Another week, another updated SB Nation 2015 NFL Mock Draft. Through the first three weeks, Dan Kadar has been playing with different possible scenarios for the April 30 first round. This week, he suggests a potential trade into the top two picks to grab one of the top quarterbacks, in this case Oregon's Marcus Mariota with the second overall selection, then sees where the rest of the draft falls.
How could the Browns give up on Johnny Manziel after he played about seven quarters? Because the NFL is a fickle business. And because he didn't do anything on the field to stop the Browns from going after another quarterback. It's an especially intriguing scenario if you add in the old rumor from last year that Browns general manager Ray Farmer likes Mariota.
It is probably a long shot trade, but it could be an interesting one. I think the more likely option is the Philadelphia Eagles trying to find their way up to the second position, looking to add Mariota to Chip Kelly's offense. Either way, I do not think a trade will actually happen, but it is an interesting scenario.
After the trade, the Jaguars grab Southern California defensive tackle Leonard Williams, followed by the Oakland Raiders selecting Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, and the Washington Redskins rounding out the top five with Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff.
Jumping to the 14th overall selection, the Miami Dolphins go on the clock, with Kadar continuing his theme of Miami addressing the defense with the pick. Tracking his selections through each iteration of the mock draft, Kadar projected the Dolphins to look at Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson in the first and third editions, with Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman being selected in the second version.
Kadar sticks with those two options for Miami, with both on the board for the Dolphins' selection. With the 14th overall pick in Kadar's latest projection, the Miami Dolphins select:
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
Explaining the pick, Kadar writes:
Goldman could be brought in to replace Randy Starks and give Miami a defensive lineman who can stop the run and disrupt the pocket on pass plays.
I like this pick, and would be happy to see Miami addressing the middle of the defensive line. I might consider Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who is still on the board in this projection, instead of Goldman, but that might be splitting hairs this early in the offseason. Shelton is selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 17th selection.
Just to see what happens to Thompson, if Miami does not select him, Kadar has the Huskies linebacker sliding down to the Denver Broncos with the 28th pick.
How would you react to a Goldman selection?