Fab Five

Cleveland selects Danny Shelton, DT, and Cameron Erving, OL in the First round of the NFL Draft

Every NFL team feels great about their draft immediately following it. The reality is some teams have reason to feel better than others. Here are my Fab Five teams from the 1st round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

  1. Cleveland Browns addressed several needs on their team by picking Danny Shelton, DT from Washington and Cameron Erving, OL from Florida State. Shelton is this year’s premiere run stopping defensive tackle, while also being able to provide interior push in the pocket on 1st and 2nd down. Cleveland ranked 32nd against the run in 2014, needless to say Shelton is a gift from heaven for Browns fans. Erving brings versatility to an offensive line that needs it. He can start at right tackle from day 1, however he has All-Pro potential at center, which he may take over for in 2016 if Alex Mack voids his contract as expected and becomes a free agent.
  2. Washington Redskins got themselves a Tone-Setter for their offense by selecting Brandon Scherff, OT from Iowa. Scherff plays with the nastiness and physicality that the Redskins offensive line sorely needs. Scherff will play right tackle to protect Washington’s QB’s who were sacked 58 times (2nd most) and hit 113 times (3rd most) in 2014.
  3. Oakland Raiders selected big play WR Amari Cooper from Alabama. Cooper immediately becomes the go-to guy for 2nd year QB Derek Carr. Oakland’s offense ranked dead last in passing yards per game in 2014, their leading receiver was James Jones (since released) who mustered only 73 catches and 666 yards receiving. Cooper’s enters the NFL as a polished route runner who excels after the catch.
  4. N.O. Saints landed left tackle Andrus Peat from Stanford, who’s a dancing bear with the 13th pick overall, however, it’s the player they took with the 31st pick Stephone Anthony, LB from Clemson that I’m most excited about. Anthony is a heat-seeking missile at linebacker. He’s all over the field and has the ability to make game-changing plays for a Saints defense that lacked play-makers in 2014.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars took linebacking phenom Dante Fowler Jr. from Florida. Gus Bradley’s defensive unit needed a marquee player and got one in Fowler. Most draft pundits wanted them to take Leonard Williams, DT out of USC, however, to me Fowler was the more dynamic player. Offenses will have difficulty game planning for him given his ability to line up in multiple places.

 

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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