San Diego Chargers: Cameron Erving, C/OT/G, Florida State
Sources with the Chargers say that improving the interior of the offensive line is a priority this offseason. Orlando Franklin was a start, but San Diego could use a starting center as the organization went through five of them last year. This is a great fit with the Chargers' blocking scheme. Erving could play guard or start at center with Chris Watt going back to guard.
Erving struggled at left tackle in the first half of 2014, but part of it could be attributed to Florida State's alignment not allowing him to have depth in his stance. Florida State moved Erving to center for the latter part of the season, and he really played well in the middle of the line. Sources say they view Erving more as a right tackle or guard, but he has a lot of flexibility due to his athleticism. Erving could play possibly any position on the offensive line on game days.
Erving did a good job at protecting Jameis Winston in 2013. Erving also opened up a lot of holes in the ground game. The 6-foot-5, 313-pounder missed the 2010 season with a back injury. Erving then played defensive tackle in 2011 as a redshirt freshman backup. The Seminoles moved Erving to left tackle for 2012, and the sophomore ended up starting 14 games there.
Kansas City Chiefs: La'el Collins, OT/G, LSU
The Chiefs' offensive line really struggled in 2014, and their edge protection missed Brandon Albert. If Kansas City drafts a left tackle, the team could move Eric Fisher to the right side, and that could be a better fit for him.
Collins was solid in 2014, but not as good as his junior year. He has some potential and flashed heavy hands, but needs to learn technique as he didn't get a lot of movement in the ground game as a senior. For the NFL, Collins would probably be better at guard or right tackle - at least to start out his career - and then his team can see if he develops into a left tackle. Collins had a quality outing versus Florida and handled himself well going against Dante Fowler, but Collins got away with some holds and face-masks that should have been called.
Collins was very good in 2013 - better than his senior year - as the left tackle protecting the blind side of Zach Mettenberger. LSU had a lot of success running behind Collins, too. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder was an impressive power run-blocker in 2012 and helped the Tigers' stable of backs move the ball. He started 13 games at left guard and was an honorable mention All-SEC selection.
Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
The Browns could move on from Phil Taylor and could use a disruptor on their defensive line. Cleveland has shown a lot of interest in Shelton as well.
Shelton was the talk of the Senior Bowl with his combination of power, size and burst. He was a load and nearly impossible to single-block. In the pass-rushing one-on-ones and in run defense, Shelton had his way with blockers. He was one of the nation's sack leaders at defensive tackle in 2014 with nine. Shelton totaled 87 tackles and 16.5 tackles for a loss, too. The 6-foot-1, 339-pounder is a big, disruptive tackle who has a surprising burst.
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. Shelton recorded 45 tackles, .5 sacks and four tackles for a loss in 2012.
Philadelphia Eagles: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
The Eagles let Jeremy Maclin leave in free agency, and Riley Cooper may not be around much longer. Adding another big-play receiver to pair with Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff makes sense. Dorsett's rare speed seems like a Chip Kelly-type target.
Dorsett is a player who is still under the radar somewhat, but performed really well as a senior. Miami was playing a freshman quarterback and leaned on running back Duke Johnson, thus Dorsett didn't get many targets and had only 36 receptions on the season. However, Dorsett showed his talent by averaging 24 yards per reception for 871 yards and 10 touchdowns. A knee injury took away a chunk of his junior year, but as a sophomore, he had 58 catches for 842 yards and four touchdowns.
Sources say that the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder could be a steal on the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft. They say he has elite speed and will be a vertical weapon in the NFL. As a prospect, Dorsett is said to have a similar skill set to Mike Wallace, but Dorsett is more polished as a route-runner than Wallace was coming out of Ole Miss in 2009.
Pick change; previously Jaelen Strong, WR
Cincinnati Bengals: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Geno Atkins wasn't the same in 2014 coming off his season-ending knee injury from the year before. Domata Peko also suffered a down season. The Bengals could use some talent and another player to feature next to Atkins.
Brown collected 6.5 sacks, 71 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles in 2014. He was tough to block with a good motor. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder possesses the size and speed for the NFL. Brown has the agility to close on the quarterback to go along with the ability to shed blocks and hold his ground in the ground game. Brown is very versatile. He could be a nose or three technique in a 4-3 while also being able to play in a 3-4.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
Pittsburgh needs to improve its pass rush. Who knows if Jarvis Jones will pan out for the Steelers, while Jason Worilds retired rather than explore free agency. James Harrison can't play forever, while this draft has more second-day depth at corner than edge rusher. In the past, Kevin Colbertt and Mike Tomlin have had the tendency to draft cornerbacks on Day 2. The Steelers take elite players who fall to them along with prospects they've brought in for visits. Gregory fits all of the criteria, and the question is if the team is comfortable enough with him off the field and in the locker room to pull the trigger.
Gregory is hands down the best pass-rusher in the 2015 NFL Draft, in my opinion. However, I have him sliding because of off-the-field concerns. In 2014, Gregory totaled 56 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble, three passes broken up and one interception while missing three games (knee, concussion, ankle). He was a beast for Nebraska in 2013 - his first year on campus. The sophomore had just 10 starts, yet racked up 66 tackles with 19 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, one pass batted and an interception. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder should get even bigger over time.
There is no doubt that Gregory is extremely fast. His lightning first-step gives him an advantage to turn the corner against tackles. Gregory also has natural agility to drop his hips and maneuver his body by blockers. On top of his speed, he has phenomenal hands for a player who doesn't have a lot of experience. Gregory is very adept at getting blockers' hands off of him and shedding their blocks. He is also physical when putting offensive players into the turf. Gregory has a relentless attitude and can make some plays through a second effort. He uses a spin move, swim move and bull rush effectively. Gregory also is really smart about when he deploys those moves. However, Gregory could stand to get stronger for the ground game.
Pick change; previously Eli Harold, OLB
Detroit Lions: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
The Lions lost both of their starting defensive tackles. Haloti Ngata was a nice addition, but he's in the latter portion of his career and can teach a talented youngster like Goldman.
Goldman totaled 35 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, four sacks and a forced fumble in 2014. He came up with some huge plays that led to Florida State beating Clemson. Goldman was a wrecking ball at the line of scrimmage for the Seminoles. The 6-foot-4, 336-pounder looks like a starting candidate at nose tackle for a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. He is impossible to move in the ground game and is able to eat up double-teams. Goldman has upside to develop and be one of the toughest interior defensive linemen in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals: Shane Ray, OLB/DE, Missouri
The Cardinals entered the offseason wanting to increase the speed, athleticism and pass rush of their inside and outside linebackers. Ray will help address that.
Ray totaled 14.5 sacks, 65 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles in 2014. He demonstrated a real burst off the snap with the agility to turn the corner. Ray needs to get stronger for the ground game, but he has rare speed-rushing skills and edge-rush athleticism. It will be interesting to see if Ray can add weight to play defensive end in the NFL, otherwise he'll have to move to a Von Miller-type role in a 4-3 defense. Ray could also fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Ray (6-3, 245) contributed to Missouri's fierce pass rush during the 2013 season as a backup. He recorded 39 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles for the year.
Pick change; previously Randy Gregory, OLB
Carolina Panthers: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
This is a bit of a reach, but the Panthers have to upgrade their offensive line. David Gettleman has shown an inclination to draft for need, and the Panthers need to land a potential franchise left tackle for Cam Newton. Humphries could fit the mold.
Sources say they've graded Humphries as "a one," aka a first-rounder, and will let their medical staff drop him down the board if they deem it warranted. I personally haven't gotten on the bandwagon about Humphries because he missed more games than he played the past two seasons, but Humphries is a rare athlete who could be a starting left tackle quickly in the NFL.
Still, Humphries (6-5, 307) has a superb skill set with quickness, athleticism and length. He was a good run-blocker and reliable pass-protector for the Gators in 2014. He played well in 2013, but dealt with a lot of injuries the past two years. The medical concerns could knock Humphries down on draft day, and it probably would have made more sense for him to return to Florida for his senior year. However, Humphries has the athletic skill set to start at left tackle in the NFL.
Baltimore Ravens: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
Obviously, the Ravens needs help at wideout, and a big-play receiver like Perriman could make an immediate impact for them. He is similar to Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, so he will be a good fit for Marc Trestman's offense.
There are a lot of split opinions on Perriman around the league. Some sources say they grade Perriman (6-2, 212) as an early second-round pick. Others feel he is worthy of and will go in the first round. After his blistering pro-day 40 time, Perriman could be too exciting with his size and speed to get out of Thursday night. It only takes one team to fall in love with him.
Perriman has some size and the quickness to break some big plays. He showed the speed to take a slant for a long gain in college. Perriman totaled 41 receptions for 906 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. With Blake Bortles as his quarterback in 2013, Perriman caught 39 receptions for 811 yards and four touchdowns. He has demonstrated inconsistent hands, but the 6-foot-2, 212-pounder has a good skill set.
Pick change; previously Phillip Dorsett, WR
Dallas Cowboys: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
The Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray, but they can get younger and cheaper at running back in the 2015 NFL Draft. They've shown a lot of interest in Gordon, and their midwest scouting has been a huge strong point for the Cowboys in recent years.
Gordon has a rare combination of being fast while having quality size. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has dangerous speed to be a threat to score on any carry. In 2014, he averaged 7.5 yards per carry for 2,587 yards with 29 touchdowns. Gordon had 19 receptions for 153 yards and three scores, too. His superb quickness 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 2014 Bowling Green game (13-253).
Gordon was one of the most explosive backs in the nation in 2013. He 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. 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.
Denver Broncos: Eric Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
The Broncos grab an improvement at inside linebacker. I could see Denver targeting Denzel Perryman, Bernardrick McKinney or Eric Kendricks with its first-round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Kendricks totaled 149 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, two passes broken up, three interceptions and one forced fumble 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 turned in impressive games against Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Arizona State and USC.
Kendricks (6-0, 232) 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.
Indianapolis Colts: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
As I hit on in my interview with Colts.com, Indianapolis needs to bolster the middle of its defense. Mike Adams played well last year, but he turns 34 this offseason. Collins will help the team's run and pass defense in the middle of the field.
The Crimson Tide has been a talent factory for defensive backs for the NFL, and Collins is the program's 2015 model. He totaled 103 tackles with seven passes broken up and three interceptions in 2014. Collins had monster games against Florida and West Virginia, but Ole Miss picked on him repeatedly and burned him for two touchdowns. Auburn had success throwing at Collins as well. Those outings illustrate that Collins (6-0, 215) is a physical strong safety who is good in the box and the short part of the field. He isn't a one-on-one pass-coverage safety.
In 2013, Collins recorded 70 tackles with four tackles for a loss, six passes broken up, one interception and two forced fumbles.
Green Bay Packers: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
The Packers signed some interim stop-gap measures in B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion but they need a long-term nose tackle for Dom Capers' defense. Plus, Phillips' college position coach is now on the Green Bay staff.
Phillips (6-5, 329) has a surprising burst for such a big lineman and uses his size to overwhelm offensive linemen. In 2014, Phillips had 39 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, two sacks, and one pass batted. The redshirt sophomore caused disruption at the point of attack and looks like an excellent candidate to play 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL. Phillips dealt with injuries that held him back in college, but he has a great and rare skill set.
Pick change; previously Kevin Johnson, CB
New Orleans Saints: Eli Harold, OLB/DE, Virginia
The Saints continue to improve their pass rush with an edge rusher to go on the other side from Cam Jordan and Junior Galette.
Harold was very impressive in 2014. He totaled 54 tackles with 14.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, a forced fumble, one interception and two passes batted. The junior had strong showings against UCLA, Louisville, North Carolina and Miami.
Harold (6-3, 247) 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.
Pick change; previously Jalen Collins, CB
New England Patriots: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
The Patriots grab a red-zone weapon and an outside receiver for Tom Brady.
Strong (6-2, 217) has quickness to go with his excellent size. He recorded 82 receptions for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. 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.