2015 NFL Mock Draft

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The Super Bowl has yet to be played, but draft season is in full swing. This is a very early mock draft with the combine, pro days and a lot of scouting still to be done. Even with all of that left to be done, it is never to early to look at potential draft picks. So without further ado, here is my first 2015 NFL Mock Draft.

Round 1

  1. Tampa Bay (2-14) – Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Oregon: Tampa Bay needs a quarterback and Mariota is the best one in the draft. He may need to sit and learn for a bit, but the Buccs can let Glennon or McCown start until he is ready. He has elite athleticism to go along with an accurate arm and the ability to read defenses.
  2. Tennessee (2-14) – Leonard Williams, Defensive Tackle, USC: Tennessee needs help all over their team and Williams is the best player in the draft. He can play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 and can do it all. Williams can step in right away and get after the quarterbacks as well as help in the run game.
  3. Jacksonville (3-13) – Randy Gregory, Edge Rusher, Nebraska: Gregory has the highest ceiling of any pass rusher in this draft. He has elite athleticism, even if he is still a little raw. Gregory can step in right away and will fit perfectly as the LEO in Jacksonvilles defense.
  4. Oakland (3-13) – Dante Fowler, Edge Rusher, Florida: Oakland needs an infusion of talent and Fowler is one of the most versatile pass rushers in this draft. He can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up. Pairing him with Khalil Mack will cause havoc for offenses for the next 10 years.
  5. Washington (4-12) – Shane Ray, Edge Rusher, Missouri: Ryan Kerrigan is a talented pass rusher, but the Redskins need someone opposite him. Ray is another pas rusher who has an extremely high ceiling, but is a bit raw. Even if he isn’t ready to be an every down player yet, he can be a great pass rush specialist right away.
  6. New York Jets (4-12) – Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Florida State: The Jets could very well stick with Geno Smith here and go another direction, but new coaches on bad teams generally mean new quarterbacks. I think this is too high for Winston, but many have him as the best quarterback in the draft. Winston has a big arm and is athletic, but needs to work on reading defenses and making better decisions.
  7. Chicago (5-11) – Landon Collins, Safety, Alabama: I debated pass rusher here, but I didn’t like the fit for them with the guys that were left. Chicago’s safety play was terrible last year and Collins can step in right away and improve that. Collins is a talented safety who can play the run and the pass.
  8. Atlanta (6-10) – Vic Beasley, Edge Rusher, Clemson: The Falcons desperately need to improve their pass rush and Beasley is the best pass rusher left. He doesn’t have the size to play with his hand in dirt consistently, but can be used much in the same way the Broncos use Von Miller.
  9. New York Giants (6-10) – Brandon Scherff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa: The Giants need to protect Eli Manning better. Scherff can step in right away and play either tackle position. If they don’t feel comfortable with him or Pugh at left tackle, either one of them can slide in and play guard while the other plays right tackle.
  10. St. Louis (6-10) – La’el Collins, Offensive Tackle, LSU: The Rams would love a quarterback, but their isn’t one left. Collins can step in at tackle or guard and help protect whoever is playing quarterback next year. Collins is also a mauler in the run game and will be Trey Masons best friend going forward.
  11. Minnesota (7-9) – DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver, Louisville: Parker may not be the most NFL ready receiver coming out this year, but his athleticism and size make him one of the most intriguing. On top of that, it shouldn’t take long for him and Bridgewater to get back into the rhythm they had at Louisville.
  12. Cleveland (7-9) – Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver, Alabama: After passing on receivers completely last year, the Browns need to take one early this year. Many consider Cooper the best receiver prospect in this class and the Browns would be thrilled if he dropped to them at 12. He can step in right away and be their top receiver.
  13. New Orleans (7-9) – Alvin Dupree, Edge Rusher, Kentucky: The Saints need pass rushing help and Dupree certainly brings that. Dupree can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt, giving the Saints a lot of versatility. Dupree was very productive in the always tough SEC.
  14. Miami (8-8) – Danny Shelton, Defensive Tackle, Washington: After a strong week at the Senior Bowl, Shelton has really opened some eyes. He is a huge tackle who can still get after the quarterback as well as play the run very well. Shelton should be able to step in and start from day one.
  15. San Francisco (8-8) – Eddie Goldman, Defensive Tackle, Florida State: Goldman is a big defensive tackle who can play anywhere along the line. His versatility will be a huge plus for the 49ers and he also gives them insurance for Justin Smith, who is getting older.
  16. Houston (9-7) – Trae Waynes, Cornerback, Michigan State: Waynes is the top cornerback in the draft and the Texans can certainly use a cornerback. Kareem Jackson is a free agent and if they don’t bring him back, their need for a corner goes way up. Waynes can step in right away and play at a high level.
  17. San Diego (9-7) – T.J. Clemmings, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh: The Chargers could use a receiver and some defense, but the value at a position of need with Clemmings is too hard to pass up. He can play either right tackle or left tackle, depending on where they want to play D.J. Fluker.
  18. Kansas City (9-7) – Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia: The Chiefs need help in the passing game and White can do just that. He is a great compliment to Bowe and can give Smith another option to throw to. Bowe, White and Kelce give the Chiefs a good three headed monster in the passing game.
  19. Cleveland – from Buffalo (9-7) – Malcom Brown, Defensive Line, Texas: The Browns could use some help along the defensive line and Brown is a very intriguing prospect. He is a big guy who moves extremely well and is very versatile. Extremely quick off the ball and keeps his eyes on the ball all the time.
  20. Philadelphia (10-6) – Marcus Peters, Cornerback, Washington: Cornerback is one of the Eagles biggest needs and Peters is the most talented cornerback in this draft. He has some off-field concerns, but Chip has seen him from his time at Oregon. If he thinks he can keep his nose clean, this could be a home run pick.
  21. Cincinnati* (10-5-1) – Jordan Phillips, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma: The Bengals biggest offseason need is to bolster their pass rush and with the top edge rushers gone, defensive tackle is the next position of need. Phillips has the size and athleticism to be extremely difficult to block. He can bolster the pass rush from the defensive tackle position and help take some of the pressure off of Geno Atkins.
  22. Pittsburgh* (11-5) – P.J. Williams, Cornerback, Florida State: The Steelers don’t like to take cornerbacks early, but they really need to add one. Ike Taylor is on the downside of his career and they don’t have a ton of talent after that. Williams has good size and speed to go along with an aggressive play style.
  23. Detroit* (11-5) – Quinten Rollins, Cornerback, Miami (Ohio): Rollins is an extremely raw prospect who has only played one year of college football. He has good size and great athleticism and only got better as the year went along. He will need some time to grow, but could be the steal of the draft for the Lions.
  24. Arizona* (11-5) – Shaq Thompson, Linebacker, Washington: The Cardinals need help rushing the quarterback and Thompson can do just that. He is an extremely versatile player who can do anything at linebacker, as well as give you some snaps at safety. He is adept in coverage and plays the run well.
  25. Carolina* (7-8-1) – Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle, Stanford: The Panthers are in dire need of help on the offensive line and Peat can step in day one and start. The Panthers have to help protect Cam Newton better, who was hit and beat up all year long.
  26. Baltimore* (10-6) – Jaelen Strong, Wide Receiver, Arizona State: Strong is the type of physical receiver that the Ravens could use. Steve Smith won’t be able to play forever and Strong would be an excellent replacement for him. Strong and Smith would make an excellent receiver duo for the future for Flacco.
  27. Dallas* (12-4) – Todd Gurley, Running Back, Georgia: DeMarco Murray may not return to the Cowboys next year and if he doesn’t they need a running back. Gurley is one of the most talented backs to come out in a long time and would be a great replacement for Murray. Gurley is a three-down back who can do everything you need from a running back.
  28. Denver* (12-4) – Carl Davis, Defensive Tackle, Iowa: Davis played extremely well at the Senior Bowl, improving his stock quite a bit. Knighton might not be back for Denver and Davis can step in and take the spot vacated by him leaving. Davis played nose at Iowa, but can play all along the defensive line.
  29. Indianapolis* (11-5) – A.J. Cann, Offensive Guard, South Carolina: The Colts have to protect Andrew Luck better. Cann is the top guard prospect in this draft and would be able to step in and improve that line. He would immediately help protect Luck and open up running lanes.
  30. Green Bay* (12-4) – Benardrick McKinney, Linebacker, Mississippi State: McKinney is an extremely raw and extremely versatile athlete. McKinney has shown to be a good blitzer as well as very good against the run. his versatility allows you to move him around and utilize his athleticism.
  31. New England* (12-4) – Maxx Williams, Tight End, Minnesota: We all know that New England loves their tight ends and Williams is the best in this class. Williams is a good athlete with soft hands and a large catching radius. He can lineup out wide or inline. Needs to improve as a blocker, but isn’t terrible there.
  32. Seattle* (12-4) – Devin Funchess, Wide Receiver, Michigan: Funchess is a large receiver who shows good athleticism and great leaping ability. Is a strong runner who is tough to bring down. Funchess has played tight end, in the slot and out wide. Needs to become more consistent with his hands, but people said the same thing about Kelvin Benjamin and he had a good year this year.

Round 2

  1. Tennessee (2-14) – Hau’oli Kikaha, Edge Rusher, Washington
  2. Tampa Bay (2-14) – Ereck Flowers, Offensive Tackle, Miami
  3. Oakland (3-13) – Michael Bennett, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
  4. Jacksonville (3-13) – Eric Kendricks, Linebacker, UCLA
  5. New York Jets (4-12) – Melvin Gordon, Running Back, Wisconsin
  6. Washington (4-12) – Ty Sambrailo, Offensive Tackle, Colorado State
  7. Chicago (5-11) – Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Defensive End, UCLA
  8. New York Giants (6-10) – Eli Harold, Edge Rusher, Virginia
  9. St. Louis (6-10) – Brett Hundley, Quarterback, UCLA
  10. Atlanta (6-10) – Clive Walford, Tight End, Miami
  11. Cleveland (7-9) – Sammie Coates, Wide Receiver, Auburn
  12. New Orleans (7-9) – Duke Johnson, Running Back, Miami
  13. Minnesota (7-9) – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Cornerback, Oregon
  14. San Francisco (8-8) – Devin Smith, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
  15. Miami (8-8) – Phillip Dorsett, Wide Receiver, Miami
  16. San Diego (9-7) – Justin Hardy, Wide Receiver, ECU
  17. Kansas City (9-7) – Cameron Erving, Offensive Line, Florida State
  18. Buffalo (9-7) – Ameer Abdullah, Running Back, Nebraska
  19. Houston (9-7) – Rashad Greene, Wide Receiver, Florida State
  20. Philadelphia (10-6) – Cody Prewitt, Safety, Ole Miss
  21. Cincinnati* (10-5-1) – Paul Dawson, Linebacker, TCU
  22. Detroit* (11-5) – Gabe Wright, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
  23. Arizona* (11-5) – Arik Armstead, Defensive Lineman, Oregon
  24. Pittsburgh* (11-5) – Danielle Hunter, Edge Rusher, LSU
  25. Carolina* (7-8-1) – Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver, USC
  26. Baltimore* (10-6) – Jalen Collins, Cornerback, LSU
  27. Denver* (12-4) – Denzel Perryman, Linebacker, Miami
  28. Dallas* (12-4) – Alex Carter, Cornerback, Stanford
  29. Indianapolis* (11-5) – Gerod Holliman, Safety, Louisville
  30. Green Bay* (12-4) – Ellis McCarthy, Defensive Tackle, UCLA
  31. New England* (12-4) – Dorial Green-Beckham, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
  32. Seattle* (12-4) – Mario Edwards Jr., Defensive Lineman, Florida State

 

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