Indianapolis Colts – Ereck Flowers (Offensive Tackle, Miami)
The Colts had one of the best offenses in the NFL during 2014, but they struggled greatly in one area: pass protection. Pass rushers consistently beat up Andrew Luck, and the offense suffered because of it. Ereck Flowers from Miami is an accomplished run blocker heading into the draft, but he needs work as a pass protector. Flowers did improve during the 2014 season, using the better technique in his protection. With some coaching and better balance, Flowers could be an asset on the offensive line.
Green Bay Packers – Erik Kendricks (Inside Linebacker, UCLA)
The Packers have multiple free-agent concerns in the secondary, but their draft position takes away any opportunities at the top cornerbacks. Additionally, A.J. Hawk is getting older, and Nick Perry was more underwhelming during a limited time. The Packers should draft a linebacker to strengthen their position group. Erik Kendricks from UCLA is a smaller linebacker at 6’0” and 230 pounds, but he has the desire and natural ability to make him a legitimate starter. Kendricks was one of the most productive tacklers during the last three seasons, so he will always be involved in the plays. The Packers coaching staff won’t have to worry about Kendricks getting into trouble.
Seattle Seahawks – Jaelen Strong (Wide Receiver, Arizona State)
If you listen to anyone beyond Doug Baldwin, they will say that the Seahawks need to find another wide receiver. The Seahawks lost Percy Harvin in trade and relied on the duo of Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin for the entire 2014 season. This duo is serviceable, but the Seahawks don’t have a game-changer at the position for big games. Jaelen Strong from Arizona State is a possession receiver with similarities to Dwayne Bowe. While Strong may not have the top-end speed of other receivers, he does have the consistent ability to make contested catches. Strong could come in handy in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
New England Patriots – Todd Gurley (Running Back, Georgia)
New England could potentially lose two of its top four running backs (Steven Ridley and Shane Vereen) to free agency, leaving only Jonas Gray and LeGarrette Blount as the remaining running backs. Of course, Shane Vereen’s pass-catching abilities will make him a necessary part of New England’s future plans. The Patriots won’t necessarily need to draft a running back, but picking Todd Gurley is a Bill Belichick move. Gurley is considered to be the best running back in the draft, despite his continuing return from an ACL tear. The Patriots could draft Gurley and let him sit for a year behind Vereen and Blount in order to get truly healthy. If Gurley is gone, the Patriots could draft Dorial Green-Beckham out of Missouri. Green-Beckham has a ton of character issues, but the Patriots have a tendency to get the most talent out of troubled players while keeping them focused on improvement.