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2015 NFL DRAFT

Mock Drafts

Round 1 · Round 2 · General Managers
 

CBSSports.com and the NFL team bloggers from FanSided.com team up to give you the second annual "Real" Live Football Mock Draft. Acting as General Manager of each of the NFL's 32 teams, the FanSided crew makes the best pick available for their franchise, based on team needs, best available players and other key issues.

The Draft is complete. Check out the decisions each blogger made for the team they follow and read their reasons for making the picks they did. Agree? Disagree? Have it out on the message boards below.

Then on Thursday, April 22, be sure to check out CBSSports.com's live coverage of the NFL Draft with Inside the Draft Live. Get a complete and interactive draft experience, with live on-location video updates, instant draft pick analysis and more.

 
2010 NFL Mock Draft
33. St. Louis Rams - Justin Stine, Ramblin' Fan
St. Louis Rams
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech: I fully expect the Rams to look at shopping this selection in order to stockpile more picks, especially if Dez Bryant is the only receiver taken in the first round. If they do pick here, Thomas would bring the size and playmaking ability the Rams sorely lack at the receiver position. Coach Spags and GM Billy Devaney have put an emphasis on getting playmakers, and Thomas averaged an ACC record 25.1 yards per reception last season. His huge frame and giant hands make him a perfect weapon for new quarterback Sam Bradford.
Bust-O-Meter: Demaryius Thomas - Jon Dove, NFLMocks.com http://nflmocks.com/2010/04/11/8-bust-o-meter-demaryius-thomas/
34. Detroit Lions - Kevin Ferguson, SideLion Report
Detroit Lions
Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama: The Lions have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL and addressing this position is a must. Kareem Jackson is a first-round talent and will be able to come right in and compete for a starting position. Jackson will be another fine addition to this Suh-ly improved defense.
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Dustin Staggers, The Pewter Plank
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State: Ryan Mathews is a fringe first-round prospect who is a productive and physical runner. He isn't the flashiest running back, but he gets the job done and you will rarely see him tackled for a loss. He doesn't have a huge ego, so he'll fit right in to the running-back-by-committee system. In a few years, Mathews will see the bulk of the carries as his aggressive running style will win over the fans and the job.
36. Kansas City Chiefs - Patrick Allen, Arrowhead Addict
Kansas City Chiefs
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee: The Chiefs won't even bat an eyelash taking Williams if he is available at 36. In fact, they'll sprint to the podium. Many a mock have Williams going as high as 12th to the Dolphins, so don't expect the Chiefs to pass on maybe the best NT in the draft here. But like Alan Branch in 2007 (33rd overall), he could slip. It is an all-Tennessee first two rounds as Volunteer products Williams and Berry will team with LSU standouts Jackson and Dorsey to give the Chiefs a young and talented defense with tremendous upside.
Bust-O-Meter: Dan Williams - Jon Dove, NFLMocks.com http://nflmocks.com/2010/04/11/7-bust-o-meter-dan-williams/
37. Philadelphia Eagles (from Washington) - Scott Tunstall, Inside the Iggles
Philadelphia Eagles
Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State: The trade of Sheldon Brown to Cleveland left a gaping hole at right cornerback. Thanks to the Donovan McNabb deal with the Redskins, the Eagles afford themselves the opportunity to land a top cornerback. Robinson can play man or zone, has excellent size and speed and comes from a program with a history of producing quality corners. He needs to be more consistent, but with proper coaching he could push for a starting job right away.
38. Cleveland Browns - Steve DiMatteo, Dawg Pound Daily
Cleveland Browns
Nate Allen, S, South Florida: The biggest need on the Browns is, arguably, the secondary. The safety position is one of particular concern and Nate Allen would be a perfect fit for a defense looking for guys who are willing to step up and be leaders. Allen has a lot of experience, calling plays at South Florida, and scouts are impressed with his instincts and technical skills. Whether or not he becomes a star obviously remains to be seen, but the Browns could certainly use a guy with great intangibles who could easily develop into a solid starter in the NFL.
39. Oakland Raiders - Chris Shellcroft, Just Blog Baby
Oakland Raiders
Brian Price, DT, UCLA: Seven long years of being unable to stop the run or protect the passer have spelled seven consecutive 11-loss seasons. The 2010 draft should be all about Al Davis getting into the trenches. Brian Price doesn't have ideal size (6-foot-1, 303 pounds) but his explosiveness off the line and raw strength can't be ignored. At the combine, Price put up more reps on bench press than Ndamukong Suh. The Los Angeles native terrorized offenses in the Pacific 10 Conference, routinely blowing up plays in the backfield and disrupting some of the most complex schemes in Division I football. His downhill style of play is precisely what the Raiders lack at the defensive tackle position. Price should transition well into the 4-3 scheme employed by Oakland as his presence will help to provide more versatility along the front four.
40. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle) - Chris Bowen, Bolt Beat
San Diego Chargers
Jahvid Best, RB, California: Jahvid Best is a productive runner and returner. He is explosive, smart, and elusive. He may not (yet) have the size to be an every-down running back. However, his size can work to his advantage with a Chargers offensive line that isn't known for opening large windows anymore. Best can squeeze through the smaller holes and explode for more yards. He is also unafraid of contact. He may not push the pile often, but he will break weak tackles and try to break a big run. San Diego needs somebody in the backfield as fearless and hard working as Best because LaDainian Tomlinson's numbers in his first few seasons as a Charger have set the bar very high for future running backs.
41. Buffalo Bills - Kyle Giunta, BuffaLowdown
Buffalo Bills
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida: Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Tim Tebow has heart. While his physical skills as an NFL-level quarterback have been scrutinized to death, his intangibles -- pride, responsibility, and the will to win -- are unmatched in this draft. More than any individual talent, the Bills need a spark, a change in attitude, a leader. Tebow may just be the man for the job. In this decade of shame, the Bills have gone through quarterbacks like Bruce Smith went through offensive linemen in their decade of glory. Sure, Tebow might be considered a "risk" by some. But for me, I'll take even the longest of odds that he could be the Bills' Tom Brady. Let's put it this way -- who else going in the second round of this year's draft has the potential Tim Tebow has to single-handedly change a franchise? That's what I thought. The last thing this team needs with this pick is another role player; we need a game-changer.
42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago) - Dustin Staggers, The Pewter Plank
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois: Tampa Bay lost Antonio Bryant during the offseason and Benn has first-round potential, so he would be a very solid replacement. At 6-foot-1, 219 pounds, Benn handles press coverage well and he is usually able to get off of the line of scrimmage. He needs to work on his route running, however, but his athleticism and ball skills will help him transition to the next level. Benn is willing to go over the middle to make the tough catches and move the chains. If he lives up to his potential, Benn will have fans wondering why their team did not select him in Round 1.
43. Denver Broncos (from Miami) - Kim Constantinesco, Predominantly Orange
Denver Broncos
Linvall Joseph, DT, East Carolina: The Broncos desperately need a nose tackle that will fit their 3-4 defense. The Broncos struggled to stop the run during the second half of the season last year. Joseph handled double teams in college quite well and his size (6-foot-4, 328 pounds) is needed to clog the middle. His quick first step could penetrate the offensive line to stuff the run, or force opposing QBs into some tough passes. The Broncos have plenty of veterans on defense that could help tap into this youngster's potential.
44. New England Patriots (from Jacksonville) - Jamie Pacheco, Musket Fire
New England Patriots
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame: The Patriots lack any real depth at wide receiver, and Golden Tate is pro ready with experience in a pro-style offense under Charlie Weiss. He can start day one either across from Randy Moss or in the slot until Wes Welker returns. The Pats shouldn't miss this Golden opportunity to revamp their receiving corps. Couldn't resist.
45. Denver Broncos - Kim Constantinesco, Predominantly Orange
Denver Broncos
Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois: The Broncos need some help on the offensive front with the departure of Casey Wiegmann. In an effort to move to a zone blocking scheme, Asamoah is a great choice because of his tough and physical blocking style. He is capable of playing anywhere on the line, and during the last two years, he allowed just four sacks and four pressures. Asamoah would bring a much needed aggressive style of play to the O-line and could help turn Knowshon Moreno into one of the best backs in the league.
46. New York Giants - Paul Graziano, GMen H.Q.
New York Giants
Daryl Washington, LB, TCU: Tough call here, the Giants were tempted by DT Cam Thomas and OT Jared Veldeer, but Washington's blazing sideline-to-sideline speed and tremendous upside make him the pick. New Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will utilize Washington's speed and athleticism on the second level of the defense.
47. New England Patriots (from Tennessee) - Jamie Pacheco, Musket Fire
New England Patriots
Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida: The Patriots have other needs, such as tight end, running back, and defensive end. However, Spikes is a first-round talent who seems to have slipped due to a poor combine performance. The game tape doesn't lie, and Brandon Spikes was to the Florida defense what Tim Tebow was to the offense. This is a great value pick and Spikes will contend to start inside next to Jerod Mayo.
48. Carolina Panthers - Eric Quackenbush, Cat Crave
Carolina Panthers
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati: Steve Smith has spoken out and stated that he would like a speedy receiver opposite of him -- Mardy Gilyard is exactly that guy. He may not have elite size, but he is a very quick and explosive wideout who will help stretch the field. Gilyard works wonders in open space and he can bring the "score at any moment" dynamic to your offense. You will also see Gilyard return kicks, where he is just as exciting of a player as he is on offense.
49. San Francisco 49ers - Eric Melendez, Niner Noise
San Francisco 49ers
Tyson Alualu, DT, California: Alualu is a defensive tackle who plays with passion and intensity and he has the physical skills to be a successful defensive lineman in the NFL. He played in 52 games, with 40 starts, during his four years at Cal. Alualu has the experience and the maturity to make an impact with the 49ers. Another great attribute is his versatility in being able to play either defensive tackle or nose tackle.
50. Kansas City Chiefs (from Atlanta) - Patrick Allen, Arrowhead Addict
Kansas City Chiefs
Dexter McCluster, WR, Mississippi: Dexter McCluster earned the honor of being this year's "Mr. Versatility." He is about as exciting as any player currently in the NFL, and he has the ability to play both running back and wide receiver. The former Ole Miss Rebel has drawn comparisons to Titans running back Chris Johnson and Chargers tailback Darren Sproles. McCluster has the kind of speed that both of those players bring to the table, but he is a much more polished receiver. Any offensive coordinator in the league would love to have a guy like McCluster on their roster. Could he be the second coming of Dante Hall?
51. Houston Texans - Ben Nance, Toro Times
Houston Texans
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech: The NFL's recent trend toward running back duos leads the Texans to go after a bruiser to complement Steve Slaton's finesse running style. Dwyer has proven himself to be a solid back despite his relatively slow 40 times at the Combine. He should prove to be valuable in short yardage situations as a power back at the next level.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers - Chris Viola, Nice Pick, Cowher
Pittsburgh Steelers
Sean Lee, LB, Penn State: Last season, 35-year-old James Farrior finally began to show his age. He struggled terribly in coverage and repeatedly got burned by younger and quicker running backs. If the Pittsburgh Steelers intend to stick with the 3-4 defense well into the future, which appears to be the case, it's imperative that their inside linebackers are stout against the run. With no heir apparent to Farrior currently on the roster, the Steelers would look to "Linebacker U" for the modern incarnation of Jack Ham. A sure tackler with a non-stop motor, Sean Lee would be an ideal player to groom as the eventual successor to Farrior.
53. New England Patriots - Jamie Pacheco, Musket Fire
New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona: Gronkowski is a tough player to project because he missed an entire season with a back injury. Assuming his back checks out, drafting Gronkowski at 53 is a steal. Many analysts have him going to the Patriots in the first round at 22 overall, so being able to select him 31 picks later represents great value. Gronkowski has the size, speed, and skill set to be a starting tight end, and with Alge Crumpler the only legitimate TE on the roster, this pick makes sense at any point in Round 2.
54. Cincinnati Bengals - Nate Wilkinson, Stripe Hype
Cincinnati Bengals
Chad Jones, S, LSU: Jones is a tremendous athlete who turned down a career in pro baseball for a chance to play in the NFL. The Bengals like safeties with cover skills and Jones fits the mold. He will provide depth in the secondary and could even start if either Chris Crocker or Roy Williams suffer an injury. The Bengals secondary has always been a work in progress, and maybe Jones could finally be the missing ingredient that could help put the unit over the top.
55. Philadelphia Eagles - Scott Tunstall, Inside the Iggles
Philadelphia Eagles
Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech: The search for Brian Dawkins' replacement continues. If the Eagles were happy with Macho Harris, they wouldn't have signed gimpy Marlin Jackson to compete at free safety. Burnett brings ideal size, excellent ball skills and is solid in run support. The addition of Burnett and Robinson adds young talent into a secondary in need.
56. Green Bay Packers - Jclombardi, Lombardi Ave.
Green Bay Packers
Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale: With a solid draft of offensive tackle prospects, the Packers commit the second round to building for the future to replace their aging starting left and right tackles. Veldheer, a Division II player from Hillsdale College, finished among the top-10 offensive linemen in all five tests at the combine. At 6-foot-8 and 312 pounds, he is a raw future prospect at LT for the Packers.
57. Baltimore Ravens - Joe Barnes, The Ebony Bird
Baltimore Ravens
Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest: With the Ravens filling their need at tight end by selecting Jermaine Gresham in the first round, they will address another pressing need in the secondary. With Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb coming off of torn ACLs and Samari Rolle being released, the team will benefit from adding another defensive back. Ghee is freakishly athletic and can run a 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds on a good day. While he won't make an immediate impact like Gresham will, the former Demon Deacon has so much upside that the Ravens may not be able to resist taking him.
58. Arizona Cardinals - Scott Allen, Raising Zona
Arizona Cardinals
Colt McCoy, QB, Texas: Not the greatest need the Cardinals have with Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson under contract, however the Cardinals are still searching for a third quarterback and McCoy has all the upside in the world. He brings with him honors as 2009 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and several national awards including the Walter Camp Foundation award. His one downside would be that he is coming off a shoulder injury he obtained in the national championship game against Alabama in January, but luckily the Cardinals have the time to groom him with the talent and veteran leadership he has ahead of him.
59. Dallas Cowboys - Dan Telvock, The Landry Hat
Dallas Cowboys
Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State: Not only does Cox add depth to the Dallas Cowboys secondary, he provides an immediate threat on special teams as a kickoff specialist. At Oklahoma State, he opened the season with a kickoff return for a touchdown and he ended the season with one against rival Oklahoma. Cox would contribute immediately on special teams, which the Cowboys need to get better at. Although he didn't show off much speed at the Combine, don't fret. He has the skills to avoid tackles and make tackles. His suspension from the Bowl game for curfew violations might make this pick a risk, but this is a kid who has first-round talent.
60. Seattle Seahawks (from San Diego) - Shaun Dolence, 12th Man Rising
Seattle Seahawks
Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas: Houston is an athletic interior lineman that brings exceptional pass rushing ability to the defensive tackle position. He will need to strengthen up and prove to be a better force against the run, but he is a hard worker and a smart player which will land him in new head coach Pete Carroll's good graces.
61. New York Jets - Marc A. Greenberg, The J-E-T Press
New York Jets
Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina: Rex Ryan is making it quite clear what he is looking for in 2010. With injuries increasing for current big boy Kris Jenkins, the Jets will look to the 6-foot-3, 330-pound Thomas to stop the run. The Jets get a steal here because some consider Thomas the second-best nose tackle in the draft.
62. Minnesota Vikings - Dan Zinski, The Viking Age
Minnesota Vikings
Jermaine Cunningham, DE, Florida: The Vikings have made it clear to Ray Edwards that, despite his awesome playoff performance against the Cowboys, they don't plan on giving him a long-term contract. This signals to me that defensive end is a position of particular interest for the Vikes going into the draft. A guy who seems to fit their preference for speedy pass rushers to come firing like rockets off that Metrodome turf is Florida's Jermaine Cunningham. Cunningham could compete right away with a disgruntled Edwards and inconsistent Brian Robison to line up opposite Jared Allen.
63. Indianapolis Colts - Josh Sanchez, Naptown's Finest
Indianapolis Colts
Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson: Sapp is one of the most naturally gifted pass rushers in this year's draft class. His ability to wreak havoc on the edge will make him a hot commodity in the second round. He is excellent with his hands, which is crucial for a defensive lineman. Sapp is a bit of a tweener and could play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, but he would be a great situational pass rusher in Indy to start. That would give him time to bulk up and eventually become the replacement for Dwight Freeney.
64. New Orleans Saints - Keith Null, Who Dat Dish
New Orleans Saints
Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State: The Saints stick to the script here and once again opt to take the best player available regardless of need. A top 50 pick by most accounts, it's a surprise Carrington wasn't taken sooner considering how high scouts were on him after his impressive pro day performance on April 11. Most who scouted Carrington will tell you he may be the best defensive end in this year's crop at defending the run and that his freakish "country strength" allows him to blast through blockers on his way to the quarterback. He leaves the Red Wolves with 21.5 career sacks, which is the fourth highest total in Sun Belt Conference History. He provides the Saints with an immediate boost to their run defense and pass rush.
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