The Mock Trey Wingo is at a loss for words. "Ladies and gentlemen...I'm just not sure. I think...I think the Saints might have messed up their selection somehow. I mean, it looks that way. We're trying to get to the bottom of it."
/eyes dart around the room
/the confused murmur from the assembled crowd starts to build
Suddenly, the Mock Bill Belichick, like a lion noticing a wounded gazelle, realizes what is happened and darts to the stage to turn in the Patriots' pick. Hood low over his eyes, you can almost hear him mumble, "Suck it" as he slinks back into the shadows.
With the 32nd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Jake Fisher (OT -- Oregon)
Following the loss of a top flight pair of corners, a mammoth Texan defensive tackle, and the need to solidify a revolving door of an offensive line, the reigning NFL Super Bowl champions have glaring needs.
The top prospects who meet Patriot draft needs and have been linked to the franchise are Cameron Erving (FSU-OL), Eddie Goldman (FSU-DL), Marcus Peters (Washington-CB) and Jake Fisher.
In 2005, The New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles to repeat as victors in the NFL Super Bowl. Victims of an aging offensive line, Belichick and company drafted Logan Mankins,OT, with the 32nd pick in that year’s draft. Fast forward ten years, I believe Belichick will repeat history and draft a collegiate offensive tackle to plug and play in the left guard position.
Fisher, standing at 6’6" and weighing in at 306 pounds, is an athletic offensive tackle who is a plug and play starter for the Patriots. Fisher raised his draft stock from a fringe 2nd/3rd rounder to a first round selection after putting on a show at the NFL Combine. Fisher is athletic enough to pull and move to the second level, without losing the ability to maul during the running game. Josh McDaniels does not run one specific style of offense, and he employs athletes who can succeed in multiple schemes. Fisher’s skill set is aligned with the game plan of his future employer.
Fisher does not come without weaknesses. He was highly penalized over the 2014 season, garnering 6 yellow flags for holding. Fisher also has the room, and need, to add pounds to his frame. Nevertheless, these weaknesses can be improved, the ‘Patriot Way’, through NFL coaching and training.
Fisher not only solves an immediate need in the middle of the offensive line but also can transition to OT once Sebastian Vollmer moves on. This is a safe Patriot pick that can yield a positive return over the next 10 years, if history repeats itself.
"Unbelievable," continues the Mock Trey Wingo. "How could the Saints botch their attempted pick so badly?"
"No idea," says the Mock Todd McShay, "but the Patriots just snagged a great fit for their team, and we'll likely remember this moment more for the Patriots' smart realization of what was happening than for the Saints' inability to pick an available player."
And with that, the 2015 BRB NFL Mock Draft comes to a rather strange close. Thank you to everyone who participated, read, commented, etc.
Recapping the first round of the 2015 BRB Mock Draft:
|1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||hlc1221||Jameis Winston||QB||FSU|
|2. Cleveland Browns (From Tennessee)||Caprock High Football||Leonard Williams||DE/DT||USC|
|3. Jacksonville Jaguars||AFBuzz||Vic Beasley||OLB||Clemson|
|4. Oakland Raiders||HTown5||Amari Cooper||WR||Alabama|
|5. Washington Redskins||BriceMcCainHOF||Randy Gregory||DE/LB||Nebraska|
|6. New York Jets||WotanTX||Marcus Mariota||QB||Oregon|
|7. Chicago Bears||DaJarBot||Dante Fowler Jr||OLB||Florida|
|8. Atlanta Falcons||grandmasteroz||Alvin Dupree||DE/OLB||Kentucky|
|9. New York Giants||Coolbreeze3||Danny Shelton||DT||Washington|
|10. St. Louis Rams||El Torito||Brandon Scherff||OT||Iowa|
|11 Minnesota Vikings||Puma028||DeVante Parker||WR||Louisville|
|12. Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland)||Huggy The Bear||Shane Ray||DE||Missouri|
|13. New Orleans Saints||UTBawse23||Trae Waynes||CB||Michigan State|
|14. Miami Dolphins||Bleyd||La'el Collins||OT||LSU|
|15. San Francisco 49ers||
||Kevin White||WR||West Virginia|
|16. Houston Texans||BRB Masthead||Eric Kendricks||ILB||UCLA|
|17. San Diego Chargers||traviscogg||Owamagbe Odighizuwa||DE/OLB||UCLA|
|18. Kansas City Chiefs||
|Cedric Ogbuehi||OT||Texas A&M|
|19.Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland via Buffalo)||Huggy The Bear||Todd Gurley||RB||Georgia|
|20. Philadelphia Eagles||gm.in.waiting||
|21. Cincinnati Bengals||Free Range||Malcolm Brown||DT||Texas|
|22. Pittsburgh Steelers||bigralph||Landon Collins||S||Alabama|
|23. Detroit Lions||BostonianToro||Melvin Gordon||RB||Wisconsin|
|24. Arizona Cardinals||bt20||Eli Harold||DE/OLB||Virginia|
|25. Carolina Panthers||
|26. Baltimore Ravens||Three and Out||Jaelen Strong||WR||Arizona State|
|27. Dallas Cowboys||Roll.Texans.Roll||Benardrick McKinney||LB||Mississippi State|
|28. Denver Broncos||BNew417||Stephone Anthony||LB||Clemson|
|29. Indianapolis Colts||OneManBlitz||T.J. Clemmings||OT||Pittsburgh|
|30. Green Bay Packers||FeedEmToTheWolves8099||Kevin Johnson||CB||Wake Forest|
|31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle)||UTBawse23||???||??||???|
|32. New England Patriots||MD.Texan||Jake Fisher||OT||Oregon|