2015 NFL Draft: Predicting the Chiefs and all others

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25. Carolina Panthers: Ereck Flowers – OT – Miami

Opinions are mixed on OT, Ereck Flowers, which could greatly affect his draft position. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers could use a wide receiver here to go opposite of Kelvin Benjamin, but the value really isn’t there. General manager Dave Gettleman has put a significant investment into trying to upgrade the offensive tackle position for the Panthers, but neither Michael Oher or Jonathan Martin should inspire confidence. In the past two seasons, Gettleman has actually used his first round pick on the very position he has shown the most interest in free agency. I expect that to continue here.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Landon Collins – S – Alabama

The Ravens need a wide receiver here, but the draft hasn’t played out that way for them. Dorial Green-Beckham is still on the board, but the Ravens don’t need that kind of press after the Ray Rice situation. Drafting Collins helps the Ravens build on their strength. Maintaining a strong defense is tough, but general manager Ozzie Newsome is a pro at it.

  • *TRADE: The Cowboys trade the No. 27 pick to the Vikings for Adrian Peterson, and the No. 76 (third-round) pick.*

27. Minnesota Vikings (from Dallas): La’el Collins – OL – Louisiana State

Vikings GM, Rick Spielman, has drafted multiple players in the first round in each year since taking over the Minnesota front office. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings have had multiple first-round picks every year since Rick Spielman took over as general manager in 2012. This move isn’t so much about trading up for Collins as it is about getting as much value as possible for Adrian Peterson. The Vikes simply add the best player available on their draft board, and you can never have too many quality offensive linemen.  Minnesota will not settle for anything less than a first-round pick in any Adrian Peterson trade, but that means they will likely have to add something to the mix as well.

28. Denver Broncos: Cameron Erving – OL – Florida State

Chiefs fans groan as John Elway takes one of the favorite prospects of the Kansas City fan base. The Broncos need a good bit of interior help on their offensive line. I don’t think Erving is ready to start at center in the NFL, but he could step in at guard, which is an easier position to pick up quickly. The Broncos need help either way, and will use Erving wherever they can.

29. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Humphries – OT – Florida

If the Colts want to take the next step towards the Super Bowl, they will have to find a way to protect Andrew Luck. That includes pass blocking and run blocking to allow for a more balanced offense. The biggest flags on Humphries are his lack of continued effort and recent injury history. While those are concerning issues, without them, Humphries would probably be the second best offensive line prospect in the whole draft. The Colts will take that chance.

30. Green Bay Packers: Jalen Collins – CB – LSU

The Packers go with the best player available here, and Collins fits the bill. The Packers do need some help in their secondary, and while Collins may not start right away, he gives them options down the road as well as some decent depth in the immediate future.

*TRADE: The Saints trade the No. 31 pick to the Redskins for the No. 38 (second round) pick, No. 223 (seventh round) pick and their 2016 3rd round pick.*

Dorial Green-Beckham comes with a lot of red flags, but the Redskins need for a play-maker may outweigh all of that. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

31. Washington Redskins (from Seattle via New Orleans): Dorial Green-Beckham – WR – Oklahoma

While the Saints do need more help, they simply don’t have enough cap space for a pair of 1st round picks. Trading back helps alleviate some of their cap strains and nets them an extra pick in 2016. The Redskins move up for Green-Beckham because they do have a big need at wide receiver, and they simply don’t trust DGB to fall much further than he already has.

32. New England Patriots: Eddie Goldman – DT – Florida State

This is a great match of need and value for the Patriots, and with Marcus Peters coming off the board two picks earlier, it’s really a no-brainer for New England.  Goldman will help out a suspect run defense with his massive frame, and will become the heir-apparent to Vince Wilfork.

This mock draft is almost sure to be wildly inaccurate…but all are. I tried to approach each move based on what the actual general managers have done in the past versus what I would do. Hopefully that helps make this somewhat more accurate, but in the end, it’s just for fun. Last I checked, nobody in the NFL is paying for my opinion to be one of the 32 that actually matter.