We are just a few weeks away from the 2015 NFL Draft. We haven't had a mock draft simulation here for a while, so it was time to get another one up. I used FanSpeak's On the Clock Premium, which allows for trades. I also used the big board they have which is from Dan Kadar's Mocking the Draft -- the SB Nation big board (yay!).
Who did I go with in Round 1?
Pick: DE Bud Dupree
Why did I go this route? Dupree is a guy I have seen mocked much higher and the potential pass rush production was too much to pass up. I did, though, really take a good look at La'el Collins, whose versatility would be nice. He could player RG or RT. Bobby Massie's contract is up after the 2015 season, so it is something to consider. Also, if Jonathan Cooper still doesn't work out at RG, you don't have to rely on Ted Larsen. In the end pass rushing was more important than another offensive lineman.
Pick: OT D.J. Humphries
Here is where I picked up a tackle prospect -- someone who could take Massie's spot if he gets hurt or prices himself out of the Cardinals' market after Year 1. He has a very athletic upside, although he hasn't been as big as he should.
Round 3? I had two picks.
Pick: RB Duke Johnson
There are a lot of backs people like. Here in the third round I go with Johnson. He isn't a huge back, but at 5-9, 205 pounds, he is bigger than Andre Ellington. He compares to C.J. Spiller, so he isn't exactly the big back the Cardinals want, but then again, they were interested in Spiller, so he is just another back to go with Ellington.
With another pick a few players later, here is what was available:
Pick: DT Marcus Hardison
I struggled here. Duke's Jamison Crowder was tempting. He isn't quite as fast as Bruce Arians likes his little receivers, but the potential in the return game almost sold me. However, with another receiver I think the Cardinals would like perhaps available in Rd. 4, I went with the high potential Hardison, whose play I saw weekly as a Sun Devil fan. His size and quickness could fill the role Darnell Dockett had.
I had two picks in the fourth round as well.
Pick: WR Tyler Lockett
This was easy. He was the receiver I was hoping would be around. He has the size and speed Arians likes and he can be an impact player immediately in the return game.
Pick: DT Terry Williams
Williams is a big man at 6-0, 344 pounds. He brings some baggage, but with no real nose tackle outside of Alameda Ta'amu, he is worth a look.