2015 NFL Mock Draft v 4.0

Based on the "if the draft was today" draft order.


1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Marcus Mariota, Jr, Oregon
6'4, 211 lbs
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
2014 Stats: 254-372, 3783 yards, 38 TD, 2 INT

Scouts say that Marcus Mariota was a better prospect than any of the quarterbacks selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. While you always worry about dual threat quarterbacks coming out of spread systems in college, Mariota is more than just a runner who occasionally throws. Mariota has a very strong arm, but is not the most accurate. Mariota is also a very strong, quick runner. His 6'4 frame should be able to pack on another 20 pounds at the NFL level to withstand the beating he is likely to receive. There is definitely worry that Mariota is simply a product of Oregon's system, and he might not ever become a franchise quarterback, but it is so hard to find a long term answer at the position, that a needy team in the top five has to pull the trigger.

Mariota has nothing left to prove at the college level. During his three year career he has thrown 101 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. In 2014, he finally threw his first interception in a 5 touchdown performance against California.

The Buccaneers are an absolute mess. They previously quit on Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano, and have not even given Lovie Smith a chance. Mike Glennon was benched, and it looks like he is not the future quarterback for Tampa Bay. It is so difficult to find stability at the position, that Tampa Bay should select Mariota even though they believe they can buy their way into the playoffs. If it was not for the off the field issues, I think Jameis Winston would be the pick here, and I would not be surprised at all if that happened. The dual threat quarterback experiment seems to be losing steam in the NFL.

Last thought, I have had Leonard Williams as my top overall pick all summer and fall. I believe he is the best prospect in this draft, but if a team drafting first overall needs a quarterback, they have to take a quarterback. It is nearly impossible to win without stability at that position.


2. Tennessee Titans
DE/DT Leonard Williams, Jr, USC
6'5, 290 lbs
Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL
2014 Stats: 71 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 INT

Despite some season long injury woes, Leonard Williams has been a presence for the Trojans all year. Showing his strength, closing ability and pass rushing technique, he is a complete defensive lineman. His signature performance was an 11 tackle, 1 sack performance against Stanford. He has been my top ranked prospect since I began my run of 2015 Mock Drafts. Even if he isn't selected first overall, he will remain my highest ranked player. His game reminds me so much of Richard Seymour, who's size and agility combination was off the charts.

The Titans are another team that needs a quarterback, but I don't think Ken Whisenhunt wants to risk what could possibly be his last head coaching opportunity on Jameis Winston. The Titans transitioned to a 3-4 defense a couple of years ago but do not have the proper personnel to run that scheme. Leonard Williams is talented enough to play in any defensive front, at any position, and would be a great fit in Tennessee.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars
DE Randy Gregory, Sr, Nebraska
6'6, 230 lbs
Hometown: Fishers, IN
2014 Stats: 50 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 INT

Randy Gregory was a raw JC transfer, but still was all over the place with 64 tackles, 10 sacks and even a pick six his first year at Nebraska. Gregory needs to gain strength and improve his technique, but the sky is the limit. Gregory would fit best at outside linebacker, but has the frame to pack on another 20 or 30 pounds and play end in a 4-3. Gregory has dealt with nagging injury issues all season, and has had to miss a couple of games. If he can show scouts his body will hold up, he should end up being drafted before Shane Ray, and is still a threat to be the first player selected.

Jacksonville is the second youngest team in the NFL and has lost plenty of games while developing Blake Bortles. Expect Jacksonville to draft the best player available other than quarterback in 2015. The pass rush has been a pleasant surprise for the Jaguars this year, but Gregory is on another level than the players Jacksonville currently has. Bo Pelini said he expected Gregory to return to Nebraska for his senior season, but that is out the window along with Pelini's job. Gregory is as good as gone.


4. New York Jets
QB Jameis Winston, So, Florida State
6'4, 228 lbs
Hometown: Bessemer, LA
2014 Stats: 276-422, 3559 yards, 24 TD, 17 INT

The reining Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will easily be the most polarizing player in college football in 2014. Winston is a physical freak of nature. He is a tremendous athlete with a very strong arm. Off the field, he has made some very questionable decisions, but nothing that plenty of 21 year old kids haven't done.

Winston's draft stock will be wildly debated, just like Johnny Manziel in 2014. Depending on how scouts and GM's feel about him, he could be a top ten selection or fall out of the first round all together. If you take the off the field stuff out of the equation, Winston is a better quarterback than Marcus Mariota in my humble opinion. Winston is a bit of a gun slinger who has really had a problem with turnovers, but has a superior arm and quarterback instincts than Mariota. However, Winston has struggled with focus, and might not be the most dedicated to his job. In summary, Winston will be the most hotly debated prospect in this draft.

It is clear that Geno Smith is not the answer in New York, and with the new rookie salary cap, it wouldn't set back a franchise for years if a pick does not pan out. The Jets have too big a need to pass on Winston here. In my opinion, Winston and Mariota are the only two quarterbacks worth drafting in even the first two rounds. Just select him and hope for the best.


5. Oakland Raiders
DE/OLB Shane Ray, Jr, Missouri
6'3, 245 lbs
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
2014 Stats: 61 tackles, 14 sacks

Shane Ray has been the best pass rusher in college football this year. In fact, Ray has registered at least one sack in all but four games this year. He is not the biggest pass rusher and could struggle against the run and be a liability in coverage, but he has a relentless motor and should continue to get after the quarterback at the NFL level

The Raiders are one of the oldest and worst teams in the NFL, not a good combination for short or long term success. Oakland needs to go with the best player available. I like Ray better in a 3-4 defense, but pass rushing is pass rushing. Ray, along with Khalil Mack, will give the Raiders two solid defenders to build around.


6. Washington Redskins
CB Trae Waynes, Jr, Michigan State
6'1, 182 lbs
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
2014 Stats: 43 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT

Trae Waynes has taken over for Darqueze Dennard and is having a fantastic season, the stats do not show it, but teams simply do not throw his way. Waynes has a tendency to free lance and lose focus, but scouts love his size and strength for the position. As we know well, cornerbacks rise on draft day, and Waynes looks like a solid first round pick.

Waynes might be a reach here, but we have seen cornerbacks drafted higher than originally projected, including Justin Gilbert, Stephon Gilmore and Dee Milliner. Waynes is in the same class as those three prospects, and with the issues surrounding Marcus Peters, looks like the best cornerback in this draft. The NFL is a passing league, and guys who can slow down that pass are selected high. The Redskins have a monstrous need for help in the secondary.


7. New York Giants
OT Ronnie Stanley, So, Notre Dame
6'6, 315 lbs
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Similar to Greg Robinson in 2013, Ronnie Stanley has gone from redshirt sophomore to a potential top ten pick. As other, higher hyped, offensive tackles have struggled, Stanley has excelled. He still has to gain experience, but that did not stop the Rams from drafting Greg Robinson second overall during the 2014 draft. Stanley is the best offensive line prospect, and we all know how guys like him rise.

The Giants offensive line needs to undergo a major overhaul. Will Beatty is not worth the paper his contract is printed on and Justin Pugh is strictly right tackle material. Jerry Reese does not often draft offensive lineman in the first round, but this would be a very smart pick.


8. Carolina Panthers
WR DeVante Parker, Jr, Louisville
6'3, 208 lbs
Hometown: Louisville, KY
2014 Stats: 35 rec, 735 yards, 5 TD

DeVante Parker might be the most physically gifted receiver in this class. He has had to work through some injuries but has come out of the gate flying, including a game where he dismantled PJ Williams and Ronald Darby, the two Florida State cornerbacks who are projected to be second round picks. Scouts will have to look over his medical records before deciding if he is worth a first round pick, but on talent alone, he is the best receiver in this class.

Bad salary cap management has killed the Panthers, who have holes all over the place. Kelvin Benjamin has been quite a find, but he needs someone to help take the pressure off of him. Parker has the size, explosiveness and hands that teams look for in a number one wideout, and if he has shown that his injury issues are behind him, he should be the first receiver off the board. Apologies to Amari Cooper, but Parker has the length and speed that number one receivers are made of.


9. New Orleans Saints
DE/OLB Dante Fowler, Jr, Florida
6'3, 260 lbs
Hometown: Saint Petersburg, FL
2014 Stats: 57 tackles, 6 sacks

Lost in Florida's terrible 2014 campaign has been the performance of former top recruit Dante Fowler. He has been Florida's best player. He can rush the passer, and drop back into coverage. He is not a dominant pass rusher but his versatility ensures he would be a good fit for any scheme.

Rob Ryan is probably on his way out of New Orleans following the season. No one is quite sure if the Saints are going to stick with the 3-4 or return to the 4-3. Fowler has the agility to play outside linebacker, or the strength to handle defensive line. He might not average 10 sacks per year but will be able to get after the quarterback, and should be a very solid run defender as well. Scouts will love his all around game.


10. Chicago Bears
OLB Leonard Floyd, So, Georgia
6'4, 230 lbs
Hometown: Eastman, GA
2014 Stats: 55 tackles, 6 sacks

Leonard Floyd was not ruled academically eligible out of high school and had to spend a year at Hargrave Military Academy. He was a huge part of Georgia's defense as a freshman with 6.5 sacks. Floyd has a knack for getting after the quarterback. Floyd needs work as a pass defender, but has the talent to not be pigeonholed into a 3-4 defense.

Floyd was a beast in Georgia's big time win over Clemson. He stole the show with 7 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and 6 quarterback hurries. He has consistently been Georgia's best defender, quite a feat considering several players will be drafted in 2015.

The Bears were expected to be an explosive offensive team, but have underachieved in a big way. Still, I think they need to devote draft picks to fixing an aging defense. The Bears simply lack playmakers on defense, and Floyd could be one of the better pass rushing outside linebackers in the league, though he does need to bulk up if he wants to become a three down 'backer.


11. Minnesota Vikings
WR Amari Cooper, Jr, Alabama
6'1, 202 lbs
Hometown: Miami, FL
2014 Stats: 116 rec, 1656 yards, 14 TD

Amari Cooper has taken over the Robert Woods/Marqise Lee role for Lane Kiffin. Other than a 2 catch stinker against Arkansas, Cooper has hauled in at least 8 receptions in every game, and has three games of at least 189 receiving yards. Kiffin's offense is tailor made for the NFL, and the experience will really help Cooper.

The Amari Cooper hype train is in full gear. You recently had Cris Carter calling him the best WR prospect since Randy Moss. That is definitely going overboard. Cooper is not Sammy Watkins speed or AJ Green size, but he has sure hands and is a very good route runner. Though his average size will keep him out of the top five, Cooper should be a solid number one or very good number two wideout. The 2014 wide receiver draft class is paying immediate dividends, and expect a number of pass catchers to go in round one in 2015.

Cordarrelle Patterson has taken a huge step back during his second year in Minnesota and can no longer be considered Minnesota's probable WR1 of the future. He is still a talented weapon, but Teddy Bridgewater needs more skill players to throw to. I think Cooper will be more of a fantastic number two than a true number one, but should continue to put up numbers in the NFL and will be a reliable weapon for Bridgewater.


12. St. Louis Rams
S Landon Collins, Jr, Alabama
6'0, 222 lbs
Hometown: Geismar, AL
2014 Stats: 87 tackles, 3 INT

Landon Collins is the latest in what has become a first round assembly line for Alabama safeties. He was a former top ten recruit who was as good as expected last year. He is not as good in coverage as ex Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but he is almost like another linebacker on the field thanks to his strength and ability to attack the ball carrier. Collins is also a terror on special teams, which will look good on his resume, as coaches like to use their starting safeties in special teams coverage.

Collins hits like a linebacker and would be a huge upgrade over the weak safeties St. Louis has been putting on the field this season. Nick Saban defensive backs have not fared as well in the NFL as college, and Collins will hope to buck that trend.


13. Houston Texans
DE/DT Eddie Goldman, Jr, Florida State
6'4, 320 lbs
Hometown: Washington, DC
2014 Stats: 35 tackles, 4 sacks

Eddie Goldman has taken over for Timmy Jernigan and has become a better NFL prospect than the former Seminole. He leads Florida State in tackles for loss and sacks, and has the size and quickness to be a complete 3-4 defensive end.

The JaDeveon Clowney pick has not quite worked out for Houston, but it is still too early to call that one a wash, though his latest injury could derail his career before it even got started. Houston is old on both sides of the ball and could go with the best player available here. Goldman is a classic 3-4 end. He is big, strong and able to hold up against the run, yet can get after the quarterback as well. He could feast opposite JJ Watt.


14. Cleveland Browns
OT/OG Brandon Scherff, Sr, Iowa
6'5, 315 lbs
Hometown: Denison, IA

Brandon Scherff could have been a first round pick in 2014, and with another year of development could crack the top ten. He is a nasty, mean run blocker and scouts are calling him the best offensive tackle Kirk Ferentz has had yet at Iowa.

Iowa has struggled to start the 2014 season, and so has Scherff. He suffered a knee injury against Ball State. He showed his toughness by completing the game but had to have surgery afterwards. Iowa has not had a very good season but scouts have not forgotten about Scherff.

The Browns are a deep, solid team that simply needs to find stability at the quarterback position. With two first round picks, Cleveland could go best player available here. Scherff's short arms, but nasty run blocking ability might mean he would be a better long term fit at right tackle or on the inside, and could transform Cleveland's offensive line from very good to elite.


15. Miami Dolphins
OT/OG La'El Collins, Sr, LSU
6'5, 321 lbs
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

La'El Collins has been a mainstay on LSU's offensive line for the past few years. He is compact, strong and a mauler in the run game. He may not have the quickness or length to play even right tackle, which limits his draft upside to me, but at the least, should make a very solid starting guard.

The Dolphins offensive line has fallen apart without Brendan Albert. Ju'Waun James looks like a keeper at right tackle, but the interior is still a mess. Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey had to move to guard to make up for shortcomings, so the Dolphins should look to address the interior of their line. Offensive line may be the deepest position in the draft, and you could see 1/4 of the first round composed of that position.


16. Kansas City Chiefs
DE Shawn Oakman, Jr, Baylor
6'9. 280 lbs
Hometown: Landsowne, PA
2014 Stats: 48 tackles, 10 sacks

Yes, you read that right. 6'9, 280. Shawn Oakman could be Terrence Jones backup for the Rockets when he is not playing end for the Texans. Oakman left Penn State following the scandal and ended up at Baylor. His frame reminds me of Calias Campbell. Like Campbell, he could offer rare sack production as a 3-4 end.

Oakman was all over the place his first game as a Bear. He had 3 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble. He is still raw and has sprinkled in plenty of quiet games as a junior, but the potential is there for him to be special. This could be a guy who shoots up into the top five after scouts see him at the combine.

Andy Reid drafts offensive and defensive lineman in the first round. That is just what he does. Dontari Poe has been a beast in the middle, but the two ends are simply average, even before Kansas City lost Mike DeVito to a season ending injury during week 1. Oakman most likely needs a year or two of part time play to learn the NFL game, but could be a special kind of player as a 3-4 defensive end.


17. Cleveland Browns
(from Buffalo Bills)
WR Devin Funchess, Jr, Michigan
6'5, 230 lbs
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
2014 Stats:62 rec, 733 yards, 4 TD

The Michigan Wolverines have completely fallen apart this year, but Devin Funchess has continued to produce. He made the move to wide receiver this year, and that will greatly help his draft stock. With the recent success of guys like Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin, teams will be looking for big, wide targets.

Josh Gordon has returned and returned with a vengeance. But he is one more screw up from possibly never playing in the NFL again. Even if he keeps his nose clean, the Browns could use a legitimate compliment. Funchess is still learning how to play the wide receiver position, and has struggled with drops at times, but could be a strong weapon in a hybrid type role and would make a big target for the scrambling Johnny Manziel.


18. San Francisco 49ers
WR Jaelen Strong, Jr, Arizona State
6'4, 215 lbs
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
2013 Stats: 75 rec, 1062 yards, 10 TD

Jaelen Strong is an athletic, tall, 6'4 receiver who is one of the best pass catchers in college football. He has been a major target all year, with a large catch radius and big, strong hands. He is not the quickest receiver, but I believe he could end up being the best pass catcher in this draft.

With the success of guys like Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans, teams will be on the lookout for big, tall targets. I may be alone in this opinion, but I feel Strong will make a better NFL wide receiver than Amari Cooper, though he will almost assuredly not be drafted first. The 49ers could lose a couple of receivers from their deep group, and will look to fortify the ranks. Strong would make a large target for the inaccurate Colin Kaepernick.


19. Baltimore Ravens
WR Kevin White, Sr, West Virginia
6'3, 210 lbs
Hometown: Plainfield, NJ
2014 Stats: 102 rec, 1318 yards, 9 TD

Kevin White has exploded during his second year at West Virginia, and is among the leaders in receptions and yards. His production has cooled off in recent weeks, as defenses are keying in on him and allowing other receivers to try to beat them. Still, with such a productive season, White has cemented himself as a mid to late first round pick.

Steve Smith has been a revelation for Baltimore, but he is still in his mid 30's. Torrey Smith seems to have found his groove, but he is still more of a situational deep threat. Add to that the fact that Dennis Pitta simply cannot stay healthy, and Joe Flacco needs more weapons to throw to. This is only White's second year playing major college football, so he still needs to tighten up his route running, but you can't teach 6'3 height and 4.4 speed. His exceptional numbers are more than just the system. In case you are keeping track, this is the fifth receiver drafted in the first 19 picks. Have I mentioned the NFL is a passing league?


20. Dallas Cowboys
DE Alvin Dupree, Sr, Kentucky
6'4, 264 lbs
Hometown: Irwinton, GA
2014 Stats: 74 takles, 8 sacks, 1 INT

Alvin Dupree is the SEC's active career sacks leader, and shows solid strength and quickness for a pass rushing prospect. His signature performance was a 10 tackle 1 sack game against the top ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, and scouts definitely took notice. Pass rushers are always on the rise, and Dupree could be a mid first round pick.

The Cowboys defense has played better than expected, but only because it was expected to be one of the worst defenses of all time. Dallas needs reinforcements at all levels. Dupree has been miscast in Kentucky's defense as a hybrid linebacker/end type. He fits best as a traditional 4-3 defensive end thanks to his speed and pass rushing instincts. Playing linebacker has helped his run defense, however. Pass rushers usually rise during the draft process, and Dupree has a great chance of landing within the top 15 picks.


21. Atlanta Falcons
RB Melvin Gordon, Jr, Wisconsin
6'1, 207 lbs
Hometown: Kenosha, WA
2014 Stats: 309 rushes, 2336 yards, 26 TD

The Badgers have sent quite a few running backs to the NFL in recent memory. What separates Melvin Gordon from the others is he is a true home run threat. Now that Todd Gurley suffered a serious injury, Gordon should be the top running back in this class. Hopefully for Gordon's sake he makes it through the season unharmed, because the Wisconsin coaching staff is feeding him non stop, as evidenced by the Heisman hopeful's recent record setting performance.

Let's face it, the Falcons are going to go as far as the offense will take them. Sure, they can take a linebacker or reach for a safety, but keeping the skill positions loaded is Atlanta's best hope for success. Gordon is not much of a pass receiver, but that is about all the nits you can pick from Gordon. He has averaged an insane 8 yards per carry over 283 rushes, piling up historic yard and touchdown totals. You really worry about the load he is carrying, as he has piled up nearly 500 carries in the past two years, but if the Falcons can manage his carries to about 15-20 per game, he could be an extremely dangerous weapon.


22. Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Kevin Johnson, Sr, Wake Forest
6'1, 175
Hometown: Clarksville, MD
2014 Stats: 44 tackles, 1 INT

Kevin Johnson may be the best player in the nation who plays for a terrible team. The stats may not be impressive, but teams have absolutely no reason to throw his way when the rest of the defense is so bad. Johnson is not much of a run defender, but is quick, agile and has strong playmaking ability. With underwhelming performances from many of the junior cornerbacks, Johnson looks like a good bet to go in the bottom third of the first round.

Pittsburgh always relied on defense, but the Steel Curtain has become an afterthought in recent seasons. Pittsburgh needs reinforcements on all three levels, and could go the best player available here. The only Kevin Johnson most sports fans know is the one who once dunked on Hakeem Olajuwon, but this particular Johnson should make a name for himself during the draft process. He is the best senior cornerback in the nation.


23. San Diego Chargers
WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Jr, Oklahoma
6'6, 225 lbs
Hometown: Springfield, MO
2014 Stats: N/A

Dorial Green-Beckham is a tough prospect to figure out. On talent alone, he might be the most impressive wide receiver prospect since Randy Moss. He is 6'6, 225 speedster who could be a match up nightmare. But like Moss, he must overcome several off the field incidents, the worst of which is a domestic abuse incident. With the image troubles that the NFL is going through right now, teams will be extremely weary of adding that distraction to their roster.

However, there comes a point where the potential outweighs the risk. Philip Rivers has missed the huge frame of Vincent Jackson since he bolted (boo, terrible pun) to the Buccaneers. Green-Beckham has similar size and a gigantic catch radius, and fits the profile of receivers the Chargers like to a tee. Keenan Allen has been mostly held in check in 2015 because there were not any solid receiving options across from him.


24. Detroit Lions
OT Andrus Peat, Jr, Stanford
6'7, 312 lbs
Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Coming into the season, Andrus Peat was thought of as a potential top ten pick. However, his junior year has simply been okay. He has shown average athleticism and has struggled with some speed rushers. He has prototypical size for left tackle and could rise during the pre draft process. Tackles of his build and talent are always highly sought after.

Offensive line is not Detroit's biggest need, but the Lions often go best player available, and that looks like Peat at this point. Riley Reiff and LaAdrian Waddle are simply average starters. Peat would provide solid depth and could fill in at tackle or guard in a pinch. If developed properly, Peat could be a mainstay left tackle for 10 years.


25. Cincinnati Bengals
OLB Shaq Thompson, Jr, Washington
6'2, 232 lbs
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
2013 Stats: 70 tackles, .5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 DEF TD

Shaq Thompson is an incredible athlete. He was highly recruited as a running back, but started his career at safety before moving to linebacker. Linebackers do not often go in the first round unless they are quick and possess big time play making ability. Thompson offers just that.

Thompson has shown his all around ability already this season. He has a 14 tackle, 1 sack game to his credit, and the following week returned an interception 36 yards to the house. Not to mention he has been the Huskies main running back the past few weeks. His athleticism would play well at outside linebacker, where his speed and strength would be quite an asset to a Bengals defense that has struggled at the linebacker position for years.


26. Indianapolis Colts
DT Danny Shelton, Sr, Washington
6'2, 339 lbs
Hometown: Auburn, WA
2014 Stats: 88 tackles, 9 sacks

Entering 2014, Danny Shelton was thought of as a day two prospect, thanks to his huge frame and ability to lock up blockers. This year he has shown some great pass rushing skills and that has pushed him into the late first round range. I do not think he will disrupt the backfield quite as much in the NFL level, but scouts have to love a 6'2, 340 man who can stop the run and get after the quarterback.

The Colts will probably make the playoffs, but not thanks to a defense that gets gashed via the run on a weekly basis. The defensive line, in general, is just too undersized. Shelton is a big body who the Colts can plug into nose tackle. He is athletic enough to be a three down lineman and could solve several of the Colts issues.


27. Philadelphia Eagles
OLB Vic Beasley, Sr, Clemson
6'2, 235 lbs
Hometown: Adairsville, GA
2014 Stats: 25 tackles, 11 sacks

Vic Beasley is a one trick pony, but that trick is highly coveted by NFL defenses. He gets to the quarterback as good as any defender in the country. Beasley registered a sack in all but three games as a senior. I do not see him cracking the upper half of the first round because he is so undersized, and really does not have a feel to run defense or pass coverage.

Beasley will be limited to a pass rushing specialist at the NFL level, but would make a great addition to a playoff team needing a little extra juice on defense. The Eagles defense is deep, but lacks great pass rushing ability. Marcus Smith was a no show as a rookie and Chip Kelly and company will hope they can get a little more out of Beasley.


28. Seattle Seahawks
DT Jordan Phillips, So, Oklahoma
6'6, 334 lbs
Hometown: Towanda, KS
2014 Stats: 30 tackles, 2 sacks

Jordan Phillips was lost after week 4 of the 2013 season thanks to a back injury. He appears to be fully healed and has been a terror for the Oklahoma Sooners. The 6'6, 340 pound mountain possesses great strength and surprising agility. He can occupy blockers and stop the run, making him an ideal 3-4 defensive lineman.

The Seahawks are at their best when they can send wave after wave of defensive lineman at the quarterback. Kevin Williams has been as good as could have been hoped, but he is still nearing the end of his career. Phillips would immediately step in to the defensive tackle rotation and offer stout run defense.


29. Green Bay Packers
OT TJ Clemmings, Sr, Pittsburgh
6'6, 315 lbs
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ

TJ Clemmings is a late riser who could squeak into the first round, but has two things working against him. First, he has limited experience on the offensive line after beginning his Pitt career on defense. Second, he only has experience playing right tackle, which will probably be his future NFL position. He is very talented and could wind up being the top senior lineman drafted, even over Cedric Ogbuehi and Brandon Scherff.

The Packers offensive line is an absolute mess, and they need to upgrade that unit if they want to keep All World quarterback Aaron Rodgers under center. Clemmings has the size to eventually handle left tackle, where overmatched David Bakhtiari has been forced to man the past few seasons.


30. New England Patriots
OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Sr, Texas A&M
6'5, 300 lbs
Hometown: Allen, TX

The Aggies have become an offensive tackle pipeline, and Cedric Ogbuehi is the latest. Like Jake Matthews in 2013, Ogbuehi will move over to the left side for his senior season. Ogbuehi is not as big as Luke Joeckel, but has good athleticism and should be able to handle left tackle.

The Aggies have fell off hard in recent weeks, and Ogbuehi has struggled. The coaching staff moved him back to the right side, and that might be his best position at the NFL level. He is very talented, however, and is expected to blow up the combine. Even with a down year, he should find a spot in the first round.

The Patriots offensive line still remains productive, but it getting a bit old and thin. Ogbuehi might not have what it takes to play left tackle in the NFL, but has versatility and could be a plug and play starter at either guard spot or right tackle, and eventually find a spot in the starting lineup.


31. Denver Broncos
OT Ty Sambrailo, Sr, Colorado State
6'5, 315 lbs
Hometown: Watsonville, CA

Ty Sambrailo might be the best prospect not playing in a BCS conference. He has a ton of experience, and has graded very well in every game he has played as a senior. Scouts debate his draft stock wildly, but most have him within the top 45 picks.

The run on offensive lineman continues. The Broncos offensive line might lose Orlando Franklin, and Louis Vasquez has been forced to kick out to right tackle, because the other players simply were not getting the job done. John Elway and company want nasty blockers, and Sambrailo fits what they are looking for.


32. Arizona Cardinals
DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun, Jr, Michigan State
6'4, 257 lbs
Hometown: Middletown, NJ
2015 Stats: 33 tackles, 7 sacks

Shilique Calhoun was expected to do big things as a Michigan State junior, but got off to a slow start. He has picked his play up recently, and produced exactly one sack in five straight games earlier this year. He may be too weak at the point of attack to initially hold up as an every down defensive lineman, but has pass rushing ability and the frame to get stronger.

That the Cardinals are 10-3 is a testament to how good of a coach Bruce Arians is. The defense has missed Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby terribly, and to top that off, they just do not generate that much pass rush from their outside linebackers. Calhoun might only be a pass rushing specialist, but Arizona would be just fine with that.


Round 2

33. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DE Danielle Hunter, Jr, LSU
34. Tennessee Titans - RB Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia
35. Jacksonville Jaguars - RB Duke Johnson, Jr, Miami
36. New York Jets - OT Ereck Flowers, Jr, Miami
37. Oakland Raiders - MLB Benardrick McKinney, Jr, Mississippi State
38. Washington Redskins - CB Marcus Peters, Jr, Washington
39. New York Giants - DE/DT Arik Armstead, Jr, Oregon
40. Carolina Panthers - OT Spencer Drango, Jr, Baylor
41. New Orleans Saints - CB PJ Williams, Jr, Florida
42. Chicago Bears - DE Markus Golden, Sr, Missouri
43. Minnesota Vikings - CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr, Oregon
44. St. Louis Rams - OG AJ Cann, Sr, South Carolina
45. Houston Texans - OT Tyrus Thompson, Sr, Oklahoma
46. Cleveland Browns - DE/OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, Sr, Louisville
47. Miami Dolphins - WR Vince Mayle, Sr, Washington State
48. Kansas City Chiefs - WR Nelson Agholor, Jr, USC
49. Buffalo Bills - DE/OLB Nate Orchard, Sr, Utah
50. San Francisco 49ers - DE/DT Malcom Brown, Jr, Texas
51. Baltimore Ravens - CB D'Juon Smith, Sr, Florida Atlantic
52. Dallas Cowboys - S Derron Smith, Sr, Fresno State
53. Atlanta Falcons - DE/OLB Hau'oli Kikaha, Sr, Washington
54. Pittsburgh Steelers - DE Michael Bennett, Sr, Ohio State
55. San Diego Chargers - DE/OLB Harold Eli, Jr, Virginia
56. Detroit Lions - DT Carl Davis, Sr, Iowa
57. Cincinnati Bengals - OT/C Cameron Irving, Sr, Florida State
58. Indianapolis Colts - CB Lorenzo Doss, Jr, Tulane
59. Philadelphia Eagles - DE DeForest Buckner, Jr, Oregon
60. Seattle Seahawks - RB Tevin Coleman, Jr, Indiana
61. Green Bay Packers - DE Mario Edwards, Jr, Florida State
62. New England Patriots - WR Sammie Coates, Jr, Auburn
63. Denver Broncos - QB Brett Hundley, Jr, UCLA
64. Arizona Cardinals - RB TJ Yeldon, Jr, Alabama

Jonathan Carrano

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Anonymous said...

Denzel Perryman? Vikings need an MLB worse than a CB in rd 2