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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:24

Patriots: 2015 NFL Joint Mock Draft 2.0

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A joint mock draft just before the NFL Draft is a must. Here, Patriots Beat writers Sam Pericolo and Patrick Shankhour played GM for all 32 teams and made their first round selection. Who did the Patriots take at 32? What players that they may have been targeting went earlier?

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St (Patrick)

Not too much to think about here. Tampa needs a quarterback, and Winston is the best rated QB of the class.


2. Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (Sam)

I do not know if it will be the Titans drafting him in this position, but Mariota is all but guaranteed to go in this spot. The Eagles, Browns, Jets and even the Chargers have been rumored to want the Heisman winning quarterback, so a trade to this pick for Mariota is likely.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dante Fowler Jr, OLB, Florida (Patrick)

Fowler is a great pass rusher that will add another element to a rebuilding Jaguars defense.


4. Oakland Raiders – Leonard Williams, DT, USC (Sam)

Everybody knows the Raiders need to find Derek Carr a number one receiver. However, when the best player in the draft falls to four, you take him. This is a deep receiver class and they will be able to find a solid receiver in the second round.


5. Washington Redskins – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson (Patrick)

Washington also is looking for pass rushing help, and would pick Fowler in a heartbeat if he was available. They settle for the next best thing in Beasley


6. New York Jets – Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri (Sam)

This pick was made prior to the marijuana possession was made public. Ray will most likely see his stock fall, much like Randy Gregory’s has fallen. A former GM seems to believe his stock could plummet and he may not hear his name called until the fourth round.


7. Chicago Bears – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (Patrick)

It is hard to see Cooper falling past the Raiders at number 4, but the Bears are happy to grab their replacement to Brandon Marshall.


8. Atlanta Falcons – Bud Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky (Sam)

Dan Quinn will want to build up an intimidating defense like he had in Seattle, and the place to start is defensive line. Dupree is one of my favorite players in this draft and would be a big step in the right direction for the Falcons.


9. New York Giants – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St (Patrick)

The Giants have other needs, and a nose tackle could be an area of need. However, the Giants secondary is suspect, and Waynes is the best corner in this class.


10. St. Louis Rams – Brandon Scherff, OG/OT, Iowa (Sam)

For the second year in a row, we will see Jeff Fisher take an offensive lineman in the first round, after not taking a single one in his 16 year stay in Tennessee. Scherff can be a day one starter at right tackle and fill in at guard if needed.


11. Minnesota Vikings – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia (Patrick)

The Vikings have their QB in Tedy Bridgewater, and get Adrian Peterson back. Time to add another weapon with the explosive White who could really help Bridgewater develop to a top QB.


12. Cleveland Browns – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington (Sam)

Shelton is one of the best players in this draft. He will help Cleveland’s defense take the jump to the next level immediately. He is a big body who will draft double teams on just about every play.


13. New Orleans Saints – Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska (Patrick)

Gregory is projected to slide, but the Saints have a pass rushing need and Gregory should be on the board.


14. Miami Dolphins – La’el Collins, OT, LSU (Sam)

The Dolphins have expressed a great deal of interest in Collins and could pair him up with 2014 first round pick Ja’waun James to make for a very good right side of the line for a very long time.


15. San Francisco 49ers – Erik Kendricks, LB, UCLA (Patrick)

The 49ers lose two linebackers, one being future hall of famer Patrick Willis to retirement. They need to start thinking replacement.


16. Houston Texans – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (Sam)

The Texans need a receiver opposite DeAndre Hopkins now that Andre Johnson is in Indy. Parker, a possible top ten pick, falls right into Bill O’Brien’s lap and they run to the podium with the pick.

17. San Diego Chargers – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford (Patrick)

Running back seems to be the sexy pick for the Chargers, but they need a big body up front, and Peat could help solidify the offensive line.


18. Kansas City Chiefs – Cameron Erving, OL, FSU (Sam)

Had the Chiefs not signed Jeremy Maclin, I could see a trade up to jump the Texans to land Parker. That is still possible, but solidifying the center spot, another position of need, is a necessity. Erving is the best center in the draft and has versatility to play all over the line.


19. Cleveland Browns – Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF (Patrick)

After losing Josh Gordon again, and Johnny Manziel returning from rehab, Cleveland needs a weapon on the offensive side. Enter Perriman.


20. Philadelphia Eagles – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington (Sam)

The Eagles signed Byron Maxwell, but they could still use another cornerback. Peters is arguably the best corner in the draft, but has character issues. Even though he is not from Oregon, you could see Chip Kelly solidify his secondary with this pick.


21. Cincinnati Bengals – Landon Collins, S, Alabama (Patrick)

The Bengals need a smart player to lead the backend of their secondary, and who produces smarter players than Nick Saban?


22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Jones, CB, UCONN (Sam)

Jones blew people away with his combine workout. The Steelers had a rough secondary to begin with, but they now are to going forward without Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor, who are retiring. Jones will not single handedly transform the secondary, but his athleticism is a good start.


23. Detroit Lions – Malcom Brown, DT, Texas (Patrick)

When you lose a player like Ndamukong Suh to free agency, it’s hard to replace. When you also lose Nick Fairley, you’re forced to draft for need.


24. Arizona Cardinals – Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon (Sam)

The Cardinals could improve on their defensive line. Here, they are getting a player who probably should not still be on the board and can transform the defensive line to continue the strong defensive play the Cardinals showed last season. Todd Gurley is another option here.


25. Carolina Panthers – Devin Smith, WR, Ohio St (Patrick)

After drafting Kelvin Benjamin last year, the Panthers snag Smith to add another weapon for Cam Newton.


26. Baltimore Ravens – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (Sam)

With Gurley’s knee checking out, many believe he could go in the top ten. If he is available to the Ravens at the end of the first round, they must take the chance. When Justin Forsett will not be able to replicate his 2014 season and the Ravens will be left with a pile of garbage at the running back position. This is a serious need.


27. Dallas Cowboys – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon (Patrick)

Everyone thinks it’s either Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon here. The Cowboys will add a running back before training camp, and add another top lineman to protect Tony Romo.


28. Denver Broncos – TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh (Sam)

What looked like a strong line at the beginning of 2014 turned into a weak spot for the Broncos. Luckily, this draft is full of offensive tackles, and the Broncos will be able to grab a capable starter at the end of the first round.


29. Indianapolis Colts – Jalen Collins, CB, LSU (Patrick)

Until Indianapolis can perfect their secondary, they will never be a threat to the Patriots. After missing out on Devin McCourty in free agency, the Colts snag Collins and a safety later on.


30. Green Bay Packers – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest (Sam)

The Packers do not have a good defense. It is that simple They can be thrown on. With cornerback being a deep position in this years draft, the Packers are able to snag a guy who will most likely become their number one corner right away.


31. New Orleans Saints – Nelson Agholor, WR, USC (Patrick)

The Saints traded away Jimmy Graham and lost a major part of their offense. Agholor could do damage with Dree Brees down in the big easy.


32. New England Patriots – Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU (Sam)

The Patriots need a big body up front to help replace Vince Wilfork. At 320 pounds, Goldman is a good start. Put him next to Dominique Easley and the Patriots have a very young and solid interior line. The Patriots could also look at cornerback, offensive guard, or even running back and wide receiver.


Sam Pericolo

Sam is a Patriots writer for CLNS Radio. He is a graduate of Assumption College where he studied History, Marketing, and Political Science and was a Co-Producer on a weekly sports talk television show.

Sam has a baseball knowledge and that compares to that of Tim Kurkjian, football expertise equal to Adam Schefter, along with being very proficient in sports in general. He is an avid sports fan and columnist who brings ideas to the table that sparks the fun-filled sports debate that everybody enjoys and you'll love arguing with him (even though you'll never win one of those arguments). 

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