2015 NFL Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions at the Start of Free Agency
We're now only hours away from free agency taking over the NFL news cycle. After the first couple of days and waves of the event, draft projections will become clearer. We'll definitively know which key pieces left or joined specific teams. Until then, all we can do is project.
Taking one last stab at a mock draft before the offseason gets flipped on its head, we'll look at who is a good bet to land on each of the 32 teams over the course of seven rounds. Assuming all holes must be filled with draft selections, this mock draft may be much different in a month but reflects how teams look on paper today.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
All of the recent speculation seems to be that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to take Jameis Winston with the first overall selection. In a recent rumors article, I featured CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, who at the combine stated there wasn't one person in Indianapolis who thought the pick was going in a different direction.
At this point, I'm willing to assume this pick is going to happen. The Buccaneers haven't had one first-round quarterback fulfill a full second contract with the team after they've drafted said passers. Those quarterbacks are: Doug Williams, who would go on to the USFL and win a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins; Vinny Testaverde, who was a Pro Bowler on two different teams after he left Tampa; Trent Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens; Josh Freeman, who somehow vanished after a promising start in the league; and even Steve Young, who was taken first overall in the USFL supplemental draft and won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers.
It's time for the city to hit on a star quarterback...one that it can keep. In today's NFL, if you land an above-average quarterback, you hold onto him for dear life. The history of football in Tampa is one without memories of an elite passer. Winston, who's been noted as a great X's and O's mind on top of his on-field talent, can be that first elite passer for the franchise, nearly four decades into its story.
Developed in a pro-style offense, Winston flashed traits of high-level anticipation and feel for an advanced position. He did that while competing at Florida State in baseball, too. If Winston solely focuses on football, he could reach the pinnacle of young throwers in the league, matching up with the Russell Wilsons and Andrew Lucks.
2. Tennessee Titans: Dante Fowler Jr., Edge, Florida
The Tennessee Titans moved to a 3-4 defense this past season, leading to a lot of mismatched parts. One can even argue that Jurrell Casey, the team's top defender, is playing out of position as a 3-4 defensive end as opposed to a 4-3 under tackle. Casey was second on the team in sacks in 2014, a rarity for a 5-technique player.
At the top of the sack list for the team? Derrick Morgan, who notched 6.5 sacks, tying a career high for the former first-rounder. Still, that was only good for 40th in the league. The worst part of this for the Titans' front office? He's their only significant pass-rushing outside linebacker in their new scheme, and he's heading into free agency.
For a multitude of reasons, Tennessee needs to address pass-rusher early. Edge play is commonly viewed as the most significant part of defense in today's game. Everything revolves around a quarterback on both offense and defense, and pass-rushers can completely change what a quarterback does on a snap-to-snap basis.
Dante Fowler Jr., who ran an impressive 4.6 40-yard dash time at 261 pounds in Indianapolis during the combine, is moving up draft boards quickly. He's probably going to be the top edge defender selected in April. As a stocky, projectable outside linebacker, he can also contribute in the run game at the point of attack as well as pin his ears down to penetrate the backfield.
With strong hands, Fowler has the potential to be a Chandler Jones-level player early on. If nothing else, his floor can be as a strong rotational player like Jabaal Sheard, who had 8.5 sacks as a rookie and 15.5 total in his first two years in the league.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DL, USC
There's an argument that Leonard Williams may be the best overall player in this draft class, not just on the defensive line. Flipping between 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 defensive end in his three years at USC, he projects well into about any defense you can imagine.
On paper, he's not the most athletic defensive lineman in recent memory, but he has strength at a relatively small playing weight of 302 pounds, and he's only 20 years old. With those two facts, you can project big leaps from him over the next three or four years, which is why you'd want to buy his stock sooner rather than later.
The interesting part of Williams' game is that he can play defensive end, but he's not really known as a pass-rusher. He's on the taller side of the spectrum, so he's a perfect fit for a 3-4 defense, where he could play on either the strong side or weak side as a 5-technique, two-gapping defensive end.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need an influx of talent across the board to kick-start their rebuilding process. Going with the best player available would be a good approach, and Williams appears to be the top guy on the board in a vacuum.
Jacksonville runs a 4-3, but not in a traditional sense. Its Seattle style 4-3 under allows the strong-side defensive end to play a 5-technique position, making Williams a primary run defender as opposed to a pass-rusher. This allows for both the "Sam" linebacker, who drops near the line of scrimmage, and the weak-side "Leo" pass-rusher to get freed up more often.
With Williams' strength at the point of attack and perceived future development, he'd be a perfect fit in Gus Bradley's defense in that specific role. For a team that is more preoccupied with the future than the 2015 season, he's exactly the type of pick that should be made.
4. Oakland Raiders: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
This may seem like an odd selection at first glance, but I'd be willing to bet it makes more sense around draft time than it does about two months out. DeVante Parker is a receiver from Louisville who for some reason decided to stay in school, while his quarterback Teddy Bridgewater declared early. Suffering an injury just before the season started, the senior wideout missed about half of his final year in college.
Still, while missing half of the season and losing his star quarterback, Parker managed to only slightly drop off in production as far as receptions and yardage were concerned. His average yards per catch actually increased to 19.9 yards, over three yards better than his 16.1 mark of 2013. The number that did drastically drop was his touchdowns, where he went from 12 to five.
Maybe it was his scoring production or the injury, but the mainstream media have fallen out of love with Parker. He's being viewed as a top-20 selection, but he has the skills to be much more. His breaks aren't what you'd want them to be, but that's possibly due to his body recovering from his foot injury, as his junior and sophomore season tapes showed the upside in that aspect.
He also is a large-body player who has the ability to make back-shoulder catches like Jordy Nelson. Nelson and A.J. Green, the fourth overall pick in 2011, are probably the best upside comparisons for Parker. In fact, Mock Draftable's database has Green in Parker's top-five most similar players at the position based on combine measurables.
The Oakland Raiders badly need to upgrade their top threat on offense from James Jones, who spent the prime of his career in Green Bay as a second or third option and is aging in silver and black. Derek Carr is the quarterback of the future, and it's time to give him a playmaker. After spending a first-rounder on linebacker Khalil Mack last season, which gave the defense an identity, it's time to do the same for the offense.
5. Washington Redskins: Randy Gregory, Edge, Nebraska
Randy Gregory entered the combine week as what seemed like the consensus best defender on the 2015 draft board. After showing up at 235 pounds, though—a very light weight for a pass-rusher—his stock has taken a hit. It's impossible to think he can hold his own at the point of attack as a 4-3 defensive end now, outside of potential third-down reps. Because of that, he almost has to go to a 3-4 team.
As a linebacker in a 3-4, he'll project more as a Manny Lawson or Barkevious Mingo type of player—a light, tall linebacker who is fast and has high effort, which will allow him to make a difference in the run game, even if his size will prevent him from generating a bull rush. If he can continue to bend from an upright position, the position where he was able to generate the most burst in his career in Nebraska, he'll do fine getting after quarterbacks.
The Washington Redskins are a good match here because of who they might have leaving the franchise. Brian Orakpo, the face of the Washington defense and Geico commercials, is hitting the open market to try to get maximum value on his contract after missing games in four of his six seasons in the league. In 2014 and 2012, he played nine of the 32 games possible.
Washington not only can replace its Pro Bowler, but can also potentially upgrade with a player who consistently stays on the field. This draft stock "drop" may not be what Gregory wanted heading into the draft cycle, but it's one of the best things that could happen to the Redskins on draft day.
6. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Though seeming to be the top consensus quarterback heading into the 2013 NFL draft, Geno Smith hasn't exactly done what many evaluators tabbed. After finishing strong to end the year, he may warrant a third year as the starter in New York, but if a quarterback such as Marcus Mariota begins to fall—since only the Buccaneers really have a true need for a starter before the sixth pick—then the former Duck is a slam-dunk value selection at the most important position in the game.
This is a no-brainer.
Jameis Winston has overtaken Mariota recently, but the Oregon quarterback is still worth his weight in gold to a team with a passing vacancy. Against Michigan State, he was going through progressions toe-to-toe against a future head coach running an NFL defensive scheme. As I wrote earlier:
If you're looking at Mariota from a macro view, he threw the ball to an open receiver just like you'd expect a spread quarterback to do. Missing in that are the nuances of quick-minded play and tools that he had to rely on to make that play. He ruled out two of his potential four options by the time he pulled in the ball from a fake handoff.
His ability to pick apart a defense translates to the next level. Both Michigan State and his home conference of the Pac-12 play a massive amount of quarters against Oregon's wide-open offense. As Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report has diagrammed in the past, it's not like Cover 4/quarters is a college gimmick. That's a defense quarterbacks see every game at the next level.
Mariota has a shot to be the most memorable quarterback for the Jets since Broadway Joe Namath. Teams are already attempting to connect with the Philadelphia Eagles, who are led by his former head coach at Oregon in Chip Kelly, to trade up for Mariota. Looking at this from the Jets' perspective, though, it would be unwise to trade down when a potential lottery ticket player who could change your franchise for a decade is waiting for you to select him.
7. Chicago Bears: Shane Ray, Edge, Missouri
Despite missing the combine drills with a foot issue, Shane Ray still has the potential to be a top-10 or even top-five pick in this draft class. A lot of this will have to do with how the college defensive end tests at his upcoming pro day in Missouri. The Chicago Bears, under a new coaching staff, are switching to a 3-4 system, which means Ray would have to move from a hand-in-the-dirt position to an upright one as an outside linebacker.
The Chicago Bears haven't had much luck with pass-rushers lately. Their now fourth-year first-round pick Shea McClellin transitioned to off-the-ball linebacker last season after two below-average years as an edge player. Future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers was allowed to walk, landing with an in-division rival in the Green Bay Packers, where he led the NFL postseason in sacks in 2014. The Bears also signed Jared Allen last year, a former All-Pro player on a quick decline, who netted only 5.5 sacks, the worst single-season total in his career.
To say the least, they need help. Ray put up big numbers in the SEC, college football's best conference, which also has a history of putting out strong defensive linemen in the early selections such as Aldon Smith and Sheldon Richardson. A player of that caliber easily becomes the top Bear on the defensive side of the ball as soon as he walks through the door.
Still, though, there are enough questions about Ray to keep him around until the seventh selection:
By and large, he's a half-body player. If he only is blocked by half the body of a tackle, he's able to continue running past him, even in an altered route. If a tackle has time to square him up, though, he can look irrelevant on plays. He's a high runner who doesn't use leverage to convert his speed to blow through his man. He also loses a lot of steam when changing his course in space.
It wouldn't shock anyone if he goes as high as he's being projected currently on draft day, but I'm also not sure he's the right choice that high. Unless you are able to get into his head and rewire him as a functional athlete, there's only a few defined roles the collegiate defensive end can thrive in, and I'm not sure those are worth such a premium investment.
Would a team be willing to take a gamble on him early? If the cupboard is as bare as Chicago's is, it has to.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, Edge, Clemson
Atlanta's new head coach Dan Quinn is a Seattle product who ran that 4-3 under defense during their Super Bowl runs. One of the fundamentally great parts of those Seahawk teams was that they were able to generate pressure with relative ease. On the other hand, the Falcons, Quinn's inherited roster, struggle with getting a push on the pocket.
In 2014, they finished tied second-to-last in the league in sacks with the Oakland Raiders, who only finished behind the Cincinnati Bengals. Last year, Justin Houston, the outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, had as many sacks (22) by himself as Atlanta had as a team.
While in Seattle, Quinn was part of the staff that used undersized pass-rusher Bruce Irvin in a way that suited him best. Many will compare Clemson's Vic Beasley to Irvin, but as I wrote last month, though, he's a bit better:
Overall, Beasley is just a better pass-rusher than Irvin was out of college. He not only shows crazy burst off the jump of the snap that should show up at the combine in form of the 10-yard split, 40-yard dash and vertical jump, but he has the technique and patience to counter with various hand techniques, as opposed to Irvin, who would just continue to run, which made his presence one without value at times.
By next month, Beasley should be looked at as a top-15 lock, the same range Irvin was drafted coming out of West Virginia. Don't be shocked if he even gets talked about in the top-10 range.
When Beasley "won" the combine by running and jumping through Indianapolis at 246 pounds, he kick-started his rise. If Atlanta uses Beasley in the same role as Irvin, a hybrid linebacker and pass-rusher able to play with his hand in the dirt on nickel downs or stand up near the line of scrimmage in base defense, then Beasley has all the upside in the world.
It's truly a perfect landing spot for Beasley, as Quinn has had success with a player of his mold in the past. It's also a great match for Atlanta, which has failed to get after quarterbacks for years now.
9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, IOL, Iowa
The New York Giants are in win-now mode. If they have another losing season, the staff that built two Super Bowl teams may be out the door. Because of that, it would be a surprise if they did anything other than fill immediate needs early on in the draft.
Brandon Scherff fits perfectly into this strategy. He played left tackle for Iowa but probably projects best in the league as a guard, due to length. According to Mock Draftable, he's in the bottom 15 percent for tackles at the combine in height and the bottom 19 percent for tackles in arm length, an issue when facing long rushers on the edge. At guard, though, where he'll be facing shorter and stouter defensive linemen, he ranks in the 63rd percentile and 42nd percentile, respectively.
He's a road grader as a run-blocker and can hold his own in pass protection, except against speed-rushers. He's a fairly similar player to Zack Martin, who played left tackle for Notre Dame and moved inside to guard for the Dallas Cowboys last season. As a rookie, Martin was a first-team All-Pro. That's early impact, if I've ever heard it.
Last season the Giants drafted Weston Richburg out of Colorado State, a center, in the second round. Playing left guard for most of the season, he still projects as a franchise center. Over this past week, J.D. Walton, last season's starting center, was cut by the team. A Richburg move seems imminent.
This would leave a hole for a left guard, which Scherff can fill immediately. Everything makes sense about this pick. The Giants keep on the keeping on with an improved offensive line, putting the season's blame on Eli Manning if he can't produce with those big nasties, a healthy Victor Cruz and young star in Odell Beckham Jr.
10. St. Louis Rams: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Almost since the days of the Greatest Show on Turf, the St. Louis Rams have been searching for receivers to replace the talents of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. One of those failed investments was Tavon Austin, who has scored four touchdowns in his two-year NFL career. The team's leading receiver is Kenny Britt, a 2015 free agent. In the second spot is Jared Cook, a tight end who caught three touchdowns last season.
The Rams need receiving talent. This appears to be the last year in which St. Louis will have a shot to convince the fanbase that the team is moving in the right direction. If the Rams can't put together a winning season this year, the whole staff could be cleared in one strong swipe on Black Monday.
Amari Cooper of Alabama produced consistently at the college level. He's not a freak height, weight or speed athlete, but he's a good player in the mold of Santonio Holmes. Cooper even blew the SEC out of the water as a freshman, and he smoothed the Crimson Tide's transition from AJ McCarron to Blake Sims in his last season, assisting both eras to big postseason games.
With Cooper not having a great landing spot in the first nine picks, he's a no-brainer for the Rams, who might make him their top target the moment he steps onto the field in a horned helmet.
11. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Last year the Minnesota Vikings locked in their future of the franchise by selecting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater late in the first round of the draft. The Louisville product put up one of the more impressive performances for a quarterback since the 2012 class, which featured the likes of Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. If the team is going to build around the passing offense, instead of the ground game—which may lose running back Adrian Peterson due to a trade or salary cut in the coming offseason—then it needs weapons.
At receiver, the Vikings are OK but not set. They have Greg Jennings, who came aboard from Green Bay and is a solid but not great receiver. Another key contributor last season was Charles Johnson, a former late-round selection of the Packers, who is also in that solid but not game-breaking spectrum. The wild card is Cordarrelle Patterson, who is a former first-round selection and only caught 384 yards and one score in 2014.
Patterson was known to be a raw player. After transferring from junior college, Patterson played at Tennessee for a year, where his size and speed interested teams enough to the point where he declared early, despite being unpolished. He has potential, but the nuances to the game don't apply to him just yet.
West Virginia's Kevin White has a bit of the same element to him. Instead of being an early declaration, though, he's had his time in college. Despite years of development in Big 12 play, he's still largely looked at as a one-year wonder who can be a bust or a Larry Fitzgerald clone if he "hits." By doubling down on project receivers with White and Patterson, Minnesota would increase its chances of getting an All-Pro playmaker at the position.
With Jennings and Johnson already holding down the middle range of the team, it would appear this selection is worth the risk.
12. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DL, Washington
The focal point of the ground game against a 3-4 defense comes down to the nose tackle. In today's NFL, it's rare to see many two-gapping players across the board, as they're for the most part trying to get after a quarterback. The one position where that's not true, though, is nose tackle.
Washington's Danny Shelton had an amazing rise during his last year in Seattle. After being an All-Academic Pac-12 player the prior two years, he finally notched an All-Pac-12 spot as well as becoming a national All-American. His production of 16.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks in 2014 may lead some to believe that he can be a Haloti Ngata or Dontari Poe type of player at the next level.
After drafting Phil Taylor out of Baylor in the first round several years ago, the Browns must have realized at this point that he's not going to be the game-changer they once had hopes for. Cleveland did pick up his fifth-year option but moved him from tackle to end, where his potential is limited due to his inability to pressure passers. The Taylor experiment just didn't work for the franchise, and Shelton would be a high upside player who could hopefully mask a mistake of the past.
Some may seem him as a two-down player, but at worst, he's a clone of Baltimore's Brandon Williams, who would be a tremendous upgrade for the Cleveland defensive line as it currently stands.
13. New Orleans Saints: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
The New Orleans Saints aren't going to do much in free agency this season. After signing multiple long-term contracts last offseason, they're currently strapped for cash. They even opened up the 2015 offseason deep into the negatives in cap space, clearing contracts just to stay eligible to participate in the coming year.
They desperately need help in the secondary, where they assumed their two safeties would have made up for the flaws of their boundary players. Kenny Vaccaro, a strong safety and 2013 first-round selection, regressed after a stellar rookie season, even moving to the bench at one point. The free safety, Jairus Byrd, who was brought over on a megadeal from the Buffalo Bills, only played four games after suffering a knee injury.
The team even attempted to start Champ Bailey, an aging superstar, last season, but he couldn't make it out of training camp. Without the capital to make moves in free agency, and with there being a clear need for secondary assistance, the team in a "must-win" season has to address the position early. The problem is there are two cornerbacks who stand above the rest in the draft pool, and one, Washington's Marcus Peters, was kicked off his team last year.
Trae Waynes is the other cornerback. A long player at 6'0", and a fast one who ran a 4.31 40-yard dash, he's exactly what the prototypical build for a boundary player is in 2015. He's a fluid defender who makes some mistakes but is fairly young (22) compared to some others in this class. If the Saints want an improvement at cornerback, Waynes might be their only realistic Day 1 option.
14. Miami Dolphins: Carl Davis, DL, Iowa
With Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon on the edges, it's time for the Miami Dolphins to invest at the center of their defense. In a 4-3 scheme, Carl Davis would be a traditional 1-technique, the larger defensive tackle who works like a one-gap nose tackle, the same role he played while at Iowa.
Davis is a giant at 6'5", 320 pounds. According to Mock Draftable, he's in the top 17 percentile in height, weight, hand size and arm length for defensive tackle prospects since 1999. He also tested well in the 20-yard shuttle and the vertical jump. Two of his top three comparisons are Leonard Williams, who could be the top defensive player off the board in this class, and Ndamukong Suh, whom many would consider the best defensive tackle in the league. That's some high praise.
Davis' peak was seen at the college level, but he had an up-and-down career. This can happen to big defensive linemen, as they're not rotated as much in college as they are in the pros. If being overused was his issue, then the Dolphins could land a huge steal in the middle of the first round.
A giant defensive lineman who can collapse a pocket is rare. Davis could end up being better than Williams in a couple of years, as it's really the narrative around him, not Davis' play, that's lowering his draft stock.
15. San Francisco 49ers: La'el Collins, IOL/OT, LSU
The San Francisco 49ers are going through a transition as an organization. Not only have they made changes to the coaching staff, most notably switching to new head coach Jim Tomsula from Jim Harbaugh, but the core youth on the team has aged out of their rookie contracts. One of those players is Mike Iupati.
Coming out of the University of Idaho, Iupati became a factor in San Francisco's ground game early, netting three Pro Bowl bids in his time with the 49ers. After starting 75 games for the team, he's slated to hit the market, opening up a spot at guard. The Harbaugh teams were built around line play, and with Tomsula, a former defensive line coach, maybe the 49ers will decide to fill that need in the trenches early.
A player who can mimic Iupati's early impact is La'el Collins of Louisiana State. He played left tackle for the Tigers but has some issues on the edge. Because of this, he's ideally a right tackle prospect but has the potential to play left tackle. He also is strong and has a heavy anchor, which can lead to him transitioning to a guard spot.
Basically, he could play left guard in place of Iupati from Day 1, but he also has the upside to transition back outside down the line if either of the 49ers tackles fall off or become too expensive. That's ideally what you'd look at in a guard prospects if you're taking him in the top 15.
16. Houston Texans: Eddie Goldman, DL, Florida State
At this point, it's hard to pin down who the Houston Texans' starting nose tackle is going to be in 2015. In 2014, Ryan Pickett, a 35-year-old free-agent pickup, started a majority of those games after signing in late September. He's now once again set to hit the free-agency market.
The Texans also drafted Louis Nix III from Notre Dame last season, who was projected by many to go higher but for some reason fell. It could have been due to his combine performance, his Twitter presence or his lack of pressure creation, but it happened. Whatever the issue was that kept him out of the first two rounds, if it hasn't been solved yet, it's not out of the question that the Texans would be willing to invest in a Day 1 starter who can play three downs.
A former blue-chip recruit, Florida State's Eddie Goldman really put it all together his last year with the Seminoles. He's a nose tackle with pass-rushing potential, coming down with four sacks last season despite showing up at the combine at 336 pounds. Much like Danny Shelton, Goldman is going to be looked at as an elite prospect at the position who can do a little bit of everything, which will keep him on the field.
This selection comes down to Nix. Is the team willing to double down on the second-year player, or would it take a chance on an All-ACC athlete with a much higher upside?
17. San Diego Chargers: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Edge, UCLA
The San Diego Chargers are in an interesting spot with their edge unit. Melvin Ingram is a former first-round pick who has shown potential but hasn't developed into the player the Chargers must have thought he was going to become. Jeremiah Attaochu was drafted last season, coming off the bench in 11 games. So, the Bolts aren't in terrible shape, but it's hard to say they have the position figured out.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa might give teams pause, and not just because they're trying to figure out how to pronounce his name. He's seen as a one-year wonder who has a checkered past involving his hips. After entering UCLA as a blue-chip recruit, he had to have multiple surgeries on his hips before he truly broke out in 2014, notching 61 tackles, 11.5 for loss, and six sacks.
The player he most compares to is Brian Orakpo. He, too, was a thicker outside linebacker type who put in massive work in the weight room. At the next level, he dropped some of that weight to help him in space and became a multiple-time Pro Bowler.
As a power rusher, Odighizuwa has heavy hands, knows how to roll power through his hips and understands leverage. If he sheds a little weight and his hips clear medically, he could easily be looked at as a first-half-of-the-first-round talent on a team's draft board.
18. Kansas City Chiefs: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
The Kansas City offensive tackle situation isn't exactly what the team projected it to be a few years ago. The right tackle, Donald Stephenson, is serviceable, but he is only under contract for one more season. The left tackle is former first overall selection Eric Fisher, who has struggled in the transition from Central Michigan to the NFL game.
With a tackle selection early, the Chiefs could cover two potential bookend issues. If Fisher steps up, said tackle could slide to right tackle, saving the team money by playing a player on a rookie contract rather than a veteran. If Fisher doesn't progress, he can be replaced by the tackle, and a Stephenson re-signing would assure the future tackle pair for years to come.
The best tackle on the board at this point, and maybe overall, is Andrus Peat, who has NFL lineage and has been hyped as a future professional since he was a 17-year-old in Arizona. He's not a pretty player. He doesn't win with amazing force or graceful feet for such a large human, but he's more than functional at the position.
Peat is a "get it done" type of tackle, even though you wouldn't guess he's an all-world athlete based on just his looks, featuring a very large lower half. Either way, the Kansas City Chiefs are clearly in a rebuilding phase, and this selection will help them move forward, even if it doesn't move the needle in 2015.
Forward projection is how teams get ahead in this league. The Chiefs front office, coming from the Ted Thompson, Ron Wolf and Al Davis tree, would appear as a progressive one.
19. Cleveland Browns: Alvin Dupree, Edge, Kentucky
Despite spending money and resources on the front seven, the Cleveland Browns don't have a true star there. They spent high draft picks on Barkevious Mingo and Phil Taylor, and Paul Kruger is earning a healthy salary, but none of those players would be considered the top players at their positions.
After the Browns took Danny Shelton with their first selection in this mock, one would imagine they'd lean toward another front-seven selection or a wide receiver. Alvin Dupree of Kentucky is the best player on the board who qualifies for one of those positions. As I've written previously, he is an athletic freak who based on combine scores should be a better professional than college player.
Kruger is a solid run defender as 3-4 outside linebacker. Mingo is good in both the ground game and in coverage. Jabaal Sheard, a former second-rounder, is set to hit free agency this year. There isn't a true pass-rusher on the squad, which is a huge red flag in 2015.
If Dupree hits, he can be a Cameron Wake type of player on the edge, which could completely change the identity of the Browns defense. He's a bit of a risky projection because of his raw potential, but outside of the top 10, it's hard to find an edge player who can be what Dupree can be.
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
The Philadelphia Eagles are heading into the offseason with a big need at cornerback. Their top corner on the roster is currently Brandon Boykin, who was mostly looked at as a nickelback by Chip Kelly's squad. After that, it might be Jaylen Watkins, a second-year player who was a hybrid safety and cornerback at the University of Florida. Watkins only played for four games in 2014, making three tackles.
A high draft pick would instantly be the top boundary player on the squad. LSU's Jalen Collins is a perfect fit in this class. He's a raw talent, but he's what the NFL is looking for at the position. Kelly also seems to like longer players, and Collins is in that mold.
According to Mock Draftable, Collins scores in the top third in both height and arm length for cornerbacks since 1999. Of the top four athletic comparisons on the website, two of them are Quentin Jammer and Antrel Rolle, who were high first-round picks with long careers.
His footwork needs work, and he loses track of the ball at times, but Collins has all of the potential in the world. If the coaches get the maximum out of him, they would have a perennial Pro Bowler on their hands. At only 21 years old, it's hard to assume he's maxed out. Buying into a younger player could pay off tremendously for the Eagles in a year or two.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Malcom Brown, DL, Texas
The face of the defense of the Cincinnati Bengals over the past handful of years has been Geno Atkins, the Pro Bowl under tackle in their 4-3 defense. After signing a long-term contract, Atkins suffered a major knee injury, which he's since been attempting to recover from. Without a totally healthy Atkins, the defensive line hasn't been the same.
The Bengals do have some young defensive tackles in Devon Still and Brandon Thompson, both 2012 draft picks, but they aren't developing at a rate in which they'll become key players in a rotation just yet. Domata Peko is the starting nose tackle next to Atkins, and he's in that "solid but not great" category when regarding starters.
This defensive line class is much stronger than in past years. With three big-body 0- or 1-techniques already off the board, there is still yet another one waiting as a value selection. Malcom Brown of Texas is a 6'2", 319-pound junior declaration who can do a little bit of everything.
He's a big run stopper, but in the Big 12, he had to also get after the passer. Putting him next to Atkins on third down would give Cincinnati the ability to show a stout run defense while at the same time forcing the opponent to focus on two interior rushers, hopefully freeing up the Bengals' Pro Bowl under tackle for more one-on-one looks to exploit.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Like the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers are another team from Pennsylvania looking for a plug-and-play starter at corner via the draft. Because the talent pool is so shallow in free agency and coming up from the college ranks, it will push some players up. In Marcus Peters' case, a cornerback from Washington, it's not due to a lack of talent.
Peters can make a case that he was the best defensive back in college football last year, destroying even Pac-12 passing games. He's long and strong at 6'0" and 197 pounds. The way he plays football isn't too different from a younger version of Richard Sherman. He abuses receivers at the line of scrimmage with his chuck in press coverage, sucks them right next to the sideline and then uses his long frame to either make a play on the ball or block it away with precise timing.
He was kicked off the team in Seattle, though, which raises plenty of red flags. The Steelers organization is known for having a more family-type attitude than some of the franchises in the NFL. With that kind of approach, you could see a fiery player like Peters being able to grow as a human. If that should happen, Pittsburgh would luck into what could be the top cornerback in the class after two have already come off the board.
If you're a team in need of a boundary player, taking who could be the next Sherman after the top 20 is a huge steal.
23. Detroit Lions: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Detroit Lions' current starting strong safety is James Ihedigbo, a 31-year-old who's played on four teams in the last five years. Although he recorded four interceptions in 2014, it's probably time to start looking toward the future at the position. In this class, there's really one plug-and-play safety and then a tier of players who are looked at as down-the-line starters.
The one star of the class is Alabama's Landon Collins, who projects best as a strong safety but played both spots with the Crimson Tide. In Nick Saban's defense, the secondary pattern matches with a Rip/Liz concept, meaning that the safeties roll down to the line of scrimmage based on which side is the strong side of the offense. This allows both of the Alabama safeties to see time at single-high as a free safety and in the box as a true strong safety.
Last season, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama's top safety in 2013, was performing like a quality defensive back by the end of his rookie year. For the Packers, he was allowed to play single-high, a tall task at the next level, but he proved his value while holding the spot down, completely changing a defense which was formerly a two-high one.
In division, the Detroit Lions could have the same impact if they brought in Collins, who's been coached in what is essentially an NFL defense in the best conference in college football. This isn't even necessarily a down-the-line pick, as Collins has a shot to dethrone Ihedigbo from Day 1.
24. Arizona Cardinals: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
If the Arizona Cardinals were healthy for a full season, it's hard to imagine they wouldn't have been one of the best teams in the NFL. When quarterback Carson Palmer fell to an injury, though, they started to fade away from that conversation. Now in 2015, they have limited holes to fill, despite an earlier draft selection.
One way I could see them going on draft day is a Swiss army knife type of selection. There is no player more versatile than Shaq Thompson, a junior declaration from the University of Washington. He began his career in Seattle as a safety but would later move to linebacker in the 3-4 defense, which the Arizona Cardinals currently play. By his last year, his junior season, Thompson was also seeing time as a running back, too.
Thompson ideally is an inside linebacker in a 3-4 as a base position. The Cardinals have Kevin Minter slated to start there in 2015, but the linebacker next to him is a giant question mark at this point. Thompson could fill that hole from Day 1. He could also give the team "big nickel" reps. Big nickel is a three-safety look that features at least one of them being near the line of scrimmage.
Deone Bucannon was Arizona's first-round selection last year, and many thought he would have an impact there in his first season, but he hasn't yet made a big splash. Although Andre Ellington isn't a bad starting running back in the league, he isn't making splashes, either. A selection of Thompson doesn't just help one position, but potentially three for a team that was only a couple of steps from a championship last year.
25. Carolina Panthers: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
Because of poor salary-cap management when they selected Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers have never really been able to surround the passer with a functional offense in his time in the NFL. That comes down to offensive line and receiving talent. Last year, the Panthers selected Kelvin Benjamin in the first round, a receiver from Florida State, and it's as good a time as ever to pick up a new bookend.
Players at premier positions go quickly on draft day, so you have a invent a little to select one at the end of the first round. T.J. Clemmings out of the University of Pittsburgh is the best tackle on the board, but his narrative is one that assumes progression if he's going to be selected this highly.
Clemmings came out of high school with basketball scholarship opportunities but went to Pittsburgh as a defensive tackle. At the end of his career, he flipped to the offensive side, playing right tackle. Most top-tier tackle prospects don't play on the right side, because blind-side offensive linemen are more valuable, but he was so raw still, because of his inexperience at the position, that the team must have not felt comfortable with him there.
That's where the projection comes in handy. He has clunky feet that get crossed up in terrible moments, but he's also pancaked multiple players on the same play in the run game. If he puts it all together, he can be Trent Williams. Even with Michael Oher, the Panthers should be looking long-term, as there's no sign Newton is leaving anytime soon.
A 10-year investment in a franchise tackle shouldn't be swayed by recent quick bandages. If anything, it allows time for Clemmings to grow before he's thrown into the fire.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
After the Ray Rice scandal sent waves through the NFL, it seemed that the Baltimore Ravens' season was done. After losing their running back, it was hard to imagine a non-playoff team from 2013 would bounce back and make a run in 2014. Still, though, the Ravens were only a couple of plays from knocking out the New England Patriots, who wound up winning it all.
A large part of this was ironically due to the ground game of the team. It wasn't so much the rushing efforts of the running backs, but the work of the offensive line. Justin Forsett was Baltimore's top runner of the season, a player who's been on four teams in the last four seasons and is currently slated to hit the open market. It was the unit of big uglies, composed of players like Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda, who got the job done.
Although the offensive coaching staff has changed a bit, that line still remains intact. With Forsett hitting the open market, there is an opening for a top-tier back to blow out the league and win a rushing title. Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin, who has been compared to the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, can do just that for the team.
If he's able to develop stronger traits on third down, catching the ball out of the backfield or improving in pass protection, he can be a Charles type of player. Behind the Ravens line, there's potential for another 2,000-yard rusher, even in today's NFL.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
Everything in Dallas runs through owner Jerry Jones. While he built championships in the '90s, he still doesn't quite have a grip on how the salary cap works. Because of that, the Cowboys had to let talent walk out of the door on the defensive side of the ball, like All-Pro DeMarcus Ware.
Luckily, they have one of the best technical teachers of the defensive line on their side in Rod Marinelli, who helped Tampa Bay build one of the best front sevens of all time in those Tampa Bay Buccaneers teams of the early 2000s. With his help, the Cowboys had a functional defensive line in 2014.
Additions across the board need to be addressed there, and with Marinelli as a mentor, there's hope the Cowboys can refine any gem of talent. Arik Armstead of Oregon would be a great fit for Dallas when taking that factor into account. Armstead was once a blue-chip recruit, and at only 20 years old, he has plenty of work ahead of him to reach his full potential.
He was a 5-technique in college, which isn't a position the Cowboys typically put on the field, but he has the skill to play strong-side base end if needed. From there, on third downs, he can kick inside to a defensive tackle role. If Marinelli can get inside of Armstead and bring the most out of him, he can be a Calais Campbell clone—the superstar that Dallas doesn't just want but needs at this point.
28. Denver Broncos: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Denver's John Elway appears to be a forward thinker who is more concerned with the future of his franchise than the present. You can tell this by the way he has structured and restructured deals with free agents and current stars, even including Peyton Manning. Todd Gurley of Georgia suffered a knee injury after a suspension his final year in the SEC, which will scare some off, but he can also be a Marshawn Lynch-level force in the league, becoming a flat-out franchise piece.
The Broncos have invested at running back recently with the selection of Montee Ball, but he's been in a rotation with C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman as of late. It's hard to make the case that there's anything other than a committee going on there. Once Gurley finally fully recovers, that would change.
Gurley not only produced on film but did it against the highest level of competition while at Georgia. Manning only has so many more years in him, and the Seahawks have proved that a game-breaking runner can still be built around in the league, even in the 2010s. The selection of Gurley could swing the team's mentality from looking for the next Peyton to looking for a serviceable quarterback who can let Gurley lead the offense. The former is a much cheaper route to go by building a roster.
The short-term profit of landing a healthy Gurley near the end of the season, a fresh-legged bruising back, can also help the Broncos make a final playoff push if this is Manning's last year in the Rockies.
29. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Phillips, DL, Oklahoma
When looking up and down the Indianapolis Colts roster, it's hard to pinpoint where their defensive star is on the front seven. For as much praise the team has received from a quick turnaround as the worst team in the league, at least record-wise, to a consistent playoff roster, the Colts haven't added too much talent down the line outside of Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.
Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma is a raw talent but one that can be a Terrance Knighton-type talent in a year. That would easily become the best young talent on the defensive side of the Colts roster. As a nose tackle, he can more than likely beat Josh Chapman on Day 1 for the starting gig.
Getting Phillips early reps will be crucial in his development, as he needs to learn with live bullets. Not too often are large bodies so athletic, which makes him a rare lineman. If everything clicks with him, Indianapolis would finally have a player it can build a defense around.
30. Green Bay Packers: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
At this moment, the Green Bay Packers' two largest holes are at cornerback and offensive tackle, due to the pending free agents. If Bryan Bulaga, who is by all accounts the top tackle slated to hit the open market, does leave, that would become a huge need. The Packers finally put together an offensive line without a weakness in the Aaron Rodgers era, which led him to an MVP season.
To replicate that performance, they'll need to bring someone in, as there isn't a right tackle prospect who can compete for a starting gig on the roster, unless you count J.C. Tretter, who was a left tackle in college at Cornell but transitioned to center at the professional level.
Ereck Flowers is the last plug-and-play prospect on the board. He showed functional strength and athleticism at the University of Miami in nearly every game, but he struggled when facing Nebraska and Randy Gregory, one of the NCAA's top defenders last season. He might not be an A-class left tackle at the next level, but he can be a solid-to-above-average right tackle early on, and that's the spot Bulaga would leave vacant.
It would be hard to make the case that the team would be getting better with the move, but it would "keep on the keeping on" for an offense that has been one of the best in the league under head coach Mike McCarthy. It's difficult to ask for more out of a selection like this.
31. Seattle Seahawks: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
The Seattle Seahawks largely built back-to-back Super Bowl appearance defenses off one unit: the secondary. What's been tabbed the "Legion of Boom" was built with two cornerbacks who can play strong press coverage down the sideline while a free safety plays the deep center of the field, allowing a strong safety to drop in the box and freeing up front-seven responsibilities. In a simpler way, the Seahawks have had very good defensive backs who made the rest of the game easier for their defense.
The Seahawks still have three of their four members of that base secondary locked up for 2015, but Byron Maxwell, the cornerback opposite of Richard Sherman, is set to hit the free-agent market. The Seahawks have been able to prove their ability to transition in that second cornerback spot, moving between Brandon Browner to Maxwell. There's no reason why they can't do the same with another boundary corner.
Florida State's P.J. Williams is a long and explosive cornerback, which seems to be the trend in Seattle. At 6'0", he was able to post a 132" broad jump and 40" vertical jump, which according to Mock Draftable compares him to Aqib Talib, who would make Seattle's boundary pairing one of the best in the league. That vacancy would quickly become a strength, if Williams projects as many assume he will on paper.
32. New England Patriots: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
For all that New England has been able to do over the past decade, it hasn't hit much at the wide receiver position. The Patriots have been able to not only cultivate slot receivers but create the mold. On the boundary, the opposite has occurred. Outside of the elite Randy Moss years, Tom Brady hasn't had that top outside target to throw to.
A player who can come in early and contribute in a downfield and boundary role is Jaelen Strong of Arizona State, a junior college transfer who set the Pac-12 on fire from the moment he was added to the Sun Devils roster. The issue with basing a team's passing production around slot receivers is their relative inability to score in the red zone compared to longer, stronger boundary targets.
With an aging Brady, Strong can help uplift an offense that is still good enough to go on a few more deep playoff runs. He can high-point, blaze past defenders and battle for the ball. He can have a strong impact on the present and future, even past Brady's time.
33. Tennessee Titans: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
35. Oakland Raiders: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
36. Jacksonville Jaguars: Eli Harold, EDGE, Virginia
37. New York Jets: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
38. Washington Redskins: Cameron Erving, IOL, Florida State
39. Chicago Bears: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
40. New York Giants: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
41. St. Louis Rams: Laken Tomlinson, IOL, Duke
42. Atlanta Falcons: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
43. Cleveland Browns: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
44. New Orleans Saints: Mario Edwards, Jr., EDGE, Florida State
45. Minnesota Vikings: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
46. San Francisco 49ers: Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan
47. Miami Dolphins: A.J. Cann, IOL, South Carolina
48. San Diego Chargers: Kevin Johnson, CB, Vanderbilt
49. Kansas City Chiefs: Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami
50. Buffalo Bills: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
51. Houston Texans: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
52. Philadelphia Eagles: Danielle Hunter, EDGE, LSU
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
54. Detroit Lions: Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
55. Arizona Cardinals: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nate Orchard, EDGE, Utah
57. Carolina Panthers: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
58. Baltimore Ravens: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
59. Denver Broncos: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
60. Dallas Cowboys: Markus Golden, EDGE, Missouri
61. Indianapolis Colts: Michael Bennett, DL, Ohio State
62. Green Bay Packers: Clive Walford, TE, Miami
63. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
64. New England Patriots: Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
65. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Preston Smith, EDGE, Mississippi State
66. Tennessee Titans: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
67. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hau'oli Kikaha, EDGE, Washington
68. Oakland Raiders: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
69. Washington Redskins: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
70. New York Jets: Jeremiah Poutasi, IOL, Utah
71. Chicago Bears: Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson
72. St. Louis Rams: Ali Marpet, IOL, Hobart
73. Atlanta Falcons: Mike Hull, LB, Penn State
74. New York Giants: Chris Hackett, S, TCU
75. New Orleans Saints: Henry Anderson, DL, Stanford
76. Minnesota Vikings: Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
77. Cleveland Browns: Jacoby Glenn, CB, Central Florida
78. Miami Dolphins: Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State
79. San Francisco 49ers: James Sample, S, Louisville
80. Kansas City Chiefs: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
81. Buffalo Bills: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
82. Houston Texans: Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville
83. San Diego Chargers: Hroniss Grasu, IOL, Oregon
84. Philadelphia Eagles: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
85. Cincinnati Bengals: Hayes Pullard, LB, USC
86. Arizona Cardinals: Anthony Chickillo, EDGE, Miami
87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jesse James, TE, Penn State
88. Detroit Lions: Josh Shaw, CB, USC
89. Carolina Panthers: Grady Jarrett, DL, Clemson
90. Baltimore Ravens: Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
91. Dallas Cowboys: Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
92. Denver Broncos: Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin
93. Indianapolis Colts: Josue Matias, IOL, Florida State
94. Green Bay Packers: Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU
95. Seattle Seahawks: David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
96. New England Patriots: Xavier Cooper, DL, Washington State
97. Tennessee Titans: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
98. New England Patriots: Arie Kouandjio, IOL, Alabama
99. Oakland Raiders: Lorenzo Mauldin, EDGE, Louisville
100. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
101. New York Jets: Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
102. Washington Redskins: Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
103. Chicago Bears: Cody Prewitt, S, Mississippi
104. Atlanta Falcons: Tre Jackson, IOL, Florida State
105. New York Giants: Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville
106. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
107. Minnesota Vikings: Ellis McCarthy, DL, UCLA
108. Cleveland Browns: Anthony Harris, S, Virginia
109. New Orleans Saints: Reese Dismukes, IOL, Auburn
110. Philadelphia Eagles: D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
111. Miami Dolphins: Kevin White, CB, TCU
112. Cleveland Browns: Nick O'Leary, TE, Florida State
113. Houston Texans: Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor
114. San Diego Chargers: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
115. Kansas City Chiefs: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
116. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina
117. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina
118. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
119. Detroit Lions: David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
120. Arizona Cardinals: Jarvis Harrison, IOL, Texas A&M
121. Carolina Panthers: Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke
122. Baltimore Ravens: Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse
123. San Francisco 49ers: Christian Covington, DL, Rice
124. Dallas Cowboys: Gabe Wright, DL, Auburn
125. Indianapolis Colts: Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma
126. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Hardison, DL, Arizona State
127. Seattle Seahawks: John Miller, IOL, Louisville
128. New England Patriots: Trey Flowers, EDGE, Arkansas
129. Minnesota Vikings: Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State
130. Tennessee Titans: Senquez Golson, CB, Mississippi
131. Jacksonville Jaguars: Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane
132. Oakland Raiders: Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State
133. Washington Redskins: Za'Darius Smith, EDGE, Kentucky
134. Chicago Bears: Durell Eskridge, S, Syracuse
135. Denver Broncos: Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
136. New York Giants: Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State
137. St. Louis Rams: Joey Mbu, DL, Houston
138. Atlanta Falcons: Javorius Allen, RB, USC
139. Cleveland Browns: Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame
140. New Orleans Saints: Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State
141. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
142. Miami Dolphins: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas
143. San Francisco 49ers: Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn
144. Houston Texans: Derron Smith, S, Fresno State
145. San Diego Chargers: Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
146. Kansas City Chiefs: Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary
147. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Mason, IOL, Georgia Tech
148. Philadelphia Eagles: Jean Sifrin, TE, Massachusetts
149. Cincinnati Bengals: Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern
150. Detroit Lions: Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas
151. Arizona Cardinals: Terry Williams, DL, East Carolina
152. Pittsburgh Steelers: Frank Clark, EDGE, Michigan
153. Carolina Panthers: Ben Heeney, LB, Kansas
154. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska
155. Dallas Cowboys: DeVante Davis, WR, UNLV
156. Denver Broncos: Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee
157. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Cox, CB, Mississippi State
158. Green Bay Packers: Deiontrez Mount, EDGE, Louisville
159. Seattle Seahawks: Davis Tull, EDGE, Tennessee-Chattanooga
160. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas
161. Tennessee Titans: Taiwan Jones, LB, Michigan State
162. New England Patriots: Craig Mager, CB, Texas State
163. Oakland Raiders: Andrew Gallik, IOL, Boston College
164. Jacksonville Jaguars: Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas
165. Seattle Seahawks: Alani Fua, LB, BYU
166. Washington Redskins: Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DL, Southern Mississippi
167. Chicago Bears: Max Valles, EDGE, Virginia
168. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia
169. Atlanta Falcons: Martrell Spaight, LB, Syracuse
170. New York Giants: Tyeler Davison, DL, Fresno State
171. New Orleans Saints: Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan
172. Buffalo Bills: Cedric Reed, EDGE, Texas
173. Cleveland Browns: Jamil Douglas, IOL, Arizona State
174. San Francisco 49ers: Trey DePriest, LB, Alabama
175. Miami Dolphins: Geneo Grissom, EDGE, Oklahoma
176. San Diego Chargers: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
177. Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Washington, EDGE, Oregon
178. Buffalo Bills: Deontay Greenberry, WR, Houston
179. Houston Texans: Dres Anderson, WR, Utah
180. Philadelphia Eagles: Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State
181. Cincinnati Bengals: Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State
182. Arizona Cardinals: Adrian Amos, S, Penn State
183. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ladarius Gunter, CB, Miami
184. Detroit Lions: Louis Trinca-Pasat, DL, Iowa
185. Carolina Panthers: Deshazor Everett, CB, Texas A&M
186. Cleveland Browns: Matt Jones, RB, Florida
187. Denver Broncos: Rannell Hall, WR, Central Florida
188. Baltimore Ravens: Deion Barnes, EDGE, Penn State
189. Indianapolis Colts: Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina
190. Green Bay Packers: Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State
191. Indianapolis Colts: Xavier Dickson, LB, Alabama
192. Tennessee Titans: DaVaris Daniels, WR, Notre Dame
193. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Williams, DL, Northern Iowa
194. New England Patriots: Titus Davis, WR, Western Michigan
195. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Malone, LB, Oregon
196. Oakland Raiders: Travis Raciti, DL, San Jose State
197. Washington Redskins: Chucky Hunter, DL, TCU
198. New York Jets: Max Garcia, IOL, Florida
199. Chicago Bears: Austin Hill, WR, Arizona
200. Atlanta Falcons: Jalston Fowler, RB, Alabama
201. New York Giants: Levi Norwood, WR, Alabama
202. Atlanta Falcons: James Castleman, DL, Oklahoma State
203. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Luc, LB, Cincinnati
204. Cleveland Browns: Adam Shead, IOL, Oklahoma
205. New Orleans Saints: J.R. Tavai, EDGE, USC
206. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Thomas, CB, Western Kentucky
207. Miami Dolphins: Zach Zenner, RB, South Dakota State
208. Kansas City Chiefs: Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma
209. Buffalo Bills: Shaquille Riddick, EDGE, West Virginia
210. Houston Texans: Blake Sims, QB, Alabama
211. Dallas Cowboys: Ray Drew, DL, Georgia
212. Philadelphia Eagles: Wes Saxton, TE, South Alabama
213. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Taylor, WR, Rice
214. Pittsburgh Steelers: Erick Dargan, S, Oregon
215. Detroit Lions: Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn
216. Arizona Cardinals: Bernard Blake, CB, Colorado State
217. Carolina Panthers: MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois
218. Dallas Cowboys: A.J. Tarpley, LB, Stanford
219. Dallas Cowboys: Tevin McDonald, S, Eastern Washington
220. New York Giants: Zack Wagenmann, EDGE, Montana
221. San Francisco 49ers: Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada
222. Green Bay Packers: Chris Harper, WR, California
223. Seattle Seahawks: Kasen Williams, WR, Washington
224. St. Louis Rams: Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech