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Analysis of the third round of the NFL draft

04.27.12 at 9:24 pm ET

Thoughts on the third round as the picks come in…

– Are the Colts trying to become the Patriots by loading up on tight ends? The Dwayne Allen pick is a little questionable, but Indianapolis now has the two best tight ends in a very weak draft at the position.

– Great pick by the Rams as St. Louis gets Trumaine Johnson 65th overall. A great talent, a big body and a hard hitter capable of playing corner or safety.

– The Broncos finally got Peyton Manning a weapon by taking San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman. Good third-down back.

– The Bills reach for T.J. Graham out of NC State, but if the rest of his game comes together to match his speed, he could be dangerous. Cordy Glenn remains their best value pick of the draft.

– The Jaguars take Cal punter Bryan Anger. You really can’t knock the pick too much because he’ll be one of the better punters in the league, but the Jaguars obviously have much bigger fish to fry.

– The Chargers make LSU’s Brandon Taylor the third safety taken behind Mark Barron and Harrison Smith, but don’t be surprised if some other defensive backs taken (Tavon Wilson, Trumaine Johnson) end up being moved to safety.

Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin is a good prospect, but don’t the Seahawks already have their quarterback in Matt Flynn?

– The Dolphins become the first team not named the Colts to draft a tight end by getting Missouri’s Michael Egnew. He’s a good receiver with good size at 6-foot-5 1/8.

– Ironic that the Bengals end up drafting Mohamed Sanu. The Rutgers receiver got a call during the first round when the Bengals were on the clock Thursday saying it was the team and that they were going to pick him. It was a prank, and Sanu and his family celebrated only to see the team pick Kevin Zeitler. Two rounds later, Sanu is indeed a Bengal.

– Good move by the Eagles to get Nick Foles out of Arizona. Given the injury history of Michael Vick, he could get some snaps early on in his career.

– Give it up for Regina tackle Akiem Hicks, who becomes the latest Canadian player to be drafted. Baylor’s Danny Watkins was a first-round pick of the Eagles last year, while the Pats drafted Nick Kaczur out of Toledo in 2005.

Jake Bequette becomes the latest pass-rusher brought in by the Pats. The Arkansas defensive end had 10 sacks as a senior. He stands at 6-foot-4 5/8 and 274 pounds. Perhaps he helps replace Mark Anderson, who inked a deal with the Bills in free agency. Pretty clean bill of health for Bequette, though he missed three games as a junior with a hamstring injury.

– Finally, the Colts take a receiver. Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton is the man, and he can contribute as a returner as well. That’s two tight ends and a wide receiver for the Colts since drafting Andrew Luck.

– I had honestly forgotten the Raiders existed. That’s what happens during the draft when you trade important currency for a shaky quarterback. All kidding aside, the Raiders wrapped up the second day by making Utah tackle Tony Bergstrom their first pick of the draft.

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