You know what’s funny? Sheldon Richardson is like a defensive tackle version of Cam Newton. They have the same kind of, let’s say, confident attitude.
15) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS select Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
I’m tempted to put Jarvis Jones here because he is, at this point, the superior football player. Mingo, however, is the superior athlete.
After firing Steve Spagnuolo, New Orleans is switiching to a 3-4 alignment on defense under new coordinator Rob Ryan. The team absolutely needs a hybrid pass rusher for this new scheme and Mingo’s upside at that potential in the NFL is as high as just about anyone else’s.
16) NEW YORK JETS select Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/KR, Tennessee
As part of the package they got in the trade with the Rams, the Jets add some fuel to their offense.
Cordarrelle Patterson is, simply put, breathtaking to watch. Like Tavon Austin, he’s a nightmare with the ball in his hands. Unlike Tavon Austin, he’s 6-foot-2 and weighs 215 pounds. Patterson is one of the top-3 physical freaks in the entire draft.
Unfortunately, he’s in no way a slam dunk prospect because 1) he’s only played one year of FBS football. 2) There are concerns about his mental aptitude for the game.
At the very least, Patterson should immediately be one of the most exciting returners in the NFL, but is that worth the No. 16 pick in the NFL draft if that’s all he becomes?
Let’s ask it this way: In hindsight, would you take Devin Hester 16th overall in the draft if you knew what he’d ultimately become in the NFL? Tough question to answer.
17) PITTSBURGH STEELERS select Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
Missouri Tiger fans and James Franklin still have nightmares about this guy.
He was the most dominant SEC player Mizzou played against in year one. He completely took over that September 8game at Faurot Field and irrevocably changed the Tigers maiden season in the NFL Minor League’s for the worse.
Jones, however, has plenty of red flags as a draft prospect despite what we saw him do on the field.
He tested horribly during the pre-draft process. I mean, his forty times are legitimately attainable by most males in decent shape age 30 and under. Seriously.
He also has spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spine at the base) that has some worried about his long term viability in the NFL. Doctors have cleared him, but it’s still a concern.
Jones, however, is just a darn good football player and that’s usually what the Pittsburgh Steelers draft. Jones replaces James Harrison as an edge rusher that must be accounted for in the gameplan.
18) DALLAS COWBOYS select Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Jerry Jones adds a Longhorn to the defense for his fans in the Lone Star state.
Vaccaro is widely considered the best safety prospect in the class. He doesn’t have any really elite measurables, but like the guy picked before him, the dude is just a football player who plays hard and fast.
19) NEW YORK GIANTS select D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Giants need some help to stabilize the offensive line.
Fluker is one of the largest human beings I have ever seen in person and was the captain of one of the most dominant offensive lines in college football history.
20) CHICAGO BEARS select Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Here comes the second run on offensive tackles.