I know the draft has been over for like two weeks now and everyone is like why is this guy still hung up on the draft all the professionals have already had their say on the topic, nonetheless I’m going to continue breaking down the draft as it pertains to the six teams that this blog is following this season. So without further ado let’s take a look at Round 3.
#4(#68). With the 4th pick in the third round and the 68th overall pick in the draft the Oakland Raiders selected Miami senior TE Clive Walford. Walford had 121 receptions for 1,753 yards a 14.4 average per reception and 14 touchdowns. Walford’s 2014 splits show a receiver consistent throughout the game although his numbers drop in the second half which could be a concern while he did catch 31.8% of his receptions in the second half he didn’t score a single touchdown but he did average per reception 1.1 yards more than in the 1st half. The Raiders need another tight end behind Mychal Rivera, recently signed Lee Smith is not the answer in his 4 seasons with Buffalo he was only targeted 25 times and came up with 20 receptions so his career RR of 80% is highly misleading. Walford should have an immediate impact in two TE sets for the Raiders. Grade: A
#9(#73). With the 9th pick in the third round and the 73rd overall pick in the draft the Atlanta Falcons selected Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman. With the departure of the aging Steven Jackson and Jaquizz Rodgers to the Chicago Bears the Falcons who like to use a minimum 3 back committee in the running game needed another man to join Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith. Coleman had 3,219 yards on 452 attempts for a 7.1 average per carry and 28 touchdowns. His 2014 splits show a back that gets stronger as the game goes on rushing for 828 yards in the 1st half and 1,208 in the second half. In an NFL where nearly every team plays running back by committee Coleman should easily slide in to his projected #2 slot behind Freeman. Grade: A
#14(#78). This pick was held by the Miami Dolphins and was traded previously to the New Orleans Saints.
#16(#80). The Detroit Lions holding the 24th pick in the 3rd round and the 88th overall pick in the draft traded their 3rd round pick and their 5th round pick #143 overall to the Minnesota Vikings who received under terms prior to the draft this pick from the Kansas City Chiefs. With the 16th pick in the third round and the 80th overall pick in the draft the Detroit Lions selected Stanford junior CB Alex Carter. The Lions need a nickel back they lost two of them early when Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson went down in the first two weeks of the season. Carter had 145 tackles, 105 of them solo, 2 interceptions, 18 passes defensed 4 forced fumbles and 3 tackles for loss. Carter hits hard enough to force the ball out and can defend the pass, Carter should have a leg up on Bentley and Lawson for the nickel position. With that said Carter only came up with 2 interceptions in his college career and the Lions need a ball hawk at the nickel postion. Grade: B+
#18(#82).The New York Jets traded the #6(#70) pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for the #18(#82) in the third round, the #152 in the 5th round and the #229 in the 7th round and WR Devier Posey. With the 18th pick in the third round and the 80th pick overall in the draft the New York Jets selected Louisville senior DE Lorenzo Mauldin. Mauldin had 118 tackles, 79 of them solo, 32 tackles for a loss, a 27.1% TFL average, 20.5 sacks, 8 passes defensed 18 quarterback hurries and 5 forced fumbles. His stats clearly show that Mauldin would make a decent pass rusher and would make a good run stopper. The Jets drafted Mauldin as an OLB, as opposed to the DE he was in college but it really is irrelevant, this seems to be a case of a defensive coach drafting defense, the Jets have greater concerns than linebacker, I think the Jets picked up a good linebacker but they have greater needs elsewhere. Grade: C+
#32(#96). The New England Patriots traded this pick as well as the 219th pick to the Cleveland Browns for the 111th, 147th, 202nd picks in the draft.
#33(#97). The New England Patriots had a compensatory pick in this round and with the 33rd pick in the third round and the 97th overall pick in the draft the New England Patriots selected Oklahoma senior DE, Geneo Grissom. Grissom played his freshman and junior years as a DE his sophomore year as a TE, and his senior year as a LB. Grissom had 88 tackles 55 solo, 16.5 tackles for a loss for an 18.75% TFL average, 7.5 sacks, 8 passes defensed, 1 quarterback hurry, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. Grissom is a versatile player and should make a difference in the run game. The Patriots need some help on the offensive side this probably was a best talent on the board pick, they could have used this pick better. Grade: B