**Update (6/18/15) **
It has been quite a while since I have updated the website. While this is a normal slow time, I have been doling out my time to another life matter. Six weeks ago, my wife gave birth to our first child. Spending time with my daughter has taken over as my number one priority. This however doesn’t mean DFD is going away. No sir it does not. Deep Fried Draft will return hot and heavy as we get closer to the start of the NFL preseason. I have already posted my preliminary 2016 NFL Draft position rankings. I have also completed the reviews for each NFL team’s 2015 NFL Draft. I have posted the links below.
2015 Draft Review, AFC East
2015 Draft Review, AFC North
2015 Draft Review, AFC South
2015 Draft Review, AFC West
2015 Draft Review, NFC East
2015 Draft Review, NFC North
2015 Draft Review, NFC South
2015 Draft Review, NFC West
2016 NFL Draft Position Rankings
**2015 NFL Draft Review (5/4/15)**
The 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, and it was a strange, albeit tame one. The first round ended with only two trades and only 7 quarterbacks were drafted during the entire process.
Below I am going to show the rankings based on value each team had during the draft. How did I come up with these rankings? I ranked 300 players for the 2015 draft. There were 256 picks made during the process. If team A made a selection at pick 15, and they selected a player I had ranked at number 20, that would be a value of negative 5. If a player was selected that I did not have ranked in my Top 300, that player was assigned a rank of 301, and would be subtracted accordingly. Certain teams value certain players differently than I do, so these rankings are by no means indicative of future success. Case in point, the two teams that played in the Super Bowl operate on completely different wave lengths than most teams. They take players that most teams would not (or at least not as high as they do), but these teams are still successful. With all of that being said here are the value charts :
TOTAL VALUE AVERAGE VALUE
1 BENGALS 37 1 BENGALS 4
2 BROWNS 26 2 BROWNS 2
3 FALCONS -4 3 FALCONS -1
4 JAGUARS -7 3 JAGUARS -1
5 JETS -49 5 JETS -8
6 BILLS -64 6 BILLS -11
7 BEARS -102 7 TEXANS -16
8 TEXANS -114 8 BEARS -17
9 PANTHERS -132 8 49ERS -17
10 STEELERS -146 10 STEELERS -18
11 BUCCS -152 11 BUCCS -22
12 49ERS -174 12 TITANS -23
13 CARDINALS -179 13 VIKINGS -24
14 LIONS -192 14 PANTHERS -26
15 GIANTS -199 14 CARDINALS -26
16 TITANS -210 16 SAINTS -26
17 EAGLES -219 17 LIONS -27
18 SAINTS -231 18 RAVENS -30
19 VIKINGS -236 19 GIANTS -33
20 DOLPHINS -258 19 BRONCOS -33
21 RAVENS -271 21 EAGLES -37
22 BRONCOS -294 22 PACKERS -42
23 PACKERS -336 23 REDSKINS -54
24 CHARGERS -339 24 PATRIOTS -55
25 COLTS -476 25 RAMS -56
26 RAMS -500 26 DOLPHINS -57
27 CHIEFS -542 27 RAIDERS -58
28 REDSKINS -543 28 COLTS -60
29 RAIDERS -584 28 CHIEFS -60
30 PATRIOTS -609 30 CHARGERS -68
31 COWBOYS -638 31 COWBOYS -80
32 SEAHAWKS -735 32 SEAHAWKS -92
The total value represents each team's cumulative value for every pick they made. The average value represents the average value of each selection made by the team.
**NFL DRAFT DAY THREE RESULTS**
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**NFL DRAFT DAY TWO RESULTS**
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**NFL DRAFT DAY ONE RESULTS **
1-1-BUCCS-1-Jameis Winston-QB-Florida State-rSo-6'3-231
There was no surprise here. The Buccs took the best player and the best QB in the draft. Winston has some off-field issues and had some bad interceptions this season, but the good far outweighs the bad. Tampa has the skill players and defense in place to win quickly and I believe they will address their porous offensive line tonight.
Despite the rumors of massive trade offers, the Titans stood pat and added their franchise QB. Mariota isn’t as polished as Winston, but his upside is tremendous.
1-3-JAGUARS-5-Dante Fowler-DE-Florida -Jr-6'2-261
Jacksonville needed pass rush help, and they acquired one of the best in the draft. Fowler is also good in the run game.
I thought the Raiders may draft Leonard Williams, but wide receiver was a huge need. 2nd year QB Derek Carr needs weapons and Cooper is tremendous.
Scherff is a plug and play guy, who will be a ten-year starter at either tackle or guard. It wasn’t the best value, but a solid pick.
1-6-JETS-2-Leonard Williams-DT-Southern Cal-Jr-6'5-302
The Jets took the old best available player strategy instead of drafting for need. Their defensive line was already loaded. There is a rumor of possibly trading Pro Bowler Mohammed Wilkerson, which would make this pick make more sense.
1-7-BEARS-7-Kevin White-WR-West Virginia-Sr-6'3-215
White has tremendous physical ability and upside. He replaces the traded Brandon Marshall.
Atlanta has needed a pass rusher for what seems like years. Beasley will give them that in spades. Just don’t ask him to stop the run.
1-9-GIANTS-25-Ereck Flowers-OT-Miami (FL)-Jr-6'6-329
Flowers may not start right away, but he has a high upside.
1-10-RAMS-14-Todd Gurley-RB-Georgia -Jr-6'0-222
This was the first surprise pick in round one. Gurley is a rare breed at running back. It wasn’t a need pick for St. Louis, but the best player available. Look for RB Zac Stacy to be dealt or released soon.
1-11-VIKINGS-24-Trae Waynes-CB-Michigan State-Jr-6'0-186
Waynes is a great man-to-man cover guy. He struggles with his tackling. He fits Mike Zimmer’s defense perfectly.
Shelton is the perfect 34 nose tackle and is a day one starter for the Browns.
Peat should be a day one starter at right tackle for New Orleans. I thought he went a little high.
Parker is a tremendous wide receiver, who can get deep, and also make the contested catch.
San Diego needed a RB, so they assured themselves that they got one. They traded a couple of mid-round picks to move up. Gordan has breakaway speed. He has improved in the passing game, but isn’t there yet.
1-16-TEXANS-64-Kevin Johnson-CB-Wake Forest-Sr-6'0-188
This was the first of many big reach picks in the first round. Johnson has good cover ability, but I am concerned about his slight frame. He was my #7 ranked CB.
Armstead is a perfect 5tech player for San Francisco. He could replace Justin Smith.
Peters based solely on talent, is the best corner in the draft. He had some issues with the coaching staff at Washington, and was kicked off the team. If he keeps his nose clean, the sky is the limit.
1-19-BROWNS-33-Cameron Erving-OC-Florida State-Sr-6'5-313
This wasn’t an immediate need pick for Cleveland. It was more along the lines of if Alex Mack opts out of his contract after this season, we will need this guy pick.
1-20-EAGLES-11-Nelson Agholar-WR-Southern Cal-Jr-6'0-198
Agholar is the perfect wide receiver for Chip Kelly’s offense.
1-21-BENGALS-62-Cedric Ogbuehi-OT-Texas A&M-Sr-6'5-306
This is essentially a “redshirt” pick for the Bengals. Ogbuehi was considered a top ten pick before tearing his ACL in the Aggies bowl game. He will not need to play this season (although he will get some work), but after the 2015 season, both of the Bengals starting offensive tackles are free agents.
The Steelers were ecstatic to get the pass rusher they wanted in Dupree.
The Broncos moved up ahead of Arizona (trading a few mid-round picks) to draft pass rusher Shane Ray. Ray fell in the draft after getting a citation for marijuana possession earlier in the week.
1-24-CARDINALS-32-D.J Humphries-OT-Florida -Jr-6'5-307
The Arizona fall back plan after Dupree and Ray were taken was to help beef up their o-line.
Thompson is one the best athletes in the draft. Thompson started his career as a safety, before moving to linebacker. He also played some running back. Thompson should start at the SAM position before possibly transitioning to WILL.
Perriman is a big, fast wide out, who can stretch the field. He drops way too many passes.
Jones is a very good cover man, who figuratively jumped up everyone’s rankings after a broad jump that would have broken a world record at the combine (12 ft. 3 in.).
Tomlinson will be a solid starter from day one, but this was easily one round too high to draft him.
1-29-COLTS-79-Phillip Dorsett-WR-Miami (FL)-Sr-5'9-183
How many damn wide receivers does one team need? The Colts added Dorsett to a group that already has T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncreif, and CFL signee Duron Carter (son of Hall-of-Famer Cris). Just poor value here by Indianapolis.
1-30-PACKERS-93-Demarious Randall-DS-Arizona State-Sr-5'10-194
Randall was a late riser up draft boards. The Packers like him at corner, where he does have some experience.
Anthony was my #5 ranked ILB, but the Saints decided to make him the first ILB off the board. Anthony has solid tape and had a good Senior Bowl week, but this a reach. Not surprising considering the track record of GM Mickey Loomis.
Bill Bellichick stayed pat, and got the man they wanted. Brown should start early, and help replace Vince Wilfork.