The 2015 NN community mock draft rolls along, and we are fast approaching the end of round two. You can read over Karl Cuba's thoughts on the 49ers first round pick from last week, and then their second round pick earlier this week. We'll have five more picks on Sunday, and then move into the third round on Monday.
Here is where we stand through the 22nd 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
19. Houston Texans - Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
22. Detroit Lions - Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
With the 55th pick of the NN community mock draft, Szady and the Arizona Cardinals select...Danielle Hunter, OLB/DE, LSU
With the 56th pick of the NN community mock draft, albert.55 and the Pittsburgh Steelers select...Eric Rowe, DB, Utah
Alternates: DE Mario Edwards Jr., DE Nate Orchard
I had a few options at this pick by either going more backfield help or to help boost a lacking pass rushing attack. I went with more backfield help considering the retirements and quite frankly just how poorly they played throughout the year.
Rowe has the NFL body and physicality to stay with the receiver through the whole route and the length to disrupt many potential passes. Aggressive in run support to the point he is willing to take out offensive linemen to get to the runner.
Two knocks on him as that he has a slight hitch to his step which could prove costly against the most shifty wide outs he has bad hands for interceptions.
With the 57th pick of the NN community mock draft, IMissTheStick and the Carolina Panthers select...Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (FL)
Carolina needs playmakers not named Cam Newton. They got a big physical wideout last year in Kelvin Benjamin. This year they get the perfect compliment to go opposite him in Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett is a smaller receiver at 5'10" but has crazy play speed. His 40 at the combine was a little slower than people expected, but was still a 4.33, and he ran 4.26 & 4.27 at the Miami pro-day. There are plenty of fast receivers, but what makes Dorsett's speed special is that he plays at that 4.2/4.3 speed. He blows by everyone on tape and unlike a lot of speed receivers, he runs good routes, makes contested catches, doesn't drop balls often, and is fearless going across the middle or matching up with guys bigger than him. His ability to make plays in space may also add value in the return game, although the signing of Ted Ginn makes that less important in the short term.
Alternates: Jay Ajayi RB, Mario Williams DE, Ronald Darby CB
- Jay Ajayi was considered because of a need at RB and him being the best available, and very good value at 57.
- Mario Williams was underachieving at FSU, but has all the tools to be a pro-bowl player if he wants to be, and the Panthers need to attempt to replace James Hardy at some point.
- Ronald Darby similarly fits both need and value at 57, despite being a little undersized.
With the 58th pick of the NN community mock draft, nic2116 and the Baltimore Ravens select...P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
Williams was a strong consideration for me in the 1st round and I'm ecstatic to get him in the 2nd. The off the field concerns are minor and have led to the Ravens getting a great value in the 2nd round. Not only is P.J. the highest player on my board he fills a need for the Ravens with Ladarius Webb falling off a little bit last year. P.J. Williams and Jimmy Smith make a great young pair of corners on a strong Baltimore D. Williams has all the desired measureables with length and strength to jam a receiver. He plays bump-n-run extremely well and can play press coverage all day! P.J. compares well to Stephon Gilmore.
I had 3 other players I was prepared to decide between if P.J. was off the board. Phillip Dorsett (picked 1 spot ahead of me) Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State and Williams' teammate Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Sources say: "I think his best position will end up being safety. He's strong enough as a tackler to make the move and his cover skills are what most teams are looking for from safeties now. He would be the second safety off the board if you project him there." - NFC general managerIf this happens he could be seen as a possible replacement if Matt Elam doesn't get his act together this year.
With the 59th pick of the NN community mock draft, Pot8tohd and the Denver Broncos select...Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
NFLDraftscout.com Frank Cooney wrote ""Mature beyond his years, this is the kind of leader every team wants in the locker room."
What I wrote with our first pick:
"Last year Denver tried to implant on the NFL they were not only a finesse team but a TOUGH team as well. But the lack of physical toughness was apparent in their losses throughout the year. They were manhandled by the Rams during the regular season and overpowered by the Colts in the playoffs. It was a revolving door most of the year along their offensive line. Insert DJ Humphries."
Now insert Hroniss Grasu into the center position.
The Broncos had two different starting centers during the 2014 season. The job was originally held by Manny Ramirez, but lost it to Will Montgomery later on. With Montgomery a free agent and Ramirez moved to the right guard position, the Broncos sixth round draft pick from last year Matt Paradis is the only active center on the roster. The team has yet to address the center position during free agency.
Hroniss Grasu is strong enough and quick enough to help in the zone blocking scheme used in Denver. He sits at 6'-3" and 297 pounds. He has the toughness and durability that teams are looking for in the NFL. His only injury during college was a minor leg injury late in his senior season but he was already back and playing during the College Football Playoffs. He started 50 consecutive games before the injury and was twice nominated for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation's top center. Peyton Manning likes to run a quick offense which can wear out defenders but also wears down his offensive line. Even Peyton may have problems wearing down a center that is used to running up to the line every play in the Ducks offense. The running scheme in Oregon also translates very well to a zone blocking scheme as the offensive lineman are more adept at making it to the second level.
Other players considered: TE Clive Walford - The need at center is too great to get a Julius Thomas replacement at this position. I assume Green will move into his position. I also wanted an ILB but too many are already off the board. This will have to be addressed with a free agent, next year's draft, or a flyer in a late round.
My opinion on team needs: OT, ILB, C, FB, TE