2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
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  1. Oakland Raiders: Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State
    The Raiders have a bunch of secondary and tertiary options at receiver, but they don’t have a primary target for Derek Carr. They need to make sure that changes.

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    Pick change; previously Gabe Wright, DT

  2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josue Matias, G, Florida State
    The Jaguars have to make upgrades seemingly everywhere, including the interior. They have to upgrade Blake Bortles’ blocking.

    Pick change; previously Laken Tomlinson, G

  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
    The Buccaneers may look into a mid-round running back to pair with Charle Sims, as Doug Martin has proven to be a huge disappointment.

    Pick change; previously Wayne Lyons, CB

  4. Tennessee Titans: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas
    Blidi Wreh-Wilson has been dreadful as a replacement for Alterraun Verner. The Titans could use more secondary help.

    Pick change; previously Kevin Johnson, CB



  5. New York Jets: Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State
    Chris Johnson has already proven to be a bust signing, but Chris Ivory is just a middling talent. Rex Ryan loves to pound the football, so I could see him pushing for an early-round pick to be used on one of the many talented running backs in this class. That is, of course, if he still has a job.

    Pick change; previously Bryce Petty, QB

  6. Washington Redskins: Anthony Harris, S, Virginia
    The issues the Redskins have in their secondary are pretty well documented. They’ve been counting on Ryan Clark this year, which is disastrous because the former Steeler is way past his prime.

    Pick change; previously Jordan Richards, S

  7. St. Louis Rams: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
    Brian Quick has emerged as a solid starting receiver, while Tavon Austin can be used on trick plays, but the Rams need to find another wideout to put into the lineup.

    Pick change; previously KeiVarae Russell, CB

  8. Minnesota Vikings: Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
    Brian Robison will turn 32 right after the 2015 NFL Draft, so a successor will be needed soon at defensive end.

    Pick change; previously Duke Johnson, RB

  9. Buffalo Bills: Arie Kouandjio, G, Albama
    Teams that go with quarterbacks early usually pick a player to complement that signal-caller afterward. The Bills could give their new quarterback better pass protection, especially on the interior.

  10. Houston Texans: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
    We’ll see what happens with Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they Texans used a day-two selection on a more promising quarterback.

    Pick change; previously Josh Harper, WR

  11. 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.

    Pick change; previously Trey Flowers, DE/OLB

  12. Miami Dolphins: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
    The Dolphins don’t have the most faith in Ryan Tannehill, so they may opt to spend a mid-round pick on a quarterback to possibly take over at some point down the road.

    Pick change; previously Quandre Diggs, CB



  13. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
    Ahtyba Rubin is an impending free agent this March. Here’s a replacement if the Browns can’t retain him.

  14. Atlanta Falcons: Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame
    Think Matt Ryan missed having a reliable, intermediate target when he was constantly under siege in Cincinnati and New York?

  15. Chicago Bears: Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State
    All of the injuries the Bears sustained at the safety position a couple of Mondays ago was a reminder that the position could stand to be upgraded. Chris Conte has dealt with too many concussions.

  16. New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
    Justin Pugh looked so overwhelmed at tackle against the Eagles that the Giants may move him inside eventually. If so, here’s a new tackle.

    Pick change; previously Tyeler Davison, DT



  17. New Orleans Saints: Wayne Lyons, CB, Stanford
    The Saints have had major defensive issues this season. Some of their players can’t tackle whatsoever. Meanwhile, the corners, particularly Patrick Robinson, haven’t been able to cover anyone.

    Pick change; previously Z’Darius Smith, DE/OLB

  18. Kansas City Chiefs: Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
    Here’s more help for Kansas City’s offensive line. Andy Reid is not going to stand to have a front that blocks poorly.

    Pick change; previously D.J. Humphries, OT

  19. Detroit Lions: Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn
    The Lions suddenly need to look at defensive tackles. Ndamukong Suh is entering his contract year, while Nick Fairley has issues with lethargy.

    Pick change; previously Cam Thomas, CB

  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. Carolina Panthers: Kasen Williams, WR, Washington
    It’s possible that the Panthers could double up on receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft. They really have nothing beyond Kelvin Benjamin.

    Pick change; previously Ronnie Stanley, OT

  22. Cincinnati Bengals: Obum Gwacham, DE, Oregon State
    I could see the Bengals doubling up on defensive ends early in the 2015 NFL Draft so their pass rush gets back to what it once was.

  23. Arizona Cardinals: Trey Flowers, DE/OLB, Arkansas
    The Cardinals need a long-term pass-rusher across from Sam Acho; John Abraham will be a 37-year-old free agent next spring. I was surprised they didn’t draft an edge rusher.

    Pick change; previously A.J. Johnson, ILB

  24. New England Patriots: Leon Orr, DE/DT, Florida
    Bill Belichick loves his Florida players. He’s also a big fan of scheme-versatile prospects.



  25. Dallas Cowboys: Z’Darius Smith, DE/OLB, Kentucky
    The Cowboys lost DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher this past offseason, and Anthony Spencer is due to hit free agency in March. Another pass-rusher (or three) is needed.

    Pick change; previously Kurtis Drummond, S

  26. Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Richards, S, Stanford
    The Ravens’ front seven is playing extremely well, but the secondary has disappointed. The safety position has been especially bad.

    Pick change; previously Dorial Green-Beckham, WR

  27. Indianapolis Colts: Cam Thomas, CB, Western Kentucky
    It’s no secret that the Colts need help in their secondary. I’m sure their fans still remember how easily Alex Smith torched them in that playoff game. The defensive backfield hasn’t been fixed.

    Pick change; previously Karlos Williams, RB

  28. Green Bay Packers: Henry Anderson, DE/DT, Stanford
    One of the many reasons the Packers are struggling defensively is because their front has been a disappointment this season. Datone Jones hasn’t progressed at all.

  29. San Francisco 49ers: Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke
    The 49ers could look into some offensive line help, as Alex Boone is set to hit free agency in the near future.

    Pick change; previously Kasen Williams, WR

  30. San Diego Chargers: Hauoli Kikaha, DE/OLB, Washington
    The Chargers have Jeremiah Attaochu waiting in the wings, but with Dwight Freeney heading for retirement soon, they may want to add another pass-rusher.

    Pick change; previously Charles Gaines, CB

  31. Denver Broncos: Steve Nelson, CB, Oregon State
    The Broncos just spent a first-round pick on a cornerback, but they’ll have to deal with Chris Harris’ impending free agency this March.

    Pick change; previously Cody Riggs, CB

  32. Seattle Seahawks: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina
    The Seahawks can go best player available and add another weapon to Russell Wilson’s arsenal.



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