2015 NFL Combine: Third Round Prospects

What to watch for at the 2015 NFL Combine from the third round prospects

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65. SS Anthony Harris, Virginia 6-0, 209
Is he tough enough to be a strong safety? He’s a good pass defender and he’s a numbers guy when it comes to his tackling ability, but he has to find a true role. If he can be fast and athletic, he might be seen for a variety of roles, but he’s built to be a good starter right away.

66. CB Marcus Peters, Washington 6-0, 198
The interview process has to go perfectly. He’ll say all the right things, and he’ll look the part of a potential star on the field, but can he get by his attitude and issues after having problems with the new Washington coaching staff? He has first round talent, but he could freefall if no one wants to deal with his baggage.

67. RB Javorius Allen, USC 6-1, 220
The second-level burst. He’s fast and quick for his size, and while he doesn’t bring enough power, he’s okay. However, does he need to gear back up after his first cut? Interviews are going to be key – he has to sell the idea that he’s going to be a killer who can handle the NFL workhorse rigors.

68. OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M 6-5, 305
When is his knee going to be ready? He suffered a torn ACL late in the year, and he’s not going to be able to lift, but there’s still a question about overcoming the technical problems. He could be a great value pick outside of the first round, but he has to eventually show something at an elite level – that’s going to take a while before he heals up.

69. C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon 6-3, 297
The bench is vital. All linemen obviously want to look strong, but coming from a finesse offense and not known as a blaster of a blocker, he has to show that he has the strength to become a force and not just a technician.

70. SS Jaquiski Tartt, Samford 6-1, 218
He looks every bit the part of an NFL safety with great size and excellent quickness. His draft stock could rise or fall on his 40 time, needing to blast away under a 4.6 to be a top 50 consideration. The lower level production will come into question, but as long as he looks the part in Indy, that’ll be blown off.

71. OG Robert Myers, Tennessee State 6-5, 310
While he looks like a tackle, he needs to be an NFL guard. All the tools are there and he’d be ranked higher by many if he was from Tennessee instead of Tennessee State, but he needs to destroy the bench press first. If he can do that, all of a sudden someone is going to think he could be the best interior blocker in the draft.

72. FS Gerod Holliman, Louisville 6-2, 213
Is he that good? He came up with a special season and did everything right, but it was only one year. He could be just scratching the surface, and he has to show that in interviews. He can’t hit and won’t be a strong safety, and he might not be the right guy to build around, but in today’s NFL, he could be special.

73. CB Quinten Rollins, Miami Univ. 6-1, 203
How long does he need before he becomes a real, live corner? The upside is limitless, but he’s a basketball player still figuring out how to be a next-level corner. As long as he runs well and moves as smoothly as any of the other corners, he’ll make himself an intriguing second round pick.

74. OT Daryl Williams, Oklahoma 6-6, 329
All that matters are the agility drills. The size is there, the power isn’t in question, and he has the right attitude, but he has to be able to move. If he can’t, he falls out of the first round and into the Right Tackle Only category.

75. FS Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss 6-2, 217
Simply a great football player, does he have the tools to match? He has the size, and he knows how to get around the ball, and he’ll do anything needed, but can he move? Does he have the quickness? Is he physical enough? Scouts are going to want to fight for him, and he needs the workout to help the cause.

76. DE Za'Darius Smith, Kentucky 6-6, 263
The athleticism and speed have to be there to go along with the fight. Known as the try-hard motor end, he has to look fast enough to become an NFL pass rusher. He’ll be a starter, but he might not be more than a key part of a rotation unless he can show off some tools.

77. OG Laken Tomlinson, Duke 6-3, 330
Does he have the ability or the potential to get on the move? He’s purely a power blocker and he’s way too clunky when he has to try to kick out and do anything when he’s outside of a phone booth. Only a guard, he has to show he’s not just for a tough run-blocking scheme.

78. FS Adrian Amos, Penn State 6-0, 209
If it’s possible to show off strength and toughness, besides the bench press, then that’s what he needs to do. He should move great, and he has decent size, but he’s not a sure-thing star unless he’s surrounded by other good defensive backs. He has to tackle.

79. CB D'Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic 5-11, 190
As long as he’s fast and as long as he’s quick and as long as he cranks out a great 40, he’ll be fine. Teams stayed away from him after he turned into a devastating playmaker, so he needs a lot of tape work for the scouts, but more than anything else, he can’t be slow.

80. DE Markus Golden, Missouri 6-3, 260
How much was it being a part of the Missouri defensive line, and how much was it being on the other side of Shane Ray, and how much of it was him being just that good? He turned in a terrific 2014 season, but there’s nothing truly special about his game – he has to be next-level athletic in Indy.

81. DT Michael Bennett, Ohio State 6-2, 288
He has to be really, really quick. He’s not big enough, and he’s not bulky enough, so he has to make his money with the short and agility drills. He can be a dangerous interior pass rusher, but after a bit of a disappointing year after looking like a world-beater in 2013, he has to somehow prove that he’s not slopping.

82. OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville 6-4, 252
Is he inside or out? Everything is there except for a set position – and fluidity. He’s not really an inside linebacker, and he’s not really an NFL pass rusher. He has to come out of Indy with the scouts being certain he’s an outside defender who could grow into a disruptive force.

83. TE Tyler Kroft, Rutgers 6-6, 240
Can he be a receiver? He’s not big enough to be a top blocker, and he’s a good athlete, but he wasn’t used enough at Rutgers and he always tries hard, but if he sucks everything in during the passing drills, all of a sudden he could be a must-have second round pick.

84. CB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss 5-9, 176
Is there any way he can look physical? Not big enough, he’ll be manhandled by the tougher NFL targets, and while he’s a fighter, that might not be enough. While he’s a true baller, he doesn’t have the body to hold up if he has to make a lot of big plays. The physical might turn out to be the key to his stock.

85. DE Preston Smith, Mississippi State 6-6, 270
It’s all about the agility and quickness drills. The size is there, and he’s a good, tough defender, but does he have any explosion? He might be more of an end who’s a nice piece more than a dangerous disruptive force, and that has to change with a big-time workout.

86. ILB Hayes Pullard, USC 6-1, 235<
Is he just an athlete or can he bring the thump on the inside? He’s not going to be for every style, and he could put up huge stats in the right system, but can he be a physical presence? Does he have the type of attitude that’s going to convince coaches that he’s going to be the alpha-male?

87. DT Xavier Cooper, Washington State 6-4, 299
Can he look the part? He doesn’t really have the right body and the right appearance of an NFL defensive tackle, but he can move and he’s athletic. Raw strength has to be shown off – he needs a good bench press – and he has to look relatively powerful.

88. DT Marcus Hardison, Arizona State 6-4, 300
Is he a big end or a smallish tackle? He needs to show strength and power, and he has to show that he’s more than a pass rusher. He’s still trying to get the finer points of the position after starting out his career on the outside, and now the scouts have to figure out exactly what he is and what he can become.

89. CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest 6-1, 175
If it’s possible to show some strength of physical abilities, he might rocket up the charts. He’s athletic and he’s fluid, but he’s not all that strong and he’s too lanky. Anything he can do – ten reps on the bench? – to give the appearance of being tough will be a big help.

90. QB Brett Hundley, UCLA 6-3, 226
Looks the part, acts the part, talks the part, but is he the type of quarterback who can lead a team to a championship? Decision-making ability is a disaster at times in pure passing situations – he has to rock in the interview/quiz process.

91. ILB Stephone Anthony, Clemson 6-3, 245
Be quick. He’s a good, fast, aggressive hitter and moves fine for a player of his size, but he needs to be good in coverage. He’ll look fine in shorts and he should build off a great Senior Bowl week, but his times in the short drills need to be excellent to show that he can keep up on third downs.

92. DT Joey Mbu, Houston 6-3, 310
Can he show any explosion? He’s a rock and he can move a bit, but he has to be great in the short drills. He could turn into a major high-riser with just a little bit of mobility in the workouts. Can he play up to his size? He was a bit too inconsistent last year.

93. CB Alex Carter, Stanford 6-0, 202
All eyes will be to see how he looks in the agility drills. No one questions his ability to get in against the run, and he’s a veteran who knows what he’s doing, but he might be more of a safety than a true corner. Can he work the field? Can he sit on an island? His workout could up his draft stock into the second round if he’s quick.

94. OLB Max Valles, Virginia 6-5, 240
Is he ready to shine right away? Still a project, he has the basic tools and the potential is through the roof, but he needs time. He needs coaching and he needs a lot of polish, but he could still jack up his stock with a great workout – he has everything in place to just that.

95. CB Ronald Darby, Florida State 5-11, 195
He has to sell the scouts that he can hit. There might not be a faster corner in the draft, and he has the size and skills, but will he tackle anyone? If he cranks out a 4.3, no one will care if he’s not a middle linebacker against power running games. The interview will be vital considering he was named and involved – and cleared – in the Jameis Winston sexual assault issue.

96. CB Lorenzo Doss, Tulane 5-11, 187
The 40 time, the 40 time, the 40 time. He’s an overaggressive ball-hawk – in a good way sometimes – and he’s not going to tackle anyone, but his stock is going to totally and completely depend on his 40. He’ll be fine if he comes in around a 4.5, but a 4.6 or worse sinks him.

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