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NFL Draft 2011 Round 3, Picks 65-74: Cardinals Take Tight End, Patriots Take Mallett With 74th Pick

With their third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals passed on Ryan Mallett for a third time with the 69th overall pick and selected tight end Rob Housler instead. Arizona certainly made a sound move and addressed a need at that position.

The Dallas Cowboys drafted running back Demarco Murray from Oklahoma. Dallas already has several running backs (Felix Jones, Tashard Choice and Marion Barber), and this pick could just complicate their backfield situation even further.

The Patriots, with back-to-back picks, took running back Stevan Ridley and quarterback Ryan Mallett. Mallett, projected as a possible first-round pick, slipped all the way to number 74 in this year's draft. Whether the Patriots turn Mallett into a project and try to groom him for life after Brady or whether they trade him for value remains to be seen.

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.