In the third round of the APC 2015 Mock Draft, we got started with the next batch of quarterbacks. The Tennessee Titans did not take a QB in the first two rounds, so we (specifically, Jason) see them going in that direction in round three.
Also scooped up in this batch of picks are three very good running back prospects, each of whom has a unique skill set. Check out picks one through 12 in round three below.
#65 (TB): Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, Florida State
Josh: With the franchise QB and offensive line issues already addressed, the Bucs will likely look to add an athletic pass rusher to the defensive line.
Previous picks: QB Jameis Winston, OT Jake Fisher
#66 (TEN): Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
Jason: If the Titans don't take a quarterback with the second pick in the draft, they may consider one later on. Bryce Petty is old for a quarterback prospect (24) and doesn't have a great arm, but someone will take a chance on him on Day 2.
Previous picks: DT Leonard Williams, CB Eric Rowe
#67 (JAX): Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
Abdullah should earn plenty of snaps right away in a running back corps that consists of Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson, and Bernard Pierce. (Ryan)
Previous picks: WR Amari Cooper, DE Shane Ray
#68 (OAK): Tre Jackson, G, Florida State
Jackson can back up all three interior positions and could step in at right guard if Austin Howard were to move out to tackle. (Kris)
Previous picks: OLB Randy Gregory, CB Quentin Rollins
#69 (WAS): Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke
This pick provides some much-needed depth on the interior offensive line.(Aron)
Previous picks: OLB Dante Fowler, Jr., CB Byron Jones
#70 (NYJ): Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
The Jets love pass-rushers, even if it's Todd Bowles' team instead of Rex Ryan's now. Kikaha was one of the most productive in all of football a year ago. (Brendan)
Previous picks: QB Marcus Mariota, TE Maxx Williams
#71 (CHI): Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
Nelson will fit in nicely with the Bears' cornerback tandem of Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller, and likely can contribute from the slot initially before taking over for Jennings down the road. (Aron)
Previous picks: OLB Vic Beasley, WR Breshad Perriman
#72 (STL): Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
Janoris Jenkins is solid on one side of the secondary, but Carter can bring some size and competition for the job opposite him. (Ryan)
Previous picks: OT La'el Collins, WR Devin Smith
#73 (ATL): T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
Jason: Atlanta thought it solved its running back issues when it signed Steven Jackson in 2013. After two poor seasons, they will likely take advantage of this year's deep draft class and take one who can potentially carry the load.
Previous picks: OL Brandon Scherff, DE Preston Smith
#74 (NYG): Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern
The Giants' secondary is so thin right now that they don't even have a starter listed at one position on their depth chart. Campbell will need to step in immediately. (Brendan)
Previous picks: WR Kevin White, DE Eli Harold
#75 (NO): Clive Walford, TE, Miami (FL)
No more Jimmy Graham? The Saints find a replacement for him. Though Walford is nowhere near the receiving weapon Graham was, he's a far more willing and effective blocker. (Brendan)
Previous picks: CB Trae Waynes, OLB Owamagbe Odighizuwa, ILB Stephone Anthony
#76 (MIN): David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
Tex: With the Peterson saga showing no signs of ending, the Vikings would do well to solidify the position Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon aren't exactly Pro Bowl caliber, and Johnson can be a dual threat out of the backfield.
Previous picks: WR DeVante Parker, OLB Paul Dawson