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1 (136) Indianapolis Colts: DT Josh Chapman, Alabama
Chapman is a massive, bad-bodied, short-armed, inside clogger who played through an ACL injury as a senior and has the type of toughness that Chuck Pagano likes in his defense.
2 (137) Denver Broncos (from St. Louis): DT Malik Jackson, Tennessee
John Fox continues to make over his defensive line after spending his first pick on Derek Wolfe. Character concerns aside, Jackson could bring more quickness to the inside and create matchup problems with enough versatility to potentially play outside as well.
3 (138) Detroit Lions (from Minnesota): OLB Tahir Whitehead, Temple
Whitehead is a self-made, competitive, strong-side linebacker who could bring immediate value on special teams and has the type of speed and toughness that Jim Schwartz likes.
4 (139) Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland): DB Robert Blanton, Notre Dame
Blanton's best trait is his versatility. He could transition more easily with Harrison Smith also joining the team. He has the size that Alan Williams likes in his defensive backs and can provide help inside in a pinch.
5 (140) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OLB Najee Goode, West Virginia
Goode fits defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan's fast-flowing defense and has versatility, having played all three linebacker positions. However, he is likely to bring the biggest impact as a core special-teams player.
6 (141) Washington Redskins: OG Adam Gettis, Iowa
Gettis is a perfect scheme fit for Mike Shanahan's stretch-zone offensive line. He was one of the most athletic testers at the Combine and really solidified his standing as a senior at Iowa, showing well against better competition. Has starter potential and could prove to be an excellent fifth-round choice.
7 (142) Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Brandon Marshall, Nevada
The Jaguars invested heavily in the linebacker position in free agency last season with the signings of Paul Posluszny and Clint Session and have a solid corps of linebackers. However, depth is lacking and they could use more help playing over the tight end, where Marshall could factor.
8 (143) Carolina Panthers: CB Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina
The Panthers prefer long, strong cornerbacks with ball skills and they landed one in Norman, the star of the East-West Shrine Game. If he becomes half the player he thinks he will, he'll find himself in the Pro Bowl. His ego needs to be kept in check, but he does have unique talent to develop.
9 (144) Buffalo Bills: OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida State
Sanders began his career on the right side and kicked to the left as a senior to account for the injured Andrew Datko. Sanders' stock climbed during the season, but was reduced at the Senior Bowl, where he struggled to anchor. He is a developmental prospect who could fucntion in Chan Gailey's quick-hitting passing game and should provide swing versatility.
10 (145) Tennessee Titans (from Miami): DE-TE Taylor Thompson, SMU
Thompson was one of the most intriguing prospects in this year's draft and gained momentum after his pro-day workout when he showed great potential as a tight end. Depth is solid at tight end on the Titans' roster and he could prove to have the most value on the defensive side given his rare size-speed combo. Questions about his toughness and different personality pushed down his draft status. If he hits, he can hit big.
11 (146) Kansas City Chiefs: CB DeQuan Menzie, Alabama
The Chiefs lost Brandon Carr in free agency and quickly moved to sign Stanford Routt. Javier Arenas was disappointing last season and the Chiefs could use more depth cornerback and safety, where Kendrick Lewis lacks the foot speed to make plays. Whether at cornerback or safety, Menzie is very smart, dependable and hard-hitting and could make an impact at either position.
12 (147) Buffalo Bills (from Seattle): ILB Tank Carder, TCU
Carder played on the inside at TCU, but lacks great physicality for the middle in most defenses. Fits well as a search-and-flow linebacker in Dave Wannstedt's defense and minimally could make a living covering kicks. The big question is if he will be able to stay healthy given his slight frame.
13 (148) Detroit Lions (from Oakland): CB Chris Greenwood, Albion (Mich.)
The small-school prospect has a very intriguing size-speed combination and caught fire, posting a 43-inch vertical jump at his pro day. Revisiting his tape showed a lot of reasons to be excited, as he made plays on the ball and he could be a diamond in the rough. He is a smart pick for GM Martin Mayhew.
14 (149) San Diego Chargers: OG Johnnie Troutman, Penn State
Troutman is a big, strong, power blocker with heavy feet who can help create movement in the run game and provide much-needed depth at a position of need.
15 (150) St. Louis Rams (from Chicago): OG Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina
Watkins showed he could handle multiple positions at South Carolina, where he played everywhere along the line. He has long arms, good feet and can be a very good swing backup and potential starter down the road if the game slows down for him.
16 (151) Arizona Cardinals: OG Senio Kelemete, Washington
The Cardinals ignored their pressing offensive-line need early in the draft, but found two very good prospects on the third day in Bobby Massie and Kelemete. He played left tackle at Washington, but lacks ideal length for the outside in the pros. Needs to get stronger, but is tough and competitive and can be better protected on the inside.
17 (152) Dallas Cowboys: WR Danny Coale, Virginia Tech
The Cowboys' first offensive pick of this year's draft has a Jason Garrett-type makeup, as he is smart, dependable and could be a factor in the short-to-intermediate passing game. On a very fast surface, he clocked sub-4.4 40-times at his pro day, which elevated his draft stock.
18 (153) Philadelphia Eagles: OT Dennis Kelly, Purdue
Kelly is a very long-limbed, finesse left tackle who elevated his standing with a strong senior season and strong interviews. With Jason Peters facing a career-threating injury and Demetress Bell signed to what amounts to a one-year deal, Kelly is an intriguing prospect who could develop well under the tutelage of line coach Howard Mudd.
19 (154) Seattle Seahawks (from New York Jets): OLB Korey Toomer, Idaho
Team speed continues to be upgraded heavily on the defensive side of the ball. Toomer produced one of the best workouts of any linebacker at his pro-day workout. He is still very raw and might require patience, but he has physical traits that cannot be taught.
20 (155) Miami Dolphins (from Tennessee): OLB Josh Kaddu, Oregon
The Dolphins added Olivier Vernon in the third round and found another developmental rush linebacker prospect with upside here in Kaddu. The addition of two pass-rushing talents could give Kevin Coyle flexibility to use multiple fronts or move back to a "40" base.
21 (156) Cincinnati Bengals: CB Shaun Prater, Michigan
Prater's physicality stands out on tape and he could become a solid nickel back who's able to cover the slot. He is also capable of contributing as a special-teams "gunner."
22 (157) Atlanta Falcons: FB Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin
Ewing is a tough, hardworking overachiever who could bring the most value as a core special-teams player and eventually replace aging starter Ovie Mughelli, who is coming off a knee injury.
23 (158) Oakland Raiders (from Detroit): DE Jack Crawford, Penn State
Crawford is an ultra-stiff competitor with average eyes, but possesses the type of size to hold the point of attack. He could combine with recently acquired DE Dave Tollefson to give the Raiders more energy and urgency on the front line.
24 (159) Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Chris Rainey, Florida
Mike Tomlin is one of the most personable coaches in the NFL and could help keep Rainey in check, as could Maurkice Pouncey, who is like an older brother to Rainey. He is an exciting playmaker who worked out as well as any player at the Combine and could become another oustanding late-round selection similar to Antonio Brown. Intelligence and character concerns pushed down the third-round talent.
25 (160) Cleveland Browns (from Denver): OG Ryan Miller, Colorado
Miller is a big, strong mauler who could provide depth at a position of need alongside newly acquired ORT Mitchell Schwartz. Miller has a strong play history and has starter potential with a desirable trench temperament.
26 (161) Houston Texans: PK Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
Neil Rackers left in free agency and the Texans needed to address their placekicking position. The Groza Award winner was extremely consistent and can handle kickoffs.
27 (162) New Orleans Saints: CB Corey White, Samford
The Saints prefer size and length in their cornerbacks and likely will line up White on the edges. He has good eyes and physicality to function as a short-area corner or third safety and his versatility should allow him to make the roster.
28 (163) Green Bay Packers (from New England): OLB Terrell Manning, North Carolina State
Manning has good size and very good production, but he functions best when protected and free to roam to the ball. His value in Green Bay is most likely to come on special teams, where he has a core-teamer temperament.
29 (164) Atlanta Falcons (from Baltimore): DE Jonathan Massquoi, Troy
John Abraham turns 34 in May, Ray Edwards underachieved last season and Lawrence Sidbury has been slow to develop, leaving a need for more edge-rushing speed. Character concerns pushed down Massaquoi's draft status, but he has shown big-time flashes as a pass rusher as a junior when he played at a lighter weight and could find a rotational role if he can be managed properly and straightens out his attitude.
30 (165) San Francisco 49ers: OLB Darius Fleming, Notre Dame
Fleming joins the most talented group of linebackers in the NFL and could bring a spark in a situational role and factor immediately on special teams.
31 (166) Cincinnati Bengals (from New England): WR Marv Jones, California
Jones warranted some third-round grades from evaluators and could develop into a solid No. 4 or No. 5 receiver, though he does not have great upside. He could be a very good fit in Jay Gruden's offense.
32 (167) Cincinnati Bengals (from New York Giants): FS George Iloka, Boise State
The Bengals have stuck to their height-weight-speed approach, selecting a prospect who looks better in person than he did on tape. Looked stiff at the Combine, missed too many tackles in space and did not make a lot of plays on the ball.
33 (168) Oakland Raiders (compensatory selection): WR Juron Criner, Arizona
Criner is a long-limbed, heavy-footed receiver who ran slow at his pro day and at the Combine, clocking in the low 4.7s. He's a vertical jump-ball catcher with good leaping ability who will have to contend for a No. 4 or No. 5 job.
34 (169) Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): CB Asa "Ace" Jackson, Cal Poly
Jackson has very good athletic ability and man-cover skills. He has a chance to factor in the slot and could help replace the departed Chris Carr. He also brings value on special teams in coverage and as a returner.
35 (170) Indianapolis Colts (compensatory selection): RB Vick Ballard, Mississippi State
As Chuck Pagano seeks to rebuild a team in the physical image of the Ravens, the Colts added a big back who can run with some power. However, Ballard must prove that he will show up against top competiton.