Yes, it’s that time of year again folks. The NFL is in full swing and for the fans of some teams, the promise of another lost season is already upon them. However, never fear, I am here to tell you how it’s not really that bad. I’m going to tell you how that player that you will be picking in the top 10 will help turn your team around and make you a championship contender. I’m going to tell you that your GM won’t make another terrible selection this year. So without further ado, here is my initial 2015 NFL mock draft.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USC
The Jaguars already have their quarterback of the future as well as their left tackle of the future on their roster. Williams is the most talented defensive player in the draft and will create chaos inside.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Tampa Bay has been terrible and Josh McCown is a huge reason why and if they end up with the second pick then Mike Glennon wasn’t any better. Marcus Mariota is the best quarterback in this class and a true franchise quarterback.
3. Oakland Raiders – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
The Raiders would have loved to pair Williams with Mack, but Ogbuehi isn’t a bad conciliation prize. They have to protect Derek Carr and Ogbuehi can certainly do that.
4. Tennessee Titans – Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
The Titans could use a quarterback, but I’m not sure they will take another Pac-12 quarterback who is more athlete than quarterback again. Gregory is a great pass rusher who can instantly help improve their defense.
5. St. Louis Rams – Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
The Rams are another team that needs a quarterback and Jeff Fisher has had success with athletic quarterbacks in his past. Hundley has an extremely high ceiling, but will certainly see some growing pains early.
6. Miami Dolphins – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
The Dolphins need help at linebacker and Beasley has the pass rush ability to be used like a Von Miller is in Denver. Beasley lined up behind Cameron Wake would be a devastating pass rush to stop. He will need to work on his coverage and run stopping ability, but his pass rush ability is too much to pass.
7. Cleveland Browns – Brandon Schreff, OT, Iowa
Joe Thomas is one of the best in the game, but the Browns have a huge hole at right tackle. Schreff can step in straight away and be a bookend to Thomas.
8. Washington Redskins – Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Redskins pass defense is really bad and Collins has the talent to be one of the next great safeties. He can play coverage or against the run. He is a good all-around safety prospect.
9. Minnesota Vikings – Donte Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
Mike Zimmer will build the defense from the line out and Fowler is one of the best pass rush prospects in America. Like last years top pick Anthony Barr, Fowler has the ability to put his hand in the dirt and play defensive end or play standing up. He add another wrinkle to that Vikings pass rush
10. Kansas City Chiefs – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
The Chiefs need weapons in the passing game for Alex Smith to throw the ball too. Dwayne Bowe isn’t the big time receiver they need and Jamaal Charles can only do so much for that offense. Travis Kelce is turning into a nice piece, but they need someone on the outside as well.
11. New York Jets – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Todd Gurley is going to break the streak of no running backs being taken in the first round. He has the size and speed to be a dominant force in the NFL. The Jets need help in the running game. Chris Johnson is done and Chris Ivory always seems to be injured. Gurley is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.
12. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo) – Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan
Even when the Browns get Josh Gordon back they could still use help at receiver. We also don’t know how long Gordon will stay out of trouble. Funchess is a huge receiver that will give Hoyer and Johnny Manziel a big target to throw too and we all saw at Texas A&M what Manziel can do with a big target.
13. Atlanta Falcons – Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
The Atlanta Falcons need to sure up both sides of the line of scrimmage. They drafted Jake Matthews this past draft and should look to the defensive line next draft. Calhoun can give the Falcons a pass rush that they have been sorely lacking.
14. Houston Texans – Conner Cook, QB, Michigan State
Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing reasonably well for the Texans and they are sitting at 3-1. However, we all know Fitz isn’t the answer at quarterback. If the Texans don’t believe either last years 4th round pick Tom Savage or Ryan Mallett are the answer they could look for a quarterback in the first round.
15. Green Bay Packers – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
The Packers offensive line has struggled for years now. With all the weapons on offense, if they can protect Aaron Rodgers they might be unstoppable. Peat can step in right away and play one of the tackle spots and help sure up that poor line.
16. New York Giants – Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
Shawn Oakman is a physical freak who has a ton of upside. The Giants won two Super Bowls on the back of their pass rush and pairing him with Jason Pierre-Paul could certainly get them back in that direction.
17. San Francisco 49ers – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Ekpre-Olomu would have been one of the top corners taken in last years draft and nothing has changed that this year. The 49ers defense is still one of the best in the league, but if there is a position they still need to upgrade it’s cornerback.
18. Carolina Panthers – La’el Collins, OT, LSU
The Panthers lost the majority of their offensive line this past offseason and didn’t really get to replace it. Collins will be able to step in and protect Cam Newtons blind side and help open up holes for that running game.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
Every year it seems like we say the Steelers need to take a cornerback and I’m going to continue to say it. Ike Taylor is quickly on the back end of his career and won’t be able to play forever. Williams is battling Ekpre-Olomu to be the top corner in the country.
20. Chicago Bears – Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
The Bears just signed Lamarr Houston to a contract, but their other end is Jared Allen who isn’t getting any younger. Dupree is an explosive pass rusher who can pair with Houston and cause chaos for opposing quarterbacks.
21. Dallas Cowboys – Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State
The Cowboys pass rush needs severely upgraded and Mario Edwards versatility can do that. He has the size to slide inside to defensive tackle, but has also played standing up and in space at Florida State.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Sammie Coats, WR, Auburn
Steve Smith has shown that he still has some left in the tank, but he is getting older and the Ravens could use a third receiver to go with Smith and Smith. Coats is one of the top receivers in this class and will help Flacco and that offense grow.
23. Detroit Lions – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
The Lions defense has been playing really well this year, but they still lack top end talent at cornerback. Waynes is a long cornerback who has the talent to be a number one corner in the NFL. Pair him with the Lions defensive line and you have the makings of a great defense.
24. Indianapolis Colts – Arik Armstead, DE/OLB, Oregon
The Colts front 7 needs some athleticism injected in it and Armstead does just that. He will be able to bring pressure from the defensive end position and can even stand up and rush from the end position if they want him too.
25. New Orleans Saints – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
The Saints have two great safeties in Byrd and Vacaaro, but they really lack at the cornerback position. Peters has played as well as any corner in the country so far this year and would be a great addition to the Saints pass defense.
26. New England Patriots – Jalen Strong, WR, Arizona State
The only reliable target that Tom Brady has this year is Edelman. Gronk hasn’t been the Gronk of the past and they don’t have many receivers besides that. Strong would give Brady a big receiver who can make plays, which is something that offense needs terribly.
27. Philadelphia Eagles – Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State
The Eagles offense is one of the best in the league, but their defense still needs a lot of help. Drummond could come in straight away and push to be a starter. He plays the pass as well as the run and has the instincts to make big plays.
28. San Diego Chargers – Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
King Dunlap played very well last year for the Chargers, but his contract is up after this year and the Chargers may not want to give him the kind of money he is looking for. Drango can come in and play left tackle, allowing Fluker to stay on the right side where he is a much better fit.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Noah Spence, OLB, Ohio State
John Abraham may be done and the Cardinals don’t have any other consistent pass rushers. Spence is a good pass rusher who has also shown that he can play in space. He would be a versatile player to add to the already very good Cardinals defense.
30. Denver Broncos – Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
The Broncos have a ton of big names on defense, but they don’t have much at the middle linebacker position. Perryman was a terror for the Hurricanes last year and could step into the middle of that Denver defense and be a playmaker.
31. Seattle Seahawks – Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
The Seahawks find a steal here with Bennett. Bennett has the talent to be a top 20 pick and can step straight into that Seattle defensive line rotation and cause havoc from day one.
32. Cincinnati Bengals – Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
The Bengals defense is one of the best in the league, but outside of Geno Atkins they don’t have any other elite talent at the tackle position. Davis is a big body who is tough to move. He could pair up with Atkins and make a great duo in the middle of their line.