Well, I’m 0-for-1 in my Mock Draft.
I had the Chiefs taking Florida State’s center Cameron Erving. Instead, they took Washington corner Marcus Peters 18th overall. Not that I’m surprised, however. With the increase in passing the ball, one or two good corners is no longer enough. Sean Smith is one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks, but Philip Gaines, who shared No. 2 corner duties with Jamell Fleming and Marcus Cooper last season, is better suited for the slot. The Chiefs needed a physical cornerback who could play opposite Sean Smith, who is also in a contract year. Chiefs defensive back coach Emmitt Thomas has worked wonders with the secondary, turning average players into productive starters.
Marcus Peters was dismissed from Washington last season due to flare ups with the coaching staff and general immaturity, but his abilities in man coverage cannot be overlooked. Peters has great size (6’0, 198 lbs.), and he has the physical ability to take out receivers will only make the Chiefs defense better in 2015. With Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Kevin White, and Amari Cooper on tap for 2015, Dorsey couldn’t have made a better selection.
Some think the Chiefs reached for Peters at No. 18, but, Mel Kiper, Jr and Jon Gruden both said that Peters was the best overall corner in the draft and head coach Andy Reid said that he was on top of their board at No. 18
Remaining Chiefs draft picks
- Round 2: No. 49 overall
- Round 3: No. 80 overall
- Round 3: No. 98 overall (Compensatory)
- Round 4: No. 118 overall
- Round 5: No. 172 overall (Compensatory)
- Round 5: No. 173 overall (Compensatory)
- Round 6: No. 193 overall
- Round 6: No. 217 overall (Compensatory)
- Round 7: No. 233 overall
Thoughts on the 1st round of the NFL Draft
1. Not surprised the Chargers weren’t picking at No. 2. Rivers is an elite quarterback, and Mariota is an unknown. The price to move up was also too great.
2. Speaking of the Chargers, they traded up to select Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, the draft’s best back. Smart move to keep Rivers and help him out by giving him an excellent back to shoulder some of the load.
3. The Raiders selected Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper 4th overall. Many expected them to take USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, but Amari is a polished route runner and hands catcher. He will help Derek Carr immensely in 2015.
4. The Chiefs face a ridiculous amount of good receivers this year. In addition to those mentioned above, they also face DeAndre Hopkins, Cordarelle Patterson, Keenan Allen, Sammy Watkins, and Percy Harvin.
5. Cameron Erving went one pick after the Chiefs, 19th overall to the Cleveland Browns. With the selection of Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton, the Browns added over 600 pounds of player tonight. Games are won in the trenches, so its good to see Cleveland filling some holes. Lets hope this pair of 1st round picks is actually good (Anyone remember Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson in 2012? Then Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel last year?).
6. The Washington Redskins selected Iowa guard Brandon Scherff 5th overall, even though Leonard Williams was still on the board. Many ranted, but I see it as a great selection. Robert Griffin needs better protection.
7. The Broncos traded up from the 28th spot to the 23rd spot to select the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray. Even with his marijuana charge, the Broncos love his production (14.5 sacks last year, 22.5 tackles for loss). With DeMarcus Ware aging (33 years old), Ray is the future at the position, alongside Von Miller.
8. With teams picking late in the 1st round, some teams decide to get a jump on players expected to go in the 2nd round. No difference tonight, as the Indianapolis Colts Miami wide receiver Philip Dorsett, Green Bay took safety Damarious Randall, and New Orleans took Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony.
9. The Lions took Duke guard Laken Tomlinson 28th overall tonight, which surprised a lot of people. Paired with Larry Warford, the Lions have a terrific guard duo. A solid interior pocket will make Matthew Stafford’s job easier.
10. Carolina selected Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson, which surprised me a little. The Panthers now have an elite linebacking trio with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.
Thoughts ahead of Day Two (Rounds 2-3 night, starting at 6 pm)
1. As I expected, Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory fell out of the first round. With the Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Oakland Raiders needing pass rushers, I don’t think he lasts long. Also falling out of the first due to off-field concerns and a whole season without game action was Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and LSU guard La’El Collins.
2. Other players I expected to go in the 1st round who were not selected: Alabama safety Landon Collins, Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, Arizona receiver Jaelen Strong.
3. With the Jets having quarterback questions and Drew Brees getting older, how long will UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Baylor’s Bryce Petty last?
4. How many running backs will get drafted? Two have already, but with a plethora of talent (Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, Alabama’s T.J Yeldon, Miami’s Duke Johnson, Boise State’s Jay Ajayi, Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford), we could hear running back’s being called early and often.
5. Will Collins get drafted? For teams with multiple picks, they could feel like they can afford to “waste” a pick on an elite prospect with question marks. He tried to withdraw from the draft with hopes of entering the Supplemental Draft while he tries to clear his name in his girlfriend’s murder. Others say he should just try his luck again in 2016.