Norris: 2015 NFL Mock Draft

Norris: 2015 NFL Mock Draft
Josh Norris talks us through (one of) his final mock drafts, with Todd Gurley finding his way into the top 15.
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Stanford T Andrus Peat "won’t get past the St Louis Rams at 10 and could be selected even earlier," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"New York Giants perhaps?" Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-7, 313-pound Peat has been compared to Jake Long, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Joe Thomas based on ability and Gabe Carimi, Kyle Long and Anthony Castonzo on measurables. Peat (6-foot-7, 313 pounds) is basically the same size as Castonzo coming out of Boston College in 2011. Peat posted a 10 1/2-foot broad jump at his pro day and ran a 5.18 forty at the combine.
Apr 24 - 8:31 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has heard of a scenario where the Patriots trade down from the 32nd pick to take South Carolina G A.J. Cann.

"This would fill a big need at guard for the team," Pauline wrote. "I’ve been skeptical of Cann’s movement skills but was told the big offensive lineman, who has been struggling with a calf strain since the end of the season, worked out for several teams on Monday and ran both the short shuttle and 3 cone at the request of coaches." Cann clocked an outstanding 4.51 in the short shuttle and a great 7.37 in the 3-cone. Only Jake Fisher and Ali Marpet posted better times at the combine amongst offensive lineman.
Apr 24 - 8:11 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "more than a dozen teams in fact rank [Oregon State QB Sean Mannion] number three on their quarterback board."

We're sure Mannion is a swell dude, and we're sorry to be so consistently negative when writing about him, but we just threw up a little bit in our mouths. Pauline, checking into Rotoworld's blurb via a Charles Robinson report that Mannion was rated as the No. 3 QB prospect by some, found out that the original dispatch wasn't as shocking as reality by half. We bag on Mannion for his immobility, his tendency to get flustered under pressure and his downright mediocrity in the three seasons Brandin Cooks wasn't destroying the Pac-12, but this report is potentially outstanding news for teams hoping Bryce Petty or Brett Hundley will drop to Round 3. We still have no idea how the QB class will shake out after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Mannion, by the way, recently worked out for the Rams and Cowboys.
Apr 24 - 7:56 PM

Michigan State edge rusher Marcus Rush "will be drafted earlier than originally predicted," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Setting aside the fact his pro-day results were much better than scouts expected, Rush has blown teams away during the interview process," Pauline wrote. "His willingness and ability to be a situational defender in a variety of schemes could push Rush into the fifth round." At the aforementioned pro day, Rush clocked a 4.68 in the 40 with a cool 1.59 10-yard split, adding 24 reps on the bench, a 34 inch vertical jump, a 9-9 broad jump, and a 3-cone time of 6.73.
Apr 24 - 7:42 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "shows up to play on every single snap," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

The three-year starter and two-time second-team All-SEC defender ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout. "His motor is outstanding, as is his toughness, and he plays with fire," McShay wrote. "He isn't the best athlete for the position, but he's a relentless pass-rusher who possesses above-average power against the run, doing a good job of setting the edge. He played all over the Razorbacks' defensive front, and that versatility projects to the NFL as well." NFLDraftScout.com ranks Flowers as the No. 89 overall player and CBS Sports' Dane Brugler projects him as a third-rounder.
Apr 24 - 7:25 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Michigan State ILB Taiwan Jones is "one of the more underrated linebackers in this draft."

"While I was disappointed in his forty time at the combine it seems a number of teams concur on Jones being a gem at the linebacker position," Pauline wrote. "Teams feel Jones is a smart, heady linebacker who makes up for his lack of foot speed with great instincts." The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Jones ran an unimpressive 4.95 forty at the combine. "The outside linebacker spot he played as a junior for Michigan State was a complex read and diagnose position and Jones rarely had mental lapses," Pauline wrote. "Michigan State coaches have been raving about Jones to anyone who asks and there are a bevy of 3-4 teams who grade Jones as a third round pick."
Apr 24 - 7:11 PM

Miami RB Duke Johnson "isn't going to be a bell-cow runner in the NFL, but like [Ameer] Abdullah, he could be a big-time contributor as a change-of-pace runner who plays in tandem with a power back," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's one of the best pass-catchers of all the running backs in this class, which makes him a big-time threat on third down," McShay wrote. "There is some concern about his durability and whether he can consistently stay on the field at the NFL level." Johnson led draft-eligible backs from Power 5 conferences in percentage of rush attempts that gained 10 or more yards (18.7 percent) last year. Johnson has been compared to Chris Johnson in the past, but he's not quite the elite sprinter on the stop watch.
Apr 24 - 6:53 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that teams are "concerned" about Florida junior RB Matt Jones' surgically-repaired knee, "which could push him into the late rounds."

"Some teams are concerned about his surgically-repaired knee -- which could push him into the late rounds - but he is a powerful and surprisingly patient runner with better vision and burst than his frame (and production) would seem to indicate," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound Jones led the team in rushing, with 817 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. The Florida prospect also showcased good hands out of the backfield, but only posted 11 catches for 65 yards and one touchdown last season. With such a deep running back class, Jones should be selected on day three of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 4:06 PM
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