Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Top 100 Board - Final Competition Version




1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3. Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USC
4. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5. Dante Fowler, Jr., DE, Florida
6. Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
7. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
8. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
9. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
10. Andrus Peat, T, Stanford
11. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
12. Brandon Scherff, T, Iowa
13. Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
14. Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
15. Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
16. Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
17. Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
18. Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
19. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
20. Byron Jones, CB, UConn
21. Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
22. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
23. La'El Collins, T/G, LSU
24. Melvin Gordon, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
25. D.J. Humphries, T, Florida
26. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
27. Mario Edwards, Jr., DT, Florida State
28. T.J. Clemmings, T, Pittsburgh
29. Landon Collins, S, Alabama
30. Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
31. Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
32. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
33. Eli Harold, OLB/DE, Virginia
34. Jake Fisher, T, Oregon
35. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
36. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
37. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
38. Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M
39. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
40. Erick Flowers, T, Miami
41. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
42. Shaq Thompson, LB/S/RB, Washington
43. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
44. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
45. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
46. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
47. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU 
48. Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Missippi State
49. Denzel Perryman, ILB. Miami
50. Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama
51. Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
52. Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
53. Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
54. Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
55. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
56. Nate Orchard, OLB/DE, Utah
57. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
58. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
59. Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
60. Owamabe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
61. Donovan Smith, T, Penn State
62. Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
63. Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke
64. A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
65. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
66. Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan
67. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
68. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama 
69. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
70. Clive Walford, TE, Miami
71. Tre' Jackson, G, Florida State
72. Amir Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
73. Derron Smith, S, Fresno State
74. Ali Marpet, G, Hobart
75. Tyrus Thompson, T, Oklahoma
76. D.J. Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
77. Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
78. Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn
79. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
80. Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
81. Henry Anderson, DE/DT, Stanford
82. Quinton Rollins, CB/S, Miami Ohio
83. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
84. Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
85. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
86. Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
87. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
88. Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
89. Javorius "Buck" Allen, RB, USC
90. David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
91. Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB/DE, Louisville
92. Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
93. Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State
94. Danielle Hunter, OLB/DE, LSU
95. Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
96. David Johnson, RB, N. Iowa
97. Dorran Grant, CB, Ohio State
98. Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
99. Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB/DE, Washington
100. Daryl Williams, T, Oklahoma


Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft - Post Pro Day






Here is my Post Pro Day 2015 NFL Mock Draft. It will be followed by a my updates heading into the NFL Draft on April 30th.

This is not a mock draft where I substitute my judgement for that of the teams. Instead, I research the opinions of those who most closely know teams, NFL scouts, insiders and beat writers from all of the NFL cities, and try to make the most educated prediction as to which way each team will go in the draft.

My mock draft has been linked by The Football Fan Spot, Sports Jabber, DC Pro Sports ReportWalter Football, FF Toolbox, hailRedskins.com, The Football ExpertFantasy Football Help Desk, The Huddle Report, Niners Nation, EDS Football, NFL Mock Draft Central and NFL Pro Zach in their Mock Draft Databases, so check out all of their fantastic draft related materials and content.

1st Round

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State:

Coming from a pro-style offense and possessing the stronger arm, Jameis Winston has the edge between the sidelines. With higher character and better decision making on and off the field, Marcus Mariota has the edge between the ear holes. When in doubt, NFL GM's typically go with the stronger arm, especially considering Winston's moxie and leadership.

http://tbo.com/ap/sports/pro_football/oc-koetter-likes-potential-of-young-tampa-bay-offense-ap_pro_football666aa288521c4fedb6171644c84a5a844;

2. San Diego Chargers (projected trade with the Tennessee Titans) – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon:

Of all the teams involved in the Marcus Mariota sweepstakes, only the Chargers have sufficient trade ammunition that they can afford to part with, but only due to Phillip Rivers' refusal to re-sign with the team before his contract expires. With that said, if the Titans are able to extend Rivers and the Chargers give away any additional draft picks to acquire unproven commodity like Mariota, GM Tom Telesco needs to be fired. 

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/14/philip-rivers-trade-chargers-titans-acee/;

3. Jacksonville Jaguars  Leonard Williams, DE, USC: 

The Jaguars would really like a defensive end or an outside linebacker to play the "LEO" position in their 4-3 scheme. Leonard Williams of USC probably projects best in a 4-3 defense at tackle, but also has the athleticism to play outside at defensive end, giving the Jaguars one of the biggest and most versatile defensive lines in the NFL. 


4. Oakland Raiders -Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

The Raiders still have all kinds of needs, but giving Derek Carr a legitimate go-to wide receiver has to be at the top of their list. Amari Cooper has already demonstrated elite hands and route running skills at Alabama against top notch competition, and therefore gets the edge over the more athletic, but also more raw, Kevin White.


5. Washington Pigskins - Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida:

Washington could use an outside linebacker to replace Brian Orakpo, and the Pigskins would really benefit from Marcus Mariota getting drafted ahead of them and pushing the elite pass rush specialists one more notch closer to their reach at pick No. 5. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2015/01/26/reviewing-the-play-of-the-redskins-outside-linebackers/;

6. New York Jets – Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson: 

The Jets are smack dab in the middle of the Marcus Mariota sweepstakes, either as the team that might draft him, as a team that might trade for him, or as a team that could trade their pick to somebody who wants him even more. With it looking more and more like Mariota will go at the number two spot, the Jets may have to settle for a pass rusher like Vic Beasley as a consolation prize.


7. Chicago Bears – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: 

The Bears need a receiver to replace Brandon Marshall. A speedy wide out with elite ball skills like Kevin White of West Virginia would be the perfect complement to Alshon Jeffery, and provide match-up problems for all of the Bears opponents. 

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150104/sports/150109560/;

8. Atlanta Falcons - Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri:

Atlanta is in desperate need of a pass rusher who can put some much needed heat on opposing quarterbacks and take some pressure off of their secondary. Shane Ray of Missouri is an intriguing talent as a speed rusher, and would fit in nicely with Atlanta's bigger ends, Tyson Jackson and Adrian Clayborn. 

http://atlantafalcons.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/23/falcons-draftboard-heres-who-the-falcons-have-talked-to-already/;
http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/football/quinn-is-a-big-fan-of-dante-fowler-jr/njyhz/;

9. New York Giants – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa:  

The Giants would be best served by finding a right tackle in the draft and moving Justin Pugh inside to guard. Brandon Scherff is a natural right tackle, and should be able to step in and start immediately.


10. St. Louis Rams – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: 

While the Rams have needs on their offensive line, they are said to be hard and heavy on DeVante Parker of Louisville, who would give Nick Foles a much needed go-to wide receiver in addition to a cast that has proven to be nothing more than complimentary targets. 


11. Minnesota Vikings – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: 

After solidifying their receiving corps by trading for Mike Wallace, the Vikings can concentrate on upgrading their defense with their top pick. Trae Waynes, who lead Michigan State's vaunted "No Fly Zone" secondary, would be an ideal value selection at a position of need. 


12. Cleveland Browns – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: 

The Browns need a run stuffing defensive lineman, and there's none better in this year's draft than Danny Shelton of Washington. The only question is whether they pull the trigger on him at No. 12 at the expense of taking a top receiver, or if they'll gamble that he's still available when they pick again at No. 19.


13. New Orleans Saints - Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE, Kentucky:

Having played both defensive end and outside linebacker at Kentucky, Alvin "Bud" Dupree is a rare pass rusher who is equally suited for both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes. That would make him an ideal fit in New Orleans, where Rob Ryan and the Saints are transitioning from a 3-4 system to more of a hybrid defense.


14. Miami Dolphins – La'el Collins, T/G, LSU:

Miami may have vastly improved their offensive line last season, but they didn't exactly go from worst to first in that department. A massive blocker who can play guard like La'el Collins of LSU would immediately upgrade the Dolphins' offensive line from below average to elite.
 

15. San Francisco 49ers – Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon: 

The free agent signing of Darnell Dockett should replace the loss of defensive end Ray McDonald, but the retirement of Justin Smith still leaves a huge hole on the other side of the 49'ers once dominant defensive line. Along with Dockett, an athletic end like Arik Armstead of Oregon would help San Francisco re-tool despite those losses. 


16. Houston Texans Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State:

The Texans could use a wide receiver to replace Andre Johnson, as well as help at guard and right tackle. Jaelen Strong of Arizona State would remind Texan fans of Johnson when he used to be big and fast when he was young, and not just a de facto tight end as he was at the end of his time in Houston.


17. Tennessee Titans (projected trade with the San Diego Chargers) – Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska:

While Randy Gregory comes with some off the field risk as an admitted habitual marijuana user, if the Titans could parlay the No. 2 pick into a Pro Bowl quarterback like Phillip Rivers and one of the draft's best pass rushers, it would have to be considered a good trade even if Gregory doesn't pan out. If he does, there will be people in Nashville writing songs about this potential trade for years to come.



18. Kansas City Chiefs – Cameron Erving, C, Florida State: 

After losing starting center Rodney Hudson to the Raiders in free agency, the Chiefs will need to look to the draft to fill that hole. Cameron Erving of Florida State is the highest rated center in this year's draft, and would help keep Jamaal Charles in the fast lane. 


19. Cleveland Browns – Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida: 

The Browns need a speed threat to replace Josh Gordon, and perhaps there's never been anybody faster in college football than Breshad Perriman of Central Florida. While he needs some work on his hands, Perriman is a big receiver who has the ability to take it to the house each and every time he touches the ball.


20. Philadelphia Eagles
 – Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: 

After Chip Kelley's great roster purge of 2015, the Eagles don't have any viable receivers on their roster. Devin Smith of Ohio State is an elite speed receiver who can take the top off of opposing defenses, much like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
 

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcom Brown, DT, Texas:

Cincinnati is looking for help at nose tackle to play alongside Geno Atkins. Malcom Brown of Texas is a rare talent, who at 320 pounds is strong enough to stuff the run, but athletic enough to be a presence as a pass rusher. 


22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Landon Collins, S, Alabama:

Pittsburgh needs a 3-4 defensive end, but all of the first round graded prospects could be off the board by the time they are on the clock at No. 22. In that case, the Steelers would be wise to address their secondary, and Landon Collins of Alabama would be the ideal choice to replace Troy Polamalu.


23. Detroit LionsD.J. Humphries, LT, Florida:

Despite a huge need at defensive tackle, Lions' GM Martin Mayhew will still take a best player available approach to the draft. The Lions could also stand to upgrade at nearly every position on their offensive line, and perhaps no position other than quarterback is valued higher than left tackle. That puts a player like D.J. Humphries of Florida right in Detroit's wheel house. 


24. Arizona Cardinals Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia:

The Cardinals would be ecstatic to land an elite power back like Todd Gurley to help move the chains and take some pressure off of Carson Palmer, as well as some wear and tear off of Andre Ellington.


25. Carolina Panthers Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford:

The Panthers signed Michael Oher as a stopgap measure to protect Cam Newton's blind side, but he isn't a long term answer at left tackle. If one of the top ranked tackles like Andrus Peat falls to them at No. 25, the Panthers will be ecstatic, even if it takes him a year or so to move over to the left side.


26. Baltimore Ravens - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington:

Another GM who always takes a “best player available” approach to the draft is Ozzie Newsome. Marcus Peters of Washington is certainly a top talent in this year's draft, and if he has a team like the Ravens convinced that his character won't be an issue going forward, he'd be quite a value towards the end of the first round. 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-players-linked-to-baltimore-ravens-in-2015-nfl-mock-drafts-20150205-photogallery.html;

27. Dallas Cowboys Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin:

Not only did the Greg Hardy signing fill a huge need, but it allowed the Cowboys to be more flexible in the draft. Dallas could wait for the second round to replace Demarco Murray at running back, but value wise, a game changing three down back like Melvin Gordon may prove too good to pass up.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star/Cowboys-Ink-McFadden-but-Not-As-Murray-Replacement-296226771.html

28. Denver Broncos Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke:

As Peyton Manning comes back for one last run at the Super Bowl, the Broncos need to turn their attention to keeping him protected. A big physical guard who can also pass block like Laken Tomlinson would be an ideal replacement for Ramon Foster and help jump start Denver's running game.

29. Indianapolis Colts - T.J. Clemmings, T, Pittsburgh:

The Colts were winners in free agency, having addressed many of their most important needs before the draft. That should allow them to work on upgrading their starters, and T.J. Clemmings of Pittsburgh would be an immediate upgrade over the pedestrian Gosder Cherilus at right tackle.


30. Green Bay Packers Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest:

Green Bay will need to look long and hard at inside linebackers in the draft, but value wise, the first round isn't the time or the place. The Packers should be able to find better value with a top notch cover corner like Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest to help replace Tramon Williams, and then address middle linebacker in the second or third round, or maybe both. 


31. New York Jets (projected trade with New Orleans Saints) - Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor:

The Jets desperately need a franchise quarterback. While he has an NFL arm, Bryce Petty is probably more of a second round investment coming out of a non-pro style system at Baylor, but by trading up and drafting him in the first round the Jets would have an extra year of team control at their disposal to wait and develop him. 


32. New England Patriots - Byron Jones, CB, UConn:

The Patriots definitely have needs at defensive tackle and guard, but perhaps no need is more glaring than cornerback, where they lost two elite starters from their Super Bowl team. Despite some injuries that cost him most of his senior season, Byron Jones of Connecticut may be the perfect combination of cover skills and Scouting Combine measurables that NFL scouts and GM's drool over.

http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2015/03/patriots_2015_nfl_draft_prospe_8.html;

2nd Round

33. Tennessee Titans - Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri: 

In need of a top notch wide receiver, if the Titans could land a top fifteen talent like Dorial Green-Beckham in the second round they shouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger despite some off the field character concerns. 


34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon:

In addition to quarterback, the area where Tampa Bay could most stand to upgrade is on their offensive line. Jake Fisher of Oregon ultimately projects as a starter at tackle on the left side, which is the position of biggest concern on the Buccaneers' line. 


35. Oakland Raiders - Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA:

Owamagbe Odighizuwa of UCLA would give the Raiders an athletic base defensive end with some upside as a pass rusher to ultimately take over for Justin Tuck.


36. Jacksonville Jaguars - Shaq Thompson, S/LB/RB, Washington:

The Jaguars would like to address their "LEO" position, or an outside linebacker who can be disruptive as a pass rusher. Because Shaq Thompson was a man of many positions at Washington, he's still a bit raw, but he's still an elite talent as a football player who projects best in the NFL at outside linebacker. 


37. New Orleans Saints (projected trade with the New York Jets) - Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA:

The Jimmy Graham trade was all about giving the Saints more cap flexibility to improve their defense. Eric Kendricks of UCLA addressed concerns about his speed at the Scouting Combine and his Pro Day, making him one of the top inside linebackers in the draft, which is a key position of need for New Orleans. 


38. Washington Pigskins - Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami:

The Pigskins need help everywhere, but improving their offensive line is a must. Ereck Flowers of Miami is a powerful blocker who could ultimately man the left side, but for the time being would make an ideal right tackle.


39. Chicago Bears - Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State:

While the Bears may draft for talent in the first round, they have to address some needs in the second round and beyond. They have no bigger need than stopping the run, and Eddie Goldman of Florida State could plug the center as the nose tackle in their new 3-4 defensive scheme.

http:www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-cant-roll-7-after-previous-draft-daze

40. New York Giants - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU:

The Giants are woefully thin in their secondary, and Jalen Collins is a potential first round talent who would give them three viable options at cornerback, which is a must in today’s NFL. 


41. St. Louis Rams - Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M

While Cedric Ogbuehi of Texas A&M might have been an early first round pick had he declared for the draft last season, he struggled with the transition to left tackle and ultimately blew out his ACL late this year, which will likely cause him to fall to the second round. Still, if a team like the Rams is looking for someone who can excel solely at right tackle, Ogbuehi is the best there is in this year's draft.


42. Atlanta Falcons - Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota:

Matt Ryan lost a key target when Tony Gonzalez retired, Levine Toilolo hasn't even come close to replacing him, and Jacob Tamme isn't the answer. Maxx Williams of Minnesota is big, athletic, and much like Gonzalez, is a complete package at tight end.


43. Cleveland Browns - Donovan Smith, T, Penn State:

In addition to a defensive tackle and a wide receiver, the Browns are in the market for a right tackle. While a tight end could also be a consideration, if Maxx Williams is off the board, Donovan Smith of Penn State is an under the radar pick that many scouts are high on.


44. New Orleans Saints - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami:

The Saints need to give Drew Brees another weapon to help replace Jimmy Graham. New Orleans is believed to have an interest in speedy wide receiver Phillip Dorsett of Miami, who along with Brandin Cooks would help Brees improve the deep passing game that he's struggled with in recent years.


45. Minnesota Vikings - Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State:

Adrian Peterson is not likely going anywhere, as Minnesota is one of the few teams that is able to absorb his $12 million salary cap hit, and no team in their right mind would give up a first round pick for a 30-year old running back with bad knees and hasn't played in a year, no matter how good he's been in the past. With that said, we shouldn't rule out the Dallas Cowboys as a willing trade partner, which would leave the Vikings searching for a well rounded replacement who can compliment the speedy Jerick McKinnon.  

http://live.startribune.com/Event/VikingsSuper_Bowl_Live_Chat_with_Matt_Vensel_at_2_pm_Thursday/143069615

46. San Francisco 49'ers - Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami:

The 49'ers could have withstood the retirement of Patrick Willis had Chris Borland not also unexpectedly retired after just his second season. Denzel Perryman of Miami would give San Francisco an athletic partner to compliment Navarro Bowman at inside linebacker.


47. Miami Dolphins - P. J. Williams, CB, Florida State:

Despite signing Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins still have weaknesses at nearly every level of their defense. If a top notch cover corner like P.J. Williams is still available when they pick in the second round, it would be a no-brainer, even despite his legal issues. 


48. San Diego Chargers - Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana:

With the Ryan Mathews experiment in San Diego ending in nothing but tears and pulled hamstrings, it’s time for the Chargers to move on. Tevin Coleman of Indiana would finally give the Chargers a reliable big play back who can also move the chains. In fact, many Big Ten observers see him as a better NFL prospect than the more heralded Melvin Gordon.


49. Kansas City Chiefs - Bernardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State

Playing low scoring ball control football with Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs can't afford to have many weaknesses on defense. Benardrick McKinney of Mississippi State would be an athletic upgrade at a position of need for the Chiefs like middle linebacker.


50. Buffalo Bills - Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA:

With E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel currently the only options at quarterback for the Bills, Rex Ryan is in no better position as coach in Buffalo than he was with the Jets. While Manuel or Cassel might be able to buy the team another year of mediocre football, the Bills desperately need to find a quarterback to develop as a long term starter.


51. Houston Texans - Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah:

Jadeveon Clowney is no lock to return to the form that made him the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft after undergoing micro fracture surgery. Nate Orchard is not in Clowney's class as a pass rusher, but he's a high motor guy who can be productive if Clowney misses any additional time or sees his career cut short.


52. Philadelphia Eagles - Eric Rowe, CB/S, Utah:

The Eagles need a makeover at safety, and Eric Rowe of Utah, who began his career at safety but finished as a cornerback, would give Philadelphia an athletic safety who can play in coverage along with Malcolm Jenkins. 


53. Cincinnati Bengals - Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State: 

The Bengals need a base defensive end to help them contain the run. Preston Smith of Mississippi State would be an ideal fit, allowing the undersized Michael Johnson to be used only on passing downs.


54. Detroit Lions - Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

At some point in the draft the Lions will need to draft a defensive tackle who can immediately step in and play. Michael Bennett is a bit underrated given his on the field production against some elite competition at Ohio State, and the Lions are thought to be very high on him.

55. Arizona Cardinals - Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State:

The Cardinals' defense has taken some huge hits during the offseason with key losses at defensive end, nose tackle and cornerback. Ronald Darby of Florida State is an under the radar, but top talent at corner, who would eventually help lock down the Cardinals' secondary playing opposite of Patrick Peterson.


56. Pittsburgh Steelers - Eli Harold, OLB/DE, Virginia:

After the sudden retirement of Jason Worilds, the Steelers are desperately thin at what may be the most important position in their 3-4 defense, outside linebacker. Eli Harold of Virginia is a classic 'tweener' who would fit in perfectly at outside linebacker for Pittsburgh.

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2015/03/10/Ed-Bouchette-s-Steelers-chat-transcript-3-10-15/stories/201503100185;
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2015/02/04/Gerry-Dulac-s-Steelers-chat-transcript-1/stories/201502040189

57. Carolina Panthers - Nelson Agholor, WR, USC:

The Panthers need to give Cam Newton a competent speed receiver to play opposite of Kelvin Benjamin. Nelson Agholor of USC is versatile enough to play inside or outside, which is exactly what Carolina needs.


58. Baltimore Ravens - Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan:

Whether it's at wide receiver or tight end, the Ravens desperately need another target for Joe Flacco. Late in the second round, the versatile Devin Funchess could find himself as the best prospect available at either position.


59. Denver Broncos - Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma:

The Broncos need a nose tackle to replace Floyd "Porkchop" Womack. Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma is a big interior presence with the ability to rush the passer, but more importantly, can occupy two different gaps in the running game.


60. Dallas Cowboys - Mario Edwards, Jr., DT, Florida State:

In addition to running back, the Cowboys need to address defensive tackle and cornerback early in this year's draft. Mario Edwards is a polarizing player, who some feel has first round ability at defensive tackle, while others seem him as a talented underachiever who should go closer to the third round. If defensive line guru Rod Marinelli is as good as he thinks he is, it's time for him to prove it and earn his paycheck.


61. Indianapolis Colts - Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State:

After parting ways with LaRon Landry, who was more bulk than bite, the Colts are in desperate need of an upgrade at safety. Damarious Randall of Arizona State is one of the few players who project as a starter at safety in this year's draft.


62. Green Bay Packers - Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson:

The Packers are in desperate need of one, if not two middle linebackers to upgrade their 3-4 defense. Stephone Anthony of Clemson is a prototype inside backer, who would be an athletic upgrade over A.J. Hawk.


63. Seattle Seahawks - A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina:

After trading All Pro center Max Unger for Jimmy Graham and losing James Carpenter to free agency, the Seahawks need to rebuild the interior of their offensive line. A.J. Cann of South Carolina would possibly give them the best guard in the draft.


64. New England Patriots - Carl Davis, DT, Iowa: 

The Patriots need to replace Vince Wilfork at nose tackle, and don't have an experienced player on their roster to absorb his loss. Carl Davis has been an inconsistent but talented player who has flashed greatness at Iowa, but could thrive under the tutelage of Bill Belichick in New England.

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150311/Sports/150319829

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft - Post Free Agency 2.0





Here is my second Post Free Agency 2015 NFL Mock Draft. It will be followed by regular updates up until the NFL Draft on April 30th.

This is not a mock draft where I substitute my judgement for that of the teams. Instead, I research the opinions of those who most closely know teams, NFL scouts, insiders and beat writers from all of the NFL cities, and try to make the most educated prediction as to which way each team will go in the draft.

My mock draft has been linked by The Football Fan Spot, Sports Jabber, DC Pro Sports ReportWalter Football, FF Toolbox, hailRedskins.com, The Football ExpertFantasy Football Help Desk, The Huddle Report, Niners Nation, EDS Football, NFL Mock Draft Central and NFL Pro Zach in their Mock Draft Databases, so check out all of their fantastic draft related materials and content.

1st Round

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State:

Coming from a pro-style offense and possessing the stronger arm, Jameis Winston has the edge between the sidelines. With higher character and better decision making on and off the field, Marcus Mariota has the edge between the ear holes. When in doubt, NFL GM's typically go with the stronger arm, especially considering Winston's showing from a leadership standpoint at the Scouting Combine.

http://tbo.com/ap/sports/pro_football/oc-koetter-likes-potential-of-young-tampa-bay-offense-ap_pro_football666aa288521c4fedb6171644c84a5a844;

2. Tennessee Titans – Leonard Williams, DE, USC:

With Ken Whisenhunt bringing in Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau to help put the finishing touches on the Titans’ 3-4 defense, it only makes sense to give him all the tools he needs to make it work. Leonard Williams of USC would be the prototype 5-technique defensive end that the Titans can build around.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars  Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida: 

The Jaguars could use a defensive end or an outside linebacker to play the "LEO" position in their 4-3 scheme. With a deep class of 3-4 outside linebackers, Dante Fowler, Jr. of Florida is one of the few true 4-3 defensive ends that will be available at the top of the draft, and represents the better value at No. 3 for Jacksonville.


4. Oakland Raiders - Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: 

The Raiders still have all kinds of needs, but giving Derek Carr a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver has to be at the top of the list. Kevin White of West Virginia not only demonstrated elite hands and ball skills on the field, but his measurables from the Scouting Combine were off the chart.  


5. Washington Pigskins - Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska:

Washington could use a pass rush specialist to replace Brian Orakpo. Randy Gregory of Nebraska would be an ideal fit at outside linebacker in their modified 3-4 scheme.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2015/01/26/reviewing-the-play-of-the-redskins-outside-linebackers/;

6. Philadelphia Eagles (projected trade with New York Jets) – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: 

It's no secret that Eagles' coach Chip Kelly covets his former quarterback at Oregon, Marcus Mariota. Now that Kelly has the final say in Philadelphia's personnel decisions, there's more and more of a likelihood that he'll make it happen, even after the Sam Bradford deal.

https://twitter.com/Jeff_McLane/status/575720623231614978;

7. Chicago Bears – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: 

The Bears could look to a wide receiver on offense to replace Brandon Marshall, but the more pressing need is on defense as they transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. Danny Shelton would be an intriguing pick at nose tackle to anchor their defense, as despite his size at 340 pounds, Shelton is extremely agile with surprising stamina.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150104/sports/150109560/

8. Atlanta Falcons - Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson:

Atlanta is in desperate need of a pass rusher who can put some much needed heat on opposing quarterbacks and take some pressure of their secondary. Vic Beasley is an intriguing talent who has the speed to play outside linebacker in a 4-3 system, but could slide to defensive end in passing situations, much like how new coach Dan Quinn utilized Bruce Irvin in Seattle.

http://atlantafalcons.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/23/falcons-draftboard-heres-who-the-falcons-have-talked-to-already/;
http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/football/quinn-is-a-big-fan-of-dante-fowler-jr/njyhz/

9. New York Giants – Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

The Giants are in the market for help at offensive tackle, and could wind up with their pick of the litter. Unfortunately, there are not any elite prospects at that position in this year's draft class. The Giants could also use some some help restoring their once fierce pass rush, and Marcus Ray of Missouri would allow Cullen Jenkins to slide inside to his more natural position at defensive tackle, especially in passing situations. 


10. St. Louis Rams – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: 

With Jake Long getting released and Joseph Barksdale hitting free agency, the Rams have a huge whole at tackle. Brandon Scherff of Iowa has the versatility to anchor the right side, play guard, or even compete at left tackle in the event that Greg Robinson continues to struggle.


11. Minnesota Vikings – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: 

With the Vikings allegedly resolving their issues at wide receiver with the Mike Wallace trade, the team can look to address other needs in the draft. After leading Michigan State's vaunted "No Fly Zone" secondary and proving himself as the draft's clear cut top cover corner at the Scouting Combine, if Trae Waynes would represent solid value for the Vikings if he falls outside of the top ten picks.


12. Cleveland Browns – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: 

Depending on how the draft shakes out, it's very possible that an elite wide receiver like Amari Cooper or Kevin White could fall to Cleveland at the No. 12 spot. I don't care how many Brian Hartlines and Dwayne Bowes the Brown's might sign, they still have a huge need for a game changer at receiver, and Amari Cooper would certainly satisfy that need.


13. New Orleans Saints - Alvin "Bud" Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky:

Despite playing both defensive end and outside linebacker at Kentucky, Alvin "Bud" Dupree is probably better suited to be a three down player in a 3-4 scheme. That would make Dupree an ideal fit in New Orleans as Rob Ryan and the Saints transition from a 3-4 to more of a hybrid defense.


14. Miami Dolphins – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

Now that Miami has over paid for Ndamukong Suh, they need to see if Ryan Tannehill is capable of leading a winning team or if they need find a quarterback capable of taking them to the next level. In order to make that evaluation, the Dolphins need to give him a dependable receiver, and Devante Parker of Louisville is at least in the discussion as being the best in this year's draft class.
 

15. San Francisco 49ers – Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon: 

The free agent signing of Darnell Dockett should replace the loss of defensive end Ray McDonald, but the retirement of Justin Smith still leaves a huge hole on the other side of the 49'ers once dominant defensive line. An athletic end like Arik Armstead of Oregon who can play the 5-technique would help San Francisco re-load.


16. Houston Texans Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State:

The Texans will need to find a replacement for Andre Johnson to play opposite DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver. Jaelen Strong of Arizona State has the size, strength and speed that will remind many Texans fans of Johnson before he lost a step and turned into a de facto tight end.


17. San Diego Chargers – D.J. Humphries, LT, Florida:

The Chargers could use an upgrade on both their offensive and defensive lines, as well as at running back. When your quarterback is Phillip Rivers and he finished last season injured, offensive line gets first dibs. D.J. Humphries of Florida projects as the best blind side protector in this year's crop of tackles.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/31/2015-nfl-mock-draft-chargers-winston-mariota/;
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/04/2015-nfl-mock-draft-chargers-winston-three-rounds/3/?#article-copy

18. Kansas City Chiefs – Landon Collins, S, Alabama: 

With Eric Berry's career in question, the Chiefs need to add another presence in the back end of their defense. While Landon Collins may lack Berry's ball skills, he's a big time hitter who can help out against the run. 


19. Cleveland Browns – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: 

The Browns have a lot of needs, and the right side of their offensive line is one of them. While a run stuffing defensive tackle would be a nice addition, the value is better going with an offensive tackle like T.J. Clemmings, who has the athleticism to ultimately switch over to the left side.


20. New York Jets (projected trade with Philadelphia Eagles) – 
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: 

If the Jets can trade back with a team like the Eagles and get some additional picks, they'd be wise to do so, as they probably can't afford to take another gamble on an unpolished quarterback prospect like Marcus Mariota. Running back Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin would give the Jets the sizzle out of the backfield that they were hoping to get out of Chris Johnson last year.
 

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcom Brown, DE/DT, Texas:

Cincinnati is looking for help a nose tackle to play alongside Geno Atkins. Malcom Brown of Texas is a rare talent, who at 320 pounds, is strong enough to stuff the run but athletic enough to be a presence as a pass rusher. 


22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU:

Pittsburgh needs a3-4 defensive end, but all of the first round prospects could be off the board. In that case, the Steelers would be wise to address their secondary, and Jalen Collins of LSU has the character that the Rooney family is looking for, at least compared to Marcus Peters.


23. Detroit LionsTodd Gurley, RB, Georgia:

Despite a huge need at defensive tackle even after trading for Haloti Ngata to replace Ndamukong Suh, Lions' GM Martin Mayhew will still take a best player available approach. If his injured knee checks out before the draft, running back Todd Gurley of Georgia is an elite talent who would help the Lions get the tough yardage and diversify their offense.


24. Arizona Cardinals - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington:

The Cardinals' defense has taken some huge hits during the offseason with key losses at defensive end, nose tackle and cornerback. Despite some character concerns, Marcus Peters of Washington is an elite talent at corner who would help lock down the Cardinals' secondary along with Patrick Peterson.


25. Carolina Panthers Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA:

Carolina lost an elite pass rusher in Greg Hardy last season, who they're yet to replace. Owamagbe Odighizuwa of UCLA is an elite 4-3 defensive end who could be a late riser into the first round after injuries forced him to sit out the 2013 season and kept him from getting much preseason hype.


26. Baltimore Ravens - Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri:

Another GM who always takes a “best player available approach” to the draft is Ozzie Newsome. A wide receiver to replace Torrey Smith is obviously a need, and if Dorial Green-Beckham slides to the later part of the first round due to off the field issues that kept him from playing in 2014, he's still a top fifteen pick from a pure talent standpoint.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-players-linked-to-baltimore-ravens-in-2015-nfl-mock-drafts-20150205-photogallery.html;

27. Dallas Cowboys Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma:

Not only did the Greg Hardy signing fill a huge need, but it allowed the Cowboys to be more flexible in the draft. Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma is the inside run stuffer that could help take their defense to the next level.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20150207-george-cowboys-d-has-multiple-needs-but-draft-upgrades-have-to-start-here-....ece;

28. Denver Broncos Andrus Peat, T, Stanford:

As Peyton Manning comes back for one last run at the Super Bowl, the Broncos need to turn their attention to keeping him protected. A big tackle like Andrus Peat of Stanford would allow Louis Vasquez to slide back inside where he was a Pro Bowler at guard.

29. Indianapolis Colts - Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami:

The Colts have been the early winners in free agency, having addressed many of their most important needs even before the draft. That should allow them to work on upgrading their starters, and Ereck Flowers of Miami would be an immediate upgrade over Gosder Cherilus at right tackle.


30. Green Bay Packers Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State:

Green Bay will need to look hard and often at inside linebackers in the draft, but value wise, the first round isn't the time or the place. The Packers should be able to find better value with a run stuffer like Eddie Goldman of Florida State with the 30th pick, and then address their need at inside linebacker a bit later in the draft.


31. New Orleans Saints Shaq Thompson, S/LB/RB, Washington:

Whether he's used at safety or linebacker, Rob Ryan and the Saints could use an athletic playmaker like Shaq Thompson of Washington on their defense.


32. New England Patriots - Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest:

The Patriots have needs at defensive tackle and wide receiver, but perhaps none more glaring than at cornerback, where they lost two starters from their Super Bowl team. Kevin Johnson may not be a big name pick coming from a weak program like Wake Forrest, but the dude can play.

http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2015/03/patriots_2015_nfl_draft_prospe_8.html

2nd Round

33. Tennessee Titans - Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn: 

The Titans will need to decide whether or not Zach Mettenberger is their quarterback of the future, and from what I'm hearing, their front office is willing to give him that chance. While the Titans have a nice collection of solid receivers, a burner like Sammie Coates of Auburn could be a game changer.


34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - La'El Collins, T/G, LSU:

In addition to quarterback, the area where Tampa Bay could most stand to upgrade is on their offensive line. La'El Collins of LSU ultimately projects as a starter at tackle on the left side, which is the Buccaneers’ biggest concern, but also has the bulk to slide inside to guard if needed in the interim.


35. Oakland Raiders - A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina:

With another strong run blocking guard, the Raiders could make themselves competitive as a conservative run first team, which is really their only option until Derek Carr develops.


36. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State:

After striking out on non-traditional tailbacks like Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson, perhaps the best way for the Jaguars to immediately improve is by drafting a true bell cow running back. Jay Ajayi of Boise State should be able to move the chains a little more consistently, rendering the others to more specific roles as back-ups.


37. New York Jets - Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor:

Let's face it, neither Ryan Fitzpatrick nor Geno Smith is the future of the Jets' franchise. Bryce Petty may need a little time to adjust to a pro style system, but he’s accurate and can make all the throws that an NFL quarterback needs to make.


38. Washington Pigskins - Byron Jones, CB, UConn:

DeAngelo Hall is not only on the bad side of thirty, but he's also coming off of a serious Achilles injury. Byron Jones of Uconn not only turned heads with his staggering numbers at the Scouting Combine, but he showed up well on film despite limited playing time due to injury.


39. Chicago Bears - Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State:

By trading Brandon Marshall for a late round draft pick, the Bears created a need at wide receiver. Sammie Coates of Auburn would give Chicago another big receiver to play opposite of Alshon Jeffery, and by all accounts is a highly respected teammate.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150312/sports/150319632/;
http://www.nwherald.com/2015/03/08/plenty-of-wide-receiver-options-for-chicago-bears-to-replace-brandon-marshall/aotwvx6/

40. New York Giants - Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami:

While Denzel Perryman of Miami may see himself fall into the second round because he doesn't project as a three-down player, he would still give the Giants a much needed upgrade in athleticism at linebacker.


41. St. Louis Rams - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami:

The Rams could use a go-to receiver, and Phillip Dorsett of Miami is definitely big play threat who's also well versed as a route runner.


42. Atlanta Falcons - Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota:

Matt Ryan lost a key target when Tony Gonzalez retired, and Levine Toilolo hasn't even come close to replacing him. Maxx Williams of Minnesota is big, athletic, and much like Gonzalez, is a complete package at tight end.


43. Cleveland Browns - Carl Davis, DT, Iowa:

The Browns could use a run stuffer on their defensive line to help compliment their running game and play more ball control football.


44. New Orleans Saints - Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan:

If the Saints are going to stick with Drew Brees at quarterback, which is not necessarily a given at this point, they'll need to give him at least one weapon this offseason to replace Jimmy Graham and/or Kenny Stills. Devin Funchess would give them a poor man's version of Graham as a hybrid tight end.


45. Minnesota Vikings - Duke Johnson, RB, Miami:

Even if Adrian Peterson is given the green light to play again for the Vikings, he's about at the end of his lifespan for a NFL running back. Whether he's an immediate starter, or an understudy for a year or so, Duke Johnson of Miami would give the Vikings a talented successor.


46. San Francisco 49'ers - Nelson Agholor, WR, USC:

Torrey Smith was a decent free agent signee for the 49'ers at wide receiver, but he's is not somebody you can solely rely upon as a go-to guy. Nelson Agholor would give San Francisco another explosive option who can get some separation from opposing defenders, and hopefully and jump start their passing game.


47. Miami Dolphins - P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State:

Despite signing Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins still have weaknesses at nearly level of their defense. Cornerback P.J. Williams of Florida State has much desired man-to-man coverage skills, which are often tough to find in the second round, and the ideal size at 6'0 that the Dolphins need. 


48. San Diego Chargers - Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana:

With the Ryan Mathews experiment in San Diego ending in nothing but tears and pulled hamstrings, it’s time for the Chargers to move on. While Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin was one of the most productive running backs in the history of college football, Tevin Coleman of Indiana might have been the most talented back in the Big Ten last season.


49. Kansas City Chiefs - Cameron Erving, C, Florida State

After losing starting center Rodney Hudson to the Raiders in free agency, the Chiefs could look to the draft to fill that hole. Cameron Erving of Florida State is the highest rated center in this year's draft.


50. Buffalo Bills - Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA:

With E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel currently the only options at quarterback for the Bills, Rex Ryan is in no better position as coach in Buffalo than he was with the Jets. While Cassel might be able to buy the team a year or two, the Bills desperately need to find a quarterback to develop as a long term starter.


51. Houston Texans - Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA:

Eric Kendricks of UCLA is an athletic three down linebacker out of UCLA, and would represent a substantial upgrade over Justin Tuggle and Akeem Dent for the Texans at inside linebacker.


52. Philadelphia Eagles - Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida:

After Chip Kelley's great roster purge of 2015, the Eagles don't have any viable receivers on their roster. Breshad Perriman is a bit raw when it comes to his route running coming out of a smaller program like Central Florida, but he has the skills to develop into a true No. 1 wide receiver.


53. Cincinnati Bengals - Derron Smith, S, Fresno State: 

The Bengals are loaded at corner, but could stand to add some athleticism at safety, if not to replace Reggie Nelson, but to spell him on passing downs.


54. Detroit Lions - Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State:

Knowing that they would likely lose Ndamukong Suh to free agency, the Lions have expressed an interest in Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who would pair nicely as an athletic compliment next to Haloti Ngata.

55. Arizona Cardinals - Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State:

The Cardinals will need a 5-technique defensive end to replace Darnell Dockett. Like Dockett, Preston Smith of Mississippi State has the bulk and the athleticism to be a disruptive force as a pass rusher from that position.


56. Pittsburgh Steelers - Eli Harold, OLB/DE, Virginia:

After the free agency and the sudden retirement of Jason Worilds, the Steelers are desperately thin at what may be the most important position on their defense, outside linebacker. Eli Harold of Virginia is a classic 'tweener' who fits as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2015/03/10/Ed-Bouchette-s-Steelers-chat-transcript-3-10-15/stories/201503100185;
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2015/02/04/Gerry-Dulac-s-Steelers-chat-transcript-1/stories/201502040189

57. Carolina Panthers - Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M:

The Panthers signed Michael Oher as a stopgap measure to protect Cam Newton's blind side, but he isn't a long term answer at left tackle. Cedric Ogbuehi of Texas A&M could be an immediate starter on the right side, but ultimately projects as a left tackle in the NFL if he's given a sufficient time to develop.


58. Baltimore Ravens - Clive Walford, TE, Miami:

Baltimore needs to rebuild their receiving corps as well as their defensive line. Their defensive line has just a little bit more coming back to work with, and Joe Flacco would benefit from finally having a reliable tight end in the passing game like Clive Walford of Florida, the best receiving tight end in the draft.


59. Denver Broncos - Tre' Jackson, G, Florida State:

The Broncos need an interior offensive linemen like guard Tre' Jackson of Florida State to replace Orlando Franklin in what could be Peyton Manning's last hurrah.

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_27693188/former-csu-guard-shelley-smith-visit-broncos

60. Dallas Cowboys - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska:

The Cowboys would be wise to let Demarco Murray leave in free agency, as he never proved himself as an elite back until Dallas upgraded their offensive line. Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska would not only give the Cowboys a big play threat out of the backfield, but he should be able to come close to matching Murray's performance at a much cheaper price.


61. Indianapolis Colts - Damarious Randall, S, Florida State:

After parting ways with LaRon Landry, who was more bulk than bite, the Colts are in desperate need of an upgrade at safety. Damarious Randall of Arizona State is one of the few impact players at safety in this year's draft, and free agency has few options left.


62. Green Bay Packers - Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State:

The Packers need to get more athletic at middle linebacker, and while he might play a bit too undisciplined to be drafted higher than the second round, Benardrick McKinney of Mississippi State would fit that bill.


63. Seattle Seahawks - Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn:

After trading All Pro center Max Unger for Jimmy Graham and losing James Carpenter to free agency, the Seahawks need to rebuild the interior of their offensive line. Reese Dismukes of Auburn would give them a starting caliber center to at least ease the loss of Unger.


64. New England Patriots - Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke: 

Laken Tomlinson of Duke would fill a huge need at guard for New England. A road grader in the running game who's equally adept in pass protection, Tomlinson has the skill-set to ultimately develop into a Pro Bowl type of player.

http://nesn.com/2015/02/patriots-2015-outlook-early-draft-pick-should-be-spent-on-offensive-lineman/