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2015 NFL Draft – Round 3

65. (1) – Indianapolis (from Tampa Bay) – CB D’Joun Smith – Florida Atlantic – 5’10”/187.

Smith has quick feet and projects more of slot nickel this season that does not fear contact. With development, he may end up replacing Greg Toler who is in a contract year next season.

66. (2) – TennesseeG Jeremiah Poutasi – Utah – 6’5”/335.

The Titans address an area of need with the addition of Poutasi who is a big body and projects as a right side tackle or guard. The added protection should help Mariota and lift the run game. Tennessee goes offensive with their top three picks.

67. (3) – JacksonvilleG A.J. Cann – South Carolina – 6’3”/313.

Cann fills a big need and should be an immediate starter in the interior line as a solid run blocker for the newly acquired T.J. Yeldon and for Blake Bortles.

68. (4) – OaklandTE Clive Walford – Miami – 6’4”/251.

Walford is athletic, strong and has solid hands. He projects to be an inline TE and a nice between the hashes outlet for Derek Carr. This would be interesting to see if Walford can be a red zone target for Carr as he is adept at finding open space and has good size.

69. (5) – Seattle (from Washington)- WR Tyler Lockett – Kansas State – 5’10”/182.

Lockett can contribute immediately as a punt returner on special teams. He should project in the slot with quickness, decent speed, and playmaking ability but is small and could have issues against physical, press corners.

70. (6) – Houston (from NYJ) – WR Jaelen Strong – Arizona State – 6’2”/217.

Strong is a big, physical receiver with solid ball skills that can get 50-50 balls. A nice value here in the third for Andre Johnson’s potential replacement.

71. (7) – ChicagoC Hroniss Grasu – Oregon – 6’3”/297.

Grasu can provide protection in both run and pass. This may be a future replacement pick for Will Montgomery who is in a contract year.

72. (8) – St. LouisOT Jamon Brown – Louisville – 6’4”/323.

Brown is big and strong and projects as a guard at the next level that fills a big need on the O-line. St. Louis goes offense with their first three picks.

73. (9) – AtlantaRB Tevin Coleman – Indiana – 5’11”/206.

Coleman has home run speed and fits the Falcons zone scheme. It looks like Devonta Freeman will take a back seat to Coleman.

74. (10) – New York GiantsDE Owamagbe Odighizuwa – UCLA – 6’3”/267.

Odighizuwa has versatility and can play anywhere from the edge to the 3 technique. He’s a good run defender which fills a need.

75. (11) – New OrleansQB Garrett Grayson – Colorado State – 6’2”/213.

The third QB comes off the board. Grayson will have a great opportunity to learn under Brees and Payton. He is undersized for the position and has durability question marks. He should add some muscle.

76. (12) – Kansas City (from Minnesota) – WR Chris Conley – Georgia – 6’2”/213.

Conley has good size, great speed, and freakish athleticism, but struggles with physical/press corners. He projects as vertical stretch threat which should help his game manager QB find easier options in the short and intermediate areas.

77. (13) – ClevelandRB Duke Johnson – Miami – 5’9”/207.

Johnson won’t be a bell cow back for the Browns but can work well with space as he has shown explosiveness and one-cut runs that fits a zone scheme. He’ll probably be somewhere in a committee here.

78. (14) – New Orleans (from Miami) – CB P.J. Williams – Florida State – 6’0”/194.

Williams adds depth to a position of need as Pro Football Focus (PFF) graded the Saints pass coverage 2nd worst in the league last season.

79. (15) – San FranciscoOLB Eli Harold – Florida State – 6’3”/247.

Harold’s strength is bringing a pass rush in Mangini’s 3-4 scheme. This pick may be future oriented after next season as San Francisco has depth at the position for this season.

80. (16) – DetroitCB Alex Carter – Stanford – 6’0”/196.

Carter projects to add depth to the position as a press corner that could match up against bigger receivers.

81. (17) – BuffaloG John Miller – Louisville – 6’2”/303.

The Bills have a need at O-line and Miller could add run blocking depth at guard in this power block scheme.

82. (18) – New York Jets (from Houston) – OLB Lorenzo Mauldin – Louisville – 6’4”/259.

Mauldin is a strong character player with a non-stop motor. He adds depth and projects to be a situational pass rusher.

83. (19) – San DiegoCB Craig Mager – Texas State – 5’11”/201.

Mager brings toughness and has good speed and is a leaper but will likely need some development. He could bring an immediate impact as a returner.

84. (20) – PhiladelphiaOLB Jordan Hicks – Texas – 6’1”/236.

Hicks adds depth on the inside but may not have an impact outside of special teams until 2016.

85. (21) – CincinnatiTE Tyler Kroft – Rutgers – 6’5”/246.

Kroft could see the field early in two tight end sets along with Tyler Eifert to fill a definite need. He can bring blocking ability in the run and pass.

86. (22) – ArizonaRB David Johnson – Northern Iowa – 6’1”/224.

Johnson is a smooth pass-catcher out of the backfield. Although he is bigger than Andre Ellington, he looks to be an insurance pick if Ellington goes down with injury.

87. (23) – PittsburghWR Sammie Coates – Auburn – 6’1”/212.

Coates brings size and speed to take the top off of defenses but has inconsistent hands. The Steelers are deep at receiver and he will need to improve his catching ability before he has any impact.

88. (24) – Minnesota (from Detroit) – DE Danielle Hunter – LSU – 6’5”/252.

Hunter has size, athleticism, and power and could develop a pass rush but is raw. He will need time to develop.

89. (25) – St. Louis (from Carolina) – QB Sean Mannion – Oregon State – 6’6”/229.

Mannion does have prototype size and will compete to be a backup to Nick Foles.

90. (26) – BaltimoreDT Carl Davis – Iowa – 6’5”/320.

Davis has the size, strength, and athleticism for the position but has a questionable motor. The Ravens however do address a spot weakened with the departure of Haloti Ngata.

91. (27) – DallasOT Chaz Green – Florida – 6’5”/314.

Green has ideal size for the position. He projects to be an insurance back up at right tackle.

92. (28) – DenverTE Jeff Heuerman – Ohio State – 6’5”/254.

Heuerman projects as an inline blocking tight end. He brings depth to the position as insurance if Owen Daniels misses time due to injury.

93. (29) – IndianapolisDE Henry Anderson – Stanford – 6’6”/294.

Anderson has good size and adequate strength. Lacks athleticism but has a good motor. He adds some depth to a line that needs to improve.

94. (30) – Green BayWR Ty Montgomery – Stanford – 6’0”/221.

Montgomery should have an immediate impact in the return game on special teams as his strength is running with the ball. He doesn’t have reliable hands as a receiver.

95. (31) – Washington (from Seattle) – RB Matt Jones – Florida – 6’2”/231.

Jones is a big, powerful back and a solid blocker. He adds depth behind Alfred Morris. He may have potential as a pass catcher so could see time on third downs, especially with Roy Helu gone.

96. (32) – Cleveland (from New England) – DT Xavier Cooper – Washington State – 6’3”/293.

Cooper has quick feet and hands but lacks power. He should serve as a rotational backup on the interior.

97. (33) – New England (compensatory selection) – DE Geneo Grissom – Oklahoma – 6’3”/262.

Grissom is a versatile player who is effective against the run and can also be used as an edge rusher.

98. (34) – Kansas City (compensatory selection) – CB Steven Nelson – Oregon State – 5’10”/197.

Nelson projects as a slot corner that could fill this role full time in 2016.

99. (35) – Cincinnati (compensatory selection) – ILB Paul Dawson – TCU – 6’0”/235.

Dawson projects as a cover backer in nickel packages as he has good instincts. He also is a solid run defender but lacks size for the position.

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