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NFL Draft, Round 3: Robert Housler Becomes Third Skill Position Pick For Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are done for Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft. With their second round pick (38th overall) they surprised many with Ryan Williams, a running back from Virginia Tech. With their third round pick (69th overall) the Cardinals completed the skill position triumvirate by taking tight end, Robert Houseler from Florida Atlantic.

Housler was ranked as the 124th best player in the 2011 NFL Draft according to ESPN's expert rankings but according to the Cardinals front office he either fills a need that's far more desperate than most people think or he's a lot better football prospect than believed.

According to Sideline Scouting.com, Housler has, "natural athleticism, good size, very good speed, and was the fastest tight end at the combine." The negative on Housler is his inconsistent concentration and poor blocking. He was listed at 215 lbs but checked in at the combine at 248 lbs and is considered a multi-year project.

At Florida Atlantic, Housler averaged 15.7 yards per catch and totaled eight touchdowns and 1,228 yards in four years.

The second and third round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 3 p.m. (AZT) on Friday, April 29, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft or for Cardinals coverage, visit Revenge of the Birds.