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Big Blue View Power Mock: Week 3

Some teams won, some teams lost ... How has Week 3changed the BBV Power Mock?


Another week done and the NFL Power Rankings have changed yet again. One of things about these kinds of rankings is that they can vary wildly from week to week this time of year thanks to a small sample size. While that can be frustrating for normal power rankings, but for our purposes it keeps the Power Mock fresh each week.

For this Power Mock, and the ones going forward, we'll be using the aggregated rankings from Real Clear Sports. Last weeks' rankings are in parentheses before the pick.

And finally, Invictus and I rotated picks for this mock. Who made the pick is noted after the description.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (2) - Andrus Peat, OT Stanford - The Jaguars are the worst team in the league right now (though it's close with several others) and a big reason why is they can't protect the QB. With Peat, they can move Joeckel to the right side and have a young, improving OL for Blake Bortles (Invictus)

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - The Buccaneers have weapons on offense, and a tough defense (when it's healthy). What they need is an NFL-quality signal caller. Mariota has the arm talent to threaten the whole field, and the mobility to simplify defense, something Mike Evans benefited from with his QB at Texas A&M. (Raptor)

3. Oakland Raiders (1) - Leonard Williams, DT/DE USC - The size/speed freak that will be this year's top defensive prospect, Williams adds another dimension to the aging Oakland defense and gives them some more teeth along with Khalil Mack. (Invictus)

4. Minnesota Vikings (7) - Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska - The Vikings might desperately need a running back in the 2015 draft, but 4th overall is a bit high, even for Melvin Gordin or Todd Gurley. However it isn't too high for a pass rusher like Randy Gregory. He still has some growing to do, but he could fill the hole left by Jared Allen. (Raptor)

5. Tennessee Titans (8) - Amari Cooper, WR Alabama - Not exactly Sammy Watkins, but close. Cooper has incredible hands to go along with great route running and physicality. The Titans need to load up on more playmakers. (Invictus)

6. Washington Redskins (9) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon - The Redskins needed help in the secondary before DeAngelo Hall tore his Achilles. Ekpre-Olomu might not be the long corner the NFL has fallen in love with, but he is an excellent cover corner who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty in run support. (Raptor)

7. St. Louis Rams (6) - Jameis Winston, QB FSU - Yes, Winston has a multitude of red flags. However, he's got talent, and in the NFL, talent rules all. He's got pinpoint accuracy and a decent arm. Everybody knows what's holding St. Louis back. (Invictus)

8. New York Giants (4) - Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn - If there's one thing the Giants are lacking on their offense, it is speed. Coates has good size and a fantastic blend of speed and quickness. He can blow the top off a defense and keep defenses from keying in on the run game and underneath routes. (Raptor) [Note from Invictus: My choice would have been Alabama S Landon Collins.]

9. Miami Dolphins (13) - Landon Collins, S Alabama - Collins is a better prospect than either Mark Barron or HaHa Clinton-Dix. He's a monstrous hitter with good size, and has similar range as Jimmie Ward. The Dolphins currently have Louis Delmas starting, so they need an uprade. (Invictus)

10. Cleveland Browns (11) - Brandon Sherff, OT, Iowa - The Browns have two of the most talented linemen in the league in Joe Thomas and Alex Mack. Sherff is cut from the same cloth. He can step in immediately at right tackle, and eventually take over for the 30-year-old Thomas at left tackle. (Raptor)

11. Houston Texans (12) - Brett Hundley, QB UCLA - Hundley is probably one of the most pro-ready QBs in the draft. He's inconsistent but has flashed great accuracy, movement skills (especially in the pocket) and a nice arm. He'll be the starter for the Texan attack. (Invictus)

12. New York Jets (17) - Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia - Rex Ryan might need corners for his defense, but Geno Smith needs weapons for the offense. Gurley is the best running back to enter the league in recent memory, and will help to take the load off the young QBs shoulders (Raptor)

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5) - Bernadrick McKinney ILB/OLB, Miss St. - A monstrous individual, he can play both ILB and OLB and is a stat-making machine. He's instinctual and athletic, and if there's anyone making a Khalil Mack-like rise, it's McKinney. (Invictus)

14. Dallas Cowboys (10) - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, TAMU - The Cowboys have been finishing 8-8 and spending 1st round draft picks on offensive linemen, so why should this year be any different? Ogbuehi is almost a clone of Tyron Smith and can start immediately on the right side. (Raptor)

15. Buffalo Bills (21) -- Browns Have Pick -- La'el Collins, OT/OG LSU. Simple enough. Mitchell Schwartz is not a good tackle. Collins has been one of my favorites. A very balanced player, he'll form a superior tandem with Joe Thomas. (Invictus)

16. Green Bay Packers (24) - Michael Bennett, DE, Ohio St. - The Packers might need an offensive lineman, but there aren't any here that give good value. But regardless of whether Dom Capers is there next year, they could use a defensive lineman. Bennett is quick, athletic, and scheme diverse. (Raptor)

17. Indianapolis Colts (18) - Dante Fowler, DE/OLB Florida - The Colts are showing this season that they need a pass rush in the most desperate of ways. Let's take Fowler and call it day for them. (Invictus)

18. New Orleans Saints (17) - P.J. Williams, CB, FSU - The Saints have fallen from one of the best defenses in the league to one of the worst. Their offense can still force teams have to throw the ball though, so adding Williams should help a defense that is having trouble covering. (Raptor)

19. San Francisco 49ers (25) - Vic Beasley, OLB Clemson - The 49ers have Dan Skuta and Ahmad Brooks starting at OLB right now. They can't count on Aldon Smith. Corey Lemonier and Aaron Lynch have upside, but not as much as the ultra-fast Beasley. (Invictus)

20. Detroit Lions (16) - Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin - The Lions were really, REALLY hoping for some top secondary help to fall... But they'll just have to settle for one of the top running backs from an excellent running back class. Adding a Jamaal Charles-type talent to Megatron, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, and Eric Ebron will just have to do. (Raptor)

21. Chicago Bears (23) - Trae Waynes, CB MSU - He's got length, he's got speed, he's got technique. They are starting Tim Jennings opposite Kyle Fuller. They could do better even though they invested a first last year on a CB. (Invictus)

22. Pittsburgh Steelers (15) - Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan St. - Calhoun plays DE in college, but he is a fluid enough athlete that he can probably handle the transition to outside linebacker. They need somebody on the edge, they just brought James Harrison out of retirement... (Raptor)

23. Atlanta Falcons (19) - Shawn Oakman, DE/DT Baylor - A size/speed freak, Oakman can play as a 4-3 DE at 280 pounds. His athleticism will help retool Atlanta's aging edge rushers and whip around the other high-flying offenses in the NFC South. (Invictus)

24. Baltimore Ravens (20) - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona St. - What do Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, and Steve Smith have in common? None of them are tall enough to ride Space Mountain yet. I kid, I kid (because Steve Smith might come find me), but the Ravens need offensive weapons, and Strong is the prototypical "X" receiver. (Raptor)

25. Carolina Panthers (28) - Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina - Makes too much sense. Davis is an explosive talent that will take over for the ailing and aging Jonathan Stewart and Deangelo Williams and give Cam Newton another weapon for that offense. (Invictus)

26. New England Patriots (27) - A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina - The Patriots find themselves in an unfamiliar postion: They can't run the ball, and they can't throw the ball. A big part of that is a weak offensive line that lost its best player. Cann is a big, strong guard who can be a wall in pass protection and a road grader in the run game. (Raptor)

27. San Diego Chargers (22) - Arie Kouandijo, OG Alabama - The interior of the Chargers OL is a borderline travesty. They have a strong team, but it revolves around Phillip Rivers and that passing game. Kouandijo is an athletic fat guy that will provide strong push inside. (Invictus)

28. Philadelphia Eagles (29) - Carl Davis, DT, Iowa - The Eagles talked about getting bigger and stronger on defense. Well, Davis is a big, strong defensive tackle who is also athletic enough to play a variety of roles in different fronts and alignments. (Raptor)

29. Arizona Cardinals (26) - Markus Golden, OLB Mizzou - Golden has been one of the most productive players in the country with four sacks and 6.5 TFL in three games. The Cardinals badly need a pass rush and he can provide it. (Invictus)

30. Denver Broncos (31) - Mario Edwards Jr., DE/DT, FSU - Mario Edwards could probably play as either an under-sized 3-technique, a 5-technique, or an industrial-sized 43 defensive end. If so, he could go a long way to further strengthening the Denver defense (and making their deficiencies at middle linebacker less apparent) (Raptor)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (30) - Denzel Perryman, ILB Miami - Rey Maualuaga is legitimately terrible, but Perryman is a beast. He'll add to the physicality that Vontaze Burfict already brings to that LB corps and makes that defensive front seven even more ridiculous than it already is. (Invictus)

32. Seattle Seahawks (31) - Danny Shelton, DT, Washington - The Seahawks look to their own back yard and find a massive DT who is has been unblockable. There's something not fair about a 340-pound defensive tackle who has notched six sacks before September is out. (Raptor)

There you have it. The Week 3 Power Mock. Use this thread to discuss the mock as well as today's college football action.