2015 NFL Mock Draft With Trades

2015 NFL Mock Draft With Trades

2015 NFL Mock Draft with Trades

Just a little mock draft on what I Think will or could happen.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston QB Florida State
I am not a fan of Winston as it pertains to the NFL and I find big flaws in his game that will make him a bust. The Bucs have all but stated they’re taking him with the first pick.

2. Tennessee Titans (The Chargers trade Phillip Rivers for the #2 Pick) Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
If you get the chance to acquire a pro bowl QB in his prime you do it! Rivers doesn’t want to play in LA and is from the south going to school at nearby NC State. I do like Mariota a lot but I don’t think he should start from day 1. IF the Chargers move to LA then I believe they would have to slap the franchise tag on Rivers or try to trade him when he has less value. They get a franchise QB here in what could be a transition year.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (Giants get this pick for #9 and 2016 first round pick) Leonard Williams DT USC
There is a lot of optimism this season for the Giants fueled by a full year of Odell Beckham and a healthy Victor Cruz. On defense they have some issues specifically at safety and the defensive tackles. If they get run on like last year then it will be a wasted season and while Jonathan Hankins is OK they NEED someone to play next to him. I have Leonard Williams as my best player in the draft and someone who can hold his own against the run and be an effective pass rusher from inside starting week 1. Williams could be the big defensive peace for this team to take the next step.

4. Oakland Raiders Amari Cooper WR Alabama
Reggie McKenzie has done a very good job at the draft since he has been named GM nabbing Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Gabe Jackson and DJ Hayden among others and I think he makes the right pick here. Cooper would give Carr another target along with Crabtree and James Jones to really get the ball rolling. There will be a little bit bigger expectations in Oakland this season.

5. Washington Redskins Kevin White WR West Virginia
Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson will make around 20M combined this season and next. Adding Kevin White will allow one of those to be cut for the 2016 season to better manage the cap and will also give the Redskins another weapon. If RG3 is mold again with a receiving core like this he will be a free agent in 2016.

6. New York Jets Dante Fowler OLB Florida
The Jets have only 2 real glaring needs and thats a QB and a younger pass rusher. Dante Fowler can be used situationally in his first year before settling into a full time roll. With no QB on the board a pass rusher should be the pick and they could possibly move back from this pick.

7. Chicago Bears (The Dolphins get this pick for 14, 47 and 2016 3rd) Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
The Dolphins are in a position and need to win now otherwise hell could freeze over. With the signing of Greg Jennings and the trade for Kenny Stills to pair with Jarvis Laundry and Rishard Matthews I think they think they’re set at WR so they focus on corner where they are thin outside of Grimes who is 32 years old. Waynes is the top corner in this draft and is worth moving up for.

8. Atlanta Falcons Vic Beasley OLB/DE Clemson
The Falcons lack someone who can effectively rush the passer. Beasley would give them a dominant force on the edge which would tremendously help this defense which was horrible last year. They also have offensive line needs among others but you can draft a guard in the 2nd but you can’t get a pass rusher like Beasley there.

9. New York Giants (Jacksonville Jaguars) Danny Shelton DT Washington
The Jaguars finished 27th in the league in rush defense last year and that needs to be improved if they want any shot of being competitive. They did sign Jared Odrick in the offseason but he’s not a run stuffer. Shelton at 340 pounds would eat up some space and demand double teams in many occasions.

10. St. Louis Rams DeVante Parker WR Louisville
The Rams have a lot of talent on that roster helped in large part due to the RG3 trade. They acquired Nick Foles in the offseason and seemed destined to be competitive this season. Parker can be the #1 receiver on this team and play next to talented players like Tavon Austin. Parker has #1 WR potential that those other receivers do not.

11. Minnesota Vikings Shane Ray DE Missouri
The Vikings don’t have any position of major need but as a 4-3 Mike Zimmer team it is important to be able to roll pass rushers and keep them fresh. Throw that in with the fact that Robison is 32 years old then Ray makes a lot of sense here. He can be rotated with Robison and Everson Griffen and will take a full time position next year.

12. Cleveland Browns Breshad Perriman WR UCF
You can say what you want about the Browns at QB but they really have nothing to work with besides the left part of their offensive line. They have no TE no RB and their only average to above average WR is Dwayne Bowe. Other than that they signed Brian Hartline and have Andrew Hawkins. Perriman will give this team a blazing speed receiver capable of stretching the field. I think they will consider Todd Gurley here as well.

13. New Orleans Saints Brandon Scherff OT/OG Iowa
This may not be the sexiest pick but at age 36 they need to keep Drew Brees upright and from getting hit. They have a hole left by trading Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs and both Zach Strief and Jahri Evans are 31. Scherff can step in immediately to fill the hole at LG and eventually slide over to RT.

14. Miami Dolphins (Chicago Bears) (Bears trade pick to Browns for 19 and 2016 3rd) Todd Gurley RB Georgia
Well as I said earlier the Browns could consider taking Gurley as they need a running back. Gurley could be a dominant back in the NFL and give the Browns an offensive playmaker icon that they desperately need.

15. San Francisco 49ers Dorial Green Beckham WR Oklahoma
The 49ers have some holes all over the field and have been in complete turmoil this offseason. With Anquan Boldin aging and Torrey Smith being really a speed receiver DGB would fit in nice. at 6’5 DGB has the size to go up and make that big catch. His talent is worth the behavioral risks.

16. Houston Texans Arik Armstead DE Oregon
The Texans don’t really have any big holes that they need to fill except ILB next to Cushing which can be addressed later. They could use another 3-4 DE to line up opposite of Watt where they currently have Jared Crick which is nothing spectacular. Armstead is 6’7 and can eat up blockers to allow Jadeveon Clowey or Whitney Mercilus to attack the quarterback.

17. San Diego Chargers Eddie Goldman DT Florida State
The Chargers have more holes than you think and with the trading of Rivers and drafting of Mariota they continue to get younger in a critical area. Eddie Goldman can play nose tackle and stuff the run giving the Chargers one of the best and youngest front three in the league with Liuget and Kendall Reyes. I can also see them taking Melvin Gordon but that isn’t the most efficient choice here.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (Lions get this pick and #193 for #24 and 3rd round pick) Ereck Flowers OT Miami
With the Chiefs not having the best match here the Lions se the potential for a trade. They have a need at LG and at RT but Flowers will be a tackle probably right tackle. He can mow people over in the run game and should keep improving against the pass rush. Quality pick here.

19. Cleveland Browns (Chicago Bears) Andrus Peat OT Stanford
The Bears still have holes on this roster but traded down and accumulated a bunch of picks later in this draft and next year. Jay Cutler struggled last season but they need to reinforce that offensive line as well. Jordan Mills needs to be replaced at RT although I see Peat as a long term LT. Bushrod could transition to the right side which would improve this unit as a whole.

20. Philadelphia Eagles La’el Collins OT/OG LSU
The Eagles don’t have many needs except safety but reports are that the Eagles aren’t interested in Landon Collins. The Eagles have a hole at RG left by Herramans going to the Colts and Jason Peters won’t play forever. Collins would be a day 1 starter at RG for this team.

21. Cincinnati Bengals Landon Collins S Alabama
The Bengals don’t have glaring needs on this roster and usually looks big toward the future when drafting. Both George Iloka and Reggie Nelson will be free agents after this season and the team will HAVE to franchise AJ Green if he doesn’t sign a long term deal. Collins should be good value at this spot.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers Marcus Peters CB Washington
The Steelers secondary is atrocious and in need of major help. Polamalu just retired meaning that Shamarko Thomas will likely take his place alongside the subpar Mike Mitchell. The Steelers might have the worst cornerback group in the league and opted to invest money in Cortez Aleen instead of Keenan Lewis which was a colossal failure. Peters would give this team a cornerback with an attitude capable of matching up against top receivers.

23. Detroit Lions (Kansas City Chiefs) Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
The Chiefs infamously had no Wide receivers catch a touchdown for the first time since 1950. They have already cut Dwayne Bowe and signed Jeremy Maclin but they don’t have a recover capable of catching the fade in the end zone or up high. Strong has a hairline fracture in his hand but I don’t expect that to hinder him in time for training camp.

24. Arizona Cardinals Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
The Cardinals are very interested in Adrian Peterson but the Vikings are demanding a first round pick which Keim and Arians won’t give up for a 30 year old RB. Gordon would give this offense a running back which they haven’t possessed in a while.

25. Carolina Panthers DJ Humphries OT Florida
After releasing Byron Bell they have no one to play left tackle and already have a fragile situation with Michael Oher at RT. DJ will play left tackle probably from week one and that should improve the team in both the running game and give Newton more time to throw.

26. Baltimore Ravens (Buccaneers get this pick for #34 and 3rd round pick) TJ Clemmings OT Pittsburgh
The Buccaneers have already drafted Jameis Winston but need to protect him as they currently have 3 holes on the offensive line including Demar Dotson slated to start at left Tackle. I have question marks about Clemmings but some teams love his projectability. He would play LT.

27. Dallas Cowboys Malcolm Brown DT Texas
The Cowboys magic carpet ride last season will not be repeated at least on defense with the group that they have now. They need to beef up that line and Brown can do that being able to stuff the run and should get some heat on the quarterback.

28. Denver Broncos Jake Fisher OT Oregon
We all know that they need to protect od man Peyton and need to plug up one spot on the offensive line. Chris Clark would slide over to left guard and Fisher would start at left tackle. It is critical for this team to keep Peyton up right.

29. Indianapolis Colts Cameron Erving C Florida State
This is a make or break year for the Colts as owner Jim Irsay is expecting them to go far. Luck needs a center like Peyton had with Jeff Saturday and Erving can be that guy which would make this line one of the most complete units in the NFL.

30. Green Bay Packers Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississipi State
The Packers want to move Clay Matthews back outside and need a middle linebacker on this defense after cutting AJ Hawk. McKinney is one of my favorite players in this draft.

31. New Orleans Saints Alvin “Bud” Dupree OLB Kentucky
After picking Brandon Scherff to solidify the offensive line they can look to address pass rusher and Dupree is extremely good value here. He can join a rotation that includes Junior Gallete, Anthony Spencer, and Paryls Haralson which is quite an underwhelming group.

32. New England Patriots (Falcons get this pick for 42, 107 and 2016 6th rounder) Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
No one should be surprised about the Patriots trading out of the first round. The Falcons need a tight end for Matt Ryan which they haven’t had since Tony Gonzalez retired. Maxx can add another element which is much needed to this offense.

33. Tennessee Titans Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest
Already truing for Phillip Rivers they can look to address the defense where they need another corner. They also have a need at 3-4 DE but that type of player isn’t available right now. Johnson would prove to be a value pick here.

34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ravens) Nelson Agholor WR USC
The Ravens lost Torrey Smith in free agency and they have a need for another WR. Agholor could be an important pick if there offense wants to be competitive this season.

35. Oakland Raiders Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
The fall finally stops for Randy Gregory. He has talent but there are numerous concerns about him including his drug tests and his inability to stop the run due to his lean frame. The Raiders badly need a defensive end.

36. Jacksonville Jaguars Damarious Randall FS Arizona State
Already taking Danny Shelton they now take a safety in Randall to play next to Jonathan Cyprien. The Jaguars continue to beef up that defense which is much needed. They could also use a number 1 receiver but that type of player isn’t available in the 2nd round and could be filled if Justin Blackman is reinstated.

37. New York Jets Garrett Grayson QB Colorado St
After taking Dante Fowler they can go after their biggest need which is quarterback. I have Grayson as the 2nd best QB in this class behind Mariota and I think he could be a steal. I think he can beat out Geno Smith to start from day one unless they prefer Fitzpatrick.

38. Washington Redskins (49ers get this pick for 46 and 4th round pick) Byron Jones CB UConn
The 49ers lost both of their starting corners again this offseason and they need to draft someone to fill that spot. Jones is very athletic as by his ridiculous combine numbers and his tape isn’t bad either. He is of course somewhat of a risk but with his athletic ability he can mold into a top corner.

39. Chicago Bears Devin Smith WR Ohio State
After already taking Andrus Peat to be the LT of the future they focus on filling the hole left by the departing Brandon Marshall by grabbing Devin Smith. Smith might be a little more of a burner than a complete wide receiver especially in his rookie season which is fine as they have Eddie Royal in the slot and Alshon Jefferey as their number 1.

40. New York Giants Laken Tomlinson OG Duke
After giving up their 2016 first round pick to move up in the draft to select Leonard Williams they need a prospect that can come in and help them win now starting right away. They signed John Jerry to possibly play guard but he’s not very good nor has close to the ceiling that Tomlinson does.

41. St. Louis Rams Jalen Collins CB LSU
Collins could go much higher than this but he’s had injury concerns and has only started 10 games in his collegiate career. After taking DeVante Parker they will look to address the cornerback position which they have selected secondary help in now 3 of the past 4 drafts with reasonable success.

42. Atlanta Falcons (Patriots) Eric Rowe CB Utah
The Patriots lost a lot of talent in the offseason and have more needs than you might think. IT wouldn’t be a draft if the Patriots didn’t move down to accumulate more picks. Eric Rowe would add depth to that secondary where they lost Revis and Browner and will probably play a bigger role as the year moves on.

43. Cleveland Browns Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
They have already adressesd the offense getting Perriman and Todd Gurley and still need a tight end but that player isn’t available right now. Phil Taylor was injured the last half of the season as teams ran the ball on the Browns like they were water. Phillips would give them depth on the defensive line and heavy packages and could take over as the starting nose in the near future.

44. New Orleans Saints Phillip Dorsett WR Miami
They addressed certain needs earlier in the draft grabbing a lineman in Scherff and a pass rusher in Dupree and now they can focus on the future by getting a WR in Dorsett who can hopefully replace an aging Marques Colston in the future. They do need someone on the line at defensive tackle but the draft isn’t deep at 3-4 DT which is a problem for the Saints.

45. Minnesota Vikings Ronald Darby CB Florida State
The Vikings already taking a pass rusher for the future in Shane Ray they can select a corner to help them in the future with Darby. They have had success selecting a Florida State corner in Xavier Rhodes and Darby is very fast but needs to refine his overall game.

46. San Francisco 49ers (Redskins) Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
The Redskins would love to move back to acquire more picks and they have already added Kevin White. I think they get a steal in Kendricks who is very talented and can start right away. The Redskins don’t have an above average inside linebacker and Kendricks could be a pro bowl talent.

47. Miami Dolphins (Chicago Bears) Quinten Rollins Miami (Ohio)
They have already taken Andrus Peat to be their future LT and Devin Smith to compliment Alshon Jeffery and now can find a corner to play next to Kyle Fuller for the next decade. Rollins didn’t play against a lot of quality opponents in college due to him playing at such a small school.

48. San Diego Chargers Eli Harold OLB Virginia
The Chargers have needs on defense and even though they addressed one of those needs by drafting Eddie Goldman they continue stockpiling players. I am not crazy on Harold and doubt his ability to sustain solidified pressure at the NFL level. They would need a replacement for Melvin Ingram soon.

49. Kansas City Chiefs Shaq Thompson LB Washington
After addressing the wide receiving corps in Jaelen Strong they need to upgrade some spots on their defense and can start at what will be a transition for Thompson for 4-3 OLB to 3-4 ILB. I think this transition can go over fairly well and Thompson can blend in with the veterans on that defense.

50. Buffalo Bills Grady Jarrett DT Clemson
The Bills could be looking for a linebacker but also for some more meat up front. They will give Darius a HUGE deal soon and Kyle Williams isn’t getting any younger so insurance is needed on that line and we know Rex loves drafting lineman.

51. Houston Texans Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson
The Texans continue to upgrade their defense along with Arik Armstead which could be one of the leagues best next year adding a ILB in Stephone Anthony. He should play next to Brian Cushing and all see the field plenty this year and is good depth for Cushing and his inured past.

52. Philadelphia Eagles Ifo Ekpre Olomu CB Oregon
After shoring up the offensive line with Collins the Eagles and Chip Kelly take an Oregon Duck to play corner in the future with Walter Thurmond, Brandon Boykin and Nolan Carroll set to be free agents at the end of the year. You know that Chip loves his Ducks.

53. Cincinatti Bengals Owamagbe Odigihizuwa DE UCLA
The Bengals got a safety in Landon Collins and now add a pass rusher who could help them down the line. They don’t have an immediate need at the position but can use depth there as without getting pressure in a 4-3 your defense will be shredded.

54. Detroit Lions (Cowboys get this pick for #60 and 5th round pick) Brett Hundley QB UCLA
Jeryy almost drafted Johnny Manziel last season before his son stopped him and made him pick the top player on their board in Zach Martin which proved to be a very good choice. In the second round after already taking Malcolm Brown to fix the defensive interior they take their QB of the future in Hundley. Romo is 34 years old so Hundley will have time to learn and develop.

55. Arizona Cardinals Hroniss Grasu C Oregon
The Cardinals need to keep improving an offensive that was miserable without Carson Palmer. They already got a running back in Gordon and now can take what they will hope to be their long term center in Grasu. He will play next to recent signing Mike Iupati.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers PJ Williams CB Florida State
The Steelers even after taking Marcus Peters continue to fix their broken secondary by selecting PJ Williams. William Gay is a free agent after this season and Cortez Allen is likely to be cut unless things improve. The Steelers will have turned a position of major weakness into a position of strength.

57. Carolina Panthers Rashad Greene WR Florida State
After taking Humphries in the first round to play LT they can stick in the state of Florida to grab Kelvin Benjamins old buddy in Greene. Greene is nothing special but should be able to move the chains and is a decent route runner. Complimentary receiver.

58. Baltimore Ravens Tevin Coleman RB Indiana
The Ravens resigned Forsett but that marriage doesn’t look like its going to be a long one with him already being 30 years old. They addressed WR with Agholor and now focus on their backfield where they get a talented runner in Coleman whose gone under the radar.

59. Denver Broncos Carl Davis DT Iowa
The Broncos after taking offensive line with Fisher look to address the defense which has suffered the loss of Terrance Knighton who left in free agency. Davis would give them death on the line and he can factor into the rotation.

60. Dallas Cowboys (Lions) Preston Smith DE Mississipi State
The Lions after taking Flowers in the first could use some depth along the defensive ends and pass rushers. Smith has some good size and should be effective stopping the run as well.

61. Indianapolis Colts D’Joun Smith CB Florida Atlantic
The Colts having drafted a center already now deal with defense where they could use some more bodies preferably up front and in the secondary. Smith gives them more depth at corner which is needed when they try to close out games.

62. Green Bay Packers Sammie Coates WR Auburn
The Packers have grabbed my favorite inside linebacker in this draft in McKinney but now resort to further toys. Coates might be more of a burner than a complete wide receiver but that might be needed here and can add another dimension to this offense allowing Cobb and Nelson to work underneath.

63. Seattle Seahawks AJ Cann OG South Carolina
The Seahawks traded their 1st round pick away in the Jimmy Graham trade and also traded away Unger who will likely be replaced by Chris Myers. They still have a need at guard after Carpenter left to the Jets. Can should come in and compete for the starting spot in training camp.

64. New England Patriots Ali Marpet OG Hobart
They have already taken a corner to help replace Revis and Browner. A developmental guard from Hastings New York has a long and interesting background but is noticeably raw. He needs to be developed but once he is the upside is there.

NFL Mock Draft 2015

NFL Mock Draft 2015

NFL Mock Draft 2015

1. Tampa Bay (2-14)- Jameis Winston QB Florida State
I am not at all a winston fan but I think its inevitable at this point for Winston to wind up in Tampa Bay. There are flaws TO his Game starting with his intelligence and I do believe the Bucs will grow to regret this pick.
2. Tennessee (2-14)- Leonard Williams DE USC
The best player in the draft and he would be a nice fit for their 3-4 defense under Ray Horton. They were awful overall on defense but especially against the run. I would have to imagine that 3 players must be involved to block Williams and Orakpo otherwise they could reck havoc .
3. Jacksonville (3-13)- Danny Shelton DT Washington
The Jaguars are in a very strange spot in the draft and will most likely move back in a trade with a team that wants Mariota. We have seen them surprise us before like last draft and I think they will again. They finished 27th in the league in rush defense last season and need an upgrade in the interior of the defensive line. Shelton is a mountain at 340 pounds but has good feet. He could command a double team on the inside and be paired with a rotating Odrick or Sen’Derick Marks both of whom aren’t anything above a average to below average player. On a side note many people are saying Dante Fowler Jr. here but I don’t think that will happen as there are many pass rushers in this draft ad if they move back they could get one of similar quality at a fraction of the price.
4. Oakland (3-13)- Kevin White WR West Virginia
You can knock GM Reggie McKenzie on his free agency spending and letting players go but you can;t knock him on his draft history. So far he has taken players such as DJ Hayden, Khalil Mack, Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson all who look promising as potential impact players. Historically the Raiders love players with speed and Kevin White possesses that with a sub 4.35 40. Derek Carr needs a number 1 target and White can wreck havoc on opposing secondaries but I do think he is more risky than Amari Cooper.
5. Washington (4-12)- Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
If Mariota is gone then I could see them trading back and gaining more picks. New GM Scott McGloghlan took over a trainwreck of an NFL roster partially due to not having a first round pick since the RG3 trade. They have holes all over the field although I love what Scott has done in Free Agency this year picking up Talent and potential in Chris Culliver, Terrance Knighton and Stephen Paea. Mariota will be able to sit and watch for a year as RG3 plays behind the worst offensive line in the league before taking the reigns in 2016. I am a Mariota fan but I truly believe he needs to wait a little and become seasoned to the pace in the NFL as well as a different system.
6. New York Jets (4-12)- Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
The Jets have a surprisingly good roster and few holes outside of QB and a young pass rusher. They signed a trio of corners (Revis, Cromarti, and Buster Skrine) to solve their weakness at corner and also have Millner coming back from injury. They also signed Marcus Gilchrist to play next to Calvin Pryor and traded for Brandon Marshall at WR. With no Qb worth taking its important to get younger at OLB with both Calvin Pace and Jason Babin 34 years old. Beasley and Quinton Couples would pair as pass rushers for about a decade and could be one of the most formidable duos in the league. I am high on Beasley.
7. Chicago (5-11)- Amari Cooper WR Alabama
With the trade of Brandon Marshall to the Jets they lack a target opposite of Alshon Jeffery and also need a Right Tackle but that can be taken in round two. Cooper will give Cutler two high end targets to throw to and will really put the pressure on Cutler as if he struggles you can’t say there was “no weapons” as he would have Forte, Martelus Bennett, Jeffery, and Cooper. They had an awful defense but they signed some short term patches like Ray McDonald and Jarvis Jenkins while signing Pernell McPhee to big money.
8. Atlanta (6-10)- Dante Fowler Jr. Florida
New defensive coordinator Richard Smith stressed the importance of sacks and QB pressure but the Falcons with the leagues worst defense are lacking a pass rusher. They currently have Tyson Jackson, Kroy Bierman and Adrian Clayborn at DE which is awful. Fowler would give them a big improvement over those guys and be a starter from day 1. The real question with Fowler is how high his ceiling is and how much better can he get.
9. New York Giants (6-10)- Landon Collins S Alabama
They lost Antrel Rolle to the Bears and Stevie Brown is currently a free agent although rumors suggest the Giants want him back. Their current safeties are Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe which is potential for major problems during the season. Landon Collins could start from day one and bring potentially impact play for this team. They might be able to move back with a trade with a team such as the Dolphins or Chargers and be able to get him.
10. St. Louis (6-10)- DeVante Parker WR Louisville
There is a ton of talent on the Rams roster largely due to the RG3 trade and with Nick Foles I would guess they are expecting to make the playoffs. They have holes on the offensive line that could be patched up later in the draft or through a stopgap in free agency but they need a number one receiver which is not available in Free Agency. Parker would be able to stretch the field and be a reliable target for Foles and the Rams offense. To match the defense the offense has criminally underrated potential with receivers, Parker, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Kenny Britt and Brian Quick. Tight ends Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks and breakout RB Tre Mason. Watch Out!
11. Minnesota (7-9)- Dorial Green-Beckham WR Oklahoma (Mizzou)
The Vikings are another team that will be in contention for the playoffs this season as they ail start with Teddy from day one. He needs another receiver to pair with Mike Wallace and Corderelle patterson who are both similar speed players. Beckham is extremely talented and without his problems at Mizzou could go in the top 5 but he falls here due to uncertainty. He is 6’5 and has the speed and power to go over the middle. They could also use a MLB, future pass rusher, and young corner but they will address those needs later.
12. Cleveland (7-9)- Brandon Scherff OT/OG Iowa
The Browns have two first round picks and need a WR for their offense but will have to wait with many of the top options off the board. They have the best offensive line in the league from the Center (Alex Mack) on over left to Bitiono and Joe Thomas but their right side needs work. Mitchell Schwartz has been awful at Rt while John Greco is subpar. Brandon Scherff would take one of those spots presumably RT while you can let Greco and Schwartz duke it out for RG. As far as the offensive one goes it maybe tacky to say but your only as strong as your weakest link and one deficiency can destroy your whole game plan.
13. New Orleans (7-9)- Arik Armstead DE Oregon
The Saints were woeful on defense last season and it needs to be fixed. I know they lost their big pickup Jairus Byrd early but they were so incredibly bad that other players must be held accountable. They picked up Brandon Browner and Danell Ellerbe to help that defense but they need help up front where they lacked a pass rush and had a porous run defense. The 6’7 Armstead will team with Cameron Jordan to create one of the better 3-4 DE combos in the league. They need Stanley Jean Baptiste to pick it up this season but they should be a lot better.
14. Miami (8-8)- Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
The Dolphins have made splashy signings the past 3 season (Wallace, Albert and Suh) and have high end talent but they lack depth in certain areas. One of them is Wr where they can’t get value at this point in the draft and another is Cb as Cortland Finnegan retired and where if Waynes is available they should grab him immediately. He would pair with one of the better corners in the league in Brett Grimes and would have to cover receivers such as Juilien Edelman, Eric Decker, and Robert Woods. The Dolphins next pick would most likely be a linebacker Oline or a WR.
15. San Francisco (8-8)- Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
The 49ers had the unluckiest offseason with the retirement of star ILB Partick Willis due to injury and Chris Borland due to fearfulness and stupidity. Eric Kendricks is the brother of Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks and could be a great player. The 49ers have been very effective in the first round recently with the exception of Jonathan Baldwin. They have a few other needs as well but they must fix the defense after losing Willis, Justin Smith, Borland, Chris Culliver and Perish Cox.
16. Houston (9-7)- Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
The Texans waived goo bye to their franchise player Andre Johnson and need a receiver opposite of DeAndre Hopkins as Cecil Shorts III is a slot receiver. They will most likely select a linebacker in the next round. They might be reaching a little bit here but this will fill a need that must be filled to give Brian Hoyer a chance to be competitive.
17. San Diego (9-7)- Eddie Goldman NT Florida State
The Chargers are a team that could move up in the draft and we have heard rumors of Phillip Rivers being involved in a Mariota trade but I doubt the Chargers would do that. They need a big man on their defensive line to stuff the run and play next to Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes. They could also use a RB, SS and a pass rusher. They don’t have many needs but lack star talent on the defensive side of the ball save for Eric Weddle.
18. Kansas City (9-7)- Breshad Perriman WR UCF
He is FAST! He reportedly recorded a 4.22 40 yard dash time at his pro day which would be one of the fastest ever. Not an over the middle typer player but he would stretch the field similar to DeSean Jackson during his time in Philly. With Maclin on the inside this will help Alex Smith run the west coast offense and Perriman will be used plenty for bubble screens. They don’t have much salary cap room due to the franchise tag they placed on Justin Houston but if they get a long term deal done look for them to beef up their offensive line and their secondary. They should draft a ILB in the next two rounds.
19. Cleveland – from Buffalo (9-7)- Todd Gurley RB Georgia
Already having selected Offensive lineman Brandon Scherff they can move onto another need and that is RB where they really need someone who doesn’t suck. Gurley is coming off injury at Georgia but has insane talent and is relatively fresh due to being suspended for violating the NCAAs bullshit criminal monopolistic rules by signing autographs. He would be a game changer on the field although i would understand the fear of drafting another first round RB by Browns fans (Trent Richardson).
20. Philadelphia (10-6)- Malcolm Brown DT Texas
There are rumors of Chip Kelly moving up to select his college QB Marcus Mariota but I am not predicting trades in this mock draft. The Eagles do fill a need here selecting talented DT Malcolm brown who could take Cedric Thortons spot to form one of the better 3-4 combos in the league with Flethcer Cox or play the nose. They could also use a WR and RG but those options don’t have the value of Brown who is one of the more underrated players in this draft class.
21. Cincinnati* (10-5-1)- Andrus Peat LT Stanford
It seems every year a talented prospect falls to the Bengals you think would have been gone a long time ago. Outside of safety they really lack a position of weakness so they draft for the future here. Whitworth who is one of the best Left Tackles in the league is 33 and ail need to be replaced soon. By taking Peat he can start at LT and you can kick Whitworth into left guard with Boling playing center which would make this a top 3 line in the league.
22. Pittsburgh* (11-5)- Alvin “Bud” Dupree OLB Kentucky
The Steelers have a huge need at corner that they refuse to address in the first round. They love taking linebackers early (Shazier, Jarvis Jones, Timmons) and need a pass rusher to eventually replace James Harrison. Dupree is one of the higher rated players on my board and the Steelers get lucky if he slides. They also could use a left guard, Nose Tackle, safety and a couple corners.
23. Detroit* (11-5)- Marcus Peters CB Washington
The Lions had to deal with the loss of Suh and Fairley but they traded for Haloti Nghata and signed Tyrunn Walker who are going to be their defensive tackles. Darius Slay has been inconsistent and Rashean Mathis is 35 so they need a corner for the future. Marcus Peters is a very talented corner but got kicked off the football team last year due to off the field issues and bad behavior. They could use some offensive line help as well as some pass rushing depth.
24. Arizona* (11-5)- Shane Ray OLB Mizzou
Coming off a strange year many people have the Cardinals taking a running back or someone on the offensive side of the ball and that certainly makes sense but thats just not how the Cardinals do things. They like to build from the inside out primarily through defense. They lack a true pass rusher to put pressure on the quarterback. They signed Sean Whetherspoon to play one side and Ray would play another. Prbably the best GMand Head coach tandem in the league but they have a need additionally at C, RT, RB and on the Dline.
25. Carolina* (7-8-1)- La’el Collins OT LSU
They made the playoffs due to the worst division in years but next year it will be more difficult. Byron Bell is a UFA and likely will not be resigned. They need a LT but some people question whether Collins is a LT or better suited on the interior. I think he would be an all-pro guard but I don’t know how good of a LT he will be but due to his talent I would take him as he has an extremely high floor and he can slide to guard or right tackle as the Panthers are devoid of talent on the oline. They also haven’t had an above average corner since Chris Gamble retired.
26. Baltimore* (10-6)- Jalen Collins CB LSU
The Ravens are mired in salary cap hell which has forced them to trade Ngata and watch Torrey Smith leave. They could absolutely use a receiver here but none are worth taking right now. Jimmy Smith is a UFA in 2016 and will be expensive so Collins could slide in and be the replacement. There is not a lot of holes on this Ravens team but corner depth is important especially to cover Marcus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant of the Steelers.
27. Dallas* (12-4)- Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
They need a replacement for the departure of DeMarco Murray and while they covet Adrian Peterson the Vikings have said they will not release him. Dallas had a Miracle season last year but they have holes all over the defense filled with below average players outside of Sean Lee and their corners. After selecting Zach Martin last year and seeing that go so well they will not be afraid to make the boring pick. Gordon will be a stud bulldog running back perfect for Dallas.
28. Denver* (12-4)- Ereck Flowers OT Miami
Peyton is going into what is likely his last season in the NFL and Denver must do everything it can to win this year. They have lost talent in free agency in Julius Thomas, Orlando Franklin, Rahim Moore, Nate Erving and Wes Welker that they need to somehow replace. The whole at left guard by the departing Orlando Franklin is the most concerning because Peyton is fragile and immobile at this stage of his career. They can plug Flowers in at RT and move Chris Clark to LG. Still they have to replace depth at other positions in the draft.
29. Indianapolis* (11-5)- Cameron Erving C Florida State
They need a Center for Andrew Luck similar to what Peyton Manning had in Jeff Saturday. Having a leader at center is critical to maintaining consistency in the offensive line. I don’t see any other needs on offense but defense they really do need some help. No one is above average up front and they need safeties but having a center can make a difference and complete this offense which might be the leagues best in 2015.
30. Green Bay* (12-4)- Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
Green Bay builds almost single handedly through the draft. After resigning BJ Raji they really don’t have any holes on their roster but they can look to get better at OLB pass rusher and younger to replace Julius Peppers eventually. Gregory could fall in the draft due to failing a drug test for weed and his bad combine. He needs to gain some weight and going to the Packers can allow his to gain weight and sit for a little before being forced into action.
31. New Orleans – from Seattle* (12-4)- Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
Following the pick of Arik Armstead they could look to address another void which was caused by the Jimmy Graham trade. Drew Brees was vocally pissed off about that trade and they need to get another weapon for him as they’ve lost Graham and Kenny Stills. The Saints are not done making moves as they have had to recover from salary cap hell and have some holes on their team.
32. New England* (12-4)- Jordan Phillips NT Oklahoma
The Patriots did win the Super Bowl so there isn’t a lot of holes but there are a couple following the departures of Darell Revis, Brandon Browner and Vince Wilfork. In Jordan Phillips they can get their next big man to stop the run which is critical toward the end of the game when opponents are trying to run out the clock. They could also use a corner or two.

2014 NFL Predictions

2014 NFL Predictions

Buf 10-6
Mia 5-11
NE 10-6
NYJ 6-10

Dal 3-13
NYG 9-7
Phi 9-7
Was 3-13

Bal 8-8
Cin 4-12
Cle 4-12
PIT 13-3

Chi 10-6
Det 8-8
GB 13-3
Min 4-12

Hou 5-11
Ind 12-4
Jax 3-13
Ten 10-6

Atl 11-5
Car 4-12
NO 12-4
TB 8-8

Den 14-2
KC 5-11
Oak 1-15
SD 12-4

Arz 11-5
SF 6-10
Sea 12-4
Stl 8-8

AFC
Denver Broncos
Pittsburgh Steelers
Indianapolis Colts
New England Patriots
San Diego Chargers
Tenneesee Titans
NFC
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks
New York Giants
Atlanta Falcons
Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl: Packers over Broncos

MVP: Aaron Rodgers
Defensive MVP: Von Miller
Offensive Rookie: Richard Rodgers
Defensive Rookie: Jadeveon Clowney
Coach: Mike Tomlin

NL Trade Deadline Pieces

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As we approach the trade deadline many names are becoming apparent for their availiblility as their teams have fallen out of contention or sense payroll issues. Injuries trade potential needs per destination and combine that with salary concerns and their upcoming record there is a wide amount of questionability with who will be traded. The way this year is shaping out there seems to be few candidates and very few bats especially. There is a tremendous amount of parity in the league right now so it definently looks like a sellers market. Anyway we might as well take a look. *Stats as of May 20th*

Arizona Diamondbacks- Sellers

Aaron Hill .269/.324/.431 BA/OBP/SLG

This might be the biggest piece the Snakes will move. They have IF depth in prospect Jake Lamb and Didi Gregorious. He is owed 12MM each of the next two years which is a price I don’t know if the Diamondbacks are able to pay.

Potential Trade partners: Marlins, Giants, Cardinals, Orioles, Yankees, Athletics

*Potential trade: Yanks get Hill; Dbacks get Tyler Austin*

Eric Chavez .283/.356/.528

He would be a perfect fit for any team looking for a left handed bat off the bench. He will likely not be very expensive to acquire.

Potential Trade Partners: Almost any contending team

*Potential Trade: Tigers get Chavez; Dbacks get Javier Betancourt*

Brandon McCarthy 5.01 ERA

He is not having a great year and would likely only garner trade interest as a starter if he improves otherwise he could be valuable as a long reliever/ 6th starter.

Potential trade Partners: Dodgers, Marlins, Brewers, Giants, White Sox, Indians, Angels, Yankees, Rangers, Blue Jays

*Potential Trade: Angels get McCarthy; Dbacks get Kevin Johnson*

Bronson Arroyo 4.15

He is due 9.5MM next year so I am not to sure he gets moved and if he is the prospect quality could depend on the amount of money the Snakes will eat.

Potential Trade partners: Contending team with money

*Potential Trade: Blue Jays get Arroyo; Dbacks get Dawel Luga*

Brad Ziegler .228 Oliver Perez .363 Joe Thatcher .277

These are the potential relievers the Snakes can move and none are closers but each should bring back decent value. Expect the return to range from a teams number 8-30th ranked prospects.

Potential Trade candidates: All non selling teams

Cubs- Selling

Starlin Castro .302/.341/.491

The Cubs I think will be very serious when listening to offers for Starlin Castro. They have infield prospects Javier Baez, Alcantara, Villanueva, & Canderlario. They also have 1st base prospect Dan Vogelbach but I don’t believe they will listen to offers on Rizzo at least until Vogelbach becomes closer to big league ready. After Starlin’s rough season last year he is playing exceptionally well and can bring back a very sizeable return for a organization which is getting closer to putting a good product on the field. While this organization isn’t lacking much in the minors it is missing a potential top line starting pitcher and a catcher. While many say “wait till the offseason as you will get a better return as you have more teams involved” that isn’t the case here as Starlin is signed long term and is very young (24 years old). I will say there is a 80% chance the Cubs sell high and move him.

Potential Trade Partners: Reds, Dodgers, Mets, Pirates, Tigers, Twins, Yankees, Mariners

*Potential Trade: Mets acquire Starlin; Cubs get Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, & Michael Fulmer

Emilio Bonifacio .292/.337/.354

He got off to an absolutely blistering start and has cooled down since. He can be a contending teams swiss army knife capable of playing multiple positions and has the speed to be that pinch runner late in games to steal you that extra base.

Potential Trade partners: Every contending team

*Potential Trade: Giants get Bonifacio; Cubs get Keury Mella

Nate Schierholtz .197/.248/.252

The Cubbies really blew it by not trading Nate at last years deadline or in the offseason when he would have likely garnered a top 100 prospect. If he improves he can be a teams 4th OF.

Potential Trade spots: Mets, Giants, Indians, Nationals, White Sox, Yankees, Mariners

*Potential Trade: Mariners get Nate; Cubs get David Colvin

Jeff Samardzija 1.62

There will be plenty of interested parties for this guys services although no one can imagine him keeping this up. He will be a free agent after the 2015 season and can always re-sign with the Cubs. The Cubs will be looking for a elite Pitching Prospect and potentially a corner outfielder.

Potential Trade Candidates: Rockies, Dodgers, Marlins, Giants, Cardinals, Nationals, Orioles, Red Sox, Indians, Yankees, Rangers, Blue Jays

*Potential Trade: Red Sox get Samardzija; Cubs get Henry Owens, Mookie Betts & Jamie Callahan*

Jason Hammel 3.06

He has had a nice start to his Cubs career and will have a low salary to take on for the rest of the year. He is a free agent at seasons end and will most likely look for a multi-year deal.

Potential Trade Candidates: Every contending team looking for pitching

*Potential Trade: Rangers get Hammel; Cubs get Jairo Beras & Sam Wolff

Phillies- Probably the biggest wild card in the National League as if they are .500 or better they will look to acquire relief pitching and potentially another starting pitcher to go along with the promotion of 3B Maikel Franco. If they are out of it Ruben Amaro Jr. will likely be fired and they will try to trade Cliff Lee, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, AJ Burnett, Marlon Byrd, Carlos Ruiz, Mike Adams, Jonathan Papelbon, and Wil Nieves. At some point though they will need to rebuild and replace the dinosaurs on their team.

Pirates- Sellers

Russell Martin .242/.342/.355

Martin is a free agent at seasons end and there is a good chance he does resign with the Pirates as he meant so much to this team last year. IF the Pirates can get a good prospect in return it might be worth dealing him as there does not figure to be many available catchers on the market.

Potential Trade partners: Dodgers, Red Sox, Angels, & Rangers

*Potential trade: Rangers get Martin: Pirates get Nomar Mazara

Jason Grilli 4.50

Was outstanding last year as their closer but has been on the DL for plenty of time this year.

Potential Trade Partners: Contending Teams

Potential Trade: Blue Jays get Grilli; Pirates get Clinton Hollon as Player to be named later

Fransisco Liriano 4.86

He is a big gamble as there are seasons which he is excellent and others which he flat out sucks. I can see him getting dealt to a team looking for depth.

Potential Trade Partners: Contending teams looking for depth

*Potential Trade: Blue Jays acquire Liriano; Pirates acquire Tom Robson

Middle Relief

They will deal one of many of their middle relief options if they get an offer that they can’t refuse but i don’t see them having a bullpen fire sale.

Padres- It remains yet to be seen if they will contend this year and alot of it depends on the health of Andrew Cashner. If they fall out of it they will try to trade Chase Headley, Seth Smith, & Ian Kennedy.

 

NFL Mock Draft Round 2

2007 NFL Draft - April 28, 2007

There are still many good prospects left on the board at this point and there are still teams who have not yet made a pick. Here is the first round of this mock draft. https://boldgm.com/2014/05/01/nfl-mock-draft-with-trades/ This is the deepest draft in decades so there are still many great players left on the vine.

33. Cardinals- Kony Ealy OLB Missouri

The Cardinals aren’t a team with that many needs but there are a couple big ones. One of them is pass rusher where they have no one to compliment the old John Abraham. They can use an offensive lineman, a running back, and a strong safety.

34. Falcons- RaShede Hageman DT Minnesota

*** Falcons acquire 34th pick from Redskins for 37th and 147th pick***

{previous pick: Jake Matthews OT}

The Falcons need to continue building their lines and while there are pass rushers later in the draft there arent many more impact defensive tackles especially someone like Hageman who many have a first round grade on.

35. Browns- Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State

{previous picks: Johnny Manziel QB, Odell Beckham jr. WR}

The Browns have had a strong draft so far and continue to fill needs. They need another corner to play with Joe Haden and can use Buster Skrine in more of a nickel role now. They could also look at a left guard here, a free safety, or a 3-4 DE.

36. Raiders- Kyle Van Noy OLB Brigham Young

{previous pick: Eric Ebron TE}

I can see them taking a guard here but they can easily get one in the third round. They probably have the worst group of linebackers in the league with the Miami Dolphins. If I were the Raiders I would heavily think about trading down.

37. Redskins- Joel Bitonio OT Nevada

He can play tackle or he can be moved inside to guard which is a huge need for the Redskins. I really dont understand why people are picking this team to win the division. This is a club with needs everywhere and I am not to confident in RGIII especially with this offensive line playing in front of him.

38. Buccaneers- Allen Robinson WR Penn State

{previous pick: Greg Robinson}

The Bucs are in extremely desperate need of a wide receiver to play across from Vincent Jackson. Robinson would give the Bucs a set of tall receivers which would create some bad matchups on shorter defensive backs. If their draft turns out like this with their additions this offseason (& a guard in round 4) this could be a team threatening to make the playoffs.

39. Ravens- Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame

***Ravens acquire 39th pick from Jaguars for 194th and 2015 first round picks***

{previous pick: Zach Martin OT}

The Ravens can of course trade up from their second round pick to this one but Ozzie Newsome is one of the smartest GMs in the game and even though they are giving up their first round pick next year they are getting first round talent at a position of need. Tuitt would take the spot of the lost Arthur Brown.

40. Vikings- Derek Carr QB Fresno State

{previous pick: Jimmie Ward SS}

The Vikings busted a few years ago on Christian Ponder and need a real quarterback to lead them to the promised land. The Vikings overall have a pretty good team including the best running back in football in Adrian Peterson. The only glaring needs for the Vikings right now is right guard and linebacker. This is also a team that would now have 2 first round picks in theirs and Carolinas and had 3 first round picks last year.

41. Jaguars- Cameron Fleming OT Stanford

{previous pick: Blake Bortles}

The Jaguars have a top emerging left tackle in Luke Joeckel but a big hole at the right tackle position and it is important with a rookie quarterback that you have good protection. If the team is feeling unsure about Blackmon they could take a wide receiver here but I think Blackmon will be reinstated by next season.

42. Titans- Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington

{previous pick: Anthony Barr}

If Jake Locker can play well this season this team should make the playoffs and if he doesnt this team will likely draft a first round quarterback next year. This teams top tight end right now is Dalenie Walker which is unacceptable. This team also has a big need at corner after the loss of Alterraun Verner.

43. Giants- Dominique Easley DT Florida

{previous pick: Taylor Lewan OT}

This was a very hard pick for me to do because they can go in so many different directions. They have an outstanding group of corners but if they cant stop the run they arent going to win 7 games. They have a very weak and old group of defensive tackles with limited interior pass rush ability. They can also go for tight end or wide receiver which are both positions of need for them.

44. Bengals- Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi

***Bengals acquire 44th pick from Rams for 55th & 88th picks***

{previous pick: Ryan Shazier}

The Bengals need a receiver to pair with AJ Green. They already have two very good tight ends and a running back that they selected in the second round last year so Donte could be the final piece of the puzzle. If Dalton cannot win a playoff game this year i think he will be replaced and be a free agent next year.

45. Lions- Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt

{previous pick: Justin Gilbert CB}

Even with the signing of Golden Tate the Lions are still looking for a wide receiver. Here they are taking one of my personal favorites in this draft. They still do need a right tackle.

46. Steelers- Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech

{previous pick: Darqueze Dennard}

The Steelers have a lot of options on the board that fit them including Morgan Moses, Cyrus Kouandijo, Kelvin Benjamin, and Cody Latimer. The Steelers want A tall option for Big Ben and particularly someone who is a target in the red zone. This is shaping up to be an ideal draft for GM Kevin Colbert.

47. Cowboys- Tre Mason RB Auburn

{previous pick: Timmy Jernigan DT}

The Cowboys can go a number of ways here whether it be a pass rusher or a wide receiver but i have them taking a running back. DeMarco Murray is a free agent at the end of the season and i dont know if it makes sense to bring him back on what will most likely have to be a multi year deal. Mason is my top rated running back and i think he can be a pro bowler at the NFL level.

48. Ravens- Deone Buccannon SS Washington State

{previous picks: Zach Martin OT, Stephon Tuitt DE}

They need someone to play next to Matt Elam in the secondary. There arent to many holes left for the Ravens but this is a big one needed to be filled. Its also important they find a pass rusher for the future in this draft.

49. Panthers- Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama

***Panthers acquire 49th pick from Jets for 60th pick and 2015 3rd round pick***

{previous pick: Mike Evans}

The Panthers get lucky this guy fell as they are in desperate need of a left tackle after Jordan Gross retired. He would most likely be responsible for protecting the Blind side of Cam Newton and Bryron Bell will return to his right tackle position.

50. Dolphins- Billy Turner OT North Dakota State

{previous pick: Xavier Sua Filo OG}

The Dolphins continue to fix that big black eye that you call an offensive line. Morgan Moses does remain on the board but he projects at left tackle and really took off when he moved from the right to left side. He would pair with Xavier to transform this Dolphins offensive line along with Brandon Albert and make it a point of strength.

51. Bears- Morgan Moses OT Virginia

{previous pick: Aaron Donald DT}

The Bears can consider a wide receiver or a corner here but I think this is a “best player available” pick. Jermon Bushrod is likely not their long term future at left tackle but Moses can easily be. He would likely be the blindside protector for the rest of Jay Cutlers career.

52. Cardinals- Weston Richburg C Colorado State

{previous pick: Konly Ealy OLB}

The Cardinals can see this as sort of a luxury type pick. They can use a long term center particularly one that can play at a very high level for the next ten years and open holes in the running game.

53. Packers- Terrence Brooks FS Florida State

{previous pick: CJ Mosley ILB}

The Packers continue to transform their defense in a way to compete with the 49ers, the Bears and the Seahawks. Adding Brooks would make this a very well rounded secondary capable of defending high impact arial attacks. They will finally fix the hole left by the injury to Nick Collins.

54. Eagles- Cody Latimer WR Indiana

{previous pick: Kyle Fuller CB}

The Eagles need to add receiver depth after the loss of DeSean Jackson. In the Eagles high flying offense there is a good chance that Latimer will see a lot of time on the field.

55. Rams- Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State

{previous picks: Sammy Watkins WR, Haha Clinton-Dix FS}

The Rams have to fill the hole left by the departuring Harvey Dahl at the guard position. This would be an outstanding pick as Gabe Jackson has drawn reviews to Larry Warford who won offensive rookie of the year last year. This would open up some big holes for Zac Stacy.

56. 49ers- Stanley Jean- Baptiste CB Nebraska

{previous pick: Brandin Cooks WR}

After seeing the Seahawks manhandle their receivers with their larger corners the 49ers want to be able to have their own. Stanley stand at 6’3 and could develop into a very physical man to man corner in this league.

57. Seahawks- Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State

***Seahawks acquire 57th pick from chargers for 64th 132th & 208th picks***

{previous pick: Bradley Roby CB}

The Seahawks are not bringing back Chris Clemons and have one year left from Cliff Avril before he will go looking for big money. The Seahawks operate like the Giants in that they have multiple pass rushers and do use a rotation for it. There secondary quickly became very expensive and i expect Russell Wilson to get a contract at about 15M per year soon so that salary cap will get very tight very quick. A good starting option right here is enough to move up for.

58. Saints- Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State

{previous pick: Dee Ford}

This is a big wild card pick as there have been conflicting reports about Benjamin. The Saints do need another receiver and one to hopefully take the spot of Colston now that he has gotten older and they lost Lance Moore. I can also see them taking a running back here or potentially a offensive guard.

59. Colts- Keith McGill CB Utah

This team doesnt have a first round pick because of the lopsided Trent Richardson trade but i do believe that Trent will be better this year due to the likelyhood that you wont see 8 men in the box because of Wayne, Nicks, Allen, and TY Hilton. This team NEEDS a lefts guard and also a strong safety. The Colts with a couple small additions can be a real force next season.

60. Jets- Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech

{previous pick: Marquise Lee WR}

I think that tight end Troy Niklas is an option here too which would create a great offense and put pressure on Geno Smith to succeed. I think if Geno isnt good this year The Jets will absolutely pick up a quarterback in next years first round. Here though the Jets get a pass rusher who will eventually take over for 33 year old Calvin Pace.

61. Giants- Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame

***Giants acquire 61st pick from Cardinals for 152nd and 2015 2nd round picks***

{previous picks: Taylor Lewan OT, Dominique Easley DT}

The Giants have had one of the worst tight end situations since Jake Ballard left. Here Eli gets a big 6’7 270lbs target who will be able to block and make plays in the red zone. The Giants still have a number of needs to address including outside linebacker and need another wide receiver.

62. Cowboys- Martavis Bryant WR Clemson

{previous picks: Timmy Jernigan DT, Tre Mason RB}

The Cowboys need a receiver to replace the departing Miles Austin and get a nice number 2 receiver here. The Bryants would represent a viable receiving core along with Terrence Williams.

63. Broncos- Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin

{previous pick: JaWuan James}

The Broncos seem to be a moderately easy choice to return to the super bowl as the AFC champions. They do have a big hole left by the departing Wesley Woodyard. They are really pushing to win the championship before Peyton retires.

64. Seahawks- Davante Adams WR Fresno State

{previous pick: Bradley Roby CB}

The Super Bowl champion Seahawks are very deep in a number of areas and feature high end talent in most of those areas as well. The do have an issue at wide receiver where they can use additional depth after the loss of Golden Tate.

Panthers decision

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The Florida Panthers have won the draft lottery for the first time since 2003 when they then traded the pick. The Panthers have made the playoffs just once since 2000 which is incredibly woeful but the team is filled with young talent and of course the number one pick in this years draft. There are a “big 3” as far as top prospects this year in Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, and Sam Reinhart which is quite different from last year when Nathan MacKinnon was the clear and consensus top choice. According to our friends at capgeek.com the Panthers have just about 30 Million dollars until they reach the salary cap ceiling. They are also very likely to compliance buyout Ed Jovonaski and potentially yet doubtfully 1 of Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, or Tomas Fleishmann. New owner Vinny Viola a prominent New York businessman has stated he is willing to spend to the cap and he wants to win.

General Manager Dale Tallon has stated that he wants to sign 2 defenseman and most likely 3 forwards. This is a very weak free agency class when it comes to defenseman with the biggest names out there being Markov, Niskanen, and Zidlicky. Ultimately though i think that Dale will draft the best available player rather than most needed. I think you combine that with the success of Huberdeau and Barkov the pick will likely be a forward. The Panthers have depth at the center position though which both Bennett and Reinhart play not to mention they also have interest in Maple Leafs UFA Dave Bolland. Of the two forwards, according to draft experts they say Sam Bennett will likely be able to switch to left wing which the Panthers do have a need there. In the end I strongly believe that the pick will come down to Sam Bennett or Aaron Ekblad. I also think that the Panthers will not move this pick unless its for a young controllable player such as Jeff Skinner or Evander Kane. I really don’t see the Panthers trading down either. So…

With the 1st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft the Florida Panthers select Sam Bennett 

NBA Playoff Predictions

By: Nolan Soffer @Nolan_Soffer

Disclaimer: Predictions made after game 1 games and game 2 of OKC Memphis game/ Los Angeles Golden State

Western Conference Quarterfinals

Spurs V Mavericks: Spurs depth, and their revenge factor pose a threat to any team in the West. Spurs win series

Rockets V Trail Blazers: This is a tough match up. Second year phenom Damian Lillard put on a show in his postseason debut, alog with just a little help of Lamarcus Aldridge. The two pose a huge challenge for Houston but in the end Houston size is too much and steals game 7. Rockets win series

Clippers V Warriors: Probably the most intriguing matchup of the first round. Two high octane offenses that even the a novice NBA fan wold enjoy. Warriors are a two faced team. They’re either hot, or cold from the field. Problem being that the cold tea usually shows up the most which is why I choose the Clippers. Clippers win series

Thunder V Grizzlies: Game 2 was an unbelievable one. Even though the Grizzlies can pose a threat, they just got the wrong match up. Can’t go against the soon to be MVP. Thunder win series

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Pacers V Hawks: Even though the Hawks won game one in every aspect I don’t think it will be enough. Indiana got a wakeup call at the right time. When Indiana’s on its a tough team to beat. Pacers win series.

Bulls V Wizards: In a few years this Wizards team will be making noise in the Eastern Conference. With one of the best back courts in the game , and not enough offensive firepower from Chicago i believe Washington wins the series. Wizards win series

Nets V Raptors: This is one of the better match ups in the first round. Two evenly matched teams. One of the big surprises of the year (Toronto) winded up with the three seed. However Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett are on too much of a roll especially with the NBA’s best second half record. Nets win series

Heat V Bobcats: … It’s the Bobcats. Heat win series

Western Conference Semifinals

Spurs V Rockets: The battle of Texas. The Rockets are 3-0 against the Spurs this season so they’re gonna win the series. Not so fast… Houston is in my opinion one more piece to be a legit NBA contender. San Antonio is hungry for the championship after the debacle last year. Spurs win series

Clippers V Thunder: This will probably be the best match up of the second round. OKC is 2-1 against the Clippers this year. OKC has the NBA MVP, but in the end it won’t be enough Los Angeles has too much fire power coming off the bench two of the league’s best big men, and arguably the best coach in the NBA in Doc Rivers. Clippers win series

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Pacers V Wizards: If Indiana winds up playing Chicago this might be another story, but Indiana’s big men will cause too many problems to to this young Wizards team. Pacers win series

Heat V Nets: All that’s needed is Doc Rivers, and Rajon Rondo in a Brooklyn uniform. Brooklyn is 4-0 against the Heat this season. However they’ve all come in close games. In the playoffs Miami is always on their A game so this time around things will be different. Paul Pierce and company will put up a good fight but in the end it won’t be enough. Miami wins series

Western Conference Finals

Spurs V Clippers: San Antonio is 2-1 this year against (the other LA team) this season. However i believe this series will go down to game seven. Chris Paul and company along with coaching from Doc will be too much for this San Antonio team. Clippers win series

Eastern Conference Finals

Pacers V Heat: 2-2 against each other this year. Faced each other last year in the same spot. There hasn’t been an NBA three peat since Shaq and Kobe. Home court will play a huge factor in this series. During the regular season the home team won every game. Miami has all the reasons to pick them to advance to the NBA finals for the fourth straight year. However I believe this will be the first year they don’t reach that spot. Indiana’s size, and home court advantage will be the reason for their first NBA finals appearance in 14 years. Pacers win series

NBA Finals:

Pacers V Clippers: These two teams faced only one time this year, and Indiana won that game. Both of these teams have size. Neither of these teams have finals experience. This is a tough one to call. Indiana one of the leagues best defensive teams faces off against one of the leagues best offensive teams. In the end I believe with the point guard play of Chris Paul coaching of Doc Rivers and two of the leagues most improved players in Blake Griffin, and Deandre Jordan along with a solid bench the NBA championship will travel back to LA… This time however to the Clippers first ever NBA title