2015 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 17-32)
The 2014 NFL season has come to an end and now its time for teams to fill voids. Today I give my mock draft for the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.
17. San Diego Chargers
What they need- OL, DL, CB
Who they draft- Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
The offensive line failed to protect Phillip Rivers when it mattered most and the run game ranked 30th in the league. Despite having the league's fourth ranked pass defense, the Chargers ranked towards the bottom against the run. Brandon Flowers is playing on a one yea deal and there isn't much depth behind him. Adding a defensive tackle like Goldman to the line will give San Diego a large run stopper to anchor the defense.
18. Kansas City Chiefs
What they need- WR, OT, CB
Who they draft- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Kansas City went the entire season without a wide receiver catching a touchdown. Eric Fisher struggled at left tackle for much of the season and the other tackle spot wasn't much better. Even with one of the league's best pair of pass rushers in Justin Houston and Tamba Ali, when they couldn't reach the quarterback the cornerbacks lack of skill was exposed. With Dwayne Bowe in a decline, the Chiefs need a young receiver like White who can stretch the field.
19. Cleveland Browns
Who they draft- Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
If the Browns take an offensive lineman with their first, first round pick, they will need to address their second position concern at receiver. With Josh Gordon failing a third drug test and his future in doubt, the team has to add a dynamic, playmaking receiver. Devin Smith is one of the fastest receivers in this years draft and has the capability to get separation from defensive backs.
20. Philadelphia Eagles
What they need- OLB, CB, S
Who they draft- Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida
The outside linebackers couldn't pass rush or cover and the cornerbacks and safeties were dreadful the whole season and as a result the Eagles defense ranked 31st against the pass. The defense needs a linebacker like Fowler who can do it all. Rush the passer, stop the run, and help out in coverage so less pressure is on the secondary.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
What they need- CB, S, K
Who they draft- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
The cornerback position battled injuries throughout the season, Cincinnati needs a strong safety to play alongside Reggie Nelson, and Mike Nugent cost the team games when it mattered. The team needs to bring in a guy like Peters who can take away an opponents best receiver. Although he was suspended for much of the season, Cincinnati is the ideal spot for the corner to get a second chance.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers
What they need- DL, CB, S
Who they draft- Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
Other than Cameron Heyward, the defensive line needs more youth. Ike Taylor is past his prime and there isn't much depth behind him. The team missed Ryan Clark and Troy Polumalu is in a decline. The team needs a young safety like Collins who can press against the line a nd play well in coverage.
23. Detroit Lions
What they need- DL, CB, K
Who they draft- Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
Even if the team re-signs Ndamukong Suh, they need another defensive tackle to play alongside him. The cornerback spot doesn't have a big name play maker. The team went through several kickers in 2014 and none of them really made a name for themselves. Brown is a good complement to Suh as both are equally good against stopping the run and rushing the passer.
24. Arizona Cardinals
What they need- DL, OLB, MLB
Who they draft- Benardrick McKinney, MLB, Mississippi State
Other than Calais Campbell, the defensive line battled injuries and inexperience. With Daryl Washington being suspended for the season and Karlos Dansby lost to free agency, the linebacker corps didn't have a leader or a voice. McKinney is the best inside linebacler in the draft and would be a good fit if Washington does come back.
25. Carolina Panthers
What they need- OT, DE, CB
Who they draft- Ereck Flowers, T, Miami
Cam Newton was battered for most of the season and the run game was next to nonexistent. The defensive line didn't have a reliable pass rusher without Greg Hardy. The cornerback position was a mess after the departure of Captain Munnerlyn. Adding a guy like Flowers to the offensive line will give Cam Newton less things to have to worry about.
26. Baltimore Ravens
What they need- RB, OL, OLB
Who they draft- Ronnie Staley, T, Notre Dame
Justin Forsett had a breakout year, but the team needs a guy who can be an every down back. Marshal Yanda is a pro bowl guard, but the Ravens need more talent on the offensive line. The team needs another pass rusher to play opposite Terrell Suggs. Adding Staley to the offense gives the Ravens a guy who can play anywhere on the offensive line.
27. Dallas Cowboys
What they need- THE, DL, CB
Who they draft- P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
Jason Whitten will be in his 13th season and it has yet to be seen if Gavin Escobar can be an ideal replacement. The defensive line really over performed, but they need a big pass rusher who offenses have to respect. Other than Orlando Scandrick, the cornerbacks were always exposed in coverage. Adding Williams to the secondary gives the cornerback position depth and youth.
28. Denver Broncos
What they need- THE, DT, MLB
Who they draft- Clive Walford, THE, Miami
Julius and Demaryius Thomas are in option years and Denver needs to think about their futures. The interior of the defensive line doesn't have a true play maker and the middle linebacker spot was a void after Danny Trevathan missed much of the year. Bringing in Walford gives the Broncos a young, almost tweener, tight end who is capable of making plays.
29. Indianapolis Colts
What they need- RB, OL, MLB
Who they draft- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Neither Trent Richardson or Boom Herron appear the team's long term answer at running back. The left side of the offense line is solid, but the Colts need more run blocking linemen. D'Qwell Jackson was a pro bowler in his first year with the team, but the team needs another inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. Gordon is a proven running back and is capable of making something out of nothing.
30. Green Bay Packers
What they need- THE, DL, MLB
Who they draft- Eric Kendricks, MLB, UCLA
The loss of Jeremichal Finley was completely recognizable as a lot of the offensive play calls you would expect from Green Bay. The defensive line dealt with injuries early on and couldn't recover. Clay Matthews was moved to middle linebacker to help the run defense but he is better suited as an outside linebacker. Drafting Kendrick to play beside A.J. Hawk gives the team a stronger presence as run defenders.
31. New England Patriots
What the need- RB, WR, DL
Who they draft- Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
The running back position was a carousel for much of the season and it is unknown if Steven Ridley of LeGarrette Blount will receive long term contracts. The wide receiver corps is talented, but they don't have a true number one. The defensive line is solid but needs more depth behind them. Adding Bennett to the group allows the team to take out guys like Vince Wolford and not miss a beat.
32. Seattle Seahawks
What they need- WR, THE, OL
Who they draft- DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
The team lacked an all purpose receiver after the departures of Golden Tate and Percy Harvin. The tight ends stepped up after Zach Miller went down with an injury, but Seattle needs a playmaking tight end. With Russell Okung and Max Unger battling injuries for most of the year, it became clear the offensive line needs more depth. Parker looks to be an ideal fit for Seattle's offense and can be a nice addition to the receiving corps.