Houston worth taking where Chiefs did

NEW YORK — Some quick-hit observations from Round 3:

Best pick:
Chiefs taking Justin Houston. The Georgia linebacker had a chance to be a late first-round pick, but off-the-field problems sent him sliding. He might be a risk, but to get him with the 70th overall pick is pretty good.

Honorable mention goes to the Raiders, who made two good picks in the round: Cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke might be the fastest player in the draft. Oakland traded up to get LSU offensive tackle Joe Barksdale, one of those long-armed guys who seem to do very well in the NFL.

Biggest surprise:
Chargers taking Vincent Brown. The receiver from San Diego State doesn’t have great speed, and that’s not really the type of guy San Diego targets. But then again, maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised here, because Chargers coach Norv Turner ran Brown’s pro day. He must have seen something the coach liked.

Swing and a miss:
Cardinals drafting Robert Housler. Arizona took the Florida Atlantic tight end with the fifth pick in the round. Housler is an unbelievable athlete who had unbelievable numbers. But he hasn’t put up the kind of numbers you’d expect for a guy picked at this spot. He just hasn’t done that much.

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