NFL Mock Draft 2015: Team-by-Team Predictions for Rounds 2 and 3

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22: Defensive lineman Randy Gregory of Nebraska competes during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The first round of the 2015 NFL draft wasn't quite as chaotic as many expected, but it was certainly surprising in many ways, as several highly touted prospects are still available entering Day 2.

While elite players often come out of the first round, winning franchises are often built in the second and third rounds through the cultivation of overlooked gems. There is no doubt that there are more question marks surrounding prospects at this juncture, but there are still potential stars to be had.

With Friday's second and third rounds looming, here is a full Day 2 mock draft along with a closer look at some of the most intriguing players remaining on the board.

Day 1 Results

Day 2 Mock Draft

2015 NFL 2nd-Round Mock Draft
Draft PositionTeamPlayer
33.Tennessee TitansDorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
34.Tampa Bay BuccaneersLandon Collins, S, Alabama
35.Oakland RaidersJake Fisher, OT, Oregon
36.Jacksonville JaguarsTevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
37.New York JetsRandy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
38.Washington RedskinsEric Rowe, CB, Utah
39.Chicago BearsEric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
40.New York GiantsOwamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
41.St. Louis RamsJaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
42.Atlanta FalconsLa'el Collins, OL, LSU
43.Cleveland BrownsDevin Smith, WR, Ohio State
44.New Orleans SaintsEli Harold, OLB, Virginia
45.Minnesota VikingsBenardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
46.San Francisco 49ersDenzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (Fla.)
47.Miami DolphinsJalen Collins, CB, LSU
48.San Diego ChargersEddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
49.Kansas City ChiefsSammie Coates, WR, Auburn
50.Buffalo BillsDonovan Smith, OT, Penn State
51.Houston TexansBryce Petty, QB, Baylor
52.Philadelphia EaglesRonald Darby, CB, Florida State
53.Cincinnati BengalsPreston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
54.Detroit LionsT.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
55.Arizona CardinalsLorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville
56.Pittsburgh SteelersD'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
57.Carolina PanthersRashad Greene, WR, Florida State
58.Baltimore RavensMaxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
59.Denver BroncosJordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
60.Dallas CowboysDanielle Hunter, DE, LSU
61.Indianapolis ColtsMario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State
62.Green Bay PackersPaul Dawson, ILB, TCU
63.Seattle SeahawksHroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
64.New England PatriotsA.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
2nd-Round Mock Draft

Top Players to Watch on Day 2

Randy Gregory

2015 NFL 3rd-Round Mock Draft
Draft PositionTeamPlayer
65.Tampa Bay BuccaneersTre' Jackson, OG, Florida State
66.Tennessee TitansP.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
67.Jacksonville JaguarsDevin Funchess, WR, Michigan
68.Oakland RaidersNate Orchard, DE, Utah
69.Washington RedskinsCarl Davis, DT, Iowa
70.New York JetsBrett Hundley, QB, UCLA
71.Chicago BearsQuinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
72.St. Louis RamsAli Marpet, OG, Hobart
73.Atlanta FalconsClive Walford, TE, Miami (Fla.)
74.New York GiantsMichael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
75.New Orleans SaintsChris Conley, WR, Georgia
76.Minnesota VikingsJosh Shaw, CB, USC
77.Cleveland BrownsGarrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
78.New Orleans Saints (from MIA)Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
79.San Francisco 49ersTyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
80.Kansas City ChiefsDaryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
81.Buffalo BillsJaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
82.Houston TexansTre McBride, WR, William & Mary
83.San Diego ChargersMitch Morse, OG, Missouri
84.Philadelphia EaglesGrady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
85.Cincinnati BengalsXavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
86.Arizona CardinalsDuke Johnson, RB, Miami (Fla.)
87.Pittsburgh SteelersAdrian Amos, S, Penn State
88.Detroit LionsAmeer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
89.Carolina PanthersJay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
90.Baltimore RavensT.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
91.Dallas CowboysAlex Carter, CB, Stanford
92.Denver BroncosTy Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
93.Indianapolis ColtsHau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
94.Green Bay PackersJeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State
95.Seattle SeahawksHenry Anderson, DE, Stanford
96.New England PatriotsStefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
97.New England PatriotsDavid Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
98.Kansas City ChiefsSean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
99.Cincinnati BengalsIfo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
3rd-Round Mock Draft

Nebraska linebacker Randy Gregory was once considered a possible top-five pick and likely top-10 selection, but after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine, he is there for the taking with one round in the books.

There is no question that there is a certain amount of risk involved with Gregory from an off-field perspective, but he is supremely skilled on the field and could turn out to be the best pass-rusher in this class.

Every team in the NFL could use a player of his ilk, which is why it is difficult to imagine him lasting beyond the first several picks of the second round. According to Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei, the feeling is starting to emerge that Gregory is worth taking a chance on outside the first round:

One team that could be an excellent fit is the New York Jets. They have a need at outside linebacker, and they already boast a dominant defensive line after selecting USC's Leonard Williams in the first round to go along with Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.

Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reports that Gang Green showed heavy interest in Gregory during the lead-up to the draft:

Dan Pompei @danpompei

14. 32 teams re-evaluating Randy Gregory this AM. We're getting close to the point where the risk is mitigated enough to consider the reward

New York didn't hesitate to go with the best player available in the first round, and it would likely be doing the same if it takes Gregory in the second.

Landing a sack artist like Gregory at No. 37 would be a major coup for the Jets, and it is something they should seriously consider if he is available.

Dorial Green-Beckham

The first round of the 2015 NFL draft was littered with wide receivers, but Dorial Green-Beckham is one pass-catcher who slipped through the cracks. The former Missouri star has the skill set to be a Pro Bowler, but there are questions regarding his character.

DGB was dismissed from Mizzou due to an off-field incident, and he also hasn't played in a game since 2013, which means he may have to work through some rust before becoming a big-time contributor.

Even so, he is a physical specimen at 6'5" and 237 pounds, with speed to boot, which means some team will likely take a chance on him in the early portion of the second round. NFL.com draft analyst Bucky Brooks thinks that Green-Beckham will be worth the risk, according to Joe Fann of 49ers.com:

I think Dorial Green-Beckham can be an outstanding player. In having a chance to go to his pro day and talk to his parents, I believe the kid is going to turn it around. He's certainly a talent that's worthy of going in the first round. But, I do understand the hesitancy in taking a chance on a guy who's had some issues in his background, particularly in today's climate. I think if you take a chance on DGB and you hit, you're talking about a Plaxico Burress-type playmaker that will make a huge impact.

Many teams picking at the start of the second round could use a wide receiver, including the Tennessee Titans at No. 33.

ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky notes that the Titans won't allow character-related questions to prevent them from taking DGB if they like him as a player:

Tennessee has some talent at wideout with Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Hakeem Nicks, but none of them are go-to guys. First-round pick Marcus Mariota will need a dominant receiver he can count on, and Green-Beckham could become that guy.

Tennessee needs to put Mariota in position to succeed, and drafting DGB would help significantly in that regard.

Landon Collins

Paul Kuharsky @PaulKuharskyNFL

I don't know how much the #Titans like him or don't like him. But I do know Dorial Green-Beckham is a draftable guy in their eyes.

Early in the draft process, it was widely accepted that Alabama's Landon Collins was the No. 1 safety in the class. But he enters Day 2 without knowing what team he will play for in 2015.

The Green Bay Packers opted to take Arizona State safety Damarious Randall over Collins, and every other team with a need at safety decided to pass on the former Crimson Tide standout as well.

It can be argued that Collins is a bit one-dimensional in that he excels as a run defender more so than he does in coverage, but Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage believes Collins can do it all:

Even if Collins acts primarily as an extra guy in the box, though, that is an extremely valuable role in many defenses. Also, he proved at Alabama that he is a true leader, which is an intangible that shouldn't be understated.

Teams will be more likely to address the safety position and overlook Collins' shortcomings in the second round, so he figures to be among the first players selected on Day 2. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team to watch, as they traded safety Dashon Goldson to the Washington Redskins.

The Bucs already got an immediate starter in the first round when they took quarterback Jameis Winston, and they'll get another in the second if they go with Collins at No. 34.

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