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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Giants Select Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

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Our latest staff mock draft. 'Raptor, 'Invictus' and Jesse all contribute to this one.

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Jesse, Invictus, and I get a post-Super Bowl mock draft down. But for a different take on it, we're having a block party. We'll each be making a block of picks in turn, with the GIants' pick being our consensus.

This time, I'm batting lead-off. Jesse takes over from 8 to 19, and Invictus brings it home from 20 to 32.

Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

1)

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon Mock drafts have been going back and forth between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota for first overall. Personally I prefer Mariota. I believe any issues running a "Pro" offense can be schemed around, and getting Jameis out of Florida is best for everyone (Raptor)

2)

Jameis Winston, QB, FSU One way or another, this is where I think Winston goes. Tennessee could decide they can't pass him up, or somebody like Cleveland, who could (once again) be in the market for a QB and have a pair of first-round picks, could move up. (Raptor)

3)

Leonard Williams, DL, USC Need vs. value? The Jags could take one of the top offensive linemen here and reinforce a leaky unit. Or, they could take the best player available and add some much, much needed talent to their roster. Williams doesn't fit a need, and in fact the Jags have a stout DL, but I chose to add the best talent available. (Raptor)

4)

Kevin White, WR, WVU Even without Al Davis at the helm, the Raiders are still the Raiders. White might have the most athletic upside of any "top" wide receiver. He was one of the best receiving weapons in college football, and a great pairing with Derek Carr's cannon arm. (Raptor)

5)

Erick Flowers, OT, Miami They could also invest in Gregory or Ray, but the Redskins desperately need some offensive line help. If his knee checks out, Flowers might be the top OT in the draft. (Raptor)

6)

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Eric Decker and Jace Amaro are nice options, but they still need a true No. 1 receiver. The Jets had their hearts set on Odell Beckham last year (and mine breaks for them...), but Cooper is the closest thing to Beckham you are going to find this year. (Raptor)

7)

Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska. John Fox and Vic Fangio have taken over in 2nd City, and they are going to want more teeth and fewer bear claws in this Bears' defense. Gregory is a bit raw, but has freakish talent. He can start right away as an "Aldon Smith" type player, and if he grows into his frame, move to DE. (Raptor)

8)

Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Mizzou. Another new defensive-minded head coach, another freak pass rusher off the board. The Falcons actually could use an offensive lineman to shore up Matt Ryan's protection, but they need somebody to play some defense far more. Ray might be the freak athlete of this draft, and he can create havoc behind the line of scrimmage. (Raptor)

9)

Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE, Kentucky Alvin 'Bud' Dupree is the prototype that the Giants look for in a pass rusher. Fast, athletic, and has great length. He's a bit of a physical freak and can rush standing up or with his hand in the dirt. Would be great as a LEO or RDE, moving JPP to the LDE spot. (Consensus)

10)

Davante Parker, WR, Lousiville The Rams traded up into the top 10 to select Tavon Austin and he hasn't produced as expected. He is a dangerous special teams weapon and gadget wide receiver, but hasn't proven to be more. Parker is a guy who could put up huge combine numbers and be the talk of town after the combine. Even before it his ability to make dynamic plays and be a major red zone threat is already apparent. (Jesse)

11)

Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa Another guy who is likely to have a nice combine. Scherff could easily be the first offensive tackle taken if he can show athletic left tackle feet during the pre-draft process. He will absolutely crush the weight lifting portion of the combine and his weight room strength shows up on the field where he bullies people consistently. (Jesse)

12)

Danny Shelton, NT, Washington The ideal nose tackle in the draft. Shelton will add some beef along the Browns front seven. Finding a true nose tackle is a very difficult thing to do and the Browns are excited to add a prospect like Shelton who has been compared favorably to B.J. Raji, and Haloti Ngata(Jesse)

13)

T.J. Celmmings, OL, Pittsburgh Terron Armstead played well on the Saints offensive line, but other than that it was a lot of struggling. T.J. Clemmings is a high upside offensive tackle, the Saints took a game on Armstead recently in the second round and it paid off and they go back and let offensive line coach Brett Ingalls work his magic. (Jesse)

14)

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan Brent Grimes had a terrific season for the Dolphins last year, but Cortland Finnegan, Jamal Taylor, and Jimmy Wilson were underwhelming. The offensive line also struggled, but they will hope that rookie Juwan James will play better, and Brandon Albert will stay healthy. (Jesse)

15)

La'el Collins, OL, LSU Mike Iupati is scheduled to be a free agent and he will need to be replaced if he leaves via free agency. Collins is a tough run blocking specimen who would fit in well with the 49ers. (Jesse)

16)

Eddie Goldman, DL, FSU It's amazing how productive J.J. Watt was last year considering the rest of the Texans offensive line is underwhelming. What the Texans really need is a quarterback, but this is too early for Brett Hundley(Jesse)

17)

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford One of the easiest picks in the first round. The Chargers need help on the offensive line and Peat could be the best offensive tackle in the class. It's really "eye of the beholder" this season. (Jesse)

18)

Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan I don't think Funchess is a top 32 player, but some team might be enticed by his physical skill set and the fact tha tKelvin Benjamin made a huge impact last year. The Chiefs didn't throw a touchdown to a WR last year, which seems like some kind of joke, but it's true. (Jesse)

19)

Landon Collins, S, Alabama A simple case of drafting the best player left on the board. (Jesse)

20)

Eric Rowe, S, Utah A surprise candidate for the Eagles, who were hoping for Trae Wayne's to fall. Instead they pick Rowe, a FS turned CB that should go back to FS in the pros. A smooth player with great range and good size, he could potentially be the first safety off the board. (Invictus)

21)

Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA Rey Maualuga is a free agent and just not very good. That changes with the violent linebacker. (Invictus)

22)

Malcolm Brown, DT Texas The Steelers add youth to their defensive front. Brown projects as a 3 technique but could be very successful in Pittsburgh's two-gap front at end. (Invictus)

23)

Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Peters is the top CB in this draft, and if his character checks out, he's terrific value here. (Invictus)

24)

I'm not sure that Fowler should drop this far. Versatile, high motor, and great speed to power. Big boost to that Cardinals front seven. (Invictus)

25)

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin It might seem odd that the Panthers draft a running back, but consider how much money they could save from moving on from Deangelo Williams and Jonothan Stewart. They get an upgrade, too. (Invictus)

26)

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona St Big, strong wide receiver in the mold of Alshon Jeffery(Invictus)

27)

Nate Orchard, DE, Utah The speed rusher from Utah was insanely productive in college and could prove to be a devastating force opposite Demarcus Lawrence(Invictus)

28)

Shaq Thompson, ILB, Washington A bit of a fall for Shaq. He's a fast, athletic linebacker that can rush the passer very well. He'll fit right in next to Von Miller and company in Denver. (Invictus)

29)

Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma The Colts have been mediocre on the offensive line for a few years now. Thompson is a monstrous, mauling tackle that likely makes a switch over to guard. (Invictus)

30)

Bernardrick McKinney, ILB, TAMU A long, athletic linebacker that will fit right in for GB as he can rush the passer very well. Could replace AJ Hawk. (Invictus)

31)

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma I think Seattle learned it's lesson about not having a top-end wide receiver. DGB is a huge risk, but at this point the talent is too great to not take a chance. (Invictus)

32)


Cody Prewitt, FS, Ole Miss
The Patriots have already extended one safety, but they find themselves over the projected 2015 cap. That number is sure to change with Darrelle Revis either being signed long-term or finding a new team. However, it could still be tough to re-sign Devin McCourtey. Cody Prewitt is a big, smart, aggressive free safety who can hold down the back end of that defense. (Invictus)

There you have it. As usual, let us know how you feel about the Giants' pick -- I know, you gotta have more Scherff -- and the mock as a whole. If you're not fond of the pick, don't worry, there will be plenty more to come.