Third-round thoughts

April, 29, 2011
4/29/11
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Random thoughts on third round in the AFC West:

Interesting pick by the Chargers at No. 82 to take San Diego State receiver Vincent Brown. He has the look of a strong possession receiver. He has great hands and he is polished. With several potential free agents, including Legedu Naanee, not expected back, taking the hometown kid was a strong call.

I really like what the Chiefs are doing. They followed up the Justin Houston pick at No. 70 (in a pick acquired from Cleveland on Thursday night), by taking Miami defensive end Allen Bailey at No. 86. This is a strong value pick. Bailey needs to be coached and he needs to find consistency, but he could potentially help at defensive tackle as well. The Chiefs are putting together a nice draft.

Denver thinks No. 67 pick, linebacker Nate Irving of North Carolina State, is versatile and could play several spots, Irving survived a terrible car accident in 2009. He recovered fully and is projected as a potential starter. He should help on special teams.

With the pick the Chargers received as part of the Antonio Cromartie trade, the Chargers took USC cornerback Shareece Wright at No. 89. The Chargers took cornerback/safety Marcus Gilchrist at No. 50.

At No. 92, Oakland took LSU tackle Joe Barksdale. He joins center Stefen Wisniewski (No. 48) as Oakland achieved its goal of adding beef to the offensive line. It did come at a cost.

Oakland traded its second-round pick next year in a package that brought Barksdale to Oakland. Uniquely, the trade was made several picks before the pick. Usually, when teams trade a future pick it is because it wants a specific player on the clock.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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