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  1. Miami Dolphins: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    Lamar Miller has had some good moments, but the Dolphins could use a feature back. Knowshon Moreno was only signed to a 1-year deal, and after all his injuries, he could be done in the NFL.

    Halfway through the season, Gordon became the first back in the nation to cross the 1,000-yard mark. In 2014 Gordon has averaged 8.6 yards per carry for 1,909 yards with 23 touchdowns. He has eight receptions for 83 yards and two scores, too. His amazing speed had him tied for the FBS record in career average in yards per carry with stellar mark of 8.26 yards per carry after the Bowling Green game (13-253).

    Gordon has a rare combination of being fast while having quality size. The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder has blazing speed to be a threat to score on any carry. He illustrated in the 2014 season opener that he is a play-maker with his speed providing a mismatch against LSU's speedy SEC defense. Gordon finished with 140 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown against the Tigers. He ripped off a 63-yard run to open the third quarter, but only received two more carries as he dealt with a hip injury.

    Gordon was one of the most explosive backs in the nation in 2013. The lightning-fast redshirt sophomore brought an explosive element to the Badgers' backfield that Montee Ball never provided during his great college career. For the year, Gordon averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,609 yards on only 206 carries and 12 touchdowns.

    The Kenosha, Wisconsin product stood out while backing up Montee Ball and James White in 2012. While Gordon didn't get a lot of opportunities, he made the most of his limited chances while averaging 10 yards per carry. Gordon ran for 621 yards and three touchdowns on only 62 carries.

  2. San Diego Chargers: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
    King Dunlap has played surprisingly well for San Diego, but the Chargers could use a long-term answer to pair with D.J. Fluker.

    Scherff was one of the top tackles in the Big Ten in 2013 and is a road-grading run-blocker. Iowa has produced a lot of good NFL prospects on the offensive line, and Scherff is the latest Hawkeye to be an early-round prospect.

    The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder could fit as a power-man or zone blocker. Scherff has been a reliable pass-protector for Iowa, but in the NFL, he could be better off as a guard or right tackle. Handling speed rushers could be an issue. His biggest asset comes in the ground game. Scherff has tremendous power with the ability to drive block defenders off the ball and open up big running lanes.

  3. San Francisco 49ers: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    The 49ers could use more young receiving talent given the age of Anquan Boldin and the hazy future of Michael Crabtree in San Francisco.

    Strong (6-3, 215) has quickness to go with his excellent size. This season, he has 71 receptions for 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns. In three of his games, Strong totaled more than 140 yards receiving, plus he played well against Stanford while seeing bracket coverage. Strong is tremendous on back-shoulder receptions, which are a very popular route in NFL offenses these days. He is excellent at using his size/strength advantage to block out the defenders for completions.

    Strong was a beast for Arizona State in 2013 - his first season of playing time. He had six 100-yard games in a year that was highlighted by a 12-reception, 168-yard performance against Stanford. In 2013, Strong amassed 75 receptions for 1,122 yards with seven scores while playing injured.

    Pick change; previously DeVante Parker, WR

  4. Seattle Seahawks: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
    The Seahawks lost some veteran defensive linemen last offseason, and that could repeat itself with Cliff Avril entering free agency. Seattle could use some young talent to rotate on the line, especially on the inside. Kevin Williams won't play forever while Brandon Mebane isn't a young player and he'll be coming off a season-ending injury. Young talent is needed for Seattle and a heavy lineman could fill the Red Bryant role.

    Shelton is one of the nation's leaders in sacks for a defensive tackle with 8.5. He has 81 tackles and 16 tackles for a loss, too. The 6-foot-2, 339-pounder is a big, disruptive tackle who has a surprising burst.

    Shelton recorded 12 tackles with three tackles for a loss and two sacks to open this season. He was unblockable for Hawaii's offensive linemen. Incredibly, Shelton took his game to another level against Eastern Washington as he had four sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss and eight solo tackles. Shelton has been a man on fire and incredibly productive.

    In 2013, Shelton turned in 59 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks. He had an excellent bowl game against BYU with seven tackles and a lot of disruption at the point of attack. In 2012, Shelton recorded 45 tackles, .5 sacks and four tackles for a loss.

  5. Atlanta Falcons: Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB/DE, Florida
    Atlanta has strengthened its defensive line with bigger and more physical players, but the team still needs to improve its edge rushers.

    In 2014, Fowler has 49 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and a forced fumble (Another forced fumble was mistakenly credited to a teammate.). He has been extremely disruptive and made a big presence behind the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is fast and powerful. He has a lot of upside, and it wouldn't be surprising if he dominates in 2014. Fowler can play defensive end, outside linebacker and line up on the inside in passing situations.

    Fowler was excellent for the Gators in 2013. He showed his special ability with a dominant game against Tennessee and its excellent offensive line. Fowler racked up 50 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one pass batted and three forced fumbles for the season. Fowler was a First-Team All-SEC Freshman-Team selection in 2012 even though he was a backup. Fowler recorded 47 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks that year.

    Pick change; previously Shane Ray, OLB

  6. Cincinnati Bengals: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
    The Bengals grab a long-term left tackle to replace the aging Andrew Whitworth.

    The 6-foot-6, 324-pounder has an excellent combination of size, strength, quickness and athleticism. Flowers doesnít get a lot of publicity, but donít be surprised if he becomes a hot prospect. Flowers has played really well in 2014. After missing a few games because of a torn meniscus, Flowers came back in impressive fashion against Florida State. In other outings Flowers also had an impressive game against Nebraska taking on Randy Gregory. He has been a very consistent run blocker for Duke Johnson and pass protector.

    In 2013 as a sophomore Flowers took the left tackle job from Seantrel Henderson. In his true freshman season Flowers was a backup that started four games.

  7. Pick change; previously Cedric Ogbuehi, OT

  8. Dallas Cowboys: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
    The Cowboys grab an edge rusher to pair with Demarcus Lawrence. Rod Marinelli could use more ends who can get after he quarterback.

    The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Calhoun needs to add some weight for the NFL if he's going to remain a defensive end, but he's young and has plenty of time to do it. It would help if Calhoun added strength, too. He also needs to add to his repertoire of pass-rushing moves. Calhoun's game against Oregon was disappointing, but he came alive versus Nebraska after a slow start. In 2014, the junior has 33 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks.

    Calhoun was one of the top players on Michigan State's superb defense in 2013. For the year, he recorded 37 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

    Pick change; previously Danny Shelton, DT

  9. Pittsburgh Steelers: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Steelers could use more help getting after the quarterback. Jason Worlids is nothing special, while the jury is still out on Jarvis Jones.

    In 2014, Golden has recorded 6.5 sacks, 53 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and one forced fumble. He dominated in the game against Toledo and showed great speed off the edge. Central Florida sent tons of double-teams his direction, yet he still recorded 1.5 sacks while opening things up for teammate Shane Ray to have massive performance. Golden has been banged up, but has still made his presence felt.

    With the way that Golden and Ray have played in 2014, Missouri hasn't missed Michael Sam and Kony Ealy. In 2013, the redshirt junior Golden had a solid debut for Missouri with 55 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.

    Golden (6-3, 260) has speed off the edge with some size to him. He started out in the junior college ranks.

    Pick change; previously Markus Golden, OLB

  10. Kansas City Chiefs: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
    The Chiefs lack talent on the offensive line. They need upgrades at guard and tackle. Ogbuehi could fill one of the spots.

    For the NFL, Ogbuehi needs to get stronger and improve his ability to sustain blocks. Strength is the one thing he lacks. He has superb feet, quickness, knee bend and agility. Ogbuehi is a fantastic athlete to be a left tackle, but has to get stronger.

    To start 2014, he looked great at left tackle in his senior-year debut against South Carolina and played at a high level until the opponents weren't cupcakes. Ogbuehi gave up three sacks against Mississippi State, including one to Bernardrick McKinney. Against Ole Miss, Ogbuehi was beaten for a sack by an undersized redshirt freshman and a hit on quarterback Kenny Hill that led to a 75-yard pick-six for Cody Prewitt. Ogbuehi's slump continued with two more sacks allowed and other pressures against Alabama. The Aggies moved him back to right tackle against Auburn, where he looked much better. He was beat for a sack by Missouriís Markus Golden, but generally held his own against the Tigersí talented edge rushers.

    Ogbuehi (6-5, 300) had an excellent 2012 season blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. With Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews at the tackle positions, Ogbuehi played inside at guard. He excelled in pass and run blocking. Ogbuehi spent 2013 at right tackle with Joeckel in the NFL and Matthews having taken over the left side. Ogbuehi played well as he was a good run-blocker and a dependable pass-protector.

  11. Detroit Lions: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    The Lions could use a corner to pair with Darius Slay. Rashean Mathis isn't a long-term answer.

    In 2014, Collins has 31 tackles and seven passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is a long corner who has some athleticism.

    Collins was a 2012 Freshman All-SEC selection by the conference's coaches. He totaled 30 tackles and two interceptions. As a sophomore, Collins started two games. He had 22 tackles with two passes broken up in 2013.

    Collins possesses the skill set to become a good starter. LSU has been a factory for elite defensive backs, so Collins will have to earn his playing time.

    Pick change; previously Ronald Darby, CB

  12. Philadelphia Eagles: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
    The Eagles clearly didn't do enough to address their secondary last offseason, and they'll have to do something about that with some long-term solutions next year. Philadelphia needs help at both corner and safety.

    Carter has six passes broken up, one interception and 30 tackles thus far in 2014. He played well against USC and held his own against Trojans wide receiver Nelson Agholar. Carter didn't pitch a shutout, but Stanford didn't have Carter following Agholar around the field. Carter also contributed some stops in run defense with five tackles. Against Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong, Carter wasn't beaten badly, but he didn't prevent Strong from contributing. Carter had a mixed game against Oregon, but did manage to pick off Marcus Mariota, which is a very rare feat.

    Carter (6-0, 200) played well for the Cardinal in 2013. The sophomore showed the ability to execute man and zone coverage. He totaled 59 tackles with eight passes broken up and an interception for the year. Carter took over a starting role in 2012. The freshman recorded 46 tackles with three forced fumbles in eight starts. Carter also has some physicality to him.

  13. Denver Broncos: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
    The Broncos could use a more steady presence at middle linebacker.

    Perryman is a quick and physical linebacker. Against Louisville in the 2014 opener, the 6-foot, 243-pounder totaled 12 tackles with three tackles for a loss and a sack. He made a number of clutch plays for Miami, including a number of tackles for a loss on multiple third-and-1 plays. In 2014, Perryman has 81 tackles, six for a loss, two forced fumbles, four passes broken up, one interception and a sack.

    Perryman was excellent for the Hurricanes in the early going of 2013. He had a monstrous game against Florida with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. The junior totaled 108 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack and three passes broken up for the year. He recorded 11 tackles against Florida State and 15 against Virginia Tech. Perryman notched 64 tackles with six tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, one forced fumble and an interception returned 41 yards for a touchdown in 2012.

    Not only is Perryman strong against the run, but he has shown well in pass coverage. Perryman covers a lot of ground and does a nice job of covering receivers who come into his zone. He looks like he has three-down ability for the NFL.

  14. New England Patriots: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
    The Patriots may could use a feature running back as Steven Ridley is entering free agency and coming off a serious knee injury.

    In 2014, Yeldon has averaged 5.0 yards per carry for 758 yards with six touchdowns. He has 11 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. Yeldon had ball-security issues in 2013, while he looks better as a junior, they haven't gone away completely.

    In 2013, Yeldon averaged six yards per carry for 1,235 yards with 14 touchdowns. The sophomore chipped in 18 catches for 160 yards, too. Yeldon received only 175 carries in 2012, but totaled 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns. The freshman caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a score.

    While Eddie Lacy was a large downhill runner, Yeldon showed some speed. He ripped off a number of big gains in 2012. Yeldon's first-step quickness didn't look as good in 2013 after he gained some muscle. Yeldon is now listed at 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds.

  15. Arizona Cardinals: Eli Harold, OLB/DE, Virginia
    As Walt said in his mock, the Cardinals could upgrade their edge rushers with John Abraham nearing the end of a great career.

    Harold has been very impressive in 2014. He's totaled 49 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, a forced fumble, one interception and pass batted. The junior had strong showings against UCLA and Louisville.

    Harold (6-4, 250) made a big impact as an edge rusher for Virginia in 2013. The first-year starter totaled 8.5 sacks with 15 tackles for a loss, 51 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass broken up. His season was highlighted by a three-sack game against rival Virginia Tech. Harold is a fast and athletic edge rusher, but probably will have to move to 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL unless he can add a significant amount of weight.

  16. Indianapolis Colts: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
    The Colts land a cornerback to pair with Vontae Davis.

    In 2014, Williams has nine passes broken up, one interception and 41 tackles. He had a mixed outing against Clemson and was impressive versus Louisville when he went against DeVante Parker. In the season opener, Williams had a solid game against Oklahoma State, including a critical forced fumble in the fourth quarter.

    The 6-foot, 190-pounder had an excellent debut as a starter in 2013. He was the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game as he had seven tackles and a critical fourth-quarter interception that helped spark Florida State's comeback win. The first-year starter totaled 35 tackles with seven passes broken up and three interceptions for the season.

    Pick change; previously HauíOli Kikaha, OLB

  17. Green Bay Packers: Erik Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
    Green Bay could improve at inside linebacker. A.J. Hawk is declining, and Brad Jones isn't much better. I think Carl Bradford was a good pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and could develop into a nice player, but the Packers need a difference-maker at linebacker to chase down Colin Kaepernick and/or Russell Wilson in January.

    Kendricks has 114 tackles with six tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one sack, two passes broken up, two interceptions and one sack in 2014. He is an instinctive player who can defend sideline to sideline with great speed. Kendricks is very good in pass coverage as he covers a lot of ground and can match up in single coverage. Kendricks was all over the field against Virginia to open 2014 as he totaled 16 tackles, two passes broken up, the forced fumble and the interception against Virginia. He had other big games against Colorado, Texas, and Arizona State.

    Kendricks (6-0, 228) played well in 2013 with 105 tackles, four tackles for a loss and an interception. He had a breakout 2012 season in which he led the Pac-12 in tackles. Kendricks totaled 149 tackles with six tackles for a loss, two sacks, four passes broken up, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick that year. He is the younger brother of Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

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