2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremiah Poutasi, OT, Utah
    Anthony Collins was the latest of many bust free agents to leave a playoff team for an inferior squad and more money. It sounds as though Collins will be released this offseason, so here’s a replacement.

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    Pick change; previously Nate Orchard, DE

  2. Tennessee Titans: Nate Orchard, DE/OLB, Utah
    The Titans have to find tons of defensive help. One major need in particular is a pass-rushing upgrade because Kamerion Wimbley is not getting the job done.

    Pick change; previously Danielle Hunter, DE/OLB

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
    It’s no secret that the Jaguars need help all over their offensive line. That includes the center position, which has been a problem since Brad Meester retired.

    Pick change; previously Jeremiah Poutasi, OT

  4. Oakland Raiders: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
    With Darren McFadden gone, the Raiders could look into drafting a running back to complement Latavius Murray. T.J. Yeldon had a rough Combine, but he’s a steal here.



  5. Washington Redskins: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
    The issues the Redskins have in their secondary are pretty well documented. They were counting on Ryan Clark this past year, which proved to be disastrous because the former Steeler is way past his prime.

  6. New York Jets: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
    Chris Johnson is a free agent after the Jets declined his option. Not like he was going to play much anyway if he returned. The Jets may want to bring in another running back to go with Chris Ivory.

  7. Chicago Bears: A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
    Jay Cutler played like trash last year, but it didn’t help that his offensive line frequently broke down and didn’t give him much time to throw. The Bears will have to endure Cutler’s lethargy again next season, so they can at least improve his blocking.

  8. St. Louis Rams: Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn
    The Rams just cut Kendall Langford, so they need to find some depth behind Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald on the interior of their defensive line.

    Pick change; previously Hroniss Grasu, C

  9. Atlanta Falcons: Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan
    The Falcons missed Tony Gonzalez this year. It would’ve helped Matt Ryan if he had a solid intermediate target to throw to.

    Pick change; previously Nick O’Leary, TE

  10. New York Giants: Tre Jackson, G, Florida State
    The Giants have to address their offensive line at some point. They could look for an upgrade up front with their first-round pick. If they don’t, they’ll have to target an upgrade at the guard position on the second day to keep Eli Manning upright.

  11. New Orleans Saints: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    The Saints desperately have to upgrade their pass defense, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone if they double up on cornerbacks in the early stages of the 2015 NFL Draft.

  12. Minnesota Vikings: Ali Marpet, OT/G, Hobart
    Matt Kalil was a human turnstile this past year, but he dealt with an injury. He’ll almost definitely get one more chance next season. The fast-rising Ali Marpet could be drafted as insurance, though. In the meantime, Marpet can take over at the left guard position, which has been problematic for quite some time.

    Pick change; previously Rashad Greene, WR



  13. Cleveland Browns: Steve Nelson, CB, Oregon State
    A cornerback is a possibility in Rounds 2-4. Buster Skrine is a free agent, while Justin Gilbert had a troublesome rookie campaign.

  14. Miami Dolphins: Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
    Louis Delmas, who will be hitting the market in March, tore his ACL. An early draft choice has to be used to find someone who can play next to Reshad Jones.

    Pick change; previously Gerod Holliman, S

  15. San Francisco 49ers: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
    It doesn’t appear as though Frank Gore will be back next year, so the 49ers will have to look into adding another running back to go along with Carlos Hyde.

  16. Kansas City Chiefs: Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville
    The Chiefs will need to think about bringing in a new safety, as Eric Berry may not be able to play football ever again, unfortunately.

    Pick change; previously Damarious Randall, S



  17. Buffalo Bills: Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn
    The Bills may want to look into addressing the running back position, which is what I have happening in my 2016 NFL Mock Draft. Fred Jackson is done, C.J. Spiller is finished in Buffalo, and Bryce Brown has not lived up to expectations.

  18. Houston Texans: David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
    The Texans are looking to strengthen their depth behind Arian Foster, as they know their starting running back isn’t very durable.

    Pick change; previously Corey Robinson, OT

  19. San Diego Chargers: Ellis McCarthy, NT, UCLA
    San Diego doesn’t have a quality nose tackle, which would explain why the team was just mediocre against the run.

    Pick change; previously Tyler Lockett, WR

  20. Philadelphia Eagles: Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
    Another Oregon player for Chip Kelly. This one can upgrade Todd Herremans at right guard and then move to tackle once Jason Peters retires.



  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina
    The Bengals will be interested in a left tackle prospect in the first couple of rounds. Andrew Whitworth, a 33-year-old entering his contract season, can be moved inside to guard to fill a need there.

    Pick change; previously Sean Hickey, OT/G

  22. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
    Andre Ellington can’t carry the load by himself, and the Cardinals need a new No. 2 running back anyway.

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers: Lorenzo Mauldin, DE/OLB, Louisville
    The Steelers hate drafting edge rushers early on because of scheme transition issues, but they really need to upgrade their pass rush. It was better at the end of the season, but Pittsburgh can’t count on James Harrison playing well forever.

  24. Detroit Lions: Sean Hickey, OT/G, Syracuse
    Detroit absolutely has to fix its pass protection, and its biggest problem is at right tackle. LaAdrian Waddle, who is just a marginal talent, was banged up often last year.

    Pick change; previously Ali Marpet, OT/G



  25. Carolina Panthers: Buck Allen, RB, USC
    Jonathan Stewart finished the year on a strong note, but the Panthers can’t depend on him because he’s so frequently banged up. With DeAngelo Williams officially gone, Carolina will have to add another running back.

  26. Baltimore Ravens: Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State
    The Ravens will be losing Owen Daniels this offseason, and no one is sure if Dennis Pitta will be able to play this year, so the front office could be targeting a tight end early in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Charles Gaines, CB

  27. Dallas Cowboys: James Sample, S, Louisville
    The Cowboys have major issues in their secondary, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone if they spend multiple picks on upgrades.

    Pick change; previously David Johnson, RB

  28. Denver Broncos: Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn
    Another offensive line upgrade for the Broncos, as they need to make sure Peyton Manning and his decaying arm are well protected next year.

  29. Indianapolis Colts: Chris Hackett, S, TCU
    The Colts may want to add safety depth in the middle of the draft because of some expiring contracts, perhaps selecting a player who will be able to start there in a couple of years.

    Pick change; previously James Sample, S

  30. Green Bay Packers: Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
    There was utter outrage from Packer fans when I didn’t mock an inside linebacker to them in a recent update. The position will have to be addressed, as Clay Matthews playing there is just a temporary solution.

  31. Seattle Seahawks: Christian Covington, DT, Rice
    The Seahawks were really missing Brandon Mebane. They need some help at defensive tackle, even once Mebane returns from his hamstring injury next year.

  32. New England Patriots: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
    There currently isn’t a huge need for a defensive tackle, but Vince Wilfork, Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga will all be heading into their contract years by the 2016 season, so this is a selection for the future.



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