Our Pick in the NFL Beat Reporter Mock Draft

I was asked to make the pick for the Colts in this NFL mock draft. Some disagreed with my selection. I stand by it.

INDIANAPOLIS --- Last week, PhiladelphiaEagles.com asked me to participate in their NFL Beat Reporter Mock Draft podcast. I thought it was a great idea.

The exercise was simple. 31 other reporters and me made the pick in this mock draft for the respective team they cover. The results were interesting, to say the least (didn't expect Shelton or Gregory to fall as far as they did). To watch/listen to the entire Mock Draft Extravaganza podcast, click here.

Here were the results:

Team

Selection

1. Tampa Bay

QB Jameis Winston

2. Tennessee

QB Marcus Mariota

3.Jacksonville

DL Leonard Williams

4. Oakland

WR Amari Cooper

5. Washington

EDGE Dante Fowler, Jr.

6. NY Jets

WR Kevin White

7. Chicago

EDGE Vic Beasley

8. Atlanta

EDGE Bud Dupree

9. NY Giants

OL Ereck Flowers

10. St. Louis

OL Brandon Scherff

11. Minnesota

CB Trae Waynes

12. Cleveland

WR Devante Parker

13. N. Orleans

EDGE Shane Ray

14. Miami

T/G La'El Collins

15. SF

WR Dorial Green-Beckham

16. Houston

CB Jalen Collins

17. San Diego

RB Todd Gurley

18. KC

WR Jaelen Strong

19. Cleveland

DL Malcolm Brown

20. PHL

OL T.J. Clemmings

21. Cincinnati

S Landon Collins

22. Pittsburgh

CB Marcus Peters

23. Detroit

DT Danny Shelton

24. Arizona

CB Byron Jones

25. Carolina

OT Cedric Ogbuehi

26. Baltimore

EDGE Randy Gregory

27. Dallas

CB Kevin Johnson

28. Denver

TE Maxx Williams

29. COLTS

DT Eddie Goldman

30. Green Bay

ILB Paul Dawson

31. N. Orleans

WR Phillip Dorsett

32. NE

DL Arik Armstead

My Pick: DT Eddie Goldman, Florida State (6'4", 336 pounds): There were three players I considered with the 29th pick in this mock draft: Goldman, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, and Oregon DL Arik Armstead. I ranked them: 1. Goldman, 2. Armstead, 3. Gordon.

Choosing between Goldman and Armstead was difficult. Many mock drafts have Armstead going as high as 15th in the first round to San Francisco. Ultimately, I felt like Goldman was a good combination of the need for a run-stuffer on the D-Line and one of the best players available. Armstead is 6'7", 295 pounds, but after discussing the options with Colts.com Beat Writer Kevin Bowen, we both agreed on Goldman.

The fine gentlemen at PhiladelphiaEagles.com thought Armstead was the pick. Armstead has a high ceiling but not much consistent game tape from Oregon. Ultimately, Goldman's ability to clog up the middle in the run game just seemed too obvious to pass on for Armstead or Gordon, who I do believe is a legitimate first round RB.

The podcast also thought Stanford OT Andrus Peat would have been a better choice than Goldman. I completely disagree. If Gosder Cherilus was in danger of missing the start of training camp, perhaps I'd agree. Ryan Grigson said he'll be ready in June, at least a month before camp in Anderson. Combine that with re-signing Joe Reitz and signing Todd Herremans, and defensive line made more sense to me with this mock draft pick, considering there are now 10 offensive linemen on the roster with starting experience.

Is Goldman a lock to be a good player? No. His weakness is his pass rush, but as an interior defensive lineman, his primary duty will be to stop the run. He's a great fit for a 3-4 defense. I'm also pretty sure I've heard stopping the run is a priority for the Colts defense.

The mock drafts are complete. FINALLY, it's time for the real thing. We'll see you Thursday night from the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for full NFL Draft coverage on Colts.com.

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