2015 NFL Mock Draft (17-32) Post Underclassmen Deadline
17. San Diego (9-7) – Cameron Erving C/Florida State
The Chargers had to play five different players at the center position this past season due to injury and none were particularly effective. Cameron Erving moved to center midseason and did an excellent job. With his experience at left tackle, he also provides an upside player who can play other positions in a pinch.
18. Kansas City (9-7) – TJ Clemmings OL/Pittsburgh
The Chiefs need a WR or two, but their offensive line may need even more help. TJ Clemmings moved from the defensive side of the ball to the offensive line only two years ago but has improved every game and has the ideal frame. He has been a stalwart at RT for the Panthers and likely would do the same for the Chiefs or move to the interior.
19. Cleveland – from Buffalo (9-7) – Benardrick McKinney LB/Mississippi State
After nabbing a WR, the Browns could use some ILB depth. Karlos Dansby is nearing the end of his career & Christian Kirksey had an inconsistent rookie season. McKinney was a vocal leader for a great Miss. St. defense and can play downhill or in coverage.
20. Philadelphia (10-6) – Ronald Darby CB/Florida State
The Eagles need CBs. Maybe two. Maybe three. Even if they address it in free agency, taking a high upside CB at 20 is crucial. Ronald Darby was a player opposing QBs shied away from and has the upside of a #1 NFL CB.
21. Cincinnati (10-5-1) – Eric Kendricks LB/UCLA
The Bengals don’t have many glaring holes, but their LB group is very iffy. Eric Kendricks may not be picked in the first round, but he should be. The brother of Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks can play on the weakside or in the middle and is a great run defender.
22. Pittsburgh (11-5) – Kevin Johnson CB/Wake Forest
The Steelers are likely to lose Ike Taylor and let Troy Polamalu go. With a struggling secondary for years, the Steelers have forsaken taking CBs high so this is the year. Kevin Johnson is on the small side, but he was a shut down CB for Wake Forest against some very good WRs in the ACC.
23. Detroit (11-5) – Eddie Goldman DT/Florida State
The Lions will lose a DT and their defense relies on replacing them. Eddie Goldman is a big presence with a great pedigree who stepped up in key situations to penetrate the middle.
24. Arizona (11-5) – Vic Beasley LB/Clemson
Beasley’s size may move him down, and he isn’t of the prototypical size the Cardinals look for, but it could change with Todd Bowles leaving. Beasley was a dominant pass rusher relying on his football IQ and anticipating the snap with his athletic ability. Will probably fit best standing up in a 3-4 or hybrid scheme.
25. Carolina (7-8-1) – Ereck Flowers OT/Miami (FL)
The Panthers need offensive line help badly and unfortunately it will be tough to find at 25. Ereck Flowers was heavily inconsistent but has potential to be a dominant run blocker with his size and strength.
26. Baltimore (10-6) – Todd Gurley RB/Georgia
Justin Forsett had a great season, but the Ravens will be changing offensive coordinators (and potentially offenses,) again with Gary Kubiak’s hire in Denver. Bringing in Todd Gurley allows Forsett to have another year as the lead back, bring Gurley in slowly, and bring the offensive up to have a dominant run game.
27. Dallas (12-4) – Alvin Dupree DE/Kentucky
Bud Dupree was great at Kentucky and should go higher than this. The Cowboys need help all over the defense, but another DE to rush the passer is a premium and Dupree’s 23.5 career sacks would look nice in Dallas.
28. Denver (12-4) – Devin Funchess WR/Michigan
We will see how contract negotiations with Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas go, but Thomas could be the odd man out. Funchess, the WR/TE hybrid, would fill in nicely with some good coaching and fits the TE that Gary Kubiak has excelled with.
29. Indianapolis (11-5) – Max Valles LB/Virginia
Bjoern Werner went away with a puff of smoke and the Colts absolutely need to find a stud pass rusher. Max Valles played rush backer in the Cavaliers 3-4 defenses which matches up well with the Colts defense. He isn’t polished, but has tha potential.
30. Green Bay (12-4) – Shaq Thompson LB/Washington
Shaq Thompson may be slightly overrated as a prospect, but he has elite athletic ability (and his position may lie at RB). He could play inside in a 3-4 or outside in a 4-3 and fly around the field. The Packers need more athletic ability in that 2nd level.
31. New England (12-4) – Devin Smith WR/Ohio State
There just aren’t many needs for the Patriots, and a deep threat like Devin Smith could really add a new dimension to the offense despite Tom Brady’s struggles throwing deep.
32. Seattle (12-4) – Dorial Green-Beckham WR/Missouri
The Seahawks have been willing to take some chances on players and if the want to get a stud #1 WR, DGB would fit the bill. With his off field issues, he could fall out of the draft altogether or go higher than this.
50. Buffalo (9-7) – Paul Dawson LB/TCU
Gives a physical middle presence for a Rex Ryan defense. Dawson is a high motor, big hitter who explodes to the football.