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2015 NFL Draft: Best Broncos prospects for Day Three

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The first three rounds of the draft are in the books, but the third day of the draft offers plenty of prospects available that can make a difference for the Broncos.

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Day 3 is here and the Broncos have six more picks remaining in the NFL Draft.  Listed below are some of the top remaining players available in this class that the Broncos will be giving hard looks on Saturday.

Top Targets Available for the Broncos


T.J. Clemmings, OT —  Pittsburgh

Everyone believed that Clemmings would be a first round pick to early second round pick at the latest, but here he is available in the fourth round.  Reports state that his foot injury is a huge concern for teams and his mental aptitude is quite a concern, as he allegedly bombed the Wonderlic in epic fashion.

Grady Jarrett, DT — Clemson

I would have expected Jarrett to have been selected by now, but here we are on the third day and he is still available. HIs lack of size may be causing him to slip down boards, but his gap penetrating skills along with his high motor would make him a welcomed addition to our defensive front.

Michael Bennett, DT — Ohio State

As mentioned in my Day Two values, Bennett is an impressive player who like Jarrett, does a fantastic job of disrupting games and plays sound assignment football.  I have a feeling both these players will go before our compensatory selection in the fourth round, but whose to say we can't make a bold move via other methods to obtain one?

Jay Ajayi, RB Boise State

Rumor is that Ajay's history of knee injuries have had him drop this far, but at this point in time he is worth the gamble.   The Broncos have a stable of backs, but I strongly believe they would be wise to select another in this deep class.  Ajayi has three-down ability and is one of the best receiving backs out of this class.

Adrian Amos, FS Penn State

The Broncos will be in the market for a safety on Day 3 and Amos is one of the best remaining.  He has exceptional coverage skills and has high football intelligence.  I have been told by numerous sources throughout the draft process that Amos is a player the Broncos hold in high regard.

Za'Darius Smith, DE Kentucky

With Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe scheduled to be free agents, Denver could invest in a defensive end who has schematic versatility.  Smith is that kind of player and is likely to come off the board soon.

Josh Shaw, DB USC

Shaw has experience playing all over the Trojans secondary, but his best fit likely will come at free safety at the next level.  He should garner attention from the Broncos to add a versatile player capable of playing deep in Wade Phillips' defense.

Jarvis Harrison, G Texas A&M

You want to know who handled Shane Ray better than any offensive lineman in the country?  Jarvis Harrison.  Some question his dedication to the game, but there is absolutely no doubting his talent.  Day 3 of the draft is where you take gambles like that and Harrison could be a legitimate threat to start at left guard as a rookie.  Somebody is going to get a steal.

Kurtis Drummond, FS Michigan State

One of the best back end defenders in his conference, Drummond displays high football intelligence, above-average athleticism and a knack for making the big play.  He needs to improve his tackling technique and "let it go" when he does get beat.  Didn't play nearly as well as he did the season prior, but still has the traits necessary to be a starter in the NFL.

Justin Hardy, WR East Carolina

It is absolutely criminal that the FBS all-time leader in receptions is still available at this point.  Hardy is an intelligent football player who catches everything that comes his way and is a first down machine.  He would be an incredible pick for the Broncos and they would be fortunate to have him.

Tre McBride, WR William and Mary

McBride is one of the best small school prospects available and would fill a need for the Broncos at reserve receiver and offer potential as a return man.  He catches the ball smoothly and will contribute in the NFL as a rookie.

Rashad Greene, WR Florida State

A productive player who is competitive in his unique way, Greene has great skills that translate well to the NFL level, but scouts worry about his size and occasional lapses in concentration that result in drops.  However, he mad some big time plays and is one of the more refined route runners in this class.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB — Oregon

Ekpre-Olomu entered the season regarded as one of the best cover corners in college football, but a stroke of bad luck went his way when he tore up his knee in December.  He will likely need a redshirt season in the NFL to get completely healthy, but when he is 100% he is just as good as any of the guys drafted before him if not better.

Reese Dismukes, C Auburn

If the Broncos want to go out and get another lineman who was born to play in the zone blocking system, Dismukes should be considered.  He is familiar with it quite well and was one of the most consistent centers in all of college football.

Taiwan Jones, ILB Michigan State

Jones quietly slipped through the third round of the draft, but he is a productive player and team leader who has the ability to start in the NFL.  The Broncos could use an insurance policy at ILB given the contract status and injury history of their incumbent starters.

Derron Smith, FS Fresno State

Productive four year starters usually don't slip this far, but Smith's lack of size and average workouts have likely cost him a round or so in the draft.  Nevertheless, he is good player who has earned various accolades and also has special teams ability on coverage and return units.

Brett Hundley, QB UCLA

The Broncos didn't select a quarterback in the first three rounds, but believe me, that time is coming.  Hundley is rough around the edges, but is a fantastic fit for Gary Kubiak's offense.  I truly believe he could thrive in this system and be a quality signal caller here in Denver.


Fans of the Denver Broncos and Mile High Report,

Who are some of your top prospects available on Day 3?   Who would you like to see the Broncos go out and grab?  Sound off in the comments and keep the quality draft discussion going.  We appreciate the comments, feedback and discussion you all generate.   Thanks for making this draft extravaganza special.