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  • 2015 NFL Draft winners & losers: Browns, Falcons, Chiefs nailed it

    By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst

    The 2015 NFL Draft is complete and now is time for everyone to dissect each team's haul from the weekend. Let's be honest, it's unfair to accurately grade each class until at least a few years down the road, but several teams stood out for what they did in the NFL DraftJacksonville Jaguars
    My favorite draft class of the weekend. It started with the first pick as the Jaguars stayed in state to get their pass rusher, Florida's Dante Fowler at No. 3 overall. In the second round, Jacksonville selected the third running back off the board with Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, who is an ideal addition to their backfield. Jaguars went back to the ACC in the third round with South Carolina offensive guard A.J. Cann No. 67 overall and then came away with a steal in the fourth round, drafting safety James Sample at No. 104. And then in the later rounds, Jacksonville came away with steals when Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene and Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett fell to them.
    Minnesota Vikings
    The Vikings went defensive heavy in the first three rounds and got the best defender on the board at each pick. In the first round, it was Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes, the first cornerback drafted. In the second round, UCLA middle linebacker Eric Kendricks fell to Minnesota, a plug-and-play linebacker who can play middle or outside. LSU pass rusher Danielle Hunter is young and raw, but good value in the third round to groom. And then in the fourth round, the Vikings pounced on Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, a first round talent, who slipped due to a foot injury. Southern Illinois tight end MyCole Pruitt and Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs were terrific values in the fifth round.
    Atlanta Falcons
    The Falcons had several holes to fill entering draft weekend and they responded with an impact pass rusher at No. 8, Clemson Vic Beasley. Although LSU cornerback Jalen Collins is very raw, he gives Atlanta good value at pick No. 42 in the second round. The Falcons also added Indiana running back Tevin Coleman in the third round and East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy in the fourth round. But one of the steals of the draft might be Atlanta's fifth rounder: Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who the Falcons scooped up at pick No. 137.
    Cleveland Browns Danny Shelton and offensive lineman Cameron Erving. The Browns were very active with Pac-12 players (58-percent of their draft class) with Shelton, Utah pass rusher Nate Orchard, Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle, USC tight end Randall Telfer, USC linebacker Hayes Pullard and Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. That final pick is tremendous value for a first round player who is coming off a knee injury and likely needs a redshirt season as a NFL rookie. The Browns wound up with eight players who were on my final top-100 draft board.
    Kansas City ChiefsMarcus Peters and Oregon State's Steven Nelson. Kansas City also added an underrated offensive lineman out of Missouri, Mitch Morse, who can play any spot on the offensive line. The Chiefs drafted a pair of Bulldogs with wide receiver Chris Conley and linebacker Ramik WilsonRakeem Nunez-Roches in the sixth round, which is an absolute steal. General manager John Dorsey and his crew had a great weekend.
    Danny Shelton will be a force on defense in Cleveland. (USATSI)

    Carolina Panthers
    Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson was a solid pick in the first round at No. 25, but the big gamble for Carolina was giving up their third round pick to trade up in the second round for Michigan's Devin Funchess. He could be a mismatch nightmare, but doesn't consistently play up to his measureables and the Panthers paid a big price to trade up and get him, losing a third round pick (No. 57) and a sixth rounder (No. 201).
    New Orleans Saints
    Both of the Saints' first rounders, Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat and Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony, are solid players, but I thought better prospects were available with both picks. New Orleans saw enough in Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson to draft him in the third round at No. 75 overall, making him the third quarterback off the board. Overall, the Saints addressed some needs and came away with a few talented players, but Grayson as the future quarterback of the franchise is an interesting direction.
    St. Louis Rams
    There aren't many who are bigger fans of Todd Gurley than me so I'm okay with the Rams bypassing need for the talented player, who was just too good to pass up. But I didn't love the value of St. Louis' picks on day two with Wisconsin offensive tackle Rob Havenstein at pick No. 57 in the second round and Louisville offensive lineman Jamon Brown at pick No. 72 in the third round. And then the Rams plucked the fourth quarterback off the board, a passer who could conceivably be their quarterback of the future: Oregon State's Sean Mannion. Hopefully he proves me wrong, but I thought he was the most overdrafted player this year.

    2015 NFL Draft winners & losers: Browns, Falcons, Chiefs nailed it - CBSSports.com


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    I thought the Browns had a stellar draft as well.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by CONTEST GURU View Post
      I thought the Browns had a stellar draft as well.

      D what you think about your Falcons
      On Paper we had a great draft... I wasn't sold on Beasley as being in ACC country and watched him become a one-dimensional pass rusher against solid teams many times. He has to learn to be multi-faceted. The rest of our picks filled needs and many can step in and contribute as rookies as our D is awful. Justin Hardy is a player and will be a starter this year. I watched ECU play several times the past two seasons and that kid is a game changer and amazing he didn't play somewhere more established as he was usually the best player on the field in many of their games. Grady Jarrett of Clemson always killed GA Tech when they played us, but don't remember him much when I watched them otherwise. I watched them a lot as local boy Deshawn Watson is their starting QB and want to keep up with him. Everyone gives him high praise.


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      • #4
        How often do rookies make a significant difference in the play of their team in their first season? opcorn:

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        • #5
          A pretty good bit the last 5-6 years with the salaries rising higher than the salary cap


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