The 2015 SQ NFL Mock Draft

The SQ team presents the official SQ Mock Draft for the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft.  To accurately reflect how this draft could go down, our writers were able to make trades for picks following the Pro Football Focus trade value chart.  The following trades were made:

(1)    San Francisco trades 1-15 to Detroit for 1-23, 3-88

(2)    San Francisco trades 1-23, 2-46 to Dallas for 1-27, 2-60, 3-91

(3)    Cleveland trades 2-43 to Green Bay for 2-62, 3-94

(4)    Indianapolis trades 2-61 to Tampa Bay for 3-65, 7-218

   Pick (Rnd)

1 (1)

Tampa Bay

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.

He's pro-ready, he's the prototype for a QB, and the team believes in him off the field. As do I. (Dan Allweiss)

2 (1)


Leonard Williams, DE, USC

I eventually expect this pick to be traded away to either the Chargers, Eagles, or some mystery team. That being said, I believe that Williams stands to be the best pick available here for the Titans. I think Mettenberger has shown that he can produce in the NFL, and I would like to see what he can do next year in his sophomore season with a strengthened cast of recievers. (Zachary Themer)

3 (1)


Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

Gus Bradley's defense relies a lot on defensive line depth and pressure. Fowler can do everything an end needs to do. (Dan Allweiss)

4 (1)


Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Derek Carr is a young QB, and his eventual success may depend on the tools placed around him in his formative NFL years. To that end, Amari Cooper is undoubtedly a superb tool. Able to build separation with his crisp route running and speed, he could give any NFL QB a solid competitive receiver for 2015, and he's bringing his talents to Oakland. (David Lloyd)

5 (1)


Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

He fits the physical and mental makeup of the Washington O-line brass: big and tough. Worst case scenario is that he fills a gaping need at RT; best case scenario is that he's an All-Pro guard for years to come. (Adrian Nelson)

6 (1)

New York Jets

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

The Jets have been searching for far too long at the quarterback position. After the disgraceful performance by Geno Smith last year, I think it is about time the Jets get a franchise QB. Coming out of the NFC West, Bowles knows how to handle spread quarterbacks , so I like this fit (Matthew Gideon)

7 (1)


Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

The Bears ditched their top receiver in Brandon Marshall over the offseason, and I believe White is a prime replacement. He's fast, run's a hell of a route, and will eventually prove to be a dominant 1–2 punch with Alshon Jeffrey for the next decade. (Zachary Themer)

8 (1)


Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

Atlanta has been arguably the league's worst pass rushing team over the last two seasons, and Beasley has the combination of excellent collegiate production (44.5 TFLs and 25 sacks in last two seasons) and elite athleticism to warrant a top-10 pick. (Miller Mrosek)

9 (1)

New York Giants

La'el Collins, G, LSU

The Giants had one of the worst run-blocking O-lines in the league last year. Collins can slot in immediately at guard to beef up the interior line and help out Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen. (Josh Connelly)

10 (1)

St. Louis

DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

Adding a number one receiver to put alongside Tavon Austin is what the Rams need. Giving Nick Foles as many weapons as possible is key, and the 6'3" WR is a perfect fit. (Aaron Vetter )

11 (1)


Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

This selection is a similar pick the Vikings made back in 2007 when they took Adrian Peterson at number 7 overall. Gurley also has his fair share of injury concerns coming out of college like Peterson did, but when if he's able to stay on the field, he could be special. This would signal the Vikings are shopping the 30-year-old Adrian Peterson, as it would be smart for the Vikings to get value for their aging running back while they still can. (Ryan Dickey)

12 (1)


Danny Shelton, NT, Washington

Shelton at 12th overall would be a blessing for the Browns, a team starved along the front seven. He's the best nose tackle in the draft, and he will be a huge presence in the pass rush. (Josh Connelly)

13 (1)

New Orleans

Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky

His first step and size make him a starter right away. His 6'4" frame s till has room to fill out at only 269 lbs, and the Saints can expect an elite pass rusher out of this Wildcat. Getting him at 13 without moving up for more edge rusher talent is a huge win for a promising Saints team. (Andy Narotsky)

14 (1)


Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Miami's offensive line fell apart last year when Branden Albert went down, and he's not getting any more durable. Peat could allow 2014 1st round pick Ja'Wuan James to slide inside to guard and greatly improve the offensive line as a unit. (Miller Mrosek)

15 (1)

Detroit (via SF, SQ trade)

Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)

Detroit's line is an absolute mess between injuries and guys with limited, if any, potential. This may be a bit of a panic trade, but Flowers was the last guy that could really make the needed difference (Dan Allweiss)

16 (1)


Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

D.J. Swearinger isn't cutting it, and while Rahim Moore was a solid pickup that should significantly improve the FS position, SS was still a need. Collins is a very good in-the-box strong safety, and should immediately help the defense. (David Lloyd)

17 (1)

San Diego

D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

San Diego needs help on the offensive front and I think many expect a RB to go here, but Humphries offers unique athleticism for an offensive lineman and the Chargers' run game may just need some help in the trenches. (Andy Narotsky)

18 (1)

Kansas City

Cam Erving, OL, Florida State

The Chiefs already have an awesome defense, so they need to find the best guy available to protect Alex Smith. Erving is massive at 6'6" 311 pounds and can be a force for the KC offensive line. (Aaron Vetter)

19 (1)

Cleveland (via BUF)

Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

Perriman has great height and is quick as lightning. The Browns really need a receiver to replace Josh Gordon, who will miss the entire season after another failed drug/alcohol test, and since Cooper, White and Parker are all off the board already, Perriman makes sense here. (Josh Connelly)

20 (1)


Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

Chip Kelly is looking for depth on defense, and though the defensive front may not be an immediate need, Armstead is a 6'7 monster that will quickly gel with Kelly's style. Throwing out fresh pass rushing bodies is becoming a necessity for any NFL defense. (Nick Cicere)

21 (1)


Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

Malcom Brown is a just about a "best case scenario" for Cincinnati. They need to replace Peko, and Brown is a legitimate first round DT talent who will start immediately. Brown is an excellent run defender who has the quickness to penetrate and threaten sacks and tackles for loss, but also the size to plug holes and running lanes. (David Lloyd)

22 (1)


Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

Pittsburgh's secondary was a weakness last season, and Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor are no longer with the team. Johnson is the most pro-ready corner in the draft and will make valuable contributions as a rookie. (Miller Mrosek)

23 (1)

Dallas (via SF, via DET, SQ trade)

Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

Gregory has his fair share of red flags, but his upside is tantalizing. I'm almost never a fan of trading up, but Gregory's ceiling is too enticing to let him fall any further. (Miller Mrosek)

24 (1)


Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

The Cardinals have a history of taking chances on extremely talented players on defense that had off-the-field trouble in college. Peters is no different, but if he can stay out of trouble and play opposite Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals should have one of the Top 5 secondaries for the next half decade. (Ryan Dickey)

25 (1)


Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon

Clemmings is an option here, but Fisher is a more polished product for a team that is in desperate need of a plug-and-play tackle. (Nick Cicere)

26 (1)


Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

The red flags are there, obviously. But, with the loss of Torrey Smith, the Ravens need a playmaker on offense for Joe Flacco. (Aaron Vetter)

27 (1)

San Francisco (via DAL, via DET, SQ trade)

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Trading back from 15 and 23 for a couple of 3rd rounders makes sense for the 49ers who need to replenish their depth at multiple positions. Taking Waynes who seems to hav e fallen here gives the Niners some much needed height and talent in the secondary as the Niners current starting cornerbacks are both well under 6 feet tall. (Ryan Dickey)

28 (1)


Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

Offensive line is arguably a much higher priority for Denver in this slot, but it is hard to pass up on an overall talented LB when your team plays the 3-4. LB is still a big need for this team and they went with the better player rather than the more crucial need. (Adrian Nelson)

29 (1)


T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

A stress fracture in his foot caused Clemmings to drop in our draft, but the Colts weren't going to let him fall past them, even though he is still a raw prospect. Clemmings will not need to start right away, and can eventually replace Gosder Cherilus, who is playing on borrowed time in Indy. (Josh Connelly)

30 (1)

Green Bay

Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

This is the case of Green Bay filling a need with a kid that is incredibly talented. The Pack rolled the dice last year with a productive SEC player from Alabama. This time, they draw a stud from the LSU pile of NFL talent. (Matthew Gideon)

31 (1)

New Orleans (via SEA)

Jaelen Strong, WR, ASU

With Drew Brees sticking around New Orleans for at least the forseeable future coupled with the departures of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, the franchise QB has to throw to someone. Strong is an underdeveloped receiver with a lot of promising talent. He could be Marques Colston 2.0 (Andy Narotsky)

32 (1)

New England

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

LeGarrette Blount is a solid No. 2, but with no more Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, the Pats need a three-down back. Gordon is a grinder that fits the New England personality Bill Belichick has created. (Nick Cicere)

33 (2)


Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

While the Titans may have bolstered their wide receivers corps this season, I think Dorsett has flown under the radar and will prove to be an excellent NFL receiver, especially under the leadership of Jennings and company in Tennessee. (Zachary Themer)

34 (2)

Tampa Bay

Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri

EMBRACE THE HATE... reading up, doesn't sound like the weed thing is going to be a big deal and the Bucs need a pass rusher so badly. (Dan Allweiss)

35 (2)


Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA

His numbers aren't flashy, but as a 4-3 DE, he is a solid prospect who can seal the edge but also work his way inside. Rarely asked to rush the passer at UCLA (was primarily asked to seal the edge, and did quite well), in the limited snaps that he did rush the passer, he got to show off some quickness and strength to beat tackles to the edge while simultaneously demonstrating moves to work his back inside. He will get to flash his pass rushing skillset more for the Raiders, who need more pass rush from their defensive line. (David Lloyd)

36 (2)


Byron Jones, CB, UCONN

At this point, Jones is the best player available, and the Jags need a corner. Win-win. (Dan Allweiss)

37 (2)

New York Jets

Eli Harold, LB, Virginia

This kid is a little-known pass rusher that has the potential to be molded into a five to ten sack a year outside linebacker on any other team. With the Jets' front seven, this kid could really flourish and become a pro bowler. (Matthew Gideon)

38 (2)


Eric Rowe, DB, Utah

The Skins have already tried to address the safety and corner positions with a few signings, but at this point everything is still up in the air. Rowe is a good coverage guy that is versatile (something that Gruden likes) and will be a good addition to the defensive backfield mix. (Adrian Nelson)

39 (2)


Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

The Bears defense is bad, and Phillips will be sure to bolster a line that looks better on paper, but failed to perform up to the task last season. (Zachary Themer)

40 (2)

New York Giants

Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi St.

Smith is a great value pick for the Giants at this point, and he fills a position of need. He may never become a full-time starter, but he can play solidly in a rotation role if nothing else. New York needs a pass rush, and Smith will bring it. (Josh Connelly)

41 (2)

St. Louis

DaMarious Randall, S, Arizona State

With a stacked front seven, the Ram s can focus on their secondary, which was not too good, even with the addition of Mark Barron midseason. If Randall falls, he is theirs. (Aaron Vetter)

42 (2)


Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford

Quietly one of the most productive defensive lineman in the country in 2014, Anderson will fit perfectly as a DE in Atlanta's 3-4 defense. (Miller Mrosek)

43 (2)

Green Bay (via CLE, SQ trade)

Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

BJ Raji proved that he was replaceable. It's time to replace him with a player that will become a difference maker in the running game. (Matthew Gideon)

44 (2)

New Orleans

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Going offense with two straight picks here, I expect Williams to start 16 games in New Orelans. Adding Williams to Strong can revitalize this side of the ball. Williams is a bit of a project, but in a lot of ways he is similar to Jimmy Graham, and Drew Brees knows how to work with that kind of tight end. (Andy Narotsky)

45 (2)


Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (FL)

It seems like every year the Vikings are looking to draft a MLB, but fail to do so. Well this year, that changes when they take a tackle machine in Perryman. He's small in stature, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in leadership and technique. With Greenway nearing the end of his career it might be time for Zimmer to find his new signal caller on defense. (Ryan Dickey)

46 (2)

Dallas (via SF, SQ trade)

Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson

Jarrett has been overshadowed by teammates Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony in the pre-draft process, but he was a disruptive force for Clemson during his time in Death Valley. His lack of size is the only reason he is available here, and a lot of teams will regret passing on him when all is said and done. (Miller Mrosek)

47 (2)


Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

Agholor may be the best route-runner in the draft, and will give the Dolphins some much needed help at receiver after trading Mike Wallace this offseason. (Miller Mrosek)

48 (2)

San Diego

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

After losing Ryan Mathews to Philadelphia this offseason, the Chargers need someone like Coleman to keep the offense afloat. Assuming Rivers stays the course in San Diego this season, Coleman could prove indespensible to the Bolts. (Andy Narotsky)

49 (2)

Kansas City

Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

Losing Dwayne Bowe may not be a massive hit, but the Chiefs need someone to go along with speedster Jeremy Maclin. Smith is that guy and can help a team who did not have a WR catch a touchdown pass last season. (Aaron Vetter)

50 (2)


Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Experience and leadership are what Thompson brings to the table in Buffalo. With an already staunch defense, Thompson can provide the needed depth in the Bills' front seven behind Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes. (Andy Narotsky)

51 (2)


Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

Coates has good size and fast speed, he can accelerate quickly and be a solid deep threat. While he needs more experience with a full route tree, and periodically would drop catchable balls, his Senior Bowl tape was very nice. Houston needs a WR to pair with Hopkins for the future, and Coates can be that guy. (David Lloyd)

52 (2)


P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

Combine numbers were disappointing, but the Noles gave Williams a lot of freedom on the outside, and understands how to play corner at a high level. He has the potential to be a real "shutdown" cornerback. (Nick Cicere)

53 (2)


Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke

Tomlinson isn't exactly a speedy guy, even among offensive linemen. He is, however, a mauler at the line of scrimmage, and a solid pass blocker. He should be able to start for Cincinnati immediately, and should be of assistance both in defending Dalton and opening holes for Bernard and Hill. (David Lloyd)

54 (2)


Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)

He's a raw talent which fits perfectly with what Detroit has in a rejuvinated but aging Rasheen Mathis (and not a lot of depth). (Dan Allweiss)

55 (2)


Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

I could definitely see the Cardinals trade this pick and other assets for Adrian Peterson, but if that doesn't happen look for them to take Abdullah here. The Senior out of Lincoln is a similar player to Andre Ellington and should be interchangeable on offense which should keep both healthy throughout the season. (Ryan Dickey)

56 (2)


Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State

Lockett is undersized, but checks off every other box. Extremely productive with exceptional athleticism, he doesn't have quite as much straight line speed as T.Y. Hilton but may be better with the ball in his hands. (Miller Mrosek)

57 (2)


Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State

Edwards had effort concerns as a junior, but he is a freakish big man that can disrupt all facets of an offense. He may very well find himself starting in Carolina's 4-3 as a rookie. (Nick Cicere)

58 (2)


Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

The Ravens biggest weakness last season was their corners, since few could stay healthy. Darby would be third on the depth chart and may even help out as a safety with his speed and hitting ability. (Aaron Vetter)

59 (2)


Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

With the Broncos failing to go OL in the first round, they need grab one here if someone relatively good is around. Ogbuehi is a talented player but has some character flaws. If there's any cure for that it's Peyton Manning, John Fox, and a winning culture. (Adrian Nelson)

60 (2)

San Francisco (via DAL, SQ trade)

Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson

Anthony is a great fit for the 49ers 3-4 defense and should help fill the void of retired Willis and Borland. He's got excellent size and speed which should allow him to plug up the holes against the run and be able to cover most tight ends on 3rd downs. (Ryan Dickey)

61 (2)

Tampa Bay (via IND, SQ trade)

A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina

There won't be more North/South offenses than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a stable of backs, giant receivers, Jameis at the helm, and Koetter in control. (Dan Allweiss)

62 (2)

Cleveland (via GB, SQ trade)

Benardrick McKinney, ILB, MSU

A strong finisher with above-average size, McKinney fills a position of need and is a value pick this late in the second round. (Josh Connelly)

63 (2)

Seattle Seahawks

Ali Marpet, OL, Hobart

Marpet can fill in any spot in Seattle's line which needs some replenishing after losing Max Unger in the Jimmy Graham trade. Investing in the trenches can help Russel Wilson hit Graham downfield more often, and open up running lanes for Marshawn Lynch. Marpet is a hard working small school kid who can really help this lackluster line. (Andy Narotsky)

64 (2)

New England

Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU

Hunter is a bit of a project, but the Pats are known to mold marble sculptures out of clay. He can be a long-term solution to Rob Ninkovich's eventual departure. (Nick Cicere)

65 (3)

Indianapolis (via TB + 7th, SQ trade)

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (FL)

Indy trades back four spots and picks up a seventh rounder (even though this mock is only three rounds long), and the Colts still get a great playmaker in Johnson, whom the Colts would love to see fall to them in the third. He's lightning quick, and doesn't have to do it all from day one, as the Colts paid good money to Frank Gore this offseason. (Josh Connelly)

66 (3)


Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

I think the Titans will eventually take a QB in this draft, and I think Petty is someone they will consider giving a look. He's a strong thrower and has proven that he can play under pressure. Worst case scenario, he just pushes Mettenberger to be better. (Zachary Themer)

67 (3)


Nate Orchard, DE/OLB, Utah

Orchard falls and Jacksonville adds another versatile passrusher. Double dips don't have a great history of success, but value is too much to pass up. (Dan Allweiss)

68 (3)


Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State

Oakland needs an outside corner, and Nelson has good fluidity, coordination, and speed. Capable of jamming at the line of scrimmage, Nelson should be able to take up outside duties as a corner quickly. Moreover, he didn't miss a tackle all of 2014, something that will help Oakland's defense limit damage from WRs, and also from RBs who get to the second level. (David Lloyd)

69 (3)


Carl Davis, NT, Iowa

Again, this is a need that Washington attempted to address during free agency. Although they could probably use more of an outside pass rush presence, with the team maintaining a 3-4 and a couple guys on short term deals, a solid nose tackle like Davis would be a smart pick. (Adrian Nelson)

70 (3)

New York Jets

Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

A young receiver like Funchess can learn a lot from a star like Brandon Marshall. He can especially help Marcus Mariota begin a comfortable transition into the NFL. (Matthew Gideon)

71 (3)


Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State

The Bears offensive line has been getting better over the past couple of years, especially with the addition of Jake Long, but it still has a long way to go. Stick Sambrailo in there and you have some progress being made, as the left tackle for the Bison has proven to be an effective playmaker at the left tackle position (Zachary Themer)

72 (3)

St. Louis

Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas

Despite already having a great front line of defense, Flowers makes sense here because he is possibly the best player available. No harm in going with that rather than reaching for a "fit" pick. (Aaron Vetter)

73 (3)


Adrian Amos, S, Penn State

Amos excels in the slot and has the size to cover tight ends. He should help solidify the safety position that has proven to be a weakness for Atlanta in recent years. (Miller Mrosek)

74 (3)

New York Giants

Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington

Another pass rusher for the Giants is waiting here in the third. Kikaha could be a steal if he stays healthy. He's twice torn ACLs, which is a big red flag, but in the third, he's worth the gamble. (Josh Connelly)

75 (3)

New Orleans

Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma

One of New Orelans' biggest issues last season was a collapsing pocket. Williams will likely serve as depth for his first season but the Saints have a lot of cap space allocated to aging tackle Zach Streif, who could be on his way out come 2016. (Andy Narotsky)

76 (3)


Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

Minnesota is in need of a cornerback right here, but its hard to pass on Smith who's fallen from his mid-2nd round projection. With Khalil and Loadholt both struggling in 2014, Minnesota would probably like to add depth behind those two with the potential to move Loadholt to guard and start Smith at either tackle. (Ryan Dickey)

77 (3)


Clive Walford, TE, Miami (FL)

The Browns grab their replacement for Jordan Cameron. Walford is becoming a good blocker, and he's great after the catch. Drops have been a concern, but if he can sure up his hands, he can be very good in Cleveland. (Josh Connelly)

78 (3)

New Orleans (via MIA)

Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

Carter is experienced, after facing the likes of Marcus Mariota, Jalen Strong, and Nelson Agholor in college. He is likely to make an impact quickly in what has been a tawdry-at-best secondary in New Orleans. (Andy Narotsky)

79 (3)

San Francisco

Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State

Greene gives Kaepernick a possession receiver who can run the valuable check down routes when Kaepernick is scrambling. Pencil in Greene to play in the slot from day 1. (Ryan Dickey)

80 (3)

Kansas City

TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama

The Chiefs may already have Jamaal Charles (a top 3 RB) as their starter, but with his injuries last year, they could use a goal line power back. Yeldon is massive and runs like a truck but has some great speed too. (Aaron Vetter)

81 (3)


Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State

The Bills have a good amount of confusion at signal caller with Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, and Tyrod Taylor currently on the roster. Grayson would almost certainly sit out the 2015 campaign, but down the road his arm talent and pocket presence could help him become a legitimate starting quarterback. (Andy Narotsky)

82 (3)


Michael Bennett, DE, Ohio State

Houston would love to add someone opposite J.J. Watt. Bennett was a solid producer who fits the 3-4 DE spot nicely, capable of handling either rushing the passer or tackling a runner well. He should get significant rotational snaps immediately, and could quickly become a starter. (David Lloyd)

83 (3)

San Diego

Markus Golden, DE, Missouri

With Dwight Freeny gone and Melvin Ingram frequently injured, pass rushing depth is key for the Chargers. (Andy Narotsk y)

84 (3)


Paul Dawson, OLB, TCU

Another case of best player available, and the Eagles get a very good football player in Dawson. (Nick Cicere)

85 (3)


D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic

Cincinnati needs to add to the secondary, as Pacman Jones, Leon Hall, and Reggie Nelson are all on the wrong side of 30. Smith has good speed and covers up opponents well enough to keep yards to a minimum. With a year to learn behind the veterans, Smith should flourish. (David Lloyd)

86 (3)


Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon

Center is a huge need for the Cardinals and getting Grasu at this point in the draft makes sense. Grasu was the leader of the offensive line for college's fastest offense last season, so he's certainly capable of leading a pro line right from the get go. (Ryan Dickey)

87 (3)


James Sample, S, Louisville

The Steelers add another piece to their secondary. Sample will help fill the void left by Troy Polamalu. (Miller Mrosek)

88 (3)

San Francisco (via DET, SQ trade)

Kwon Alexander, OLB, LSU

Continuing to add depth to a depleted Niners defense, Alexander has the potential to be starter for this team down the road with fantastic speed in coverage, but his small stature could be his down fall and force him to 3rd down duties. (Ryan Dickey)

89 (3)


Anthony Harris, S, Virginia

There's nthing flashy about Harris, but he is an instinctive safety that plays deep and in the box. (Nick Cicere)

90 (3)


Troy Hill, CB, Oregon

Going with another corner for Baltimore is the right choice. Ozzie Newsome knows that this is his team's biggest weakness and he will address it heavily. (Aaron Vetter)

91 (3)

San Francisco (via DAL, SQ trade)

Shaq Riddick, DE, West Virginia

Riddick has tremendous height and speed for DE, but he lacks strength right now to get by opposing tackles. After a few years of development and weight training we could be looking at a poor man's Aldon Smith. (Ryan Dickey)

92 (3)


Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Peyton Manning won't be around forever. This may be his last year and a nice parting gift (besides a possible SB trophy) would be to tutor Hundley and help grow him into a passable NFL starting QB. Brock Osweiler has an expiring contract, making this pick make all the more sense. (Adrian Nelson)

93 (3)


Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford

Great size and great athleticism will likely get Tartt drafted in the third round. The Colts have a huge need at safety, and Tartt is a solid pickup late in the third. He played at a smaller school, which could hurt him in the beginning, but the Colts have to bet that he can learn the ropes quickly. (Josh Connelly)

94 (3)

Cleveland (via GB, SQ trade)

Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisviille

Five picks at five positions of need? How lucky would the Browns be if their real draft turned out so well? Mauldin has rushing linebacker written all over him, and he can help strengthen Cleveland's weak front seven in a rotational role from day one. (Josh Connelly)

95 (3)


Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

Hear me out. Marshawn Lynch has a very different running style than Ajayi, and the two can coexist under the proper scheme. Ajayi could be used even in a Percy Harvin role - focused on open field speed and return abilities. Coupled with Lynch's "Will he-Won't he" charade of threatening retirement, this seems like a smart pick for Seattle in the late 3rd. (Andy Narotsky)

96 (3)

New England

Nick O'Leary, TE, Florida State

O'Leary is a perfect No. 2 tight end in Belichick's offensive scheme, given his willingness to block and his strong hands. (Nick Cicere)

97* (3)

New England

Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State

Would work better as a deep safety, given his unwillingness to tackle, but his ball skills are undeniable. A deep playmaker is a need for the Pats. (Nick Cicere)

98* (3)

Kansas City

Frank Clark, OLB, Michigan

Clark is one of the quickest LBs in the draft and has some awesome athleticism. Off-field domestic abuse issues will cause him to drop, and a smart team like KC will take him for his talen t and try to keep his off-field issues toned down. (Aaron Vetter)

99* (3)


Senquez Golson, CB/SS, Ole Miss

Golson is a bit of a high risk, high reward guy, having allowed 4 TDs over the course of the year, but also picking off 10 passes (allowing just the 5th best QB rating among prospects as a result). The real value here is in Golson's tackling; he didn't miss a single tackle all year on pass plays. Will start alongside fellow rookie D'Joun Smith learning to play as a cornerback at the NFL level, but may switch to safety at some point, where his tackling abilities will be put to good use. (David Lloyd)

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