2015 NFL Mock Draft: Edition 1.0

 

Tampa Bay will get the first shot at selecting the Oregon Quarterback.

Tampa Bay will get the first shot at selecting the Oregon Quarterback.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Another NFL regular season is in the books and it’s time to shift focus to NFL Draft Season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by former Patriots Personnel man Jason Licht own the #1 overall pick followed by the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Oakland Raiders. As things stand right now there is a good chance Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be taking his talents to the West Coast of Florida, but after that this draft is filled with question marks and uncertainity. Here’s how the 2015 NFL Draft could look four months from now with one caveat — everything will change.

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
A no brainer pick at this point. Tampa has some pieces to build around on both sides of the football, but lack stability and talent at the Quarterback position. This is a great landing spot for the dynamic Mariota as he can grow in tandem with Mike Evans, giving the Buccaneers one of the best young QB-WR tandems in the league. Tampa will definitely consider Jameis Winston, but given his off-field and character concerns, Mariota is the safer selection.

2) Tennessee Titans – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Nashville is the ideal spot for Jameis Winston. Winston will enter the league with similar fanfare to that of Johnny Manziel, but by landing in Nashville Winston avoids a big media market and intense media scrutiny. Ken Whisenhunt should be able to nuture the immature QB and give the Titans a “face of the franchise” player which they’ve sorely lacked the last five plus years.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Williams, DE, Southern California
A rare defensive line talent with the size, athleticism, and explosiveness to play anywhere on the defensive line. Williams’ skill-set is an ideal fit in Jacksoville where head coach Gus Bradley can use his versatility to provide disruption from multiple alignments. Williams might be the safest player in the entire draft as he’s NFL ready and has an incredibly high “floor”. He’d be an immediate difference maker and a defensive building block.

4) Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Raiders hit a home run with last year’s first round pick Khalil Mack and are poised to add another impact talent this year. The Raiders are in an ideal draft situation as they’ll avoid the questions about picking another QB and can stand pat to take the best player available. Derek Carr showed enough promise as a rookie to get fans exicited and now it’s time to add dynamic playmakers around him. Amari Cooper is the best skill position player in the draft and fills a massive need in Oakland.

5) Washington Redskins – Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
Pass Rusher isn’t a huge need for the Redskins, but with the fifth pick Randy Gregory is too good to pass up. I’m sure the Redskins would love to get offensive line help with this pick, but there probably isn’t one worth taking this high. Brian Orakpo will likely leave in free agency and Randy Gregory gives them the best pass rusher in the draft. Quite frankly the Redskins have too many needs to draft for need this high in the draft. Just take the best player and move on.

6) New York Jets – Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri 
The Jets drafted Sheldon Richardson out of Mizzou in 2013 and that pick was a huge success. Look for the Jets to go back to the Missouri program and select Richardson’s former teammate. Ray is an explosive and dynamic edge rusher with an electric burst off the snap. He’ll be asked to replace the aging and unproductive Calvin Pace. It’ll be interesting to see what type of coach the Jets hire and if the coaching change alters the teams 3-4 defensive alignment.

7) Chicago Bears – Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
It’s no secret the Bears secondary is a complete disaster. Kyle Fuller started off his rookie season on fire, but quickly fell back to earth. Other than Fuller, there is no one worth keeping in the Bears defensive backfield. The Safties are especially terrible and Landon Collins is simply the best defensive back on the board. The Bears could add to any position on their defense, so if this is too high for Collins Linebacker or Defensive Line make sense as well.

8) Atlanta Falcons – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
The Falcons desperately need pass rushers as they once again struggled to create consistent pressure throughout the season. Personally, I believe this is too high for Vic Beasley. There is a large group of 1st-2nd round edge rushers and it remains to be seen how they sort themselves out after Gregory and Ray go off the board. While Beasley has some limitations there is no denying his potential as an edge rusher.

9) New York Giants – Brandon Schreff, OT/OG, Iowa
New York must continue their offensive line rebuild. Schreff’s versatility would allow the Giants to play him at Offensive Guard initially and then move over to either Right or Left Tackle. A pass rusher like Dante Fowler will be in the mix here as well, but if the Giants get the opportunity to select he best Offensive Lineman in the draft they need to take it.

10) St. Louis Rams – Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington 
Rams are a talented team that lack a consistent a QB. It’s unlikely they can get their starting QB at #10, but what they can do is continue to add top shelf defensive talent to their front seven. Adding one of the most electric playmakers in college football to a front seven that already consists of Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Chris Long, Alec Ogletree, and James Lauranitis is an amazing possibility.

11) Minnesota Vikings – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame 
Matt Kalil had a disasterous season and while it’s likely he’ll be given another shot next season the Vikings can use all the Offensive Line help they can get. Stanley has experience playing both Tackle positions and probably offers the most upside of any Tackle in the draft. Stanley can play on the Right Side in 2015 and if Matt Kalil continues to backslide, then Stanley becomes a valuable insurance policy.

12) Cleveland Browns – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Cleveland has two picks between 12-20 and should be able to acquire two starters for their 2015 team. Josh Gordon can’t be relied on and even if he’s back in Cleveland next year they still need another legitimate receiver. Parker adds size, strong hands, and the ability to win at multiple levels of the passing game. Parker missed two months of the season with a foot injury, but came back and dominated the opposing defensive backs down the stretch.

13) New Orleans SaintsDante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida
After a strong 2013 campaign the Saints defense reverted back to their dismal play in 2014. A lot of their problems were a result of their inability to rush the passer. Outside of Cam Jordan and Junior Galette the Saints don’t have another pass rusher worth mentioning. Fowler is an ultra-versatile defender that understands how to use his hands and attack blockers. He’ll improve the Saints pass rush as either a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 End.

14) Miami DolphinsLa’El Collins, OT/OG, LSU
By the time the draft rolls around Collins might be the top ranked Offensive Lineman. Collins can play almost any position on the line and would slide into one of the Dolphins Guard spots. Ju’Wuan James looked great as a rookie and Branden Albert will return from injury to play Left Tackle, adding Collins will help solidify the interior of what could be a great line.

15) San Francisco 49ers – Kevin White, WR, West Virgina
Watch the 49ers offense play and it’s blatently clear they lack speed on the outside and desperately need more athleticism at Wide Receiver. White exploded onto the CFB scene in 2014 making big plays and easily beating coverages. His ball skills are among the best in the draft as he routinely wins the battle for 50-50 balls. With Michael Crabtree a free agent to be, White can replace that production as a rookie.

16) Houston Texans – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Ever off-season we talk about how the Houston Texans need to upgrade their Cornerbacks and this year is no different. Waynes is a physical corner with impressive size and an intense compete level. While no CB has established themselves as the clear “top guy” just yet, Waynes has a skill-set that will be highly sought after during the draft.

17) San Diego Chargers Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
DJ Fluker is penciled in at Right Tackle, but like always the Chargers have issues at other spots on their O-Line. Peat is a natural Left Tackle with great size, length, and movement skills. He might not be ready to step in and start from day one, but he can supplant King Dunlap after a season to give the Chargers long term bookend tackles

18) Kansas City Chiefs – Bernardick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
Joe Mays and Josh Mauga are the Chiefs starting Inside Linebackers. Even though they’ll get Derrick Johnson back at the start of next season they need a long term Inside Linebacker to solidify the middle of that defense. With a defense that consists of Poe, Houston, Ford, Johnson, and McKinney the Chiefs can dominate teams with their front seven.

19) Cleveland BrownsEli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia
After adding a starting Wide Receiver with their first pick the Browns come back and supplement their pass rush with Harold. He’s flying a bit under the radar right now, but expect that to change once more film is watched. He’s an explosive edge rusher who’s just scratching the surface.

20) Philadelphia Eagles Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
I don’t feel good about putting a player who was kicked off his college team for insubordination and blowing up on coaches in the first round. However, unless the Eagles want to spend another season watching Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams get burned then they’ll have to take a chance on the mercurial Peters. He might be the most talented corner in the draft, but his baggage will weigh him down.

21) Carolina Panthers – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
By sneaking into the playoffs the Panther fell out of the top ten and all the way down to pick #21. Luckily for them they should still be able to get an Offensive Tackle to plug and play. The team never adequately replaced Jordan Gross and ultimately it could be their downfall.

22) Baltimore RavensMelvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
After releasing Ray Rice the Ravens were able to get great production from journeyman Justin Forsett, but he’s not a longterm answer for the Ravens. Melvin Gordon is an electric playmaker and not only will improve their running attack, but will add a layer to the passing game that was lost with Ray Rice’s demise.

23) Pittsburgh Steelers – Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
Phillips has received little draft hype up to this point, but that will change when he declares. He’s a 6’6″ 334 lbs. monster who missed most of the 2013 season with a back injury. He came back in 2014 to start all 12 games and has been a force in the middle of the Sooners defense. Expect Phillips to declare for the draft and quickly move up draft boards.

24) Detroit Lions – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
Ndamukong Suh is almost certain to leave via Free Agency and cash in on a massive pay day. Goldman might be the best defensive tackle in the draft with tremendous upside. The Lions have other needs such as Offensive Line, Linebacker, and Corner, but in the mid-20’s getting a player like Goldman is too much to pass up.

25) Indianapolis Colts Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
Reggie Wayne is finished and the Colts need to find another playmaker to pair with TY Hilton. Donte Moncrief showed flashes as a rookie, but he’s not even close to the talent of DGB. If not for his lenghty off the field history Green-Beckham would be going much higher. The Colts have shown they are willing to roll the dice on players and DGB is the biggest boom-bust player in the entire draft.

26) Green Bay Packers – Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
Shelton made the wise decision to return to school for his Senior season and greatly improved his draft status by doing so. Shelton is that rare type of Nose Tackle that makes plays and creates disruption from the Nose, he’s not just a space eater. He’d be a great fit in the middle of that Green Bay 3-4 defense and improve a Defensive front that has under-performed at times in the 2014 season.

27) Arizona Cardinals – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
The Cardinals have overcome injuries and overachieved all season. They have plenty of talent at Wide Receiver, so imagine adding a RB with the ability of a Todd Gurley to the Cardinals backfield. A tandem of Andre Ellington and Todd Gurley to go with a WR threesome of Fitzgerald-Floyd-Brown is as good as any weapons in the NFL.

28) Cincinnati Benglas – Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
Geno Atkins wasn’t the same player in 2014 after his knee injury and his drop-off in play has been felt all season. The Bengals have struggled to rush the passer, so they could definitley opt for an edge rusher in this spot, but adding another defensive tackle that’s nearly impossible to block 1 on 1 will make Geno Atkins’ job a lot easier. When Geno Atkins returns to health it will give the Bengals a fearsome pair of defensive tackles.

29) Denver Broncos TJ Clemmings, OL, Pittsburgh
The Broncos have played a game of musical chairs on the Offensive Line to account for their hole at Right Tackle. They went as far as shifting Pro Bowl Guard Louis Vazquez to Right Tackle in an attempt to stabilize their line. Expect the Broncos to take an OT in the first two rounds and one that can play Right Tackle in 2015.

30) Dallas Cowboys – Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
It’s no surprise that the Cowboys will be targeting pass rushers in the late first round. After lossing Demarcus Ware the Cowboys pieced together their edge rush rotations, but they’re still very short on talent. Calhoun can rush the passer, but also flashes against the run.

31) New England PatriotsAlvin “Bud” Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
The Patriots have some young, dynamic players on their defense and I expect them to keep adding to the mix in the early rounds of the NFL Draft. They’ve struggled to rush the passer this season without blitzing and lack the depth necessary to overcome injuries to Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. Dupree is the best edge rusher left on the board and a player with sparkling intangibles. He offers the Patriots the type of versatility they like from their edge players and should make their front seven even more dynamic next season, along with the return of ILB Jerod Mayo. Many will project Wide Receiver or Offensive Guard with this pick, but those are two positions where Bill Belichick has never used a first round pick (Mankins was originally drafted as a tackle). It’s more likely they’ll supplement their pass rush and then add to their Offensive Line as Guards can be found in the middle rounds easier then pass rushers.

32) Seattle SeahawksJaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Letting Percy Harvin go was probably the best move the Seahawks made all season. While their offense doesn’t require big time talent at receiver it won’t hurt to add a big, talented playmaker like Strong to their roster.

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84 Responses to “2015 NFL Mock Draft: Edition 1.0”

  1. Sully says:

    1. TB- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
    2. TEN- Randy Gregory, OLB/DE, Nebraska
    3. JAC- Leonard Williams, DL, USC
    4. OAK- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
    5. WAS- Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
    6. NYJ- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.
    7. CHI- Landon Collins, S, Alabama
    8. ATL- Shane Ray, OLB/DE, Missouri
    9. NYG- Shaq Thompson, OLB, Wasington
    10. STL- La’el Collins, OL, LSU
    11. MIN- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
    12. CLE- Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
    13. NO- Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida
    14. MIA- Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.
    15. SF- Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
    16. HOU- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
    17. SD- Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
    18. KC- Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona St.
    19. CLE- Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
    20. PHI- Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
    21. CIN- Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida St.
    22. PIT- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
    23. DET- Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio St.
    24. ARI- Alvin Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky
    25. CAR- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
    26. BAL- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
    27. IND- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
    28. DAL- Nate Orchard, DE, Utah
    29. GB- Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
    30. DEN- Cameron Ivring, OL, Florida St.
    31. SEA- Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
    32. NE- Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB/DE, Louisville

  2. matty says:

    They failed to get a decent strong safety last year, so once again, if they can’t find one in free agency, then we need to draft one in the first couple rounds. Someone big who can tackle preferably, unlike the short, small Pat Chung.

  3. nflgenius says:

    Top needs, in order: pass rusher, strong safety (please do not re-sign the terrible Patrick Chung), OT, wr, DT to replace wilfork.

    CB becomes #1 if Revis leaves, but makes sense to grab a top de/olb with first pick.

  4. Charlie says:

    Kevin this is my opinion on the SS Position. Every one looks at Seattle and see’s how nice it is to have 4 really good DB’s, however I am a firm believer that Seattle overpaid for this position. Yes Earl Thomas is clearly the best FS in the league, but in a few years this is going to eventually hurt them as a team. If you look at P.Chung this year, I think it cements the idea that SS can be replaced if necessary. I would love to bring P.Chung back, but only in the range of a contract in the 2$- 2.5$ a season. Anything more, it’s time to say thank you and let him walk. With that said, I also feel we have no need to Draft one of these players High. I will list a few players that I think would be smart to grab in the later rounds, weather Chung stays or not.

  5. Daniel R. Martin says:

    I feel very strongly that Ayers was THE best signing of the season. Just as I feel Collins was the best draft selection of the past two years. With Collins, Ayers, Hightower, and now even C. Jones lining up as a Hybrid OLB, I don’t think the linebacker position is in a bad shape at all.

    I do think that with out having Coach Scarnecchia to cover up for our patchwork offensive line, the first two selections need to be focused there. In general this draft class doesn’t seem nearly as good as last year. Makes me wish even more that we traded out of the first round last May. There are ZERO promising Tight Ends currently projected for the first 2&1/2 rounds, SS jumps from 7th overall to 88th, and the first pure guard is currently slated at 38th overall with the next being 63 (according to current CBS projections). I realize that all of this will be shaken up half a hundred times over the next five months. I just feel like there are few players with the kind of WoW! factor to get excited about.

    • Bobthebuilder says:

      Do we really need a TE?

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        I don’t think so. And that wasn’t the point of my post. I included the TE position to further evidence that this draft is not as promising as the last. I believe Tim Wright (who had more TD catches as a rookie than any TE in NFL history, Gronk, Hernandez, and Graham included – WHILE being thrown to by the Tampa Bay QB Circus, No less!) can be a huge piece of this offense. He enters the game and catches touchdowns and then leaves the game. I don’t quite understand that personally. Tim Wright is basically a big bodied WR with great hands, but he has consistently been under utilized.

        The point is, whereas last year many of us were clamoring for a high pick be expended on a TE, this year TE’s aren’t projected to go until nearly the third round. And there is a similar dearth of talent at the Interior Offensive Linemen positions as well.

  6. Russell says:

    Th Patriots LB position will take close watching. IF Mayo restructres his deal, depending on his rehab, most likely he will NOT, be ready to start the season. LB’s White and Casillas will need to be resigned for 2015 . Casillas is at 1.4 mil. yr. White at 645K yr. LB Cameron Gordon (IR)is signed to a 3year deal (ending 2017) 515K yr.

    Hightowers deal ends 2016 ( 1.9 mil. this yr.)
    Collins deal ends 2017 (940K this yr.)
    Mayo’s present deal ends 2018 ( 7.1 mil. this yr.)
    Ayers deal ends 2015 ( 1.2 mil. this yr)

    Now BB will not want these or any new deals to ALL end at the same time. To ME it seems Casillas and White will not be future starters at LB. SO draft two LBs and look for potenial starters (if they make the roster) with 4 year rookie deals ,look at Gordon and set your self up for the future. Give Collins a new 4yr deal.

    • steve earle says:

      Your thoughts on LB’s seems reasonable. I would like a clearification on when you think these two LB’s should be drafted.

    • Kevan says:

      I think it likely Mayo agrees to a restructure, very likely. He like playing for BB in foxborough. He seems to be a quite, humble, intelligent guy that has his ego in check. He is also aware that after 2 seasons out with an injury it would only be reasonable to do so. With that being said that’s a good breakdown Russell. To me the picture painted is if a stud falls grab him but it’s defenitely not a paramount need.

      • Kevan says:

        I think I scrood up there Russell. You were saying he probably won’t be ready to start the year. I thought you were saying he probably won’t restructure. I do think he will be ready to go game 1 though. Sorry though I gotta stop, working crazy hours and my little girl Everleigh was born 8 days ago! Trying to keep up with y’all is a daunting task.

        • steve earle says:

          Congrats Kevan, that little one will have you wrapped around her little finger before long, and you’ll love it!!!!

        • Kevan says:

          Thank you Steve!! I appreciate it, and yea she is already wrapped around my finger! She’s my first so it’s without question changed my perspective on life. Her name is Everleigh!

        • steve earle says:

          Yea Kevan, nothing will ever be the same again and it’s all for the better I’ve found.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          @ Does anyone know whats with comments having to be approved? Everything I type out ends up saying it needs to be approved? By the time it get around it’s irrelevant

        • MM-II says:

          Belated congrats, Kevan!

        • Kevan says:

          thank you very much MM II!

    • Russell says:

      Well to draft a LB, I would look at Davis Tull as a LB project much the same as Dane Flether was for the Patriots,in say the 6th round.
      The other would depend on the guy you like, Ramik Wilson (3d), Paul Dawson (4th), Jeff Luc (4th), Dante Fowler (1st), Benardrick McKinney (1st) Reggie Ragland (JR. 4th), Nate Orchard(2nd-3d)………..

  7. steve earle says:

    The growing number of draft picks being guessed at and projected has made me wonder if we do end up with 9 or more picks can we afford to sign all those guys? Yea it all looks great scribbling down names on our work pads but we have some serious contracts to try to retain players like Revis and McCourty. I’m of a mind to think that in the event we do get all those picks many of them will by necessity have to be traded for future picks. Trading up is another use but that means players with higher rookie contracts. Anyone have any numbers to throw out here to give us some guide line as to what Bill can afford this draft, who will cost what to sign and how it will all fit under the cap?

    • Russell says:

      Great point Steve, I have spent alot of time looking at what next years 53 man roster may look like. IMO I think you will see, 6-9 roster spots avaliable next year. ALOT can happen before the draft, and signing players will be important. I feel good about signing, Revis, McCourty,Gostkowski, Siliga, and Ayers. Mayo, and Amendola to restructure contracts. I would give Collins a new longer deal.
      So the way I see it, the draft should look at; OL, WR, LB, DL

      • steve earle says:

        With return of Mayo and Ayers wouldn’t LB go to the end of your list? What about sliding DL ( inside pass rusher) up to second on list?

      • Kevan says:

        I think you are dead on Russell, but like Steve said if mayo and ayers comes back then I don’t know how much the pats actually need a LB. I would try to bring back Casillas too, he is really good special teams/ 5th Lb on the roster. Instead of LB I would look at the strong safety position. Chung/Harmon/Wilson get by because the rest of the secondary is elite, but if you can get another elite guy at SS then holy crap that’s scary for any opponent.

        • steve earle says:

          Boy o Boy Kevan you hit the nail on the head there. Some pretty good ones are coming out too.

        • Freemanator says:

          Really?

          It is generally considered a weak safety class. After Collins who’ll be long gone, there are a bunch of question marks. Who do you like for us at Safety?

        • Kevan says:

          Tell me who you like at SS Steve.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          Kevin this is my opinion on the SS Position. Every one looks at Seattle and see’s how nice it is to have 4 really good DB’s, however I am a firm believer that Seattle overpaid for this position. Yes Earl Thomas is clearly the best FS in the league, but in a few years this is going to eventually hurt them as a team. If you look at P.Chung this year, I think it cements the idea that SS can be replaced if necessary. I would love to bring P.Chung back, but only in the range of a contract in the 2$- 2.5$ a season. Anything more, it’s time to say thank you and let him walk. With that said, I also feel we have no need to Draft one of these players High. I will list a few players that I think would be smart to grab in the later rounds, weather Chung stays or not.

          First Im going to bring up a player who is currently a FA. He was projected to go in the 3-6 rounds of this years draft, but went un drafted, most likely due to the depth of this years safety Class. He then signed with Jacksonville but was cut because he was late for practice once day.

          His name is Craig Loston. He was a 5th year senior out of LSU also referred as DBU for all the stud DB’s they crank out. He had limited playing time due to some of the GREAT players on LSU’s roster during his time there (Tyrann Mathieu Eric Reed, Patrick P who sometimes played safety, and current FS Jalen Mills who’s a 1-2rd draft prospect) With that being said, he’s a big physical SS 6-3, 220, who has some pretty decent ball skills. Ill let you see this highlight tape, then move on to prospects I like in this years draft. He Not perfect, but with the talent on the roster i think he can be coached to do the job like Chung has.

          Criag Loston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoYrn6nhdM4

          If we can’t Keep Chung I believe we need to look to spend a pick in the end of the 3rd to the 4th range to replace him. I want a big physical hard hitting first, but I want a player who can be used as a 3 down player. I currently hate how we sub players like Chung and Wilson. I also want to find a player that will allow us to get rid of Harmon & Wilson, who at this point are costing us money that we could use elsewhere. With that being said

          Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford Height: 6-1.
          Weight: 218.
          He supposdly clocked a 4.45
          Which is very very impressive for a safety weighing almost 220 lbs. He’s a big hitter who still uses good tackling form and will back out of a big hit if he needs too. Early on he could start out as a strong safety and eventually develop into a versatile defender who can play free safety if needed. He has accepted an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl so Im waiting to view him on a bigger scale with better players.

          Heres a highlight from last year, and he has played much better this season.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2gUwjOdRjU

          Adrian Amos, S, Penn State
          Height: 6-0. Weight: 219
          40 time : 4.5
          Projected round: 3-5
          Another physical safety on the larger size. Also a Safety/CB Hybrid who has played a good amount of time at each position during his time at Penn state. He also has a physical style and can lay down the wood, but still has some great coverage and ball skills due to playing CB at the start of his career.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQvg4lWBXXU

          Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss
          Height: 6-2. Weight: 217.
          40 Time: 4.5
          Projected Round : 3-7

          Going into the year Cody Prewitt was ranked #2 behind Landon collins. I really liked his hard style of play against a tough SEC. However Prewitt has played softly as a senior. He had an occasional big hit, but shied away from some opportunities and looked like he was protecting himself. Ive read that sources say they are unimpressed with Prewitt and graded him for Day 3 in the Draft. The way he played against TCU yesterday won’t help his draft stock either. He may fall because of it.

          Not much video on him, but this big hit is worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FTRgzh1PWw&spfreload=10

          Josh Shaw, S/CB, USC
          Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
          40 Time: 4.47

          Josh Shaw, Josh Shaw, Josh Shaw Mr. “I hurt my ankles jumping off the 2nd floor to save my cousin from drowning in the pool” Liar who has been suspended for the majority of the season.
          Prior to this HUGE mistake that got so much attention, He was a very important player for the USC defensive. He has played a lot of time at both CB/SS. He could be a very good steal in this years draft.

        • steve earle says:

          About the SAF’s, as I said some good prospects though not in the can’t miss catagory. These guys have holes in their games and are looking like 3rd rounders but have enough potential to be worthy of a good look.
          Cody Prewitt Missi, 6-2 217 4.59/ 40, smart, fluid change of direction and good field vision.
          Derron Smith, Fresno St. 5-11 197 4.52/40, had 7 int., 87 tk, 4 sacks, 1st team mountain west
          Kurtis Drummond Mich. St. 6-1 200 4.58/40 4 int, 91 tk, 10 pass defended
          Shaq Thompson S/LB featured the other day on this site.
          All need to improve and be coached up but the talent is there and given the drop off after our starters we could do alot worse. They may not qualify as elite just yet but they all look to have good upside.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          God the Mods on this site don’t do the best job. It often takes days for them to approve my comments, which is starting to make me want to go to another site. However Ill try to post this under another name and see if it gets through

          Kevin this is my opinion on the SS Position. Every one looks at Seattle and see’s how nice it is to have 4 really good DB’s, however I am a firm believer that Seattle overpaid for this position. Yes Earl Thomas is clearly the best FS in the league, but in a few years this is going to eventually hurt them as a team. If you look at P.Chung this year, I think it cements the idea that SS can be replaced if necessary. I would love to bring P.Chung back, but only in the range of a contract in the 2$- 2.5$ a season. Anything more, it’s time to say thank you and let him walk. With that said, I also feel we have no need to Draft one of these players High. I will list a few players that I think would be smart to grab in the later rounds, weather Chung stays or not.

          First Im going to bring up a player who is currently a FA. He was projected to go in the 3-6 rounds of this years draft, but went un drafted, most likely due to the depth of this years safety Class. He then signed with Jacksonville but was cut because he was late for practice once day.

          His name is Craig Loston. He was a 5th year senior out of LSU also referred as DBU for all the stud DB’s they crank out. He had limited playing time due to some of the GREAT players on LSU’s roster during his time there (Tyrann Mathieu Eric Reed, Patrick P who sometimes played safety, and current FS Jalen Mills who’s a 1-2rd draft prospect) With that being said, he’s a big physical SS 6-3, 220, who has some pretty decent ball skills. Ill let you see this highlight tape, then move on to prospects I like in this years draft. He Not perfect, but with the talent on the roster i think he can be coached to do the job like Chung has.

          Criag Loston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoYrn6nhdM4

          If we can’t Keep Chung I believe we need to look to spend a pick in the end of the 3rd to the 4th range to replace him. I want a big physical hard hitting first, but I want a player who can be used as a 3 down player. I currently hate how we sub players like Chung and Wilson. I also want to find a player that will allow us to get rid of Harmon & Wilson, who at this point are costing us money that we could use elsewhere. With that being said

          Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford Height: 6-1.
          Weight: 218.
          He supposdly clocked a 4.45
          Which is very very impressive for a safety weighing almost 220 lbs. He’s a big hitter who still uses good tackling form and will back out of a big hit if he needs too. Early on he could start out as a strong safety and eventually develop into a versatile defender who can play free safety if needed. He has accepted an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl so Im waiting to view him on a bigger scale with better players.

          Heres a highlight from last year, and he has played much better this season.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2gUwjOdRjU

          Adrian Amos, S, Penn State
          Height: 6-0. Weight: 219
          40 time : 4.5
          Projected round: 3-5
          Another physical safety on the larger size. Also a Safety/CB Hybrid who has played a good amount of time at each position during his time at Penn state. He also has a physical style and can lay down the wood, but still has some great coverage and ball skills due to playing CB at the start of his career.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQvg4lWBXXU

          Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss
          Height: 6-2. Weight: 217.
          40 Time: 4.5
          Projected Round : 3-7

          Going into the year Cody Prewitt was ranked #2 behind Landon collins. I really liked his hard style of play against a tough SEC. However Prewitt has played softly as a senior. He had an occasional big hit, but shied away from some opportunities and looked like he was protecting himself. Ive read that sources say they are unimpressed with Prewitt and graded him for Day 3 in the Draft. The way he played against TCU yesterday won’t help his draft stock either. He may fall because of it.

          Not much video on him, but this big hit is worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FTRgzh1PWw&spfreload=10

          Josh Shaw, S/CB, USC
          Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
          40 Time: 4.47

          Josh Shaw, Josh Shaw, Josh Shaw Mr. “I hurt my ankles jumping off the 2nd floor to save my cousin from drowning in the pool” Liar who has been suspended for the majority of the season.
          Prior to this HUGE mistake that got so much attention, He was a very important player for the USC defensive. He has played a lot of time at both CB/SS. He could be a very good steal in this years draft.

        • Freemanator says:

          The first three you mentioned are more FS guys, and that’s more how they play at college. Although they maybe able to converted.

          And if Thompson drops (unlikely he gets past 16) then he’d be better as a LB, in the mold of a Lavonte David etc.

          If one of them was available around our third round pick it would be interesting though, but not over upgrading the O-line and pass rush.

        • steve earle says:

          @Freemanator, Yes your right that those SAF’s can be considered more as FS then SS’s but I think you’d agree an upgrade over Wilson and Harrmon would be welcome if for no other reason then for depth, not that I’m advocating either way, just saying.

    • Freemanator says:

      We will be able to fine. Most earn so little that they aren’t any more expensive than a minimum priced guy on the roster. Likely cost for our class would be around $4m.

      Of course we will struggle to retain all our FAs, but that’s life, and they are far more costly.

    • MM-II says:

      steve –

      A belated answer to your questions about the Pats 2015 rookie class:

      1) WRT $$, the Pats 2014 rookie class (9 prospects) origianlly cost a total of $5.29M. Broken out, the projected cap hits were:

      #29 (1st) – $1.33M — Easley
      #62 (2nd) – $0.633M — Garoppolo
      #105 (early 4th) – $0.539M — Stork
      #130 (4th) – $0.519M — White
      —————————————-
      #140 (4th) – $0.495M — Fleming
      #179 (6th) – $0.451M – Halapio
      #198 (6th) – $0.446M – Moore
      #208 (6th) – $0.443M – Thomas
      #244 (7th) – $0.432M – Gallon

      However, ONLY the total for the top four in the above list counted against the OFF-SEASON CAP, a total of about $3M. The others were below the Top 51 cutoff line, which is all that matters, cap-wise, until the start of the regular season.

      Cutting Halapio (6th), Thomas (6th, and Gallon (7th) before the start of the regular season shaved about $1M off the original $5.3M.

      So – the point is that only the first 4-5 guys the Pats draft in 2015 will count against the cap immediately – for a total of +/- $3.5M

      2) WRT roster space:

      From the dates of the start of the new league year (March 12th?) until first Camp cuts, the Pats can have 90 players under contract. If I’m reading patscap.com correctly, the Pats currently have only 60 players under contract for 2015. That includes the 10 on the PSQ and the three players recently signed to Reserve/Futures contracts. There *may* be as many as 15 in-house free agents who’d be worth re-signing at the right price, which would put the total “body count” at 75 – with 15 “vacancies”.

      So, there’s no real reason NOT to pick +/- nine prospects in the draft to add to the off-season mix for determining the 2015 final 53.

  8. Noah says:

    I love Phillip Dorsett (5’10 180lbs) WR U Miami. The kid is lightning fast, probably will be the fastest at the combine, but what’s better is his agility and ability to cut. He tore his ACL in 2013 but came back as good as ever this year. He reminds me of a DeSean Jackson or a more agile T.Y Hilton. He isn’t rated nearly as high as guys like Strong or White but if he’s there late second round he’d be a great pick. Pats put a lot of value on receivers’ 3-cone time and this guy is going to put up numbers as good as anyone. He’s a name I’d remember.

  9. jim r says:

    unicorns,show ponies and drafting a WR in the first round. trade back pick up extra picks beef up oline and back end of defense lb/db address wr/te in FA.

  10. John says:

    Why do people keep saying that there is 4 OTs on this team? There are 3, Solder can’t even count. He underperformed exponentially, and was overrated last year as well. Did anyone watch the Jets game? Or the Bills? He was bad, and was exposed all season long. That being said, Vollmer is excellent but getting older. Fleming and Cannon are excellent depth pieces, as well as versatile. OT has to be addressed, early. If not with the first pick, at least with their second. Although I think OT should be addressed first, it really makes sense to draft a DE/OLB/HYB with the first pick given the quality depth of the class. You can always find good interior line pieces later in the draft (Bryan Stork anyone?)..

    • John says:

      By “not counting”, I mean that he can’t be counted on as a reliable starter. This team is on the verge of a Super Bowl championship. The whole “give Solder one more year to figure it out at 7 million dollars” doesn’t really make sense at this point in time.

      • steve earle says:

        Okay, I’ll not disagree with your assessement of Solders play this year, it’s been poor and the 7 mil he is do in the option is way out of line. It’s already apparent we need 2 OG’s and though I’ve said it before picking up OG’s later in the draft is what has led us into this situation in the first place. When Scar was coaching the o-line it worked but it seems without him it has not. I agree our line needs an overhaul if that’s what I think your point is and an OT is the first step. I just would point out that by far the greatest and most consistent preassure against Brady has come right up the middle all year. I think we need to get better in the run game first and that means OG’s. With respect, that’s jmo.

        • Kevan says:

          Trade Solder. Move Vollmer to LT. Cannon can start at RT. Draft a G to replace Connolly. Stork can hold down C position, and Wendall can play RG. No Wendall is not top notch but I don’t know any team to ever have 5 top notch guys on the line, in order to succeed you need strong role players, or your gonna leave gaping holes on your roster.

        • steve earle says:

          Probably could get by with that scenario but I really don’t think a second OG would be a big deal. Plus that 2nd G would assure the run game would be much improved and TB could step up into his throws which is a must.

        • steve earle says:

          Oh yea, don’t think we can trade Solder unless we Pay him the 7 mil, so then what would be the point we could never break even on the deal?

        • Kevan says:

          Ok that stinks. Well solder better step it up for the playoffs I know that

  11. Ryan says:

    The more I look at our draft situation, the more I think that we either trade up or trade some picks for a player. After comp picks are doled out, we can expect to have about 9 picks in the draft. Since the pats have very few holes as a team, I think that Belicheck is going to opt for NFL-ready talent over project players. I believe that we’ll end up with 3 picks in the first 2 rounds, and I think that those picks will give us a WR, a SS, and an interior OL. A pass rusher should still be in the mix, but it’s my personal opinion that we do not have time or roster space to develop another edge rusher and we are better off purchasing a veteran DE or OLB in free agency. Assuming that we lose about 3 picks in the trade for an early-round pick, I expect that our other 3 picks will go towards LB, TE, and either RB or pass rusher, depending on the extent to which each position is filled in free agency.

    • Ryan says:

      In terms of how that applies to this mock, I fully expect us to grab Jaelen Strong if he is available when we pick because his height and skill can immediately bring help to Tom Brady.

      • Charles McCaffery says:

        I really feel no need to draft a WR early this season. First, we have the worse luck with WR’s and their development, so why take the risk early in the draft. The beauty of not having any glaring needs is, we can almost certainly take the best player available with our first pick. Unless Kevin white, or Devante adams is sitting there, I really see no point in picking a WR first. This of course also applies to the RB position. Unless were speaking of Todd Gurley, I would be fully ok with taking him at 32, and moving on to our lines in RD 3-4

        • Ryan says:

          What position would you most like the Pats to pick in the first round though, excluding best player available? Because there may be multiple or zero players that the Patriots need that fit the bill. Also, I consider Strong to meet this criteria, which is why I selected him.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          Sorry i think i commented on the wrong post below

          So for the past few weeks, I also felt we should draft a WR high, however with the recent play, Im really leaning towards going O-line. I put a lot of thought into it, and took a long look at the career or TB and what he has be able to do with a good o-line. It really speaks volumes! For years he succeeded with mediocre wide receivers. Yes we all can look at something like Randy Moss and get excited at the thought of him having an elite wide receiver. Then we can can take a look this year, and it’s pretty apparent, he’s just not the same without the line. Yes he is still amazing and doing a great job at patching up the short coming at this line has put him through. I can’t even imagine what he would give it do with Dallas’s offensive line?! When he has time to throw without a question is a top three QB. Then I can Bring up the conversation how I feel that there’s some great talent in the wide receiver department in this year’s draft. I feel like getting Tom a great line, and picking up a fairly good receiver later in the draft would be the best approach for success going forward. I also feel like as Tom ages, it Wouldn’t hurt to be able to run the ball better then we have the past few seasons. Running success also weighs heavy on a good line. If we are able to find two great offensive lineman to patch up the interior. We may have a chance at winning two maybe three Super Bowl is in the next four years.

        • Freemanator says:

          Err Charles, Tom Brady is a top 3 QB regardless.

    • steve earle says:

      That’s a rather bold prediction of 3 picks in the first 2 rounds, care to advance a scenario whereby that happens? Also I do have to ask how do you account for what would be 3 comp picks? I ask because your the first person to advance these opinions.

      • Ryan says:

        I was working off of the first Pats mock draft post on this website, which noted our own 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round picks, Tampa Bay’s 4th and 6th round picks, and Tennessee’s 7th round pick. That post also postulated that we would receive 2 comp picks in total for the losses of Talib and Spikes in free agency last year. This way, we would have 9 picks and could afford to trade up. One such scenario I am envisioning our natural 3rd and 4th as well as Tennessee’s 7th for a pick in the middle of the 2nd round. Thus, we would have one 1st round pick, two 2nd round picks, Tampa Bay’s 6th round pick, and two comp picks, probably in the 4th and 6th Rounds.

        Does that clear things up?

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          What about using those picks to make a trade for a player already in the league. Id gladly give up one of our 3rds up for josh gordon, We do have Tenn’s TB’s 4 this, which is basically the same thing as our 3rd

        • Ryan says:

          I actually like that idea much better. Justin Blackmon could be another target as both are potential world-class receivers who have spotty off-field records.

        • steve earle says:

          Sounds good to me Ryan if it all workes out that way. If your right it would open several options for BB to go. He could trade up, down in the draft, trade for vets, makes for all sorts of possabilitys. Nice idea, thanks, have to mull over things that could be.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          So for the past few weeks, I also felt we should draft a WR high, however with the recent play, Im really leaning towards going O-line. I put a lot of thought into it, and took a long look at the career or TB and what he has be able to do with a good o-line. It really speaks volumes! For years he succeeded with mediocre wide receivers. Yes we all can look at something like Randy Moss and get excited at the thought of him having an elite wide receiver. Then we can can take a look this year, and it’s pretty apparent, he’s just not the same without the line. Yes he is still amazing and doing a great job at patching up the short coming at this line has put him through. I can’t even imagine what he would give it do with Dallas’s offensive line?! When he has time to throw without a question is a top three QB. Then I can Bring up the conversation how I feel that there’s some great talent in the wide receiver department in this year’s draft. I feel like getting Tom a great line, and picking up a fairly good receiver later in the draft would be the best approach for success going forward. I also feel like as Tom ages, it Wouldn’t hurt to be able to run the ball better then we have the past few seasons. Running success also weighs heavy on a good line. If we are able to find two great offensive lineman to patch up the interior. We may have a chance at winning two maybe three Super Bowl is in the next four years.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          Yes they both are! That, along with the fact that we are going to have more picks and talent on the team, then available roster spots, makes it very treating and logical idea.

          Justin Blackmon plays for a Jaguar’s team was in the middle of the rebuild, with a lot holes to fill. They also hey great showing this using from their rookie receivers in Marquis Lee, and Allen Robinson. we can’t also forget about the undrafted free agent Alan Hearns. I actually feel like Blackmon would be the better WR for Tom and the kind of offensive we run. I almost feel like he’s a branch/Walker hybrid lol. However, he has a much more troubled past and his situation is a little more uncertain, with that being said I’m a little more hesitant and would rather have Josh Gordon. However I feel blackmon would probably come cheaper. Jacksonville might just be willing to make a trade in the same category. Maybe a 3rd, or two 4th’s.

          With all the reports that I’m hearing it really looks like the Browns may possibly cut Josh Gordon. If that is the case, I pray that the patriots are on the phone willing to give them something. He still has two years on his contract and that alone is worth a late draft pick. I would also be willing to give up the maybe even a third and fourth for him. Bring them to New England, have Tom and Bill look them in the eyes and give them a “grow the fuck up, lets win some championships, and make some money in the process” speech. I’m sure that alone is enough mature a man up. Bill is done it before! Why not with the stockpile of picks that we have this year, I really can’t see it hurting the team all that much

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          Sorry about the horrible grammar, Ive been typing all of this out on my phone when I got a extra few seconds here and there. Makes it very hard to proof read.

        • steve earle says:

          @ Charlie M. First I’m glad to welcome you to the growing list of o-line first fix crowd. Second, hope your not driving.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          I thought Id fix up the comment once I got home on my computer.

          Yes they are both perfect trade candidates This, along with the fact that we are going to have more picks and talent on the team then available roster spots, makes it very intriguing and a very logical idea.

          Justin Blackmon plays for a Jaguar’s team with very little talent, that is the early stages of a rebuild, although they’re on the right track, no-one can deny they still have a lot holes to fill. With that being said, they had a great showing this season from their rookie receivers in Marquis Lee, Allen Robinson and the unexpected UDFA Alan Hearns. I personally feel like Blackmon would be the better WR for Tom and the kind of offensive we run. I feel like he’s a D.Branch/Walker hybrid, two players who both did very well with Brady. However, Blackmon has a much more troubled past and his situation is a little more uncertain, with that being said, I’m a little more hesitant in going after him, and would rather go for Josh Gordon. I do feel blackmon would probably come cheaper due to the uncertainty with his suspension, and the bad rep he has as a addict. So Jacksonville might just be willing to make a trade in the same category. Maybe a 3rd, or two 4th’s.

          With all the reports that I’m hearing, it really looks like the Browns will possibly release Josh Gordon. If this is the case, I pray that the patriots are on the phone willing to give them something. He still has two years on his contract and that alone is worth a late draft pick. I would also be willing to give up the maybe even a third and fourth for him. Bring him right to New England, have Tom and Bill look them in the eye and give either of them a “grow the fuck up, lets win some championships, and you’ll make some money in the process” speech. I’m sure that alone is enough mature a man up. Bill has done it before! With the stockpile of picks that we have this year, Why not?! I really can’t see it hurting the team all that much

        • steve earle says:

          Going back to trading for Josh Gorden I don’t think that’s a good idea at all. In spite of his talent he’s Trouble. Not big on Blackmon either. To much drama.

  12. Dan says:

    Are you aware how awful the Rams offense was this past season? Have you seen the PFF scores for the O line? The O line was horrific as was the entire offense. They don’t have a true #1 receiver; they don’t have a QB. If the Rams spend their first pick (the Rams only have 5 picks after the Mark Barron trade) on an outside linebacker, the torches and pitchforks will come out.

    • steve earle says:

      Good observation Dan. Just for laughs how would you draft for them if it was in your power. Me, I would go o-line with three of the picks, hoping Bradford will be fully recovered for camp, though if any doubts use a pick on a developmental QB, otherwise best players available. This is a bad team in need of help. Also I would go heave into free agency.

  13. acm says:

    Not a fan of Dupree, tbh. I think he is a tad over-rated and lacks functional strength and aggressiveness in the run game. Not good at disengaging from blocks and am not really buying the 267 lbs weight measurement floating out there – to me, he looks like a 240-245 pounder at best. He is also very raw as a football player altogether, making him a risky option in the 1st. At the same time he is not the physical freak that Collins is.

    In the 2014 draft I think there were two much better players – stronger, nastier and even more relentless – Lawrence and Attaochu – who went in the 2nd round, making taking Dupree in the 1st feel a bit as “bad timing” and “settling”.

    I actually think this draft is pretty deep at the OLB/DE position. If they manage to keep Ayers, that should push the need even further down the queue and Bud Dupree is not one of those “can’t miss” talents.

    I think the Pats either trade down or go DT or OL in the 1st. At DT I like Malcom Brown and Jordan Phillips of the players I think have a legit shot at being there (that’s speaking 4+ months away from the draft). Regarding OL, 1st round is probbaly too early for “pure” OGs, so taking a college OT, who can play OG but offer OT flexibility, sounds like a better allocation of resources. Clemmings, Erving and Sambrailo are players I can see slot in nicely in late 1st for the Pats.

    • Jeff says:

      I agree that it’s tough to go for a pure OG in the first round, but with at least 4 offensive tackles already on the roster next year, it might be tough to use a 1st on that position as well. That’s why I’m thinking that this might be the year that Bill breaks form and goes WR if, as in this scenario, a guy like Strong is still available. They can look for a couple of guards in rounds 2-4, where have an extra 4th and may pick up a 3rd or 4th as a compensation pick. DE is still at the top of the wish list for 1st rounders if a good one is available and they don’t like the wideouts, though I think ideally they could go for that position in round 1 next season. CB or S also possibilities should Revis or McCourty walk in free agency, though I’m hoping they’re both re-signed as our 2 top priorities! Just because guard is the biggest projected hole doesn’t mean they should waste a 1st round pick on a less valuable position!

      • acm says:

        No doubt that failing to resign Revis and or Dmac would change things around for the Pats priority-wise. DMac I think stays one way or the other as they can use the franchise tag on him but Revis is quite a big ‘IF’ at this point in time.

        I can agree that DE is a position of need, less so if Ayers stays but still a need and if the right talent/player is there when they pick, I wouldn’t mind one bit them taking a DE in the 1st if say Gregory, Ray or Fowler were still on board. My problem there was with taking Dupree in particular, not DE in general.
        The DE position seems a bit tricky this year though – the best players in the draft are projected to go way too early, out of the Pats’ reach, while the ones likely to be still on board late in the 1st are not that “special”, without perfectly suitable alternatives deeper in the draft.

        Regarding skill positions like WR, I think the Pats are weary of taking those too early as there is a lot of uncertainty in how they translate to the NFL and the Pats offensive system. That’s why I quite frankly don’t even bother projecting a WR to the Pats that early in the draft. Now, in the off chance that the new Megatron or Julio Jones or whomever is still somehow on board, all bets are off but those type of “special” players are usually way out of range for the Pats nowadays.

        When it comes to the OL, when I suggested a non-pure OG, what I meant is still take a player who would likely project as a pure OG in the NFL but would bring OT experience with him from college making him a “non-pure” OG prospect/draftee. The thinking here is that you want a more quick-footed player for your LG position (more freedom for the RG) and such traits are usually found in college OTs, not college OGs.
        Similar was the deal with Mankins, who was indeed drafted as an OT, which is where he played in college. That positional flexibility brings certain traits that make for better LGs in the NFL level and that extra value those players carry make for a good way to spend your late 1st rounder.

        • steve earle says:

          Have to say I agree completely with your assessment acm. Though I have been advocating for pure OG’s it would fit our needs very well to take a collage OT with the plan to move him to LG, all depends on who is that guy? Also you point out that many fans think that drafting a position like DE or WR automaticly means the player is a worthy 1st rd. pick. We have seen often that that is not the case.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          What if I told you we may be able to find a stud WR very late in the draft. Soooooo….. Am I the only one who has a man crush or Georgia Tech’s Deandre Smelter. He a 5th senior who recently tore his ACL. Prior he had a 3rd-5th round grade on him. However this is greatly in part to him only playing 2 season of College football. His primary sport was baseball, as he was drafted into the MLB right out of HS, only to then choose to attend Georgia Tech to pursue an education before trying to enter the MLB draft. That whole game play came to a end due to lingering shoulder injuries. He then choose to walk on to the GT football team, where he has done fairly well for the past two years. GT plays in the weak ACC but, so did Calvin Johnson and D.Thomas, and after a good look at him, 6-3 225lbs, 4.4- 4.5 40 yard dash, he will quickly draw a comparison to those to players as well. His highlight real, although short in nature due to his limited playing time, and also in part to the team he plays for,is filled with plays that show a high level of natural talent. Seeing his just tore his ACL, Id be all for drafting him on day 3 of the draft. He looks to have the natural talent to succeed with time. The only thing that concerns me is our ability, or lack of it, to develop WR talent. However Im sold on him. Go give it a look, I think you’ll be intrigued.

          Hightlights 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4F9XJ0Wua0&spfreload=10

          Highlights : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR8GhCSf8FY&spfreload=10

          ACC feature on him : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfS2-59Qazw&spfreload=10

        • steve earle says:

          Hay Charlie M, you may have found a good one. Worth a hard look depending on how ACL surgery went. Liked his highlights so prob worth a 3rd day shot.

        • Charles McCaffery says:

          Thank you Steve.

          I know, when ever I watch a video of him, I feel like Im basically watching a touched up HD version Of D.Thomas at G.Tech. The scary part is they’re almost identical in height, weight, strength and speed. Then they both grew up and attended high school within 30 mins of each other. Both were 3 sport athlete in HS with D.Thomas running track instead of Baseball, which probably accounts for the slightly faster speed. Last they also happen to look like twins in the face lol. It’s funny/scary

          To walk on a team, and do what he did in his first two years, is nothing short of amazing. I really truly hope his ACL surgery goes well, and he does fall to the 4th-6th rounds. Id be so happy to see the Pats draft him with one of our many mid round picks in this years draft. What Im am defly afraid of is having Denver draft him…. Imagine that?! D.Thomas would probably be able to relate and teach him so well, and that would be extremely bad news for every other team, especially the patriots.

          Again watch a D.Thomas Georgia Tech Highlights, Then watch DeAndre Smelters GT highlights. Tell me it doesn’t feel like the same guy?

          D.Thomas : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMK59U6nCuw&spfreload=10

          D.Smelter : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR8GhCSf8FY&spfreload=10

        • steve earle says:

          Your welcome Charlie and as for the surgery they do great things today so Ihave little concern about that. AS you noted origanally he was rated a 3rd day pick. That could be anything from a high 4th to a low 7th. I wouldn’t mind using our 4b for him because as you noticed he looks to have a high up side with the right coaching and a QB like Brady.

        • Daniel R. Martin says:

          Hey ACM I was given to believe that OTs are typically taller and lankier than interior linemen, and that there is such a think as being too tall to be well suited to the Guard and Center positions. Is that accurate?

        • acm says:

          @Dan

          In general, that would be correct but there is no universal solution here. It comes down to leverage concerns in scrimmage match-ups. NTs and Interior DT, which ususally face the OC, are generally not taller than 6’3″, which is why you want your OC to not be too tall either or they may not be able to gain leverage.
          If the interior of your OL is too tall, that may affect negatively the field of vision of your QB too, so there is that too.

          On defense, going outward from the NT all the way to the DE, players get leaner, faster and taller (in general). That’s why you try to mirror that with your OL – OC is usually your least tall guy, while the OT, the tallest and leanest.
          Now, this isn’t a perfect formula as very tall OTs these day quite often have to face smaller DEs (speed rushers) and will have issues gaining leverage and keeping up speed-wise in those match-ups, unless they make the proper adjustments.
          Similarly you have some very tall OGs (eg 9ers Alex Boone), who have the built of OT, but have done some excellent work on the interior, instead.

    • nick says:

      can agree here with dupree. said it before and say it again, the guy lacks the aggressiveness and strength to be a first rounder. just not worth it.

      the only scenario i can get on with right now is that we trade out of the first for a second and third rounder. i don’t see a talent here in the first that we would miss out on that we couldn’t get something comparable in the second and add additional picks in the meantime. thats got to be the move.

      • acm says:

        Trading out of the first is always an option for the Pats, as we all well know, but that is not something one can plan for with certainty before draft day. It would come down to who’s on board, roster needs at the time of the draft and trade offers available – just like the Pats may not see a player worth of a 1st round pick left, same goes for other teams, negatively influencing their desire to trade up or give up too much in the process.

      • steve earle says:

        Trading out of the 1st would make a great deal of sense imo but I thought that last year too but it didn’t happen. Still I would be onboard with that as long as we got a high 2nd (top half of the round) and a 3rd or some combo of decent picks after the 2nd. I would look with greedy eyes on two 2nds two 3rds and two 4ths and a comp pick inserted amongest them. Bill could get some real good players and fill real needs while building for both now and the future. Oh stop teasing nick!!!!!

        • Russell says:

          Patriots maybe in line for a pick from the QB Mallett deal??

        • steve earle says:

          A comp for Mallett doesn’t make sense in as far as I understand the comp formula which isn’t very well. But as I’ve come to think of it, the player a team receives a comp pick for must be one who was a serious contributer to that team otherwise comps would be passed out like candy for every player released. Besides Mallett was traded not lost to FA’cy.

    • Russell says:

      I’m NOT a fan of Dupree, who has character issues, a player I have Mocked to Dallas. If this Mock plays out,…. Cameron Erving 1st pick. (IMO a 75% chance) I would much rather have Nate Orchard than Dupree.
      Watch LB Jeff Luc, a guy BB may like in the 4th. Not as tall as BB likes, but sure looks like Mayo on the field.

      • Charles McCaffery says:

        Cameron Erving and Todd Gurley are the only two picks id would fully be content with taking in the first round. Of course that as long as some other top rated prospect doesn’t fall.

        With that being said, I really don’t want us to draft a WR early. I feel that way for several reasons. One is, we have struck out two many times with WR’s, and we still don’t know how the Easley gamble will work out. We can not afford to miss two years in a row if it doesn’t turn out well. This is why I think we should draft a sure bet player. Even if that has to be something like a LB maybe Benardrick McKinney. However I would love most if we could trade out if we couldn’t get Gurley or Erving, but like someone mentioned above, its simply not always a possibility. The other reason I want to stay away from WR’s is, I feel like there will be some Possible big name FA’s that we may be able to sign in the Offseason. Im all for giving up a 3 and 4th for a player like josh gordon.

        • Noah says:

          Erving would be a great pick in the first round. He came to FSU as a DT and his sophomore year he gets switched to LT. His second year ever playing LT he’s second team all american. This past year Jimbo moved him to C and he was still a stud. He’s still learning offensive line and has so much room to grow. He can play all 5 spots. Belichick loves flexibility with his lineman which makes Erving the perfect pick here.

      • Charles McCaffery says:

        @ Noah
        Yes, not to mention, you have to like the fact that our last FSU lineman (B.stork) Is turning out to be a real steal. I also like when lineman have previously played together, as I feel this is one of the most important groups to have great chemistry. For this same reason I wouldn’t mind going with another Stanford lineman, pair him up with C.Flemming who I think will continue to get better. I feel like Stanford constantly turn’s out talented NFL O-lineman, Just as FSU does.

  14. steve earle says:

    Looks to me like a very well thought out mock Mike. Even though it doesn’t have us taking a dominate OG in the first I’d be very happy with DuPree instead. I noted none of my short list of OG’s were taken so that would mean we get to correct that in the 2nd (I hope).

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