Needs filled: NT, ILB, WR
Significant needs unfilled: third QB
Picks remaining: 123 (fourth), 195 (sixth), 233 (seventh)
Comment: Getting nose tackle Dan Williams, inside linebacker Daryl Washington and receiver Andre Roberts patched holes. A run on receivers in the third round put pressure on the Cardinals to select Roberts at No. 88. Roberts was the sixth of eight receivers drafted between the 77th and 90th picks. Moving up to get Washington made sense because the decision anticipated a run on the position, but the deal cost the Cardinals one of their third-round choices. That hurt some, but with few remaining needs, Arizona could be in good shape.
San Francisco 49ers
Needs filled: OL, S
Significant needs unfilled: CB
Picks remaining: 173 (sixth), 182 (sixth), 206 (sixth-compensatory), 224 (seventh)
Comment: Adding Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati and Taylor Mays made the 49ers bigger and more physical. Third-rounder Navorro Bowman was an interesting choice as a potential pass-rusher, even though he's smaller than the typical 3-4 linebacker. The 49ers have no picks in the fourth or fifth rounds, so they face a long wait until No. 173 and little ammo to do anything about it. Would they consider trading Manny Lawson? The outside linebacker isn't happy with his contract and the 49ers have added to the position. But teams have been trading picks, not players, in this draft so far and Lawson still has value to the 49ers on defense and special teams.
Needs filled: OT, S, WR
Significant needs unfilled: DE, RB, CB
Picks remaining: 104 (fourth), 127 (fourth), 133 (fifth), 139 (fifth), 176 (sixth-compensatory), 245 (seventh)
Comment: The Seahawks were supposed to enjoy a strong start to the draft as the only team with two of the top 14 overall choices. They succeeded. Russell Okung, Earl Thomas and Golden Tate filled needs. The Seahawks could use a running back and none was chosen in the third round, when Seattle didn't have a choice. Could be time to find one. USC defensive end Everson Griffen remains available, but there are no indications Seattle has interest. There must be reasons Griffen has slipped so much further than expected and no NFL coach would know those reasons better than Pete Carroll.
St. Louis Rams
Needs filled: QB, OL, CB
Significant needs unfilled: OLB, DE, TE, WR
Picks remaining: 99 (fourth), 132 (fifth), 135 (fifth), 170 (sixth), 211 (seventh), 226 (seventh), 254 (seventh-compensatory)
Comment: Sam Bradford and Rodger Saffold should become starters relatively quickly, with third-round corner Jerome Murphy giving coach Steve Spagnuolo a talented project in the secondary. The team could use weapons for Bradford, but it's tough enough finding difference makers early in the draft, let alone beginning in the fourth round. Besides, general manager Billy Devaney said he thinks the team's young receivers will grow into their roles and be fine. The question I have is whether some of them -- Donnie Avery in particular -- can stay healthy.