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Bryan Perez 4/29 Mock Draft - 2014 Mock Draft Champion


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Full First Round: http://firstroundgrade.com/2015/04/28/2015-nfl-mock-draft-final-edition/

For the last 12 months, I’ve enjoyed my reign as champion of the Huddle Report’s annual Mock Draft competition. But like all good things, this too must come to an end.

For now.

Like any quality champion, I won’t give up my title without a fight. This Mock Draft is my official, title-defense submission, and while it’s hard to have an extreme level of confidence in a project that is inherently based on guessing, I feel pretty good about this one. Remember a key and critical rule when reading this Mock: This is what I think WILL happen, not what I think SHOULD happen. They are two very different things. My more thorough and personal analysis of this year’s class, including 150 evaluations, player rankings and a top-100 Big Board, can be found here.

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Let’s get it on!

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

The obvious pick here. No need to dive too deep into it. All I’ll say is, “Buyer Beware!” I’m not sold that Winston has enough god-given talent to overcome the character issues that have popped up over the last year or so. He’s a good quarterback and there’s no denying that. I’d just pump the brakes on calling him special; He’s not the kind of player that has “ignore the red flags” talent.

2) Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

While the Titans may not be doing cartwheels with this pick, I’d certainly be ecstatic if I was a fan of the team. Mariota has a chance to be the kind of quarterback for Tennessee that Steve McNair was from a foundational-player standpoint. He has enough of an arm, special athleticism, and the kind of character that you want your fan base to cheer for. It’s no sure thing that the Titans keep the pick, or Mariota, if they take him. Stay tuned.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Williams, DL, USC

The Jaguars sit at the No. 3 pick in this Mock and end up with the best all-around player in the class. Williams is an instant upgrade for 95% of the teams in the NFL, including Jacksonville. He instantly becomes the franchise piece on defense a year after they chose their franchise guy on offense in Blake Bortles.

4) Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

No better way of insuring that your young quarterback has a legitimate chance at succeeding than by addressing either the offensive line or wide receiver positions. Cooper is considered by many to be an elite pass-catching talent who is capable of coming into the NFL and producing like the rookies from the class of 2014. He’ll instantly become the go-to-guy in Oakland’s developing offense.

5) Washington Redskins – Alvin “Bud” Dupree, EDGE, Kentucky

It’s taken a while, but the buzz around Dupree is finally to starting to penetrate the main-PIRATED VIDEO IS ILLEGAL media. I’ve been a fan of Dupree’s since studying his game film, and his 2015 NFL Combine numbers only solidified his elite-talent status for me. He has taken a back seat to names like Vic Beasley (Clemson), Randy Gregory (Nebraska) and Shane Ray (Missouri) throughout the entire Draft process…until now. Dupree has a chance to be one of the truly dominant EDGE players on the next level who will terrorize opponents’ backfields for a long, long time.

6) New York Jets – Dante Fowler, EDGE, Florida

The Jets have made some very solid additions on offense this off-season, and while they’re probably hoping that one of the quarterbacks tumbles to them here, the reality is that they won’t (or they SHOULDN’T!). Dante Fowler is another extremely talented EDGE defender who will bring some pass rushing excitement to New York.

7) Chicago Bears – Kevin White, WR, WVU

Yes, the Bears need a lot of help on defense. They added some solid veterans who project well to the new 3-4 scheme, but they don’t have a foundational player that they can build around. Danny Shelton will get a long, hard look here, but at the end of the day, the best “talent” on the Board is Kevin White. The Bears do need help at wide receiver, and White has a chance to evolve into a cross between Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall (ironically).

8) Atlanta Falcons – Vic Beasley, EDGE, Clemson

The Falcons need a pass rusher, and Vic Beasley might be the best in the entire class in terms of pinning his ears back and getting after the quarterback. He’s a pure speed rusher and a dynamic athlete who proved at the Scouting Combine that he can bulk up while maintaining his speed and get-off. He’s a candidate to go in the top-5, so landing him at No. 8 will make the Falcons’ fans very happy indeed.

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Dupree before Fowler and Beasley? Lost me there.

I personally like Dupree better than Fowler so that doesn't seem to far fetched to me. I rate Beasley a good bit ahead of Dupree but Dupree arguably has more upside so a team could fall in love with that.

It's a little different but the guy has proven to be a good "mocker focker" with his accuracy last year..

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I find it hard to believe we wouldn't trade up for Fowler if he lasted that long, honestly. Not sure why the Jets would pick him in this scenario either.

Jets have been mocked a pass rusher all off season. I'm sure they would be happy to take him if he fell to them. Who do you think they would take over him in this scenario?

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Jets have been mocked a pass rusher all off season. I'm sure they would be happy to take him if he fell to them. Who do you think they would take over him in this scenario?

Jets have been stacked on defense for years and it's done nothing for them. I wouldn't be surprised to see an O-Lineman or WR this year. Something to help their QB's not be so horrible, assuming they lose out on the top 2 QB's.

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Jets have been stacked on defense for years and it's done nothing for them. I wouldn't be surprised to see an O-Lineman or WR this year. Something to help their QB's not be so horrible, assuming they lose out on the top 2 QB's.

I could see an OL pick. Don't know that they go WR with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Kerley. Not to mention Jace Amaro at TE.

Meanwhile at OLB they got Quinton Couples (37 tackles 6.5 sacks) and Calvin Pace (40 tackles 5 sacks). That's with Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson in front. IDK I think Fowler is very realistic for them if he's on the board.

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I could see an OL pick. Don't know that they go WR with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Kerley. Not to mention Jace Amaro at TE.

Meanwhile at OLB they got Quinton Couples (37 tackles 6.5 sacks) and Calvin Pace (40 tackles 5 sacks). That's with Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson in front. IDK I think Fowler is very realistic for them if he's on the board.

I had forgotten about Marshall, actually, I take back the WR.

Fowler could very well be the pick, I'm just thinking it makes too much sense for them to trade down with us in that scenario. They have a lot of holes, and such a good front 7. But what do i know *shrugs*

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lol at Bud Dupree. When did Dupree become the next coming of Demarcus Ware?

For future reference: I'M NOT SAYING DUPREE IS THE NEXT WARE

Demarcus Ware Combine Stats: 6'4" 251lbs 4.65 40yrd 1.7 10yrd 38.5" Vert 10'2"Broad 6.83 3Cone

Bud Dupree Combine Stats: 6'4" 269lbs 4.56 40yrd 1.6 10yrd 42" Vert 11'6"Broad NA 3Cone (7.52 at Pro Day)

Fairly Similar numbers. Again I'm not saying Dupree is going to be as good as Ware but Dupree is a fantastic athlete.

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I don't care if we trade up, stay put, or trade down...if Beasley is the pick I am more than satisfied. I will be electrified. My 7 year old wants Gurley...he's a UGA fan, but will have to settle for a Beasley jersey. Never wanted a player drafted as bad as I want Beasley drafted...that's for sure. So I hope you are mock champion again. :)

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For future reference: I'M NOT SAYING DUPREE IS THE NEXT WARE

Demarcus Ware Combine Stats: 6'4" 251lbs 4.65 40yrd 1.7 10yrd 38.5" Vert 10'2"Broad 6.83 3Cone

Bud Dupree Combine Stats: 6'4" 269lbs 4.56 40yrd 1.6 10yrd 42" Vert 11'6"Broad NA 3Cone (7.52 at Pro Day)

Fairly Similar numbers. Again I'm not saying Dupree is going to be as good as Ware but Dupree is a fantastic athlete.

This guy had a great combine as well http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/vernon-gholston?id=756

Not saying Dupree will be him, but the guy in the link was a fantastic athlete as well

The guy in the

Ink had a 1.53 10 yd

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