2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3



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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremiah Poutasi, G/OT, Utah
    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: Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
    It's customary for teams to match their new quarterback with another upgrade on offense, whether that's a receiver or a blocker. The Titans need the latter, as Michael Roos' retirement has creating a big hole at right tackle.

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
    The Jaguars should look at the secondary again, as all they did at the safety position this offseason was sign Sergio Brown.

  4. Oakland Raiders: Josue Matias, G, Florida State
    The Raiders also have to improve the offensive line, as another guard is needed to go along with Gabe Jackson.

    Pick change; previously Arie Kouandjio, G



  5. Washington Redskins: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
    Surprised to see T.J. Clemmings in Round 3? We've spoken to multiple teams that have third-round grades on Clemmings, so he could fall this far. I actually wanted to slot him in Round 2, but couldn't find the room. The Redskins have to upgrade their poor offensive line.

    Pick change; previously Damarious Randall, S

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

    Pick change; previously Bryce Petty, QB

  7. Chicago Bears: Frank Clark, DE/OLB, Michigan
    The Bears signed Pernell McPhee this offseason, but that doesn't mean they won't pick a rush linebacker in the first half of the 2015 NFL Draft. They need pass-rushing depth.

    Pick change; previously T.J. Clemmings, OT

  8. St. Louis Rams: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
    The cornerback position isn't a big need right now, but two of St. Louis' top three players at the position have expiring contracts after this season.

    Pick change; previously A.J. Cann, G

  9. Atlanta Falcons: David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
    The Falcons lost multiple running backs this offseason, but this was already a position of need. The front office will want to find someone to pair with Devonta Freeman.

  10. New York Giants: Mario Edwards, DE/DT, Florida State
    Mario Edwards is another player who falls out of circumstance. The Giants could definitely snatch him, as they have a need at defensive tackle. Johnathan Hankins was a stud this past season, but he had very little help next to him. Mike Patterson looked done, so the Giants will have to address this position via the draft.

  11. New Orleans Saints: Clive Walford, TE, Miami
    The Saints traded away Jimmy Graham this offseason, so they'll obviously be in the market for a replacement. Drafting a tight end out of Miami worked once before, so why not try it again?

  12. Minnesota Vikings: A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
    The Vikings had trouble blocking on the left side last year. Matt Kalil was a big problem, but so was Charlie Johnson at left guard. Johnson is gone, but a replacement is needed.

    Pick change; previously Trey Flowers, DE/OLB



  13. Cleveland Browns: Henry Anderson, DE/DT, Stanford
    Here's more help for the Browns up front. They really need to make sure they can stop the run, or they aren't beating the Steelers (Le'Veon Bell), Bengals (Jeremy Hill) or Ravens (Justin Forsett).

    Pick change; previously Frank Clark, DE

  14. New Orleans Saints: Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU
    New Orleans needs a major boost in the middle of its stop unit, as Curtis Lofton was a major disappointment for them.

    Pick change; previously Davis Tull, DE/OLB

  15. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Flowers, DE/OLB, Arkansas Aldon Smith probably won't be on the team much longer, and Trey Flowers seems like a great scheme fit in San Francisco's defense.

    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: D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
    What I wrote in my 2016 NFL Mock Draft can be applied here: The Bills may have to look at the cornerback position in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Stephon Gilmore will enter free agency the month before, while Leodis McKelvin will be a 31-year-old heading into his contract season.

  18. Houston Texans: Ben Heeney, LB, Kansas
    The only reason Brian Cushing is returning next season is because of his contract. The Texans need help at inside linebacker and will look to address the position early in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Tre McBride, WR

  19. San Diego Chargers: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Chargers will be looking for an edge rusher at some point in the 2015 NFL Draft. Dwight Freeney is gone, while Melvin Ingram has had problems staying on the field.

  20. Philadelphia Eagles: Adrian Amos, S, Penn State
    The Eagles have shown a ton of interest in Adrian Amos, who would help fill a huge need in their secondary. Amos is perfect for Philadelphia's defensive scheme.



  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Nate Orchard, DE/OLB, Utah
    The Bengals are going to add a pass-rusher at some point. They had trouble getting to the quarterback last year, and Michael Johnson may not be the solution.

    Pick change; previously Shane Ray, DE/OLB

  22. Arizona Cardinals: Steve Nelson, CB, Oregon State
    The Cardinals lost Antonio Cromartie this offseason, so they'll be looking to upgrade the cornerback position early during the draft.

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Conley, WR, Georgia
    The Steelers have shown interest in many receivers during the pre-draft process. Perhaps they'll take one in the first half of the 2015 NFL Draft. They could use a third wideout to go along with Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.

  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: Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
    The Panthers addressed their one big need by drafting a tackle in the first round. Here's their other huge hole. They have to find a No. 2 wideout across from Kelvin Benjamin.

    Pick change; previously Tre Jackson, G

  26. Baltimore Ravens: Dres Anderson, WR, Utah
    The Ravens have to address the receiver position early, given that Torrey Smith's departure means that there's nothing across from Steve Smith.

    Pick change; previously Devin Funchess, TE

  27. Dallas Cowboys: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
    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.

  28. Denver Broncos: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
    The linebacker position was already an issue for the Broncos prior to this offseason, but now they are moving to a 3-4 scheme. They need help there, so they could spend an early selection on the position.

  29. Indianapolis Colts: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
    The Colts made some nice additions to their roster this offseason, but one area that they've mostly neglected is the offensive line. Andrew Luck needs better protection at multiple positions, including the center spot.

  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: Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary
    The Patriots look to be targeting a receiver early in the 2015 NFL Draft. Perhaps they'll take a shot on the underrated Tre McBride. year.

    Pick change; previously Dres Anderson, WR

  34. Kansas City Chiefs: Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern
    It's unfortunate what happened to Eric Berry, who will hopefully have a swift recovery from cancer. In the meantime, the Chiefs will have to find a new safety.

  35. Cincinnati Bengals: Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
    Jermaine Gresham is a free agent, so the Bengals may want to add another tight end. I'm sure Andy Dalton wouldn't mind having another intermediate weapon.

    Pick change; previously Kwon Alexander, LB



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