Projections for the 3rd round after Senior Bowl Week

Every year, the Senior Bowl gives some of the top NFL draft hopefuls an opportunity to improve their stock with a strong performance in front of league coaches and decision-makers, and this year’s edition was no exception.

Only a few players made the most of their trip to Mobile, and that’s sure to he reflected in the updated mock drafts that will start pouring out in the coming weeks.

As we leave the Senior Bowl in the rearview mirror, and look ahead to the NFL Scouting Combine, here’s an updated look at how the first three rounds of the 2023 NFL draft could shake out (draft order, with projection compensatory picks, courtesy of Tankathon):

NOTE: The Miami Dolphins forfeited their first-round pick in next year’s draft as a result of the NFL’s investigation into tampering violations.

*projected compensatory pick

1. Alabama Edge Will Anderson| Alabama EDGE Will Anderson

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With the No. The Bears are in a perfect spot with the No. 1 overall pick and no need for a quarterback. There are multiple prospects at other positions that will be of value to them as well. If they don’t trade down, I think Anderson gets the nod over Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter, but Chicago really can’t go wrong either way here.

2. Houston Texans | Alabama QB Bryce Young

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The Texans have the perfect scenario, as they draft the best quarterback, even though they lose the No. The Texans will pick the No. 1 pick in Week 5 of the regular season. If nobody jumps ahead of them for Young, Houston would be making a huge upgrade at the game’s most important position to usher in a new era.

3. Arizona Cardinals | Georgia DL Jalen Carter

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While there may be more pressing needs for the Cards elsewhere, the talent here is too good to ignore. Carter is a dominant presence in the interior with an uncommon blend of size, athleticism, and power. He could easily be the No. 1. Overall pick.

4. Ohio State QB C.J.| Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

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This pick must be a quarterback regardless of whether the Colts trade up or stay here. 1 or stay. Kentucky’s Will Levis will get some consideration here, but Stroud is easily the more complete, pro-ready prospect, with a level of polish that should allow him to be successful as a Week 1 starter in his rookie season.

5. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN | Texas Tech EDGE Tyree Wilson

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This defense front requires help from all sides, so this pick is about selecting the best talent. Wilson has rare athleticism, explosiveness and versatility for defender with his frame, and his skill set would be a perfect fit in Pete Carroll’s defense.

6. Illinois CB Devon Witherspoon| Illinois CB Devon Witherspoon

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While the Lions may be a potential trade-back candidate, Witherspoon, if they choose to stick with it, is the best combination for need and value. He is a well-rounded cover man, who excels in either zone or man and has the ball skills and instincts to attract big-play opportunities.

7. Las Vegas Raiders | Kentucky QB Will Levis

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Rumours of Aaron Rodgers aside, the Raiders will be left with a void at quarterback when they trade for Derek Carr. Levis didn’t show the kind of progression many were hoping for in 2022, and there are still some concerning flaws in his game, but he’s got some traits that teams fall in love with this time of year.

8. Clemson EDGE Myles Murphy| Clemson EDGE Myles Murphy

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The Falcons will need to look for the best value in both the interior and the edge, as they have a defensive front that is lacking. Murphy is a versatile prospect who can immediately make an impact on both the pass and the run.

9. Carolina Panthers | Florida QB Anthony Richardson

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If the Panthers don’t regret passing on Justin Fields, they definitely should at this point. They’d be wise not to make the same mistake twice, and though Richardson isn’t anywhere near the level of prospect Fields was coming out, he’s still got sky-high potential that could make him a superstar down the road.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (from NO), Oregon LB Christian Gonzalez| Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez

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Despite being the best team in the league this year, the Eagles still scored a top-10 pick thanks to last year’s draft-day trade with the Saints. Corner makes the most sense in this situation. Gonzalez is a remarkable combination of size and length, athleticism, and ball skills.

11. Tennessee Titans | Northwestern OT Peter Skoronski

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This offense isn’t going anywhere without some serious upgrades in the trenches. Skoronski might be smaller than most teams would like a tackle to be, but regardless of where he lines up, he’s a Day 1 starter with the polish, power and technique to help get this unit back on track.

12. Houston Texans (from CLE] | Georgia Tech EDGE/DL Keion White

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Wide receiver is a strong possibility here, but don’t be surprised if DeMeco Ryans wants to use this pick on his side of the ball after grabbing his franchise quarterback earlier. One of this year’s fastest-rising prospects, White is a versatile defender with a massive frame and impressive athleticism who could line up anywhere in the trenches.

13. Ohio State OPT Paris Johnson Jr.| Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.

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Whatever quarterback the Jets choose to throw passes next year, they will need better protection. The biggest need is at the tackle. Johnson is a veteran of both the guard and tackle positions against top players, so he would be a Day 1 starter.

14. TCU, WR Quentin Johnston| TCU WR Quentin Johnston

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Offensive tackle is the biggest need. However, the receiver position is worth more than any pass-catchers. Johnston isn’t a finished product, but his combination of size, length, athleticism and ball skills give him limitless upside this offense just doesn’t have at the position right now.

15. Green Bay Packers | Iowa DL Lukas Van Ness

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Pass-catchers are the most popular choice to project here every year, but it never happens in reality. The Packers value defense and other positions in their first round. We must admit it. Van Ness didn’t start for the Hawkeyes for some strange reason, but his physical traits and versatility should make him a much more productive pro.

16. Penn State, CB Joey Porter Jr.| Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr.

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Although the offensive line is in dire need of help, the Commanders cannot ignore the corner’s value. Porter, a long, muscular corner who excels in man protection, plays his position with all the same physicality as his father, who was a Pro Bowl defensive back in his day.

17. Georgia OTB Brodericks Jones| Georgia OT Broderick Jones

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This offense has some talented playmakers, but they’re not going anywhere if they don’t fix things in the trenches. Jones is a powerful blocker who helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back national titles, and he’d be a solid value here, even for a team that never spends first-round picks on offensive tackles.

18. Detroit Lions | Texas RB Bijan Robinson

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Sometimes you have to let go of your needs and draft the best player available. The Lions have way bigger needs elsewhere, but the value just isn’t there at any of them. D’Andre Swift has struggled to stay healthy, Jamaal Williams is a free agent, and Robinson is a top-five talent in this class.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Alabama DB Brian Branch

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The Bucs will lose two of their best corners (Jamel Dew, Sean Murphy Buunting) and three of their top four safetyties (Mike Edwards Logan Ryan, Keanu Naal) to free agency. Their top pick could be used to acquire a player who can play at the corner, on the slot or at the back end. Branch did all of that at a high level in Nick Saban’s defense, and would be a perfect fit for Todd Bowles’ scheme.

20. Seattle Seahawks | Notre Dame TE Michael Mayer

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The Seahawks could go a bunch of different directions here, but the best match of need and value comes at tight end, where they’re able to take the best player in this year’s class. Mayer is a solid prospect. He can both create matchup problems in passing and also lend a hand on ground as a steady blocker.

21. Los Angeles Chargers | USC WR Jordan Addison

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Justin Herbert will benefit from this pick. Addison could make a strong case to be the best pass-catcher in this year’s class, so to land him outside the top 20 would be a huge win for the Chargers, even if they have to wait on addressing the offensive line.

22. Baltimore Ravens | Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt

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The Ravens’ offensive scheme isn’t doing Lamar Jackson any favors, and if they’re going to commit to him long-term, they need to expand the playbook and get him more weapons for the passing game. Hyatt exploded onto the scene with a dominant 2022 season, and would bring more explosiveness and big-play ability to Baltimore’s aerial attack.

23. South Carolina Cam Smith| South Carolina CB Cam Smith

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If the Vikings hadn’t had one of the league’s worst defenses, they might have been able to make a deep playoff run. New defensive coordinator Brian Flores should make a huge difference, but he’ll need some help in term of personnel, particularly in the secondary. Smith is a solid player that could immediately step in as an upgrade.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars | Mississippi State CB Emmanuel Forbes

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The Jaguars proved this season what a difference a head coach can make, and they’re only a few pieces away from being genuine contenders, even in a loaded AFC. Tyson Campbell could benefit from another outside corner, while Forbes was a huge-play machine for them this year.

25. Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba| Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba

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Daniel Jones and the Giants offense put on an impressive season, despite having a skeleton wide receiver team. That unit needs to be addressed and addressed immediately. Smith-Njigba missed most 2022 because of injury, but his 2021 tape was strong enough to merit consideration for the first round.

26. Dallas Cowboys | Arkansas LB Drew Sanders

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The Cowboys could lose all their linebacker starters if they don’t have free agency. This scenario allows them to reload. Sanders is a versatile playmaker that can line up on the edge and off the ball. This gives Dallas yet another weapon to use with Micah Parsons in their front seven.

27. Boston College, WR Zay Flowers| Boston College WR Zay Flowers

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This pick has to be spent giving Josh Allen more help, whether that’s in the trenches, or in terms of adding playmakers to the offense. In this scenario, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bills opt for another explosive pass-catcher to pair with Stefon Diggs. Flowers, despite his small stature, is a skilled route-runner and creates separation consistently. He also makes big plays after the catch.

28. Cincinnati Bengals | Georgia CB Kelee Ringo

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There might be more glaring holes on offense, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bengals opt for some secondary help here. Ringo’s 2022 film was a roller-coaster, but he’s still got top-end physical traits, and his skill set would be a great fit in this defense.

29. Florida OL O’Cyrus Torrence| Florida OL O’Cyrus Torrence

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Saints can now fill their greatest need with the top prospect at his position after being able to get back into the first round through the Sean Payton Trade. The Saints should address the offensive trenches as Torrence is an easy-to-use starter at guard.

30. Ohio State Ot Dawand Jones| Ohio State OT Dawand Jones

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While the interior of this offensive team is solid, the tackle spots are a concern. Jones is a massive mauler with rare length, and the physicality you’d expect from someone with his frame. He’d be an instant upgrade for Kansas City, particularly on the right side.

31. AlabamaRB Jahmyr gibbs| Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs

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An edge rusher would make a ton of sense here, but with Miles Sanders headed for free agency, it’s just too much fun to think about what Gibbs’ do-it-all skill set could do in this star-studded offense. Jalen Hurts now has another dynamic weapon: Gibbs can position himself anywhere and create mismatches.

32. Baylor DL Siaki Itka| Baylor DL Siaki Ika

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33. Houston Texans | Georgia EDGE Nolan Smith

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34. Arizona Cardinals | Auburn EDGE Derick Hall

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35. Indianapolis Colts | Maryland OT Jaelyn Duncan

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36. Los Angeles Rams | Kansas State EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah

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37. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN), Utah CB Clark Phillips (3)| Utah CB Clark Phillips III

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38. Las Vegas Raiders | North Dakota State OL Cody Mauch

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39. Clemson LLB Trenton Simpson| Clemson LB Trenton Simpson

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40. New Orleans Saints | Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker

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41. Tennessee Titans | Georgia TE Darnell Washington

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42. Clemson University DL Bryan Bresee| Clemson DL Bryan Bresee

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43. New York Jets | Stanford QB Tanner McKee

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44. Atlanta Falcons | Maryland CB Deonte Banks

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45. Green Bay Packers | Texas A&M S Antonio Johnson

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46. New England Patriots – Tennessee OT Darnell Frank| Tennessee OT Darnell Wright

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47. Washington Commanders | Oklahoma OT Anton Harrison

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48. Detroit Lions | Wisconsin DL Keeanu Benton

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49. Kansas State LB Julius Brents| Kansas State CB Julius Brents

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50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | LSU EDGE BJ Ojulari

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51. Oregon State T Luke Musgrave| Oregon State TE Luke Musgrave

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52. North Carolina WR Josh Downs| North Carolina WR Josh Downs

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53. Syracuse OT Matthew Bergeron| Syracuse OT Matthew Bergeron

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54. Los Angeles Chargers | Utah TE Dalton Kincaid

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55. Alabama S Jordan Battle| Alabama S Jordan Battle

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56. Jacksonville Jaguars | Michigan DL Mazi Smith

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57. New York Giants – Iowa LB Jack Campbell| Iowa LB Jack Campbell

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58. Dallas Cowboys | USC DL Tuli Tuipulotu

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59. Buffalo Bills | TCU OL Steve Avila

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60. Cincinnati Bengals | South Dakota State TE Tucker Kraft

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61. SMU WR Rashee Rice| SMU WR Rashee Rice

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62. Kansas City Chiefs | Iowa State EDGE Will McDonald IV

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63. Philadelphia Eagles | Notre Dame EDGE Isaiah Foskey

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64. LSU W Kayshon Boutte| LSU WR Kayshon Boutte

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65. Tennessee WR Cedric Tillman| Tennessee WR Cedric Tillman

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66. Arizona Cardinals | Minnesota OL John Michael Schmitz

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67. BYU OT Blake Freeland| BYU OT Blake Freeland

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68. Denver Broncos | Army EDGE Andre Carter II

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69. Los Angeles Rams | Miami (FL) CB Tyrique Stevenson

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70. Las Vegas Raiders | Oregon LB Noah Sewell

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71. New Orleans Saints | Florida DL Gervon Dexter Sr.

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72. Oklahoma WR Marvin Mims Jr.| Oklahoma WR Marvin Mims Jr.

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73. Texas A&M B Jaylon Jones| Texas A&M CB Jaylon Jones

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74. New York Jets | Georgia S Christopher Smith II

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75. Atlanta Falcons | Pitt DL Calijah Kancey

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76. Iowa TE Sam LaPorta| Iowa TE Sam LaPorta

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77. Miami Dolphins (from NE). | Tulane RB Tyjae Spears

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78. Houston, WR Nathaniel “Tank” Dell| Houston WR Nathaniel “Tank” Dell

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79. Stanford CB Kyublu Kelly| Stanford CB Kyu Blu Kelly

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80. Ohio State EDGE Zach Harrison| Ohio State EDGE Zach Harrison

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81. Detroit Lions | USC OL Andrew Vorhees

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82. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Washington State LB Daiyan Henley

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83. Seattle Seahawks | Wisconsin OL Joe Tippmann

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84. Alabama Lb Henry To’o To’o| Alabama LB Henry To’o To’o

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85. Los Angeles Chargers | Alabama OT Tyler Steen

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86. Baltimore Ravens | Syracuse CB Garrett Williams

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87. Minnesota Vikings | Wake Forest WR A.T. Perry

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88. Jacksonville Jaguars | UCLA RB Zach Charbonnet

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89. Ohio State OOL Luke Wypler| Ohio State OL Luke Wypler

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90. Dallas Cowboys | Michigan CB DJ Turner

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91. Buffalo Bills | Texas RB Roschon Johnson

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92. Cincinnati Bengals | Texas A&M RB Devon Achane

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93. Alabama CB Eli Ricks| Alabama CB Eli Ricks

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94. Cincinnati, WR Tyler Scott| Cincinnati WR Tyler Scott

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95. Philadelphia Eagles | Boise State S JL Skinner

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*96. Arizona Cardinals | Mississippi RB Zach Evans

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*97. Washington Commanders | Michigan OL Olusegun Oluwatimi

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*98. Cleveland Browns | TCU EDGE Dylan Horton

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*99. San Francisco 49ers | Notre Dame OL Jarrett Patterson

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*100. New York Giants (from KC) | Auburn RB Tank Bigsby

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*101. San Francisco 49ers | Ohio State S Ronnie Hickman

*102. San Francisco 49ers | Alabama DL Byron Young

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