With the draft less than two hours away, I'll toss up some bold predictions for tonight's event. Let's have some fun!
Davante Parker gets reunited with his college quarterback and is drafted by the Vikings.
The Green Bay Packers will draft Denzel Perryman.
Marcus Mariota gets drafted 2nd overall, by the TITANS.
Someone drafts Malcolm Brown the running back on accident, meaning to draft Malcom Brown the DT.
Roger Goodell forgets that he is in Chicago, welcomes everyone to New York.
Nobody boos Roger Goodell the first time he walks on stage.
Out of 20 players, 6 hug Roger Goodell when selected.
The Patriots draft Randy Gregory or Shane Ray with the 32nd overall pick.
The Browns trade Johnny Manziel and get a new quarterback named Sam Bradford.
It appears that La'el Collins' agent is attempting to withdraw him from the 2015 NFL draft, citing the ongoing investigation into the murder of a woman known by Collins. Collins left Chicago to be questioned by police. Note that Collins is not a suspect in this case, and that other people are being questioned as well. Collins' agent views this as a way to give Collins a chance to recoup some perceived loss of draft day value and target the supplemental draft. Source here.
Our thoughts are with the family of Brittany Mills (the young woman who was killed), Collins, and all who are dealing with this tough moment. This tragic event is yet another reminder that life is about more than just football. --Mike B
Update: the NFL has rejected Collins' attempt to withdraw, so Collins will be available in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft begins in less than 24 hours. All across America (and the world), teams, players, and fans are doing their last bits of preparation leading up to the draft. Every single year, we get lost in the success stories, the big names, the sure-thing picks that (we hope) will lead our team to postseason success. With a draft filled with promising young prospects, this year is, perhaps, even more exciting than many.
However, we must approach the draft with one thought in mind. How small is football? As a senior in high school, a promising young basketball player perished, way before his time, in a car accident the night before the high school's football team's next game. He was a caring, intelligent, talented young man with the world at his feet and a bright future ahead of him. Then, after the random and deeply unfortunate events of one terrible night, his fire was extinguished. On Friday, every player on the football team was thinking about Saturday's game. On Saturday, nobody was thinking about football. How small is football?
Life is a series of moments. Many of these moments are ordinary. You wake up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, drive to work, get stuck at 3 red lights, and spill coffee on your favorite suit before driving home, sleeping, and starting all over again the next day. In nearly every moment, the next moment is taken for granted. Most of us live every day with a vague sense of immortality; death is something off in the future, not to be worried about, not to be dealt with until we are forced to deal with it. Often, we get lost in the boring grind of daily life and fail to make the most of that grind, that boring, expansive series of moments that is, in itself, the main component of our life. While most of us define our lives by a few major moments, life is just, in itself, a series of moments. Every moment wasted is a wasted opportunity. Something could happen in the next thirty seconds that will forever alter your life. Are you ready for that possibility?
Football is a lot like life. A series of practices, workouts, snaps, film sessions, interviews (if you are a professional or college athlete), and, occasionally, games. Many people, both players and fans, get lost in the glory of the game and fail to look at the full picture. They cheer or jeer a player based only on their performance on the field without any attention towards the player's life story. So what if our favorite player killed three people and sells drugs in Kenya? As long as he's winning on the field, that's all that matters, right? I challenge you to look past that flawed assumption.
The football field is not the only path to greatness. A rare few athletes from the 2015 draft class may be perennial Pro Bowlers or Hall of Fame candidates at the end of their careers. However, the path to NFL success is long and arduous. One play, one moment, can drastically and irrevocably change the path of an entire career. Joe Theisman's NFL career ended as the result of one hit from Lawrence Taylor. Ki-Jana Carter, the first pick of the 1995 NFL Draft, saw his career drastically shortened as the result of a torn ACL sustained on the third play of his first pre-season game in the NFL. For every long and "successful" NFL career, there are hundreds of shorter careers that falter, for any number of reasons.
Greatness is not defined merely by what one achieves on the football field. Safety Corey Lynch, who has drifted from team to team in the NFL as a career backup player, helped rescue a woman from a car accident in 2009, saving her life. Even though Lynch isn't a household name, I would classify that as a form of greatness. Safety Pat Tillman walked away from an NFL career to serve in the Army in 2002 following the September 11th attacks, and was killed on April 22nd, 2004, in Sperah, Afghanistan. How small is football?
This year's draft class is filled with success stories that cannot be defined solely by on-field accolades and awards. Mississippi State offensive guard Ben Beckwith overcame the odds by making Mississippi State's football team as an unranked walk-on, and is now an NFL hopeful. Harvard outside linebacker/defensive end Zack Hodges overcame homelessness and the death of both of his parents before graduating high school to gain entry into an Ivy League school. Hodges plans to pursue a career in politics after football. Mississippi State defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls tackled a girl with a gun on his school bus in 2009, preventing a major tragedy from occurring. These players have already tasted moments of greatness, even if they are not the household names that Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are.
Greatness cannot just be defined by one's achievements on the football field. It is also inherently shaped by what one does outside of the spotlight, when the cameras are off and few people are watching. Given the full context of a person's life, how small is football? I challenge you, as a fan, a player, a coach, or a scout, to focus on the complete individual. I understand that the NFL is a business, and onfield success is the first goal of NFL teams. That being said, it is imperative to look at the person behind the player. Behind every unsuccessful player mocked as a bust or a "wasted pick" is a person and a family with feelings. I'd like to challenge the press to keep that in mind when writing. Behind every on-field success and failure is a bigger picture of off-the-field successes and failures. I challenge fans, players, and coaches to define the player not just by their onfield production but also by their off-the-field character. A mature, dependable person off the field is most likely to come through for your team on the field when the game is on the line.
For players heading into the draft, I would like to issue a challenge as well. Make the most of every snap, every experience, every moment. Don't take the great moments for granted. Enjoy them to your fullest ability. Learn and grow from the bad moments, but do not let them define who you are. Remember that , both on and off the field, even the simplest act can drastically alter the course of a person's life. A bad angle on a tackle can end a career. A few moments spent listening to a person in emotional distress might just improve, or even save, the person's life. Make the most of your NFL career, but most importantly, make the most of every moment, both on and off the field. You may have a long and successful NFL career and live to be 85. You might only play for a season or two and die before your 25th birthday. The future is a crap shoot. The only time you definitively possess is now. Make the most of it while preparing for the future, but be prepared for the possibility that the future can change in an instant. Though your spirit may be prepared for the rigors of a long and fruitful NFL career, your body may give in to injury or fatigue or the devastating sum of repeated heavy impacts. Make the most of every moment, because it is impossible to know what the next moment may bring.
For now, let's focus on the unique experience that is the NFL Draft. The joys, the anticipation, even the sorrow inherent in the draft process make for an experience like no other in professional sports. However, as we look forward to our favorite franchises selections and hope for a successful next season, and as we hear the names called this Thursday night, let's not forget the bigger question of context. How small is football? So don't forget to hug your friends and family, be thankful for the fact that you are able to follow the draft, and make the most of your experience. I will leave you with a draft-eve poem, and may the draft-odds be ever in your favor.
T'was the night before draft day and all across the dial
Mel Kiper was tantruming just like a child
Jon Gruden had stolen his Big Board with glee
While 3 defensive prospects were out smoking weed.
Winston, Mariota, and Hundley and Simms
Are all afraid to get hit by Denzel Perryman
With Gurley and Gordon both running the ball,
at 5'11 is Perryman too small? (NO)
The pass-rushers are all at the top of the board.
Which defensive tackle will make the Detroit Lions roar?
Which players are risers, and who's going to fall?
None of that matters on the field this coming fall.
While Baltimore riots and New York doesn't sleep,
The 2015 draft class is extremely deep.
Mel Kiper's hair still looks exactly the same.
Even with Goodell football's still a great game.
Tomorrow is draft day, under the lights.
Happy draft day to all and to all a good night.
2015 NFL Mock Draft:-
My first round and second round will have an analysis and explanation on why I see those picks going where they went. The rest of the rounds will just be the picks. I have been studying film and watching the who works out where news as well as looking at other mocks around for the past 3 months. My picks will be based off talent and team needs.
Round 1 Pick
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State. This pick is to me the only one that makes sense. The Buccaneers need a good bit of help but they need to build from the QB position. This year’s draft class is really short on QB’s but Winston is without a doubt the top option at this position and would be the only logical fit here.
2. Tennessee Titans – Leonard Williams, DL, USC. This pick could be traded to the Jets or Eagles but I realistically think the Titans would ask for too much. So I think knowing next year’s draft could have more potential at QB the Titans will go with their biggest need here and work on the Defensive line. I can see them giving Mettenberger one more shot while they draft a QB later to give themselves a possible option if he can’t live hope to their expectations. Williams isn’t the best available but it seems like the Titans organization has really focused on him.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dante Fowler Jr, OLB/DE, Florida. Dante is my top player in the 2015 NFL draft and the Jaguars need help on defense. Dante would be a great much needed addition for the Jaguars and would help them build for their future. He will be an immediate force on this defense.
4. Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama. Amari is my second ranked WR in this draft but he seems to be the favorite by Oakland. The Raiders really need help for Carr at QB to throw to especially after losing Moore. This pick could be a defensive one instead but I am leaning more towards the WR because it is in my opinion their biggest needs so why not get a star.
5. Washington Redskins – Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska. Randy had the marijuana issue during the combine which might hurt his draft stock a little bit but I think the Redskins look past it and grab Randy here. He is an extremely talented future star with a ton of potential.
6. New York Jets – Shane Ray, DE, Missouri. Shane is a future star with a lot of potential and the Jets start their rebuild here with Shane to go with their already great defensive lineman. Some people see them going QB but I don’t see them giving up on Geno just yet, giving him one more year to compete and prove he can handle it. So as long as they go defense I see Shane Ray being the logical pick here.
7. Chicago Bears – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson. This is a great pick for a defense who needs to start rebuilding immediately. The Bears could go WR but I am not jumping on that train, everyone seems to think they lost Brandon Marshall so they have to get a first round WR but they have Alshon and this WR class is deep. Vic Beasley is going to be a great add defensively and I see the Bears capitalizing here on him being available.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami. Ereck is a great talent here and would make a lot of sense because the Falcons seem to not be able to protect Matt Ryan whatsoever. I know the Falcons need defense but they have to be able to protect their star QB.
9. New York Giants – Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa. Brandon Scherff is a great add for the Giants here. They really need to get someone on that o-line to protect Eli and give the guy a chance to stand up and throw instead of spending most the game on his back. The Giants have other needs to become competitive again but if they can start with the O-line they can at least start to throw the ball and run as well again.
10. St. Louis Rams – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia. The Rams got Nick Foles in an offseason moving giving up Sam Bradford. Well now they need someone to catch the ball when Foles throws it. Kevin is my number on WR and I think Jeff Fisher and co. will be happy to add such an incredible talent. He would go well with Jared Cook and Brian Quick and complete the weapon finding mission for the Rams.
11. Minnesota Vikings – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State. Trae is the best corner in the draft no doubt about that one. The Vikings I originally thought they could add WR then they got Mike Wallace so now their other biggest worry is defense. Trae will help a terrible pass defense in a division with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford along with their weapons. The Vikings adding pass protection here makes the most sense.
12. Cleveland Browns (trade this pick to Eagles and second round pick for Sam Bradford) – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. Mariota is going to be reunited with Chip Kelly regardless of what he has said in press conferences. This trade makes sense for both teams because the Browns will get Bradford like they wanted and the Eagles will get Chips’ dream kid as it would seem.
13. New Orleans Saints – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington. Danny adds to the heavy defensive draft and will become a great add for a team that needs defense. Danny is the best DT in the draft and the Saints won’t miss out on this opportunity. This will be a good move for the Saints as they try to build a defense.
14. Miami Dolphins – Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida. The Dolphins have added Kenny Stills after losing Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. They still need to add more depth at WR for their young QB Ryan Tannehill to throw too. Breshad is a good addition here and would make a lot of sense. This pick wouldn’t just make Dolphin fans happy it will make Ryan Tannehill happy which makes the whole organization happy.
15. San Francisco 49ers – Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State. Benardick makes the most sense here. I know they still have Navarro Bowman but he is an injury risk. The Niners in this off season lost future would have been superstar Chris Borland due to retirement as well as losing Patrick Willis to retirement. Their linebackers were devastated this offseason so now they need to get a good one while they can.
16. Houston Texans – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington. Marcus Peters is a future star and will be a great addition for the Texans secondary. He could go earlier in my opinion but the needs of the other teams before the Texans aren’t necessarily CB heavy. So the Texans would capitalize on him still being available and grab Peters and just make their already scary defense more elite.
17. San Diego Chargers – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford. I see almost everyone is saying the Chargers go RB in the first round but why is my question to them. This RB class is deep and they have Woodhead and Branden Oliver already. Their needs are definitely on the offensive line. I can’t guarantee they keep Phillip Rivers but no matter who they put behind the center, they will need to protect him. This pick makes the most sense to me without a doubt.
18. Kansas City Chiefs – Cameron Erving, C, Florida State. Cameron is a great choice for the Chiefs, I would have originally given them a WR but they have Jeremy Maclin now. So now that they helped their WR issues they need to protect their overpaid QB and help Jamaal Charles. Cameron Erving is the best center in this draft without a doubt and will be a great pick for the Chiefs here.
19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills) – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville. The Browns will use their first pick of the draft to get a WR to help their new added QB Sam Bradford. Their WR core is pretty weak with Josh Gordon being suspended again because he has yet to mature. DeVante would be a great add for the Browns and help them add another star to an organization that needs one at this position.
20. Philadelphia Eagles – Landon Collins, SS, Alabama. Landon Collins and Marcus Mariota in the same draft that would make Chip Kelly shed tears of happiness. Landon is a beast at the safety position and will be a force immediately. He is without a doubt the best pick here in the draft for the Eagles to make.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky. Bud is a good option here to play on the other side of Burfict and Hawk. That would make a scary linebacking core. This move could be an offensive line move just I think they take advantage of a defensive option being there and grab him.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forrest. The Steelers secondary is decimated and they need to grab a future star here with this pick. Kevin Johnson is a great option at this point for the Steelers. With this pick they will continue to rebuild this aged defense and start the move to be a top ranked defense again.
23. Detroit Lions – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State. No more Suh and Fairley is possibly gone within the next season so they grab a big need in a division with Eddie Lacy, Forte, and Adrian Peterson. Eddie would be a great addition to this defense and I think the Lions would happily take him here to be the replacement for Suh.
24. Arizona Cardinals – Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia. I know a lot of people are saying the Cardinals go RB here and that makes plenty of sense honestly but I see them fixing the only hole on their defense first. Eli Harold at pick number 24 is a steal in my eyes and the Cardinals will see his name still sitting there and grab him immediately.
25. Carolina Panthers – DJ Humphries, OT, Florida. The Panthers offensive line is terrible and they need to get that fixed immediately so superman can do work again. If they can draft smart this year they could be contenders. This is a smart first pick for them because DJ will be a good move to starting to protect Cam Newton.
26. Baltimore Ravens – Dorral Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma. It’s either WR, RB, or CB but I see the Ravens trying to replace Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. They managed to keep Justin Forsett so I don’t think that is a first round issue and the Ravens still have Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb and corner so I think that issue can be addressed later. Dorral is a great WR with a whole ton of upside possibly the most in the WR class if he can get his character issues under control. John Harbaugh seems to be able to take care of those character issues so it will be views as a welcome challenge to a team short on WR’s.
27. Dallas Cowboys – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. The Cowboys foolishly allowed DeMarco Murray to walk away, yes they got Derrick McFadden but that is just an injury waiting to happen. So where do the Cowboys go? To the best RB to enter the NFL draft since Adrian Peterson. Melvin Gordon sitting here at 27 to a team that needs a RB is the only obvious move in my eyes.
28. Denver Broncos – La’El Collins, OT, LSU. La’El is a much needed add to this team who needs to protect their old and injured Peyton Manning. If the Broncos want to win one superbowl with Peyton this is the year it has to happen and La’El should be their pick here because they need to add some weight up front in front of Peyton and the RB crew.
29. Indianapolis Colts – TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh. The Colts have holes on offensive line and their RB’s and they will look to solidify those in this draft. That will start here by taking a hard working strong TJ Clemmings who will be a great immediate add to their team. Clemmings will be great for the Colts and I think Andrew Luck is hoping they jump on this opportunity.
30. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami. AJ Hawk is gone and the Packers would be stupid not to use Matthews back outside. To give Clay the option to be the pass rusher he was born to be they need to get a run stopping machine as soon as they can. Here is their opportunity, Denzel is in my opinion the best inside linebacker in this draft class. I think Ted Thompson, McCarthy, and Dom Capers would be salivating at this opportunity.
31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle Seahawks) – Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut. The Saints are going to use the Seahawks pick to build their defense even more after already grabbing Danny Shelton earlier in the first round. The Saints will be looking to help their pass defense and Byron Jones is definitely a player I can see them grabbing right away. This pick along with Shelton will give the Saints players who can become immediate starters for their organization.
32. New England Patriots – Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon. The Patriots lost Vince Wilfork and realized they now have to face a LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson tandem twice a year. The genius himself won’t miss out on the addition of a good run stopping DT. This pick could be a corner but I think the genius has a plan and it’s definitely a DT in the first round.
Round 2 Pick (overall)
1 (33). Tennessee Titans – Jake Fisher, OT, Titans. The titans will do what they can do to protect Mettenberger since they are giving him a chance this season to show them what he really can do. I think their biggest hole could be OT actually so this could be a good add especially at this spot.
2 (34). Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M. Cedric makes sense here since the Buccaneers offensive line is weak and they would like to protect their first pick in this draft. Cedric is the best available OT left at this point and it would be a great option to add here. This pick will help make this offensive line stronger immediately and give Winston something to already be happy about before taking a single snap.
3 (35). Oakland Raiders – Eric Rowe, CB, Utah. Eric Rowe is a good player and will be a great selection here for the Raiders. This defense will get even better than they already seem to be getting. Eric Rowe would be a quick add without hesitation honestly. Eric Rowe is a smart corner and will be a good addition for the future of this defense.
4 (36). Jacksonville Jaguars – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia. Todd Gurley is supposedly the first round pick but injury risk plus lack of true RB needs makes me drop him a bit. He is a good player don’t get me wrong but lack of serious RB needs he falls here. I think when Jacksonville sees this kid here they will go crazy and take him immediately. They have Denard Robinson but he isn’t a true number one, he and Gurley together would be one of the best young one-two punches in the league. This move makes a lot of sense and is a good move for the Jaguars.
5 (37). New York Jets – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State. This pick here could be a few positions but I am going to take a shot here and say if the Jets want Geno to be successful they need someone for him to be able to throw to. Jaelen Strong is a good WR with a whole lot of talent and could easily be on the Jets radar.
6 (38). Washington Redskins – Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State. Donovan might be a tad of a reach here but the Skins need to address their issues on the RT position and hopefully Donovan could be completing that for them. The Redskins could go back on defense but I believe they will address the issue of protecting RGIII or whoever they put behind the center this year.
7 (39). Chicago Bears – Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma. The Bears again need to address their issues on defense. Their defensive line needs to be able to stop the run and put pressure on the QB. This addition will help this team get better instantly along with Vic Beasley. The Bears will consider going WR possibly here but I think when they see Jordan still on their big board they will grab him without looking back.
8 (40). New York Giants – Cody Prewitt, FS, Ole Miss. Cody Prewitt is the best free safety available in this draft and the Giants biggest weakness is absolutely their safety issues. If the Giants can address their offensive line in the first round it would be a great move to grab a safety now especially at this point in the draft for someone as talented as Cody Prewitt. The move is a good one to say the least and I think the Giants organization will agree.
9 (41). St. Louis Rams – AJ Cann, OG, South Carolina. Look Nick Foles is as injury prone as Sam Bradford is and the Rams need to avoid their need addition at QB getting injured. So that being said they must build that offensive line that could never protect Sam Bradford. AJ is the best guard in this draft class and the Rams will most likely make the move before he gets away. There are plenty of teams in the second round that would grab AJ Cann if they can.
10 (42). Atlanta Falcons – Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson. Stephone is a great add here for a team needing a middle linebacker. Since they addressed the offensive line during the first round and will now build the defense. Stephone is a great player and has great skill sets that can be improved and could be a future star behind coach Dan Quinn.
11 (43). Cleveland Browns (pick now the Eagles) – Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami. Phillip is a great option for the Eagles who need a WR. They are going to look for a WR to replace Jeremy Maclin in the second round and I think Dorsett will go well alongside Jordan Matthews. This pick is to me the one that makes the most sense after they already added a safety and a QB.
12 (44). New Orleans Saints – Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke. Laken will be a great addition to the Saints. They need to find a way to keep protecting Drew Brees and help Spiller and Ingram run better. The Saints at this point in the draft after drafting two defensive players need to make sure they build up their only big hole on offense.
13 (45). Minnesota Vikings – Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU. Paul Dawson is a great add for a team struggling at linebacker. The Vikings already added a top level corner to go opposite of another top level corner in Xavier Rhodes. Now they will build up the middle of their defense and get a future superstar linebacker. This pick will be a great opportunity to do that and Dawson will get them moving forward.
14 (46). San Francisco 49ers – Carl Davis, DT, Iowa. The 49ers need defense all the way through top to bottom. I think they intelligently grab Carl Davis here who is a tad undervalued and could be a great steal for the 49ers. He is a solid hard working powerful run stopping beast the 49ers will be glad to jump on at this pick.
15 (47). Miami Dolphins – Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart. Ali Marpet is a good option here for the Dolphins who need to protect their upcoming star QB. I like Marpet’s talent level and work ethic and I believe he will do what it takes to show this organization that they won’t make a mistake drafting him 47th overall which some may say is a tad high but it’s a definite need for this team.
16 (48). San Diego Chargers – Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA. Here is a steal for the Chargers. This guy could easily be a first round option but due to lack of priority needs at his position after the first few he dropped a little bit. Don’t let his spot taken in the draft though make you think any less in any way about him because this kid is a star to be and the Chargers should take him without hesitation if he is available at this pick.
17 (49). Kansas City Chiefs – Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson. Grady Jarrett is a great option at DT and the Chiefs need to upgrade at that position. This pick will be a great one and move them forward in their division a bit more and solidify their already amazing defense.
18 (50). Buffalo Bills – Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor. I personally think they should give EJ Manuel the chance he deserves. That being said, reports have been coming out of Buffalo’s camp that they personally love Bryce Petty and would have no issues drafting him and having him join the 4 man QB battle. The Bills are an organization moving forward and they think the QB spot is an issue still regardless that EJ Manuel is according to their star WR Sammy Watkins a changed man. So if they think the QB is truly an issue this pick makes sense since the franchise seems to love him.
19 (51). Houston Texans – Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California. The Texans need a good option to replace Andre Johnson and go opposite of DeAndre Hopkins. Now I know we won’t know who the actual starting QB is for a while but whoever it is would like to throw the ball to someone good. Agholor is a great WR and will fit nicely with DeAndre Hopkins in a good young tandem.
20 (52). Philadelphia Eagles – Tre Jackson, OG, Florida State. Tre is a good fit here because they need help on the offensive line a bit. They already added a QB and WR why not give them someone to help protect that QB so he can hit his new WR. Tre is going to the logical move for sure but there isn’t a guarantee because nobody including Chip Kelly knows what Chip Kelly is doing.
21 (53). Cincinnati Bengals – Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn. The Bengals are weak at WR behind AJ Green and they can fix that this year in one of the deepest drafts for WR’s. This move makes a lot of sense because yes they have Marvin Jones and Muhammad Sanu behind AJ but neither of those two are a pure #2 option for Andy Dalton, Sammie Coates can be a true number #2 and another great option in general.
22 (54). Detroit Lions – Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State. The Lions continue to build their defensive unit and add a good young cover corner. This defense last year was great and it was surprising but they still need to add a CB who can cover the slot and be one day their number 1 or 2 corner, Ronald Darby will provide them with just that.
23 (55). Arizona Cardinals – Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. Arizona didn’t go RB in the first round realizing they needed a steady OLB who can play every down and go into the future. So this round they go ahead and grab a good RB who can become their number one back and be a great option instead of needing Carson Palmer to throw it every down. I think if Arizona want to be true title contenders that offense is going to need to develop a ground game.
24 (56). Pittsburgh Steelers – Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State. I agree 100% with what Mike said about the Steelers trying to fill the void left by Troy Polamalu. This kid is the second best selection at that position behind Cody Prewitt who I have already seen go off the board so the Steelers will take their shot with Randall. Randall is a good safety who with proper coaching will be able to fix the few holes in his game and become a reliable every down safety for the Steelers.
25 (57). Carolina Panthers – Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State. The Panthers got a gem last year in Kelvin Benjamin and look to give Cam another target to throw to after adding protection for Cam on the O-line. I think the Panthers will be lucky to grab Devin Smith here and they will realize that and pull the trigger making Cam’s lack-luster WR corps of a year ago a top young threatening WR corps of the future.
26 (58). Baltimore Ravens – Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State. Jay Ajayi is a good option here because Forsett does need someone to lighten the load with especially after losing the often injured Benard Pierce in the offseason the Ravens definitely could use a player at RB who looks like a bright star for the future.
27 (59). Denver Broncos – Maxx Williams,TE, Minnesota. Maxx is going to be the most logical pick here and the Packers are sitting back there 3 spots back angry right now. The Broncos know Peyton love to throw to tight ends and losing Julius Thomas really hurts Peyton’s effectiveness. So the Broncos are going to make Peyton happy again and give him a young star in Maxx Williams who will be a great future for this organization at this position.
28 (60). Dallas Cowboys – PJ Williams, CB, Florida State. PJ Williams makes the most sense here because the Cowboys need a corner who can start now as a number 2. In time I believe PJ with coaching of course can grow and become the Cowboys number 1 possibly one day at corner. This would be a great move for Jerry Jones to address their two biggest needs in the first two rounds.
29 (61). Indianapolis Colts – Ibraheim Campbell, SS, Northwestern. This is arguably the Colts biggest need behind O-line and they will address it here. Campbell is a good safety but does have a few holes in his game which coaching will most likely address and make him a great safety in time and give the Colts another solid defensive player in a passing league.
30 (62). Green Bay Packers – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon. Now if this kid didn’t have the knee injury at the end of the season we would be talking about him as a first round talent. I think Ted Thompson is the smartest guy in the NFL when it comes to drafting talent and he will realize the absolute steal he is getting here with this pick. The Packers “need” a corner because they lost Tramon Williams but they don’t need one to arrive week one they do still have Sam Shields and Casey Hayward, they can also have Micah Hyde play some corner too so they won’t rush Olomu back and will coach him to greatness.
31 (63). Seattle Seahawks – Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan. Jimmy Graham is already in Seattle and now they add Funchess who is a pure power house at WR. He is a tweener really between TE/WR a lot like Jimmy Graham and JerMichael Finley. He will be another big option for Russell to throw to as they look to get their star QB more firing power to take some of the load off the aging Marshawn Lynch.
32 (64). New England Patriots – Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio). The Patriots didn’t just lose Vince Wilfork they also managed to lose Darrell Revis and I continue to wonder where the money Tom Brady keeps cutting back on is going. This pick will be a good addition to the Patriots as they will look to show that they don’t miss either of those two stars and make themselves still a defensive nightmare.
Round 3 Pick (overall)
1 (65). Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State.
2 (66). Tennessee Titans – Josh Shaw, CB, USC.
3 (67). Jacksonville Jaguars – Arie Kouandijio, OG, Alabama.
4 (68). Oakland Raiders – Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana.
5 (69). Washington Redskins – D’ Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic.
6 (70). New York Jets – Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA.
7 (71). Chicago Bears – Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State.
8 (72). St. Louis Rams – Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State.
9 (73). Atlanta Falcons – Hau’oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington.
10 (74). New York Giants – Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State.
11 (75). New Orleans Saints – Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville.
12 (76). Minnesota Vikings – Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State.
13 (77). Cleveland Browns – Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas.
14 (78). New Orleans Saints (from Miami Dolphins) – Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State.
15 (79). San Francisco 49ers – Nate Orchard, DE, Utah.
16 (80). Kansas City Chiefs – Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary.
17 (81). Buffalo Bills – John Miller, OG, Louisville.
18 (82). Houston Texans – Davis Tull, OLB, Chatanooga.
19 (83). San Diego Chargers – Duke Johnson, RB, Miami.
20 (84). Philadelphia Eagles – Alex Carter, CB, Stanford.
21 (85). Cincinnati Bengals – Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State.
22 (86). Arizona Cardinals – Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU.
23 (87). Pittsburgh Steelers – Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin.
24 (88). Detroit Lions – Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri.
25 (89). Carolina Panthers – TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama.
26 (90). Baltimore Ravens – Jaquiski Tartt, SS, Samford.
27 (91). Dallas Cowboys – Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State.
28 (92). Denver Broncos – BJ Finney, C, Kansas State.
29 (93). Indianapolis Colts – Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State.
30 (94). Green Bay Packers – Mario Edwards Jr, DE, Florida State.
31 (95). Seattle Seahawks – Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon.
32 (96). New England Patriots – Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina.
33 (97). New England Patriots (compensatory selection) – James Sample, SS, Louisville.
34 (98). Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection) – Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke.
35 (99). Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection) – Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
Round 4 Pick (overall)
1 (100). Tennessee Titans – Kevin White, CB, TCU.
2 (101). New England Patriots (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) –Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State.
3 (102). Oakland Raiders – Za’Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky.
4 (103). Jacksonville Jaguars – Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss.
5 (104). New York Jets – Ben Beckwith, OG, Mississippi State.
6 (105). Washington Redskins – Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State.
7 (106). Chicago Bears – Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn.
8 (107). Atlanta Falcons – Clive Walford, TE, Miami.
9 (108). New York Giants – Ben Heeney, ILB, Kansas.
10 (109). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from St. Louis Rams) – Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State.
11 (110). Minnesota Vikings – Josue Matias, OG, Florida State.
12 (111). Cleveland Browns – Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Mississippi.
13 (112). Seattle Seahawks (from New Orleans Saints) – Mark Glowinski, OG, West Virginia.
14 (113). Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco 49ers through Buffalo Bills) – Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas.
15 (114). Miami 4 – Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn.
16 (115). Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills) – Jeff Heuermann, TE, Ohio State.
17 (116). Houston Texans – Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia.
18 (117). San Diego Chargers – Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami.
19 (118). Kansas City Chiefs – Frank Clark, CB, Michigan.
20 (119). St. Louis Rams (from Philadelphia Eagles) – Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma.
21 (120). Cincinnati Bengals – Dres Anderson, WR, Utah.
22 (121). Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Hull, OLB, Penn State.
23 (122). Baltimore Ravens (from Detroit Lions) – Alani Fua, OLB, BYU.
24 (123). Arizona Cardinals – Christian Covington, DT, Rice.
25 (124). Carolina Panthers – Craig Mager, CB, Texas State.
26 (125). Baltimore Ravens – Bobby McCain, CB, Memphis.
27 (126). San Francisco 49ers (from Denver Broncos) – Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville.
28 (127). Dallas Cowboys – Adrian Amos, FS, Penn State.
29 (128). Indianapolis Colts – Jamil Douglas, OG, Arizona State.
30 (129). Green Bay Packers – MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois.
31 (130). Seattle Seahawks – Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama.
32 (131). New England Patriots – Bobby Richardson, DT, Indiana.
33 (132). San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection) – Chris Conley, WR, Georgia.
34 (133). Denver Broncos (compensatory selection) – Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford.
35 (134). Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection) – Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State.
36 (135). Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection) – Jesse James, TE, Penn State.
37 (136). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection) – Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas.
Round 5 Pick (overall)
1 (137). Minnesota Vikings (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers through Buffalo Bills) – Zach Zenner, RB, South Dakota State.
2 (138). Tennessee Titans – Javorius Allen, RB, USC.
3 (139). Jacksonville Jaguars – Kurtis Drummond, FS, Michigan State.
4 (140). Oakland Raiders – Chaz Green, OT, Florida.
5 (141). Washington Redskins – Martrell Spaight, ILB, Arkansas.
6 (142). Chicago Bears (from New York Jets) – Clayton Geathers, SS, UCF.
7 (143). Denver Broncos (from Chicago Bears) – Xzavier Dickson, OLB, Alabama.
8 (144). New York Giants – Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame.
9 (145). Philadelphia Eagles (from St. Louis Rams) – Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State.
10 (146). Atlanta Falcons – Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska.
11 (147). Cleveland Browns – Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane.
12 (148). New Orleans Saints – Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers.
13 (149). Miami Dolphins (from Minnesota Vikings) – David Cobb, RB, Minnesota.
14 (150). Miami Dolphins – Jacoby Glenn, CB, UCF.
15 (151). San Francisco 49ers – Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech.
16 (152). Houston Texans – Jeremiah Poutasi, OG, Utah.
17 (153). San Diego Chargers – Markus Golden, OLB, Missouri.
18 (154). New Orleans Saints (from Kansas City Chiefs) – Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State.
19 (155). Buffalo Bills – Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan.
20 (156). Philadelphia Eagles – Gerod Holliman, FS, Louisville.
21 (157). Cincinnati Bengals – Anthony Jefferson, SS, UCLA.
22 (158). Baltimore Ravens (from Detroit Lions) – Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina.
23 (159). Arizona Cardinals – Bryce Hager, ILB, Baylor.
24 (160). Pittsburgh Steelers – Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State.
25 (161). Carolina Panthers – Obum Gwacham, DE, Oregon State.
26 (162). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Baltimore Ravens) – Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland.
27 (163). Dallas Cowboys – Andy Gallik, C, Boston College.
28 (164). Denver Broncos – Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State.
29 (165). Indianapolis Colts – Lynden Trail, DE, Norfolk State.
30 (166). Green Bay Packers – Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn.
31 (167). Seattle Seahawks – Daryl Roberts, CB, Marshall.
32 (168). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from New England Patriots) – Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma.
33 (169). Carolina Panthers (compensatory selection) – Durell Eskridge, FS, Syracuse.
34 (170). Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection) – Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee.
35 (171). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection) – Jalston Fowler, FB, Alabama.
36 (172). Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection) – Hayes Pullard, ILB, USC.
37 (173). Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection) – Wes Saxton, TE, South Alabama.
38 (174). Carolina Panthers (compensatory selection) – Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State.
39 (175). Houston Texans (compensatory selection) – Damian Swann, CB, Georgia.
40 (176). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection) – Justin Cox, RB, Mississippi State.
Round 6 Pick (overall)
1 (177). Tennessee Titans – Chris Hackett, FS, TCU.
2 (178). New England Patriots (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Robert Myers, OG, Tennessee State.
3 (179). Oakland Raiders – Titus Davis, WR, Central Michigan.
4 (180). Jacksonville Jaguars – Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford.
5 (181). Seattle Seahawks (from New York Jets) – Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State.
6 (182). Washington Redskins – Cedric Reed, DE, Texas.
7 (183). Chicago Bears – Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware.
8 (184). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from St. Louis Rams) – Trenton Brown, OG, Florida.
9 (185). Atlanta Falcons – Justin Cox, CB, Mississippi State.
10 (186). New York Giants – Randall Evans, CB, Kansas State.
11 (187). New Orleans Saints – Jordan Richards, SS, Stanford.
12 (188). Buffalo Bills (from Minnesota Vikings) – Zach Vigil, ILB, Utah State.
13 (189). Cleveland Browns – Shaquille Mason, C, Georgia Tech.
14 (190). San Francisco 49ers – Brandon Bridge, QB, South Alabama.
15 (191). Miami Dolphins – Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse.
16 (192). San Diego Chargers – Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech.
17 (193). Kansas City Chiefs – Kyshoen Jarrett, SS, Virginia Tech.
18 (194). Buffalo Bills – Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia.
19 (195). Houston Texans – Matt Jones, RB, Florida.
20 (196). Philadelphia Eagles – Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State.
21 (197). Cincinnati Bengals – Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa.
22 (198). Arizona Cardinals – Geremy Davis, WR, Connecticut.
23 (199). Pittsburgh Steelers – Jamarcus Nelson, WR, UAB.
24 (200). Detroit Lions – Malcom Brown, RB, Texas.
25 (201). Carolina Panthers – Derrick Lott, DT, Chattanooga.
26 (202). Cleveland Browns (from Baltimore Ravens) – Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas.
27 (203). Denver Broncos – Shaquille Riddick, DE, West Virginia.
28 (204). Baltimore Ravens (from Dallas Cowboys) – Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State.
29 (205). Indianapolis Colts – Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State.
30 (206). Green Bay Packers – Joey Mbu, DT, Houston.
31 (207). Indianapolis Colts (from Seattle Seahawks) – Justin Manton, K, Louisiana-Monroe.
32 (208). Tennessee Titans (from New England Patriots) – JaCorey Sheperd, CB, Kansas.
33 (209). Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection) – Max Garcia, C, Florida.
34 (210). Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection) – Zack Wagenmann, DE, Montana.
35 (211). Houston Texans (compensatory selection) – Tyler Varga, FB, Yale.
36 (212). Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection) – Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas.
37 (213). Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection) – CJ Uzomah, TE, Auburn.
38 (214). Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection) – Jean Sifrin, TE, Massachusetts.
39 (215). St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection) – DaVaris Daniels, WR, Notre Dame.
40 (216). Houston Texans (compensatory selection) – Kaleb Eulls, DT, Mississippi State.
41 (217). Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection) – Louis Trinca-Pasat, DT, Iowa.
Round 7 Pick (overall)
1 (218). Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Terrence Magee, RB, LSU.
2 (219). New England Patriots (from Tennessee Titans) –Jamarcus Nelson, WR, UCF.
3 (220). Jacksonville Jaguars – Zach Hodges, OLB, Harvard.
4 (221). Oakland Raiders – Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan.
5 (222). Washington Redskins – Quayshawne Buckley, DT, Idaho.
6 (223). New York Jets – Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina.
7 (224). New York Jets (from Chicago Bears) – Dominque Brown, RB, Louisville.
8 (225). Atlanta Falcons – Jordan Taylor, WR, Rice.
9 (226). New York Giants – Corey Crawford, DE, Clemson.
10 (227). St. Louis Rams – Max Valles, OLB, Virginia.
11 (228). Minnesota Vikings – Robertson Daniel, CB, BYU.
12 (229). Cleveland Browns – Akeem Hunt, RB, Purdue.
13 (230). New Orleans Saints – Anthony Harris, FS, Virginia.
14 (231). Detroit Lions (from Miami Dolphins through Baltimore Ravens) – Xavier Williams, DT, Northern Iowa.
15 (232). Minnesota Vikings (from San Francisco 49ers through Miami Dolphins) – Evan Spencer, WR, Ohio State.
16 (233). Kansas City Chiefs – Austin Hill, WR, Arizona.
17 (234). Buffalo Bills – Kristjan Sokoli, DE, Buffalo.
18 (235). Houston Texans – Geneo Grissom, OLB, Oklahoma.
19 (236). Dallas Cowboys (from San Diego Chargers) – Kyle Emanuel, OLB, North Dakota State.
20 (237). Philadelphia Eagles – Erick Dargan, SS, Oregon.
21 (238). Cincinnati Bengals – DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech.
22 (239). Pittsburgh Steelers – Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina.
23 (240). Detroit Lions – Jeff Luc, ILB, Cincinnati.
24 (241). Arizona Cardinals – Cashaud Lyons, DE, Tusculum.
25 (242). Carolina Panthers – Akeem Hunt, RB, Purdue.
26 (243). Dallas Cowboys (from Baltimore Ravens) – Malcolm Agnew, RB, Southern Illinois.
27 (244). Indianapolis Colts (from Dallas Cowboys) – Darryl Baldwin, OT, Ohio State.
28 (245). New York Giants (from Denver Broncos) – Greg Mancz, C, Toledo.
29 (246). San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts) – Damien Wilson, ILB, Minnesota.
30 (247). Green Bay Packers – Troy Hill, CB, Oregon.
31 (248). Seattle Seahawks – Donald Celiscar, CB, Western Michigan.
32 (249). Atlanta Falcons (from New England Patriots through St. Louis Rams) – Cameron Clear, OT, Texas A&M.
33 (250). Denver Broncos (compensatory selection) – Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville.
34 (251). Denver Broncos (compensatory selection) – Trey Williams, RB, Texas A&M.
35 (252). Denver Broncos (compensatory selection) – Casey Pierce, TE, Kent State.
36 (253). New England Patriots (compensatory selection) – Cedric Thompson, FS, Minnesota.
37 (254). San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection) – James O’Shaughnessy, TE, Illinois State.
38 (255). Indianapolis Colts (compensatory selection) – Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor.
39 (256). Arizona Cardinals (compensatory selection) – Alex Singleton, OLB, Montana State.
- Matt Koontz
With the 2015 NFL Draft just two weeks away, teams are checking all their sources in the hopes of finding one last late round sleeper or first round lock. Most of this search focuses on the American NCAA Football system. However, in recent years, some Canadian players have stepped across the border and into NFL uniforms. Most of these players have not been superstars; top high school players can make the trip across the border, play for an elite American university team, and seal their fate in the draft. However, in a season when we have Ali Marpet, a DIII offensive lineman, projected by many as a top 100 prospect, it's time to take a look north to see what the talent pool looks like.
First things first. The Canadian Combine. The Combine in Canada is much smaller than it is in the States. Only 51 players participated in the Canadian Combine this year. The rest of the players hoping to make it into the CFL were relegated to smaller, regional combines. This is similar to how the NFL operates, but on a much smaller scale. The drills are very similar; the CFL Combine uses bench Presses, 40-Yard Dashes, Vertical Jumps, Broad Jumps, Shuttle Drills, and 3-Cone Drills to assess the physical abilities of its players. For comparison, the top 40 time in the CFL Combine was Tevaughn Campbell clocking in at a 4.355. That would have been good enough for a 3 way tie for 4th at the NFL Combine, with J.J. Nelson running a 4.28, Trae Waynes running a 4.31, and Phillip Dorsett running a 4.33. The top bench press result was Byron Archambault at 41. That would have topped Ereck Flowers' NFL Combine leading result of 37. Canadian athletes, then, are physically capable of at least keeping up with and competing with their American counterparts.
Why don't we hear about Canadian players more often? First, the level of competition in Canadian University Football is lower than it is in the States, with many scouts equating it to DII or DIII football. Canadian players are therefore lumped in with American small-school prospects near the tail end of most boards. Most scouting departments simply don't take the time to pay much attention to players north of the border. Time is needed to help players transition into the American game. Most of these guys are viewed as developmental players who can be scouted once they're in the CFL. That being said, "developmental" guys can make or break your team. Tom Brady was a 6th round pick and Tony Romo went undrafted. Neither player was projected as anything more than a deep backup.
My point isn't that the next Hall of Fame player is lurking in Canada as we speak. My point is that we need to, as football fans and draftniks, pay more attention to the players north of the border. Some players have been drafted from Canada in recent years, and things appear to be picking up. Now's a perfect time to get acquainted with some of Canada's talent. Here are a few players I like. They'll likely go undrafted in the NFL, but they're worth taking a look at.
Lemar Durant, WR, Simon Fraser University. Durant is a transfer from the University of Nevada and looks to be a backup/special teams type of player if he makes it in the NFL. That being said, he's explosive after the catch, and could make some nice plays in the right offensive system, or even as a return man. He won't likely be drafted in the NFL, but he deserves a camp invite.
Daryl Waud, DT, Western University. Waud is a prospect that was solid enough to receive an invite to the 2015 Shrine Game. He'll likely start out as a depth or practice squad player in the NFL but definitely has the raw ability to develop into a decent rotational player. Well worth watching.
Addison Richards, WR, Regina. Richards is another Shrine Game participant. He could make it as a 5th or 6th receiver on an NFL roster and potentially contribute on special teams. He's got decent hands but lacks breakaway speed, and needs to work on polishing up his routes. That being said, he's capable of adjusting to poorly thrown balls and making plays.
Chris Ackie, DB, Laurnier. Ackie is a quick, shifty defensive back out of Laurnier. He made some nice plays in college, and showed extremely well at the CFL Combine. This is a guy that would likely start out in a developmental role in college but could easily develop into a nice package/rotational player (or even an eventual starter). He might be my favorite Canadian player this year. Here's some film. Needs to polish his tackling technique a bit but his coverage skills are solid. DEAR NFL SCOUTS, DRAFT THIS MAN.
Byron Archambault, LB, Universite of Montreal. Archambault is a solid linebacker in the Canadian university system, and has great core strength. His tackling technique needs some work, and for now he'd project as a depth or practice squad type of player, but he has the physical gifts to develop into a solid player at the NFL level. Well worth a look.
There are many other capable Canadian college players who I haven't listed here, but even with a sample size this small, it shows that Canada is a place where scouts should spend more time. Some of these players have the ability to step into the NFL and become big-time contributors. If you've got some time between now and draft day, check out some of the talent in Canada, and join me in anger as your favorite team drafts a less-talented but better known player at the end of the 7th or brings one in as a undrafted free agent. Canadian University Football, it's worth checking out.
Here is a list of my top 100 I will be doing a list of 500 just like Mike is going to. As like Mike I will have a 7 round mock finished the Sunday before the draft. This list will be my top 100 players in the draft. I will have different thoughts about different players then most experts including Mike, although me and Mike are very similar. My big “surprise” is a guy who I am a big fan of in Ben Beckwith being in my top 100. He is a good offensive lineman and has one of the best work ethics I have ever seen. That being said enjoy and here we go. – Matt K
1. Donte Fowler Jr. – OLB, Florida
2. Kevin White – WR, West Virginia
3. Jameis Winston – QB, Florida State University
4. Vic Beasley – OLB, Clemson
5. Leonard Williams – DT, LSU
6. Amari Cooper – WR, Alabama
7. Brandon Scherff – OT, Iowa
8. Randy Gregory – DE, Nebraska
9. Marcus Mariota – QB, Oregon
10. Shane Ray – DE, Missouri
11. Trae Waynes – CB, Michigan State
12. Danny Shelton – DT, Washington
13. Melvin Gordon – RB, Wisconsin
14. Dorial Green – Beckham – WR, Oklahoma
15. DeVante Parker – WR, Louisville
16. Ereck Flowers – OT, Miami
17. Landon Collins – SS, Alabama
18. Alvin Dupree – DE, Kentucky
19. Cameron Erving – C, Florida State
20. La’el Collins – OT, LSU
21. Malcom Brown – DT, Texas
22. Arik Armstead – DT, Oregon
23. Andrus Peat – OT, Stanford
24. Todd Gurley – RB, Georgia
25. Marcus Peters – CB, Washington
26. Jake Fisher – OT, Oregon
27. Eddie Goldman – DT, Florida State
28. Kevin Johnson – CB, Wake Forest
29. Eli Harold – OLB, Virginia
30. AJ Cann – OG, South Carolina
31. Eric Kendricks – LB, UCLA
32. TJ Clemmings – OT, Pittsburgh
33. Owamagbe Odighizuwa – DE, UCLA
34. Jaelen Strong – WR, Arizona State
35. Byron Jones – CB, Connecticut
36. Breshard Perriman – WR, UCF
37. Ifo Ekpre – Olomu – CB, Oregon
38. Shaq Thompson – OLB, Washington
39. DJ Humphries – OT, Florida
40. Preston Smith – DE, Mississippi State
41. Phillip Dorsett – WR, Miami
42. Eric Rowe – CB, Utah
43. Denzel Perryman – LB, Miami
44. Benardrick McKinney – LB, Mississippi State
45. Maxx Williams – TE, Minnesota
46. Jay Ajayi – RB, Boise State
47. Ronald Darby – CB, Florida State
48. Devin Smith – WR, Ohio State
49. Sammie Coates – WR, Auburn
50. Nelson Agholor – WR, USC
51. Grady Jarrett – DT, Clemson
52. Brett Hundley – QB, UCLA
53. Tevin Coleman – RB, Indiana
54. Hau’oli Kikaha – OLB, Washington
55. Carl Davis – DT, Iowa
56. Duke Johnson – RB, Miami
57. Jordan Phillips – DT, Oklahoma
58. Nate Orchard – DE, Utah
59. Steven Nelson – CB, Oregon State
60. Laken Tomlinson – OG, Duke
61. Paul Dawson – LB, TCU
62. Devin Funchess – WR, Michigan
63. Ameer Abdullah – RB, Nebraska
64. Mario Edwards Jr. – DE, Florida State
65. Cody Prewitt – FS, Ole Miss
66. Hroniss Grass – C, Oregon
67. David Johnson – RB, Northern Iowa
68. PJ Williams – CB, Florida State
69. Quinten Rollins – CB, Miami (OH)
70. Michael Bennett – DT, Ohio State
71. Tyler Lockett – WR, Kansas State
72. Tre’ Jackson – OG, Florida State
73. Danielle Hunter – DE, LSU
74. Stephone Anthony – ILB, Clemson
75. Cedric Ogbuehi – OT, Texas A&M
76. Demarious Randall – FS, Arizona State
77. Rashad Greene – WR, Florida State
78. TJ Yeldon – RB, Alabama
79. Tre McBride – WR, William & Marry
80. Trey Flowers – DE, Arkansas
81. Ibraheim Campbell – SS, Northwestern
82. Ty Sambrailo – OT, Colorado State
83. Lorenzo Mauldin – OLB, Louisville
84. Rob Havenstein – OT, Wisconsin
85. Jaquiski Tartt – SS, Samford
86. Xavier Cooper – DT, Washington State
87. Djuan Smith – CB – Florida Atlantic
88. Justin Hardy – WR, Eastern Carolina
89. Bryce Petty – QB, Baylor
90. David Cobb – RB, Minnesota
91. Doran Grant – CB, Ohio State
92. Donovan Smith – OT, Penn State
93. Clive Walford – TE, Miami
94. Josh Shaw – CB, USC
95. Arie Kouandjio – OG, Alabama
96. Dezmin Lewis – WR, Central Arkansas
97. Jordan Hicks – OLB, Texas
98. Ben Beckwith - OG, Mississippi State
99. Jeremy Langford - RB, Michigan State
100. Derron Smith - FS, Fresno State
I would like, if I may, to take you, on a strange, and interesting pre-draft journey. Let's take a quick look at 500 of my favorite players in the 2015 Draft Class (I initially planned to rank 1000, but realize that my obsession could outlast my readers' patience and attention spans...1000 names? Really?) Some players will never play a down in the NFL, others will be every-down starters for years to come. I can promise you one thing with this list, more players than Mel and easier access. So sit back, grab some rice and toast, and enjoy the show. If you're ready to be spaced out on sensation, then give yourself over to absolute draft geekdom, and enjoy the ride. Ready for one of the biggest draft boards you'll find on the internet? Then perhaps you had better come inside. --Mike B
28 prospects will be attending the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago. Notable absents include Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Amari Cooper. Here's the complete list, per www.nfl.com:
Vic Beasley, DE/LB, Clemson
La'el Collins, OL, LSU
Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Bud Dupree, LB, Kentucky
Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State
Dante Fowler, DE/LB, Florida
Melvin Gordon, RB Wisconsin
Randy Gregory, DE/LB, Nebraska
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Andrus Peat, OL, Stanford
Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
Shane Ray, DL, Missouri
Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
Danny Shelton, DL, Washington
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Laken Tomlinson, OL, Duke
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Leonard Williams, DL, USC
We're 2 weeks away from the 2015 NFL Draft. It's time to finish up my prospect rankings and mock draft. I'll start you out with my top 100 players for the 2015 draft, continue with a list of 500 total prospects, all ranked, in a later post, and then will finish my 7 round mock between now and the first round of the 2015 draft. A few things of note. Yes, I realize that I have three players ranked ahead of Jameis Winston. This is because I worry about Winston's character concerns. While he could be the best player in this year's class, he needs to mature, or risks a similar fate to Ryan Leaf and Johnny Manziel. I have a low ranking on Leonard Williams. This isn't to say that he's not going to be a great player at the next level. However, he is not the best defensive player in this year's draft class. I'm higher than normal on guys like Jordan Hicks and Denzel Perryman, but Hicks can be a solid starter if he stays healthy, and Perryman can be a Pro Bowler if he lands with a team that can coach up the rough areas of his game. I'm bullish on Steven Nelson, but the guy is a great tackler and with the right coaching he could be a solid CB at the next level. The one thing I worry about with him is his speed. Anyway, here are my top 100 players for 2015. --Mike B
1. Dante Fowler Jr. OLB, Florida
2. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
3. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
4. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
5. Leonard Williams, DT, USC
6. Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
7. Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
8. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
9. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington.
10. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
11. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
12. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
13. Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
14.DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
15. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
16. Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
17. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
18. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
19. Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
20. Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
21. Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
22. La'el Collins, OT, LSU
23. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
24. Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
25. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
25a. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
26. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
27. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
28. Breshard Perriman, WR, UCF
29. D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
30. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
31. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
32. Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
33. Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
34. Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
35. Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
36. Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
37. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
38. AJ Cann, G, South Carolina
39. Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
40. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
41. Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
42. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
43. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
44. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
45. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
46. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
47. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
48. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
49. Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
50. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
51. Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
52. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
53. Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
54. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
55. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
56. Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
57.Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
58. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
59. Nate Orchard, DE, Utah
60. Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
61. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
62. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
63. Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
64. Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Oho)
65. Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State
66. David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
67. Cody Prewitt, FS, Ole Miss
68. Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
69. Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
70. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
71. Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
72. Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State
73. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
74. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
75. Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
75a. Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
77. Tre' Jackson, OG, Florida State
78. Ibraheim Campbell, SS, Northwestern
79. DJuan Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
80. Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
81. Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
82. Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary
83. Clive Walford, TE, Miami
84. Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama
85. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
86. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
87. David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
88. Jaquiski Tartt, SS, Samford
89. Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
90. Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville
91. Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin
92. Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
93. Justin Hardy, WR, Eastern Carolina
94. Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State.
95. Josh Shaw, CB, USC.
96. Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas
97. Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State
98. Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State.
99.. John Miller, OG, Louisville
100. Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas.
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