NFL Draft 2015 FINAL MOCK: Falcons to land Bud Dupree

FLOWERY BRANCH – Here’s the Final Mock draft!

This is how things are going to shake out for the Falcons on Thursday night.

The Falcons, if they don’t make a move up, are going to see coveted Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. snapped up.

If they don’t move up to six, they can waive bye-bye to Clemson’s Vic Beasley also.

They’ll were entertain offers to move back before turning in their card to select Kentucky defensive end/outside linebacker Bud Dupree with the eight overall pick.

The Saints are going rogue in this draft. We have them taking talented, but troubled players in defensive end Randy Gregory and wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham with the 13th and 31st pick in the draft.

FALCONS DRAFT BOARD: 5 questions with Kentucky Bud Dupree

Gregory failed a drug test at the scouting combine and Green-Beckham had a couple of drug-related incidents with law enforcement and an ugly domestic violence incident that led to his dismissal from Missouri.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is bracing for his first draft in his new role.

Bud Dupree is UK’s first defensive lineman to be named AP first team All-SEC since Corey Peters in 2009 (UK Athletics Photo)

“Well, I'm used to it as a coach, the chaos going on,” Quinn said. “I don't think it could be too much more chaos than a third down with everybody yelling in your ear. We only have so many people there in the room. I can't wait.

“There are so many unique and talented players in the draft and all across the board, not just in the first round. The next three days, I can't wait to add a couple guys to the guys in this group.”

Over the course of the draft, look for the Falcons add a running back and wide receiver. The rest of the draft might be all defense.

“It’s really one of the most fun positions to evaluate in my opinion,” Quinn said of the running backs. “They are coming from different schemes. Once you see them with the ball in their hands and that aggressive style comes out, that’s the guy that I love to evaluate at running back.

“Then when you see them pass-protect, you are looking for that aggressiveness and toughness with and without the ball. That mindset, I love seeing those guys.”

Here’s the FINAL MOCK for 2015

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State 
  2. Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
  3. Jacksonville, Leonard Williams, DL, USC
  4. Oakland Raiders. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
  5. Washington Redskins. Dante Fowler Jr, DE, Florida
  6. New York Jets. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson 
  7. Chicago Bears. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
  8. Atlanta Falcons, Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky
  9. New York Giants. Brandon Scherff, G, Iowa
  10. St. Louis Rams. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
  11. Minnesota Vikings. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
  12. Cleveland Browns. DeVante Park, WR, Louisville
  13. New Orleans Saints. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
  14. Miami Dolphins. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
  15. San Francisco 49ers. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
  16. Houston Texans. Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
  17. San Diego Chargers. Melvin Gordon III, RB, Wisconsin
  18. Kansas City Chiefs. Landon Collins, S, Alabama
  19. Cleveland Browns. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
  20. Philadelphia Eagles. Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
  21. Cincinnati Bengals. Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers. Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
  23. Detroit Lions. Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
  24. Arizona Cardinals. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
  25. Carolina Panthers. D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
  26. Baltimore Ravens. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
  27. Dallas Cowboys. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
  28. Denver Broncos. Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State
  29. Indianapolis Colts. Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
  30. Green Bay Packers. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
  31. New Orleans Saints. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
  32. New England Patriots. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State


5 questions with Boise State running back Jay Ajayi

5 questions with Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers

5 questions with Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams

5 questions with Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell

Kentucky's Bud Dupree vs. Nebraska's Randy Gregory

5 questions with Nebraska's Randy Gregory

5 questions with Kentucky's Bud Dupree

5 questions with Missouri's Shane Ray

5 questions with Clemson's Vic Beasley

5 questions with Alabama safety Landon Collins

5 questions with Alabama quarterback Blake Sims

5 questions with Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.

5 questions with Oregoan DL Arik Armstead

5 questions with Miami inside linebacker Denzel Perryman

Falcons go to check out several Miami Hurricanes

Some of the attendees to the Falcons locals day


First round: 8th overall selection

Second round: 42nd overall selection

Third round: 73rd overall selection

Fourth round: 107th overall selection

Fifth round: 146th overall selection

Sixth round: 185th overall selection

Seventh round: 225th overall selection

Seventh round: 249th overall selection*

*Pick is from New England through St. Louis


Wednesday: Top 5 Inside Linebackers

Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman ,

Thursday: Top 5 defensive tackles

(Leonard Williams' Rugby skill will become handy in the NFL)

Friday: Top 5 defensive backs

Alabama's Landon Collins is the top safety prospect

Saturday: Top 5 special teamers

Dorsett, Alford could be top returners

Sunday: Top 5 edge rushers (defensive ends/outside linebackers).

Big Chuck Smith breaks down the top pass-rush prospects

Monday: Top 5 Offensive line

Georgia Tech's Shaquille Mason trying to convert to center for NFL 

Tuesday: Top 5 Wide receivers

Georgia's Chris Conley now projects as a fourth-rounder

Wednesday, April 22: Top 5 Running backs

With clean bill of health, Gurley top running back in the draft

Thursday, April 23: Top 5 Quarterbacks

NFL must handle Winston, Mariota with care. Both need seasoning

Friday, April 24: Top 5 Tight ends

South Carolina's Rory "Buster" Anderson hopes to get his NFL shot

ICYMI: Here's a link to last year's Position-by-Position series.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.