September 20, 2014

On The Clock: Picks 15 – 16

My mock draft continues today with a guest selecting for the Fins. On the clock today are picks 15 – 16. To recap:

1. Carolina – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
2. Denver – DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson
3. Buffalo – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
4. Cincinnati – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
5. Arizona – Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
6. Cleveland – AJ Green, WR, Georgia
7. San Francisco – Robert Quinn, DE/LB, UNC
8. Tennessee – Nick Fairly, DT, Auburn
9. Dallas – Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
10. Washington – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
11. Houston – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
12. Minnesota – Cameron Jordan, DE, California
13. Detroit – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
14. St. Louis – JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin

With the fifteenth pick in the NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select: Mark Ingram, Rb, Alabama. For the Fins, I enlisted the help of my brother-in-law Matt, a Dolphins fan since the Marks Brothers days. Matt has been my wing man for most of the cool sports events I have been to, including my first Bengals game in 1995 vs. the Dolphins and the first ever game at PBS. Matt was interested in trading for a veteran QB, but in my mock the CBA isn’t yet resolved. Plan B is the top running back in the draft. Ingram didn’t show elite speed at the combine, but he did show burst in the first ten yards, which is vital for a running back. Ingram, the 2009 Heisman winner who helped Alabama to capture the NCAA title that season, will be a nice replacement for former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.

With the sixteenth pick in the NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue. Kerrigan doesn’t have elite size at 6’3″, 243 lbs but he is a great pass rusher that will give Jacksonville more pressure up front. Kerrigan is the all time Big Ten leader in forced fumbles. Jacksonville definitely needs more playmakers, and Kerrigan can certainly do that.