Not every NFL prospect comes from a top-flight conference. The old adage goes if a player is talented, they will be found by an NFL scout. The NFL Draft this season especially proves this theory. Who are the best picks of the Round 3? The list could be long or short, depending on need, ability and which team rubbed the luck of the Irish two months too late. Whatever the case may be, these players waited their turns and will turn out to be huge successes for the NFL teams that took a chance and drafted them on Friday night.
Morgan Moses, Tackle, Washington Redskins
You could see the relief on his face once his name was called. The big offensive lineman from Virginia waited in the Green Room for what had to seem like an eternity. The Redskins showed patience and it paid off.
Moses is a load to move and will be a fixture on the Redskins line for the next five seasons. Jay Gruden has an offense that needs to protect RGIII in the pocket. This is the kind of pick that can help solidify that task.
Dri Archer, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
I like this move for many reasons. First, the Steelers added speed on the outside in the receiving corps. Second, it means the Steelers will use his talents on special teams as well and that could be a real treat to watch. Archer could be one of the better kick returners in a shorter, Devin Hester way. Third, he can play scat back as well and give this team a few dimensions it has not had since Kordell Stewart. No, he cannot throw the football.
Tre Mason, Running Back, St. Louis Rams
While the team has Zac Stacy on offense to carry the ball, having Mason on board is something this team could use. We all know in this day and age NFL teams need to solid runners who can take the ball to the house every time they touch the pigskin. Mason is that type of player and can challenge Stacy or even take his job.
Marcus Martin, Center, San Francisco 49ers
I am a bit surprised that he was not the first center taken in the Draft. Martin is solid and will help the interior of the line. He could also see time at guard if it is needed. The 49ers pride themselves on having strong offensive lines throughout the years. Martin is just another piece to the offensive puzzle.
Jerick McKinnon, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings had one killer of a day yesterday and then followed it up with a solid effort on Friday. McKinnon will be a stud, if he ever sees the field. A strong runner and a shifty guy who will work on his pass catching skills and help on special teams and in the return game.