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AFC North Saturday Brews

AFC North Saturday Brews
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The 2015 NFL draft is upon us. What positions do AFC North teams look to take in the first round? Let’s take a look at SI.com’s latest mock draft:

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

JAMEIS WINSTON, QB, Sophomore, Florida State

2. San Diego Chargers

MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, Junior, Oregon
** Projected trade with Titans **

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

DANTE FOWLER, DE/OLB, Junior, Florida

4. San Francisco 49ers

** Projected trade with Raiders **

5. Washington Redskins

VIC BEASLEY, OLB, Senior, Clemson

6. New York Jets

KEVIN WHITE, WR, Senior, West Virginia

If you can’t find a franchise quarterback, the least you can do is add a play-making receiving weapon, one who will make any quarterback—even Geno Smith or Ryan Fitzpatrick—more dangerous.

7. Chicago Bears

AMARI COOPER, WR, Junior, Alabama

8. Atlanta Falcons

RANDY GREGORY, DE/OLB, Junior, Nebraska

9. New York Giants


10. St. Louis Rams

TRAE WAYNES, CB, Junior, Michigan State

11. Minnesota Vikings

D.J. HUMPHRIES, OT, Junior, Florida

12. Cleveland Browns

DEVANTE PARKER, WR, Senior, Louisville

I’ve had Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton to Cleveland in this slot, but that’s probably too high for the ex-Husky. Parker is seen as the draft’s consensus third-best receiver, and the Browns have to add another pass-catching weapon to help offset the loss of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.​

13. New Orleans Saints

BUD DUPREE, OLB/DE, Senior, Kentucky

14. Miami Dolphins

BRESHAD PERRIMAN, WR, Junior, Central Florida

With White, Cooper and Parker already off the board at receiver, the Dolphins turn in the card for Perriman, whose blistering sub-4.3 40 time at his pro day has had him on the rise in recent weeks. Perriman doesn’t have an eye-popping collegiate résumé, but speed is the need in Miami with Mike Wallace having moved on to Minnesota.

15. Oakland Raiders

SHANE RAY, DE/OLB, Junior, Missouri
** Projected trade with 49ers **

16. Houston Texans

MARCUS PETERS, CB, Junior, Washington

17. Tennessee Titans 

ANDRUS PEAT, OT, Junior, Stanford
** Projected trade with Chargers **

18. Kansas City Chiefs

T.J. CLEMMINGS, OT, Senior, Pittsburgh

19. Cleveland Browns

DANNY SHELTON, DT, Senior, Washington
(Pick from Buffalo)

With DeVante Parker filling the need at receiver at No. 12, landing the space-eating, run-stuffing Shelton at No. 19 makes more sense for the Browns’ second first-round pick. Cleveland’s defensive interior won’t get abused again with Shelton holding the point of attack.

20. Chipadelphia Eagles

LANDON COLLINS, S, Junior, Alabama

21. Dallas Cowboys

MELVIN GORDON, RB, Junior, Wisconsin
** Projected trade with Bengals **

22. Pittsburgh Steelers

KEVIN JOHNSON, CB, Senior, Wake Forest

The Steelers need cornerbacks and pass-rush help, and Johnson is a fast-rising prospect who looks ready to contribute in someone’s coverage packages from Day 1 in the NFL. 

23. Detroit Lions

EDDIE GOLDMAN, DT, Junior, Florida State

24. Arizona Cardinals

ARIK ARMSTEAD, DE, Junior, Oregon

25. Carolina Panthers


26. Baltimore Ravens

TODD GURLEY, RB, Junior, Georgia

The Ravens rarely pass on highly rated prospects who fall to them and thus represent excellent low-round value. The re-signing of veteran rusher Justin Forsett allows Baltimore to give Gurley time to fully recover from last year’s ACL injury, and if need be, log something of a quasi-redshirt season in 2015.

27. Cincinnati Bengals

MALCOLM BROWN, DT, Junior, Texas
** Projected trade with Cowboys **

I had Cincinnati taking Brown at No. 21 in my second mock, so if the Bengals can move down, acquire more picks, and still get their man at No. 27, that’s a win-win draft move for a team that usually likes to stay put and play the hand its dealt. You’re welcome, Mike Brown. Keep in touch.

28. Denver Broncos

ERECK FLOWERS, OT, Junior, Miami (Fla.)

29. Indianapolis Colts

CAMERON IRVING, C/G, Senior, Florida State

30. Green Bay Packers


31. New Orleans Saints

(Pick via Seattle)

32. New England Cheatriots

BYRON JONES, CB, Senior, Connecticut

The Patriots are rarely conventional with their draft approach, and everyone knows they love to trade down and accumulate picks. But there’s an obvious need at cornerback with the loss of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, and Jones and LSU’s Jalen Collins are two highly rated pass defenders who represent solid bottom-of-the-round value.​

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