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Chris Ransom tells you why Melvin Gordon is better than Todd Gurley.


Posted By Chris Ransom Last Updated: April 30, 2015. Updates every Thursday leading up to Draft Day.


  1. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

    There has been some speculation on Todd Gurley going ahead of Melvin Gordon. Gordon is a more complete back. He answered questions about ball carrier vision, catching out of the back field, and pass blocking proving he is a complete running back.


    Some NFL Scouts say Gurley is healthy, but he did not work out at the NFL Combine or his Pro Day. If someone takes Gurley in the top 16 they are getting C- draft grade because Gordon is just that much better than Gurley at this time. If Gurley can stay healthy he might have the better career, but Gordon is clearly the safer running back to take at this point.


    Ryan Matthews is now on the Eagles. Melvin Gordon is an awesome pick here as he will provide Philip Rivers with a premier back for the first time since LT left the Chargers.


    Other Options

    1. Randy Gregory 3-4 ROLB San Diego lost both Dwight Freeney and Jarrett Johnson. A pass rusher is needed and Gregory might be the pick.


    2. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Maybe San Diego prefers Todd Gurley over Melvin Gordon.


    3. Andrus Peat, RT, Stanford Taking a right tackle allows San Diego to move D.J. Fluker to move inside to right guard. Selecting Peat gives you a right tackle for the short term and a left tackle for the long term.


    4. T.J. Clemmings, RT, Pittsburgh Clemmings played right tackle at Pittsburgh. San Diego might want to move Fluker inside to right tackle.


  2. Kansas City Chiefs: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

    DeVante Parker is a top 12 talent. If Parker fell to 18, the Chiefs would grab him in a heart beat and pair Louisville's stud receiver next to Jeremy Maclin with Jason Avant in the slot giving Alex Smith the necessary playmakers to succeed in Kansas City.


    Previous Pick: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

    Other Options

    1. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State Kansas City will take Jaelen Strong if he's available at 18.


    2. Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida Breshad Perriman became the man at Central Florida after Blake Bortles left. He dominated the 2015 NFL Combine and his NFL Pro Day at Central Florida. Perriman is moving up draft boards and is an option at 18.


    3. Cameron Erving, C, Florida State What better way to replace Rodney Hudson then to draft another Florida State center. The Chiefs gave Cameron Erving a first round grade, but also gave Hroniss Grasu a third round grade. If the Chiefs believe Erving is that much better than Grasu then maybe Kansas City drafts Florida State's center here.


    4. Paul Dawson, 3-4 MLB, TCU Kansas City has Paul Dawson graded higher than Eric Kendricks out of UCLA. Kansas City might try to add Dawson with this pick.


    5. T.J. Clemmings, RT, Pittsburgh Kansas City brought in 3 offensive tackles in for individual workouts. The only player that was a first round prospect among those three offensive tackles was T.J. Clemmings out of Pittsburgh. Kansas City does not think highly of Andrus Peat out of Stanford.


  3. Cleveland Browns: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

    The Cleveland Browns are going to draft a receiver with character. Jaelen Strong makes sense if he's here at 19.


    Dwayne Bowe is listed as the #2 receiver on the Browns depth chart and right now Brian Hartline is listed as a slot receiver. That may indicate that the Browns will go with a wide receiver in the first round.


    Amari Cooper isn't making it out of the top 10, so Cleveland will either take Parker at 12 if Kevin White and Cooper are both gone or wait until 19 to take Jaelen Strong. If White, Parker, and Strong are all there at 12, then I believe Cleveland waits till 19 to take Strong if they don't trade their picks.


    Other Options

    1. Shaq Thompson, 3-4 ROLB, Washington The Browns love Shaq Thompson. They brought him in for a workout and watched him excel in team workouts for Cleveland. Thompson can play anywhere on the outside or the inside. He can go up at right outside or left outside linebacker and can play some middle in both the 4-3 and 3-4. I'm not sure Cleveland will pass on a linebacker with that much versatility that can cover so effectively.


    2. Nate Orchard, 3-4 ROLB, Utah Cleveland brought in Nate Orchard for an individual workout after being impressed with him at their Pro Day. Cleveland didn't come away impressed in their individual workout with Orchard, but I could still see them going Orchard if they really wanted a 3-4 right outside linebacker.


  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

    Philadelphia takes Landon Collins with this pick. The Eagles love Collins and need an upgrade at strong safety.


    Other Options

    1. La'El Collins, LG, LSU Philadelphia loves La'El Collins. They released right guard Todd Herremans and want to trade left guard Evan Mathis.


    2. Randy Gregory, 3-4 ROLB, Nebraska Randy Gregory is the best player on the board. It would be foolish for the Eagles to pass on him at this point.


    3. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU A third player that intrigues the Eagles is Jalen Collins. Collins has the versatility to play cornerback, strong safety, or free safety.


    4. Cody Prewitt, SS, Ole Miss If Philadelphia drafts for need at 20 instead of takking Randy Gregory, then Cody Prewitt will be the pick. I think Prewitt is a top 20 prospect.


    5. Kurtis Drummond, FS, Michigan State One guy the Eagles loved what Kurtis Drummond. The Eagles brought in Kurtis Drummond for an individual workout following his Pro Day.



  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Randy Gregory, RE, Nebraska

    Randy Gregory's stock will fall because of his latest marijuana incident. Gregory could play right end, left end, right outside linebacker, or left outside linebacker with his versatility. Since Cincinnati already has starters at these positions, Gregory would be a rotational player at these 4 different situations on 3rd and 7 situations or longer so the Bengals can rush the quarterback effectively.


    Other Options

    1. Alvin Dupree, LE, Kentucky If Alvin Dupree slips to 21 and Randy Gregory is gone then he will be the pick.


    2. Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas Malcolm Brown can play 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 nose tackle with his ability.


  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Markus Golden, 3-4 LOLB, Missouri

    Pittsburgh usually takes defensive players here. With the two corners they love in Trae Waynes and Kevin Johnson gone it's difficult to determine what they do.


    Pittsburgh brought in three other cornerbacks in Marcus Peters out of Washington, Alex Carter from Stanford, and Connecticut Huskies riser Byron Jones.


    Pittsburgh loves Peters coverage, but is too concerned about his character issues. Alex Carter is a guy they like, but could obtain in the second round. Surprisingly, the guy the Steelers liked the least among these three was Byron Jones. I'd take Jones here, but at the end of the day, I don't see the Steelers taking Jones here.


    Pittsburgh will either take Missouri pass rusher Markus Golden, Eli Harold out of Virginia, or one of the cornerbacks we mentioned. I gave the Steelers Golden with this pick.


    Harold was a 4-3 right end at Virginia. He showed the versatility to be a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either the right or left side. Arthur Moats and Jordan Zumwalt are the starter and backup at 3-4 left outside linebacker for the Steelers now that Jason Worilds retired. That has to change. Harold can start out at 3-4 left outside linebacker and move over to the right side when James Harrison officially retires from the NFL for good.


    Previous Pick: Eli Harold, 3-4 LOLB, Virginia

    Other Options

    1. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest Kevin Johnson will be the pick if he slips here.


    2. Eli Harold, 3-4 LOLB, Virginia Pittsburgh went to Virginia's Pro Day and loved what they saw from Virginia pass rusher Eli Harold. He could be the pick here.


    3. Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut Byron Jones is one of three players that the Steelers are considering here.


    4. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Pittsburgh may take Marcus Peters simply because he's the best cornerback available. Are they willing to look past his character issues?


    5. Alex Carter, CB, Stanford Pittsburgh loves Alex Carter. Carter feels like a reach here. I could see Pittsburgh going with Carter in the second round though.


  7. Detroit Lions: Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas

    Detroit brought in nose tackle Malcolm Brown for an individual workout following his Pro Day at Texas. Malcolm Brown can play defensive tackle in a 4-3 or nose tackle in a 3-4. There was speculation that the Lions would switch to a 3-4, but it looks like Detroit will keep running a 4-3 defense, but watching the Lions operate some 3-4 plays running a hybrid type defense wouldn't surprise me.


    Other Options

    1. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State P.J. Williams got arrested for a DUI. His stock could drop.


    2. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State Ronald Darby is my top ranked cornerback. Taking Darby at this spot makes a lot of sense.


    3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Detroit loves Todd Gurley. They don't think he will make it past 23. At the same time there are other needs besides running back that are worth looking into.


    4. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin Detroit will take Melvin Gordon here if he drops to 23 and Todd Gurley is gone.


    5. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State Detroit is looking at Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman as well as Malcolm Brown. If the Lions pass on Brown, they may prefer Goldman.


  8. Arizona Cardinals: Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida State

    Losing Dan Williams to the Oakland Raiders was a huge blow. I went back and watched Eddie Goldman's tape. He has the size of a nose tackle, and he's lined up in a few 3-4 plays at Florida State even though the Seminoles call 4-3 plays most of the time.


    Other Options

    1. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State P.J. Williams got arrested for a DUI. He's the top player available, but Arizona might not look past his lack of character.


    2. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State Ronald Darby is one of my top ranked cornerbacks. Taking Darby at this spot makes a lot of sense.


    3. Arik Armstead, 3-4 RE, Oregon Arizona may want to add Arik Armstead as a 3-4 right end. Taking him makes sense at this spot.


    4. Malcolm Brown, NT, Texas I doubt Malcolm Brown is here at 24. If he is you have to consider Brown.


    5. Paul Dawson, 3-4 MLB, TCU Arizona released Daryl Washington. Dawson is Washington without the character issues.



  9. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Humphries, RT, Florida

    D.J. Humphries is the best player available at a position of need. Humphries showed the versatility to play left tackle or right tackle at Florida's Pro Day. He also bulked up and weighs 6-4 307 lbs.


    Other Options

    1. Ereck Flowers, RT, Miami FL Carolina might go with Ereck Flowers with this selection. If D.J. Humphries is there at 25 he will be the pick.


  10. Baltimore Ravens: Arik Armstead, 3-4 RE, Oregon

    Baltimore could draft Arik Armstead as a replacement for Haloti Ngata. At the same time some call Amstead the poor man's Ngata while some believe he's only a 2 down player. Still Armstead seems like a good community guy and an ideal successor for Ngata.


    Other Options

    1. Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida The Baltimore Ravens lost Torrey Smith to the 49ers and Steve Smith is on the brink of retirement. Breshad Perriman had an awesome Pro Day and is emerging into a late first round pick.


  11. Dallas Cowboys: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

    Darren McFadden is injury prone. McFadden may begin the year as the #1 running back. If McFadden struggles to stay healthy, Gurley will step in and take his job.


    Other Options

    1. Alvin Dupree, LE, Kentucky If Cincinnati has their choice between Alvin Dupree and Randy Gregory, there is an outside chance that Dupree slips to this pick. If Dupree falls here, Dallas should consider taking him and moving DeMarcus Lawrence over to 4-3 right end as a backup to Greg Hardy. Lawrence can step in at right end if Hardy gets arrested from his legal battle with domestic assault.


    2. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State Ronald Darby is our top ranked cornerback. Dallas could take him if he falls to 27.


    3. Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas Dallas needs a 4-3 defensive tackle. Hometown Longhorn Malcolm Brown is a guy to watch.


    4. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State Another player to keep an eye on is Eddie Goldman. Goldman makes too much sense with Dallas at 27.


    5. Alex Carter, CB, Stanford Stanford cornerback Alex Carter is a guy that the Dallas Cowboys brought in for an individual workout. I still have a hard time seeing him on the Dallas Cowboys.


  12. Denver Broncos: Andrus Peat, RT, Stanford

    Denver sent us their draft board. La'El Collins is their top ranked offensive lineman, but they believe he's a top 15 pick. Their next two highest ranked offensive tackles are T.J. Clemmings out of Pittsburgh and Andrus Peat out of Stanford. After that they believe every other offensive tackle is a first to second round grade. Denver feels that way about Tyler Sambraillo, Cedric Ogbuhei, Brandon Scherff, D.J. Humphries, and Jake Fisher.


    With La'El Collins and T.J. Clemmings both in my top 16, the only offensive tackle left with a first round grade is Andurs Peat. Denver needs a right tackle really badly and having Andrus Peat next to Ryan Clady would give Peyton Manning more time in the pocket.


    Previous Pick: Cedric Ogbuhei, OT, Texas A&M

    Other Options

    1. Arik Armstead, 3-4 RE, Oregon Denver is switching to a 3-4. The Broncos might take Arik Armstead here if the Ravens pass on him at 26.


    2. Tyler Sambraillo, OT, Colorado State Denver has Tyler Sambraillo graded out as their fourth best offensive tackle in this years NFL Draft. That may be a reach, but I wouldn't put it past Denver to take Sambraillo.


    3. Cameron Erving, C, Florida State Cameron Erving has the versatility to play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle. Center seems to be Erving's best position at this point.


    4. Cedric Obguhei, OT, Texas A&M Denver might take Cedric Ogbuhei at 28. They brought him in for an individual workout.


    5. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon Another Oregon Duck that Denver likes is Hroniss Grasu. The Broncos may have him graded higher than Cameron Erving.



  13. Indianapolis Colts: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

    Indianapolis needs to address secondary. The Colts liked Ronald Darby so much that they invited him to Indianapolis for not one, but two individual workouts. Darby ran a 4.3 40 at the 2015 NFL Combine in Indianapolis and dominated his Pro Day. Half of the GM's in the NFL had Darby going ahead of his teammate P.J. Williams heading into the draft process. After Williams got busted for a DUI, I am beginning to think that Indianapolis goes with Darby here.


    Other Options

    1. Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut I have the feeling the Colts will take P.J. Williams or Ronald Darby with this pick.


    2. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State P.J. Williams might slip to round 2 after you watch his tape where he got picked apart by Louisville and Oregon. You also have to look at Williams DUI arrest leading up to Draft Day.


    2. Cody Prewitt, SS, Ole Miss Indianapolis will take Prewitt if they want a safety instead of a cornerback at 29.


  14. Green Bay Packers: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

    The Packers lost Tramon Williams and Davon House. Williams signed with the Browns and House went to Jacksonville.


    Green Bay might want a natural cover corner like P.J. Williams at 30. I think the Packers would look past his DUI and end up getting another steal on the secondary like when Green Bay took HaHa Clinton-Dix las year in 2014.


    Other Options

    1. Quentin Rollins, CB, Miami Ohio Green Bay needs a cornerback. They gave Quentin Rollins a first round grade.


    2. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota Maxx Williams would be a perfect fit for the Packers offense. I think taking Williams would be very wise.


    3. Eric Kendricks, 3-4 MLB, UCLA Eric Kendricks will not fall past the 30th pick. I have Kendricks going 16th to Houston..


    4. Stephone Anthony, 3-4 MLB, Clemson Another 3-4 middle linebacker that has been productive is Stephone Anthony. Green Bay might prefer Anthony over Dawson.


    5. Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma Jordan Phillips is a 3-4 nose tackle at 6-6 332 lbs. He's an ideal replacement for B.J. Raji, but there are some questions about him being a 2 down nose tackle.


  15. New Orleans Saints: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami FL

    New Orleans loved what they saw from Phillip Dorsett at his Pro Day and at his individual workout in New Orleans. The Saints brought in Maxx Williams, Devin Funchess, and Clive Walford. New Orleans loves Dorsett to the point where they are comfortable with moving Brandin Cooks to the outside next to Marques Colston while Dorsett plays the slot right off the bat. As for the tight ends, the Saints believe these guys are all #2 tight ends at this point, but each guy has potential to develop into a #1 guy.


    Ask yourself do you want a slot receiver that can make an immediate impact or a raw tight end that might start out as a #2 tight end with the potential to develop into a #1 tight end as the season progresses. I think the Saints prefer the former since one team told us the Saints have Dorsett graded ahead of DeVante Parker on their draft board.


    Other Options

    1. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton was gushing over Phillip Dorsett. The Saints have Dorsett graded higher than two of the tight ends in this years NFL Draft.


    2. Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan New Orleans likes three tight ends equally. They cannot decide on Maxx Williams, Devin Funchess, or Clive Walford. I think picking up one of these guys in the second round is very realistic. All 3 tight ends are coming to New Orleans for individual workouts, so if they take one of these tight ends before the other two it's because of what they saw from the three guys at their individual workouts.


    3. Clive Walford, TE, Miami FL New Orleans likes three tight ends equally. They cannot decide on Maxx Williams, Devin Funchess, or Clive Walford. I think picking up one of these guys in the second round is very realistic. All 3 tight ends are coming to New Orleans for individual workouts, so if they take one of these tight ends before the other two it's because of what they saw from the three guys at their individual workouts.


    4. Stephone Anthony, 3-4 MLB, Clemson New Orleans got rid of Curtis Lofton. The Saints might prefer Anthony over Dawson at 3-4 middle linebacker.


    5. Paul Dawson 3-4 MLB, TCU There are questions about Paul Dawson's work ethic. I think the Saints will use that as a reason not to take Dawson at 31.


  16. New England Patriots: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut

    New England thought so highly of Devin McCourty that they turned down the third pick in the draft which the Jaguars offered them for McCourty. Belichick wanted that pick and the Jaguars second. Jacksonville thought that was too much to give up so negotiations ended prior to McCourty re-signing with the Pats.


    I don't understand why the Patriots would turn that trade down. You are guaranteed Leonard Williams or Danny Shelton at 3 to replace Vince Wilfork and you can trade the 32nd pick for more picks and get a guy like Cody Prewitt or Anthony Harris with your extra picks that has the versatility to play strong safety or free safety while re-signing Darrelle Revis keeping your best corner from going to the New York Jets who happen to be the Patriots biggest rival in the AFC East.


    If the Patriots took this trade and did that there's no question that the Patriots would remain the favorites to repeat in 2015. Now someone will else will more than likely dethrone the Patriots in 2015.


    New England has already decided that they will go with a defensive tackle or cornerback in the first round after losing both Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. All of the defensive tackles with first round grades are gone so the Patriots will likely go with a cornerback.


    Besides Trae Waynes and Kevin Johnson, the only other cornerback that got an invite to Chicago was Byron Jones. Jones is a guy the Patriots love so the Patriots take Connecticut's shutdown corner who also has the versatility to play strong safety or free safety with this pick.


    Other Options

    1. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington New England lost Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. While you brought in Bradley Fletcher and Roland McClain that's not good enough. Fletcher will likely play the field with Alfonzo Dennard returning to boundary corner, with McClain kicking into the nickel. Dennard did better at the nickel, so drafting a boundary corner for right now and making your 2015 first round pick the #1 field corner in 2016, if Fletcher screws up is a realistic possibility.


    2. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest New England lost Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. While you brought in Bradley Fletcher and Roland McClain that's not good enough. Fletcher will likely play the field with Alfonzo Dennard returning to boundary corner, with McClain kicking into the nickel. Dennard did better at the nickel, so drafting a boundary corner for right now and making your 2015 first round pick the #1 field corner in 2016, if Fletcher screws up is a realistic possibility.


    3. P.J. Williams New England lost Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. While you brought in Bradley Fletcher and Roland McClain that's not good enough. Fletcher will likely play the field with Alfonzo Dennard returning to boundary corner, with McClain kicking into the nickel. Dennard did better at the nickel, so drafting a boundary corner for right now and making your 2015 first round pick the #1 field corner in 2016, if Fletcher screws up is a realistic possibility.


    4. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State New England lost Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. While you brought in Bradley Fletcher and Roland McClain that's not good enough. Fletcher will likely play the field with Alfonzo Dennard returning to boundary corner, with McClain kicking into the nickel. Dennard did better at the nickel, so drafting a boundary corner for right now and making your 2015 first round pick the #1 field corner in 2016, if Fletcher screws up is a realistic possibility.


    5. Quentin Rollins, CB, Miami Ohio New England lost Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. While you brought in Bradley Fletcher and Roland McClain that's not good enough. Fletcher will likely play the field with Alfonzo Dennard returning to boundary corner, with McClain kicking into the nickel. Dennard did better at the nickel, so drafting a boundary corner for right now and making your 2015 first round pick the #1 field corner in 2016, if Fletcher screws up is a realistic possibility.








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