The 2015 NFL Draft is getting close, and with it will come more and more mock drafts. That is a good thing, because it gives us that much more to discuss leading up to the Draft itself. It can also lead to an overload of scenarios, projections, and wild speculations. Whatever way it goes, though, mock drafts are fun.
This week, SB Nation's Dan Kadar did not put together his own 2015 NFL Mock Draft, but rather went to 20 different mock drafts around the internet to build his "consensus" mock draft. Basically, he selected the most popular pick for each team from those 20 mock drafts. Of course, some of the selections duplicated, so Kadar would move down the list of picks for each team until he came to someone still on the board. And, in the case of a tie between two players, Kadar broke the tie by selecting which of the two players he thought was a better fit.
How did it all break down, and, more importantly, who did the Miami Dolphins select with the 14th overall pick? The mock starts exactly where everyone, and I mean everyone, thinks it will start next week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (100-percent of the mocks). After that , the Tennessee Titans add Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (65-percent), the Jacksonville Jaguars add Florida defensive end Dante Fowler (40-percent), the Oakland Raiders pick up USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams (35-percent, tied with Amari Cooper), and the Washington Redskins add Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley (30-percent, second behind Fowler).
At the 14th selection, the Dolphins had the widest net of possible selections (13) outside of the final two picks in the round (15 each). As Kadar writes, "That should illustrate just how many different directions Miami could go in the draft. In other words, no one really has an idea what the Dolphins will do."
According to the projection, the Dolphins pick up Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman with 20-percent of the mocks, just beating out Georgia running back Todd Gurley at 15-percent. The full run down of all 13 possible picks looked like:
20 percent Breshad Perriman
15 percent Todd Gurley
10 percent Brandon Scherff
10 percent DeVante Parker
5 percent D.J. Humphries
5 percent Dorial Green-Beckham
5 percent Eric Kendricks
5 percent Jaelen Strong
5 percent Jalen Collins
5 percent La’el Collins
5 percent Landon Collins
5 percent Nelson Agholor
5 percent Trae Waynes
Perriman would be an interesting choice for the Dolphins. He is a player who has been climbing draft board as of late, with a lot of analysts saying he deserves the position, but gets overshadowed by players like Amari Cooper and Kevin White among the wide receivers available in this draft class. He is a 6-foot-2, 215 pound wide receiver who ran a 4.24-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, and finished the 2014 season with a ridiculous 20.9 yards per catch average and nine touchdowns for UCF. He has a problem with drops and he is not a refined route runner yet, but he has the potential to be a dominant player at a position of need for Miami.
Personally, I would probably be happy with this pick. How would you feel if Perriman's name was announced on Draft night?