The 2015 NN community mock draft is chugging along into the middle of the second round. We're on to picks 9-11 of the second round. The plan is to post the 49ers pick sometime tomorrow or first thing Wednesday.Here is where we stand through the eighth pick of the second round.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2. Tennessee Titans - Leonard Williams, DT, USC
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB/DE, Florida
4. Oakland Raiders - Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
5. Washington - Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6. New York Jets - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
7. Chicago Bears - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
8. Atlanta Falcons - Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
9. New York Giants - Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
10. St. Louis Rams - Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
11. Minnesota Vikings - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
12. Cleveland Browns - Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
13. New Orleans Saints - Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
14. Miami Dolphins - DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
15. San Francisco 49ers - La'el Collins, OG, LSU
16. Houston Texans - Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
17. San Diego Chargers - Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
18. Kansas City Chiefs - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
19. Cleveland Browns - Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
23. Detroit Lions - Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
24. Arizona Cardinals - Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
25. Carolina Panthers - Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
26. Baltimore Ravens - Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
27. Dallas Cowboys - Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
28. Denver Broncos - D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
29. Indianapolis Colts - Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
30. Green Bay Packers - Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
31. New Orleans Saints - T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
32. New England Patriots - Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
1. Tennessee Titans - Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
3. Oakland Raiders - Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
5. New York Jets - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
6. Washington - Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
7. Chicago Bears - Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
8. New York Giants - Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State
With the 41st pick of the NN community mock draft, EastBayNinerFan and the St. Louis Rams select...Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Alternates: OG A.J. Cann, OG Laken Tomlinson, CB Kevin Johnson
This was a bit of a nail biter in the 2nd. There were some pauses during the day where people seem to have decided that work/ family were more important than our Mock Draft.... weird right? Thursday evening/ night was spent checking the list every 30 minutes and nope, I still didn't know who Harbaughalypsenow or Jimmy Baugh were taking before me.
So after getting my coffee Friday morning from the magic-coffee-thingy I fired up the list again wondering which of the two had 'stolen' my preferred pick... One of them was gonna be on my hit-list! But nope, Jaelen Strong fell into my lap. He was the only player left on my board ranked higher than a solid OG to finish 'fixing' the Rams OL. Strong is just too good a WR (albeit one who needs a bit of seasoning) to pass up. The Rams have needs across the board pretty much, but the main needs are on the OL and a threat in the passing game, which is still a question mark with the Rams.
Outside of Strong falling my pick was definitely going to be in the trenches again this round.
With the 42nd pick of the NN community mock draft, TDevil200 and the Atlanta Falcons select...Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
Alternates: ILB Eric Kendricks, ILB Stephone Anthony, RB Tevin Coleman
Statistically, tight-end may have been the Falcons weakest position last year. If you're wondering how bad the Falcons tight-ends were last year, they had a guy named Levine Toilolo as their starting tight-end. Don't feel bad if you don't know him, because he had 238 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns last year. With that kind of production, it's pretty safe to assume that the Falcons will be taking a tight-end with their first 3 picks. Originally, I was prepared to take a coverage linebacker until I saw Maxx Williams was available. This is a very weak tight-end class but Williams is the best. At 6'4, 249 pounds, Williams runs a impressive 4.78 and has solid numbers in his broad jump and vertical leap. Williams may not have the highest potential, but he has the measurements to start at tight-end from Day 1. Williams is the complete set at tight-end, with good athleticm, speed, blocking ability, and great hands that should immediately propel him as one of Matt Ryan's main targets. Dan Quinn should be excited about what the playmaker can bring to his team.
For the alternates, Stephone Anthony is one freak of an athlete. He's got great size to play linebacker at 6'3 and 243. Already considered a top-5 inside linebacker at the end of college football season, Anthony went into the Combine and simply blew it up. Anthony ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash, put up 23 reps at the 225-pound bench press, and had an impressive 37.0 inch vertical leap. He would be an athletical player to bring fire into the linebacking corps. I believe Kendricks is every bit as good if not better than Anthony. On tape, there is no coverage linebacker better than Kendricks, and he's the Chris Borland of this draft against the run. However, Kendricks lacks Anthony's athleticism, measuring just under 6'1 and running a very good but inferior 4.61. Finally, Coleman is very solid running-back that's value is worth the Falcon's pick, but they do have a solid running-back in 3rd year Devonte Freeman.
With the 43rd pick of the NN community mock draft, RutherfordBHayes and the Cleveland Browns select...Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan
Having addressed major holes in the defense in the first round, the Browns now need to go to the other side of the ball. It's no secret that the Browns need help when it comes to the wide receiver and tight end positions. Thanks to Gordon's inability to remain sober, and to the free agency departure of Jordan Cameron (who is great when not concussed), there are major long term question marks at those positions.
The Browns have signed free agents Hartline and Bowe, who are presumably the starting WRs, and literally just signed Rob Housler to play TE. But these are obviously short term solutions.
The Browns need a long term solution to these positions--a playmaker TE and a solid number 1 receiver.
This year's draft had some interesting WR1 prospects, but none were left when the 12th pick came by (that I would feel comfortable given Cleveland's luck with players with off field issues). And, as for TE, this draft class is considered very, very weak. That's not to say that there weren't a few analysts that said there was at least some first round talent--namely in Minnesota's Maxx Williams and Michigan's Devin Funchess. However, Williams' and Funchess' combine showings literally foreclosed any possibility that a TE would be taken in the first round. (And, indeed, even in our mock draft, there wasn't a TE taken in the first.)
BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S COOL TO TAKE WILLIAMS LITERALLY RIGHT BEFORE ME.
But I digress...
So, here we are in the second round, now able to address the WR/TE. With our pick, I say we take Devin Funchess from Michigan.
Now, I was not all that impressed with Funchess this last year. At times, he looked slow and had a lingering and recurring case of the drops. So, he will certainly need some refinement and coaching. But, really, that's to be expected.
Truth be told, Funchess reminds me of Kelvin Benjamin. I wasn't high on Benjamin last year, either. But, as they say, you can't teach height and speed. According to NFL.com:
WT: 232 pounds
Arm length: 33 1/2"HANDS: 9 3/4"
40-yard dash: 4.70 SEC
Bench press: 17 reps
Michigan Pro Day results:
40-yard dash: 4.47, 4.53 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 4.48 seconds
3-cone drill: 6.98 seconds
Compared with Kelvin Benjamin:
WT: 240 pounds
Arm length: 34 7/8"
Hands: 10 1/4"
40-yard dash: 4.61
Bench press: 13 reps
3-cone drill: 7.33
20-yard shuttle: 4.39
Kelvin Benjamin looks like an absolute freak with 35" arms. He's a tad bit bigger and taller than Funchess, but Funchess has had considerable and reliable production at both the TE and WR position over the course of his career at Michigan. If Funchess really runs a (sub) 4.5, that will be a major asset as he attempts to be that kind of hybrid TE/WR he wants to be.
So, while it is merely for comparison, if Funchess can reflect Kelvin Benjamin, I think he will be an absolute stud on the Browns because he will never get off the field--playing either TE or going our wide.
He's a big boy with considerable size and respectable speed. What's not to like?