Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: MY FINAL MOCK DRAFT

My mock is listed on Walter Football's Mock Draft Database along with over 300 mock drafts:

http://walterfootball.com/draftdata.php


First Round

1. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
JAMEIS WINSTON-QB-FSU 
6-4/231 
NFL Comparison: Byron Leftwich/Ben Roethlisberger 
Despite issues with immaturity and off the filed allegations, it appears as though Tampa will pick the former Heisman winner. Lovie Smith is the right type of coach and role model to help Winston in his young career. However the common denominator with every top 10 QB draft bust has been immaturity issues. Ryan Leaf, Vince Young, Matt Leinart and JaMarcus Russell are all examples of this. The other concern with Winston was his regression from his 2013 Heisman season to last year. Was this due to losing key pieces on offense like Kelvin Benjamin and Devonta Freeman or was it due to him just not taking the next step as a QB? Taking Winston at #1 is a risk, but Tampa NEEDS a franchise QB in the worst way.
  

2. TENNESSEE TITANS
MARCUS MARIOTA-QB-OREGION
6-4/222 
NFL Comparison: Jake Plummer/Randall Cunningham
It seems like one way or another Mariota will be the pick here. The smartest move for the Titans would be to package the pick and trade down.

Even if a trade doesn't happen, the Titans should take Mariota at #2. He's an instant upgrade over incumbent Zach Mettenberger. Mariota has the size, speed, maturity and intangibles that one looks for in a franchise QB. Many scouts still doubt if he can transition to a pro style offense in the NFL.

The trade rumor that has been gaining the most traction is for Cleveland to package picks #12 and #19 along with a 1st or 2nd next year in order to move up and take Mariota.


3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
LEONARD WILLIAMS-3T/5T/DT/DE-USC
6-5/302
NFL Comparison: Richard Seymour/Gerald McCoy 
As I put in my team needs section, Edge Rusher Dante Fowler may be the better fit, but Williams is the better talent. He is regarded by most as the best overall player in the draft and his upside is JJ Watt. He also might be the safest player in the draft this year.

It now makes sense for the Jags to take Williams or Amari Cooper at #3 then wait to take the best edge rusher in the second round. There's even a chance Shane Ray could fall to #36. Even if Ray is gone, plenty of other good pass rushers such as Nate Orchard, Preston Smith and Owa Odighizuwa will still be on the board.



4. OAKLAND RAIDERS 
AMARI COOPER-WR-BAMA 
6-1/211
NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown/Marvin Harrison 
With Williams off the board it's a pretty easy decision to go with Cooper. He is the best player on the board AND fills Oakland's biggest need. Cooper is bigger than Harrsion and Brown, yet his route running and ability to make yards after the catch are similar to both guys.



5. WASHINGTON REDSKINS 
DANTE FOWLER-EDGE RUSHER/DE-FLORIDA
6-4/261 
NFL Comparison: Terrell Suggs/Willie McGinist
With Brian Orakpo leaving for Tennessee, the Redskins can use another pass rusher to help out Ryan Kerrigan. The two best players on the board are WR's Amari Cooper and Kevin White but Washington already has one of the best duos in the NFL in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. This could the prime spot for a WR needy team like St. Louis, Minnesota or Miami looking to trade up.

While other edge players in the class may be faster (Vic Beasley) or more explosive (Randy Gregory), no one has the size, motor and pass rushing combination that Fowler has.

6. NEW YORK JETS 
VIC BEASLEY-EDGE/OLB-CLEMSON
6-3/246
NFL Comparison: Von Miller
f the Jets can add an edge rusher, they may overtake Seattle as the best defense in the NFL. Beasley was the star of the combine running a 4.53 forty, a 6.08 3-cone drill and putting up 35 reps on the 225 bench press. Beasley is more than just an athletic freak, he was also very productive at Clemson where he had 33 sacks over the past three seasons.


7. CHICAGO BEARS
KEVIN WHITE-WR-WEST VIRGINIA 
6-3/215
NFL Comparison: slightly smaller Julio Jones/DeAndre Hopkins 
The Bears can give inconsistent QB Jay Cutler another weapon to have on the outside. He already has two big targets in Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. White has both the ability and physical tools to become an elite NFL WR. He will be a good replacement for Brandon Marshall.


8. ATLANTA FALCONS
ALVIN "BUD" DUPREE-EDGE/DE/OLB-KENTUCKY
6-4/269
NFL Comparison: Everson Griffin 
One mans loss is another mans gain. If not for character concerns, Randy Gregory would be the pick here. His recent failed marijuana test will cause him to drop down draft boards. Dupree may end up being the biggest beneficiary. Like Fowler, Dupree has both the size and explosiveness to play DE in a 4-3.


9. NEW YORK GIANTS
BRANDON SCHERFF-OT/G-IOWA
6-5/318
NFL Comparison: Bryan Bulaga as an OT/Zack Martin as an OG
The Giants need to keep Eli upright and give him time to get the ball into the hands of Odell Beckham. The Giants also need to upgrade the running game. Scherff would be an instant upgrade at OT or on the inside of the line. He's probably the safest pick to be an impact player in this entire draft class.

10. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 
(projected trade with ST. LOUIS) 
St. Louis receives picks #19 and #49
Kansas City receives pick #10
DAVANTE PARKER-WR-LOUISVILLE 
6-3/209
NFL Comparison: Jordy Nelson
I'm calling this the SHOW ME STATE SWAP. It makes sense for both teams as the Chiefs need a big WR to pair with Jeremy Maclin and the Rams are looking to trade down to get an offensive lineman. The Chiefs have 10 total picks, therefore moving up is a major possibility while the Rams on have 6 total picks. Peter King has reported that the Chiefs are very high on Parker. Also there's a pretty significant drop between Parker and the second tier of WR's.

Parker was good last year putting up a 43/885/5 stat line in only 7 games. He had his best game against then #1 FSU catching 8 balls for 214 yards. He repeatedly beat PJ Williams and Ronlad Darby (both 2nd/3rd players) on big plays. The Jordy Nelson comparison makes sense given each players size and ability to make big plays down the field. Both are sure handed players that attack the football. Andy Reid will love this guy.

11. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
TRAE WAYNES-CB-MICHIGAN ST. 
6-0/186
NFL Comparison: Stephon Gilmore
With Parker off the board the Viking take a CB to fill their second biggest need. Coach Mike Zimmer  loves big corners and in the NFC North he needs a #1 CB to guard guys like Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson and Alshon Jeffery. Waynes showed 4.31 speed at the combine and has long arms to contend with bigger WRs. He has the ability to be a good fit in a man or zone scheme.


12. CLEVELAND BROWNS
DANNY SHELTON-DT/NT-WASHINGTON 
6-2/339
NFL Comparison: BJ Raji/Haloti Ngata 
Last year the Browns were DEAD LAST against the run giving up 144 rushing yards per game (and this is a passing league). They need a big anchor inside and Shelton would be aperfect fit as a 3-4 nose tackle. At #19 and #43 they can get address WR and the O-Line


13. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
ANDRUS PEAT-OT/LT-STANFORD 
6-7/313
NFL Comparison: Jared Veldheer
The sense around the league is that the Saints will go with the best player on the board at #13 then fill needs at pass rusher, WR and ILB at picks #31 and #44 (rumors also say they could draft QB Bryce Petty in one of those spots). Peat is rising back up draft boards and sources say he may go as high as the top 10 now. Protecting Drew Brees is always a high priority in New Orleans.

14. DALLAS COWBOYS 
(projected trade with MIAMI)
MIAMI receives pick #27 and a 2016 1st round pick
Dallas receives pick #14
TODD GURLEY-RB-GEORGIA
6-1/222
NFL Comparison: Fred Taylor/Marshawn Lynch 
The recent medical checkout said that Gurley was 100% healthy and good to go. As we get closer to the draft, Gurley keeps rising back up draft boards. If the Cowboys really want him, they will need to trad up to get him.

Gurley's tape and on the field production are simply outstanding. The Cowboys have the best run blocking offensive line in football. It's a match made in heaven. All us fantasy nerds will instantly want Gurley on our team too.

A trade down is the perfect scenario for Miami as they are targeting a WR or DB early in the draft. There's plenty of good options for Miami at #27.

15. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
DORIAL GREEN BECKHAM-OKLAHOMA 
6-5/237
NFL Comparison: Plaxico Buress
You can't teach the type of size and skill that Green Beckham possesses. He's had some off the filed issues and missed all of 2014 due to suspension. Luckily the 49ers have the perfect mentor for a guy like DGB. Current WR Anquan Boldin is a model citizen off the field and a very respected competitor on the field.

The 49ers have the players to get the ball into the red zone with guys like Boldin, newly acquired Torrey Smith, second year RB Carlos Hyde and QB Colin Kaepernick. DGB will give them the much needed red zone threat they have lacked.

Don't rule out San Fran taking a chance on another player with off the field issues in CB Marcus Peters.
  

16. HOUSTON TEXANS
LANDON COLLINS-SS-BAMA 
6-0/228
NFL Comparison: Kam Chancellor 
The Texans really don't have a glaring need other than QB. They will likely go best player available regardless of position. Collins would be a good fit in Romeo Crennel's scheme. Crennel runs a 3-4 cover 1 scheme with a roaming safety. They signed Rahim Moore this off season to be the roaming free safety. Collins would fit as the perfect in the box safety, He has the size to be great player in run support and to cover tight ends.



17. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
RANDY GREGORY-EDGE/OLB-NEBRASKA  
6-5/235
NFL Comparison: Clay Matthews/Bruce Irvin  
Like the 49ers, the Chargers have the right mature leaders on their defense in Eric Weddle and Brandon Flowers. The Chargers need some help with their pass rush. They were 29th in the league last year with only 26 total sacks.

18. ST. LOUIS RAMS
(projected trade down with  KANSAS CITY)  
ERECK FLOWERS-OT/RT-MIAMI
6-6/329
NFL Comparison: Andrew Whitworth 
The Rams drafted Greg Robinson #2 overall last year but that doesn't mean they don't need help on the offensive line. Coach Jeff Fisher wants win games with his talented defense and by keeping opposing offenses off the field with a power running game. Flowers is a solid prospect that gives St. Louis exactly what they need up front. In Flowers and Robinson they can have two good bookends for the next decade


19. CLEVELAND BROWNS
MELVIN GORDON-RB-WISCONSIN 
6-1/215
NFL Comparison: Matt Forte
Cleveland has two average young backs right now in Terrance West and Isiah Crowell. Gurley would instantly be the most talanted back on the roster. Unless the Browns move up for Mariota, they will have below average QB play this season. The only way for them to have success on offense is on the ground. Gordon could spark a very good rushing attack behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Gordon is a mid-western kid having grown up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He knows how to play in bad NFC North weather.

20. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 
NELSON AGHOLOR-WR-USC 
6-0/198
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Maclin
What better way the replace Jeremy Maclin than by drafting a player that is similar to him in both size and skill set. Agholor is move moving up draft boards lately and he would be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly's system. Kelly love guys with versatility, speed and high college production. Agholor posted a stat line of 104/1313/12 and also returned two kicks for touchdowns. The Eagles would instantly have one of the best young WR duos in the league with Agholor and Jordan Matthews.


21 CINCINNATI BENGALS 
MALCOM BROWN-3T/NT/DT-TEXAS  
6-2/319
NFL Comparison: Dan Williams
Arik Armstead would be an interesting option here, however the Bengals usually value high level college production over a player's measurements. Armstead is a freak of nature with a 6-7/290 frame. Brown is the better player at this point though, he was a first team All-American and come in and start from day one at nose tackle. Brown would provide the perfect complement to 3 technique DT Geno Atkins. A WR like Breshad Perriman or Jaelen Strong is a possibility here as well.



22. PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
KEVIN JOHNSON-CB-WAKE FOREST
6-0/188
NFL Comparison: Sam Shields
The Steelers D was torched on many a deep ball last year. Longtime CB Ike Taylor just retired and they need a player that can come in and start from day one. Marcus Peters may be just as good as Johnson, but Pittsburgh doesn't have time to deal with his immaturity issues. Johnson was a three year starter in the ACC.


23. DETROIT LIONS
CAMERON ERVING-C/G/OT-FSU
6-5/313
NFL Comparison: Eric Wood  
With his ability to play C and OT, Cameron Irving would be the perfect player to help the Lions offensive line. Detroit has two good young players in LT Riley Reiff and RG Larry Warford. The rest of the line needs to be seriously upgraded, especially RT and LG.

The Lions could also need a DT to make up for the loss of Ndamukong Suh, If Danny Shelton or Malcolm Brown were on the board I think they would sprint to the podium. It's also worth noting they worked out several 2nd/3rd round DT prospects including Jordan Phillips, Carl Davis and Xavier Cooper.

24. ARIZONA CARDINALS 
ARIK ARMSTEAD-5T/DE/DT-OREGON
6-7/292
NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell 
Calais Campbell does a great job getting pressure from the 5 technique but the Cards lack an outside pass rush. Shane Ray would be an interesting option here but the Cards were just burned by ILB Daryl Washington's character issues (PED suspension and domestic violence arrest).

Armstead makes a lot of sense if he were to slip past their division rivals in San Francisco. He can learn from Campbell and the Cards can pair them together. Having two 6-7 freak athletes on your defensive line is never a bad thing.

25. CAROLINA PANTHERS  
DJ Humphries-OT/LT-FLORIDA 
6-5/307
NFL Comparison: D'Brickashaw Ferguson 
The retirement of Jordan Gross leaves a huge void at LT. It would be the shock of the draft if Carolina doesn't take a LT at #25. The Panthers need a sure fire LT that can come in and start form day one. Humphries is very athletic for his size and has the length that scouts look for. He underachieved at Florida, relying too much on athletic ability and not enough technique. However with the right coaching, he can develop into a Pro Bowl player.


26. BALTIMORE RAVENS
MARCUS PETERS-CB-WASHINGTON
6-0/197
NFL Comparison: Vontae Davis 
The Ravens have a history of taking chances on talented players with character concerns. Gregory or DGB will also be options if they fall here. In Peters, the Ravens have a chance to get the best overall CB in the draft. Jimmy Smith is good, but he was hurt last year and the Ravens got torched game after game. In a division with WRs AJ Green and Antonio Brown, having a good cover corners is a must.

27. MIAMI DOLPHINS 
projected trade down with 
DALLAS
BRESHAD PERRIMAN-WR-UCF  
6-2/217
NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace
The Dolphins trade down and still get the WR they wanted all along. Perriman seems to be the darling of the draft season after posting an amazing 4.25 forty. Rumors are that he may crack the top 10. That seems a little far fetched when you consider all the other WR options that are more polished. At #14 he would be a reach for Miami but at #27 he's a good pick.

28. DENVER BRONCOS 
SHANE RAY-EDGE/OLB-MISSOURI 
6-3/245
NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin
The Broncos already have a good team and a great locker room. Ray is worth the risk at #28. They already have one of the best pass rush duos in the NFL with Von Miller (14 sacks in 2014) and DeMarcus Ware (10 sacks in 2014). Ware is a future Hall of Famer but will turn 33 in July. Ray could be an eventual successor to Ware and be used as a pass rush specialist early in his pro career.

29. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
SHAQ THOMPSON-SS/WLB/RB-WASHINGTON 
6-0/232
NFL Comparison: Kam Chancellor/Bernard Pollard
(via Matt S).  I don't know what position he will play but I know the Colts need play makers on defense, especially in the secondary. He can even play some RB, Thompson is an issue, a very good issue to have.

The Colts are very interested in taking a safety early. Don't be surprised if DeMarcus Randall, Eric Rowe or Landon Collins is the pick here.


30. NEW YORK GIANTS 
projected trade with GREEN BAY
GREEN BAY receives picks #40 and #74 
NEW YORK GIANTS receives picks  #30 and #94
DAMARIOUS RANDALL-FS-ARIZONA ST.
5-11/196
NFL Comparison: Devin McCourty  
The Giants trade back into the first round to guarantee the free safety they covet. Randall is undersized but makes up for it with great production, coverage skills, toughness and football IQ. Has nearly identical size and athletic ability to McCourty


31. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
BRYCE PETTY-QB-BAYLOR
6-4/230
NFL Comparison: poor man's Carson Palmer or Eli Manning 
I am a sucker for the rumors. At #31 Petty really isn't that much of a reach if the Saints feel that he will be the eventual successor for Drew Brees.


32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
EDDIE GOLDMAN-3T/NT/DT-FSU 
6-4/336
NFL Comparison: Randy Starks
New England pairs Goldman him with a former Florida Gator in Dominique Easley. The two of them will replace the void in the middle left by former Miami Hurricane Vince Wilfork. A Gator and a Nole to replace a Cane. A LOT of talent in the sunshine state.



Second Round
with short explanations 

33. TENNESSEE TITANS
JAELEN STRONG-WR-ARIZONA ST. 
6-2/217
NFL Comparison: faster Anquan Boldin
They give their new franchise QB a big weapon on the outside

34. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
JAKE FISHER-OT-OREGON
6-6/306
NFL Comparison: Lane Johnson
They give their new franchise QB some protection

35. OAKLAND RAIDERS 
BYRON JONES-FS/CB-UCONN 
6-1/199
NFL Comparison: Chris Culliver/Richard Sherman coming out of college
Charles Woodson's replacement at FS or a starting CB

36. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
NATE ORCHARD-EDGE/DE/OLB-UTAH
6-3/250
NFL Compariosn: Trent Cole/Willie Young
Perfect "Leo" edge rusher for coach Gus Bradley's defense

37. NEW YORK JETS

PHILLIP DORSETT-WR-MIAMI
5-10/185
NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson
Good speed WR that can be used both outside and in the slot

38. WASHINGTON REDSKINS 
CEDRIC OGBUEHI-OT-TEXAS A&M 
6-5/306
NFL Comparison: Trent Williams
Top 10 talent with injury issues, could be a real steal here

39. CHICAGO BEARS
JORDAN PHILLIPS-DT/NT-OKLAHOMA
6-5/329
NFL Comparison: Terrance Knighton/Albert Haynesworth
The Bears need a big body run stuffer

40. GREEN BAY PACKERS
(projected trade down with New York Giants)
ERIC KENDRICKS-WLB/ILB-UCLA  
6-0/232
NFL Comparison: Lavonte David
They trade down and get an instant starter at ILB, can now move Clay Matthews back to OLB

41. ST. LOUIS RAMS
BERNARDRICK MCKINNEY-ILB-MISSISSIPPI ST.  
6-4/246
NFL Comparison: Rolando McClain/Brian Cushing
Could become the man they need in the middle of their defense

42. ATLANTA FALCONS
JAY AJAYI-RB-BOISE ST. 
6-0/221
NFL Comparison: Joique Bell
The best of the 2nd tier RB's

43. CLEVELAND BROWNS
ELI HAROLD-EDGE/OLB-VIRGINIA
6-3/247
NFL Comparison: Kamerion Wimbley
They need a WR, but Harold is too good to pass up here, he would fit perfectly as a 3-4 edge rusher

44. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
DENZEL PERRYMAN-ILB/MLB-MIAMI 
5-11/236
NFL Comparison: Jon Beason
Will remind Saints fans of Jonathan Vilma

45. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
STEPHONE ANTHONY-ILB/MLB-CLEMSON 
6-3/243
NFL Comparison: Justin Durant
The run on inside line backers continues

46. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
JALEN COLLINS-CB-LSU
6-2/203
NFL Comparison: Antonio Cromartie
They may consider him at #15, great value in the second round

47. MIAMI DOLPHINS
TJ CLEMMINGS-OT/G-PITTSBURGH 
6-5/309
NFL Comparison: Duane Brown
Developing OT that can play guard too

48. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
DEVIN SMITH-WR-OHIO ST.
6-0/196
NFL Comparison: Kenny Stills
Replacement/upgrade from the departed Eddie Royal

49. ST. LOUIS RAMS
(via projected trade down with  KANSAS CITY)  
DEVIN FUNCHESS-WR/TE-MICHIGAN   
6-4/232
NFL Comparison: Gavin Escobar as a TE/Malcolm Floyd as a WR
Hybrid WR/TE that can be the big red zone target they need

50. BUFFALO BILLS
BRETT HUNDLEY-QB-UCLA
6-3/226 
NFL Comparison: Jason Campbell
EJ Manual is NOT the answer

51. HOUSTON TEXANS
MICHAEL BENNETT-3T/DT/DE-OHIO ST.
6-2/293
NFL Comparison: Mike Daniels
Perfect 3 technique to pair with JJ Watt and Vince Wilfork

52. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 
ERIC ROWE-CB/FS-UTAH 
6-1/205
NFL Comparison: Jarius Byrd/Rahim Moore
Chip wants big, physical DBs

53. CINCINNATI BENGALS 
TYLER LOCKETT-WR-KANSAS ST.
5-10/182
NFL Comparison: Randall Cobb
Small, but very dangerous play maker in the open field

54. DETROIT LIONS
CARL DAVIS-IOWA
6-5/320
NFL Comparison: Red Bryant
They need a replacement for Suh

55. ARIZONA CARDINALS 
TJ YELDON-RB-BAMA
6-1/226
NFL Comparison: Thomas Jones (former Jets RB)
Power back to complement Andre Ellington

56. PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
OWA ODIGHIZUWA-EDGE/OLB/DE-UCLA
6-3/267
NFL Comparison: Sam Acho
Upgraded the secondary in the 1st, need to upgrade the pass rush here 


57. CAROLINA PANTHERS  
TEVIN COLEMAN-RB-INDIANA
5-11/206
NFL Comparison: DeMarco Murray
The DeAngelo Williams era is over in Carolina, time for a new feature back


58. BALTIMORE RAVENS
DONOVAN SMITH-OT/G-PENN ST.
6-6/338
NFL Comparison: Duane Brown
Developing OT with insane size, great RT prospect

59. DENVER BRONCOS 
GARRETT GRAYSON-QB-COLORADO ST. 
6-2/213 
NFL Comparison: Matt Schaub
Local product could be Peyton's replacement in two years


60. DALLAS COWBOYS 
PRESTON SMITH-EDGE/DE-MISSISSIPPI ST. 
6-5/271 
NFL Comparison: Carlos Dunlap
Dallas must upgrade the D-Line and Smith is the best player on the board


61. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
LAKEN TOMLINSON-RG/LGDUKE
6-3/323
NFL Comparison: Jahri Evans
A smart guy from Duke to protect a smart guy from Stanford (I hope they watch Jeopardy together)

62. GREEN BAY PACKERS
MAXX WILLIAMS-TE-MINNESOTA   
6-4/249
NFL Comparison: Kyle Rudolph
Another weapon for Aaron Rodgers

63. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 
ALI MARPET-C/G/OT-HOBART 
6-4/307
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Zuttah
I've never heard of Hobart either, they need a replacement for Max Unger

64. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
AJ CANN-LG/RG-SOUTH CAROLINA 
6-3/313
NFL Comparison: Ben Grubbs
Run on interior O-Line continues, the Pats can find a solid corner in the 3rd 







Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Positional Rankings: Edge Pass Rushers




4-3 Defensive Ends



1. DANTE FOWLER-FLORIDA
6-4/261 
NFL Comparison: Terrell Suggs/Willie McGinist 
Likely Career Role: Starting RDE with superstar potential, OLB and Leo versatility
Draft Range: Top 5
2014 College Stats:
Sacks: 8.5
Tackles For Loss: 15.5
Forced Fumbles: 2

2. BUD DUPREE-KENTUCKY
6-4/269
NFL Comparison: Everson Griffin 
Likely Career Role: Starting RDE
Draft Range: 6-24
Sacks: 7.5
Tackles For Loss: 12.5
Forced Fumbles: 2

3. PRESTON SMITH-MISSISSIPPI ST. 
6-5/271 
NFL Comparison: Carlos Dunlap
Likely Career Role: Starting RDE
Draft Range: 2nd/3rd
Sacks: 9.0
Tackles For Loss: 15.0
Forced Fumbles: 2

4. OWA ODIGHIZUWA-UCLA
6-3/267
NFL Comparison: Sam Acho 
Likely Career Role: Starting RDE with 3-4 OLB versatility
Draft Range: Top 10
Sacks: 6.0
Tackles For Loss: 11.5
Forced Fumbles: 2

5. DANIELLE HUNTER-LSU
6-5/252
NFL Comparison: Olivier Vernon 
Likely Career Role: Starting RDE or pass rush specialist
Draft Range: Top 10
Sacks: 1.5
Tackles For Loss: 13.0
Forced Fumbles: 1
Passes Deflected: 6

3-4 Outside Line Backers 


1. VIC BEASLEY-CLEMSON
6-3/246
NFL Comparison: Von Miller
Likely Career Role: Starting OLB with Pro Bowl Potential
Draft Range: Top 10
Sacks: 12.0
Tackles For Loss: 21.5
Forced Fumbles: 2

2. RANDY GREGORY-NEBRASKA  
6-5/235
NFL Comparison: Clay Matthews/Bruce Irvin  
Likely Career Role: Starting OLB with Pro Bowl Potential
Draft Range: Mid-Late 1st due to off the field Marijuana issues, top 10 on pure ability
Sacks: 7.0
Tackles For Loss: 8.5
Forced Fumbles: 1

3. SHANE RAY-MISSOURI 
6-3/245
NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin 
Likely Career Role: Starting OLB with Pro Bowl Potential
Draft Range: Mid-Late 1st now due to recent injury
Sacks: 14.5
Tackles For Loss: 22.5
Forced Fumbles: 3

4. ELI HAROLD-VIRGINIA
6-3/247
NFL Comparison: Kamerion Wimbley
Likely Career Role: Starting OLB/pass rush specialist
Draft Range: Late 1st-Early 2nd
Sacks: 7.0
Tackles For Loss: 14.5
Forced Fumbles: 1

5. NATE ORCHARD-UTAH
6-3/250
NFL Compariosn: Trent Cole/Willie Young 
Likely Career Role: Starting OLB/pass rush specialist  with enough size to play some 4-3 DE snpas
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd
Sacks: 18.5
Tackles For Loss: 21.5
Forced Fumbles: 3

Sunday, April 26, 2015

2015 NFL Draft Top 5 Positional Rankings: Non Edge Line Backers

Non Edge Line Backers 


1. ERIC KENDRICKS-UCLA  
6-0/232
NFL Comparison: Lavonte David
Likely Career Role: Starting weak WLB in a 4-3 or 3-4, Pro Bowl potential
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd

2. BERNARDRICK MCKINNEY-MISSISSIPPI ST.  
6-4/246
NFL Comparison: Rolando McClain/Brian Cushing
Likely Career Role: Starting 4-3 MLB or SLB or 3-4 ILB
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd

3. STEPHONE ANTHONY-CLEMSON 
6-3/243
NFL Comparison: Justin Durant
Likely Career Role: Starting 4-3 MLB or 3-4 ILB, has enough size to play SLB in a 4-3 as well.
Draft Range: 2nd

4. PAUL DAWSON-TCU
6-0/235
NFL Comparison: Daryl Washington
Likely Career Role: Starting weak WLB in a 4-3 or 3-4, had very high college production but has major question marks about his commitment to practice and had a god awful showing at the combine. He went to TCU like Washington and both players have similar size, skill and on the field production. However Washington has had many off the field incidents since becoming a pro.
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd

5. DENZEL PERRYMAN-MIAMI 
5-11/236
NFL Comparison: Jon Beason
Likely Career Role: Two-down 4-3 MLB or WLB, is a beast against the run but will struggle in pass coverage. Undersized guy that plays with a chip on is shoulder like former Miami Hurricanes Jon Beason and Jonathan Vilma.
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd

2015 NFL Draft Top 5 Positional Rankings: Defensive Backs

Cornerbacks 



1. TRAE WAYNES-MICHIGAN ST. 
6-0/186
NFL Comparison: Stephon Gilmore
Likely Career Role: Starting #1 CB with Pro Bowl potential, excellent man corner but will be a liability against the run.
Draft Range: 10-22

2. KEVIN JOHNSON-WAKE FOREST
6-0/188
NFL Comparison: Sam Shields
Likely Career Role: Starting #1 CB that can fit both man and zone schemes
Draft Range: 20-32



3. MARCUS PETERS-WASHINGTON
6-0/197
NFL Comparison: Vontae Davis/Aqib Talib
Likely Career Role: Starting #1 CB with Pro Bowl potential, that can play man or zone but is probably best fit to play press man. He has major immaturity issues but if he can grow as a man and as a player he could become the best DB in this draft class.
Draft Range: 15-Early 2nd

4. BYRON JONES-UCONN 
6-1/199
NFL Comparison: Chris Culliver/Richard Sherman coming out of college
Likely Career Role: Starting CB with great length that fits best as a zone corner.
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd

5. JALEN COLLINS-LSU
6-2/203
NFL Comparison: Antonio Cromartie
Likely Career Role: Starting CB with the perfect blend of size. speed and athletic traits. Still very raw but has all the tools to be a #1 CB for many years. At the very worst, he has the size to move to free safety if he cannot become a starting CB.
Draft Range: Late 1st-Early 3rd


JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP 5: 
QUINTEN ROLLINS-MIAMI (OH)
5-11/195
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd
RONALD DARBY-FSU 
5-11/193
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd
PJ WILLIAMS-FSU 
6-0/194 
Draft Range: 3rd
ALEX CARTER-STANFORD
6-0/196
Draft Range: 3rd-4th
D'JOUN SMITH-FAU
5-10/197 
Draft Range: 3rd-4th

Safeties



1. LANDON COLLINS-BAMA 
6-0/228
NFL Comparison: Bernard Pollard/Troy Polamalu
Likely Career Role: Starting box safety that will be a monster in run support and will be solid in coverage especially against tight ends
Draft Range: Mid-Late 1st



2. SHAQ THOMPSON-WASHINGTON 
6-0/228
NFL Comparison: Kam Chancellor
Likely Career Role: Played LB, SS and RB at Washington. His size and athletic ability fit best as a box safety but has enough toughness and experience to play weak side line backer
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd

3. ERIC ROWE-UTAH 
6-1/205
NFL Comparison: Jarius Byrd/Rahim Moore
Likely Career Role: Starting FS or zone CB, has size and ability to play both, like Bryd should be able to make the transition to becoming an elite FS.
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd

4. DAMARIOUS RANDALL-ARIZONA ST.
5-11/196
NFL Comparison: Devin McCourty  
Likely Career Role: Starting FS that is undersized but makes up for it with great production, coverage skills, toughness and football IQ. Has nearly identical size and athletic ability to McCourty
Draft Range: 2nd

5. JAQUISKI TARTT-SAMFORD
6-1/221
NFL Comparison: Reshad Jones
Likely Career Role: Solid starting strong safety with the size and physical tools to play in the box or in a cover 2 zone
Draft Range: 3rd-4th



2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Positional Rankings: Interior Defensive Line





3 Technique DT/5 Technique DE
Terms and definitions via Pro Football Focus 
for more visit:  https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/04/23/2014-defensive-prototypes-the-d-line/
The 3-technique is the pass-rushing defensive tackle in a 4-3. He is the guy tasked with bringing interior pressure and wreaking havoc in the backfield. 3-techniques are shaded outside of the guard to one side of the formation, usually isolating them one-on-one with that blocker and giving them the best chance to create pressure.

NFL Prototypes: Gerald McCoy and Geno Atkins

NFL Prototype Size: 6-1 to 6-4/290-310 lbs

Traditionally, the 5-technique was a two-gap player.  Just like the nose tackle, 3-4 ends were needed to control the blocker lined up over them and be able to stop the run headed through either the B or C-gap to his side of the field.

With the move towards one-gap systems regardless of the number of players with their hands in the dirt the 3-4 DE has become a far more flexible player. Guys like JJ Watt are built like old-school 5-techniques with impressive length and size but they have the speed and quickness to ply their trade at multiple spots along that front. Watt is the new-look 5-technique prototype.

The NFL wants the 5-technique to have that length in order to keep an offensive tackle away from his body and be able to react in space, but he also needs speed and athleticism that they were never expected to possess in the past.

NFL Prototypes: JJ Watt and Muhammed Wilkerson

NFL Prototype Size: 6-4 to 6-7/290-315 lbs




1. LEONARD WILLIAMS-USC
6-5/302
NFL Comparison: Richard Seymour/Gerald McCoy
Likely Career Role: Star DT/DE that can fit any system
Draft Range: Top 5

2. ARIK ARMSTEAD-OREGON
6-7/292
NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell
Likely Career Role: Starting 5 technique DE in a 3-4, has Pro Bowl potential
Draft Range: 15-Early 2nd RD

3. CARL DAVIS-IOWA
6-5/320
NFL Comparison: Red Bryant
Likely Career Role: Starting 4-3 DT, better as a role player then your top DT.
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd

4. MICHAEL BENNETT-OHIO ST.
6-2/293
NFL Comparison: Mike Daniels
Likely Career Role: Solid starting 3 technique DT that can fit either 3-4 or 4-3, is undersized so he will be best suited if he's playing next to a dominant nose tackle.
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd

5 (tie). HENRY ANDERSON-STANFORD
6-6/294
NFL Comparison: less athletic Cameron Jordan
Likely Career Role: Perfect fit as a 5 technique DE, solid/safe prospect with a high motor and college productivity.
Draft Range: 2nd-4th

5 (tie). MARIO EDWARDS-FSU
6-3/279
NFL Comparison: Michael Bennett
Likely Career Role: Perfect fit as a 5 technique DE with the size to play LDE or DT in a 4-3
Draft Range: 2nd-4th


Nose Tackles 
The age of the massive 3-4 defensive lineman has passed. Fewer and fewer teams are using the old two-gap system and man-mountain linemen are growing thin on the ground. Most teams that run the 3-4 in today’s NFL are doing so within the realms of a one-gap system, rather than asking their linemen to occupy multiple gaps.

The modern 3-4 nose tackle can’t just be a massive space-eater. He needs to be able to affect an offense in sub-packages and on passing downs as more than just a sink hole for blockers. Poe can be that guy and for now he is the new prototype for the position.

The 1-technique does much the same job as the 0-tech, except that he is shaded between the center and one of the guards, and is rarely expected to control two gaps. They are, however, expected to command the double team from the center and guard lined up over him, and thus free up other defenders to be, at worst, one-on-one with their blockers.

A prototypical 1-technique doesn't just look great against the run himself, but allows players around him to reap the benefits of that extra occupied blocker. He can improve an entire run defense.

NFL Prototypes: Dontari Poe (3-4 NT) and Marcel Dareus (4-4 NT)

NFL Prototype Size: 6-0 to 6-3/310-335 lbs






1. DANNY SHELTON-WASHINGTON 
6-2/339
NFL Comparison: BJ Raji
Likely Career Role: Starting nose tackle in a 3-4 or 4-3 with Pro Bowl skill set
Draft Range: 7-23

2. MALCOLM BROWN-TEXAS  
6-2/319
NFL Comparison: Dan Williams
Likely Career Role: Starting nose tackle with versatility and quickness to play the 3 technique in a 3-4 or 4-3
Draft Range: Mid-Late 1st

3. EDDIE GOLDMAN-FSU
6-4/336
NFL Comparison: Randy Starks/Kevin Williams
Likely Career Role: Starting nose tackle in a 3-4 or 4-3
Draft Range: Late 1st-Early 2nd

4. JORDAN PHILLIPS-OKLAHOMA
6-5/329
NFL Comparison: Terrance Knighton/Albert Haynesworth
Likely Career Role: Starting 3-4 nose tackle, boom/bust prospect due to motor and inconsistency. Has Pro Bowl skills but could just as easily end up being another Haynesworth.
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd

5. GRADY JARRETT-CLEMSON
6-1/304
NFL Comparison: Kyle Willims
Likely Career Role: Starting 1 gap nose tackle in a 4-3 with the quickness to play the 3 technique, short armed but very strong player that can carve out a niche like Kyle Williams
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd

Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Mock 2.0: With Kevin and Matt S

I assisted the help of my brother in law (Kevin) and my roommate (Matt S) to make this next great Mock Draft

1. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 
Mr Matt
JAMEIS WINSTON-QB-FSU 
6-4/231 
NFL Comparison: Byron Leftwich/Ben Roethlisberger 
I wouldn't take him #1, but I think he's clearly going number one.

2. TENNESSEE TITANS
Matt S. 
MARCUS MARIOTA-QB-OREGION
6-4/222 
NFL Comparison: Nick Foles 
My comment is: Jake Locker/Zach Mettenberger!!!!!!! In all seriousness he has the smarts to be a franchise QB, Tennessee's residency in the doldrums has rewarded them with the #2 pick and they are happy with Mariota. Tampa made Tennessee's decision happen.

NOTE: All 3 of us feel that the Phillip Rivers trade makes the most sense for Tennessee here.

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
Kevin 
DANTE FOWLER-EDGE RUSHER/DE-FLORIDA
6-4/261 
NFL Comparison: Terrell Suggs/Willie McGinist 
The Jags need an edge rusher in the worst way. Best pass rusher in the draft, his sack number weren't big but he lived in the back field in college. On tape he was the most disruptive player in college.

4. OAKLAND RAIDERS 
Mr. Matt
LEONARD WILLIAMS-3T/5T/DT/DE-USC
6-5/302
NFL Comparison: Richard Seymour/Gerald McCoy 
New coach Jack Del Rio built his teams in Jacksonville around two great defensive tackles in John Henderson and Marcus Stroud. Williams has the versatility to play both DE or DT in any scheme.



5. WASHINGTON REDSKINS 
Matt S.
VIC BEASLEY-EDGE/OLB-CLEMSON
6-3/246
NFL Comparison: Von Miller
They need a pass rusher and he's best on the board.



6. NEW YORK JETS 
Kevin 
SHANE RAY-EDGE/OLB-MISSOURI 
6-3/245
NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin 
The Jets need a pass rusher too. Ray is the smart pick here.


7. CHICAGO BEARS
Mr. Matt
AMARI COOPER-WR-BAMA 
6-1/211
NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown/Marvin Harrison 
Cooper is bigger than Harrsion and Brown, yet his route running and ability to make yards after the catch are similar to both guys. The Bears can give inconsistent QB Jay Cutler another weapon to have on the outside. He already has two big targets in Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett.



8. ATLANTA FALCONS
Matt S. 
ALVIN "BUD" DUPREE-EDGE/DE/OLB-KENTUCKY
6-4/269
NFL Comparison: Everson Griffin 
The Falcons NEED a pass rusher. It would of been Gregory if not for his failed drug test and lack of weight.


9. NEW YORK GIANTS

Kevin
BRANDON SCHERFF-OT/G-IOWA
6-5/318
NFL Comparison: Bryan Bulaga as an OT/Zack Martin as an OG
C'mon man it just makes too much sense.The Giants have way too many holes on the offensive line for them NOT to take one here.



10. ST. LOUIS RAMS
Mr. Matt
KEVIN WHITE-WR-WEST VIRGINIA 
6-3/215
NFL Comparison: slightly smaller Julio Jones/DeAndre Hopkins 
This is a dream scenario for St. Louis but it could happen. Last year they lucked out and were able to draft a top 5 talent in Aaron Donald at #13. The pick paid immediate dividends as Donald was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl.


11. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Matt S. 
ANDRUS PEAT-OT/LT-STANFORD 
6-7/313
NFL Comparison: Ryan Clady 
The Vikings were hoping Scherff would slip but Peat is good here as well. I like that he's fail safe and came from a big school. Low Ceiling but very high floor.


12. CLEVELAND BROWNS

Kevin 
DAVANTE PARKER-WR-LOUISVILLE 
6-3/209
NFL Comparison: Jordy Nelson
Josh Gordon is suspended for the year and Parker is in the top tier to me. I see a big drop between him and Brashad Perriman.



13. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Mr. Matt
RANDY GREGORY-EDGE/OLB-NEBRASKA  
6-5/235
NFL Comparison: Clay Matthews/Bruce Irvin  
With two 1st round picks and five picks in the top 78, the Saints can afford to take a risk here. Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan won't care if Gregory is a choir boy as long as he can get to the QB. They were 25th in sacks last year so upgrading the pass rush is key.


14. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Matt S. 
TRAE WAYNES-CB-MICHIGAN ST. 
6-0/186
NFL Comparison: Stephon Gilmore
Brent Grimes is a stud, but he'll turn 32 this year. The rest of the CBs on the roster are all unproven guys. The NFL is evolving to where you need more than one corner unless you have Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman



15. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Kevin 
MARCUS PETERS-CB-WASHINGTON
6-0/197
NFL Comparison: Vontae Davis/Joe Haden
Great cover man but bad tackler. He's my favorite player in the draft, despite his issues.



16. HOUSTON TEXANS
Mr. Matt
LANDON COLLINS-SS-BAMA 
6-0/228
NFL Comparison: Kam Chancellor 
They will likely go best player available regardless of position. Collins would be a good fit in Romeo Crennel's scheme. Crennel runs a 3-4 cover 1 scheme with a roaming safety. Collins would fit as the perfect in the box safety, He has the size to be great player in run support and to cover tight ends.
  


17. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Matt S. 
MELVIN GORDON-RB-WISCONSIN 
6-1/215
NFL Comparison: Matt Forte
The Chargers are clearly moving on from Phillip Rivers. They need a guy that can tote the rock non stop. I really don't think that Gurley has more upside.



18. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 
Mr. Matt
LA'EL COLLINS-OT/G-LSU
6-4/305
NFL Comparison: Justin Pugh as an OT/Marshall Yanda as an OG
The Chiefs had major problems on the offensive line last year. Collins would give them a guy that can come in and compete for the RT or RG starting job and eventually he may overtake former #1 overall pick Eric Fisher at LT.


19. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Kevin 
BRYCE PETTY-QB-BAYLOR
6-4/230
NFL Comparison: poor man's Carson Palmer or Eli Manning 
They have one QB in rehab and named Josh McCown. #19 for Petty is better value than Manziel at #22 last year. Petty has all the arm talent you look for. I like pairing him with Devante Parker.



20. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 
Matt S. 
NELSON AGHOLOR-WR-USC 
6-0/198
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Maclin
My target is a WR here and Agholor is the consensus pick. No matter who they pick will hurt my New York Giants' secondary.


21 CINCINNATI BENGALS 
Kevin 
ARIK ARMSTEAD-OREGON
6-7/292
NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell 
I'll take the DE over DT for the Bengals. I love Geno Atkins on the interior, I like Armstead on the edge.

22. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Mr. Matt 
KEVIN JOHNSON-CB-WAKE FOREST
6-0/188
NFL Comparison: Sam Shields
The Steelers need a corner in the worst way, Johnson is the perfect fit here.


23. DETROIT LIONS
Matt S. 
DANNY SHELTON-DT/NT-WASHINGTON 
6-2/339
NFL Comparison: BJ Raji
Todd Gurley is the sexy pick but Shelton is too good to pass up here. They go with the smart pick over the sexy pick. You just can't ignore the void left by Suh's departure. It's fate that he falls into the Lions lap here.


24. ARIZONA CARDINALS 
Kevin
ERIC KENDRICKS-WLB/ILB-UCLA  
6-0/232
NFL Comparison: Lavonte David
The Cards address their biggest need with the best LB on the board


25. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Mr. Matt
DJ Humphries-OT/LT-FLORIDA 
6-5/307
NFL Comparison: D'Brickashaw Ferguson 
The Panthers need an OT to protect Cam at all costs. DJ is a better LT than Ereck Flowers.

26. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Matt S. 
DORIAL GREEN BECKHAM-OKLAHOMA 
6-5/237
NFL Comparison: Plaxico Buress
They lost TSmitty, DGB is a risk but he would be a perfect replacement.


27. DALLAS COWBOYS 
Kevin 
TODD GURLEY-RB-GEORGIA
6-1/222
NFL Comparison: Marshawn Lynch meets Eric Dickerson (Kevin's comparison, he thinks Gurley is a future Hall of Famer) 
This is the dream scenario for Dallas, they are sprinting to the podium. Gurley's only risk is injury, he's a top 10 talent.



28. DENVER BRONCOS 
Mr. Matt
ERECK FLOWERS-OT/RT-MIAMI
6-6/329
NFL Comparison: Andrew Whitworth 
The Broncos get a young guy to keep the old man Peyton Manning upright.


29. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
Matt S. 
SHAQ THOMPSON-SS/WLB/RB-WASHINGTON 
6-0/232
NFL Comparison: Kam Chancellor/Bernard Pollard
I don't know what position he will play but I know the Colts need play makers on defense especially in the secondary. He can even play some RB, Thompson is an issue, a very good issue to have.



30. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Kevin
JALEN COLLINS-LSU
6-2/203
NFL Comparison: Antonio Cromartie
The Pack could use some DB help and the GM likes long athletic DBs.



31. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Mr. Matt 
MALCOLM BROWN-3T/NT/DT-TEXAS  
6-2/319
NFL Comparison: Dan Williams
Just too good to pass up here, a safe pick after taking a risk with Randy Gregory.



32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Matt S. 
EDDIE GOLDMAN-3T/NT/DT-FSU 
6-4/336
NFL Comparison: Randy Starks
With the loss of VInce Wilfork, they need a replacement.


Best Still Available: 
BRESHAD PERRIMAN-WR-UCF  
6-2/217
NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace
ELI HAROLD-EDGE/OLB-VIRGINIA
6-3/247
NFL Comparison: Kamerion Wimbley
JAELEN STRONG-WR-ARIZONA ST. 
6-2/217
NFL Comparison: faster Anquan Boldin
CAMERON ERVING-C/G/OT-FSU
6-5/313
NFL Comparison: Eric Wood 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Positional Rankings: Offensive Line




Offensive Tackle only 

1. ANDRUS PEAT-STANFORD 
6-7/313
NFL Comparison: Jared Veldheer
Likely Career Role: Starting LT with Pro Bowl potential
Draft Range: Mid-Late 1st

2. DJ HUMPHRIES-FLORIDA 
6-5/307
NFL Comparison: D'Brickashaw Ferguson
Likely Career Role: Starting LT with Pro Bowl potential
Draft Range: Mid-Late 1st

3. TJ CLEMMINGS-PITTSBURGH 
6-5/309
NFL Comparison: Duane Brown
Likely Career Role: Starting LT or RT 
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd

4. JAKE FISHER-OREGON
6-6/306
NFL Comparison: Lane Johnson
Likely Career Role: Starting LT that is perfect for a Zone based blocking scheme 
Draft Range: 2nd

5. CEDRIC OGBUEHI-TEXAS A&M 
6-5/306
NFL Comparison: Trent Williams
Likely Career Role: Starting LT with Pro Bowl potential, would be ranked higher if not for injury concerns
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd

Guards/Right Tackles 

1. BRANDON SCHERFF-IOWA
6-5/319
NFL Comparison: Bryan Bulaga as an OT/Zack Martin as an OG
Likely Career Role: Starting RT/G with superstar potential
Draft Range: Top 10

2. LA'EL COLLINS-LSU
6-4/305
NFL Comparison: Justin Pugh as an OT/Marshall Yanda as an OG
Likely Career Role: Starting RT/G with Pro Bowl potential
Draft Range: Mid 1st

3. ERECK FLOWERS-MIAMI
6-6/329
NFL Comparison: Andrew Whitworth
Likely Career Role: Great run blocking RT
Draft Range: Mid-Late 1st

4. LAKEN TOMLINSON-DUKE
6-3/323
NFL Comparison: Jahri Evans
Likely Career Role: Great run blocking RG or LG
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd

5. AJ CANN-SOUTH CAROLINA 
6-3/313
NFL Comparison: Ben Grubbs
Likely Career Role: Starting LG
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd

Centers
1. CAMERON ERVING-C/G/OT-FSU
6-5/313
NFL Comparison: Eric Wood
Likely Career Role: Starting Center with Pro Bowl potential/Has ability to play every position on the line
Draft Range: Mid-Late 1st

2. ALI MARPET-HOBART 
6-4/307
Likely Career Role: Starting Center or Guard, athletic ability makes him a good fit for a Zone based scheme
Draft Range: 2nd/3rd

3. HRONISS GRASU-OREGON
6-3/297
Likely Career Role: Starting Center
Draft Range: 2nd/3rd

4. BJ FINNEY-KANSAS ST. 
6-4/318
Likely Career Role: Starting Center or Guard
Draft Range: 3rd-5th

5. REESE DISMUKES-AUBURN
6-3/296
Likely Career Role: Starting Center
Draft Range: 3rd-5th

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Positional Rankings: WR and TE




#1/Big Wide Receivers 




1. AMARI COOPER-BAMA 
6-1/211
NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown/Marvin Harrison
Draft Range: Top 10
2014 College Stats: 
124 receptions
1727 receiving yards
16 total TD


2. KEVIN WHITE-WEST VIRGINIA 
6-3/215
NFL Comparison: slightly smaller Julio Jones/DeAndre Hopkins
Draft Range: Top 10
2014 College Stats: 
109 receptions
1447 receiving yards
10 total TD

3. DAVANTE PARKER-LOUISVILLE 
6-3/209
NFL Comparison: Jordy Nelson
Draft Range: 7-14
2014 College Stats: 
43 receptions
855 receiving yards
5 total TD
NOTE: only played in 7 games due to an injury
2013 Stats:
55 receptions
885 receiving yards
12 total TD

4. JAELEN STRONG-ARIZONA ST. 
6-2/217
NFL Comparison: faster Anquan Boldin
Draft Range: 12-32
2014 College Stats: 
82 receptions
1165 receiving yards
10 total TD

5. DORIAL GREEN BECKHAM-OKLAHOMA 
6-5/237
NFL Comparison: Plaxico Buress
Draft Range: Mid 1st-3rd RD
Did not play in 2014
2013 Stats: 
59 receptions
883 receiving yards
12 total TD


Slot/Speed Wide Receivers 




1. NELSON AGHOLOR-USC 
6-0/198
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Maclin
Draft Range: 20-Early 2nd RD
2014 College Stats: 
104 receptions
1313 receiving yards
14 total TD

2. BRESHAD PERRIMAN-UCF  
6-2/217
NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace
Draft Range: 10-26
2014 College Stats: 
50 receptions
1044 receiving yards
9 total TD

3. PHILLIP DORSETT-MIAMI
5-10/185
NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd
2014 College Stats: 
36 receptions
871 receiving yards
10 total TD

4. TYLER LOCKETT-KANSAS ST.
5-10/182
NFL Comparison: Randall Cobb
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd
2014 College Stats: 
106 receptions
 receiving yards
1515 total TD

5. DEVIN SMITH-OHIO ST.
6-0/196
NFL Comparison: Kenny Stills
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd
2014 College Stats:
33 receptions
931 receiving yards
12 total TD


Tight Ends 

1. MAXX WILLIAMS-MINNESOTA   
6-4/249
NFL Comparison: Kyle Rudolph
Draft Range: Late 1st-2nd
2014 College Stats: 
36 receptions
569 receiving yards
8 total TD

2. CLIVE WALFORD-MIAMI
6-4/251
NFL Comparison: Jermaine Gresham
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd
2014 College Stats: 
44 receptions
676 receiving yards
7 total TD

3. DEVIN FUNCHESS-MICHIGAN   
6-4/232
NFL Comparison: Gavin Escobar as a TE/Malcolm Floyd as a WR
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd
2014 College Stats: 
62 receptions
733 receiving yards
4 total TD

4. TYLER KROFT 
6-5/246
NFL Comparison: Travis Kelce  
Draft Range: 3rd-5th
2014 College Stats: 
24 receptions
269 receiving yards
0 total TD
Used mainly as a blocking TE in 2014
2013 Stats:
43 receptions
573 receiving yards
4 TD

5. NICK O'LEARY-FSU  
6-3/252
NFL Comparison: James Casey/Dallas Clark
Draft Range: 3rd-5th
2014 College Stats: 
48 receptions
618 receiving yards
6 total TD



2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Positional Rankings: QB and RB




Quarterbacks:

1. MARCUS MARIOTA-OREGION
6-4/222 
NFL Comparison: Jake Plummer/Randall Cunningham
Likely Career Role: Solid Starting QB
Draft Range: Top 5
2014 College Stats:  
68.0% Completion percentage
4454 passing yards
42 passing TD
4 Interceptions
770 rushing yards
15 rushing TD


2. JAMEIS WINSTON-FSU 
6-4/231 
NFL Comparison: Byron Leftwich/Ben Roethlisberger
Likely Career Role: Solid Starting QB
Draft Range: Likely #1 pick
2014 College Stats:  
65.3%
3907 passing yards
28 passing TD
18 Interceptions
65 rushing yards
3 rushing TD


3. BRYCE PETTY-BAYLOR
6-3/230 
Likely Career Role: Backup QB/low-end starter
Draft Range: 2nd-4th RD
2014 College Stats:  
63.1%
3855 passing yards
27 passing TD
7 Interceptions
101 rushing yards
6 rushing TD


4. BRETT HUNDLEY-UCLA
6-3/226 
Likely Career Role: Backup QB/low-end starter
Draft Range: 2nd-4th RD
2014 College Stats:  
69.1%
3155 passing yards
22 passing TD
5 Interceptions
644 rushing yards
10 rushing TD

5. GARRETT GRAYSON-COLORADO ST. 
6-2/213 
Likely Career Role: Backup QB/low-end starter
Draft Range: 2nd-5th RD
2014 College Stats:  
64.3%
4006 passing yards
32 passing TD
7 Interceptions

Running Backs:

1. TODD GURLEY-GEORGIA
6-1/222
NFL Comparison: Fred Taylor/Marshawn Lynch
Likely Career Role: #1 Feature back with Pro Bowl potential
Draft Range: 10-27
2014 College Stats: 
911 rushing yards
10 total TD
57 receiving yards
12 receptions
NOTE: only played in 6 games due to injury
also missed time in 2013
best year stat wise was 2012:
1385 rushing yards
17 total TD
117 receiving yards
16 receptions



2. MELVIN GORDON-WISCONSIN 
6-1/215
NFL Comparison: Matt Forte
Likely Career Role: #1 Feature back with Pro Bowl potential
Draft Range: 16-32
2014 College Stats:  
2587 rushing yards
32 total TD
153 receiving yards
19 receptions


3. JAY AJAYI-BOISE ST. 
6-0/221
NFL Comparison: Joique Bell
Likely Career Role: #1 Feature back
Draft Range: Late 1st RD-Mid 2nd RD
2014 College Stats:  
1823 rushing yards
32 total TD
535 receiving yards
50 receptions


4. TEVIN COLEMAN-INDIANA
5-11/206
NFL Comparison: DeMarco Murray
Likely Career Role: #1 Feature back/3rd down back
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd RD
2014 College Stats:  
2036 rushing yards
15 total TD
141 receiving yards
25 receptions

5. DUKE JOHNSON-MIAMI
5-9/207
NFL Comparison: CJ Spiller
Likely Career Role: #1 Feature back/3rd down back
Draft Range: 2nd-3rd RD
2014 College Stats:  
1652 rushing yards
13 total TD
421 receiving yards
38 receptions

JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP 5: 
AMER ABDULLAH-NEBRASKA  
5-9/205
TJ YELDON-BAMA
6-1/226
DAVID JOHNSON-NORTHERN IOWA 
6-1/224





Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Mock 1.0 with comparison to Kiper/McShay/Walter Football Mocks

My mock is listed on Walter Football's Mock Draft Database along with over 300 mock drafts:

http://walterfootball.com/draftdata.php



1. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
JAMEIS WINSTON-QB-FSU 
6-4/231 
NFL Comparison: Byron Leftwich/Ben Roethlisberger 
Despite issues with immaturity and off the filed allegations, it appears as though Tampa will pick the former Heisman winner. Lovie Smith is the right type of coach and role model to help Winston in his young career. However the common denominator with every top 10 QB draft bust has been immaturity issues. Ryan Leaf, Vince Young, Matt Leinart and JaMarcus Russell are all examples of this. The other concern with Winston was his regression from his 2013 Heisman season to last year. Was this due to losing key pieces on offense like Kelvin Benjamin and Devonta Freeman or was it due to him just not taking the next step as a QB? Taking Winston at #1 is a risk, but Tampa NEEDS a franchise QB in the worst way.

Kiper: Winston
McShay: Winston
Walter: Winston
Consensus is Winston is going #1.  

2. TENNESSEE TITANS
MARCUS MARIOTA-QB-OREGION
6-4/222 
NFL Comparison: Jake Plummer/Randall Cunningham
It seems like one way or another Mariota will be the pick here. The smartest move for the Titans would be to package the pick and trade down with either the Chargers or Bears. Both teams would be willing to trade their current QBs, Phillip Rivers and Jay Cutler respectively. Rivers' contract will expire after next year and he said he's not open to a Chargers move to Los Angeles. He's also said he would like to play in Tennessee which is near his home in Alabama. Cutler also has roots in Tennessee having played college at Vanderbilt.

Even if a trade doesn't happen, the Titans should take Mariota at #2. He's an instant upgrade over incumbent Zach Mettenberger. Mariota has the size, speed, maturity and intangibles that one looks for in a franchise QB, still many scouts doubt if he can transition to a pro style offense in the NFL.

Kiper: Mariota 
McShay: Mariota 
Walter: Mariota 
Consensus is Mariota is going #2. 


3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
DANTE FOWLER-EDGE RUSHER/DE-FLORIDA
6-4/261 
NFL Comparison: Terrell Suggs/Willie McGinist 
The Jags need an edge rusher in the worst way. This franchise hasn't had a superstar pass rusher since Kevin Hardy in the 90's. They upgraded the interior line in free agency by signing Jared Odrick. Fowler would be the perfect fit as a "Leo" edge player in Gus Bradley's defense. The "Leo" is the weak side edge player that can rush the passer, drop into coverage and set the edge. While other edge players in the class may be better pure pass rushers (Shane Ray), faster (Vic Beasley) or more explosive (Randy Gregory), no one has the size, motor and pass rushing combination that Fowler has.

Kiper: Leonard Williams
McShay: Amari Cooper
Walter: Dante Fowler 
We finally have a difference of opinion at #3. Ironically both Kiper and McShay had Fowler going to Jacksonville in their previous mock. As I said in my team needs assessment on Jacksonville, Williams is the slightly better talent than Fowler, but Fowler is the better fit. Cooper would give young Blake Bortles a very talented pass catching core to go along with newly acquired Julius Thomas, and 2014 draft picks Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. However I still think the right pick here is Fowler. 


4. OAKLAND RAIDERS 
LEONARD WILLIAMS-3T/5T/DT/DE-USC
6-5/302
NFL Comparison: Richard Seymour/Gerald McCoy 
Last year the Raiders went defense in the 1st, taking Khalil Mack then got their young QB taking Derek Carr in the 2nd. If the draft unfolds this way they should do the same. They should take Williams here and then wait until the 2nd to address their biggest need which happens to be WR.

New coach Jack Del Rio built his teams in Jacksonville around two great defensive tackles in John Henderson and Marcus Stroud. Williams has the versatility to play both DE or DT in any scheme. He isn't JJ Watt (lets face it no one is) but he should be able to have an early impact similar to what Gerald McCoy has done in Tampa.

Kiper: Amari Cooper
McShay: Williams 
Walter: Williams
Kiper went with the need over value, while I have agreement with Williams from McShay and Walter. The owners and management may want a big name WR here, but if Del Rio will want Williams. 


5. WASHINGTON REDSKINS 
VIC BEASLEY-EDGE/OLB-CLEMSON
6-3/246
NFL Comparison: Von Miller
With Brian Orakpo leaving for Tennessee, the Redskins can use another pass rusher to help out Ryan Kerrigan. The two best players on the board are WR's Amari Cooper and Kevin White but Washington already has one of the best duos in the NFL in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. This could the prime spot for a WR needy team like St. Louis, Minnesota or Miami looking to trade up. Beasley was the star of the combine running a 4.53 forty, a 6.08 3-cone drill and putting up 35 reps on the 225 bench press. Beasley is more than just an athletic freak, he was also very productive at Clemson where he had 33 sacks over the past three seasons.

Kiper: Fowler
McShay: Fowler 
Walter: Beasley 
In this scenario, Fowler is already gone therefore Beasley makes the most sense.  


6. NEW YORK JETS 
SHANE RAY-EDGE/OLB-MISSOURI 
6-3/245
NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin 
If the Jets can add an edge rusher, they may overtake Seattle as the best defense in the NFL. Like Beasley, Ray was very productive in college. He had 22.5 sacks last year and had 8.5 sacks in 2013 despite being a backup to Kony Ealy and Michael Sam. The Jets used one of their 2013 first round picks on a defender from Missouri and took Sheldon Richardson. He is now an emerging star on the best 3-4 defensive line in football. Ray makes a lot of sense here.

Kiper: Brandon Scherff 
McShay: Randy Gregory 
Walter: Ray
Kiper goes out of the box taking an offensive lineman this early while McShay thinks the Jets are willing to take the risk on Gregory.  Walter and I both have Ray here. 


7. CHICAGO BEARS
AMARI COOPER-WR-BAMA 
6-1/211
NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown/Marvin Harrison 
The Bears can give inconsistent QB Jay Cutler another weapon to have on the outside. He already has two big targets in Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. Cooper is bigger than Harrsion and Brown, yet his route running and ability to make yards after the catch are similar to both guys.

Kiper: Kevin White 
McShay: Kevin White  
Walter: Kevin White 
Everyone agrees that the Bears will go WR, but I am the only one that feels Cooper will be the choice at #7. White is bigger and more athletic but the better football player is Cooper. Cooper is more polished and is a safer prospect than White. However scouts always point to "upside" and White clearly has more upside than Cooper (on a side note it is really killing me inside that I like and am sticking up for an Alabama player this much).  


8. ATLANTA FALCONS
ALVIN "BUD" DUPREE-EDGE/DE/OLB-KENTUCKY
6-4/269
NFL Comparison: Everson Griffin 
One mans loss is another mans gain. If not for character concerns, Randy Gregory would be the pick here. His recent failed marijuana test will cause him to drop down draft boards. Dupree may end up being the biggest beneficiary. Like Fowler, Dupree has both the size and explosiveness to play DE in a 4-3.

Kiper: Beasley
McShay: Ray
Walter: Dupree 
We all agree that Atlanta will take a pass rusher here. It would be a shock if they went in another direction.  


9. NEW YORK GIANTS
BRANDON SCHERFF-OT/G-IOWA
6-5/318
NFL Comparison: Bryan Bulaga as an OT/Zack Martin as an OG
The Giants need to keep Eli upright and give him time to get the ball into the hands of Odell Beckham. The Giants also need to upgrade the running game. Scherff would be an instant upgrade at OT or on the inside of the line. He's probably the safest pick to be an impact player in this entire draft class.
Kiper: Ray
McShay: Scherff 
Walter: Cooper
All three guys have different positions being addressed. The Giants historically pick the best player available over need, so it looks like everyone felt that they took the best player left in their specific mock. 


10. ST. LOUIS RAMS
KEVIN WHITE-WR-WEST VIRGINIA 
6-3/215
NFL Comparison: slightly smaller Julio Jones/DeAndre Hopkins 
This is a dream scenario for St. Louis but it could happen. Last year they lucked out and were able to draft a top 5 talent in Aaron Donald at #13. The pick paid immediate dividends as Donald was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl. Can lightning strike twice for the Rams? Will they trade up for White or Cooper? Will they take a second tier WR if Cooper and White are off the board? It will be very intriguing to see what the Rams do on draft day.

Kiper: Breshad Perriman 
McShay: DeVante Parker
Walter: Scherff
Kiper and McShay agree that the Rams MUST draft a WR here while Walter has them going with the best player available in Scherff. 


11. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
DAVANTE PARKER-WR-LOUISVILLE 
6-3/209
NFL Comparison: Jordy Nelson
The Vikings need a #1 WR. Who better to pair young QB Teddy Bridgewater with than his former college WR. In 2013 the duo connected on 55 completions for 885 yards and 12 TDs. Even without Bridgewater, Parker was good last year putting up a 43/885/5 stat line in only 7 games. He had his best game against then #1 FSU catching 8 balls for 214 yards. He repeatedly beat PJ Williams and Ronlad Darby (both 2nd/3rd players) on big plays. The Jordy Nelson comparison makes sense given each players size and ability to make big plays down the field. Both are sure handed players that attack the football.

Kiper: Trae Waynes
McShay: La'El Collins 
Walter: Trae Waynes
Kiper and Walter have the Vikings upgrading their secondary by picking Waynes while McShay has them upgrading the O-Line by taking Collins. Waynes is clearly a possibility here, he is a perfect fit for coach Mike Zimmer's press man scheme. In a division with Green Bay and Detroit, it is important to have skilled players in the secondary. I still feel that if Parker is there at #11, it will be in the best interest of their young QB to take him.  


12. CLEVELAND BROWNS
TODD GURLEY-RB-GEORGIA
6-1/222
NFL Comparison: Fred Taylor/Marshawn Lynch 
The recent medical checkout said that Gurley was 100% healthy and good to go. As we get closer to the draft, Gurley keeps rising back up draft boards. If the Browns really want him they need to take him early. Most other mocks have him going to Miami at 14 or San Diego at 17.

Gurley's tape and on the field production are simply outstanding. Cleveland has two average young backs right now in Terrance West and Isiah Crowell. Gurley would instantly be the most talanted back on the roster. Unless the Browns move up for Mariota, they will have below average QB play this season. The only way for them to have success on offense is on the ground. Gurley could spark a very good rushing attack behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.

Kiper: Parker
McShay: Danny Shelton  
Walter: Danny Shelton 
McShay and Walter have them taking Shelton. This seems to be a very common mock pick. However they can wait till #19 and likely still get Shelton, Malcolm Brown or Eddie Goldman. Parker would be a very good choice as well. It would be very interesting to see who the Browns would take if Gurley, Parker and Shelton are all still available at #12. 


13. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
RANDY GREGORY-EDGE/OLB-NEBRASKA  
6-5/235
NFL Comparison: Clay Matthews/Bruce Irvin  
With two 1st round picks and five picks in the top 78, the Saints can afford to take a risk here. They were 25th in sacks last year so upgrading the pass rush is key. Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan won't care if Gregory is a choir boy as long as he can get to the QB.

Kiper: Randy Gregory 
McShay: Beasley 
Walter: Malcolm Brown 
Kiper agrees that the Saints can take the risk while McShay agrees that they need a pass rusher. Walter goes a little outside the box giving them a five technique DT. He points out that Brown could replace Cameron Jordan of he were to leave as a free agent next year. 


14. MIAMI DOLPHINS
TRAE WAYNES-CB-MICHIGAN ST. 
6-0/186
NFL Comparison: Stephon Gilmore
Brent Grimes is a stud, but he'll turn 32 this year. The rest of the CBs on the roster are all unproven guys. They need a big corner to guard guys like Gronk, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Waynes showed 4.31 speed at the combine and has long arms to contend with bigger WRs. He has the ability to be a good fit in a man or zone scheme.

Kiper: Shelton 
McShay: Breshad Perriman 
Walter: Parker
McShay and Walter have the Dolphins taking a WR while Kiper has them going DT. Adding Shelotn would give the Dolphins the best D-Line in football. Suh, Wake, Vernon and Shelton. That looks like the Fearsome Foursome or the Purple People Eaters in terms of pure talent. 



15. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
ARIK ARMSTEAD-5T/DE/DT-OREGON
6-7/292
NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell 
You can't teach the type of size and length that Armstead possesses. Luckily for Armstead he has a couple of guys that can teach him all the nuances of being a 3-4 DE. Current 49ers DE's Justin Smith and Darnell Dockett have 25 years of combined experience. Armstead can develop into a star like Calias Campbell if he gets drafted to a team like that with a lot of veteran leadership.

Kiper: Armstead
McShay: Waynes
Walter: Jalen Collins 
Kiper and I agree while McShay and Walter both agree the 49ers should help their secondary.  


16. HOUSTON TEXANS
LANDON COLLINS-SS-BAMA 
6-0/228
NFL Comparison: Kam Chancellor 
The Texans really don't have a glaring need other than QB. They will likely go best player available regardless of position. Collins would be a good fit in Romeo Crennel's scheme. Crennel runs a 3-4 cover 1 scheme with a roaming safety. They signed Rahim Moore this off season to be the roaming free safety. Collins would fit as the perfect in the box safety, He has the size to be great player in run support and to cover tight ends.

Kiper: Dupree
McShay: Dorial Green Beckham
Walter: Todd Gurley 
WOW, all 3 guys have a different guy. This is a tough choice to predict. Dupree would be an interesting fit to help an already good pass rush led by JJ Watt. DGB would be an interesting fit to help relieve double teams off of WR DeAndre Hopkins. Gurley is an ultimate wild card. Would they pair him with Arian Foster or look to deal Arian right after?  


17. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
DANNY SHELTON-DT/NT-WASHINGTON 
6-2/339
NFL Comparison: BJ Raji
The Chargers need some upgrades on the defensive line. Shelton gives them versatility the size to play nose tackle and the agility/quickness to play the three technique. The crazy thing is that if they swap picks with Tennessee in a deal involving Phillip Rivers, the Titans may end up taking Shelton here as well. The Titans need just as much help on the D-Line as the Chargers do.

Kiper: Malcolm Brown 
McShay: Todd Gurley   
Walter: Ereck Flowers 
Kiper and I share the same opinion that San Diego needs to upgrade the D-Line while McShay has the Chargers adding the top RB in Gurley. Walter has the Chargers upgrading the offensive line. 


18. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 
LA'EL COLLINS-OT/G-LSU
6-4/305
NFL Comparison: Justin Pugh as an OT/Marshall Yanda as an OG
The Chiefs had major problems on the offensive line last year. Collins would give them a guy that can come in and compete for the RT or RG starting job and eventually he may overtake former #1 overall pick Eric Fisher at LT.
Kiper: Jaelen Strong
McShay: Cameron Erving
Walter: La'el Collins
McShay and Walter agree that KC needs to upgrade the O-Line while Kiper has them adding a WR. Strong and Perriman could be interesting options here. 


19. CLEVELAND BROWNS
MALCOLM BROWN-3T/NT/DT-TEXAS  
6-2/319
NFL Comparison: Dan Williams
Last year the Browns were DEAD LAST against the run giving up 144 rushing yards per game (and this is a passing league). They need a big anchor inside and Brown would be a good fit as a 3-4 nose tackle. He also has the versatility and quickness to play the three technique.

Kiper: Gurley 
McShay: Ereck Flowers  
Walter: DJ Humphries
McShay and Walter both have Cleveland addressing the trenches on the offensive side of the ball while Kiper has them taking Gurley (I have them taking Gurley at #12)


20. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 
NELSON AGHOLOR-WR-USC 
6-0/198
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Maclin
What better way the replace Jeremy Maclin than by drafting a player that is similar to him in both size and skill set. Agholor is move moving up draft boards lately and he would be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly's system. Kelly love guys with versatility, speed and high college production. Agholor posted a stat line of 104/1313/12 and also returned two kicks for touchdowns. The Eagles would instantly have one of the best young WR duos in the league with Agholor and Jordan Matthews.

Kiper: Landon Collins 
McShay: Landon Collins
Walter: Jaelen Strong
Walter and I both have the Eagles going WR while Kiper and McShay both have Landon Collins going here. I have Collins going #16, if he were here at #20, the Eagles would certainly have to consider him. 


21 CINCINNATI BENGALS 
JAELEN STRONG-WR-ARIZONA ST. 
6-2/217
NFL Comparison: faster Anquan Boldin
Breshad Perriman seems to be the darling of the draft season after posting an amazing 4.25 forty. Many draft pundits have him going in the top 15. However the Bengals usually value high level college production over a player's measurements. Strong's numbers the past two years at ASU were very good. 75/1122/7 in 2013 and 85/1162/10 in 2014. The Bengals may go DT here if Malcolm Brown or Danny Shelton were still on the board.

Kiper: Devin Funches
McShay: Andrus Peat 
Walter: Randy Gregory
Kiper and I have the Bengals adding a WR while Todd has them going OT. Peat would make a lot of sense as an eventual replacement for Andrew Whitworth at LT. Walter has Gregory dropping all the way down to #21. A draft day slide is clearly possible with his off the field issues.  


22. PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
KEVIN JOHNSON-CB-WAKE FOREST
6-0/188
NFL Comparison: Sam Shields
The Steelers D was torched on many a deep ball last year. Longtime CB Ike Taylor just retired and they need a player that can come in and start from day one. Marcus Peters may be just as good as Johnson, but Pittsburgh doesn't have time to deal with his immaturity issues. Johnson was a three year starter in the ACC.

Kiper: Kevin Johnson
McShay: Armstead 
Walter: Landon Collins 
Everyone but McShay feels that Pittsburgh will improve the secondary. Its worth noting that McShay's most recent mock was before both Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu announced their retirements. 


23. DETROIT LIONS
ANDRUS PEAT-OT/LT-STANFORD 
6-7/313
NFL Comparison: Jared Veldheer
The Lions have two good lineman in Riley Rieff and Larry Warford. If they draft Peat, they can then move Reiff over to RT. QB Matthew Stafford and the entire Lions' offense struggled in 2014 due to shaky line play. Peat is the best player on the board and fills a major need here.

Kiper: La'el Collins
McShay: Malcolm Brown  
Walter: Melvin Gordon
All three experts have the Lions going in different directions. They will certainly look to add a complement back to help Joique Bell. Gordon would be a nice pick, but they have bigger holes in the trenches.  I agree with Kiper and McShay that the Lions need to address both the O-Line and D-Line.  




24. ARIZONA CARDINALS 
ELI HAROLD-EDGE/OLB-VIRGINIA
6-3/247
NFL Comparison: Kamerion Wimbley
Calais Campbell does a great job getting pressure from the 5 technique but the Cards lack an outside pass rush. Harold is the best of the next tier of edge defenders. Harold is a long, athletic edge player that is solid in both pass rush and coverage.

Kiper: Melvin Gordon 
McShay: Bud Dupree
Walter: Jordan Phillips
Once again we have a three way split in terms of position. All three guys chose the Cards' biggest needs: RB, Edge Rusher and Nose Tackle 


25. CAROLINA PANTHERS  
DJ Humphries-OT/LT-FLORIDA 
6-5/307
NFL Comparison: D'Brickashaw Ferguson 
The retirement of Jordan Gross leaves a huge void at LT. It would be the shock of the draft if Carolina doesn't take a LT at #25. I have Humphries here over Ereck Flowere because he is a more natural LT prospect. Flowers is bigger, stronger and is a better run blocker. But the Panthers need a sure fire LT that can come in and start form day one. Humphries is very athletic for his size and has the length that scouts look for. He underachieved at Florida, relying too much on athletic ability and not enough technique. However with the right coaching, he can develop into a Pro Bowl player.

Kiper: Humphries 
McShay: TJ Clemmings  
Walter: Peat
All 3 experts have the Panthers taking an OT. If Peat is still on the board I think they take him over Humphries. 



26. BALTIMORE RAVENS
BRESHAD PERRIMAN-WR-UCF  
6-2/217
NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace
Perriman can fly and QB Joe Flacco has arguably the best deep ball in the league. It looks like a perfect match to me. Perriman seems to be the darling of the draft season after posting an amazing 4.25 forty. Rumors are that he may crack the top 10. That seems a little far fetched when you consider all the other WR options that are more polished.

Kiper: Marcus Peters
McShay: Strong
Walter: Perriman 
Walter and I agree on the player while McShay agrees on the position. Marcus Peters is certainly an option here if the top six WRs are all off the board. 



27. DALLAS COWBOYS 
MELVIN GORDON-RB-WISCONSIN 
6-1/215
NFL Comparison: Matt Forte
The Cowboys let DeMarco Murray walk in free agency. Jerry Jones should be very happy if Gordon is here at #27. Never rule out a trade up with Dallas if the price is right.

Kiper: Byron Jones 
McShay: Eddie Goldman  
Walter: Marcus Peters
All three experts have different players, however Kiper and Walter both have Dallas taking a corner. Goldman would also be a great fit to anchor the middle of a weak defensive line. 


28. DENVER BRONCOS 
ERECK FLOWERS-OT/RT-MIAMI
6-6/329
NFL Comparison: Andrew Whitworth 
The Broncos are already set on the left side with Ryan Clady, but the right side can use an upgrade. Flowers can come in and fight for the starting job at RT. He has incredible size and strength. He has some issues in pass protection, but having a great RG like Louis Vasquez next to him will help him a lot. The Broncos will continue to upgrade the running game to keep defense's honest and take less pressure off of Peyton Manning.

Kiper: Cameron Erving
McShay: Humphries 
Walter: Owa Odighizuwa
Kiper and McShay are in agreement with me thinking the Broncos will upgrade the O-Line while Walter has them taking a pass rusher. 



29. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
CAMERON ERVING-C/G/OT-FSU
6-5/313
NFL Comparison: Eric Wood  
Anthony Castonzo is good, Jack Mewhort showed flashes as a rookie and signing Todd Herremans was a good move. However they need major upgrades at RT and C. With his ability to play C and OT, Cameron Irving would be the perfect player to target at #29. The Colts need to keep upgrading the O-Line to help Andrew Luck eventually become the best QB in the NFL.

Kiper: Peat 
McShay: Harold 
Walter: Erving 
Walter and I agree on the player, while Kiper agrees on upgrading the O-Line. Harold would be very enticing if he were still on the board, as the Colts need a young pass rusher to groom under Robert Mathis and Trent Cole. 



30. GREEN BAY PACKERS
ERIC KENDRICKS-WLB/ILB-UCLA  
6-0/232
NFL Comparison: Lavonte David
They had to move Clay Matthews inside last year due to lack of skill inside. It helped the defense as a whole but took away from his pass rush ability on the outside. Getting a play maker like Kendricks here is crucial to this team's Super Bowl hopes. It is also likely that they trade out of the 1st and still land either Kendricks or another LB like Benardrick McKinney or Denzel Perryman. Kendricks, McKinney and Perryman will all likely be long gone when the Packers pick again at #62.

Kiper: Jalen Collins
McShay: Marcus Peters
Walter: Kendricks
Walter I agree for the 3rd time in the last 5 picks, while Kiper and McShay each have the Pack taking a different CB. 


31. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
BERNARDRICK MCKINNEY-ILB-MISSISSIPPI ST.  
6-4/246
NFL Comparison: Rolando McClain/Brian Cushing   
In this mock I have the Saints taking a risk at #13 with Randy Gregory. If that comes to fruition, then the Saints will likely take a low risk/sure thing player at #31. Like the Packers, the Saints need a play maker at ILB. McKinney has a nice blend of size, skill and college production. He can come in and compete for a starting job right away. The Saints currently have two below average ILBs in David Hawthorne and Dannelle Ellerbe.

Kiper: Aghlor
McShay: Kevin Johnson 
Walter: Phillip Dorsett
Kiper and Walter have the Saints taking a WR, but both of the WRs they have mocked to the Saints are very similar to Brandin Cooks. I think they wait on a WR until the 3rd. McShay has them taking a CB.  I just don't get this pick considering they already have a good pair of starters with Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner and let's not forget they used a high draft pick on Stanley Jean Baptiste last year. 



32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
MARCUS PETERS-CB-WASHINGTON
6-0/197
NFL Comparison: Vontae Davis 
The Patriots make a living in the draft on taking risks. Peters has some major immaturity issues, but once he steps into a locker room, he will realize that he will need an attitude adjustment if he wants to play with a winning organization. With Revis and Browner both leaving this off season, the Patriots need to fill the void at CB and Peters' is worth the risk at #32.

Kiper: Eddie Goldman
McShay: Byron Jones
Walter: Eddie Goldman
Kiper and Walter both like Goldman and he may very well be the pick here despite a horrible Pro Day. He was very god at FSU and it may be interesting for New England to pair him with a former Florida Gator in Dominique Easley and the two of them will replace the void in the middle left by former Miami Hurricane Vince Wilfork. A LOT of talent in the sunshine state. 



My Exact pick agreement for each expert: 
Kiper: 5
McShay: 3
Walter: 11