2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2
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54.) Detroit Lions – CB Kevin White, TCU (5’9 | 180 | 4.43)
First year DC Teryl Austin somehow turned an awful secondary into one of the best units in the league, but #2 CB Rashean Mathis is 35 and a free agent and slot corner Cassius Vaughn just isn’t very good. White was the best corner at the Senior Bowl and should be an immediate upgrade in the slot.
55.) Arizona Cardinals – OLB Marcus Golden (6’2 | 255 | 4.72)
It’s pretty amazing how good the Cards D was last year considering how many key front-7 players missed time due to injury (Abraham, Dockett, Campbell), but the injuries revealed a serious lack of depth at the edge rusher position. Golden’s draft stock is on the rise after a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl and he should be able to provide QB pressure off the edge as a rookie.
56.) Pittsburgh Steelers – DT Carl Davis, Iowa (6’5 | 321 | 5.12)
One of the stars of the Senior Bowl who could help out at the nose or end for the Steelers and bring some much needed youth, power, and explosion to their D-line.
57.) Carolina Panthers – OT Jake Fisher, Oregon (6’6 | 299 | 5.22)
The Panthers might have had the worst tackle combination in the league last year (Bell, Chandler) and Fisher has the versatility to play either. The Ducks were noticeably better with Fisher in the lineup this year and he should be able to contribute as a rookie.
58.) Baltimore Ravens – WR Nelson Agholor, USC (6’1 | 190 | 4.49)
Torrey Smith is a free agent, Steve Smith is close to retirement, and they don’t have much other talent at receiver. Assuming they bring deep threat Smith back, Agholor will be a nice complement as a guy who can get open on intermediate routes.
59.) Denver Broncos – DT Michael Bennett, Ohio St (6’2 | 288 | 4.96)
Terrance Knighton is a free agent and the Broncos don’t have much quality depth on the D-line. Bennett’s versatility and quickness should be a welcome addition.
60.) Dallas Cowboys – DE Za’Darius Smith, Kentucky (6’5 | 270 | 4.84)
DC Rod Marinelli doesn’t get enough credit for building a solid defense out of a bunch of spare parts last year. They need a lot more talent on the defensive side of the ball and Smith could pair with last year’s 2nd round DE DeMarcus Lawrence to give the Cowboys two solid edge rushers.
61.) Indianapolis Colts – OG Laken Tomlinson, Duke (6’3 | 323 | 5.23)
Was the best interior lineman at the Senior Bowl and would give the Colts some much needed power on the interior line. The additions of Gordon and Tomlinson are two steps in the right direction for fixing their run game.
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62.) Green Bay Packers – LB Stephone Anthony, Clemson (6’2 | 245 | 4.78)
Most draft boards will consider this a reach, but by the time the draft rolls around I wouldn’t be surprised if Anthony goes higher than this. Anthony has great instincts which allows him to play a little faster than his timed speed and is a fluid athlete with the ability to rush the passer, cover TEs, and be the sideline-to-sideline run stopper the Packers need inside.
63.) New England Patriots – WR Devin Smith, Ohio St (6’0 | 190 | 4.38)
The Pats have been trying to find a deep threat who can take the top of defenses for years. Smith is the most polished deep threat in the draft who scored 12 TDs on just 33 catches last season.
64.) Seattle Seahawks – DE/OLB Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington (6’3 | 246 | 4.74)
A natural edge rusher with good flexibility, lean, hand play, change of direction skills, and an aggressive demeanor. Kikaha is a tweener in most schemes, but a prototype fit for Seattle’s LEO backer position. With Cliff Avril a free agent, the Seahawks may need to find another pass rusher and Kikaha showed he can get to the QB this season with 19 sacks.
¹ Mock drafts used to determine average draft slot: CBS Sports (Rang, Brugler), WalterFootball, DraftTek, ESPN Insider (Kiper, McShay), NFL (Brooks), and SB Nation.