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Mock Draft Picks 22 – 32

The Saints have traded up to snag Brandin Cooks (WR, Oregon State)
Brandin Cooks is arguably the best receiver in this draft class, and he will be likely available in the late first round.

Brandin Cooks is arguably the best receiver in this draft class, and he will be likely available in the late first round.

Finally, to round out the first round are picks 22-32. Here we will see where some of the most promising recruits land with the NFL’s best teams.

22. Philadelphia Eagles - Darqueze Dennard, CB, (Michigan State) – Another defensive back goes off the board. The No Fly Zone’s own Darqueze Denard heads to Philadelphia to help a struggling Eagles defense become more stout in shutting down the pass. Dennard has the potential to become a true shut-down corner in the NFL. In his career at Michigan State he was like stickum on opposing receivers.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs - Brandin Cooks, WR, (Oregon State) – The best receiver in the draft in my opinion, goes to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 23. The only criticism about Cooks, is his size. The 5’10 receiver has 4.3 speed, and has won the Biletnikoff trophy two years in a row. Despite his size, Cooks is a true possession receiver that will be a great asset, and add a new dimension to the Chiefs run-heavy offense.

  2. Cincinnati Bengals - Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, S, (Alabama) – The Bengals need a safety, and the only one that is available at a comparable rate is Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. This man is an eraser, he knows how bring the heat, and knows how to get physical. He is an ideal candidate for a Cincinnati Bengals team that is trying to assert themselves in the AFC.

25. San Diego Chargers - Kyle Fuller, CB, (Virginia Tech) – The Chargers are also in need of help in the secondary. Kyle Fuller is a great selection for the Chargers as he comes from a school rich with a tradition of producing NFL-caliber defensive backs. Fuller is a narrow-framed cornerback, but he has explosive speed, and can also be aggressive when it is necessary. He will bring some speed to San Diego’s secondary.

  1. Cleveland Browns - Derek Carr, QB, (Fresno State) – Arguably the best quarterback in the draft, the Browns will address their need for a franchise QB here and now. The Browns will not pass on the chance to take Sammy Watkins, and they wont pass either on this prolific Fresno State product, who will be the face of the future for the Dogs.

27. New Orleans Saints - Zack Martin,, OT, (Notre Dame) – This 6’4, 308-pound workhorse is just what New Orleans needs to manicure their offensive line. Martin is the only remaining first-round talent available at this point, and the primary need for the Saints are linemen. NOLA will not hesitate to draft Martin at 27th overall.

28. Carolina Panthers - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, (LSU) – This receiver is an absolute speed demon, and he would be perfect for Carolina, who is mourning the departure of wide receivers Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. Beckham has world-class speed and great hands. This receiver will make a splash in the NFL and will be a problem for many corners to cover.

29. New England Patriots - Louis Nix III, DT, (Notre Dame) – The Patriots are fond of the 3-4 defense and Louis Nix is the prototypical 3-4 defensive tackle. This first-rounder had top-10 potential written all over him as a sophomore at Notre Dame. Nix can plug gaps and be a disruptive force with his 6’2, 331-pound frame. He is an ideal fit for a New England defense that has a made a slew of key signings in the offseason to renovate their defense.

30. San Francisco 49ers - Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, (Minnesota) – Another team looking to address defensive line needs in the first round will be the 49ers. Hageman is just the man they are looking for. However, as of recent, the 49ers have made some stark proclamations that they will make a big move in the first round for a big player. Nevertheless, this can be some innocent promenading by the eccentric 49ers front office.

31. Denver Broncos - Demarcus Lawrence, DE, (Boise State) – The defending AFC Champions need some help on the defensive line and Lawrence is the perfect hybrid DE/OLB for the Broncos. The Broncos have since released Shaun Phillips and Lawrence is a younger edition of Shaun Phillips. The Denver defense has become a juggernaut through free agency and Lawrence will only strengthen this unit further.

32. Seattle Seahawks – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, (FSU) – In need of a wide receiver, the Seahawks will take Kelvin Benjamin despite his descending draft stock. Benjamin has had a mystique about him as well as a 6’5, 240-pound frame. This will be great for a Seattle team that needs some physical play from their receivers.

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