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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