2015 NFL Mock Draft (5.1 – first fifty picks) by James Fedewa

2015 NFL MOCK DRAFT
# TEAM PLAYER NOTES:
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State Winston has maturity issues, but he is  young which is fine.  He is done with the freshman antics and he is worthy of a #1 overall selection. Winston can lead a team to a championship and has leader qualities. If Jameis can continue to grow, and stay out of trouble, he will have a very long career in the NFL (throwing to a dangerous group of Tampa receivers).
2 Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon The Titans could go defense here (Williams), but Mariota is a premium QB prospect and fits the  new-age of flex NFL QB, and can be an All Pro within a couple of years.  Mariota should be be better than Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Kaepernick.
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Williams, DT, USC Williams is the best defender in this years class, and could potentially go #1 overall. Williams can line up at DT and DE in HC Gus Bradley’s system and will flourish.
4 Oakland Raiders Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Cooper is the complete receiver. He can catch everything, run every route, has great footwork and can run away with it.  Cooper is and has has always been the top WR in this draft.
5 Washington Redskins Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida Mega Motor Speed Pass Rusher. You can’t teach speed or heart, Fowler has both (with pure talent).  A great compliment to Kerrigan (bye bye  Orakpo)
6 New York Jets Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson Beasley will can fit very well in the OLB rotation in Chicago,  and can bring some much needed pressure on opposing QB’s. Vic isn’t ready to be an every down OLB yet, but can come in on passing downs immediately (until he can put on some weight and help with run support). He’s a specialty pass rusher at this point…
7 Chicago Bears Kevin White, WR, West Virginia The Bears are shocked that White falls to the 7th pick. Looking for defense, Chicago can’t pass on such a talented playmaker and arguably the best WR in this draft. (thinking of a faster Larry Fitzgerald)
8 Atlanta Falcons Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa Scherff has the potential to be a Pro Bowl guard, or a very good right tackle. Maybe, just maybe, Scherff can be a good left tackle, which is what you’re hoping for (with the first OL taken in a draft). ATL is looking for pass rushers, but with problems with S.Ray and R.Gregory, it’s  safer to get the best OL prospect in the draft  to protect Matt Ryan. Start him at RT day one.
9 New York Giants Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford Protecting Eli is a primary NEED for the Giants and Peat is a very SAFE pick. Instant left tackle starter.
10 St. Louis Rams DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville St. Louis has been looking for a WR1 for many years, and Parker fits that projection. With a new QB in town, Foles will be given a good opportunity to succeed as the long term future for St. Louis (or Los Angeles)
11 Minnesota Vikings Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State The best CB prospect with the 11th pick? WOW!  Minnesota is lucky to find Waynes this late…
12 Cleveland Browns Danny Shelton, DT, WA Cleveland’s rush defense is terrible and their biggest need is DL.  Shelton can play anywhere in a 3-4 D line, which is extremely valuable.  However, Shelton maybe only a 2 down run stuffer, which may make him slide a bit in this draft.
13 New Orleans Saints Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky Jimmy Graham (and Stills) are gone, but Brees should be able to adapt with what the Saints currently has on offense. Dupree is a freekish athlete and can start day one at OLB.
14 Miami Dolphins Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia The Dolphins need to find some play-makers at WR, but with the new arrivals Stills and Jennings, they can hold off for now.  Finding a ball hawk CB is a need too. However, this is a team built with the offence in mind, but this offence has never had a legitimate 3 Down RB.
15 San Francisco 49ers Malcom Brown, DT, Texas The 49ers want to draft the Best Player Available,  regardless of team-need (which may lead to OLB Randy Gregory). CB and WR are probably the most glaring need, but Brown is extremely talented and can fill Justin Smith’s DE spot now.
16 Houston Texans Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida Not only does Houston need a WR, they need several WR. Losing Andre Johnson will not be an easy replacement, but Perriman has great size/speed. Savvy pick!
17 San Diego Chargers Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin San Diego’s need at RB isn’t that pressing as the media precieves, but San Diego needs to surround Rivers with some 1st round offensvie talent. This pick is specifically designed to keep Rivers happy (in SD) and keep safeties closer to the line of scrimmage. Gordon’s rushing presence will open passing lanes up in the secondary. Melvin is a home run threat, a high character guy and (potential) super star.  An extremely explosive and dynamic runner / playmaker.
18 Kansas City Chiefs Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami The Chiefs were hoping for a top 4 WR at this position, but it didn’t happen. Flowers stock has been rising quickly and he’s a massive RT instant upgrade starter.
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills) Jaelen Strong WR Arizona St. The Browns got their beef on the DL earlier (Shelton), now they need a red-zone WR. Strong isn’t flashy, but he get the job done. Is tape is mediocre, but he did light it up with a 4.4 forty at the combine (and is a big body WR). With some time and development, he could be a very good WR1. He’s a better prospect than Josh Gordon was…
20 Philadelphia Eagles Marcus Peters CB Washington Assuming Philly doesn’t go QB here, Peters is a shut down CB, with ideal size, speed with ball skills.  He’s a wild card though as he might have an odd temperament (or ego), but Chip see’s the STAR in Peters. If Chip gets Peters to reach his potential, he might be the best DB in this draft. (UCLA’s QB Brett Hundley might be a sleeper pick here, as Hundley is just as talented as coveted Mariota).
21 Cincinnati Bengals D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida Cincy doesn’t have a lot of “needs” but getting younger on the OL is a very safe route.  Humphries can start at Left Tackle immediately, shifting the OL around. Moving Andrew Whitworth inside will upgrade the whole OL.
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Byron Jones, CB, Uconn The “Winner of the Combine” is Jones. His freakish abilities have him climbing up the boards quickly.  With the ability of playing safety and CB, this makes Jones even more valuable.
23 Detroit Lions T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh With Fairly and Suh gone, Detroit needs new big bodies on the D-Line. But a massive O lineman to project franchise QB Stafford is the safer pick. Some very good DT prospects will be available in the 2nd round.
24 Arizona Cardinals Arik Armstead DE Oregon CB, RB and OLB might be bigger priorities with this pick, but the BPA is Armstead.  Gurly (or Gordon) might be the pick here, but this draft his loaded with RB’s and HC Arians can wait to find a 2 down back.
25 Carolina Panthers Landon Collins, SS, Alabama Panthers need a OT’s, badly but with Martin and Oher brought in, they can wait. Collins can thump and can fill a positional NEED now. Great pick!
26 Baltimore Ravens Nelson Agholor, WR, USC If you are paying your QB mega bucks, you better find him someone to throw the ball to. The Ravens will be drafting at least 2 WR this year. Agholor is a quality slot WR prospect and can take over returning kickoffs too (replacing Jacoby Jones)
27 Dallas Cowboys Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska The fall of Gregory is Dallas’ jackpot. Gregory failed a drug test at the combine (pot), weighed in underweight (blamed on illness) so some GM’s might want to avoid Mr. Excuses (not Jerrah).   Gregory is BPA and just too good to pass up.
28 Denver Broncos Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State Broncos lost LG Franklin, and they need to replace him for one last SB run for Manning. Erving can play left guard now, but may project as a center later in his career.
29 Indianapolis Colts Shane Ray, DE, Missouri OL might be a safe pick here and there are some good ones available. Luck does take some big hits, and protecting Luck is a priority. A bigger need is pass rusher and a talented OLB/DE is a need need need. Bjorn Werner just has not turned into a compliment to aging Robert Mathis. Ray is a top 10 prospect and a great pass rusher, but an untimely drug possession snafu causes him to slide (right into Indy’s lap).
30 Green Bay Packers Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest Green Bay should draft more OL protection, but the offense is loaded. The D Line needs attention too, but they have some stop-gaps this year.  The Packers need DB’s and Johnson is a quick zone CB that the Packers are hungry for. ILB is a possibility too…
31 New Orleans Saints (via Seattle) Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma DGB is a good kid, that made a few weird decisions. He’s a  first round talent with AJ Green attributes.
32 New England Patriots Eric Rowe CB Utah Big Body CB and New England lost both starting CB’s this offseason. Rowe is a very good CB and should excel in NE’s system.
ROUND TWO
2.01 (33) Tennessee Titans Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
2.02 (34) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jake Fisher OT Oregon
2.03 (35) Oakland Raiders Eddie Goldman DT Florida St.
2.04 (36) Jacksonville Jaguars Devin Smith WR OSU
2.05 (37) New York Jets Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
2.06 (38) Washington Redskins Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
2.07 (39) Chicago Bears Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
2.08 (40) New York Giants Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State
2.09 (41) St. Louis Rams Donovan Smith OT, Penn State
2.10 (42) Atlanta Falcons Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
2.11 (43) Cleveland Browns Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
2.12 (44) New Orleans Saints Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
2.13 (45) Minnesota Vikings Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
2.14 (46) San Francisco 49ers Jalen Collins CB LSU
2.15 (47) Miami Dolphins Denzel Perryman ILB Miami
2.16 (48) San Diego Chargers Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
2.17 (49) Kansas City Chiefs Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson
2.18 (50) Buffalo Bills Shaq Thompson OLB Washington

2015 NFL Mock Draft (5.0 – first fifty picks) by James Fedewa

4/29/2015 – James Fedewa

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2015 NFL Mock Draft (4.0)

4/24/2015 – by James Fedewa

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“Bitter Beer Face” by Schooner Exact Brewing Co

Schooner Exact Brewing Co
Bitter Beer Face

$5.89 per pint

8.6 apv
98 ibu

Clear and golden, but without a head. Crisp and sharp, but no bubbles, with a very hight acute carbonation.  Epic piney hoppy smell with imperial IPA flavor. Uniqueness to this is the big hop flavor, but light tone. It’s an assassin with the big ABV.

B+… Would gotten an A if a pint didn’t cost so much. They assume if beer has a high ABV, it costs twice as much (at 4pm). Leave it to Schooner Exact to misprice their on-site beer. Great brewery and so nice, with an IPA friendly tap list

They keep 4 IPA’s on tap.

2015 Chargers Draft (Projected Targets & Mock)

4/1/2015 by James Fedewa

The San Diego Chargers have holes all over their roster and this years draft can be used to fill some very important team needs. The Chargers draft plan a little different this year because there are decent and quality starters at every starting position (vs. the last two years). The starting roster looks good on paper, granting GM Tom Telesco to draft Best Player Available (BPA) prospects for depth (not immediate starters).  The “holes” are San Diego’s depth…

Based on departed free agents (plus newly signed free agents) the Chargers have a few specific positional team needs:

  1. Running Back (with Ryan Mathews departure, they could use a stater late in the draft)
  2. Outside Linebacker (with Dwight Freeny and Jarret Johnson departures)
  3. Safety (with Gilchrist’s departure)
  4. Defensive Line Rotational Players
  5. Offensive Line Depth
  6. Inside Linebacker

Players to watch in the first round:

  1. Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska – Once a top ten prospect, just tested positive for marijuana and came to the combine 20 lbs. lighter than ideal. A very good player prospect, but may slide to the mid first round.
  2. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa – arguably the best offensive line prospect in this years draft, but projects to be a guard in the NFL (and similar guard prospects can be found later in the draft).
  3. Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky – a very good pass rushing OLB. He has speed, quick twitch, power and plays well in space. The OLB draft class is loaded and Dupree is rated 5th at his position, which can cause him to slide a little. Dupree has all the physical tools, but needs a couple more pass rush moves and needs good coaching. He’s a diamond in the rough…
  4. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville – There are quality wide receivers projected everywhere in this draft. As many as 3 can go in the top ten and 6 taken in the first round alone. With this much depth at the position, teams could delay drafting highly talented receivers.
  5. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington – How can a man this big play this fast? Projected to be a nose tackle, but Shelton can play all three defensive line positions in a 3-4 defense (which makes him very versatile).
  6. La’el Collins, OT, LSU – Played left tackle in college, but projects at G or RT (and those positions can slide). Collins has plenty of talent and is a gifted althelete for a man his size. A very good “team” guy and leader.
  7. Landon Collins, Safety, Alabama – Collins can start day one and is a team need position heading into the draft. As talented as Collins is, he might not fit San Diego’s defensive scheme, but he would be a major upgrade at the position regardless of scheme. He a big hitter, which good size and brings nastiness, a much desired need in San Diego’s secondary (since Weddle, Varrett and Flowers are lighter players).

Players to watch in in round two:

  1. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State – Run stuffing DT, could slide into the 2nd round
  2. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin – More speed than power, homerun threat
  3. Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF – world class speed and good size (probably goes in the 1st round, but might slide in a deep WR class)
  4. D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida – Talented Left Tackle prospect that not a lot of people talk about. Better than projected (but could be pick in the 1st round)
  5. Jordon Phillips, DT, Oklahoma – mammoth nose tackle built like a truck
  6. Devin Smith, WR, OSU – high speed slot receiver
  7. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota – all around pure tight end that can catch and block (imagine what the running game would look like with a true TE)

 

Players to watch in round three:

  1. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa – 3-4 DE with ideal body type for the position
  2. Cody Prewitt, S, Ole’ Miss – a free safety in a big strong safety’s body. A thumper with good range. Has the tools, but still a work in progress
  3. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State – power runner with big play ability
  4. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami – small and fast slot receiver
  5. Quinten Rollins, CB/S, Miami (Ohio) exbasketballer turned physical hard hitting CB. Might project to safety
  6. Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn – savvy well-rounded center.
  7. David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa – a soft handed, do-it-all, BIG back with knack for the big play.

Players to watch in round four:

  1. Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State
  2. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
  3. Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
  4. Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford
  5. Jeff Heuerman, TE, OSU
  6. Adrian Amos, S, Penn State
  7. Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska

Players to watch in Round five:

  1. Jordon Hicks, ILB, Texas
  2. Max Valles, OLB, Virginia
  3. Craig Mager, CB, Texas State
  4. Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State
  5. Clayton Geathers, S, UCF

Players to watch in Round Six:

  1. Hayes Pullard, ILB, USC
  2. Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech
  3. Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern
  4. Shaquille Mason, C, Georgia Tech
  5. Xzavier Dickson, OLB, Alabama

**Predicted Chargers Mock Draft (1.0):

  1. Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky (gets into the rotation quickly)
  2. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin (Telesco wants a RB in the 3rd or 4th round, but Gordon is BPA at this point)
  3. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa (depth player, but can develop into a very good player)
  4. Adrian Amos, S, Penn State (stock is climbing from recent pro day)
  5. Jordon Hicks, ILB, Texas (depth and special team guy)
  6. Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech (Coach Joe-D’s new toy to develop into a pro LT – new swing tackle)

Chargers Nose Tackle (The Suh Effect)

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By James Fedewa – 3/6/2015 (@JAMFED)

Free agency is starting to launch and NFL teams are scrambling to resign their own players before they officially become Free Agents.   Rumors and front-runner gossip are beginning to swirl too, as in “where will Ndamukong Suh go” and “who’s going to get Vince Wilfork…”

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2015 NFL Mock Draft (first edition) 1.0

2/27/2015 – by James Fedewa (@jamfed)

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The NFC West Los Angeles Changers ?

By James Fedewa – 2/19/2015

The Chargers and Raiders announced a possible joint-venture today, mutually perusing a $1.7 billion stadium option in Carson, California. A “super” stadium / mega-complex that both teams could call their home.  Initial football fan thoughts have been very negative, regarding two divisional rivals, that share a mutual hate for each other, splitting the same home field.  But moving one of those two teams to the NFC West makes this move  a very interesting scenario and discussion, which could be a very smart business move for the Raiders, Chargers and the NFL.

If you are a Chargers fan, your biggest rival are the Raiders. Same applies with the Broncos and the Chiefs, who call the Raiders their largest Rival. 75% of the AFC West hate the Raiders the most, which is outstanding, considering the Raiders that have been the worst team in the NFL over the last ten years. Yet the Raiders are still the largest rival and most hated team in the AFC West.

In contrast, the mere words “San Diego” generally makes people smile. The beach, the warm weather, the lifestyle, the fun… it’s a vacation city.  If the Chargers dropped their team name and just went with their city name, the team would still have a large fan base. Would you be a fan of The San Diego’s? YES!    Granted, a city does not necessary make a team (but it could in San Diego). Other than the actual team, what creates and generates an overall team? THE FANS. Chargers fans are generally a very nice bunch, which makes it easy, fun (and some what mild) to root for the Chargers.

So which team would join the NFC West? The Raiders or The Chargers?

Could the Raiders sell out a stadium in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle or St. Louis? Probably (San Francisco for sure because of the Bay Area Oakland fans, but one of those city will be moved to the AFC West).

Could the Chargers sell out a stadium in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle or St. Louis? This is debatable, but probable. San Diego fans could travel to Phoenix and San Francisco fairly easy, and Seattle is an old rival from when they were in the AFC West. If any teams FANS would be more accepting of a team moving cities, it will be a mild (and loyal) Chargers fan. Losing the Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos rivalry would be devastating for those Charges fans though, but Chargers fans might like a mix up (like Seattle did not too long ago)…

To keep the most rivalries in the AFC West, the Raiders would be the logical team to stay in the AFC West, but which team leave the NFC West? St. Louis Rams? And that’s another debatable geographical oddity for the NFL. Best case scenario for the real fans and the NFL to leave everything alone and move the St. Louis Rams to Carson instead. (sorry St. Louis fans, L.A. is the real home for the Rams)

Chargers Top Three Free Agents: King Dunlap, Brandon Flowers & Ryan Mathews  

2/17/15 – by James Fedewa

The 2014 season is finally over and what a long and tortuous NFL season it was. The Chargers had their ups and their downs with some very good pinnacles.  Overall it was a great season and it felt good to be a fan. Just missing the playoffs, with a “win you are in” scenario on the last game of the season was epic, but it just didn’t quite finish like Chargers fans wanted it too, but lets move on an look forward to the new (and next) offseason.

So what might fans expect with the Chargers this offseason?  There are three major decisions with current San Diego tier one free agents: CB Brandon, OT King Dunlap and RB Ryan Mathews.  All are quality players that fill primary needs of the team.

  • Brandon Flowers excelled this season, but might demand a big payday salary (again). San Diego might be willing to pay that bill as he played very well, but he turns 29 this season is a smaller cornerback that will probably miss about 3 games per year (on average). Flowers is very zone scheme oriented, but can be a pro-bowl player. Prediction: San Diego will fight to keep him on the roster and pay $31 million, 4 year contract with $17 million guaranteed.
  • King Dunlap played admirably on a very weak Chargers offensive line. Sure he was noted as the best linemen on the Chargers roster last year, but it does not mean its payday time for San Diego’s left tackle. Prediction: San Diego gets away with bargain with a three year, $13 million contract,  $8 million guaranteed.  Reason being, Dunlap is a concussion away from retirement,  he is not prototypical (too tall),  as he is very (zone blocking) scheme oriented,  a liability in the run game and has only excelled in one solid season in his career.  He has earn a starting job, but he probably only has two more decent years in the league. King is a product of his coach, so he should stay with his coach (and recruiter), OL Coach Joe-D.
  • Ryan Mathews can be a superstar, when healthy. He has the tools, the speed and now the experience that should vault him directly into super stardom, but his “potential” always seems to foreshadow reality. Mathews just cannot stay on the field, as injury concerns make him unreliable. He still has a long career ahead of him, but it probably will not be in San Diego. San Diego will offer him a contract, but it will be minimal and he will probably get a better offer somewhere else. If Mathews can find a team with a very good O-Line, he could be right back in the Pro Bowl.  IMO: I expect him to go to a warm weather or dome team that has a good set of backup running backs. If Minnesota or Dallas (if they lose their starters)  can pick up Mathews, then he can be a top tier RB. My prediction: Ryan follows Norv Turner to the Vikings, three year $11 million contract, $5 million guaranteed (and Adrian Peterson is released).

Three of the Chargers top free agents: 2 resigned, 1 replaced.

Note: at this current moment, Philip Rivers is also a free agent, but expect him to be a lifelong quarterback in San Diego

Pelican Brewing Company’s “RED LANTERN IPA” (a review)

New Beer Review Pelican Brewing Company’s RED LANTERN IPA

(Red India Pale Ale, Oregon, Coast) 1/17/15 – review by James Fedewa

Very full and hoppy aroma that smells like a little slice of hop heaven, which got me a little excited about this new IPA. Great deep bronze tone with nice full head.  The first gulp grabs all the true and initial IPA features, but waiting for a hoppy after bite, it finished with a smooth maltiness, which was a little surprising.  It’s piney smells were only at the front end of this IPA and it smooths out considerably. The end smoothness made me think that this beer lacks high ABV (right at 6.4), so it finishes very light. Maybe it’s a sessions IPA, so l should be drinking a few more of these, right now…

B++ (it would’ve gotten an A if there was a little more bitter hoppiness at the end) Very good-lite IPA…

**I typically write my beer reviews on an APP called Pintley but this beer wasn’t on it. And I haven’t been keeping up with either my football or beer reviews because of starting a new job last month. Once the new job starts rolling and I start using public transportation, I can start writing more…  Granted, American Idol is starting, which my wife loves, so I’ll be writing about football and beers a little more too (as I’m not a big fan of Idol).

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