It is Tuesday, which means it is time to take a look the latest update from SB Nation's Dan Kadar's 2015 NFL Mock Draft. Published each Monday, Kadar attempts to look at different scenarios that may happen when the NFL Draft rolls around at the end of April. This week, Kadar goes big, with a blockbuster trade near the top of the Draft shaking up the projection.
Kadar still projects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to take a quarterback with the top overall pick, this time grabbing Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Then, the Philadelphia Eagles jump up into the second overall position to grab Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, essentially keeping the Heisman Trophy winner in his offense as he goes to the Chip Kelly led Eagles.
Behind the move from the Eagles, the Jacksonville Jaguars is projected to select USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams, followed by the Oakland Raiders picking Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and the Washington Redskins picking up Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory.
Kadar has a second trade happening before we get to the Miami Dolphins' selection with the 14th pick. The Cleveland Browns jump over the Minnesota Vikings, moving from 12th to 10th to grab Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker in the St. Louis Rams' position. After the Vikings pick West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White, the Rams then pick Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff with the 12th pick.
Despite all the movement in front of them, Kadar has the Dolphins selecting a familiar name once again, grabbing Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton. He explains the pick:
Shelton may have the look and build of a 3-4 nose tackle, but he’s capable of fitting on a 4-3 team. Shelton routinely got in the backfield for the Huskies, finishing the season with nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss last season. He also recovered five fumbles, the most in the nation.
As I have said before, I like this pick, though I am not in love with it. I would probably look elsewhere, but defensive tackle may be a top position of need for the Dolphins, and Shelton would be one of the best players available at the time, meaning Miami could marry up the two drafting philosophies.
Of course, all of this changes over the next week as the NFL Scouting Combine kicks off. Will Shelton still be mocked to the Dolphins? Will someone move up over him in the Dolphins' eyes? Is defensive tackle even a real possibility for Miami with the 14th pick?