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2015 NFL Mock Draft: With the 32nd Pick, The New England Patriots Select...

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As everyone looks around, wondering what the heck happened with the Saints' pick, the Patriots race to the stage and make their selection. Scandal! Intrigue!

That's the closest he's ever come to smiling.
That's the closest he's ever come to smiling.
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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."

For more on Jake Fisher, this Oklahoma-based newspaper has a good breakdown of his strengths and weaknesses.

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:

Team
Reader
Player Drafted
Pos
School
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 fredy05 Rivers McCown 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

Zach_The_Gamecock

Rivers McCown

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 Phillip Dorsett
WR
Miami
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

TexanStro

Sugel Mendoza

Breshad Perriman

Andrus Peat

WR

OT

UCF

Stanford

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