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2015 NFL Draft Grades: Doling Out Grades For the Middle of the 1st Round [Updated]

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The first 24 get the report card treatment.

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#13 New Orleans Saints, OT Andrus Peat, Stanford

Grade B+

Peat is polished more than perhaps any other tackle in the draft. That said, he lacks a real mean streak that comes in handy for an O-lineman.

#14 Miami Dolphins, WR DeVante Parker, Louisville

Grade A

DeVante Parker is only marginally less athletic than Kevin White or as complete as Amari Cooper, he should be a pretty perfect fit for the Dolphins.

#15 San Diego Chargers (from San Francisco 49ers), RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

Grade B

In a deep draft for halfbacks, this doesn't make a ton of sense. The Chargers defense is still missing pieces and Shane Rey and Alvin "Bud" Dupree were still on the board.

#16 Houston Texans, CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest

Grade B-

This is a reach. While Johnson has the athleticism and competitiveness desired in a cornerback, he is a flag magnet. Hopefully, he gets his head into the game.

#17 San Francisco 49ers, DE Arik Armstead, Oregon

Grade C

An athletic giant, Armstead should be able to rise to the NFL defensive level, but his technique and a general lazy demeanor leave much to be desired.

#18 Kansas City Chiefs, CB Marcus Peters, Washington

Grade C

What is it with corners and attitude? He has all the tools to succeed and even dominate, but again, with the head...

#19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills), C/OT Cameron Erving, Florida State

Grade A

The only knock on Florida States Erving, is exactly where he fits best on the offensive line. Capable of playing all positions, he has consistantly projected best as a center. A jack of all trades that any team would want.

#20 Philadelphia Eagles, WR Nelson Agholor, USC

Grade B+

Agholor is a fantastic receiver, this is just a bit early for him, though he certainly would not have been then when the Eagles pick again in the second.

#21 Cincinnati Bengals, OT Cedric Ogbeuhi, Texas A&M

Grade C

This pick reeks of desperation. The Bengals need offensive line help, but this is a serious reach. As they saw tackle after tackle getting picked, they panicked.

#22 Pittsburgh Steelers, OLB Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Kentucky

Grade A+

Dupree should have been taken long before the Steelers got on the clock. So far, the steal of the first round.

#23 Denver Broncos. OLB Shane Ray, Missouri

Grade C+

Another player with only a small body of work to show. The measurables are there but he is raw and will need to take to coaching quick.

#24 Arizona Cardinals, OT D.J. Humphries, Florida

Grade B

Getting along late in the first round now, this is a slight reach. DJ Humphries has the goods, but he is super raw.

#25 Carolina Panthers, OLB Shaq Thompson, Washington


Grade B

You have to love his versatility. Considering that he played both defense and running back, I am surprised the Rams passed him over at 10, but where does he fit in, exactly?

#26 Baltimore Ravens, WR Breshad Perriman, UCF


Grade D

It doesn’t do you much good to run fast, if you can’t catch the ball

#27 Dallas Cowboys, CB Byron Jones, Connecticut


Grade B-

Might be more valuable for his leadership skills than his coverage abilities. A good kid and a good player, but maybe a bit overdrafted.

#28 Detroit Lions, OG Laken Tomlinson, Duke


Grade A

The lions just picked up the best pure offensive guard of this draft.

#29 Indianapolis Colts, WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami


Grade B+

This looks like a slight panic attack, but only slightly. Dorsett could become a sterling wideout at the next level.

#30 Green Bay Packers, S Damarious Randall, Arizona State


Grade B

Demarious Randall is a damned fine safety and has everything he needs to become a solid contributor in Green Bay. Given Haha Clinton-Dix though, it is a bit of a head scratcher.

#31 New Orleans, ILB Stephone Anthony, Clemson


Grade C+

Despite really liking this kid, he is too raw for the first round.

#32 New England Patriots, DT Malcomb Brown, Texas


Grade A+

The Patriots stood pat and let a pretty plum fall right into their hands.