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Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 DAY 2 NFL MOCK DRAFT

A LOT of really good players fell out of the first round. Day two starts at 7pm EST today, covering the 2nd and 3rd round, and Tampa Bay is on the Clock. Remember this what I think teams will do, not what i would.Good luck to you all.


33.TENNESEE - TJ CLEMMINGS - OT - PITTSBURGH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JASON PETERS - PHILADELPHIA
After they drafted Taylor Lewan last season I expected the titans to have one of the league's better O-lines last season, but it didn't work out that way. I expected them to start Lewan at Right tackle, move Oher to guard, and Levitre to center. That lineup added to right guard Chance Warmack, and long term stud left tackle Michael Roos, looked awesome to me. However, it didn't go that way. They started Oher at RT, kept Levitre at guard, and Lewan was used as a blocking TE to start the year. Once Roos got hurt Lewan slid in at LT, and now Roos has retired. They signed former Panther Byron Bell to compete for the  right tackle spot, in what is almost a free agent swap for the disappointing Oher. Bell was really bad last year. MUCH worse than Oher,  and I wouldn't want him as a starter at either tackle spot. Clemmings is a muscular, fit ,long armed, agile athlete for an offensive tackle. Usually you find a player with his tools on the left side, but TJ is a converted DE who moved to right tackle 2 seasons ago, and he is still learning ,so a transition to the left side could take awhile. He can play even play guard now until he learns more technique, but in 3 years he just might be the be the best  tackle to come out of this draft .Personally I would prefer him over Bell every day of the week at RT, despite his inexperience, and twice on Sunday.



34.TAMPA BAY - LA'EL COLLINS-T/G-LSU
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TRENT WILLIAMS - WASHINGTON
The bucs cut let tackle Anthony Collins one year after paying him, and haven't replaced him as of yet. With Winston coming in as he new franchise QB they need to worry about protecting his blindside long term.  Collins is the best left tackle in this draft in my opinion, but he made a huge mistake this week that has caused him to fall way farther than his talent suggest he should. His pregnant ex-girlfriend was murdered recently, and he was scheduled to take a test to reveal whether or not the child was his. Thank God that at least the child survived.While police say he is not a suspect, and just want to talk to him, he postponed it until after the draft. NFL teams panicked , and reportedly some even removed him completely from their draft boards until the matter was cleared up. His agent petitioned to have removed from the draft, and put into the supplemental draft, but the request was declined. So putting it off was definitely the wrong call. Although having a franchise left tackle fall to you to protect your new franchise QB could be too much for the bucs to pass on.As I said before, Collins is currently the best left tackle in this draft. While there are some with better upside, he's the only guy I would draft in the top 10 to play left tackle this year. He's not only good in pass protection he is also a mauler in the run game. He also recovers when beaten off the snap better than any tackle in this draft, and he could be elite once his technique is polished.




35.OAKLAND - PRESTON SMITH - DT/DE - MISSISSIPPI ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JASON HATCHER - WASHINGTON
Lamarr Woodley was cut and 32 year old Justin Tuck is the best defensive end the Raiders have left. Smith played all over the Bulldogs D-line this season, and plays with more power than his lanky frame would suggest. He was even productive when they moved him over the center the same way UCLA used Datone Jones as a senior. Right now he looks best as a 4-3 base who can slide to the 3 technique on obvious passing downs, but with another 15-20 pounds of muscle he could probably be an excellent 5 technique if they ever go to a 3-4 in the future. He's a good pick this late in the draft, and a safe player that should be at least good starter. Personally I wouldn't be surprised if someone took him in the first round.


36.JACKSONVILLE - JALEN COLLINS-CB/S - LSU
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - JIMMY SMITH - BALTIMORE
Soon to be 30 year old journeyman free agent corner Alan Ball was the Jags best corner before his injury last year, and he signed elsewhere. With head coach Gus Bradley's Seattle background he wants tall physical press corners. Collins is a big fast physical specimen, and despite being raw & inexperienced he did a good job on Amari Cooper last season.  He recently had foot surgery , but should be ready training camp. I previously thought many might even be considering Collins in the first round, until it was revealed that he failed multiple drug tests in college. The lacks of starts, injury, and positive test all add up to a possible fall on draft day.



***TRADE*** DALLAS trades their 2nd round pick (#60) and 2nd and 4TH round picks in next years draft for the JETS 2nd round pick(#37) in this draft***



37.DALLAS -(jets) - ** OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA - DE - UCLA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - EVERSON GRIFFEN - MINNESOTA
The news that defensive end Greg Hardy will be suspended for 10 games , instead of the 4 to 6 games Dallas was counting on was a blow to the Dallas pass rush. Any team that runs a lot of Tampa 2 depends on their front 4 getting a lot of pressure, and Hardy was being counted on to provide the lions share of it. Even if Hardy's appeal works the best they can probably hope for is a reduction to 8 games now. Dallas was probably still going to draft an edge rusher in the first 4 rounds anyway, but that need is now more pressing.On the bright side Dallas lost a lot of players in free agency who got big money contracts, and will probably be swimming in comp picks next year. That gives them the ability to trade some of their own picks in next years draft, and still have ammo to help their team. Diggy, as he's called by UCLA fans like me, is a raw physically gifted player who has all the tools. He also has a great motor, but inconsistent tape. Diggy is versatile and moved around a lot, but I think his best position is a 4-3 strong-side end, although he is easily explosive enough to play the right side. Medical Red flags because of past surgery on each hip should keep him out of the 1rst round. If he goes to a team with good coaching , stays healthy, and he gets to be a 4-3 end , I see an early productive starter. He also big & strong enough to move inside on obvious passing downs , and be a mismatch for interior lineman.




38.REDSKINS - ELI HAROLD - OLB/DE - VIRGINIA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JOHN ABRAHAM - retired
If Brian Orapko could stay healthy all year, the Skins would probably have payed him, but after another injury plagued year he is now the Titans problem to worry about . Harold is an excellent athlete and much stronger than his somewhat lean looking frame would lead you to believe. Sets the edge well and has a strong bull rush. He has active hands but lacks a diverse polished pass rushing repertoire. Great motor against the run or pass. Has experience both as stand-up rush backer, 4-3 DE, and even moves inside on some obvious passing downs. Has a better get off with his hand on the ground, and with his inside moves he regularly shoots gaps & occasionally even splits double teams. However, he was rarely double teamed as a pass rusher thanks to Max Valles on the other side, and I would like to see  how he reacts to more double teams. 



***TRADE*** TAMPA BAY trades their 3rd round pick (#65) in this draft and their 2nd round pick next years draft for BEARS 2nd round pick(#38) in this draft***


39.CHICAGO - ERIC ROWE - S/CB - UTAH
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - ANTREL ROLLE - GIANTS
The bears spent a lot of money in free agency rebuilding their roster, and while there are plenty of positions that could use and upgrade, they don't really have a ton of needs. The trad down can really help their future.However, they could address one of those needs here. Even after drafting Kyle Fuller in the first round last year, and signing both Alan Ball & Antrel Rolle the bears still need a upgrade at strong safety.Rowe was a safety until this season, and while he is built & plays the run like a safety , he was moved to corner last year. While his man cover technique isn't anything to right home about right now,  he stays with his man anyway. That versatility is likely to see him drafted a lot higher than most people are talking about in public right now. He is also a clean character guy who loves football.




40.NYG - LANDON COLLINS - S - ALABAMA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - RODNEY HARRISON - retired
The giants lost Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown in free agency at safety. and while Quinton Demps also remains unsigned ,they don't have proven replacement .Collins is a big physical in the box safety that could start from day one on this defense.




41.RAMS -** JAKE FISHER - OT - OREGON
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LANE JOHNSON - PHILADELPHIA
With Jake Long coming off another injury and being cut ,right tackle Joe Barksdale a free agent , and 2014 #2 overall pick Greg Robinson not playing well at left tackle last year , the Rams could possibly need 2 new offensive tackles. While its way to early to give up on Robinson as a tackle and kick him inside, a player who has a lot positional flexibility would really help. Fisher can play either tackle or guard spot allowing the rams to mix and match what they need. He has good feet and a solid kick slide to stay in front of his man in pass pro, but his technique is inconsistent, and it looks like he gets by on his athletic ability a little too much.He also is a good run blocker, especially down field, and I sure Todd Gurley would appreciate that. With Jake and Roger Saffold both being so flexible they could lose both tackles and still field a solid starting 5 up front, while taking the pressure off Robinson to immediately be the franchise left tackle his talent leads us to believe he is.





42.ATLANTA - MAXX WILLIAMS - TE- MINNESOTA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - HEATH MILLER - PITTSBURGH
Future HOFer Tony Gonzalez was sorely missed last season. While Levine Toilolo looks like an extra offensive the tackle, he definitely doesn't block like one, and he lacks the suddenness to separate well. Right now he is just a big shorty yardage and goal line target. Underrated veteran Bear Pascoe is a good blocker , and solid all around player, but it's obvious by how little they used him that the Falcons don't see him as a starter. Williams is the clear cut # 1 TE in this draft . On the bright side Williams is more than just a good receiving TE. Williams has the potential blocking skills of a true inline Y tight end, and this ability to help protect Matt Ryan & company improve the running game actually makes Max a large  upgrade at the position. While he is never going to be the deep threat down the seam Gonzalez was , he looks faster on film than he was at the combine.. and he has his own highlight reel of big plays.



43.CLEVELAND - DEVIN SMITH - WR - OHIO ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MIKE QUICK - retired
After the Josh Gordon saga you would think that the Browns would have drafted a receiver in the first round, but no dice. Signing veterans Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline to team with Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel helps some, but none of them are potential # 1 WR's. Smith is deep threat with speed to burn,and has a penchant for making highlight reel catches. If the browns can expand his route tree he has a chance to be that # 1 receiver, and he is also a special teams ace on coverage units.




44.SAINTS - ERIC KENDRICKS - LB - UCLA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - JON BEASON - NYG
The saints cut Curtis Lofton go, and the current plan is try David Hawthorne in the middle at  the MIKE in their 3-4 , but they still will need another LB at the WILL. The wil needs to be faster, more athletic,and need to be able to cover. Kendricks was a highly productive team leader at UCLA, and hs is the best coverage line backer in the draft. He is a definite first rounder on my board, and while some teams are worried about his lack of size, this would be a definite steal IMO. Some teams may think he lacks the size to play in the middle, but he played inside in college, in both a 3-4 and 4-3, If they put him next to a thumper that can take on blocks when they are in a odd front he will rack up the tackles. When they go to a 4-3 Kendricks can stay in the middle,or move to the weak side. This would be a steal.


45.VIKINGS - **TEVIN COLEMAN - RB - INDIANA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ( A faster) - DEMARCO MURRAY-PHILADELPHIA
With Adrian Peterson unhappy, Jerick McKinnon being more of a tandem back guy right now, and Matt Asiata just a short yardage guy, it's a safe bet that the Vikings will be looking to draft at least one back this year. Coleman is a complete back ,  that can give them the the potential stud RB to replace Peterson.  Coleman had only 452 carries in college, just 270 last season, and only 25 catches in the passing game. DeMarco Murray had 487 touches between the the regular season & playoffs last season alone. So Coleman not only has less miles on his tires than all the other top backs in this draft , compared to Murray he is practically unblemished. Coleman played with a broken toe the second half of the year and kicked ass like he was wearing butt seeking boots. He finally had his pro day in mid April, and despite not being fully healthy ,and unable to do the whole combine type workout, he still ran a 4.39 forty. That's already faster that any RB ran at the combine, while not being fully healthy. Tevin can also return kicks , and that burst will be readily apparent when he does.Personally I have a mid first round grade on Coleman, and think he is well worth taking here. Even if Peterson stays this year his salary is so high that unless he is still the elite back he was a few years ago this season, they may just cut him after the season.




46.SAN FRANCISCO - DENZELL PERRYMAN - ILB - MIA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - LONDON FLETCHER - retired
With the unexpected retirements of both Patrick Willis & Chris Borland, and the questions about Navarro Bowman's availability the 49ers need an ILB. Perryman is the tough inside stud this defense lacks. He can be the QB of this defense if Bowman isn't ready when the season starts, goes down again, be the guy who takes on blocks and does the dirty work next to him, or in case Michale Wilhoite isn't up to the task.  Denzell is a smart, hard nosed , physical take on ILB, and a tackling machine that can help set the tone for his teammates.




47.MIAMI - AJ CANN - G/C - S.CAROLINA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - KEVIN ZEITLER - CINCINNATTI
Miami has invested a lot in their O-line in the last few years, and while all the players haven't quite worked out yet, they were beset by injuries last season.Not one guard on the fins roster played well last year, even Mike Pouncey, but he should be healthy and back to self at center this season. Cann is a big smart 4 years SEC starter that is the best pure guard in this draft. He can be a plug & play guard that can help keep the pocket from collapsing on Ryan Tannehil, and open bg holes in the run game.



48.SAN DIEGO - CARL DAVIS - DT - IOWA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON MUHAMMAD WILKERSON - JETS
Incumbent nose tackle Sean Lissemore's best role is as rotational 5 technique, and the Chargers need a true 3-4 NT. Davis had a solid senior season, but he still is just scratching the surface of how good he could be. Drafting someone who can play all the interior down lineman spots in both defenses like Carl Davis makes a lot of sense as well. Davis is strong as a bull and has the length teams covet inside. He also showed off surprising quickness at both the senior bowl and combine. 


49.CHIEFS - #DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM - WR - OKLAHOMA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - RANDY MOSS - retired
A true # 1 receiver is crucial to this team going forward, and it needs to be a player that Alex Smith can trust to win jump balls in order to convince him to throw down field. Their ultra conservative check-down passing game limits their chances of being a contender. Dwayne Bowe was the # 1 receiver on this team and his best skill is his blocking, but he is a Brown now. I expected them to address the need in free agency , and they already added Jeremy Maclin, and while he helps a lot he's not the physical #1 WR this offense needs .The huge & athletic Green-Beckham is always open if you just throw it up high enough, and he would be a top 5 pick in this draft if he was clean off the field, but he is well wrth the risk this late. He can be that deep threat this team needs, while also having the size to give them another punishing down field blocker that is crucial to the Chiefs run first offense.




50.BILLS - QUINTEN ROLLINS - CB - MIAMI OF OHIO
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - STEPHON GILMORE - BUFFALO
The bills have lost both Jairus Byrd and Da'Norris Searcy in back to back years in free agency at safety. Rex Ryan's defense needs smart versatile safeties, that can play single high, and cover. Rollins is a former basketball player who had a great season after returning to football after a 4 year layoff, and his stock will only go up after constant progress at the senior bowl. He is a heady player with good instincts & rarely falls for double moves. Great ball skills & timing on his jumps. Very physical and tackles like a safety. After the combine showed his lack speed his best fit is probably as a cover 2 corner, or safety. In this case , safety it is.



51.TEXANS - HENRY ANDERSON - DE/DT - STANFORD
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - AARON SMITH-PITTSBURGH
With the news that Jadaveon Clowney has had micro-fracture knee surgery the Texans are still in need of another rusher to take advantage of the near constant double & triple teams that the incomparable JJ Watt draws.Anderson has the length & underrated strength to start at the 5 technique as a rookie, and very few 3-4 ends coming out of college are as good of a pass rusher as he is. Alos, the height and length he brings to the position will help combine with Watt to obscure throwing lanes than JJ already does by himself. Plus, exposing any hard working young player to Watt's work ethic and tutelage should only make him better.





52.EAGLES - ALEX CARTER-CB/S-STANFORD
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - GLOVER QUIN - DETROIT
With Nate Allen lacking the physicality Chip Kelly prefers ,and leaving in free agency, a new safety is needed. Carter has safety size , but plays corner right now. He is a solid & steady player who lacks elite athleticism, but he played well in both man and zone in college.The versatile Malcolm Jenkins can play either safety spot, and Carter can play the other.



53.BENGALS - GRADY JARRETT - DT - CLEMSON
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - GENO ATKINS - CINCINNATTI
Geno Atkins didn't look the same last year coming off a major injury. Devon Still & Pat Sims are only on one year deals, and Domata Peko is past his prime. Jarrett is one of the more underrated players in this draft , he can play both the one and three techniques. He could give Atkins a breather in their rotation at the 3 sometimes, and team with him inside to give them 2 interior penetrators in passing situations.



54.LIONS - ** JORDAN PHILLIPS - DT - OKLAHOMA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ALBERT HAYNESWORTH - retired
After giving up 4th & 5th round picks for Haloti Ngata the lions still have a lot of needs, and this trade also allows them to get a player they were likely already considering at #23 without reaching for him. Nick Fairley has shown at times that he is a pro bowl caliber talent, but he has lacked the consistent work ethic for the Lions to trust him with a big contract. They declined his 2015 option and he surprisingly signed with the rams.Since they needed to pay Suh they probably couldn't afford him anyway. However, Suh is now a dolphin and while there is little chance of finding a player as good in the draft, adding a proven leader like Ngata is still a good move. While Ngata is past his prime , he is still a force inside who can help with the rumored move to a 3-4 defense. Phillips is a giants of a man with incredible athleticism for his size. In fact he can also play both the NT &  5 technique positions . Their are 3 reasons he falls this far. First- he had a serious back injury that caused him to miss the 2013 season. Second- He flashed greatness in tape, but inconsistent overall. Third- while he is very quick for his size ,he needs to play with more power. Basically he needs to try going through more people ,instead of around them or getting past them . Otherwise he is a first round pick.His back sure seemed fine this year judging by the tape.




55.CARDINALS -  **EDDIE GOLDMAN - DT - FLORIDA ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARCEL DAREUS - BUFFALO
The Cardinals lost nose tackle Dan Williams in free agency, and need help inside. 
Goldman has the power to take on double teams , the quickness and athletic ability to rush the passer ,and even play the 5 technique. However, right now he is just a guy who occupies blocks very well. The Chargers staff will have to coach the rest of him up. Drafting him would give them more options up front to get the most out inside guys in odd or even fronts.

                           




56.STEELERS - RONALD DARBY - CB - FLORIDA ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JOHNATHAN JOSEPH - HOUSTON
Long time stalwart corner Ike Taylor has finally retired. While he hasn't played great lately ,he has been a lot better than Cortez Allen , and he was once a great player.The problem is they just gave Allen a new free agent contract last year, and they can't afford to cut him. Also, future HOFer Troy Polamalu just retired. So they need a cheap infusion of talent in their secondary.Darby is an elite fluid athlete with the skill to be one of the leagues best cover corners early on,If he can learn to play with more discipline,and work on his tackling techniques. This former track star also has the makeup speed few corners have, but the more I watched him, the more I realized he is still a better athlete than football player right now. 



57.PANTHERS  - JAELEN STRONG - WR - ARIZONA ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ALSHON JEFFERY - CHICAGO
The Panthers drafted big bodied Kelvin Benjamin last year, but his lack of route running prowess and tendency for drops were overlooked ,because he out up good overall numbers. Jericho Cotchery excels at both so there is hope he will rub off on Benjamin. Even if he did the Panther still need another receiver, but this one needs to have more reliable hands & speed, because Ted Ginn isn't gonna cut it as a starting slot receiver. Azgalor can play inside & out, and fill that role. Strong is a large high point & back shoulder catch specialist, and while he doesn't play as fast as he ran at the combine, that time could see him over drafted. He has trouble separating from the better DB's at the line of scrimmage he has faced on tape.However, if you put him in the slot, throw it up high , or to his back a shoulder he is likely to find a way come down with it. His issues separating are very teachable, so if he takes well to coaching I expect Newton will come to count on him more than the inconsistent Benjamin once he fixes those issues.



58.RAVENS - **CLIVE WOLFORD - TE - MIAM
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TODD HEAP - retired
With Dennis Pitta's bad hip,  Owen Daniels turning 33 , young Crockett Gillmore being mostly a blocker right now, and the Ravens being primarily a power running team that runs a lot of 2 tight end sets, a young 2 way TE could help this team a lot. Wolford can be that guy. He is one of only 2 TE's I would take in the frst 2 rounds this year.





59.BRONCOS - GARRET GRAYSON - QB - COLORADO ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - NFL COMP-KURT WARNER-retired
No one , and I include Peyton himself, really knows if Manning will play after this year. If they win , or he gets hurt again, I personally think it highly likely that he retires after this season. Either way the Broncos need to protect themselves, because backup Brock Osweiler has not done well enough to lock down a QB of the future tag. Grayson plays down the road at Colorado state, and his skill set fits the Denver offense. I have him as my number 3 QB , and while I have a late 3rd round grade on him , quarterbacks always go earlier than they should.



60.JETS -(dallas)- DARYL WILLIAMS - OT - OKLAHOMA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - WILLIE ANDERSON - retired
Incoming GM Mike Maccagnan would like to rebuild his franchise , but he lacks the picks to do it properly. This trade allows them to get good value for their pick, and set them up for the future. With an extra 2nd and 4th in next years draft they will have the ammo to move up and get a QB if Geno Smith doesn't step up his game this season. Not only is once stalwart left tackle D'brickashaw Ferguson slowing down, but 2014 free agent signing right tackle Brent Giacomini is nothing special either. Neither has that maulers attitude Todd Bowles will want in his power running gameWilliams is a plug and play right tackle who has that attitude. Williams is a angry wide body with long arms, big strong hands, and is hard to get around. A 3 year starter in college that I believe will be a starter early on in the NFL at RT ,or guard.With a little bit better conditioning and tweaks to his technique I think he could be a 10 year stud as a starting right tackle. 



61.COLTS - BERNARDRICK McKINNEY - ILB - MISSISSIPPI ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DONT'A HIGHTOWER - NEW ENGLAND
Watching Legarette Blount run through tackles had to leave a big a big impression on the Colts entire organization.  While current inside LB's D'qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman lack the take on skills that are needed inside ,Mckinney is a thumper.  He can take on a guard in the hole , stack him up, shed his block, and knock the RB backwards. That kind of physical play can change the whole attitude of a defense. He needs to improve in coverage, but I think he can hold up there with some coaching, especially in zone. As a 6 foot 4 linebacker with long arms could really obscure passing lanes. In a 3-4 he could have less coverage responsibilities, and you could just send him after the QB on passing downs, as I sometimes feel that playing as an edge rusher might be his best pro position. While I wouldn't take him quite this high I expect someone will based on his measurables, upside, and combine.  It's even possible he could go in the first round, and I think the Colts would be happy if he was here this late. 



62.PACKERS - #PAUL DAWSON - LB - TCU
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DEMECO RYANS - PHILADELPHIA
The packers weakness at middle linebacker was so bad last season that they were forced to move Clay Matthews to the middle just so they could have a LB who could cover. Dawson is a first round player on tape with elite instincts. When the rumors of his character concerns started circulating he handled it badly, and started to fall down draft boards. Then he stunk up the combine and dropped some more. He did look better at his pro day though. He is almost always the first guy moving in the right direction on tape, plays like a first round pick when  you watch him, and he also excelled in coverage.




63.SEATTLE - DONOVAN SMITH - OT - PENN ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CORDY GLENN - BUFFALO
The Seahawks need to improve their overall O-line almost across the board. Their only 2 above average lineman recently have been Max Unger and Russell Okung. Both are injury prone, and Unger was dealt to the saints for Jimmy Graham. Smith could start at right tackle, or either guard spot, if they draft another tackle later. He also can play left tackle if Russel Okung gets hurt again.




64.PATRIOTS - AMEER ABDULLAH - RB - NEBRASKA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - WARRICK DUNN - retired
The patriots lost both Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley in free agency this off season. While Legarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden can handle Ridley's duties, someone versatile to take over Vereen's role in the offense is needed. Johnson is an explosive back that knows how to make people miss,and he can take it to the house as a runner or receiver. In the Patriots offense he would take over Vereen's role, be a great returner, core special teamer, and a great locker room guy. Belichick loves smart ,high character , versatile players. Ameer is all of that.


3RD ROUND


65.TAMPA BAY - MARIO EDWARDS - DE/DT - FLORIDA ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JUSTIN SMITH - 49ers
The buccaneers lost the inconsistent Adrian Clayborn in free agency, and seem to finally given up on Da'Quan Bowers.They also cut big money free agent Michael Johnson after just one season , and ate his contract, and while bringing in George Johnson might help help some, he only has one season of decent production on his resume to date . This isn't the first time the buccaneers have traded or cut a big money free agent or even high draft picks since Lovie smith came to town either . All this cap mismanagement has accelerated a lot of dollars on their cap, so they nred to hit in their draft picks to be competitive. The bucs fired Greg Schiano and ate his contract after only one year, and with the Glazer family having money to burn , and coaches salaries not counting against the cap,Lovie might be out of a job if the team doesn't make significant improvement this season. They need a DE help badly , and while bringing in George Johnson can help some they still need a strongside end. While Edwards may not see it that way ,and based on the weight loss he has had recently he definitely wants to be a 4-3 end. his best fit is in a 3-4 right now. However, he definitely has first round talent, and the strenght to play the run. If the coaches can get him to get off the ball quicker, and he stays in shape, he could make it as a starter for them on the strong side.





66.TENNESEE - DEVIN FUNCHESS -TE/WR - MICHIGAN

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARQUES COLSTON - SAINTS
Justin Hunter hasn't quite developed as the big down the field receiver the Titans hoped he would be yet, and signing declining veteran Hakeem Nicks probably isn't the answer either. As a move TE Funchess is basically just a big wide receiver anyway. He has rare size for a WR, but he needs to clear up his penchant for drops ,and learn to play with the physicality expected of someone his size.


67.JACKSONVILLE - **TJ YELDIN - RB - ALABAMA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - FRED TAYLOR - retired
The jaguars have struggled to replace MJD since he declined and left in free agency. Neither Rashad Jennings or Toby Gerhart could stay healthy as the starter, and neither produced much when healthy anyway. Right now former QB Denard Robinson is probably atop the depth chart, but he lacks the build and physical running style this offense needs in a RB. Yeldin is a  complete 3 down back who does it all. Good height , weight,  and speed. Also, unlike past Alabama backs he hasn't been overused, even though he has been knocked up now and then. The only reasons I don't have him as first rounder is fumbling issues ,and upright runners like him tend to get hurt a lot . At the very least he is a strong tandem back that can be left in on third down. If he curbs his fumbling he can be workhorse back that a team could ride to victory





68.OAKLAND - JAMES SAMPLE-S-LVILLE

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON-DAWAN LANDRY- JETS
The often injured Tyvon Branch is gone and Charles Woodson won't play forever. Sample didn't have the picks of his safety counterpart Gerod Holliman , but he is a much more well rounded player. Sample is smart, disciplined, and a REALLY superior tackler compared to Holliman.


69.WASHINGTON - **DERRON SMITH- S - FRESNO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ANTOINE BETHEA - SF
The Redskins wisely let go of under performing safeties Ryan Clark and Brandon Mreiweather.They brought in Jeron Johnson and Dashon Goldson , but both are better as in the box players. Smith has the ball skills, instincts, and speed to be the redskins new free safety.




70.JETS - **DUKE JOHNSON - RB - MIAMI

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LeSEAN McCOY -BUFFALO
Both Chris Ivory & Bilal Powell are free agents next year, and neither is the every down work horse back the Jets hoped they could be. I do'n't understand the signing of Steven Ridley either ,because it just gives them another similar back. They need a home run hitter, and Johnson is that guy. He can break off the long ones in the running or passing game. A playmaker like him will get plenty of opportunities under Chan Gailey, and you know incoming head coach Todd Bowles is a defensive guy who wants to run the ball.



71.CHICAGO - MAX VALLES - OLB/DE - VA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MATHIAS KIWANUKA - FA
The bears are moving to a 3-4 , and while signing Pernell Mcphee gives them a versatile player who can play a lot of different roles in that defense , their other personnel off the edge may not have the greatest movement skills to be 3-4 OLB's. Valles is still very raw, but has the frame, quick first step, and fluidity to play outside . Max can also play some SAM LB when they go to nickle.



72.ST. LOUIS -**HRONISS GRASU - C - OREGON

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JASON KELCE - PHILADELPHIA
The Rams O-line is in flux , and with Kyle Shanahan as the new OC, the zone blocking scheme is being installed. Grasu is a smart, quick, zone blocking center who could step right in and compete for a starting job as a rookie. 


73.ATLANTA - ALI MARPET-G/C- HOBART

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DANIEL KILGORE- SAN FRANCISCO
Adding Jake Matthews and Jon Asamoah to their O-line was an improvement last year, despite the loss of Sam BakerThe Falcons have a lot of guys who can play center or guard, but only Jon Asamoah is entrenched as starter right now. Marpet is a former small school left tackle , who really impressed  at both the senior bowl & combine. He is a better fit at center or guard. With all the Falcons uncertainty inside, a player with his athleticism & reported football IQ , and  ability to play all 3 interior positions is a good fit.



74.GIANTS - TREY FLOWERS-DE-ARKANSAS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TERRELL SUGGS - BALTIMORE
The giants only have JPP on a 1 year deal due to the franchise tag, and newly added Kenrick Ellis is also on a one year deal. Flowers is stud against the run, and while he gets more pressure than sacks as a pass rusher, he goes all out on every play.



75.SAINTS - (miami) - BRYCE PETTY-QB-BAY-NFL COMP

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DONOVAN McNABB - retired
The saints Drew Brees is still going strong at age 36, but with the benefit of extra picks in this draft, drafting a QB of the future would be wise. Petty has the arm , tools, and intangibles you want in your franchise quarterback. However, he needs to be taught from scratch how to play in a NFL system. I'm talking 2 years away from maybe being ready to start here folks, and only a emergency QB as a rookie. Sean Payton was instrumental in Tony Romo's development, and also helped get Drew Brees to the next level as a QB. This situation is perfect for both the player and the team. He is in no way an immediate threat to Brees, but allows them develop his successor quietly ,without uneducated fans clamoring for a change if Drew has a bad stretch.




76.MINNESOTA - TRE JACKSON - G - FLORIDA ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BOBBIE WILLIAMS - retired
Charles Johnson and Vladimir Ducasse were both bad at guard last season, and both were let go. While 2014 5th rounder David Yankey might fill one spot , the vikings need at least one more guard in the draft, and 2 would make more sense, Jackson needs some technique work ,but he was a productive 3 year starter in a pro style offense at a high level program, and is a punishing blocker when he's on.





77.CLEVELAND - #**RANDY GREGORY - DE/OLB - NEBRASKA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JASON TAYLOR - retired
Barkevious Mingo has never developed into the pass rusher that Cleveland hoped when they took him with the 6th overall pick in 2013, and Jaball Seard is now a new England Patriot. A 3-4 OLB that can help take the pressure off Paul Kruger would help this defense go to the next level. I wouldn't take a player with Gregory's character concerns until the 3rd round , and that's where he falls in this scenario. They have 5 of the first 78 picks, so they can afford to take a chance on him, and they didn't draft a edge rusher with wither of their 2 first rounders.. Those unique circumstances are why they are my choice to take a chance on the riskiest questionable character player with first round talent, and yes I'm including DGB & Marcus Peters. Gregory has an ideal frame with long arms, and he is agile enough to rush off the edge in a 3-4 or 4-3. Right now he is a better fit in a 3-4 as a rush backer IMO, and playing there will take advantage of both his pass rush ability ,and his fluidity to drop into coverage. Once that frame is filled out with another 20 to 30 pounds of muscle, he can be even better, and play as a full time 4-3 end if needed. His medicals at the combine were more crucial with him than anyone with a chance to go in the top 10. With his history of multiple injuries , Dion Jordan-like build, and lean frame  I wouldn't have taken him in the top 10, but I thought he would go in top 5. My fears about his size were confirmed when he showed up at only 235 pounds at the combine. Then he announced this week that he tested positive for weed at the combine, which shows he's an idiot as well, and that football is less important to him than smoking weed. You don't test positive for weed at the combine, unless your dumb, delusional, or have  a habitual smoking problem. Despite all the red flags Gregory still has the highest upside of all the edge rushers in this draft.  I still thought he would go somewhere in round one, and was pleasantly surprised that no one took him there, but he  worth the risk here.



78.SAINTS - STEVE NELSON - CB/S - OREGON ST

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CORTLAND FINNEGAN - retired
The Saints need at least one more corner, and he needs to be confident, and love press coverage.
Nelson is a competitive harassing corner who plays with a chip on his shoulder, and won't back down from anyone. Always talking ,but unlike most corners he uses it to his advantage. Gets into receivers heads and throws them off their game. He;s only  a fit in a man scheme if the Saints can teach him how to be less grabby, but ,most college corners have to make that adjustment. Core special teamer. Plays the run like a safety , great tackler, and will stick his nose in the scrum without a second thought. Can also be a core special teamer. Rob Ryan will love him.


79.SAN FRANCISCO - TYLER LOCKETT - WR - KANSAS ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - HENRY ELLARD - retired
The 49ers receiving core is depleted. While they overpaid for a iffy handed potential deep threat in Torrey Smith, they also lost mercurial deep threat Stevie Johnson, and possession receiver Michael Crabtree. Even if you count Smith as a plus, they still only have 2 proven NFL recivers, when you add in 35 year old Anquan Boldin. Lockett is a smooth explosive route runner , with nimble feet, that makes DB's look silly at times .Watching them try to grab him and whiff made me burst out laughing multiple times when he exploded out of his breaks. Played both inside and outside well, but especially excels out of the slot. Was wide open a lot ,and if he had a better QB he might have broken even more ( 17 KU category leader)records over his college career. My favorite return guy in the entire draft, and it shows in his elusive run after the catch ability. He's also got good hands for a guy who body catches so often.



80.KANSAS CITY - ADRIAN AMOS - S - PENN ST

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRODNEY POOL - retired
Eric Berry's cancer was a blow to the chiefs secondary, and I doubt often injured Tyvon Branch is the answer.  Amos has the skill to play either safety spot, and the athleticism and speed to be a high level player if he a play more under control and speed up his read & recognition skills.



81.BUFFALO - BRETT HUNDLEY - QB - UCLA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON ROBERT GRIFFIN 3rd
After Kyle Orton inexplicably abandoned teh Bills and retired the Bills signed veteran Matt Cassel, but he has a weak arm and is best as a backup. When I hear the name EJ Manuel I think really talented, but afraid to throw down field. So the Bills need a QB pronto. Hundley has similar talent to Manuel, but isn't afraid to throw it down the field, Unkess Manuel takes a big step up this season, and I no longer have any reason to think why he will the Bills will be moving on from him. Hundley has enough flaws that his best long term bet would be to sit a year and learn the NFL game, but the Bills might also win more games with him at QB than either of these guys.




82.HOUSTON - **HAU'OLI KIKAHA - OLB/DE - WASHINGTON

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ROSEVELT COLVIN - retired
With the injury to Clowney , the loss of Brooks Reed , and Whitney Mercilus being a so far underwhelming impending free agent, the Texans need to look to the future at OLB.
Kikaha is a polished fluid pass rusher with movement skills to also drop into coverage in the browns 3-4. If not for having 2 major knee injuries in his past he would have been a first round pick.




83.SAN DIEGO - PJ WILLIAMS - CB - FLORIDA ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CHARLES TILLMAN - CHICAGO
The chargers wisely re-signed Brandon Flowers , but that leaves them with two 5 foot 9 starting corners, when combined with Jason Verrett. While both of them are excellnt olayers the chargers lack a bigger corner with speed to match up with Demaryious Thomas, and to win their division they have to beat Denver. Sharice Wright has some size, but he played badly last season, and would be a better off as a 4 corner right now.Williams is a guy that would have probably went in the top 50 of the draft, if not for a penchant for drinking & driving. He could be that big corner they need.



84.PHILADELHIA - DANIELLE HUNTER - DE/OLB - LSU

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DION JORDAN - MIAMI
Chip Kelly loves length, versatility,  and high level athletic ability in his OLB's. Hunter has all of that and I bet he also thinks that Hunter is a similar player to Dion Jordan, who played for him at Oregon. 



85.CINCINATTI - D'JOUN SMITH-CB-FLORIDA ATLANTIC

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ALTERRAUN VERNER-TB
During the tenure of head coach Marvin Lewis the team has selected many players who have fallen due to character concerns, and many have been successful NFL players. In my opinion the reasons are two fold. First, Lewis is a players coach who believes in 2nd chances, and rightly see's himself as a molder of young men.The second is that owner Mike Brown loves a bargain. Leon Johnson will be 31 this year,  Pacman Jones will 32, and they were the Bengals best corners last year. They drafted Dre Kirkpatrick in the 1rs round in 2012, and Darqueze Dennard in the 2rst in 2014, but neither did much last year. Smith is a prototype cover 2 corner. He's ultra tough, has good feet & hips, and fills hard against the run.





86.ARIZONA - NATE ORCHARD - DE/OLB - UTAH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON JUNIOR GALETTE - NO
The probable retirement of John Abraham after another concussion has only exacerbated their need at OLB. Orchard was a great pass rusher in college, and he excelled against top competition. He would fill a hole on this attacking defense right off the bat.


87.PITTSBURGH - ** JEFF HEUERMAN - TE - OHIO ST

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JOHN CARLSON - AZ
Heath Miler is still a solid TE, but he is also past his prime ,and his contact runs out in 2016. Matt Spaeth is a solid #2 TE, but is mostly used as blocker. Both guys are good run blockers, a TE that can pass block better is needed. Heuerman was mostly used as blocker on the national champs last season, although he has shown in the past he can also be receiving threat.




88.DETROIT - TONY LIPPETT - WR/CB - MICHIGAN ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TROY BROWN - retired
The Lions have needs both at corner and at wide receiver. Lippet can help out on both sides of the ball, although I prefer him as corner with rare length myself . That length fits right into the new breed of bigger corners that Seattle has made popular, and I believe Lippet is a NFL starting corner with more reps at the position. 


89.CAROLINA - #JOSH SHAW - CB/S - USC

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - COREY GRAHAM - BUFF
Coming into this season I had Shaw as a guy pegged to go in the top 2 rounds. In fact he was known for his high character. Then he told a big lie that made him look like a hero to cover a sketchy off the field situation.The resultant suspension caused his draft stock to fall. He;s a big corner that can press and play cover 2, but not much else. In a division with lot of big receivers the panthers need bigger corners.He can play safety too.



90.BALTIMORE - **MIKE BENNET - DT - OHIO ST

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON JONATHAN BABINEAUX - ATL
The Raven don't have a single DT  that is good at rushing the passer. Haloti Ngata was their best at it, and he was traded this off season. Bennett is a penetrating DT that can get in the back field and get after the QB or the running back.




91.DALLAS - #** JAY AJAYI - RB - BOISE ST

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - RYAN MATHEWS - PHILADELPHIA
With DeMarco Murray gone, Darren Mcfadden being older & injury prone, Joseph Addai having been arrested twice in the last year, and Lance Dunbar being an undersized & underused scat back , the cowboys need at least one RB in this draft. Ajayi is a big power power back with surprisingly nimble feet and good moves for his size. He can excel in any offense , and a year of sharing carries should help his body to recover from 2 straight years of a heavy workload. He had a major knee injury in his past , and some teams reportedly failed the knee at his combine medical check. A lack of cartilage isn't the end of that world. He could play 5 years and be fine, or he could blow his knee on the first hit of training camp, but that is true of all running backs.That knee and the aforementioned heavy workload last year are the only reasons why I don't have in my top 32. Ajayi is from Texas and this late he's worth the risk.




92.DENVER - **TYLER KROFT - TE - RUTG

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - ZACK ERTZ - PHIL
After getting quickly knocked out of the playoffs John Elway decided a change needed to be made at head coach and brought in Gary Kubiak. His main jobs were to convince Peyton Manning to return & to keep him healthy. Peyton came back, but keeping him healthy is still a question mark. A previously undisclosed leg injury explains Peyton's poor play in the final quarter of the season, but the fragile soon to be 39 year old is going to need a new tight end this year, as Julius Thomas was too expensive for the cap strapped Broncos to keep. They did do have some solid vets under contract, but none that have the kind of athleticism Peyton is used to. Kroft not only has good athleticism as receiver he is also a good pass blocker. I am sure that would be music to Manning's ears.


93.INDIANAPOLIS - DAVID JOHNSON - RB - N.IOWA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MATT FORTE - CHI
Now that the colts have given up on Trent Richardson they need a infusion of youth in the backfield  to team with the recently signed Frank Gore. Johnson excels in the passing game. Both a pass blocker, but especially as a receiver. He could at least help them on third down as rookie.



94.GREEN BAY - TYLER DAVISON - DT - FRESNO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRODRICK BUNKLEY - SAINTS
I am not a big believer in the long term health of perennially out of shape BJ Raji returning to form. I also think Letroy Guion would be a better fit as a backup nose tackle. Davidson has the power to collapse the pocket, and plays with the leverage to fill the packs NT need against the run. 


95.SEATTLE - ROB HAVENSTEIN - OT - WISCONSIN

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - KING DUNLAP - SAN DIEGO
Drafting Havenstein after already getting Donovan Smith can improve 3 positions at once. Havenstein can play left guard, Smith right guard,  and this pick allow Justin Britt to move inside to left guard where he won't be such a liability as a pass blocker. 





96.NEW ENGLAND - JEREMIAH POUTASI - G/T-UTAH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TODD HEREMANS - INDIANAPOLIS
The patriots first and foremost priority should always to be to protect Tom Brady, but they have failed in their duty for the most part this year, especially on the inside. Not one guard on their team has done a good job of keeping the pressure out of Brady's face. Poutasi could be considered a project by some, but I still see him as a NFL starter. He was a 3 year starter at tackle in college, and the last 2 were at LT in a pass first offense,. He needs to learn how to regularly come out of a 3 point stance, but he can be dominant inside. I like him as a left guard or right tackle as a pro.



97.NEW ENGLAND - (compensatory) - SENQUEZ GOLSON-CB-MISSISSIPPI

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRANDON FLOWERS - SD
.With the loss of both Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner , corner becomes their number one need, but they also need to get value for their picks. In the first 2 rounds they would have been reaching for a corner, and the Pats rarely do that. Golson may bot have the height teams crave, but he is just a tough , smart, good , all around corner. He makes plays ,and that is usually more important than size ,to the coach under the hoodie.



98.KANSAS CITY - ( compensatory) - #LORENZO MAULDIN - OLB/DE - LOUISVILLE

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DERRICK MORGAN - TENNESSEE
With Justin Houston on the franchise tag, Tamba Hali only on a one year deal, and Dee Ford having a disappointing rookie season, another guy who can play OLB in their 3-4 is a priority.  Mauldin is a survivor who has experience in both a 3-4 and 4-3. He has busted his ass to get where he is, and he will give everything he can to succeed.


99.CINCINATTI - (compensatory) - ANTHONY CHICKILLO - DE - MIA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON -CHRIS LONG - RAMS
In this case I just go best player available for the Bengals. Chickillo was once a huge recruiting get for the U, but he didn't progress the way I thought he would in college, after seeing him play well as a freshman. Now part of that was that he was playing out of position as a 5 technique during part of his career,but I think as a strong side end he could be a good NFL starter. Looked really good at the east/west shrine game, and also looked in good shape for the position at the combine.

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