With The 14th Pick, in the 2015 NFL Draft, The Fish Select ...

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12.

Browns

DeVante Parker-

WR Louisville

6-2.5, 209, (U 4.45-4.5),

33 1/4" Arms, 17 reps,

10'5" Broad, 36.5" Vert,

QB, WR, NT/DT, TE,  QB, ORT, OG, QB, DE, WR, OL, QB, 

2014 Picks:

1 (8) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St

1 (22) Johnny Manziel A&M.

2 (35) Joel Bitonio OG Nevada.

3 (71) Christian Kirksey ILB Iowa.

3 (94) Terrance West RB Towson.

4 (127) Pierre Desir DB Lindenwood

Key F.A. Signed:

Josh McCown QB

Thad Lewis QB

Shaun Draughn RB

Dwayne Bowe WR

Brian Hartline WR

Marlon Moore WR

Randy Starks DL

Tramon Williams CB

Key F.A.:

Jim Leonhard, S  

Key F.A. Lost:

Brian Hoyer QB

Johnny Manziel QB

Miles Austin, WR

Jordan Cameron TE

Ahtyba Rubin NT

Jabaal Sheard, DE

Buster Skrine CB

The Team: I hate this pick. How can Parker fall out of the top third of the Draft. Right? If he is on the board they cannot pass on him under any circumstance. Which probably means this badly run Franchise will pass on Parker. This is a simple pick. If Parker is on the Board they cannot pass on him.  

Yes I know they signed Hartline. So what? He is not that good. Yes I know they signed Bowe. So what? He is not that good anymore. Hartline is an average NFL WR, and he scored more TDs than Bowe last season. Plus, How many keepers are their at WR for this team from last season? One. And if Andrew Hankins was on the bench would anybody in Cleveland cry in their hankies. They still need a Number One WR, and I'm not sure Bowe is still a number Two WR. But I do know that when a WR goes through an entire season without catching a touchdown he is no longer a legit Number One. When you are the top gun in a WR corps that had a historically bad season last year than I don't think you can call yourself a Number One any more. Plus, with their incredible and almost comically bad QBs, they have to give those guys all the help they can get. Getting a WR here would be the smart move, so you know this won't happen.

The Player: 3/30  One Step at a Time- DeVante Parker.

The Reason: This might have been the easiest pick in the Mock so far. If Parker is on the board they cannot pass on him. Of course it is all meaningless if they don't trade up for Mariota. 

Second Choice: La'el Collins OT

13.

Saints

*Breshad Perriman-

WR Central Florida

6-1 3/4, 212, PD 4.19-4.27

(PD-O 4.24-4.27),
10'7 Broad! 36.5" Vert, 

32" Arms, 18 Reps, 

OLB/PR, OL, TE/Slot-WR,  WR, CB, WR, S, DE, DB,

2014 Picks: 

1 (20) Brandin Cooks WR Oregon St

2 Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska

4 (126) Khairi Fort LB California.

5 (167) Vinnie Sunseri SS Alabama.

5 (169) Ronald Powell LB Florida.

6 (202) Tavon Rooks OT Kansas St

Key F.A.:

Luke McCown QB 

Mark Ingram RB

C.J. Spiller RB

Joe Morgan WR

Ramon Humber LB

Max Unger OC

Jahri Evans RG

Dannell Ellerbe ILB

Parys Haralson OLB

Keenan Lewis CB

Brandon Browner CB

Kyle Wilson CB

Jamarca Sanford S

Shayne Graham K

Key Free Agents Lost:

Pierre Thomas RB

Kenny Stills WR

Ben Grubbs OG

Curtis Lofton LB

Jimmy Graham TE

Patrick Robinson CB

The Team: The Saints' offense got killed up the middle last season. Brees is a great QB but a little on the short side. The worst thing for him is pressure up the middle. They signed Unger and lost Grubbs. Scherff is going to fall out of the top third of the Draft. So they will have a chance to grab him. He and Unger will make this whole offense better. They are going to need to run the ball a lot more with Jimmy Graham gone. They won the Super Bowl with a huge O-line that knocked defenders backwards. This pick instantly makes Brees a better QB, and adds depth to their pocket. It also makes Ingram and Spiller better runners. 

He hurt his toe. He didn't hurt his toe. He needs surgery on his toe. H doesn't need surgery on his toe. He drops because of his toe. He had a terrible work out at his Proday that did not match the explosive burst up field and COD that he showed on the field. A bad toe makes sense now. And a bad toe is big deal. Does anyone remember Reggie Dupard? No. That's because he hurt his toe.

The Player: 3/29  Sprinting Into the Top Ten Part II- Breshad Perriman.

The Reason: Brees was really not as bad as portrayed last season. But the O-line really fell apart for them. It hurt their run game, and all QBs look terrible when they get pressure right up the gut. The best thing they can do for this team is to repair the middle of their O-line. However, would it be interesting to see Perriman lined up in the Slot like Graham..

Second Choice: La'el Collins OLG

14.

Miami

La'el Collins- 

OLT Miami

6-4.5, 305, S-1.86, 1.81, 33.2" Arms, 21 Reps, 

(U 5.13), 

OC, WR,  ILB, RB, WR, CB,  DT, RB, WR, DB, OL, FB/TE, LB, CB, 

2014 Picks:

1-19 Ja’Wuan James OT Tennessee

2 (63) Jarvis Landry WR LSU

3 (67) Billy Turner OT N. Dakota St

4 (125) Walt Aikens CB Liberty.

5 (155) Arthur Lynch TE Georgia.

5 (171) Jordan Tripp LB Montana.

6 Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina.

7 (234) Terrence Fede DE Marist.

 

Key F.A. Signed Sort of:

Josh Freeman QB

Kenny Stills WR

Greg Jennings WR

Jordan Cameron TE

Jason Fox OT

Derrick Shelby DE

Ndamukong Suh DT

A.J. Francis DT

Kelvin Sheppard LB

Brice McCain CB

Louis Delmas S

Michael Thomas S

Jordan Kovacs S

Key F.A.:

Matt Moore, QB

Daniel Thomas, RB

Knowshon Moreno, RB

Daryn Colledge, G

Samson Satele, C

Jason Trusnik, LB

Jimmy Wilson, S

Key F.A. Lost:

Brian Hartline WR

Mike Wallace WR

Brandon Gibson WR

Charles Clay TE/FB

Cortland Finnegan CB

Shelley Smith OG (3 starts)

Nate Garner OG

Dannell Ellerbe ILB

Philip Wheeler  ILB

Jared Odrick 5-T/DT

Randy Starks DT

Cortland Finnegan CB

The Team: Miami is the one team in the AFC East that can give the Pats a run for their money. They have the young QB that the Jets and Bills just can't find. Tannehill has struggled as he was recruited to Texas A&M as a WR (hey, did you know that Texas in a dyslexic filter is Taxes;-). So he was tragically new to the QB position. Then the Fish's O-line wonderfully destroyed each other in 2013. It really was awesome to watch. Then they rebuilt the whole O-line and Tannehill looked like he was who we thought he was, and their shiny new OLT Brandon Albert blew out his knee. So Tannehill took a step back again in 2014, when his O-line took a step back again. But word coming out of Miami is that Albert is (unfortunately;-) back on track to comeback strong in 2015. That is the biggest off season news in Miami. He will be better this season: from the experience he garnered last season, another year with their young linemen together, and with Brandon Albert at his back. The Fish are the only team that has a young QB who can close the gap that Brady enjoys in the AFC East. So they have to continue the development at all cost (hey, why the hell am I telling them how to beat the Pats?). Okay, so they have to get their young crappy QB some weapons to make him better. They have the small speed guy on one side. So getting a big strong WR who can run on the other side is the best thing for their young crappy QB.

Note: The price of Suh is costing this team a lot. It cost them their two starting D-Tackles from their excellent defense last season: Starks and Odrick. It also cost them Wallace and Ellerbe, who were traded for Cap reasons. I had them taking Strong before I heard they traded Wallace. With the lose of Hartline, it makes the WR position a disaster for their young QB. Although I loved Stills in the Draft.

The Player: 4/21  Collins Vs Fowler- La'el Collins.

The Reason: Collins can step in at OLG and instantly improve the run game. Plus, he can also be insurance if Albert isn't ready to play OLT next season.

Miami had a very expensive signing in Suh, but got their star for their defense. Now they need to address the disaster this signing has been for their young QB. They lost three of the five WRs they had on the roster from last season. That is a disaster for a young QB who has struggled with continuity since he arrived in Miami. Getting Stills was a big deal, and he adds some speed inside. Landry was a nice pick up last season, but if they want Tannehill to develop they have to get him weapons. Strong would be another big West Coast WR for Philbin to pair with the big Laundry. Plus, he has that knack for getting open deep which Laundry lacks. he would be a good blend of Stills speed and Laundry size and proficiency running patterns. The three would compliment Tannehill well in Philbin's West Coast Offense. 

Second Choice: Jaelen Strong WR

15.

49ers

*Trae Waynes

CB Michigan ST

6-1, 186, 31"arms, 19 reps!

(O 4.31)! (U 4.35-4.32),

38" Vert, 10'2" Broad,

4.19 SS, 7.06 3-C, 60-11.24

WR, ILB, CB, OG, CB, WR, NT, OLB/PR, ILB, DB, DL, WR, QB 

2014 Picks:

1  Jimmie Ward, S, N Illinois

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State.

3 Marcus Martin, OC ,USC

3 Brandon Thomas, G Clemson

4 Bruce Ellington WR S Carolina

4 Dontae Johnson, DB N.C. St

5 Aaron Lynch, DE, S Florida.

5 Keith Reaser, DB, FAU.

Key F.A. Signed:

Blaine Gabbert QB

Reggie Bush RB

Torrey Smith, W

Jerome Simpson WR

Derek Carrier TE

Erik Pears OG

Darnell Dockett 5-T

Jerod-Eddie DL

Desmond Bishop ILB

Nick Bellore ILB

Shareece Wright, CB

Chris Cook CB

Kendrick Lewis S

Key F.A. Lost:

Kassim Osgood, WR

Brandon Lloyd, WR

Josh Johnson, QB

Key F.A.:

Frank Gore, RB

Stevie Johnson WR

Michael Crabtree, WR

Jonathan Martin OT

Mike Iupati, G

Patrick Willis ILB

Chris Borland ILB

Dan Skuta OLB

Justin Smith DE

Ray MacDonald DE

Chris Culliver, CB

Perrish Cox CB

Cameron Fuller CB

The Team: Another problem we have with this Draft is that the whole organizational structure has changed. Harbaugh departure leaves a vacuum in the Draft decision making that is being filled by the new HC Tomsula. He is not going to think or look for the same players as Harbaugh. Plus, they are also one of the teams that has sent out word that they are interested in trading up for one of the big three WRs. So they have already shown they don't want to pick here. They could be picking Parker at pick 11. But they have so many holes created this off season that I'm not sure they can waste a pick to move up. They can't give up their 2nd, because that pick is right in the middle of where the 4 or 5 ILBs that they desperately need are going to go. They can't give up their 3rd, because they might have to pick up a WR, CB, or 5-T who can play next season if they don't get one here. But just because they want one of the top three WRs, doesn't mean they like Strong or Perriman. In fact, it more likely means they don't like Strong or Perriman.

They lost the great strength in the middle of their defense. You can't be to strong up the middle in their division. They have had so many loses to their defense that it is hard to keep up with them all. The problem is that they not only lost talent, but they also lost a lot of toughness players. Gore, Iupati, Willis and Smith where also the tough guys that help the team when thing got tougher and tougher as the season wore on. You cannot just replace those heart and soul guys as easily as you want. This has been a disastrous off season for the 49ers so far. They have some young and cheap guys to throw into some of those holes from last years Draft. If they don't work out it could be big trouble for this team.

Last season, "San Fran just cannot pass on Jerry Rice's cousin to play WR for them." They just can't? Right? They have a chance to right this wrong. If they don't Kaepernick will continue to spiral down.

The Player: 3/10  Sprinting Into the Top Ten- Trae Waynes.

The Reason: The have to get a WR, but here is where the depth of this Draft comes in. They got Smith and Simpson as veterans, so they can take a little more time to develop a later round talent. Plus, they can pick up a 5-Tech like the kid from Washington's Xavier Cooper in the 3rd or maybe the 4th. But they are not likely to get a CB close to Waynes anywhere else. There might be a guy in the 2nd who is close, but they have to go ILB there. They lost their best player on defense, and his rookie back up to surprise retirements. So getting an ILB in the 2nd, where the talent and value will be at its' best in the Draft, is imperative. So they go best player available at a top need position. This is a bit of a surprise pick, but they really need a Corner. If Waynes is still somehow on the board they cannot pass.

Second Choice: Arik Armstead 5-T

16.

Texans

*Jaelen Strong-

WR Arizona ST

6-2 5/8, 219, 32 1/2" Arms

42" Vert! 10'3 Broad,

(O 4.44), (U 4.51-4.44),

SS 4.19, 3-C 7.33, 

QB, WR, QB, WR, DB, WR, DB, WR, OT, DB, RB, 

2014 Picks:

1 Jadeveon Clowney DE S. Carolina

2 (33) Xavier Su’a-Filo OGUCLA.

3 (65) C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa.

3 (83) Louis Nix NT Notre Dame.

4 (135) Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh.

6 (177) Jeoffrey Pagan 5-T Alabama

6 (181) Alfred Blue RB LSU.

6 (211) Jay Prosch FB Auburn.

7 (216) Andre Hal S Vanderbilt.

7 Lonnie Ballentine DB Memphis.  

Key F.A.:

Brian Hoyer QB

Ryan Mallett QB

Nate Washington WR

Derek Newton OT

Vince Wilfork NT/DT

Akeem Dent ILB

Kareem Jackson CB

Rahim Moore S

Key F.A.:

Ryan Pickett, DT

Danieal Manning, S

Key F.A. lost:

Andre Johnson WR

Brooks Reed, OLB

Kendrick Lewis S

The Team: They need a WR in the worst way, and they need speed at WR in the worst way. Hopkins turned into a Number One last year, and that is about all they have at WR. They could lose all the other WRs left on their roster and no one would care. Perriman instantly gives them a deep threat, but he is gone. However, Strong has the size speed ratio that can pull some Safeties away from Hopkins. It's tough to say what a rookie will give a team as a rookie. But Strong has the size, speed, and hands to help out whatever savage JAG that put out at QB next year.. 

I have Collins rated higher than any CB in this Draft. He is a terrific Safety that could really help this defense in deep coverage. Plus, he can come up and hit like a truck. It is a little redundant with Swearinger. Collins is a much better athlete and a lot of experience in Cover One and Cover Two. Some guy named Ballentine is listed as their starting FS. Collins starts over him day one. Another team whose 1st Round pick is meaningless unless it is a QB. If Hundley falls this far they will have to take him. Otherwise they can get their pick of QBs in the 2nd and 3rd Round. And yes, I'm saying they should take two QBs on Day Two.

The Player: 4/19  In The Top Three or Four- Jaelen Strong.

The Reason: They traded their young speed WR who helped to occupy the safeties. So they have to replace him with somebody.

Second Choice: Landon Collins S

 17.

Titans/SDC

*Andrus Peat-

OLT Stanford

6-6.7, 313, 

S-1.82-1.85, (U 5.2),

QB, OC, OT, OLB, WR, 5-T, ORT, WR, CB, DE, S, 

2014 Picks:

1 (11) Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
2 Bishop Sankey, RB Washington.
4 (112) DaQuan Jones, DT Penn St
4 Marqueston Huff, DB Wyoming
5 Avery Williamson LB Kentucky
6 (178) Zach Mettenberger QB LSU  

Key F.A. Signed:

Harry Douglas WR

Hakeem Nicks WR

Anthony Fasano TE

Byron Stingily OT

Byron Bell OT

Jonathan Massaquoi LB

Brian Orakpo OLB/DE

Derrick Morgan OLB

Karl Klug DE 

Perrish Cox CB

Brandon Harris CB

Da'Norris Searcy S

Key F.A.:

Jackie Battle, FB 
Chase Coffman, TE 
Quentin Groves, OLB 
Derek Hagan, WR 
Brandon Harris, DB 
Colin McCarthy, ILB 
Matthew Mulligan, TE 
Eric Olsen, OL   
Chris Spencer, G-C  
Ryan Succop, K 
Will Svitek, OT 

Key F.A. Lost:

Jake Locker QB

Michael Roos OLT (R)

Bernard Pollard S

The Team: I think both the Titans and the Chargers have to pick up an OLT in this Draft. I also think that Peat has the chance to be the best OLT from this Draft. So if either team is picking here it is Peat.

So if the crazy Rivers deal goes down this is what it would like. Old man Rivers is going to need some protection. They got Lewan to cover his blindside. Now they need some help to cover his front side. La'el Collins is the best Tackle prospect in this wacky Draft. Everybody keeps talking about moving the OTs inside to OGs. That means that they don't think that they are that good. If you want to move Scherff, Peat, and Flowers inside to OG than you don't think that they are that good and shouldn't take them in the 1st. I think Collins, Humphrey, Jake Fisher, Peat, and Flowers are OLT in the NFL. But one or all them could move to ORT, because they are all flawed. But I don't see any of them playing inside at OG. So I think they are going first. To me Collins is the mostly likely to be able to step in and play OLT as a rookie. Collins is plug and play run blocker in this offense.

The Player: 3/30 Keeping the Pace- Andrus Peat.

The Reason: If they are serious about keeping Rivers they need to protect his aching back at all costs.

Second Choice: Cameron Erving OC

18.

Chiefs

Cameron Erving-

OC/OG FLA ST

6-5.4, 313, (S-184) 

(U- 5.16-5.2), 

34.1" arms, 30 Reps,

WR, OLB/DE, ORT/OLT, OC, WR, FS, DE, OL, TE, WR,  ILB, QB,  

2014 Picks:

1 (23) Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

3 (87) Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

4 De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon

5 (163) Aaron Murray QB Georgia

6-193 Zach Fulton OG Tennessee

6 (200) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill.

Key F.A. Signed:

Jeremy Maclin WR

Jason Avant WR

Ben Grubbs OG

Paul Fanaika OG

Justin Houston OLB (tagged)

Josh Mauga ILB

Josh Martin ILB

Ron Parker FS

Tyvon Branch S

Ron Parker S

Key Free Agents:

Joe McKnight, RB

Mike McGlynn, G

Jeffrey Linkenbach, LT

Ryan Harris, OT

Jason Avant, WR

Kevin Vickerson, DT

Chris Owens, CB

Key Free Agents Lost:

Rodney Hudson C

Dwayne Bowe WR

Donnie Avery WR

A.J. Jenkins WR

Anthony Fasano TE

Vance Walker DL

Joe Mays ILB

Kurt Coleman S

The Team: The Chiefs have an average QB who needs to be made better by the talent around him, and not visa versa. Bowe has reached the point where he doesn't do that anymore, and was released. The signing of Maclin is the most underrated signing by any team so far this off season. He can help make Smith more. But it is not enough. This team only goes as far as Smith can take them. This pick has to be used to try and make Smith a Playoff caliber QB again.

The Player: 3/18  The Scarnecchia Connection Part I: Cameron Erving

The Reason: KC has to fix the O-line. They lost a ton of talent to free agency, injury, and suspensions that destroyed this line. They should get some guys back, but they need an OLT.  Reid likes his linemen big strong and nasty, and that is Collins. However, they also need a Center in worst way. Erving is the only 1st Round talent at that position, and he is a plug and play player at OC. He is a big and nasty O-linemen just the way Reid lies it. Erving is a top five impact player in this Draft as a rookie at an undervalued position.

Second Choice: Andrus Peat OLT

19.

Browns

Danny Shelton-

DE/DT Washington

6-2.1, 339, 32" Arms, 

34 Reps, S-1.88-1.91, 

(U 5.66), 7-11" Broad, 

30 1/2" Vert, 

 

DeVante Parker-

WR Louisville

QB, WR, QB, WR, NT/DT, WR, TE,  QB, ORT, WR, OG, QB, DE, WR, OL, QB, 

2014 Picks:

1 (8) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St

1 (22) Johnny Manziel ?? A&M.

2 (35) Joel Bitonio OG Nevada.

3 (71) Christian Kirksey ILB Iowa.

3 (94) Terrance West RB Towson.

4 (127) Pierre Desir DB Lindenwood 

Key F.A. Signed:

Josh McCown QB

Thad Lewis QB

Dwayne Bowe WR

Brian Hartline WR

Key F.A.:

Miles Austin, WR

Ahtyba Rubin, DT

Jim Leonhard, S  

Key F.A. Lost:

Brian Hoyer QB

Johnny Manziel QB

Jordan Cameron TE  

Jabaal Sheard, DE

Buster Skrine CB

The Team: They can get a ORT in the 3rd or 4th without worry, but they cannot pass on the elite Nose Tackle in the Draft.

The Browns want to get an ORT who can replace Schwartz and they can groom behind Thomas. That looks to me like Flowers or Peat. Both are terrific talents who are not ready to play OLT in the NFL just yet. But both could be starting ORTs from Day One.

The Player: 2/10  The Best Player on Tape- Danny Shelton.

The Reason: Their O-line is not good enough to put a below average QB behind and expect him to win. This Draft has to be about the QB position. If they can't trade up for Mariota then they have to use most of their picks on players who can help their hapless QBs. As insanely unlucky as they are at QB, they seem to be extremely lucky in the 1st Round of this Draft. It looks like they will hit a top three WR at 12, and it looks like they will be in the middle of the run on O-tackles as well.

Second Choice: Malcolm Brown NT/DT

20.

Eagles

*Landon Collins

S Alabama

6', 228, (U 4.54-4.53),

OLB, SS, WR, OL, ILB, DL, WR, DL, 

2014 Picks:

1 (26) Marcus Smith LB Louisville.

2 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt

3 (86) Josh Huff WR Oregon.

4 (101) Jaylen Watkins CB Florida.

5 (141) Taylor Hart 5-T, Oregon.

5 (162) Ed Reynolds FS Stanford

7 (224) Beau Allen DT Wisconsin.

Key F.A. Signed:

Sam Bradford QB

Mark Sanchez, QB

DeMarco Murray RB

Ryan Mathews RB

Miles Austin WR

Kiko Alonso LB

Brad Jones LB

DeMeco Ryans ILB

Brandon Graham OLB

Bryan Braman OLB

Byron Maxwell CB

Walter Thurmond CB

Key F.A.:

Brad Smith, WR

Casey Matthews, ILB

Key F.A. Lost:

Nick Foles QB

LeSean McCoy RB

Frank Gore, RB

Jeremy Maclin WR

Todd Herremans OG

Trent Cole OLB/PR

Cary Williams CB

Bradley Fletcher CB

Nate Allen, S

Kurt Coleman S

The Team: Their director of player personnel is an Alabama guy. 

They have one good Safety in Malcolm Jenkins. But Nate Allen fell apart to the point where QBs picked on him all game long. Collins could step in and start at SS for this team on Day One. However, They have to get an OLB who can rush the QB, and we all know how Chip likes to use his OLB in coverage as well. I compared Dupree to Khalil Mack. Both played more than one position in college. Mack was an ILB for a while. Dupree played three different positions at Kentucky because they changed their coaches so much. They both were moved all over the field: from switching sides, to standing up and putting their hands down, to playing ILB, to playing slot corner. Mack is a little more dynamic in the rush, but besides that they have much more in common than different. Plus, Philly's LB Coach coached Dupree at Kentucky. He knows the kid. Loves the kid, and probably has already jumped up on the table for the kid. Dupree was put in a lot of different positions for Kentucky, and he kept coming through no matter what they asked him to do, and now Philly knows it more than most. Also this is the first spot I think Kevin Johnson can go. Chip likes to play zone and a lot of Off. Johnson is the best Off cover Corner in this Draft.

The Player: Collins is a Strong Safety who doesn't get enough credit for his deep coverage. When he plays center field he can make plays on the ball deep. There is so much to like about this guy. Terrific special teams player. "Where did the Packers get Clinton-Dix?" one scout asked. "He's the same guy. Same grade. He's OK. I'm not going to say sure-fire great. I think he's smart and physical. He's the best safety." Loves to hit anything that breathes. Great form tackler. he led Alabama in Tackles with 103.

Enters his junior campaign as one of the Crimson Tide's most experienced and explosive defensive backs ... saw time at both safety spots in 2013 and should anchor the safety position group in 2014 ... preseason All-American ... a second team All-SEC choice in 2013 a candidate for All-SEC and All-America honors again this season ... a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award a season ago and a strong contender beginning the 2014 season ... also a stalwart on special teams where he has 20 tackles of the last two seasons ... played in 27 career games with nine starts split between strong and free safety ... totaled 87 tackles in his Crimson Tide career with four tackles for loss (7 yards), six pass breakups, two interceptions and a blocked punt.

The Reason: They got a lot of help for the worst secondary in the NFL, but it was all Corners. They still have to get a SS to keep Nate Allen off the field in critical situations. However, they need as much help in the rush as they do at Safety, and OLB/PR is considered a much more important position than Safety. But if they don't like the OLB, they will go Collins.

Second Choice: Shane Ray OLB

21. 

Bengals

*Arik Armstead

5-T Oregon

6-7, 290,

 

DB, DT, LB, TE, S, OL, TE, FS, OG, WR, 

2014 Picks:

1 Darqueze Dennard Michigan St

2 (55) Jeremy Hill RB LSU.

3 (88) Will Clark DE  West Virginia

4-111 Russell Bodine OC. Carolina

5 (164) A.J. McCarron QB Alabama

6-212 Marquis Flowers LB Arizona

7 (239) James Wright WR LSU.

7 Lavelle Westbrooks DB Georgia S

Key Free Agents Signed:

Cedric Peerman RB

Denarius Moore WR

Brandon Tate WR

Clint Boling G

Eric Winston OT

A.J. Hawk LB  

Michael Johnson DE

Pat Sims DT

Devon Still DT

Brandon Ghee CB

Key Free Agents:

Jason Campbell, QB

Dane Sanzenbacher, WR

Alex Smith, TE

Jermaine Gresham, TE

Rey Maualuga, LB

Mike Nugent, K

Taylor Mays, S

Key F.A. Lost:

Greg Little WR

Marshall Newhouse OT

Robert Geathers DE

Terence Newman, CB

The Team: Defensive HCs like their defensive toys. The inside of their D-line fell apart last season. They couldn't find a guy who could help Geno Atkins inside. Armstead is more of a 5-tech than DT. But he could lined up a DT for them and certainly stuff the run, and also play some D-end in their system. He can get up field. He is one of the top two or three D-linemen in run defense, which the Bengals weren't last season. Although word coming out of Cincinati is that they are looking at O-linemen.

Whitworth stepped over to OLT, and surprisingly didn't allow a Sack last season. So drafting his replacement is not an obvious priority. However, both tackles are going to need to be replaced sooner than later. And both their backups are gone. Plus, Flowers is a tackle who NFL guys have a higher opinion of than the consensus by Draftnics currently. Dalton is an average QB who needs some help in a lot of places if they want to actually win a Playoff game. But what WR or TE do you take here? 

The Player: Armstead is one of my favorite players in this Draft. He was such an underrated force last season. He is a 5-Tech. 5-Techs don't get to the QB as much as flash and dash passrushers do. But that doesn't mean they can't be just as disruptive to QBs as the pretty little passrushers. Armstead's job is to hold the point against the run first, and then rush the QB. Which also allowed DeForest Buckner to blast off and try to get up field more. But Armstead was still effective disrupting the QB. "He plays like a man," said one scout. "Can be a five-technique. Damn right he has pass rush. Really a good player." I watch the first Arizona game this season focused almost completely on him. He was awesome. He turned Arizona into a left handed team, He would not let them run right at all. He stuffed their vaunted running game into a cloud of dust. Not only would he not allow them to run right, he was slashing across the line and making tackles on the other side of the center. He was using his size, long arms, and quickness to get to where he wanted to on the line of scrimmage. He was single handedly leading the defense to victory, on a day when Mariota and the offense were really struggling.

Then the dreaded high ankle sprain, and he limped off the field. That was the game for Oregon. I like to judge players by not just what they do on the field, but also by what happens when they are knocked off the field, and what their backup does in the same position. Once he was off the field the Arizona offense took over. Not only could they run to the left, but they ran right at Armstead's replacement almost exclusively the rest of the game. They became a right handed running team for the rest of the game. He was a 1st round pick ever since that game. "A little bit like Datone Jones but much taller and bigger," said another scout. "Same kind of player. He has the athleticism but production has been minimal. When you're a really tall player you have to have either really good strength or play with really good technique and fundamentals. He doesn't have either yet. He plays hard. He's got the ability. It's just not totally there yet. He's going to be a rusher on the inside."

The Reason: Word coming out of Cincinati is that La'el Collins is their guy. But he is not on the Board. To me that instantly shifts them to their biggest need, run defense. Two years ago they were a top run stuffing team and went to the Playoffs. Last season their run defense fell apart and they missed the Playoffs. One of the reasons this Draft is so wacky is that 1st Round players seem to fall into a range of 10 to 20 picks. Armstead could go 7 to Chicago or 32 to the Pats, and anywhere in between. That is a variation of 25 spots!.

Second Choice: Malcolm Brown DT

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Pittsburgh

Steelers

Kevin Johnson-

CB Wake Forest

6' 1/2", 188, (O 4.52),

3.89 SS!, 6.79 3-C! 

41.5" Vert, 10'10"Broad,

SS, CB, OLB, OLB, OLT, LB, RB, TE, WR, OT, NT, 

2014 Picks:

1 (15) Ryan Shazier ILB Ohio St

2 (46) Stephon Tuitt 5-T ND

3 (97) Dri Archer RB Kent State.

4 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson

5 Shaquille Richardson Arizona.

5-173 Wesley Johnson Vanderbilt

6 (192) Jordan Zumwalt, lb, UCLA.

6 Daniel McCullers NT Tennessee

7-230 Rob Blanchflower TE UMass

Key F.A. Signed:

DeAngelo Williams RB

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR

Matt Spaeth, TE

Clifton Geathers DE

Arthur Moats, LB

James Harrison LB

Antwon Blake CB

Key Free Agents:

Ben Tate, RB

Brice McCain, CB

Will Allen, S

Key Free Agents Lost:

Lance Moore WR

Brett Keisel 5-T retires

Jason Worilds LB retirees

Troy Polamalu retires

Ike Taylor CB retires

The Team: This is who they should take. 

Word coming out Pittsburgh is that they like Eli Harold and have no trouble taking him here. However, I have Collins rated much higher, and the need just got a whole lot more desperate. They are rumored to like their young safeties more than they should. They have a desperate need at OLB and CB. They should go Kevin Johnson here, but the reason they are so desperate at CB is that they refuse to take a Corner in the 1st. So when they are on the clock it looks like they will be choosing between Collins and Harold. And honestly I can't argue with either choice. 

They want Troy Polamalu gone. But he was such a great player for the organization that they don't want to cut him and deal the repercussions of that act, even though he can't play anymore. He will not be on the team next season.

I thought they would go D-line here. But they have Tuitt and McCullers from last years Draft. So I switched to passrushers. Both starting OLBs are free agents. 

The Player: 4/23  Moving On Up: Kevin Johnson.

The Reason: However, They don't take CBs in the 1st..

Their defense doesn't work without two OLBs who can set the edge and hit the quarterback. However, I have CB and SS as a bigger need, and Collins rated higher than Harold. And, I have already changed my mind. This is going to be one of the toughest on the clock decisions. I think it is foolish to pass on Collins here, because there are not a lot of Safeties in this Draft. But it doesn't matter what I think. If they love-love-love Harold they have to take him here.

Second Choice: Eli Harold OLB

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