Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015 NFL MOCK DRAFT (PICKS 17-32)

By: Connor Glowacki

This is a continuation of 'CKG, From The Sidelines' 2015 NFL mock draft. For picks 1-16, click on the link for the previous post below.

http://ckgfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/2015/04/2015-nfl-mock-draft-picks-1-16.html


17.) San Diego Chargers- LSU Guard/Offensive Tackle La'el Collins

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     There are alot of rumors floating around the San Diego Chargers right now that the team is interested in trading away their longtime quarterback Phillip Rivers.
     Whether Rivers is on the team or not come fall, the Chargers need to improve their offensive line so that they'll be able to provide a quarterback legitimate protection.
     Collins is a large lineman at 6'4" and 305 pounds. He showed at LSU that he could play either tackle spots or guard spots on the offensive line, proving his versatility. Look for San Diego to take Collins here if he is available.

18.) Kansas City Chiefs- Florida Offensive Tackle/Guard D.J. Humphries

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     The Chiefs are another team that had major issues protecting the quarterback in 2014.
     Head coach Andy Reid has a history of drafting linemen early in drafts and he could be drafting a potential immediate starter in Humphries.
     He played for three seasons at Florida and would be the next best offensive linemen taken after Collins.



19.) Cleveland Browns- Washington Nose Tackle Danny Shelton

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     The Browns finished dead last in the NFL in 2014 on defense against the run. After grabbing a top wide receiver in DeVonte Parker with the 12th pick, the Browns can use this 19th pick to take Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton.
     At 6'2" and 339 pounds, Shelton is a physical monster. He started three years at the University of Washington and finished his senior year with nine sacks and honored as a first team AP All-American. Shelton would fit in very well with the Browns 3-4 schemes and could pair up with starting nose tackle Phil Taylor.
     Cleveland could still use help on the offensive line and at running back, but those needs could also be addressed in later rounds. Defensive line is a priority that they need to address in the first round.

20.) Philadelphia Eagles- Arizona State Wide Receiver Jaelen Strong

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     The Eagles offseason has been hectic to say the least after acquiring quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford, running back DeMarco Murray, cornerback Byron Maxwell and getting rid of running back Lesean McCoy, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and quarterback Nick Foles.
     With the rumors for trading up to get Marcus Mariota dwindling, it looks more and more certain that Philadelphia is going to stand pat with the 20th pick.
     They could certainly use help on the defensive side of the ball as the Eagles ranked 31st against the pass and 15th against the run in 2014, but the more immediate need is at wide receiver.
     Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong is the next best receiver on the board and can be a solid replacement for Maclin. In two seasons at Arizona State, Strong had 157 receptions for 2,287 yards and 17 touchdowns. At 6'3" and a time of 4.44 seconds in the 40 yard dash, Strong would fill an immediate need for a deep route wide receiver.

21.) Cincinatti Bengals- Texas Defensive End/Defensive Tackle Malcolm Brown

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     The Bengals have earned the reputation recently of being a talented regular season team that falls apart in the playoffs. The unit that should be addressed for Cincinatti is the defensive side of the ball.
     The Bengals defense ranked just 20th in the NFL last season both against the run and against the pass. Texas defensive lineman Malcolm Brown has a very good chance of being picked earlier in the first round and would be a steal with the 21st pick.
     Brown has proven durability after starting 25 straight games over the past two years and played in all 36 games of his collegiate career. Brown led Texas last year with 15 tackles for loss, six sacks and eight hits to the quarterback.

22.) Pittsburgh Steelers- Alabama Safety Landon Collins

     To keep it simple: Collins will fill an immediate need in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. The Steelers ranked just 27th in the NFL last season against the pass and with the departure of long time safety Troy Polamalu, Collins can step right and fill in a large void. In his two seasons at Alabama, Collins grabbed five interceptions and 159 tackles. Collins could help re-establish Pittsburgh as a top-tier defensive team in the NFL once again.

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23.) Detroit Lions- Wisconsin Running Back Melvin Gordon

     The Lions released running back Reggie Bush in the offseason and are in big need of a younger talent at that position. Detroit ranked just 28th running the football in 2014 and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon would be a big time upgrade over any other option they had last year.
     Gordon had an incredible career for Wisconsin as rushed for just under 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns in his four years with the Badger. But it was his senior year taht gave him the most attention. In 2014, Gordon ran for a whopping 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns. 29 touchdowns!
     There is worry that he has already run the ball too much college, which could hurt his NFL prospects. But the reward is well worth this minimal risk.
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24.) Arizona Cardinals- Oklahoma Nose Tackle Jordan Phillips

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     The Arizona Cardinals overachieved last season by making the playoffs with, at times, a third string quarterback under center.
     The most apparent need right now is with the defensive line after several offseason losses, including most notably nose tackle Dan Williams.
     Oklahoma nose tackle Jordan Phillips should end up being a perfect fit in the Cardinals 3-4 defensive schemes. Even though injuries plagued parts of his career at Oklahoma, Phillips is a physical beast at 6'2" and 334 pounds. Definitely work the risk late in the first round.

25.) Carolina Panthers- Stanford Offensive Tackle Andrus Peat

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     The Panthers had trouble blocking for quarterback Cam Newton in 2014. So it's pretty clear that Carolina needs to address their offensive line early in the draft.
     Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat started his entire sophomore and junior seasons and became an All-American in 2014.
     Peat could end up protecting Newton's blind side for years to come.




26.) Baltimore Ravens- Central Florida Wide Receiver Breeshad Perriman

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     The Ravens need a wide receiver to replace the recently departed Torrey Smith. Baltimore did rank 13th in the NFL in passing last season, but with Torrey Smith gone and wide receiver Steve Smith turining 26, the Ravens need a young receiver to fill in.
     Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman was explosive throughout his collegiate career after he caught 115 receptions for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns. He can help quarterback Joe Flacco as a go-to threat down the field.

27.) Dallas Cowboys- Nebraska Defensive End Randy Gregory

     This could be a controversial pick, but with defensive end Greg Hardy suspended for 10 games, the Cowboys desperately need a defensive end to help improve their disappointing defensive line and Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory would be a steal at the 27th pick.
     In two seasons at Nebraska, Gregory acquired 17.5 sacks and a whopping 114 tackles. At 6'5" and 235 pounds with a 40 yard dash time of 4.64 seconds, he has all of the physical tools to succeed at the professional level.
     That being said, Gregory was at one point projected to be a top 10 pick and has seen his stock drop dramatically due to a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine. And just recently, several NFL general managers, scouts and coaches question if Gregory can actually handle the mental rigors of playing professional football.
     There may be way too much baggage that could allow him to drop out of the first round altogether, but for a guy who was at one point a lock of a top 10 pick, I still think the Dallas Cowboys would be getting a steal at the 27th pick. Even with the enormity of the risk.
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28.) Denver Broncos- Florida State Center Cameron Erving

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     39 year old quarterback Peyton Manning is returning for yet another season and the best thing that the Denver Broncos can do with their first round pick is to get a stalwart player who can keep him upright in what might be his final season.
     Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving spent three seasons starting at different positions on the offensive lineman.
     In 2012, Erving started 14 games at left tackle and started 2014 at left tackle before having to be moved to play center due to an injury to the Seminoles' starting center Austin Barron.
     Even with those changes, Erving was still a first team All-ACC in 2013 and 2014. At 6'6" and 308 pounds, Erving will provide the Broncos a big body to keep manning on his feet as he and the Broncos attempt to put together one more championship run.

29.) Indianapolis Colts- Texas A&M Offensive Tackle Cedric Ogbuehi

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     Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has taken a beating throughout his young NFl career. Just in 2014, Luck was sacked 27 times.
     Yes, he did throw for an incredible 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions, but at some point health is going to become a concern for the Colts' franchise quarterback.
     With the free agent acquisitions of running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Andre Johnson made to give Luck more offensive weapons, the Colts would be wise to draft an offensive lineman in the first round to keep Luck more on his feet.
     Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi started all four seasons with the Aggies and was named a first team All-SEC in 2014. The Indianapolis Colts should take Ogbuehi and continue bolstering that offensive line.

30.) Green Bay Packers- Connecticut Cornerback Byron Jones 

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     The Green Bay Packers have become one of the few NFL franchises that can realistically compete for a Super Bowl year in and year out.
     One weakness that needs to be addressed is in their secondary. The Packers lost their best cornerback Tramon Williams in free agency, so picking up Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones with the 30th pick would fill an immediate need.
     In four years with the Huskies, Jones recorded 223 total tackles, eight interceptions and two touchdowns. He might've been an earlier first round selection if it wasn't for an aggravated shoulder injury that kept him on the sidelines during the 2014 season.
     At 6'1" and 199 pounds with a 40 yard dash time of 4.36 seconds, Jones is one of the more quicker secondary players in this year's draft.

31.) New Orleans Saints- Miami (FL) Wide Receiver Phillip Dorsett

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     The Saints lost their two biggest receiving threats from 2014, wide receiver Kenny Stills and tight end Jimmy Graham to free agency. So naturally, the Saints need someone to step in and fill the void.
     This pick will come down to Dorsett and Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green Beckham. But with Beckham's various off the field issues clouding his future NFL potential, the safe pick for the Saints would be Phillip Dorsett.
     Dorsett had 121 receptions for 2,132 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career with the Hurricanes and even though he is just 5'10" and 185 pounds, his 40 yard dash time of 4.33 seconds proves that his speed can match up to NFL teams' opposing cornerbacks.

32.) New England Patriots- Duke Offensive Guard Laken Tomlinson

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     The Super Bowl winning New England Patriots need to improve their offensive line and Duke guard Laken Tomlinson would be a perfect long term replacement for the recently departed Logan Mankins.
     Tomlinson started all four seasons and all 52 games of his career at Duke and was named a consensus All-American in 2014.
     He, along with offensive tackle Nate Solder, can shore up the offensive line and help keep quarterback Tom Brady to try and compete for another Super Bowl in 2015.


And the first round comes to a close in the 'CKG, From The Sidelines' mock draft!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

2015 NFL MOCK DRAFT (PICKS 1-16)

By: Connor Glowacki

     The 2015 draft is less than a week away and it's an extremely important time for NFL prospects, organizations and fans all alike. But with there still being a few days to ponder and project, here is a look at CKG,From The Sidelines' one and only mock draft.
     Without accounting the potential for possible trades, this mock draft focuses on which prospect would be a necessary fit with their respective team and how teams could react once certain players, that they were previously coveting, are off the board.
     This mock draft will only focus on the 32 picks of the first round. So without further ado, let's begin with our first team on the clock: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!


1.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston


     Tampa Bay had the worst record in the NFL last season for a number of reasons. But it was their offense that struggled, in particular. They ranked just 25th in the league in passing last season, thanks to inconsistency from the quarterback position.
     Neither Josh McCown or Mike Glennon were able to put up any kind of impressive numbers that led to victories and it's clear that the Buccaneers need to find a legitimate long term solution for the position.
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     Florida State's Jameis Winston is, by all accounts, the top quarterback of this year's draft class. He finished his collegiate career with a 26-1 record as a starter and threw for almost 8,000 yards and 65 touchdowns.
     At 6'4" and 231 pounds, Winston is big enough and strong enough to make all the throws at the NFL level and be able to last throughout a grueling professional season.
     If it wasn't for the NUMEROUS off the field issues, there wouldn't be a conversation over who Tampa Bay should select with the first overall pick. It'll take a leap of faith from head coach Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers organization, but the potential upside could be something incredible.

2.) Tennessee Titans- USC Defensive End Leonard Williams

     This is where we could see teams trying to trade up for the Tennessee Titans' pick in order to draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Titans have expressed interest in Mariota, but the organization seems to be sticking with second year quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who threw for 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns, compared to seven interceptions last season with limited playing time.
     While the offense remains a concern for Tennessee, a larger concern would be with the defensive line, a unit that ranked 31st against the run in 2014.
     Defensive end Derrick Morgan was the only player able to generate more than six sacks for the Titans last season.
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     The most likely scenario will be Teneessee selecting USC defensive end Leonard Williams. In his last two seasons with the Trojans, Williams registered 154 tackles and 13 sacks. These numbers led him to being named an All-American and first team All-Pac-12 twice in 2013 and 2014. Compared to other prospects at this position, Williams appears to be the best option.

3.) Jacksonville Jaguars- Alabama Wide Receiver Amari Cooper

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     The Jaguars actually had the third overall selection in the 2014 draft when they selected Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles.
     Even though the passing game continued to struggle for Jacksonville in 2014, ranking 31st in the NFL, Bortles showed some potential in his rookie season. Bortles threw for almost 3,000 yards on 59 percent completed passes. However, he still threw 17 interceptions compared to just 11 touchdowns.
     Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper would instantly be the top receiving option and would vault ahead of receivers Marquise Lee, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson on the depth chart.
     Cooper dazzled in his junior season at Alabama and became the best collegiate wide receiver with over 1,700 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns, in the midst of double team coverages by opposing defenses.
     He is the best route runner out of any wide receiver prospect in this draft and is among one of the safer selections.

4.) Oakland Raiders- Iowa Offensive Tackle Brandon Scherff

     The Raiders have several options for the fourth overall pick. The offense struggled again, finishing just 26th in the NFL in passing and dead last in rushing.
     But second year quarterback Derek Carr looked confident in his rookie season, as he threw for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns compared to just 12 interceptions.
     It's possible that Oakland could take a wide receiver with this pick, but with the recent acquisition of Michael Crabtree in free agency, it appears that the Raiders will go in a different direction.
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     After selecting linebacker Khalil Mack in the first round last year, Oakland would be wise to take the best offensive lineman available in Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff. He can play as a tackle or as a guard, showcasing his versatility and ability to be used in different situations.
     It might not be the flashiest pick, but it could be the pick that protects Carr and the Raiders in the long run.

5.) Washington Redskins- Oregon Defensive End/Defensive Tackle Arik Armstead

     There are many directions that the Redskins could take with this pick. Drafting West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White is a possibility, but it might not happen due to Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon both coming back for 2015.
     They could also draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, but it also looks like that they will keep their three current quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, on their roster.
     A big problem for Washington in 2014 was a lack of pass rush against opposing quarterbacks. Outside of linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who generated 13.5 sacks, there weren't any players in the front seven who provided a threat.
     This will be the first time in three years that Washington will have a first round pick and Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead would be a smart selection.
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     Armstead registered 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Ducks last season and would fit very well as a defensive end in the Redskins 3-4 defense.
     Even though Washington added Stephen Paea and Terrence Knighton to the defensive line in free agency, Armstead might be the young prospect meant to anchor the defensive line for years to come.

6.) New York Jets- Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota

     New York ranked dead last in the NFL in passing last season and embattled quarterback Geno Smith appear to be rapidly falling out of positive grace with the Jets organization and with fans after throwing 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2014.
     With the additions of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, running back Stevan Ridley and cornerback Darrelle Revis in free agency, it appears to be a wise time to take a potential franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota.
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     Mariota threw for an incredible 10,796 yards and 105 touchdowns during his career at Oregon while throwing just 14 interceptions. He also ran for 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns.
     Mariota is the ultimate dual threat quarterback. However, he rarely took the ball from under center in college and there are serious questions about if his game can translate to the NFL.
     Mariota doesn't have to immediately start for the New York Jets. He might be able to wait on the sidelines for a year behind Smith. But with the improvements made on both sides of the ball in free agency, it's time for the Jets to go and get their franchise quarterback.

7.) Chicago Bears- West Virginia Wide Receiver Kevin White

     The Bears have many needs that need to filled after a tumultuous 5-11 season in 2014. Chicago brought in a new head coach in John Fox and quarterback Jay Cutler has been involved in endless trade rumors leading up to the draft.
     They ranked 27th in rushing last season, but will probably wait until later in the draft to get a running back. And even though the Bears defense ranked 30th against the pass, there aren't any secondary players projected to be taken in the top 10.
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     West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White would be a suitable replacement for the recently departed Brandon Marshall and would pair up well with star wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey. White dominated his senior season at West Virginia by finishing with 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns.
     The main criticism against White is that there hasn't been a large enough body of work to draw upon in projecting his future performance.
     Before that senior season, White started nine games in his junior year and had 35 receptions for 507 yards and five touchdowns. Before that, he played for Lackawanna junior college for two seasons.
     However, he's taller than Amari Cooper and ran a faster 40 yard dash time at the combine. White has a higher ceiling and lots of untapped potential.

8.) Atlanta Falcons- Florida Defensive End/Linebacker Dante Fowler

     Atlanta struggled for the second consecutive season in 2014 and finished with a 6-10 record. The offense, led by quarterback Matt Ryan, was solid for the most part.
     They finished fifth in the NFL in passing and 24th in rushing. Atlanta can focus on drafting a running back in later rounds, but the defense is where they have to address in the first round.
     The unit finished just 21st against the run and were dead last against the pass. Florida defensive end Dante Fowler has been rising up draft boards recently and would be an immediate impact player for the Falcons.
     Fowler played three years at Florida and shined brightest last season when he recorded 60 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
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     Before the season, he dropped 16 pounds, brining him down to 261. It made a big difference as he was named to the first team All-SEC team in 2014. Fowler has quick speed off of the initial jump and can play at different positions in different schemes. The 20 year old has the potential to be a starter for a long time in the NFL.

9.) New York Giants- Clemson Defensive End/Linebacker 
Vic Beasley

     The Giants actually weren't that bad offensively in 2014. Sure, quarterback Eli Manning did throw 14 interceptions and was sacked 28 times, but he also threw for 30 touchdowns and 4,410 yards on 63 percent completed passes.
     New York's passing offense was fifth in 2014 and even though the ruhsing attack was just 24th, running backs Andre Williams and Rashad Jenning performed well enough and are a solid duo.
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     They still have very good defensive players, in defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and linebacker Jon Beason, but they're starting to get older and depth is always key at these positions. With Dante Fowler off the board, Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley would be a great addition with the ninth pick.
     In three years of starting at Clemson, Beasley obtained 32 sacks and broke the school record for most sacks by a defender. Beasley was a consensus All-American and the ACC defensive player of the year in 2014. He's slightly smaller than Fowler, at 246 pounds, but that might make him even quicker off the edge.

10.) St. Louis Rams- Miami (FL) Offensive Tackle Ereck Flowers

     The Rams will be one of the the up and coming teams to watch for this season and they have been very active in free agency. By trading quarterback Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Nick Foles, St. Louis has improved that position by finding someone younger and healthier.
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     Their defense is one of the top units in the NFL and it makes it really likely that the Rams can make an addition to the offensive line to better protect Foles.
     Offensive tackle Jake Long left in free agency and offensive tackle Joe Barksdale might be following him out very soon. They still have Greg Robinson and Rodger Saffold to lead the unit, but drafting Miami (FL) offensive tackle Ereck Flowers would address a need that will loom larger as the season quickly approaches.
     Flowers started three full seasons for the Hurricanes and at 6'6" and 324 pounds, he is a physical monster. With Brandon Scherff off the board, the Rams should use the tenth overall pick on Flowers.

11.) Minnesota Vikings- Kentucky Defensive End/Linebacker Alvin Dupree

     The Vikings surprised a lot of people last season. They finished with a better than expected 7-9 record and may have found a young franchise quarterback in second year pro Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater threw for almost 3,000 yards and 14 touchdowns, compared to 12 interceptions.
     However,  Minnesota still needs to improve in several areas in order to become a serious playoff contender. The team ranked 14th in rushing last season between running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, but if Adrian Peterson gets traded, the Vikings won't have a dynamic feature back that can scare defenses.
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     Yet even with all of that, it looks more likely that Minnesota will take a defensive player in the first round. The Vikings defense was great against the pass after finishing seventh in the NFL, but ranked 15th against the run.
     Kentucky linebacker Alvin Dupree started all four seasons and recorded a whopping 247 tackles and 24.5 sacks. At 6'4" and 269 pounds, Dupree displayed his quickness off the edge and the ability to be able to break through blockers to get to opposing quarterbacks.
     In a division with quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler, the Vikings need as many top-quality pass rushers as they can get.

12.) Cleveland Browns- Louisville Wide Receiver DeVante Parker

     This is the first of two first round draft picks for the Cleveland Browns in 2015 and with wide receiver Josh Gordon being suspended once again for the 2015 season, the Browns desperately need to address their problems at the wide receiver position.
     Sure the passing offense ranked just 20th in the NFL in 2014, but consider that the wide receivers had to catch passes from the likes of Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw. Not exactly a top notch group.
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     Cleveland did pick up Dwanye Bowe and Brian Hartline in free agency, but Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker could be an absolute difference maker for this offense.
     Parker's stats last year weren't that impressive when he had just 885 receiving yards and five touchdowns, but those numbers were in only six games later in the season after he had missed the first seven games due to an injury.
     At 6'3" and 209 pounds, with a 40 yard dash time of 4.45 seconds, Parker has the combination of size and speed that is needed to fend off opposing cornerbacks. Parker could end up being an effective replacement for Josh Gordon and the Cleveland Browns as a whole.

13.) New Orleans Saints- Missouri Defensive End/Linebacker Shane Ray

     New Orleans' offense has never been the problem in recent years, it has always been the defensive side of the ball. The Saints ranked third in the NFL in passing and 13th in rushing in 2014. But the defense ranked just 25th against the pass and 29th against the run.
     In terms of pass rushers, only Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan (combining for 17.5 sacks) placed any fear into opposing defensive coordinators.
     Enter Missouri defensive end Shane Ray. He only played for two seasons at Missouri, but Ray quickly emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the SEC. 2014 was a big year that saw Ray acquire 65 tackles and 14.5 sacks, breaking the single season sack record at Missouri that was previously held by Michael Sam and Aldon Smith.
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     At 6'3" and 245 pounds, Ray is a physical beast that can fight through opposing offensive linemen. His stock has fallen due to a disappointing Pro Day, but Ray would be a great selection if he is available for the New Orleans Saints with the 13th pick.

14.) Miami Dolphins- Georgia Running Back Todd Gurley

     If wide receiver DeVonte Parker ends up being available for the Dolphins at the 14th pick, then you can easily expect the Doplhins to take him to fill their big need at wide receiver.
     Miami released Mike Wallace during free agency are now relying on a receiving corps of Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry and Jordan Cameron. All are solid players, but none of them are that consistent of a number one option that quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs during a close game late in the fourth quarter.
     The next available receivers are Arizona State's Jaelen Strong and Miami (FL)'s Philip Dorset. Both players are expected to sill hang around late in the first round and/or early in the second round, making it likely that the Dolphins can grab one of those players with their second round pick.
     Miami also made a massive free agent acquisition in the offseason in defensive tackle Ndamokong Suh. Add on Suh to an already improving Dolphins defense and the unit is looking impressive.
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      I think the Dolphins will take a gamble on Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Miami did rank 12th in the NFL in rushing offense, but Gurley would be an exceptional talent that would make the offense even more dynamic.
     In limited game action last season, Gurley ran for 911 yards and nine touchdowns before seeing his season end abruptly due to a torn ACL.
     If it wasn't for the ACL injury, Gurley could've been a top five selection. But from all accounts from varying NFL insiders, Gurley's ACL has been checked out and everything looks good to go for the draft.

15.) San Francisco 49ers- LSU Cornerback Jalen Collins

     It has been a rough offseason for the 49ers. After a disappointing 8-8 season in 2014, head coach Jim Harbaugh left for the University of Michigan. But the flood gates quickly opened after that.
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     Linebacker Patrick Willis retired, defensive lineman Justin Smith retired, and even second year linebacker Chris Borleand decided to retire.
     On top of that, running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, offensive lineman Mike Iupati, and cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver all left in free agency. All of a sudden, San Francisco has a lot of holes that they need to fill.
     The biggest area that needs to be filled is at the cornerback position. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins started just nine games in his one full season in 2014, but he played very well recording 33 tackles, nine pass breakups and an interception.
     While there isn't a large amount of experience to base how he'll do in the future, Collins' athleticism is off the charts and that could make him a big time difference maker for the 49ers.

16.) Houston Texans- Michigan State Cornerback Trae Waynes

     The Houston Texans made a serious run for a playoff spot in 2014 due to the major contributions from defensive end J.J. Watt, running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson.
     With Johnson departing in free agency, the Texans could select a wide receiver like Dorsett or Strong. If they still feel uneasy about Jadeaveon Clowney's health, the Texans could draft a standout defensive lineman.
     Or they could finally address their quarterback situation, a situation that had Houston ranked 24th in the NFL last season in passing.
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     What looks most likely is for Houston to grab an impact player to add to their secondary, a unit that finished just 21st against the pass in 2014. If Collins is off the board, there is a good chance that they'll select Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes.
     In his two years as a starter, Waynes hauled in 96 tackles, six interceptions and even a sack. With a 40 yard dash time of 4.31 seconds, Waynes' speed could allow him to have an immediate impact for the Texans.


And just like that, we have completed the first 16 picks of our 2015 first round mock draft.
Stay tuned because in a few days, we will finish the first round with picks 17 to 32.


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