The 2015 NN community mock draft rolls along, moving into the second half of the second round. We posted the San Francisco 49ers second round pick yesterday, and now we move back into a few picks at a time. We will likely have these four today, four more tomorrow, and then five Saturday and Sunday. That will take us through the second round. If we stick to four or so per day, excluding the 49ers pick, we'll finish the day before the draft!
Here is where we stand through the 14th 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
9. St. Louis Rams - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
10. Atlanta Falcons - Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
11. Cleveland Browns - Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan
12. New Orleans Saints - Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (FL)
13. Minnesota Vikings - Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
14. San Francisco 49ers - Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
With the 47th pick of the NN community mock draft, ak4niner and the Miami Dolphins select...Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Surprisingly, Johnson has fallen to the second round when many figured him to be a potential first-round pick. In fact, many other CB's seem to be have selected in front of him. Johnson is not only the best CB on the board, but the BPA. He can play inside and outside as well having natural coverage skills. Another nice thing: he has never missed a game due to injury. His biggest issues are over-aggression and run support; there is also some concern about size. However, his positives outweigh the negatives.
Other potential picks:
Trade down - Dang it Fooch! This is what I'd really have done so that I can grab an ILB as well.
Denzel Perryman, ILB or Paul Dawson, ILB: A need for sure, but Johnson is too good to pass up. This is a case where BPA wins.
Laken Tomlinson, OG: OG is more of a depth issue for the Dolphins, so this isn't really a must-have. Plus, none of the OG's impressed me all that much.
I'll be honest; I was going to look at Safeties and OT's (not getting a WR) but with Johnson being available it was an easy choice.
With the 48th pick of the NN community mock draft, cgun and the San Diego Chargers select...Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
Alternates: Jordan Phillips - DT, Hau'oli Kikahka - OL, Byron Jones - CB
Preston Smith offers an incredible blend of versatility, size, athleticism, draft value and fit for the Chargers. Picked by many to be a late 1st rd pick, Preston is the most athletic DL in the entire draft. As a run stuffer he can help the Chargers immediately in an area they struggled with last year. Smith provides interior pressure, and he will set the edge; a great complement to Liuget. Smith is also athletic enough to be used in situations at OLB. This is a steal for the Chargers at 48.
Jordan Phillips was a serious consideration due to ability and fit. Massive body with possibly more ability to help immediately in stopping the run. Even though no reported issues in 2014, had to factor in the 2013 back surgery for a guy this big playing NT.
Hau'oli Kikahka was our highest rated OLB still on the board. Multiple ACLs on the same knee derailed him from serious consideration at 48.
Byron Jones was a player we felt had good value at 48, but at a position that the team is targeting in later rounds for depth.
With the 49th pick of the NN community mock draft, Zack_The_Gamecock and the Kansas City Chiefs select...Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
Alternates: Philip Dorsett, WR, Miami; AJ Cann, OG, South Carolina; Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
Thanks to the addition of Jeremy Maclin, the Chiefs are going to be able to focus on stockpiling talent in the secondary or the offensive line in the first round without worrying about their terrible, terrible receiving corps. Thanks to deep talent at offensive line, and the addition of pro bowler Ben Grubbs (LG) and veteran Paul Fanaika (RG) during free agency, the Chiefs can/should focus on adding a stellar playmaker in the second round.
I'm sure many of you don't trust USC wide receivers, but Agholor shouldn't be criticized due to past USC players. Despite lacking speed to force defenders to respect him over the top, he has great instincts and has a knack for getting wide open against zone coverage and off man. He is good at getting open for scrambling quarterbacks, which is exactly the type of quarterback Alex Smith is.
Many experts/analysts and scouts say Agholor could be a Day 1 starter on special teams, but the Chiefs are set a punt return (if you haven't heard of De'Anthony Thomas by now, look up his highlights) and kick return (Knile Davis is solid and doesn't make stupid decisions). If the Chiefs do indeed draft Agholor (I was hoping to pick him up in the 3rd round, but I'm not confident he'll be available then in real life or this community mock), he'll more than likely be used as a slot receiver for Alex Smith. Hopefully the offensive line will be better at protecting Smith so he won't be forced to scramble so often and Agholor won't have to work so hard to get open, but either way, Agholor will be a perfect fit for Reid and Smith in 3rd down situations (which is the role Dwayne Bowe had in the past few seasons).
With the 50th pick of the NN community mock draft, charlesmingus and the Buffalo Bills select...Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
Alternates: Jake Fisher, OT Oregon & Cedric Ogbuehi, OT Texas A&M
I did a fair bit of research and everyone in Bills nation is clamoring for offensive line help - GM Doug Whaley, new head coach Rex Ryan, draft pundits and the fans that I talked to on Buffalo Rumblings. (Full disclosure: The Bills are my second favorite team behind the Niners). And it makes sense given the fact that the team just invested heavily in free agent running back LeSean McCoy and have added run-oriented OC Greg Roman. Such moves surely dictate an investment in draft capital into an offensive line that was ranked near the bottom of the league according to PFF. And I am firmly on board that train as I see that as their number 2 area of need behind quarterback, even though a new offensive line coach in Aaron Kromer surely will be able to improve the squad as is (the team did add OG Richie Incognito this offseason, but failed in their attempts to land Bryan Bulaga or Jahri Evans).
Nevertheless, I am sticking to the BPA strategy and the board that I am presented with makes me pick Jordan Phillips. I have seen him go in the first round of numerous mock drafts and in big boards that I find to be sound he is ranked high enough that I feel very good in the value of this pick. Even though I am concerned about his back injuries in college, the risk/reward makes me comfortable that this is good pick for the team at number 50. I was not willing to reach for offensive line when the picks I wanted went earlier in the round.
As for fit, I think he can be put into the rotation immediately to bolster an already dominant Buffalo defensive line. Phillips has the athleticism and size to plug up the middle in Rex Ryan's defense. He measures in at 6'5" 329 with a 5.17 40 and a 1.82 10 yd split. Though NT isn't a glaring need on this team, Phillips may give the Bills a fall back position or a some bargaining room when Marcel Dareus (just ranked as a top run stopper by PFF) becomes a free agent after 2015. Suh's record contract has made some worry that Dareus will price himself out of Buffalo's ability to pay him.
All of these factors lead to a good value for the Bills picking up Phillips even with his possible downsides. A scouting report put it this way: "Phillips has the NFL upside to be an impact player if the splash plays turn into consistency, but the effort and injury concerns makes him high risk/reward prospect." At pick 50 I feel this risk/reward is definitely in favor of adding a solid addition to the middle of the Bills D.