Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky
Bud Dupree isn't anyone's first choice with the #8 pick, and I'm sure his selection will be met with cries of "reach!" I don't look at it that way, however.
The Falcons simply have to add impact defenders up front, and Dupree has a good chance to become one. He's got length, athleticism and the willingness to hit that Dan Quinn loves in his front seven defenders, and he has as much upside as any player left on the board at this point. What he needs is good coaching, experience and plenty of practice, and with the Falcons effectively rebuilding their front seven this year, Dupree should get plenty of that. I firmly believe he can be a true impact player as soon as 2016, with flashes in 2015 that will help this team get back to relevance.
This is not a reach, in my humble opinion. It's grabbing a projectable, powerful defender that fits into Dan Quinn's scheme. I'd be happy with this selection.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||
QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
|2||Tennessee Titans||DE Leonard Williams - USC||Tee Word||85%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||DE Dante Fowler - Florida||Khannar||80%|
|4||Oakland Raiders||WR Amari Cooper - Alabama||arcuate||73%|
|5||Washington Redskins||DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska||Lostastic|
|6||NY Jets||OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson||BlackandGold4ever|
|7||Chicago Bears||LB Shane Ray - Missouri||saintmanumit|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky||Dave Choate|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Kevin Sean Held|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||gulf shores|
|13||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|14||Miami Dolphins||Ralph Malbrough|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||The Irish Assassin|
|17||San Diego Chargers||LeedsSaint|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||jmcmillan_93|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Matt Mosley|
|25||Carolina Panthers||Jake White|
|28||Denver Broncos||Ryne Hancock|
|29||Indianapolis Colts||Alex Lyles|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Matt Mosley|
|31||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|32||New England Patriots||Whit Prottsman|