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2015 TST Community NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland's Second First-Round Pick Matches D-Line Help With WR

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One of the positions of depth that will be exploited in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is defensive tackle, but figuring who and where is a bit tougher.

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Back with the 12th pickblarghamuffin mocked the Browns to take Louisville WR DeVante Parker. Now at 19 with one of the picks they received from the Bills who moved up to take Sammy Watkins a year ago, here's their second pick of the first round:

#19, Cleveland Browns - Eddie Goldman (DT, Florida St.)

Justin Forsett. Jeremy Hill. Le’Veon Bell. What do the three of these running backs have in common? Well, they all rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and have the opportunity to take advantage of a 32nd ranked Cleveland Browns run defense twice per year in the AFC North. In fact, each one of the aforementioned rushers had a 100 yard rushing game against the Browns last season. Cleveland was never able to prevent a rushing attack, giving up over 2,200 rushing yards and allowing 4.5 yards per carry to the tune of over 140 yards per game. Ouch. If the Dawg Pound wants to remain competitive in the North, they’re going to need to get some big bodies up front to plug up the defensive line.

And that’s where Eddie Goldman, the defensive tackle from Florida State, comes in. With an almost 6’4" and 330+ lb. very athletic frame, Goldman won’t have any issue using his size to block running lanes. Cleveland can use his best attribute, his play against the rush, to put the hammer down on some of the better running backs in the league. With decent quickness, a good anchor and excellent block shedding, Goldman could become one of the more prolific run stoppers in the NFL. His versatility to play both the three-technique and as a nose tackle would be instrumental in the formation of the Browns defense. His very average pass rushing skills leave a little to be desired, especially for a team that finished with only 31 sacks last season, but it’s his solid tackling and hitting power that take precedence. Goldman is fantastic at jarring the ball loose from ball carriers up the middle, and has flashed the ability to effectively escape double teams to track down a back and make a strong tackle. The Browns need to eliminate the running game to keep afloat in an increasingly competitive AFC North, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to add a guy who gets comparisons to Darnell Dockett, in Eddie Goldman.

I just can't get much of a feel for where Cleveland is going. The need to take a WR is there simply due to the absence of Josh Gordon. Does Johnny Manziel's current and perhaps temporary absence pressure Cleveland to go after a QB? Is the answer a prospect on the D-line like Goldman or Missouri's Shane Ray as was the case for Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature in the SBN NFL Blogger Mock? Do they need more offensive line talent? I think they're in a really strong BPA position with both picks and could surprise, perhaps with a trade in the 1st.

Pick Team TSTer TST Mock Pick SBN Site SBN Site Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (link) JakeM70 Jameis Winston (QB, Florida St.) Bucs Nation (link) Jameis Winston (QB, Florida St.)
2 Tennessee Titans (link) KENTOG Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) Music City Miracles (link) Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)
3 Jacksonville Jaguars (link) CodyAllenFTW Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) Big Cat Country (link) Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson)
4 Oakland Raiders (link) Danrarbc Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) Silver and Black Pride (link) Leonard Williams (DT, USC)
5 Washington (link) holtfan Dante Fowler, Jr. (DE, Florida) Hogs Haven (link) La'el Collins (OL, LSU)
6 New York Jets (link) Rainman23 Randy Gregory (DE, Nebraska) Gang Green Nation (link) Kevin White (WR, West Virginia)
7 Chicago Bears (link) 13-Warner Kevin White (WR, West Virginia) Windy City Gridiron (link) Danny Shelton (DT, Washington)
8 Atlanta Falcons (link) BaldBilly Leonard Williams (DT, USC) The Falcoholic (link) Randy Gregory (DE, Nebraska)
9 New York Giants (link) Rammer18-84 Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) Big Blue View (link) Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa)
10 St. Louis Rams (link) Rem Freeman Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa) Turf Show Times (link) Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama)
11 Minnesota Vikings (link) STLcoach Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.) Daily Norseman (link) Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.)
12 Cleveland Browns (link) blarghamuffin DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville) Dawgs By Nature (link) DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville)
13 New Orleans Saints (link) turpinforpresident Shane Ray (DE, Missouri) Canal Street Chronicles (link) Dante Fowler, Jr. (DE, Florida)
14 Miami Dolphins (link) BirdmanRainH20 Eric Kendricks (ILB, UCLA) The Phinsider (link) Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia)
15 San Francisco 49ers (link) recently_relo'd Dorial Green-Beckham (WR, Oklahoma) Niners Nation (link) Malcom Brown (DT, Texas)
16 Houston Texans (link) 12inthebox Ereck Flowers (OT, Miami) Battle Red Blog (link) Bud Dupree (DE, Kentucky)
17 San Diego Chargers (link) whirledpeas Malcom Brown (DT, Texas) Bolts From the Blue (link) T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pitt)
18 Kansas City Chiefs (link) Savage Bob T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pitt) Arrowhead Pride (link) Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford)
19 Cleveland Browns blarghamuffin Eddie Goldman (DT, Florida St.) Dawgs By Nature (link) Shane Ray (DE, Missouri)