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Dane Brugler's 3/15/15 Mock

Postby The Realist » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:50 pm

The initial wave of free agency is over and the aftermath has revealed reshuffled draft needs for several teams that could change the landscape of the NFL Draft’s first round. The Packers don’t need a right tackle, the Saints added a cornerback and the Chiefs found their No. 1 wide receiver. But most of the team needs in the top-10 remain the same, including several wildcard options for the two quarterbacks.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Florida State QB Jameis Winston
Nothing has changed at the top. The Buccaneers have a need at quarterback and Winston is believed to be their target with the No. 1 overall pick.

2. Tennessee Titans -- USC DT Leonard Williams
It won’t take long to find the wildcard of the first round as the Titans could go in a number of directions here, including trading back with a team needing a quarterback. Mariota is also in the conversation for Tennessee, but Williams is the current favorite to be the pick at No. 2.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler
Jacksonville has drafted offense in the top-five (OT Luke Joeckel, QB Blake Bortles) in the first two years of the David Caldwell era so the Jaguars’ focus turns to defense this year. Fowler is a pesky pass rusher that loves to stress offenses and should make an impact on day one.

4. Oakland Raiders -- Alabama WR Amari Cooper
The Raiders haven't addressed wide receiver (yet) in free agency and it looks more and more likely that this pick will be a pass-catcher to help second-year starting quarterback Derek Carr. Bigger question might be, which receiver does Reggie McKenzie like the most?

5. Washington Redskins -- Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley
With Brian Orakpo leaving Washington via free agency, pass rusher will be high on the Redskins’ wish list. Beasley absolutely crushed the NFL Combine showing up at a good weight (246 pounds) and showing off the strength/athleticism combo that teams covet at the position.

6. New York Jets -- Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
The Jets have been active so far this off-season and could make another splash on draft day if Mariota is still on the board. New general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles won’t count on Ryan Fitzpatrick or Geno Smith to be the long-term option at quarterback.

7. Chicago Bears -- West Virginia WR Kevin White
This pick has to be defense, right? After the Brandon Marshall trade, wide receiver is now a possibility and with White still on the board, it’s a match that makes sense.

8. Atlanta Falcons -- Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory
The Falcons have been active adding front-seven defenders via free agency, but that won’t stop Atlanta from targeting a “Leo” pass rusher at this pick. Gregory has immense potential and would benefit from the coaching of new head coach Dan Quinn.

9. New York Giants -- Missouri DE Shane Ray
The Giants franchised Jason Pierre-Paul, but that is only a short-term answer for their pass rush needs. Ray has the best first step quickness in this draft class and boosts New York’s front four.

10. St. Louis Rams -- LSU OL La’el Collins
The Rams went offensive line in the top-10 last season (Greg Robinson No. 2 overall) and could target another SEC blocker at this pick. Collins has the versatility to play right tackle or guard.

11. Minnesota Vikings -- Louisville WR DeVante Parker
So far the Cordarrelle Patterson experiment in Minnesota has been a disappointment. And while the Vikings shouldn’t (and won’t) give up on him just yet, there is still a need for a potential No. 1 receiver for Bridgewater. And Parker, Bridgewater’s former teammate at Louisville), fills that need.

12. Cleveland Browns -- Washington NT Danny Shelton
Cleveland needs to revamp the front-seven in order to stop the run and a good place to start is at nose tackle. Shelton won’t have the same type of production in the NFL like he did at Washington, but he should be a long-term anchor for a three-man front.

13. New Orleans Saints -- Oregon DL Arik Armstead
The Saints have Cam Jordan under contract for the 2015 season, but might not be able to retain him long-term. Although raw, Armstead is one of the most impressive talents in this class with Calais Campbell potential.

14. Miami Dolphins -- Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham
Who will take a chance on DGB? With Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline gone, quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs talented pass-catchers and Green-Beckham might be worth the risk here.

15. San Francisco 49ers -- Michigan State CB Trae Waynes
The 49ers have question marks right now on the depth chart at cornerback and if a talent like Waynes is still on the board, it would be a great addition for San Francisco.

16. Houston Texans -- Texas DL Malcom Brown
With no quarterback worth this pick, the Texans go best available, which might be Brown who can offer depth anywhere on the defensive line.

17. San Diego Chargers -- Georgia RB Todd Gurley
There is a great chance this year’s draft has a first round running back, but how high? The Chargers moved on from former first rounder Ryan Mathews and could upgrade with Gurley, the best running back to enter the NFL in several years.

18. Kansas City Chiefs -- Iowa OL Brandon Scherff
The Chiefs added Ben Grubbs, but need more depth on the offensive line. If Scherff slips out of the top-15 picks, it would be tough for John Dorsey and Andy Reid to pass on the versatile blocker.

19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) -- Kentucky DE/OLB Bud Dupree
The Browns addressed the front-seven at pick No. 12 (Danny Shelton) and could do so again with a pass rusher at No. 19. Dupree is a tremendous athlete for his size and adds a dynamic element to Mike Pettine’s defense.

20. Philadelphia Eagles -- Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson
Even with the additions of Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond at cornerback for Philadelphia, Johnson is a player who should be on the radar regardless. He has natural cover instincts and skills that make him worthy of consideration this early.

21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Stanford OT Andrus Peat
Entering the final year of his contract, Andrew Whitworth turns 34 years old this season and even if he does fit into the Bengals long-term plans, it might be at left guard. Peat needs to refine areas of his technique, but the natural traits are there to play in the NFL for a long time.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers -- UCLA DE/OLB Owa Odighizuwa
With Jason Worilds retiring and Jarvis Jones not living up to his first round draft slot, pass rusher is a strong possibility here. Eli Harold and Odighizuwa are the top two options remaining and the UCLA edge rusher might be the better fit for Pittsburgh.

23. Detroit Lions -- Miami (Fla.) OT Ereck Flowers
The Lions have a few stopgap options at right tackle, but Flowers would give Detroit long-term stability at the position.

24. Arizona Cardinals -- Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon
The Cardinals need more depth and firepower in the backfield and Gordon is one option if he’s on the board at this pick.

25. Carolina Panthers -- Florida OT D.J. Humphries
Panthers need help on the offensive line, specifically at left tackle, making Humphries a possibility here. A Charlotte native, he is still very unpolished, but his feet and lower body are first round quality.

26. Baltimore Ravens -- UCF WR Breshad Perriman
It’s a fair bet that the Ravens will pick a receiver at some point in this year’s draft and with talented pass catchers available in the late first round, Perriman-to-Baltimore is a fit.

27. Dallas Cowboys -- Mississippi State DE Preston Smith
An ideal fit at left defensive end, Smith and Demarcus Lawrence would provide the Cowboys with a formidable duo long-term on the edges.


28. Denver Broncos -- Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings
The Broncos’ offensive line is going through changes this off-season and with right tackle Chris Clark better suited as a back-up, Clemmings would be a logical addition in Denver to help keep Peyton Manning healthy.

29. Indianapolis Colts -- Alabama SS Landon Collins
Veteran safety Mike Adams had a better than expected 2014 season and recently re-signed with the Colts, but he is 34-years old and Indianapolis has little depth behind him.

30. Green Bay Packers -- Florida State DT Eddie Goldman
With Bryan Bulaga re-signing in Green Bay, this pick is almost certainly defense and Goldman has the front versatility to give the Packers options at nose tackle.

31. New Orleans Saints -- Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold
Although still raw, Harold has the potential to develop into an impact edge rusher, doing his best work when standing up to manipulate space.

32. New England Patriots -- Washington CB Marcus Peters
After losing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this off-season, the Super Bowl Champs are expected to address the cornerback position in the 2015 NFL Draft. Peters is arguably the most talented at the position in this class and is worth the risk late in round one.

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Given our needs I would hope OO and Gurley are there at 27. I've heard SD loves Gordon but who knows. Steelers need OT bad but they just had that OLB retire unexpectedly. They have a man crush on Clemmings.

I like Preston a lot, but if we go DE in one we likely have to trade up from 60 to get a RB like Coleman or Jay Whatever.
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Re: Dane Brugler's 3/15/15 Mock

Postby John » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:47 am

I love reading these lists. Gets me in the mood.
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Re: Dane Brugler's 3/15/15 Mock

Postby Fairweather » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:52 pm

I think I'd be inclined to grab the best CB available (Peters?) if the draft fell this way. I'd then grab the best DE available in the second (Za'Darius Smith? Preston Smith? OO? with his hip concerns).
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Re: Dane Brugler's 3/15/15 Mock

Postby The Realist » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:03 am

We get Hardy I am probably there with you with Peters. My only concern would be the RB we want is probably not there in 2.
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