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Mock NFL Draft V3.0 and I don’t know why I’m using decimals for this

It’s not like I will be doing a 3.1 or a 3.01 version of the mock draft.  I do not have time and I am not an NFL DRAFT EXPERT like Marvellous Mel Kiper or Even More Marvellous Mike Mayock.

Might as well start with the newest version of my mock draft, now with two rounds!

First Round
1 Tampa Bay Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2 Tennessee Leonard Williams, DT, USC
3 Jacksonville Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida
4 Oakland Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5 Washington Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6 NY Jets Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
7 Chicago Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
8 Atlanta Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
9 NY Giants Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
10 St. Louis La’el Collins, OT, LSU
11 Minnesota Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
12 Cleveland DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
13 New Orleans Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
14 Miami Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
15 San Francisco Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
16 Houston Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
17 San Diego Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
18 Kansas City Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
19 Cleveland Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
20 Philadelphia Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
21 Cincinnati T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
22 Pittsburgh Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
23 Detroit Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
24 Arizona Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
25 Carolina D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
26 Baltimore Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
27 Dallas Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
28 Denver Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
29 Indianapolis Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
30 Green Bay Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
31 New Orleans Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
32 New England Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
Second Round
33 Tennessee Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
34 Tampa Bay Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
35 Oakland Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
36 Jacksonville Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
37 NY Jets Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
38 Washington Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
39 Chicago Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
40 NY Giants Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
41 St. Louis Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
42 Atlanta Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville
43 Cleveland Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
44 New Orleans Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
45 Minnesota Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
46 San Francisco A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
47 Miami Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
48 San Diego Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
49 Kansas City Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
50 Buffalo Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
51 Houston Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
52 Philadelphia Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
53 Cincinnati Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
54 Detroit Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
55 Arizona Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
56 Pittsburgh Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
57 Carolina Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State
58 Baltimore Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
59 Denver Stephone Anthoney, ILB, Clemson
60 Dallas Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
61 Indianapolis Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
62 Green Bay Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU
63 Seattle Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
64 New England Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

Quite a bit of movement here except for the top two…kind of.  I will explain in a bit.  Right now Winston is a lock for number one to the Bucs.  He even so much as looks at a strip club or says anything remotely wrong while being interviewed they might co-sign with the Browns for a rocket to take him and Gianni Futbol to somewhere deep in space, never to return.

Leonard Williams is slotted in at number two which brings us to the next feature…

POTENTIAL TRADES

I have heard a bunch on this subject.  Everything from ten potential first round trades down to one measly one, the first round should be exciting as per usual.  There have already been two trades that were done earlier and I am not talking about those.  I don’t even know the last time there wasn’t a single trade on draft day.  I’m not looking either since Google and Bing aren’t cooperating with my searches.  The picks or teams that could be in play include:

  • #2 pick (owned by Tennessee) – This is a hot topic.  Tennessee arguably needs the most help at the most positions.  The main reason they would trade down is to either get a current NFL player that can help now or to acquire more draft picks, meaning more chances to get players ready to be on the roster come week one.  And the reason a team would move up?  Not to get Leonard Williams, despite the fact he is one of the top five in this draft guaranteed.  It’s to get the chance to draft Marcus Mariota.  As of right now I have the Jets picking Mariota at #6.  St. Louis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Houston are among a few teams who would consider picking Mariota but probably won’t have a chance.  I don’t see the Titans picking him despite the fact they need a QB (but they need a lot of other positions as well).  I could see a bunch of teams trading into the #2 slot for this reason.  I could also see it for the:
  • #3 pick (owned by Jacksonville) or the
  • #5 pick (owned by Washington)
  • Seattle moving up.  If they feel the need to draft Todd Gurley because Marshawn Lynch might not want to continue to “play so he don’t get fined (or traded…or released).  Who knows what Lynch will do after this season so to have a guy ready to step in would be huge.  The only problem could be the cost as Seattle would have to trade at least to the #17 spot if not higher.  Without a first-rounder of their own to trade this could cost a roster player which might not be palatable for the Seahawks.
  • Atlanta.  Who knows what the hell they will do.  They could move up to the #2 spot (they own the #8 pick) if they really want Leonard Williams.  Or they could move down and earn another pick or two.  Or they could go right out of the first round if Seattle or Buffalo want to move back into the first round.  I give all three equal chances at this point since, to be honest, I don’t see them staying at #8.

I will be doing one more mock draft in the week leading up to Draft Day 2015, which starts at 7:00pm on April 30th.  This would be V4.  I will drop the decimals by that point.  If I remember.

In other news, the college football TV schedule (at least in the US) is rounding into form.  Obviously past week three the chances of getting everything right are much slimmer but I do my best to guess.  I should go back and check last year’s guesses to see how close I was and then cry when I find out I missed on most of them.  Yet again, I will be doing a “Most Important Games of 2015” set of posts, picking out the best few games from each week of the season and guessing where we (Canadians) will see these games.

Finally, pick-and-pay is becoming closer to fruition thanks to the CRTC basically telling Bell, Rogers, and the rest of the cable providers to stop being such pricks.  Now this could mean a lot of things.  One thing that is for sure is that we will have to buy some sort of skinny basic package for anywhere between $10 and $20 a month.  If you want cable, you will pay that.  Local channels and channels that are deemed important enough for everyone to get will be included.  Expect about 15-25 channels in there.  After that, it will be a free-for-all; but how that free-for-all is structured is the question.  Will we just have access to the channels already offered?  Will we get access to American channels (ESPN Networks, FOX Sports Networks, etc.) that we weren’t previously able to get?  Will we still only get Canadian versions of certain American specialty channels (for example, HBO Canada instead of HBO)?  These are questions that should be answered by December, when the implementation begins.  It will be interesting to say the least.  As of I said many times, I don’t care if I am paying exactly the same that I am paying right now.  As long as it’s mostly channels I want, then I’m fine.  I have the choice to have or not have every channel and won’t be forced to choose a package of eight channels when I want one of them.  Bell and Rogers could have fixed this problem by charging anywhere from $3-$5 per channel inside a package if you only wanted one or two.  They had to be dicks though so the CRTC had to come down on them.  Should be interesting times.  I would LOVE to get the ESPNs and the FOX Sports Network channels.  That alone would be worth it but I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch (and other clichés).

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