2015 NFL Draft: Good and Bad Fits in the Third Round


The 2015 NFL draft has come and gone; therefore, it is time to analyze each pick with excruciating detail. As is the case every year, there are picks that are perceived as bad fits and others that are perceived as good fits. With that in mind, let’s take a look a couple of the picks that look to be good fits and some that appear to be bad fits.

Good Fits

Jaelen Strong – Houston Texans

Jaelen Strong is the type of player who wins in an extremely specific way. He isn’t a player who is going to get separation or win over the middle. He is a player who is dominant at the catch point and a player who will be a fantastic outside receiver who can make a huge impact in the red zone. It is extremely beneficial for a quarterback to have a receiver who doesn’t need to be open to get thrown the ball and that is exactly what Strong will do for the Texans.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa – New York Giants

The steal of third round was when Owamagbe Odighizuwa’s fall ended with the New York Giants selecting him. Odighizuwa’s fall was likely due to concerns over his hips, as he had surgery on both hips, but he is an elite talent at defensive end. He is a menace against the run as he has the power and length to control the line of scrimmage. Furthermore, Odighizuwa converts speed to power extremely well and he can make life terrible for opposing quarterbacks.

Carl Davis – Baltimore Ravens

Another big time talent that fell to the third round was defensive tackle Carl Davis. He has the power, quickness and length to be a demon in the interior of the defensive line and that is exactly what he should do with the Baltimore Ravens. If Davis can stay motivated, he has Pro-Bowl potential and he can make a huge impact every week for the Ravens.

Bad Fits

Matt Jones – Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins did a good job for most of the draft, but Matt Jones was a puzzling selection in the third round. Jones is a powerful back that can get the dirty yards; however, he has below-average vision and almost non-existent elusiveness. He drops his head too much and he shows no patience to let his blocks develop. Jones may be the selection that the Redskins question most when they look back.

Sean Mannion – St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams wanted to find a quarterback for the future, but they picked a quarterback who won’t ever come near his expectations. Mannion has the size and arm strength you want in a quarterback, but almost nothing else. He gets too flustered under pressure, he’s not very accurate and he doesn’t show a great touch. Mannion doesn’t know how to work from a muddy pocket and his upside appears to be a decent backup quarterback, which isn’t worth a third-round pick.

Jamon Brown – St. Louis Rams

The Rams have the dubious distinction of being on this list twice for all the wrong reason. Much like Mannion, Jamon Brown was a very puzzling selection in the third round. He is limited athletically and he struggles in pass protection. He looks to be a much better guard prospect, but even there he is extremely limited. There appeared to be much better offensive linemen on the board, but the Rams once again made a huge reach.

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John Owning

John Owning is a NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has years of experience covering the NFL, NFL draft and NCAA football. John's work has been featured on the Bleacher Report and