-stuffing brick wall, and he has to show he wants to destroy blockers and kill the ball-carrier, but he’s so athletic and so quick that he could be one of the steals of the draft with the right coaching.
CFN Projection: Second Round

80. DT Phil Taylor, Baylor 6-3, 334
Forget about the quick interior pass rushers scattered about in the 2011 draft; Taylor is a massive rock who’ll sit there in the middle of the line and won’t be moved for until January. The Penn State transfer has the dream size for an NFL nose tackle with the strength to push people around to make things happen. While he has the bulk, he has to work on staying under 340 and he has to work even harder to keep the motor running. He might only be a two-down defender who’ll need to be a part of a rotation, and he’ll be maddening at times when the light isn’t on, but he’s the textbook definition of an anchor.
CFN Projection: Second Round

81. RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State 5-6, 196
The knock will always be his size, but raw speed is now a question, too. Everyone knew he was small, and then he checked in at under 5-6 and there was even more of a red mark next to his name. Making matters worse was his horrendous 40 time running just a 4.64. Ultra durable, he’s one big muscle and he has to be dragged off the field. Very quick, very tough, and very productive, he has the résumé and the talent, but there’s not much tread on the tires after taking a beating for the last three years and, of course, there’s the size. He’ll likely be a very good role player who comes up with a big game here and there.
CFN Projection: Third Round

82. QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa 6-4, 223
Opinions have always varied for the Iowa star. While he has the NFL height and a good look with excellent mechanics and an Elway-like knack for coming through in the clutch – at least as a junior – but there are too many missing parts. The arm is mediocre and he doesn’t throw well in the face of a top pass rush (if you listen quietly, Arizona just came up with another fourth quarter hurry). With the right tutor, and if he can suppress his goofy streak, he could be a sleeper starter, but the upside is limited. He’ll be overdrafted.
CFN Projection: Third Round

83. C Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State (OG) 6-3 313
While he has the versatility and the skill to play either guard or center, he’s not a blaster of a run blocker and he isn’t going to bury anyone at guard. He’s smart, tough, and scrappy, and he’s built to be a long-time starter at center. Considering his family history - his uncle, Steve, was a great pro - he plans on being the next in line, but he’s not the same player. The talent is there to be a good one, but he has to be in the right system and he has to be able to use his mobility and smarts more than his physical power skills.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

84. FS Deunta Williams, North Carolina 6-2, 205
With good size and excellent speed, Williams is built to be an NFL free safety. He runs a 4.55 and has a long frame that’s great for hanging around with the taller receivers. A battler, he’s a very coachable, very good worker who likes to fight to make things happen. However, he’s not going to deliver the big hit and he doesn’t have the functional speed to match his straight line wheels. He has a lot of the tools, but he was mostly helped by being surrounded by a ton of talented players to help hide his mistakes. He might not be a special starter, but he’ll be functional in someone’s secondary for a long time if he can come back 100% healthy after suffering a broken leg in the Music City Bowl. If he was healthy, he’d be a sure-thing top 100 pick. He’ll heal.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

85. DE Greg Romeus, Pitt 6-5, 264
It’s all about his knee. He has the length and the right frame to be a true defensive end, and he has the room to put on more good weight. Strong, he’s physical enough to do some shoving around, while he’s tough enough to fight against the run. Again, though, it’s all about a knee that was injured late in the season and might put his timetable back a year. Along with the knee is a back issue that likely won’t go away, but overall, his biggest problem could end up being a lack of NFL athleticism that’ll put a hard ceiling on what he can do. Even so, he should be a great value pick.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

86. QB Andy Dalton, TCU 6-2, 215
He’s not all that big and he doesn’t have a live arm, but he’s a dream of an NFL backup. He’ll always be prepared, he’ll always be ready, and no one will outwork him. A baller, he’ll do whatever is needed to make a play and to keep the offense moving, and he rarely makes a misread of a big mistake. Pressure means nothing to him; throw a pass rusher under his chin and he’ll still deliver the ball. Forget about any big throws deep and he has to be in West Coast attack, but he’ll be a nice late round prospect who’ll hang around the league for a decade.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

87. SS Quinton Carter, Oklahoma 6-1, 208
Thick and tough, he’s a terrific tacklers who’s always around the ball and always coming up with the play needed. On a defense full of terrific players, he still managed to stand out and showed the versatility to play either safety spot. A far better football player than an athlete, he’s not all that quick and he doesn’t move all that easily. Not good enough in coverage, he’s limited in coverage and will end up making most of his noise against the run. There might not be anything special about his game, but he’ll have to be surrounded by quicker defenders to hide his shortcomings. In a perfect world he’ll be like a smallish linebacker, but he’ll be exposed in passing situations.
CFN Projection: Third Round

88. DT Drake Nevis, LSU 6-1, 294
He’ll be dogged for not having ideal size being too short and without enough mass to hold up as an anchor of an NFL defensive tackle, but he can really, really move. There’s upside to his game if he can get into a pro weight room right away and can get the right training, and he needs to do that immediately. With too much bad weight, he needs to transform his body and needs to make up for his lack of size by being in much better shape. Even so, at his current shape and size he can get into the backfield in a heartbeat if he can beat his man off the ball; it’s all about the snap and his explosiveness. He won’t make too many stops against the power running teams and he has to be a part of a rotation, but when it comes to interior pass rushers, consider him a smaller Nick Fairley without the first round price tag.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

89. DT Jurrell Casey, USC 6-1, 300
Too short and too mushy, he doesn’t have the ideal look of an NFL defensive tackle and he needs to spent time in the weight room and with the right training energy to reinvent his body. Despite the concerns, he’s a great athlete with great quickness and excellent strength on the nose. When he gets to a ball-carrier he brings a pop, and he’s a productive playmaker who finds ways to work himself into the right position, but he has work to do to get in better overall shape if he’s going to be a difference maker at the next level.
CFN Projection: Second Round

90. OLB. Nate Irving, NC State (ILB) 6-1, 240
On his way to becoming a Butkus Award-level, he suffered several major injuries after falling asleep at the wheel and getting into a bad car accident. He managed to come back to become an ultra-productive leader and playmaker for the NC State defense, and he has gotten stronger from the adversity. A pure football player who acts the part and has the fire needed to be a top run stopper, but he’s not the surest of tacklers and he doesn’t have the elite athleticism to be an NFL pass rusher. While he’s versatile enough to play inside or out, he’s a big of a tweener without the makeup to be a middle linebacker and lacking the wheels to fly into the backfield from the outside.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

91. SS Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple 6-0, 198
Versatile, he’s good in any scheme and can work in any safety position. While he’s thin and has the range of a free safety, he’s a great tackler and can bring the thump like a strong safety if needed. Great when the ball is in the air, he closes in a hurry and brings the pop when he gets the chance. Of course, there’s a difference between being physical in the MAC and at the next level, and he’s not fast enough to make a lot of the plays he came up with in college. A better football player than an athlete, there’s a hard ceiling on what he can become and he’ll have to be surrounded by quicker, stronger defensive backs. However, he’s a coach’s dream when it comes to attitude and drive, and he’ll make himself into a success.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

92. CB Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State 6-0, 191
Very, very fast, Chekwa looked the part at the Combine with 4.39 speed and an explosive 10’6” broad jump, and he has the good size and four years of high-end production that some scouts are going to love. All the tools are there, and the experience isn’t a problem, but he doesn’t hit with any regularity and he’s not polished. In college he made up for his mistakes by being faster than everyone else, but that’s not going to work at the next level. The concern is that he’s great in workouts but not a top football player, and he’ll have to show right away that he can make more plays when the ball is in the air to be a nickel or dime defender.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

93. OLB Mason Foster, Washington 6-1, 245
While he might not have all the tools and he might not be a special athlete in any way, the guy is a nails-eating baller who never, ever misses a tackle. One of the nation’s most underappreciated players, he was ultra-productive with 163 tackles last year with 14 tackles for loss, and he can be a very, very good starter at the next level if he has a good group around him. While he doesn’t have the raw tools and he isn’t going to do much pass rushing from the outside, he’ll make himself into a producer.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

94. RB Bilal Powell, Louisville 5-10, 207
Productive once the Charlie Strong coaching staff took over, He’s a tall, upright runner who likes to battle for every yard and has the quickness and the speed to turn nothing into a big gain. He was the Cardinal offense at times and showed a want-to as the featured star of the attack. There’s nothing all that special about his game at an NFL level, but despite a rough start to his college career off the field, and a knee injury suffered late last year, there’s still tread on the tires and he should be productive in a rotation for the next several years.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

95. TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee 6-5, 258
A terrific Combine, even with a slow 40 time, helped his stock and showed he could become a nasty run blocker at the next level. With a good combination of size and athleticism, he has the raw skills to be a decent all-around tight end, but not a great one. He’s very strong, but he’s not an elite blocker and he’s not a sure-thing receiver. Just good enough to be a good starter, he’s not going to bring anything special to the offense, but he’ll be reliable.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

96. OLB Ross Homan, Ohio State 6-1, 240
A normal hard-nosed, athletic Buckeye linebacker with good smarts and nice workout numbers. A pure football player, he’s always in the right position and he’s solid in pass protection when he doesn’t have to cover a large area. While he has decent size, it’s a fake weight bulking up ten pounds in a hurry this offseason, and now he’s more of a middle linebacker but without the durability to hold up for the job. While he’ll get from Point A to Point B, he’s not going to cut on a dime and he’ll get outjuked at times. He’s going to be a good pro, but there’s a limit on whether or not he can be a special one.
CFN Projection: Third Round

97. WR Vincent Brown, San Diego State 5-11, 187
It would be nice if he was bigger and it would be wonderful if he wasn’t glacier-slow, but he’s functionally fast and didn’t seem to have a problem coming up with the big play. Awesome during Senior Bowl week, he ripped up the next-level defensive backs and caught everything that came his way. He could be an ultra-reliable third down receiver who runs perfect routes and is as reliable as they come. He’ll become a quarterback’s best friend.
CFN Projection:
Fourth Round