MOCK DRAFT 1.0
|Needs: QB, ILB, WR, S|
With Kendricks gone I was tempted to put Collins here. In the end I went with Perriman because the Texans are going to have challenges at Qb and will need as many sure handed guys on the field as they can get. The Texans have Hopkins to stretch the D and while Perriman can do the same he will be effective on the shorter routes as well because of his solid foot work and route running.The Chargers cant pass up the opportunity to land a RB like Gordon. The Chargers have real needs at DE/NT/OLB and Armstead would not be a surprise here, nor would Harold. In the end there is a need at RB and Gordon is a guaranteed day 1 impact player.
17) Melvin Gordon-RB Wisconsin
|Needs: OLB, DL, RB, C|
|Needs: OL, ILB, DE, WR|
I wanted to put TJ Clemmings here but when you look at the off season the Chiefs had and Reid's draft history I went the other route. The Chiefs acquired two OGs in the off season and, while in Philly, Reid drafted a defensive lineman 6 out of the 12 years they had a 1st round pick. The Chiefs have Devito and signed Vickerson but neither can be considered a difference maker. With 6'-7" of athletic defensive end staring at him, I doubt Reid lets that get past him. I am high on Denzel Perryman and would love to see him paired with Johnson in this defense. However, I dont think KC will be as high on him to take him here.
19) Todd Gurley-RB UGA
Sooo do you really need an explaination why the Browns would take Gurley? Didnt think so. In 1 draft the Browns may make up for the picks of Phil Taylor, Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Barkevious Mingo and Johnny Manziel....or Mariota wont be ready for the NFL and Gurley will have constant issues with his knee. Wow! It is stressful to be a Browns fan.
|Needs: S, WR, CB, OG|
With Chip Kelly really taking a beating in the media over some decisions in the beginning of the league year I would expect him to keep it simple in the draft. A glaring need is WR so he goes and gets a WR that is big and physical. Parker might be a thought here but with Parker's preference to move at his own pace it might clash with Kelly's fast paced offense.
|Needs: DL, OLB, OT, WR|
The Beangals need all kinds of help along the defensive line. They were rated as the worst pass rush by PFF.com and were poorly rated versus the run. With all the top pass rushers taken Brown might be the highest rated DL player on the Bengals board right here. Landon Collins would be the best player available but Nelson and Iloka have played well enough for the Bengals to focus on their front line. A surprise pick here would be Danielle Hunter, he is a big athletic DE and is my #1 4-3 DE.
|Needs: CB, S, OLB, OG|
22) Kevin Johnson-CB WFU
The Steelers gave up a little over 4000 yards passing last year and that has to be addressed. Johnson is my top CB and can play press or zone coverage. He is also a physical CB who should fit right in to the tough nosed Steeler defensive tradition. Another name to look out for here would be Eli Harold.
|Needs: DT, RB, RT, OC|
23) Landon Collins-SS BAMA
With Ihedigbo playing the holdout game, Collins falling is a windfall for the Lions. Ighedigbo is in the last year of his contract and, according to his agent, Ihedigbo will not participate in any offseason activities until he gets a new contract. Good luck with that James.
|Needs: DT, OLB, RT, ILB|
24) TJ Clemmings-OT Pitt
The Cardinals finally get the right side fixed by drafting Clemmings. Clemmings is still raw but his upside is huge. Jordan Phillips might be another player that the Cardinals could target. But his questionable work ethic could make the Cardinals take a pass.
|Needs: OT, WR, S, RB|
The Panthers really need a LT but if Parker is still on the board here they may not pass on him. Personally I am not high on Parker. I feel he is pretty lazy on his route running and does not use his body well enough for someone that size. On the flip side the Panthers drafted a WR last year who can only catch passes if he use his body to push DBs around in Benjamin. With Parker and Benjamin as WRs the Panthers will have one of the tallest WR duos in the league. Still not sure if that will be enough to get Carolina's offense on track.
|Needs: WR, DL, S, RB|
26) Carl Davis-DT Iowa
Carl Davis is a mountain of a man to plug in the midddle but still has the agility where Baltimore can try him at DE if they need to. The Ravens have a need at WR but at this point the only WR left worthy of a 1st round pick in many scouts minds is Dorial Green-Beckham. However, with all his baggage I expect the Ravens to stay away.
|Needs: RB, DT, DE, CB|
27) Jordan Phillips DT-Oklahoma
This pick doesnt look like it makes sense because Phillips is a NT and Dallas is a 4-3 team now, right? I like the pick because his size forces double teams and when you watch Phillips he gets penetration on passing plays frequently. He doesnt always know how to finish the play properly but he is disruptive in the backfield. Marinelli does well with getting his players to play hard for him and if he can get through to Phillips, he might have the steal of the draft.
|Needs: OL, DT, TE, ILB|
28) Jake Fisher-O/T Oregon
Denver knows its window of opportunity is almost closed but while its open they have to protect Manning. Fisher give the Broncos flexibility with being able to play inside or out. Last year the Broncos played mix and match with their OL configuartions and having a guy like Fisher will allow that to continue
|Needs: OL, DL, ILB, RB|
29) Cameron Erving-OC FSU
Peyton Manning had his anchor in Jeff Saturday for a long time. The Colts need to find Luck his anchor and it just might be Erving. Erving brings strength and agility to an interior line that had been struggling. The Colts have been slowly surrounding Luck with weapons and now its time to surround him with protection.
|Needs: ILB, CB, DT, TE|
30) Denzel Perryman-ILB Miami(Fl)
The rich just keep getting richer. The Packers are in need of an ILB and they have land the 1B linebacker. He is 1 B because I think him and Kendricks are so close in talent. Perryman might not be the most athletic LB but he has great instincts and is a thumper.
|Needs: OLB, OG, WR, TE,|
31) Devin Funchess-TE Michigan
If Michigan would have left Funchess as a TE he would be rated as the #1 TE in the draft right now. His athleticism is good for a TE and about average for a WR. With a need for a TE opening up in New Orleans it seems like a perfect fit.
|Needs: CB, DT, OG, WR,|
The Patriots usually go for the best athlete they can get at such a low pick. Tomlinson might be the most athletic OG in the draft. I know they lost two CBs and prjecting a CB for them here is easy but when you think how Belichick can come up with game plans he may be ok with what he has. However, if you think back to early in the year when the OL was horrible, there was obvious anger and frustration by Brady and Belichick. The Pats need to sure up the line and they start with Tomlinson.