Blog 4 Dat’s 2015 NFL Mock Draft, Part 4
The last quarter of our mock draft is finally here just in time for the weekend before the actual NFL Draft where we can all see just how wrong we were. But regardless of the job we do here, The Wrench, Matt, AJ, and myself had a good time doing this and we hope that you have had a good time reading our musings. But before we say goodbye, here are the last eight picks of the NFL Draft, average guy style.
AJ: At 25, the Carolina Panthers go with TJ Clemmings, OT, Pitt, to help try to protect Cam Newton. Newton is all Carolina has on offense, so investing to keep him upright makes sense. The Panthers need RB and WR help badly, but the value isn’t there at this pick with the players already off of the board at these positions, so they’ll get to these holes later in the draft.
Clemmings will pair with Michael Oher to try to sure up the edges for Carolina.
Matt (via AJ): I think Matt only sent his pick to me, so for the rest of the world, here’s Matt’s take on pick 26…pick 27 coming soon!
Sorry guys, spilled water on my notebook that I was tracking the draft with, and was too distraught to even check my email to see where were at until now. So, without further adieu:
26th pick, Baltimore Ravens select CB Marcus Peters for Washington. After handing in a card with Melvin Gordon’s name on it, the Ravens realized he had been previously taken, so they settled for the troubled, but talented, cornerback from the Great Northwest. Injuried have hurt the Ravens at the cornerback position over the past couple seasons, so Peters provides not only depth, but the potential to step in and start from Day 1 and be a playmaker for the traditionally playmaking Baltimore defense.
At pick 27, the Dallas Cowboys select Byron Jones, CB, UConn. With Gurley and Gordon off the board, Dallas addresses a big question mark on its defense. With Morris Claiborne continuing to be an injury-riddled bust, and Brandon Carr’s position with the team in question because his cap number does not match his production, the Cowboys are going into the season with Orlando Scandrick and a big question mark at the starting CB spots.
Jones has good size, and seems to be a good fit for Dallas’ scheme. He also has the potential to move to free safety at some point, and that versatility is something that Dallas likes.
I would look for Dallas to look to get Jay Ajayi, TJ Yeldon, or Tevin Coleman in round 2 to fill the RB hole left by DeMarco Murray’s departure. I would expect them to address defensive line later in the draft, as well as a late round WR/KR type to replace Dwayne Harris.
With the 28th pick, the Denver Broncos select Jordan Phillips, NT out of Oklahoma.
New coach Gary Kubiak saw first hand what the benefits of having a behemoth at the center of your defense can do with Haloti Ngata. Phillips is 6’5” with 329 pounds of love on his frame. The Broncos need to upgrade on Sylvester Williams, a first round pick who has not panned out drafted in 2013. He simply has not been the threat or the piece this 3-4 defense needs to be as effective as it can be. A nose tackle who can constantly draw double teams and be explosive at times will free up Von Miller and Demarcus Ware.
Besides, who wants to guard a behemoth.
Good god people! Did you even know that behemoths looked like?!
Peyton Manning will probably not approve of this not being a receiver or tight end, but Elway will rope him in.
29th pick Indianapolis Colts select OL Ereck Flowers from Miami (Fla.)
Why not add another player from The U? After signing WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore this offseason, the Colts add one missing piece to an offense that could set records this season — an offensive lineman to protect the ultimate weapon, Andrew Luck. Flowers should also open holes for Gore (provided the former 49ers RB stays healthy) and help revitalize a rushing attack that ranked 22nd last season.
An offense featuring Luck throwing the ball to Johnson and T.Y. Hilton, paired with a strong running game? Scary stuff for the NFL.
The D: The Green Bay Packers select OLB Eli Harold from Virginia with the 30th pick of the draft. The Packers will hope that Harold, a second team All-ACC selection, can be the replacement for the aging Peppers in a year or so and play this season when needed. Word on the street is that Harold also dabbled in the fine arts of playing QB, RB, and WR also. And legend has it that he accounted for 20 touchdowns in the wildcat offense. Randall Cobb, meet your heterosexual life mate.
31st Pick – New Orleans Saints
The D: And my pick for the Saints pick at 31 is Ohio State WR Devin Smith. The wideout led the Buckeyes in receiving yards and touchdowns and was a solid starter all season. He has been gaining steam with his combine performances and the Saints need a wide receiver. They went defense on their first pick, but need to get another young set of hands for Brees to place his balls in. (Dropped the mic)
Matt: 31st pick New Orleans Saints select Dorial Green-Beckham
Screw character concerns. 6-5, 237 lbs., 4.4-second 40-yard dash and super productive at … Missouri? The Saints draft their own Dez Bryant to pair opposite of second-year man Brandin Cooks, forming what will be the NFL’s best WR corps in a couple years.
Obviously, defense is the primary area of concern, but there’s enough depth in this draft at ILB that the Saints can afford to gamble on Green-Beckham at this pick.
My prediction for his rookie year with Brees throwing him the ball? 276 receptions for 15,672 yards and 292 touchdowns.
(Picked up the mic)
(Then dropped the mic, too)
Well it looks like I’m coming to shit on the D’s parade again. Dorial Green-Beckham is the obvious pick here. With the projected stat of 56.78 yards per reception (I’m guessing that will be a record) and 292 touchdowns on 276 catches (uhhh), Beckham can retire as the greatest receiver ever after one season.
Dorial Green-Beckham it is then for the Saints)
With the 32nd pick, The New England champs pick Eric Rowe, CB from Utah.
After losing the man who has an island named after him and Brandon Browner to this year’s Super Bowl Champions, the Pats will need to reload and make the pick here. Nothing flashy with Rowe. He may be able to transition to safety if called upon, Rowe seems like the ideal fit for a coach who likes to use players in multiple positions in the defensive backfield.
Thanks for reading once again.
The D, with The Wrench, Matt, and AJ