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'15 Reader mock: Moving through Nos. 17-21


JACKSONVILLE – A lot of days down, a few more to go.

Yes, the real 2015 NFL Draft is now a mere week and a half away, so no sense in dilly-dallying in the 2015 reader mock draft.

It's time to get going, because as far as the real thing goes, we're almost there.

As we exit the weekend, we're significantly further along in the reader mock, too, having put five more selections – those of the Chargers, Chiefs, Browns, Eagles and Bengals – in the rearview to move us to No. 21 in the first round.

A couple of more days in the first round and one in the second and we'll reach our goal of mocking the Jaguars' second-round selection – the No. 36 overall selection of the draft – later this week.

But that's a few days out. The task for Monday was mocking Nos. 17-21 to the five aforementioned teams, with the senior writer offering Georgia running back Todd Gurley as a possibility to the San Diego Chargers at No. 17, Louisiana State cornerback Jalen Collins to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 18, LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins to the Browns at No. 19, Washington cornerback Marcus Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 20 and Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21.

Though the readers/mockers generally agreed that running back was the likely selection for the Chargers at No. 17, enough believed that Gurley's knee injury would scare San Diego that the selection was another widely believed to be a possible first-round selection.

"It seems all the media 'experts' are saying Gurley, but a poll of Chargers fans has two thirds of them taking Gordon due to concerns over Gurley's injury status and potential for injury," reader/mocker Fred Barnes wrote. "Gurley would need to be eased into the offense, but Gordon would be an opening-day starter. I could go either way, but my hunch says Gordon."

The senior writer's second offering – cornerback Jalen Collins of LSU to Kansas City – didn't get a lot of support. Then again, no selections got much support, with the reader mockers all over the place when it came to selecting for the Chiefs. Collins was as good a choice as any.

The senior writer got another right at the next selection, but this time it was a pretty clear consensus. If the Browns hold on to the No. 19 selection, La'el Collins was an easy selection for most reader mockers.

"No complaints here," reader/mocker Raven wrote. "It's a position the Browns need and he's the best OL left."

The next selection snapped the senior writer's streak, ending at an impressive "two." But while one streak ended, another did not. The reader/mocker's selection of strong safety Landon Collins to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 20 made it three consecutive players named Collins in the reader mock.

"Apparently everyone knows the Eagles are taking SS Landon Collins here," Barnes wrote.

Barnes kindly opted to not add, "apparently everyone but the senior writer," who – in the view of pretty much everyone – also missed the final selection not only in name and position, but in terms of side of the ball.

Whereas the senior writer was thinking defensive line with the offering of Brown, the readers pretty much unanimously were thinking offensive line and Florida tackle D.J. Humphries.

"They consider DT Brown, but take an OT... Humphries over Flowers, I guess," reader/mocker Iron John wrote.

What Iron John lacked in enthusiasm, he made up for in accuracy, which meant after 21 selections the 2015 reader mock draft looks like:

1.Tampa Bay | Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

2.Tennessee | Leonard Williams, DE, Southern California

3.Jacksonville | Dante Fowler Jr., DE/LB, Florida

4.Oakland | Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

5.Washington | Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

6.New York Jets | Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

7.Chicago | Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

8.Atlanta | Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

9.New York Giants | Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

10.St. Louis | Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

11.Minnesota | Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

12.Cleveland | Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

13.New Orleans | Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

14.Miami | DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

15.San Francisco | Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon

16.Houston |Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida

17.San Diego | Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

  1. Kansas City | Jalen Collins, CB, Louisiana State

19.Cleveland | La'el Collins, OT, Louisiana State

  1. Philadelphia | Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

21.Cincinnati | D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

And with that, we move deeper into Round 1, aspiring to get five more selections done, which will put us in range of the end of the first round. We'll offer Peters to the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 22, Brown to the Detroit Lions at No. 23, Gurley to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 24, Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers to the Carolina Panthers at No. 25 and Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett at No.26 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Have at it.

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