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Grady Jarrett, Jay Ajayi are Day 3 NFL Draft picks to watch in training camp

There are plenty of late-round picks worth paying attention to as they battle for starting roles in training camp.

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Many of the players taken in the first two days of the 2015 NFL Draft are in line for starting roles heading into their rookie seasons, but that doesn't mean they're the only ones you need to pay attention to from this year's class. Sure, first-round picks like Jameis Winston, Kevin White and Vic Beasley, and second-rounders Dorial Green-Beckham and T.J. Yeldon should start right away and be exciting to watch.

But the most successful franchises can find starting-caliber players all throughout the draft. Throughout the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, starters can be had even if it's a bit harder to find that diamond in the rough. Nothing is a sure thing, of course, but there are a number of high-potential players you should be on the lookout for heading into training camp and the preseason. Some of these guys are filling big holes in struggling franchises, and others are simply too good to leave on the sidelines.

Below, we'll highlight a few of them.

DT Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons

The biggest change the Falcons underwent this offseason was bringing in head coach Dan Quinn to replace Mike Smith. Quinn, the Seattle Seahawks' former defensive coordinator, is the guy the Falcons targeted all along, waiting until the conclusion of the Super Bowl to bring him in. Quinn's first task was to restore a depleted defense, and he did that by taking Vic Beasley in the first round of the NFL Draft.

But that's not all: he also brought in defensive tackle Grady Jarrett with the 137th overall selection. Jarrett was a teammate of Beasley's at Clemson, and although he was bit overshadowed by his fellow Tiger, landing Jarrett in the fifth round was one of the steals of the draft.

Throughout organized team activities, Jarrett has been getting plenty of work and the Falcons will want an extended look at him in training camp. He likely won't be able to start, but he could take some snaps from Jonathan Babineaux and could find his way onto the field in nickel situations. That all hinges on a strong grasp of the playbook and a strong performance in training camp, however.

RB Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins

In a stacked running back class, Boise State running back Jay Ajayi may have been the most intriguing prospect of them all. That doesn't mean he was the best, but he offered a massive amount of upside. The issue: he dealt with injuries throughout college and his draft stock fell accordingly. The Dolphins were more than happy to take advantage of that and select Ajayi in the fifth round, the 149th overall selection.

Miami has Lamar Miller at the position already. Miller finally came into his own last season, carrying the ball 216 times for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns. He's set to be the starter this season, and given his 5.1 yards per carry average last season, the Dolphins are in good shape. But Ajayi absolutely fits the bill of a guy who can come in, take snaps away from Miller right away and force a two-back system. If he rises to the occasion, he could take the starting job entirely heading into 2016.

OT Trent Brown, San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers spent a seventh-round pick on a very large man named Trent Brown. Brown, the 244th overall pick in the NFL Draft, was expected to fight for a roster spot as one of the last offensive linemen on the team, but now he could be looking at a starting role. That's due to the fact that Anthony Davis, the team's starting right tackle, announced his retirement.

With the 49ers already holding competitions at left guard and center, they don't have too many bodies to spare at this point. Brown, to his credit, isn't quite as raw as most seventh-round picks, and throughout organized team activities, he routinely impressed the coaching staff. Nobody thinks he looks like a rookie out there, and a strong showing in training camp could earn him a starting job at right tackle or even right guard if Alex Boone goes outside. That's a big deal for a run-first team like the 49ers.

DT Gabe Wright, Detroit Lions

The Lions lost both starting defensive tackles this offseason, and they needed to address the position in a big way. Detroit did that somewhat by bringing in Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker during free agency, but the team also needed a promising rookie at the very least, and got one with Gabe Wright. The defensive tackle out of Auburn went off the board with the 113th overall pick on Wright, much lower than he was expected to go.

By all accounts, Wright has impressed the coaching staff in early practices and when training camp rolls around, he should be there competing for a starting job. In the end, he might only have a limited role coming in on certain packages, but Wright has the potential to do some serious damage as a rookie, especially for a Lions team that sorely needs someone to step up after the departure of Ndamukong Suh.

DT Michael Bennett, Jacksonville Jaguars

Bennett is another player who should not have been available when the Jaguars took him in the sixth round. The Ohio State defensive lineman was regarded as a third-round talent at worst by most scouts, and everyone thinks the Jaguars got a steal in the NFL Draft. It's not often that sixth-round picks get a chance to start right away, but if Bennett has a productive showing in training camp, that could certainly be the case.

At this stage, Bennett is behind Sen'Derrick Marks and Ziggy Hood. Marks tore his ACL in the 2014 regular season and may not be cleared for the season opener, while Hood is solid but unremarkable overall. At the very least, Bennett will find his way onto the field in some form, and if he performs well, he could earn a starting role as a rookie. Look for Bennett making plays in the backfield.

RB David Cobb, Tennessee Titans

In truth, many of the top running backs in this year's class are talented enough to earn starting roles sooner rather than later. As a fifth-round pick, David Cobb may have gone under the radar a little, but he's been impressing the Titans throughout OTAs, putting Bishop Sankey officially on notice. The Titans will want multiple backs to get carries, and while Sankey may be considered the starter, Cobb could easily wrest control from him in the end.

Cobb is a better inside runner than Sankey, and should get the more crucial short-yardage carries. But he's not just a short-yardage runner and he'll have every opportunity to make Sankey an afterthought. Sankey was possibly the top back in last year's draft class, and Cobb potentially having a higher ceiling than him simply illustrates how strong the 2015 running back group is overall.

OT T.J. Clemmings, Minnesota Vikings

Clemmings is big and nasty -- he's got a mean streak, and he has the talent to start immediately if the Vikings allow him. Of course, that will hinge on him picking up the playbook and getting a feel for the offense quickly, but Clemmings should be up to the task.

The fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh saw extensive time at the guard spots throughout organized team activities and that could be where he winds up starting in the end. The right guard spot seems to make the most sense, and it's there that Clemmings should flourish.