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MEET THE CLASS OF The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books, as 32 players saw their lifelong dreams come true last night. With the season winding down, the NFL Draft starts to come to focus and here we In his rookie season he caught just 26 passes, but went for yards and eight scores. Then he was suspended to start the season for violating the substance .. Instead he just failed to meet expectations. Tracking NFL Draft Efficiency: How Contingent Is Success To Draft . 2nd round picks were the next most likely to reach All-Pro status (14%);.
Seattle traded up to take the Kansas State product in the third round — the Seahawks have had success taking undersized player in the third round in the past — and he made the front office look very smart for doing so. Lockett made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner and started to come on in the second half of the season as a receiver, hauling in five touchdowns over the last eight games.
After earning more playing time in December, Smith broke out. He struggled to stay healthy and the Terps coaching staff did not do a good job of putting him in a position to succeed. He caught 52 passes for yards and four touchdowns in a Vikings offense that struggled to pass the football. Melvin Gordon, RB Chargers Dropped out of the first round in the re-draft And this is why teams have stopped taking running backs in the first round: They have the shelf life of milk and there are just too many busts throughout the history of the draft.
Gordon was flat out awful in He averaged just 3. Cameron Erving, OL Browns Dropped out of the first round in the re-draft Erving was the weak link on an otherwise talented offensive line, which makes his poor play stand out even more than it would have on another team.
Bad fundamentals lead to plays like this: He caught 23 passes for yards and a touchdown — Antonio Brown had yards in one game last year. The Saints gave him playing time at guard, where he understandably struggled. We still have no idea whether Peat can be an impact player at the tackle position.
Shelton managed to stick around in our first round because he still has the potential to develop into an every-down lineman. Seattle Seahawks After paying all of their young stars and losing some key backups, the Seahawks were in desperate need of a good draft to restock the depth chart with cheap talent.
General John Schneider delivered despite the team not having a first round pick. Diggs wasn't even active for the Vikings' first three games, and his production fluctuated, including in his final six games of the regular season, when he totaled just receiving yards and two scores. But he's very athletic and quick, and it looks like he's going to be one of those slot receivers who is extremely tough to cover, a solid starter in the NFL with above-average speed.
Tye led a relatively weak tight end class with receiving yards on 42 catches. It almost looks like he's a lineman, then all of a sudden, he's downfield, with his speed and explosion. Tye also did a pretty good job as a blocker. I think he helped open things up for the receivers and contributed to Eli Manning's strong season.
Smith started all 16 games, contributing to a significantly improved offense in Tampa Bay. I don't think the athletic, long-armed tackle will ever be a Pro Bowler, but he should be a solid starter for some time to come. The pectoral injury Will Beatty suffered last May necessitated that Flowers jump right into the mix at left tackle, and he acquitted himself well as a back-side pass protector, with Eli Manning being sacked just 27 times.
Flowers is still just 21 years old and needs to get stronger; if he does, he'll be a perennial Pro Bowler. Brandon Scherff, Washington Redskins Draft position: Scherff had a hard time in the beginning of the season, with opponents bull-rushing him and throwing everything at him, but he improved tremendously, playing extremely well in the second half.
He protected the passer and was a good run blocker. As a guard, he has Pro Bowl potential. Laken Tomlinson, Detroit Lions Draft position: Tomlinson, who played in all 16 games and started 14, doesn't look flashy, but he's steady and effective; his man rarely makes a play. He'll be a reliable presence for a number of years.
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Morse, who started 15 regular-season games, missed both of the Chiefs' playoff outings with a concussionand his absence was felt. He's a bit tall for a center, but he's an outstanding athlete who does an excellent job in pass protection and run blocking.
Williams made 15 starts, finishing with 63 tackles and three sacks. This guy is fast and athletic, and he's willing to chase a play; think of how he'll go 10 or 12 yards downfield to make a tackle on a play that went away from him on the other side. Williams projects as a perennial Pro Bowler.
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Edwards shed some pounds after leaving Florida State and really elevated his performance as a pro, to the point that he was playing as well as any rookie in the NFL before a Week 15 neck injury sent him to injured reserve. Consider his effort against the Vikings in Week Provided he comes back healthy, Edwards should continue playing at that level, and he has a chance to be a Pro Bowler.
Rodney Gunter, Arizona Cardinals Draft position: You talk about overcoming adversity; Gunter didn't play football until his senior year of high school because he was working 32 hours a week to help his family make ends meet.
The first player drafted in who did not get invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Gunter played in all 16 regular-season games, making 11 starts. He's really made an impact on that Cardinals line. He didn't lift all that well at his pro daybut he's really strong.
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Preston Smith, Washington Redskins Draft position: Smith is not a starter 16 games, two startsbut he contributed eight sacks this season, second-most on the team, behind only Ryan Kerrigan 9. He has a unique ability to rush from the outside and bring the quarterback down -- a knack for shedding blockers and rushing the passer.
Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh Steelers Draft position: All four of Dupree's sacks came in the first half of the season, with his first two coming in Weeks 1 and 2. While the sack production leveled off, Dupree showed he's a big, athletic guy whose speed and quickness make him hard to block.Charles Davis' 2015 NFL Mock Draft (version 1.0)
Anthony, the Saints' leading tackler total tacklesstarted all 16 games and contributed a sack, a pick, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He played very well on a defense that was not very good.
The thing about him is, he can play all three downs; you're not going to have to take him out on passing downs.