Day three of the NFL draft is upon us.  The second and third rounds were last night and there was plenty of action for all.  Some expected and unexpected picks alike.  From a fantasy perspective the biggest landing spots were:

#33 Brian Quick (St Louis)-  A surprise right out of the gate for us last night.  Brian Quick from D1-AA Appalachian St, is now a St. Louis Ram.  Quick was a top 20 WR prospect on most boards, but to see him go this early was a bit of a surprise.  Obviously the main question will be can Quick go straight from D1-AA  to the NFL?  Quick has a lot of upside and is a legit deep threat to compliment the underneath routes of Amendola and newly acquired Steve Smith.

#34/# Coby Fleener /Dwayne Allen (Indy)-  That’s right Indy took not one but two TEs last night, and they took the two best.  The Fleener pick was no surprise. Fleener and Luck were teammates at Stanford and this should not only give Luck’s stock a little boost, but don’t be surprised to see Fleener start going in the 1st round of rookie drafts in a week or two.  Allen was a bit of a surprise, but there is room for both of these guys on the team as Allen is a much better all-around TE and will be used heavily in pass protection and the run game.  He is also extremely athletic and can catch with the best of them.  This will  be an interesting situation to watch but Allen is already the 3rd wheel in this relationship. The real loser officially is Dallas Clark :(

#43 Stephen Hill (NYJ)- This is a very good fit.  Stephen hill is all upside right now.  The Jets love this guy because he can pass block.  He can also run in the 4.30’s for 40 times.  He is still pretty raw and only had 49 receptions last year in a triple-option offense at Georgia Tech.  Demaryius Thomas also just came out of that offense and has adjusted nicely. Can Hill do the same? A better question is can Sanchez or Tebow facilitate Hills development or will they kill it?

# 45 Alshon Jeffery (Chic)-  This was a great pick up for Chicago.  Jeffery’s big knock is that he has been unable to control is weight while in college.  That being said, he dominated the best conference in college football in 2010 and due to a QB mess had a down year last year.  He has since lost the weight,  and seen his 40 time drop into the 4.40’s.  He has the best hands in the draft and plays very big at 6′ 4″ 215 lb.  With Marshall on the other side of the field and Cutler throwing the ball, Chicago is poised to have a breakout year through the air.  Cutler’s stock went up a little more with this pick.

# 50 Isiah Pead (STL)- St. Louis needed to address RB with Steven Jackson putting on mileag like a Honda Accord.  Jackson will not be able to do this forever, and St. Louis needs to find someone who can share the burden.  Jackson should still be the man for a year or two, but I would imagine the Rams are hoping for Pead to take the reins in the years to come.

#54 Ryan Broyles (Det)- This pick honestly surprised me because the Lions already have this guy on their roster in Titus Young.  Broyles is a smaller, shifty receiver who is a YAC-MONSTER (yards after catch).   Broyles blew out his ACL late last year and many thought he would fall further than this as a result.  Plenty of upside and compares well to other Oklahoma standout Mark Clayton.  I do not like this pick for Titus Young, whom many have shooting up draft board.  This should slow that rise down.

#57 Brock Osweiler (Den)- Super smart pick by Denver taking Osweiler here.  Osweiler could have been taken higher and probably would have if he had more experience.  He is a very raw prospect, but has a ton of upside.  A giant at 6’8″, Owseiler is now in the perfect situation.  He knows that he is officially a backup until Peyton moves on or gets injured.  He also now has the best teacher in the game today showing him the ropes.

#61 LaMichael James (SF)- This is that explosive 3rd down option that San Fransisco lacked last year.  This team needed very little coming into this draft, and I like this pick for SF, but not necessarily for Kendall Hunter.  James will be a nice 3rd down/change-of-pace back for the 49ers who already have Gore and Hunter in the backfield.  Much like Cincinnati, we will need to watch this RBBC situation early and often.

#63 Rueben Randle (NYG)- Randle to NY should have a few Cruz and Nicks owners a little worried.  But only a little.  Remember that Cruz and Nicks still had big numbers even with Manningham there, and this pick looks like a replacement pick for him.  That being said,  Randle was the #1 recruited WR going into college and never had a big-time QB to help make him better.  Randle may take a year or two, but Cruz and Nicks owners should be watching this situation closely.

#67 Ronnie Hillman (Den)- A stat machine out of SDSU, Hillman is JUST the weapon Peyton is looking for in Denver.  I LOVE this pick.  Hillman is a Sproles-esque runner and pass catcher.  You do the math.

#68 DeVier Posey (Hou)-  Posey only saw the field for 3 games last year at OSU and that sure didn’t stop Houston from grabbing him at #68 overall.  Posey had a stand out year at Ohio St in 2010.  Houston has been constantly searching for that compliment to Andre Johnson and they obviously believe they found it with Posey.  Posey should have a good chance at starting week 1, lining up across from AJ.

#75 Russel Wilson (Sea)- This is a perfect “back-up” situation.  Flynn was brought in to be the guy in Seattle and I don’t see any threat from Wilson.  Wilson is the perfect back-up right now.  He’s athletic and can make plays in a pinch.  Tavaris Jackson should have plenty of time sitting on the bench to start teaching his own replacement the offense he “knows so well.”

#78 Michael Egnew (Mia)- Miami grabbed the TE out of Missouri with their 3rd round pick.  Miami hasn’t had a big-time TE for as quite some time.  Do they finally have it with Egnew.  He needs some work with blocking and doesn’t do much after the catch, but he is a good pass catcher and will be a huge target for rookie QB Ryan Tannehill.

#83 Mohamed Sanu (Cincy)– The Big East’s all-time leading receiver.  This is a great pick in my opinion for Cincy.  They get the perfect complement to their new stud AJ Green.  Sanu is a hard worker and a very good kid.  Sanu is a nice big slot target and can play outside if needed.

#84 Benard Pierce (Balt)- OH NO! Do Ray Rice owners finally need to be nervous?  Yes they do in my opinion.  Now don’t get me wrong, Rice is still the man in Baltimore, but Pierce is a nice pick up here and I can see him taking 8-12 carries away from Rice as well as some goal-line carries. Pierce is not a great pass catcher and I still see Rice getting a ton a targets and carries, but Pierce is surely being brought in to prolong the life of Rice which is not what fantasy owners want to hear.

#88 Nick Foles (Phi)- Foles may be the rookie back-up you want to own just because he will probably have the best chance of seeing the field next year.  Not because Vick isn’t a stud, but because Vick tends to get beat up pretty good every year.  Foles is the anti-Vick in terms of athleticism He is a pocket passer with a huge arm.  Reid has a good history of developing QBs, we will see if he can do it again.

#92 T.Y Hilton (Indy)-  Indy is obviously looking for that “slot” guy  and kick returner here.  Hilton has decent play-making ability and should have a good chance to bond with Andrew Luck, both coming in as rookies.  I don’t see Hilton as anything more than a slot option as he is pretty undersized for an outside threat.

There has been quite a few surprises so far, and day 3 should clear up the rest rookie picture for us.  There are still a lot of potential impact players left on the board at this time and here are a few to keep your eye on:

Lamar Miller

Marvin Jones

Nick Toon

Chris Polk

Cyrus Gray

Chris Givens

Tommy Streeter

Robert Turbin

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