With this selection, we are officially a quarter of the way through our 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft. It's been an interesting mix so far, and now we're back with another team that the Vikings will see in 2015, the Atlanta Falcons. We have "berg03" at the controls for the Dirty Birds in our scenario, and he's looking to help the Falcons at a spot where so many NFL teams need assistance, that being in the pass rush.
With the eighth pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select. . .
Alvin Dupree, defensive end, University of Kentucky
Here's what berg03 had to say about the pick.
While Alvin Dupree certainly isn't the first choice, he is a potentially powerful edge defender for Dan Quinn to use and mold. While he won't make a huge impact on the 2015 season that won't be a huge deal, the Falcons aren't playing for the playoffs this next year (granted their division is awful so they could make it). While it would have been preferential to get Vic Beasley or Dante Fowler, I believe Bud Dupree will be impactful. He had some of the same combine results as our dear Everson Griffen which is crazy. Ideally they could trade back and still get him (plus focus on defense) but since this mock doesn't have trades thats not an option so I took him here.
Dupree is another one of these players that could fit in well as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. However, like Vic Beasley (who went to Washington at #5 in our scenario), he might not have the strength to be an every-down guy. He should make his mark as a pass rusher almost immediately, however, as his athleticism is off the charts. The active sack leader in the SEC, he's gotten the job done against top competition throughout his college career, and the Falcons are hoping that he can continue his trajectory at the NFL level. Solid pick for the Falcons here, I think.
What do you think of this selection, folks?
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||kwarren3||Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon|
|2||Tennessee Titans||BVB fan||Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||n s||Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal|
|4||Oakland Raiders||DrivableGuide9||Dante Fowler, DE, Florida|
|5||Washington Redskins||tep4||Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson|
|6||New York Jets||cycloneallnightlong||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State|
|7||Chicago Bears||lateefthetruthspeaker||Danny Shelton, DT, Washington|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||berg03||Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky|
|9||New York Giants||thecraphead|
|10||St. Louis Rams||VikesFanatic|
|12||Cleveland Browns||Wayne Joseph|
|13||New Orleans Saints||Austin Blanch|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||Malte|
|17||San Diego Chargers||MDFDisc|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||Zach_The_Gamecock|
|19||Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)||Wayne Joseph|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||Typically Lazy|
|30||Green Bay Packers||CCHOF5yearstoolate|
|31||New Orleans Saints (from Seattle)||Austin Blanch|
|32||New England Patriots||raging_cloner|