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2015 seven-round NFL mock draft: Round 3

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  • By Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter
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Round 3

65. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
The smooth and reliable Greene fits like a glove working inside while Vincent Jackson and 2014 first-round pick Mike Evans give cornerbacks headaches on the outside -- oh, and he'll be catching passes from his college QB.

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66. Tennessee Titans: Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke
An intelligent and hard-nosed guard that head coach Ken Whisenhunt and backs Bishop Sankey and Shonn Greene will value.

67. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamil Douglas, OG, Arizona State
Rebuilding the offensive line is key to keeping second-year QB Blake Bortles upright -- they gave up 71 sacks last season.

68. Oakland Raiders: Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
Donald Penn and Khalif Barnes aren't long-term answers at tackle; if Derek Carr hopes to survive as the Raiders' QB, the team will need to hope Sambrailo's career takes off like that of former third-round pick Jared Veldheer.

69. Washington Redskins: Alex Carter, CB/S, Stanford
Carter's a versatile defender who could step in at corner or safety for the Redskins. His presence, along with former 49er Chris Culliver, should improve a sieve-like pass defense that gave up a league-worst 8.2 yards a catch in 2014.

70: New York Jets: Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
Plugging Jarrett in next to Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson should give the Jets one of the strongest "front threes" in the league.

71. Chicago Bears: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
McKinney is still waiting to hear his name called, and the Bears thank their lucky stars that he's still available, just like they did when they picked Lance Briggs with pick No. 68 in 2003.

72. St. Louis Rams: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
The Rams have taken risks on smaller defensive backs in the past (see Janoris Jenkins, Lamarcus Joyner) and generally like the result. When healthy, Ekpre-Olomu could shadow receivers as well as any corner in college football.

73. Atlanta Falcons: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers could not move the ball on the ground, but Ajayi's got the goods to be a bruiser who can break off chunks of yards.

74. New York Giants: Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
Another value pick for the Giants, who like depth along the defensive line to keep the pressure on quarterbacks. The more talent across from franchise-tag-honored Jason Pierre Paul, the more effective he will be.

75. New Orleans Saints: Jesse James, TE, Penn State
Historically-awesome name aside, James has a real chance to be an effective defense-stretcher and red zone target. While not as talented as the departed Jimmy Graham, the Saints hope lightning strikes twice with third-round tight end selections.

76. Minnesota Vikings: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
Off-field issues and 40 times aside, Williams has the sort of talent on the outside to play for a long time in the NFL ... and the Vikings have a strong need here.

77. Cleveland Browns: Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
So maybe they don't use their first-round pick on another QB to provide depth and competition against McCown and Manziel, but a third-rounder wouldn't be a stretch.

78. New Orleans Saints: Kwon Alexander, OLB, LSU
The Saints keep Alexander in-state to chase the ball as the team continues to do anything possible to improve one of the worst units in the league in 2014.

79. San Francisco 49ers: Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
Dawson's slow 40 time at the combine made clear his average sideline-to-sideline movement -- but between the tackles, he's exactly the sort of presence the 49ers lack with the retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.

80. Kansas City Chiefs: Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
Donald Stephenson hasn't taken control of the right tackle slot, so Smith will get a chance in training camp to displace him.

81. Buffalo Bills: Derron Smith, S, Fresno State
If the Bills aren't sure that the Williams' (Aaron and Duke, who are not related) can defend deep, this Bulldog will compete for playing time right away.

82. Houston Texans: Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
A punishing defender, Tartt will be a special-teams stud at first and eventually become a force in the secondary.

83. San Diego Chargers: Michael Bennett, DL, Ohio State
Bennett can be as good as any defensive tackle in the league if he sets his mind to it -- the Chargers hope he does, and soon.

84. Philadelphia Eagles: Xavier Cooper, DE, Washington State
A bit under the radar, Cooper projects best as a 3-4 end and the Eagles need a deep rotation up front because they're on the field more than any other defense in the NFL.

85. Cincinnati Bengals: D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
Cincinnati hopes Darqueze Dennard becomes the star they need when Leon Hall and Adam Jones retire, but Smith will provide depth (or maybe insurance?).

86. Arizona Cardinals: Clive Walford, TE, Miami
John Carlson is a solid option at tight end, but Walford could be a real threat down the seam.

87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke
The Steelers have had good luck with smaller receivers, and Crowder is one of the most reliable and dangerous pass-catchers in the class.

88. Detroit Lions: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
This bowling ball of a back combines with the tough Joique Bell to give the Lions a nice backfield duo ... just in case QB Matthew Stafford feels like handing off.

89. Carolina Panthers: Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
The Panthers had a "pass rush by committee" last year; expect Flowers to add to the program.

90. Baltimore Ravens: Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Competition is never a bad thing on the offensive line. Starting right tackle Ricky Wagner will be getting some this summer if Williams is brought aboard.

91. Dallas Cowboys: Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah
Orchard appears to be versatile enough to play with his hand down or standing up. He and 2014 second-round pick Demarcus Lawrence need to pick up the intensity this fall to improve the team's pass rush (they ranked 28th in sacks last year).

92. Denver Broncos: John Miller, G, Louisville
Recently-drafted offensive linemen have not produced for the Broncos as expected -- but Miller will change all that. Backs C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball will gain yardage following him.

93. Indianapolis Colts: Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn
Andrew Luck needs a reliable, tough center like Dismukes to help him lead the Colts further into the playoffs.

94. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State
The Packers add another body in the front line to ensure Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews can find room to attack the passer.

95. Seattle Seahawks: Tre McBride, WR, Williams & Mary
Even though TE Jimmy Graham will be the heart of the offense, defenses know that, too -- McBride and Paul Richardson look to free up space over the middle for Graham to operate.

96. New England Patriots: Ali Marpet, G, Hobart
Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins is gone, and Marpet has proven he can stand up to a higher level of competition than what he regularly faced at Hobart.

97. New England Patriots: Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami
Just the sort of versatile, high-effort defender that the Patriots covet in their multiple-front defense.

98. Kansas City Chiefs: Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern
It is hoped that Eric Berry will return from his battle with cancer, but even if he does, the Chiefs need to improve their safety corps.

99. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas
Adding an explosive athlete like Hicks can only help an already-skilled Cincinnati front seven.

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