Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft Round 3

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After this week’s round 1 and 2  NFL mock drafts, I take a closer look at which prospects could be selected late on day two and fill the teams’ remaining needs. Additional draft coverage can be found here.

48. After trading Mark Barron in the middle of the season, the Bucs had a hole at free safety that Dashon Goldson could not fill.  Holliman is a true ball-hawk who picked off 14 passes last year.  His work ethic needs some maintenance, but Holliman could thrive in the Tampa 2 scheme.. Free Safety. Louisville. Gerod Holliman. 65. player

Outside Linebacker. LSU. Danielle Hunter. 66. player. 35. The Titans get great value at a position of need with this pick.  Hunter’s production kept him from going in Round 2 but his physical attributes are impressive — I expect him to improve the Titans’ pass rush after some coaching.

67. player. 52. The Jags should keep bolstering their defense and receive a second-round talent in P.J. Williams, who enjoyed a great career with the Seminoles and is at his best when attacking against the run.. Cornerback. FSU. P.J. Williams

68. player. 28. The Raiders endured a tough season with Miles Burris at the inside linebacker spot, but Hayes Pullard should provide an update here.  The former Spartan does not seem likely to anchor a defense but excels in coverage.  He lacks physicality when defending the run, but Khalil Mack’s play should make up for that.. Inside Linebacker. USC. Hayes Pullard

Last year showed how important offensive lines are in today’s NFL.  The Jets should look to improve at the guard position.  Tre Jackson was a reliable starter for one of college football’s best teams and barely gave up sacks.  His conditioning keeps him from being selected earlier, but an offseason with an NFL workout regimen can do wonders.. Offensive Guard. FSU. Tre Jackson. 70. player. 30

Wide Receiver. Central Florida. Breshad Perriman. 71. player. 57. Will Brandon Marshall still be around for the 2015 season in the Windy City?  No clue.  Whether he leaves or not, the Bears need another weapon at the wideout position.  Perriman has got appropriate size and speed for the position, making him a viable option as a second or third receiver on gamedays.

Oregon. Oregon. Hroniss Grasu. 72. player. 51. Once more, the Rams bolster their interior O-Line.  Grasu is a proven center without any major weaknesses and would be a great addition.

44. I can’t imagine GM Thomas Dimitroff letting round 3 pass by without selecting a safety.  Derron Smith might be undersized, but his football IQ and coverage ability of slot receivers are off the charts.. Safety. Fresno State. Derron Smith. 73. player

Hobart. Ali Marpet. 74. player. 31. The Giants finally select a much needed guard in round three.  Marpet grew up in New York and dominated the upstate Division III competition.  It will be interesting to see if he or Weston Richburg moves inside to play Center.. Center/ Guard