The NFL Draft prospects are coming off of the slate of all-star bowl games, including Saturday's Senior Bowl, which may have changed some draft stocks. They are, of course, all preparing for the Scouting Combine, which will take place next month and, other than Pro Days or private workouts, may be the last chance a draft hopeful has to impress a scout.
Did anything from the Senior Bowl change how teams may select when the Draft rolls around at the end of April? SB Nation's Dan Kadar takes a look in his latest 2015 NFL Mock Draft.
Kadar still sees a quarterback going off the board with the first overall selection, in this case Florida State's Jameis Winston going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After that, however, some of the teams either are established at quarterback, or think they might be based on a youg player on their roster. That leads to the Tennessee Titans selecting USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, the Jacksonville Jaguars adding Nebraska pass rusher Randy GRegory, the Oakland Raiders picking Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, and the Washington Redskins selecting LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins all before Oregon quarterback Marcu Mariota comes off the board with the sixth pick, heading to the New York Jets.
What about the Miami Dolphins and the 14th overall selection? Kadar breaks his string of alternating weeks of Miami picking Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson or Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman by selecting a new name for the Dolphins. With the 14th overall selection in the 2015 (SB Nation Mock) Draft, the Miami Dolphins select:
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
While Kadar keeps to his theme of Miami addressing the middle of their defense, this is a pick I really like. I mentioned Shelton last week in looking at Kadar's mock draft, saying I would probably prefer him over Goldman, based purely on the fact that Shelton appears to be more of a true nose tackle prospect, something Miami was missing last year when Paul Soliai signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
Kadar explains his thoughts on the pick:
If the Dolphins choose to go with a defensive tackle here, they will have their choice of a few, including Eddie Goldman of Florida State, Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma and Carl Davis of Iowa. Following a good week of Senior Bowl practices, this is probably the furthest Shelton will fall in the draft. He's a pure nose tackle prospect, something the other top defensive tackles can't claim, and could be brought in to replace Randy Starks immediately.
Goldman comes off the board, in Kadar's projection, with the next pick, going to the San Francisco 49ers. Phillips is selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 19th overall pick, in this scenario. Davis falls to the 30th selection, picked up by the Green Bay Packers.
What are your thoughts on Shelton?