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 on Wednesday, and now we continue on with a few picks at a time. The plan is to have five tomorrow and Sunday, which will get us through the end of 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 18th 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
15. Miami Dolphins - Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
16. San Diego Chargers - Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
17. Kansas City Chiefs - Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
18. Buffalo Bills - Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
With the 51st pick of the NN community mock draft, Elpato and the Houston Texans select...Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin
Alternates: WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Devin Smith, WR Sammy Coates
After taking Armstead for no reason other than the thought of a devastating line, I needed to actually fill a need with the Texans. Now this is a reach, the kid is projected to go in the 3rd or 4th round. But he's also the last OT I like and the Texans absolutely need O-line help. The ends justify the means, and I can't make a trade. Havenstein was the reason I choose Armstead because I felt he could be a great fit for the team and I could get him later. Of course, being ranked 50 on some draft boards, Havenstein has some issues, mostly the fact he can't stay pad level when he comes off the snap, but I think with proper coaching this guy can be really, really good for the Texans. A 3 year starter who is more a sumo wrestler than an offensive tackle, I think if Bill O'Brien lowers this kid a bit and takes advantage of his quickness, he's getting a guy that's ready to start immediately. And even if he can't necessarily 'block' for Brian Hoyer, he at least is big enough it will take awhile for a defender to move around him.
Now, as for the alternates. Dorsett wouldn't be bad, as would Coates, but I feel protection for Hoyer is more important than a WR prospect. I have great faith in this guy and think he's going to be a beast in this league with proper coaching. This does leave a huge gap for WR. But I hear Michael Crabtree is from Texas..
With the 52nd pick of the NN community mock draft, damnesia32 and the Philadelphia Eagles select...Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
The Eagles selection of the Brett Hundley is for the future. Sam Bradford if healthy will be the Eagles starting QB this upcoming year. Hundley gives Coach Kelly exactly what he's been looking for in a mobile QB. Hundley in the right system can be just as good as the first two qbs taken in the first round. Hundley has good footwork and Colin kaepernick like running ability.
Hundley will need to improve in his vision and decision making but should make up for it with his hard work, dedication and speed. Hundley will benefit from sitting out a year but will step up when the time is needed.
Hundley has the right attitude and truly believes he will be the best QB in this draft.
With the 53rd pick of the NN community mock draft, JMichael39 and the Cincinnati Bengals select...Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
Alternates: Donovon Smith OT, Danielle Hunter OLB, and Clive Warford TE
I took a chance going for what I think will be a game changing Defensive Tackle in round one, with the hopes that I could fill our need at Offensive Tackle here in the second round. Unfortunately, the run on OT has devastated that plan. The only remaining OT on the board worthy of a second round grade is Donovan Smith from Penn St. Unfortunately, Smith grades more as an OG, and not a starting OT. There is hope in free agency as Joe Barksdale is still available. So all is not lost.
Therefore, we'll target the third of our three major needs, Outside Linebacker. Paul Dawson has all the credentials to be a great linebacker. He was consensus all American and league defensive player of the year. The knock on Dawson is that many of teammates just didn't like him and he doesn't measure as a great athlete. But that doesn't seem to keep him from always achieving.
Outrageously productive linebacker with a nose for the ball. Dawson averages a tackle every 5.3 snaps and either caused or recovered a total of 8 turnovers during the 2014 season. Evaluators understand that Dawson has been a handful while at TCU and that will turn some teams off to him completely. Dawson can play inside in a 2-gap scheme but is a natural fit at 4-3 WILL.
With the 54th pick of the NN community mock draft, Hashtag Mafioso and the Detroit Lions select...Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
Alternates: AJ Cann, OG, SC; PJ Williams, CB, FSU; Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
This one basically came down to OG, corner, or RB after shoring up OT in round one. After debating the prospects available, the Lions solidify the spot that helps keep Stafford upright so he can continue to sling it to Johnson, Tate, Ebron and company.
I went back and forth between Cann, who I view as the slightly better overall guard prospect, and Tomlinson, who I view as a slightly better pass protector. In the end, the Lions stuck with their identity and went with the better fit for them in Tomlinson.
Tomlinson is a 4-year starter who does well against both power moves (bull rush) and finesse moves (rip, swim, etc) as well as tracking stunts. This is a must forba Lions offense that relies heavily on keeping a clean pocket for Stafford to operate in. He's also very intelligent and a hard worker.
His negatives seem to be his limited athleticism. And while it's not a good thing to struggle at times making clean blocks at the second level, it's also not the primary concern for Detroit. The Lions gladly shore up their OL and turn a weakness into a possible (dare I say likely?) strength in the first two rounds of the draft. Corner, RB, and DL depth will have to wait for the middle rounds...