2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
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  1. Oakland Raiders: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
    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: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
    Denard Robinson ran well against the Browns, but he doesn’t project as an every-down back. Here’s a complement for him.

    Pick change; previously Josue Matias, G

  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State
    There’s talk that the Buccaneers may trade Vincent Jackson soon. If that goes down, a No. 2 receiver will be needed across from Mike Evans.

    Pick change; previously Duke Johnson, RB

  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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Minnesota Vikings: A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee
    The Vikings have some issues on defense. One main problem is the play at middle linebacker. Here’s an upgrade.

    Pick change; previously Alvin Dupree, DE

  8. 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.

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

  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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Cleveland Browns: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
    Karlos Dansby is one of the few Cleveland defenders playing well, but he won’t be around much longer. Here’s a long-term solution at inside linebacker.

    Pick change; previously Danny Shelton, NT

  14. 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.

  15. Carolina Panthers: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
    Neither DeAngelo Williams nor Jonathan Stewart is very effective anymore, so the Panthers may want to move in a different direction in terms of finding a running back.

    Pick change; previously Kasen Williams, WR

  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.