2015 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 – Round 6
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With less than two weeks to go before the draft, it’s time for my 2nd to last mock draft. With free agency pretty much wrapped up, team needs are fairly static at this point so there may not be much difference between my last two barring any significant trades, off-field arrests or news of more failed drug tests from the combine.
As for our Bears, they have been active both early in free agency and on the second-tier market. They added depth at a number of thin positions, giving them more flexibility in the draft and allowing them to use the “best player available” strategy whihc may not have been an option with some many glaring holes on the defensive side of the ball.
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If you want to check out previous versions, here are mocks 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. As usual, if you have any complaints or advice about my picks let me know on Twitter or in the comment section.
2015 NFL Mock Draft 4.0- Round 6
176. ) Tennessee Titans – NT Ellis McCarthy, UCLA
The Titans were one of the worst teams in the league at stopping the run last year and McCarthy is a massive 2-down run stopper with the potential to be more if he can keep his weight under control and improve his work ethic.
178.) New England Patriots- G Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech
Short (6’1), squat interior linemen with the potential to play either guard or center. Mason played in an almost exclusively run-based offense so his pass pro skills are understandably raw. He’s a brawler as a run blocker though and with a little coaching on his pass blocking could become a starting caliber guard.
179.) Oakland Raiders – DE Cedric Reed, Texas
Divisive prospect who could go a round or two higher but scouts seem to be mixed due on him. Reed has the physical tools to be a prototype base 4-3 end, but his inconsistent production and poor technique are red flags for some teams.
180.) Jacksonville Jaguars – C B.J Finney, Kansas St
Another guy who could go a round or two earlier, Finney is a former walk-on who worked his way into one of the best centers in college football. He doesn’t have NFL athleticism, but does have an innate understanding of leverage and blocking angles and may have the best work ethic in the draft. I’d be surprised if Finney doesn’t end up having a long NFL career.
181.) Seattle Seahawks – CB Ladarius Gunter, Miami
Fits the mold of the tall, physical corners that Seattle has had so much success with the last few years. Gunter ran a very slow 40 (4.69), but has the ability to be a press/ zone corner in the Seahawks scheme. I think Gunter plays faster than his 40-times and is a steal this late.
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182.) Washington Redskins – QB Brandon Bridge, South Alabama
One of my favorite sleepers in the draft and a guy with all the physical tools to be an NFL starter. The reason Bridge is still available is that his technique is awful. He has a cannon arm, good size, and above average mobility but you never know where the ball is going when it leaves his hand. If things click for Bridge he is a Kaepernick type talent, but he’s a long shot.