2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama
    The Buccaneers spent their second-round pick on an offensive tackle in this mock draft, but they also need help at the guard position.

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  2. Tennessee Titans: Danielle Hunter, DE/OLB, LSU
    The Titans managed to sign Brian Orakpo, but they could stand to add another edge rusher, especially considering how fragile Orakpo has been in recent years.

    Pick change; previously Damarious Randall, S

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
    It’s no secret that the Jaguars need help on their offensive line, even after signing Jermey Parnell. The center position has been a problem since Brad Meester retired.

  4. Oakland Raiders: A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
    The Raiders also have to improve the offensive line, as another guard is needed to go along with Gabe Jackson.



  5. Washington Redskins: Anthony Harris, S, Virginia
    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 was way past his prime.

  6. New York Jets: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
    The Jets have a new front office, so they may want to bring in their own quarterback. Having Bryce Petty sit for a year or two would make sense.

  7. Chicago Bears: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
    Jay Cutler will be kept around next season, but the Bears obviously need to obtain a long-term solution – mostly a quarterback who actually gives a damn.

  8. St. Louis Rams: Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
    Another defensive lineman? Why not? The Rams could stand to grab another defensive end, given that Chris Long will be owed close to $12 million in his contract year next season.

  9. Atlanta Falcons: Jeremiah Poutasi, OT/G, Utah
    The Falcons lost starting guard Justin Blalock this offseason, so they could obtain a replacement with one of their second-day selections.

    Pick change; previously Devin Funchess, 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 right tackle or guard position on the second day to keep Eli Manning upright.

  11. New Orleans Saints: D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
    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: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
    It appears as though Adrian Peterson won’t be back in Minnesota next year, so the Vikings may want to grab a second-day running back to pair with Jerick McKinnon.

    Pick change; previously Ali Marpet, OT/G



  13. Cleveland Browns: Nate Orchard, DE/OLB, Utah
    Barkevious Mingo does a lot of things well, but he’s not great in terms of rushing the passer. The Browns need to think about getting another player who can get to the quarterback.

  14. New Orleans Saints: Clive Walford, TE, Miami
    The Saints traded away Jimmy Graham this offseason, so they’ll be in the market for another tight end. They had success taking a tight end from Miami before, so why not try again?

  15. San Francisco 49ers: Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU
    The 49ers are both inept and unfortunate. They said goodbye to Patrick Willis and Chris Borland this offseason, and now they have to find another inside linebacker to go along with the injured NaVorro Bowman.

    Pick change; previously Rashad Greene, WR

  16. Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina
    It’s amazing that the Chiefs went the entire year without having any of their receivers score a single touchdown. Alex Smith was partly to blame, but the receiving corps was just abysmal.



  17. Buffalo Bills: Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
    The Bills signed Matt Cassel for the short term, but they obviously still need to find a quarterback of the future.

  18. Houston Texans: Sean Hickey, OT/G, Syracuse
    The Texans managed to re-sign Derek Newton, but they still have to find some help at one of the guard positions.

  19. San Diego Chargers: Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
    The Chargers could use some help at receiver, as Malcom Floyd will be 34 next season, while Eddie Royal signed elsewhere. Stevie Johnson was brought in, but some competition for him wouldn’t hurt.

  20. Philadelphia Eagles: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    Chip Kelly would probably suffer a seizure if he went this long without obtaining one of his former players. The Eagles could double up at cornerback considering the need.



  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
    The Bengals could be looking for a left tackle of the future, given that Andrew Whitworth turns 34 at the end of this upcoming season.

  22. Arizona Cardinals: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
    Andre Ellington can’t carry the load by himself, and the Cardinals need a new No. 2 running back anyway.

    Pick change; previously Mike Davis, RB

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    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 James Harrison won’t be back with the team next year.

    It might be surprising to see Markus Golden this low, but as Charlie Campbell reported in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill, multiple teams are grading Golden as a third-round prospect.

  24. Detroit Lions: Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina
    The Lions were really hurting on the offensive line this past season, which would explain why their offense sputtered so much. They have to upgrade multiple positions, including right tackle.



  25. Carolina Panthers: David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
    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.

    Pick change; previously Duke Johnson, RB

  26. Baltimore Ravens: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
    Perhaps I dropped P.J. Williams down a round too far following his DUI arrest, but there’s no doubt that he hurt his draft stock. The Ravens have taken chances on troubled players before, so maybe they’ll give Williams a chance to fill a big need for them.

    Pick change; previously Duke Johnson, RB

  27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
    DeMarco Murray was too expensive to keep, so the plan was for Joseph Randle to become the new starting running back. The problem is that Randle was recently arrested for drug possession and domestic violence, so he could be suspended. If so, Dallas may spend a second-day selection on a back.

    Pick change; previously Christian Covington, DT

  28. Denver Broncos: Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
    The Broncos lost Julius Thomas to the Jaguars, so here’s a replacement at tight end. Denver could take Maxx Williams in Round 1, but something like this is more likely.

  29. Indianapolis Colts: Lorenzo Mauldin, DE/OLB, Louisville
    The Colts have a couple of veteran edge rushers, but they’ll need some young blood at the position to eventually take over.

  30. Green Bay Packers: Jacoby Glenn, CB, Central Florida
    The Packers lost both Tramon Williams and Davon House this offseason, so they’ll need to replenish depth at cornerback.

  31. Seattle Seahawks: Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
    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
    Once again, it must be noted that the Patriots have a number of players at the defensive tackle position heading into their contract years by the 2016 season, so this is a selection for the future.

  33. New England Patriots: Buck Allen, RB, USC
    The Patriots lost Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen this offseason, meaning Bill Belichick will have to count on LeGarrette Blount. I’m not sure he wants to do that.

    Pick change; previously Doran Grant, CB

  34. Kansas City Chiefs: Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville
    The cornerback position isn’t as big of a need for Kansas City as some make it out to be, but better depth is definitely must at the position.

  35. Cincinnati Bengals: Steve Nelson, CB, Oregon State
    The Bengals will be interested in some cornerback depth with Terence Newman no longer on the roster.



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