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Notable draft picks from Day 3

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  • By Manouk Akopyan NFL.com
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The Titans used their first three picks of the 2015 NFL Draft to redefine their identity on offense. Tennessee opened Saturday's fourth round by adding firepower on defense.

General manager Ruston Webster spent the No. 100 overall pick on Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson, a 6-foot-4, 318-pound run-stuffer who was praised for his sure tackling skills at the college level.

Blackson joins the talented Jurrell Casey along Tennessee's interior line, along with Sammie Lee Hill, Karl Klug, Al Woods and Chaz Sutton. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein graded Blackson as a sixth-rounder, but one AFC area scout told him the tackle would get "drafted much earlier than you have him, Lance."

Tennessee has plenty of work to do to fix a defense that allowed the third-most points per game (27.4) last season. We're more encouraged by the talent infusion -- in quarterback Marcus Mariota and wideout Dorial Green-Beckham -- on the other side of the ball.

Here is a recap of other notable picks from Day 3 of the NFL Draft:

>> The Panthers wasted no time Saturday making the first trade of the day, moving up to take Oklahoma offensive lineman Daryl Williams. Dave Gettleman sent three picks to the Raiders to move up and select the 6-foot-5, 327-pound powerful blocker. 

>> Baylor star Bryce Petty is the newest signal-caller in the New York Jets quarterback room. Petty, who was once considered a fringe first-rounder, will backup Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

>> The Bears selected Michigan St. running back Jeremy Langford (No. 106). The former wide receiver and cornerback will add immediate depth behind All-Pro Matt Forte

>> The Patriots took Day 3 of the draft a bit too literally, drafting defensive end Trey Flowers (No. 101) and offensive lineman Tre' Jackson (No. 111) ten picks apart. Jackson played next to Pats center Bryan Stork at Florida State. The Super Bowl-champions used their third fourth-rounder to take Shaquille Mason at No. 131. 

>> If offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings can overcome the foot-injury concerns that saw his draft stock plummet, general manager Rick Spielman and the Vikings could have a steal with the 110th pick. The long and athletic Clemmings was NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock's 33rd-ranked prospect overall. Mayock went as far as saying Clemmings can be a rookie starter

>> The Bengals took a leap by selecting versatile and reliable USC defensive back Josh Shaw with their 120th pick. Shaw was ubiquitous last summer for fabricating a story about "saving his nephew from drowning and injuring both ankles after he jumped off a third story balcony."

>> The Browns waited 123 picks to address the wide receiver position, selecting Washington State's Vince Mayle. The second-team All-Pac-12 and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist (nation's top wide receiver) is a former basketball player with limited football playing experience.

ROUND 5


>> The Falcons picked Grady Jarrett with the first pick in the fifth round one day after a fire broke out in his home. The Clemson defensive tackle is the son of five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Tuggle.

>> The Titans took powerful, compact Minnesota running back David Cobb with the 138th pick. Cobb hit the 100-yard rushing mark five times and finished with a school-high 1,202 yards on the ground last year.

>> Wide receiver Rashad Greene can stay close to home. One of Jameis Winston's favorite targets at Florida State was selected by the Jaguars. FSU's career leader in receptions and receiving yards was projected to be as high as a third or fourth round pick.

>> UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley fell all the way to the Packers' lap with the 147th pick when Green Bay traded up to take the 6-foot-3, 226-pound, three-year starter. Draft prognosticators indicated last year that the former Bruins star likely could have been drafted as high as the second round had he not returned to UCLA in 2014. Hundley now has a chance to learn from one of the best in the business in Aaron Rodgers.

>> Dual-threat Boise State running back Jay Ajayi is going to South Beach. The 149th pick, who was once a soccer player and projected to go as high as Round 2, will serve as a nice complement to starter Lamar Miller -- if he can stay healthy. Ajayi fell down draft boards due to knee injury concerns. The Dolphins now employ the only player in FBS history with 1,800 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in a single season.

>> Defensive end Shaquille Riddick was drafted by the Cardinals, meaning all three Shaq's -- Shaq Thompson (Panthers), Shaquille Mason (Patriots) -- from the 2015 NFL Draft can now get their respective football careers underway. Can yoooouuuu dig it?

>> Football specialists are people too, as evidenced by the 49ers taking punter Bradley Pinion (No. 165) and the Patriots selecting long snapper Joe Cardona (No. 166) in back-to-back picks. Talk about a feel-good story! 

>> The Panthers sure like them some Cam's from Auburn. Carolina picked north-and-south running back Cameron Artis-Payne with their 174th pick. Auburn Tiger Cam Newton supports this selection.

ROUND 6


>> The Redskins made three of the round's first 11 picks, selecting SS Kyshoen Jarrett, CB Tevin Mitchel and WR Evan Spencer.

>> The last nine picks of the round -- selections No. 207 through 217 -- were all compensatory picks. This is also the time when we love to remind readers that "Did you know Tom Brady was a sixth-round draft pick?" But more importantly, did you know Brady, Larry Allen, Hines Ward and many others were all compensatory picks?

Under the rules, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The Chiefs, Seahawks and Broncos led the pack with four compensatory picks each this year.

Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens, which lead the NFL with 44 compensatory picks since the NFL began awarding them in 1994, guard their secret to obtaining the picks "like Coke's formula."

ROUND 7


>> The Browns took 2014 consensus All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with pick No. 241. The Jim Thorpe Award finalist suffered a torn ACL in December during practice for the Rose Bowl.

>>  With the 256th pick, one last NFL hopeful's dream was fulfilled Saturday night.

Gerald Christian earned the dubious honor of "Mr. Irrelevant." The final pick of the 2015 NFL Draft is a third-team All-ACC tight end out of Louisville.

As per tradition, Christian will be invited to be the guest of honor for a week-long Mr. Irrelevant celebration in Newport Beach, California this summer, where he will be awarded The Lowsman Trophy at a dinner banquet.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast breaks down the 2015 NFL Draft, picking out the biggest winners and losers. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.

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