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Initial 1st Round Analysis Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Friday, 01 May 2015 11:07

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: The Bucs are in serious need of a franchise quarterback.  Winston has the physical tools and a clutch factor to be the team’s answer at quarterback.  However, he also will have to learn to not force so many passes.  Whether he stays out of trouble off the field is anyone’s guess.  The former Florida State star is a decent choice, but Mariota would have been a better one.

 

2) Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: The Titans make the right decision and do not pass on a potential franchise quarterback.  Mariota can be another Steve Young and help Tennessee fans forget about Vince Young and Jake Locker.

 

3) Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Dante Fowler, Florida: The Jags could not go wrong with either Leonard Williams or Fowler here.  The team opts for the pass rushing outside linebacker.  Fowler is the best pass rusher in this year’s draft and fits what Jacksonville is trying to build on defense.

 

4) Oakland Raiders: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama: Oakland finally has a good young quarterback and now Derek Carr has his go-to receiver.  The Raiders are going to be a lot more interesting to watch.

 

5) Washington Redskins: OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa: This is a meat and potatoes pick and a decent one.  One of the reasons for RGIII’s decline in play has been the decline of the running game and the increase in pressure on pass plays.  Scherff solves the problematic right tackle spot for the Skins and brings a nasty attitude to the offensive line.  He can also play guard, if needed. The Redskins do leave themselves open to critism for passing on Leonard Williams.  Scherff is going to be good, but Williams is the more impactful player.

 

6) New York Jets: DE Leonard Williams, USC: The Jets add the best player in the draft and a future star.  New York already has a talented defensive line, but Williams is simply too good not to add to a position of strength. The Jets are going to cause lots of headaches for offenses with their defense.

 

7) Chicago Bears: WR Kevin White, West Virginia: The Bears lost Brandon Marshall and now have his replacement.  White is talented, but the Bears still cannot stop the run on defense.  Chicago may regret passing on Danny Shelton in a draft that is deep at wide receiver.

 

8) Atlanta Falcons: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson: The Falcons were looking for an edge rusher and chose Beasley over Bud Dupree.  Beasley may have to be just a situational pass rusher due to he does not play the run well.  Dupree is a bit inconsistent, but is the bigger man.  A shaky choice by the Falcons.  The 8th overall selection should be a three-down player.  And you cannot rush the quarterback until the opponent’s running game is contained.  Atlanta surrendered more rushing touchdowns than any other defense last year and Beasley will not help much in this area.

 

9) New York Giants: OT Ereck Flowers, Miami: The G-men want to run the ball better and give Eli Manning a cleaner pocket.  The addition of the massive and powerful Flowers helps in both areas.  He should be New York’s starting right tackle for years. This is a fine selection by the Giants.

 

10) St. Louis Rams: RB Todd Gurley, Georgia: Gurley is one of this draft’s top impact players.  Zac Stacy and Tre Mason are decent, but certainly not the stud that Gurley is.  This pick helps Nick Foles a lot and play-action passing is going to be effective with a racehorse in the backfield.  This could be the year the Rams explode with years of high picks.

 

11) Minnesota Vikings: CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State: Mike Zimmer now has a pair of cover cornerbacks.  Waynes is an inconsistent tackler, but is effective in press coverage.  Marcus Peters may have been the better choice, but adding another cornerback when you play Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford twice a year is a good idea.

 

12) Cleveland Browns: DT Danny Shelton, Washington: The Browns were weak defending the run and Shelton can be the anchor of their defensive line.  This pick makes total sense.  Shelton can collapse the pocket in addition to clogging the middle on running plays.

 

13) New Orleans Saints: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford: One of the reasons why Drew Brees threw more interceptions last year was the increased pressure that he faced.  Peat can help give Brees more time and is also a good run blocker.

 

14) Miami Dolphins: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville: Ryan Tannehill is going to enjoy throwing to this big, sure-handed and gifted wide receiver.  There is very little that separates Parker from Kevin White.  The former Louisville star represents good value at pick number 14.

 

15) San Diego Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin: The Bolts traded up a couple of spots and acquire the 49ers selection.  San Francisco adds a 4th rounder (#117) and a 5th rounder in next year’s draft.  The Chargers really wanted to add a top running back to help ease the load on Phillip Rivers.  Gordon is a terrific back and can do exactly that.

 

16) Houston Texans: CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest: Kevin Johnson is a little slight of build, but has coverage skills.  He also is not shy about tackling.    Marcus Peters has more upside and would have been a better choice.

 

17) San Francisco 49ers: DE Arik Armstead, Oregon: Armstead does not make as many plays as he should with his raw physical tools.  He was drafted to replace Justin Smith and likely will not be close to how tough and relentless Smith was.  The 49ers have had a rough offseason.

 

18) Kansas City Chiefs: CB Marcus Peters, Washington: Peters was our favorite cornerback and KC picked a playmaker.  He has the size, attitude, and skills to be a productive long-term starter for the Chiefs.

 

19) Cleveland Browns: C Cameron Erving, Florida State: The Browns averaged only 3.6 yards per carry last year.  Erving is a versatile and smart offensive lineman who can fortify Cleveland’s interior offensive line.  This is another good decision by the Browns.

 

20) Philadelphia Eagles: WR Nelson Agholor, USC: Breshad Perriman is bigger and faster.  However, Agholor is the superior route runner with better hands.  The Eagles needed to replace some of the firepower on offense that has traded or let go.  Agholor should form a nice tandem with Jordan Matthews.

 

21) Cincinnati Bengals- OT Cedric Ogbuechi, Texas A & M: Ogbuechi is coming off of ACL surgery and likely will not contribute until next season.  He is talented and could be a good left tackle in the NFL.  Ogbuechi is a solid long-term selecion and likely Andrew Whitworth's successor.

 

22) Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Bud Dupree, Kentucky: The Steelers have been searching for a pass rushing outside linebacker for some time.  Dupree is inconsistent, but has the size, power and burst to be a pressure player.  The Steelers have the coaching staff to get the most out of Dupree.  Pittsburgh had to have been pleased that Dupree was still available.

 

23) Denver Broncos: DE Shane Ray, Missouri: Denver swaps picks with the Lions and adds in Manny Ramirez and a couple of 5th round picks to move up 5 spots.  Ray is a gifted pass rusher who is relentless.  The young man made a stupid mistake with marijuana right before the draft.  However, Ray has a passion for football and can replace the aging DeMarcus Ware.  The Broncos add a fine pass rusher and did not surrender much to move up.

 

24) Arizona Cardinals: OT D.J. Humphries, Florida: Carson Palmer is not getting younger or more mobile.  He has to have a quality line in front of him and Humphries has the good feet to pass protect well.  Arizona will find a running back later in the draft.

 

25) Carolina Panthers: LB Shaq Thompson, Washington: Thompson is a playmaker and very similar to Thomas Davis.  The former Husky is going to go to some Pro Bowls.  The Panthers still have needs at offensive line and wide receiver and will likely address these in rounds 2 and 3.

 

26) Baltimore Ravens: WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida: Perriman is a bigger and possibly a better version of Torrey Smith.  Perriman has everything you want in a wide receiver, but has too many easy catch drops.  However, he could be like a Terrell Owens.  A very explosive receiver who will drop some easy ones, but you live with it because of the big plays.  He is a good fit for the Ravens and can take advantage of Joe Flacco’s big arm.

 

27) Dallas Cowboys: CB Byron Jones, Connecticut: Dallas did not have a bigger need than at cornerback.  Jones had a productive, but not a dominating career in college.  He really impressed at the combine with his size, speed and jumping ability.  Jones fills a big need.  It is up to the Dallas coaches to mold a talented and dedicated athlete into a polished NFL cornerback.

 

28) Detroit Lions: OG Laken Tomlinson, Duke: The Lions now have a pair of powerful and huge guards in Larry Warford and Tomlinson.  You could argue that the Lions should have picked Malcolm Brown.  The former Texas defensive tackle made sense, but Tomlinson is going to be a very good pro.  Matthew Stafford will not face much inside pressure and Detroit has the offensive line to run the ball.  This is a very solid pick.

 

29) Indianapolis Colts: WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami: Indy is going to have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.  Dorsett is a T.Y. Hilton clone only with better hands.  He is going to make a bunch of big plays with Andrew Luck delivering the football.  The run defense and pass protection needs to be improved.  The Colts have more picks to address these issues on day 2 and 3.

 

30) Green Bay Packers: DB Damarious Randall, Arizona State: Ted Thompson is one of the best GM’s in the business and surprised many of the numerous armchair GM’s with this selection.  The Pack lost some depth in the secondary, but many thought inside linebacker would be the priority.  However, Thompson plans on playing Randall at cornerback.  The former Arizona State star had very good production and displayed the ability to create turnovers.  The Packers will find a good inside linebacker in the 2nd or 3rd round.  The secondary took preference and a good prospect was added.

 

31) New Orleans Saints: ILB Stephone Anthony, Clemson: The Saints continue their makeover into a much more physical team with the addition of Anthony.

 

32) New England Patriots: DT Malcome Brown, Texas: Vince Wilfork is gone and surprisingly the talented Brown slips to the world champs.  This was an easy decision for New England.  Brown is a good run stopper and can push the pocket.

The Pats have a young and deep front seven on defense.  The former Longhorn can play nose tackle, defensive end in the 3-4 defense or defensive tackle in a 4-3.  Bill Belichick likes flexible players and Brown should fit right in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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