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2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 – 3 Rounds

Round 1


1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston QB Florida St. Despite questions surrounding Winston’s immaturity and intelligence, Tampa Bay is the worst team in the NFL for a reason. Josh McCown and Mike Glennon were predictably terrible this year, unable to use their above-average offense weapons to create any sort of advantage. Once NFL scouts started voicing their opinions, it became clear that Winston, and not Marcus Mariota, would be the likely #1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
2 Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Potentially great QB’s don’t come around often, so it would be surprising for Tennessee to pass on Mariota here. Mariota is the type of player that could rejuvenate the franchise and make the Titans competitive in the AFC South very quickly. Still, there are reports of the Titans being content with Zach Mettenberger, which means that the #2 pick might be the most likely to be traded of any in the first round.
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Randy Gregory DE Nebraska Chris Clemons was a big part of the Jacksonville pass rush last year, but he might be let go this offseason. Outside of Clemons, DE’s Ryan Davis and Andre Branch haven’t proven to be more than part-time players. Gregory could be a premier pass rusher and would certainly help to solidy Jacksonville’s front four, at least on paper.
4 Oakland Raiders Leonard Williams DL USC Williams is so versatile. You win with great defense and a decent QB – the Raiders actually are following that blueprint. Mack, Moore and Williams, that’s a sick front 7.
5 Washington Redskins Brandon Scherff OL Iowa Terrible OL play was a big reason for Washington’s failures. If the Redskins really want to evaluate how good RGIII can be, they should probably find adequate blockers for him. Scherff can play both OT and OG spots at a high level.
6 New York Jets Amari Cooper WR Alabama Jets have a great DL, but need more outside pass rush. A QB’s best friend (other than great offensive weapons) is a good defense. The only way you beat Brady is by generating consistent pressure.
7 Chicago Bears Shane Ray OLB/DE Missouri The Bears need help on Defense in the worst way. Ray has a nasty first step and a great motor, and can play LB and DE, allowing him to be moved around to create mismatches.
8 Atlanta Falcons Dante Fowler, Jr OLB/DE Florida Atlanta missed out on Demarcus Lawrence last year after the Cowboys jumped ahead of them early in the second round. With a plethora of 1st round pass rushers, it would be a surprise for them not to draft one this year.
9 New York Giants Landon Collins S Alabama Antrell Rolle is a free agent, and the Giants will probably let him go. Collins is a plug and play option, and a great replacement.
10 St. Louis Rams Andrus Peat OT Stanford Not sure what will happen at the QB position, but this ensures that whoever is under center will have a nice young OL to operate behind.
11 Minnesota Vikings Devante Parker WR Louisville Dream scenario for the Vikes, get a WR who should be off the board, and one who Bridgewater already has chemistry with.
12 Cleveland Browns Kevin White WR West Virginia Manziel may not be a good QB, but he’ll look better if he has weapons to throw to. Since Josh Gordon is unlikely to ever play with the Browns again, and almost certainly not this year, Cleveland should probably draft or sign at least three new receivers. White has the size and skill to become an excellent first option.
13 New Orleans Saints Laell Collins OT LSU The Saints need to make sure Brees has time in the pocket. Collins can play 4 positions on the line at a high level and helps solidify a weakness in 2014.
14 Miami Dolphins TJ Clemmings OT Pittsburgh OL injuries and inconsistencies make it a top priority. Clemmings can play every position but Center.
15 San Francisco 49ers Arik Armstead DE Oregon If rumors of Justin Smith’s retirement are true, Armstead could be a perfect addition. Plus, a new defensive lineman would certainly be to new head coach Jim Tomsula’s liking.
16 Houston Texans Trae Waynes CB Michigan St While the Texans have Jonathan Joseph, expect to bring back Kareem Jackson, and have a few promising young corners, Waynes is a good value here. It also keeps them from overpaying for another corner and furthers the rebuilding of the Texans defense.
17 San Diego Chargers Ereck Flowers OT Miami The Chargers need to give Phillip Rivers time in the pocket. Rivers looks like an MVP when he’s not rushed. Finally time to get him a franchise LT for blindside protection.
18 Kansas City Chiefs Jaelen Strong WR Arizona St. Is there any question as to the Chiefs’ most pressing need? ZERO WRs caught a TD last season… that’s all you need to know!
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) Danny Shelton NT Washington In a rugged AFC North, the Browns need to make sure their run defense is more than adequate. Shelton provides the mammoth NT they need to win upfront.
20 Philadelphia Eagles PJ Williams CB Florida St. Eagles need a corner and based on comments from their scouts, they need one that can actually hit someone. PJ Williams has size, cover skills, and is a rugged tackler.
21 Cincinnati Bengals Dorial Green-Beckham WR Oklahoma Everyone knows that Andy Dalton is an average QB, at best. The Bengals are stuck with him for a while, and should really do everything they can to make sure they put playmakers around him. DGB has character concerns, but that won’t scare the Bengals.
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Alvin Dupree LB Kentucky The Steelers have been focusing on rebuilding their defense in the last few drafts. But their defense still sucks. Bud Dupree can make an immediate impact.
23 Detroit Lions Eddie Goldman DT Florida St. Could lose Fairley and/or Suh, and almost certainly will lose one of them. They’ll be looking for a DT early.
24 Arizona Cardinals Vic Beasley OLB Clemson The Cardinals have been getting great defensive play, but need a talented guy opposite Acho at OLB.
25 Carolina Panthers Devin Funchess WR/TE Michigan The Panthers need more weapons for Cam to target. Given Cam’s accuracy issues, finding another big target with a wide catching radius is probably a good idea. A Benjamin/Funchess duo would be so much fun to watch.
26 Baltimore Ravens Marcus Peters CB Washington Ravens will draft guys with red flags and Marcus Peters has the talent to warrant it.
27 Dallas Cowboys Gerod Holliman S Louisville The Cowboys need help all over on defense. Getting a Safety who can play deep and keep a lid on the offense is a good start.
28 Denver Broncos Cameron Erving OL Florida St. The Broncos are currently a mess… No one knows who is going to be under center, but Erving can play every position on the OL, and will help make sure Denver’s OL is a strength moving forward – something needed in the improving AFC West.
29 Indianapolis Colts Todd Gurley RB Georgia Andrew Luck can’t carry the Colts by himself. Gurley will need time to heal, but a Luck/Gurley combo is unbelievably deadly!
30 Green Bay Packers Shaq Thompson ILB Washington Brad Jones. AJ Hawk. These ILB’s are unlikely to be back in Green Bay after proving to be too slow and ineffective at this point in their careers. The Pack were interested in Ryan Shazier last year, they would similarly  jump at the chance to get Thompson this year.
31 Seattle Seahawks Maxx Williams TE Minnesota The Seahawks absolutely must find some receiving options for Russel Wilson. Wilson and Lynch can’t be expected to carry the offense forever.
32 New England Patriots Malcom Brown DT Texas Vince Wilfork is getting older and there are plenty of possible upgrades for their current DL. Brown is an athletic 320 lb. DT that would fit in well with New England.

Round 2

1 Tennessee Titans Preston Smith DE/DT Mississippi St. Titans need help everywhere. Smith has nice upside, and will contribute from day one.
2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M If Winston is the pick at #1 overall, the offense needs to be built up around him. Ogbuehi’s injury might knock him down further than this, but should be an effective OT at some point.
3 Oakland Raiders Michael Bennett DL Ohio State The Raiders continue to build their front seven on defense. Williams can play all across the line, and Bennett is versatile as well.
4 Jacksonville Jaguars Eric Kendricks LB Washington Jacksonville continues to build on defense. Kendricks is undersized, but is a playmaker. Adding Gregory and Kendricks infuses serious speed and athleticism into the defense.
5 New York Jets Brett Hundley QB UCLA The Jets can’t go into the season with Geno Smith as the unquestioned starter. Hundley has a similar skill-set, but much greater upside.
6 Washington Redskins Hau’oli Kikaha OLB Washington Washington will need a pass rusher and after drafting Scherff in round 1 will grab one. Kikaha won’t be a size/speed/strength prospect, but he is tenacious. Because of his size and playing style, he’s somewhat of a poor man’s Clay Matthews.
7 Chicago Bears Benardrick McKinney LB Mississippi St. The Bears need all the help they can get on D. McKinney may remind some of Urlacher as a 6’5″ 250 lb. defender with speed and athleticism.
8 New York Giants Paul Dawson LB TCU The Giants have needed LB help for a while now. Dawson is an athletic and versatile prospect who can play a few positions.
9 St. Louis Rams Sammie Coates WR Auburn Rams STILL need help at WR. Coates gives them a big/fast option.
10 Atlanta Falcons Ty Sambrailo OT Colorado St The Falcons got a pass rusher in Round 1, and add a versatile OL prospect in round 2. The Falcons OL was decimated by injuries in 2014, and Sambrailo can start from day one at OG or RT.
11 Cleveland Browns Quentin Rollins CB Miami (OH) After taking Justin Gilbert and Pierre Desir last year, it appears that the Browns still need CB help. Rollins played college basketball for four years and at 6’0 203 lbs, should be coveted early in the 2015 Draft.
12 New Orleans Saints Danielle Hunter OLB LSU The Saints need help on D, especially at CB and with the pass rush. Hunter is raw, but unbelievably long and athletic.
13 Minnesota Vikings Tevin Coleman RB Indiana Teddy has some receiving threats, but it’s time to give him a lead back. Coleman is ridiculously talented.
14 San Francisco 49ers Nelson Agholor WR USC Crabtree and Boldin both may leave, and the Niners have very few options to grow with Kaepernick. Agholor could’ve been a first round pick if he stayed, but is a good need/value pick here.
15 Miami Dolphins Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin Tannehill needs options. Lamar Miller is good, but Melvin Gordon is better.
16 San Diego Chargers AJ Cann OG South Carolina The Chargers go OL in the first 2 rounds, and completely solidify their line. Rivers isn’t getting any younger, so making sure he stays upright in the pocket is priority #1.
17 Kansas City Chiefs Denzel Perryman ILB Miami The Chiefs have some issues at ILB, and Perryman is a great fit in their 3-4 D.
18 Buffalo Bills TJ Yeldon RB Alabama The Bills don’t have a QB, but they aren’t going to find one that can play at this point. Fred Jackson is old, Spiller is likely gone, Brown and Boobie Dickson are just backups. Yeldon and Watkins provide a nice WR/RB tandem to build the offense around.
19 Houston Texans Devin Smtih WR Ohio St. Hopkins is a legitimate threat, but Andre Johnson is older and there aren’t any other viable options in the passing game.
20 Philadelphia Eagles Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon Eagles don’t have any good CBs, and Chip Kelly will keep drafting Oregon players, as the school is his personal farm system.
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest Bengals need some secondary help. If not for weight issues, Johnson could go much higher.
22 Detroit Lions Jalen Collins CB LSU Lions biggest issue isn’t defense, but the secondary is the one area to expose them. The Lions like to play physical, and Collins fits the bill here.
23 Arizona Cardinals Eli Harold OLB Virginia They take Beasley and Harold back-to-back. Beasley can play all over (some ILB if needed), and Harold is strictly an OLB. You have to have a fierce pass rush to survive in the NFC West.
24 Pittsburgh Steelers Cody Prewitt S Ole Miss Prewitt had a nice Senior Bowl, and showed a good blend of physical play and range. The Steelers are pretty old at Safety, and Polamalu can’t play forever.
25 Carolina Panthers Jake Fisher OT Oregon It’s incredible that the Panthers made the playoffs after losing as many OL and WR’s as they did last offseason. In this mock draft, they get Funchess and Fisher to help both areas.
26 Baltimore Ravens Carl Davis DL Iowa The Ravens never pass up an opportunity to add talented defenders to their front seven. After an impressive Senior Bowl, Davis could go much higher.
27 Denver Broncos Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma The Broncos may lose Terrance Knighton, and need to find a replacement.
28 Dallas Cowboys Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE UCLA Cowboys D was better this year, despite having little talent and losing Sean Lee. They will need to keep adding DL talent to give Marinelli something to work with.
29 Indianapolis Colts Nate Orchard OLB Utah Erik Walden is still with this team and he is much better than Bjeorn Werner right now. Scary stuff. Please, Indy, take Orchard.
30 Green Bay Packers Alex Carter CB Stanford The Packers could lose both Tramon Williams and Davon House this offseason. Even if they lose just one, they’ll have to make CB a priority.
31 Seattle Seahawks Tre Jackson OG Florida St. Seattle needs to continue to improve it’s OL if they want to keep Russell Wilson (who will likely be making much more money next year) upright and productive.
32 New England Patriots Ameer Abdullah RB Neraska Shane Vareen is a free agent, and probably won’t be back. Abdullah is basically a Vereen clone, but runs much better between the tackles.

Round 3

1 Tampa Bay Darren Smith S Fresno St. After trading Mark Barron last year, it will be important to add a safety that can play next to Dashon Goldson, if Goldson is even back with the team.
2 Tennessee Eric Rowe CB Utah Rowe is a big, physical DB who can play both CB and S.
3 Jacksonville David Cobb RB Minnesota Denard Robinson ran well enough to keep his starting job next year, but behind him is Toby Gerhart and Jordan Todman. Cobb is the prototypical size for an NFL running back.
4 Oakland Clive Walford TE Miami The Raiders need to get Carr some help, and pairing Walford with Rivera locks down the TE position.
5 Washington Ronald Darby CB Florida St. Washington gets torched on a weekly basis. Some believe that Darby could end up being a better player than his former teammate PJ Williams.
6 New York Jets Charles Gaines CB Louisville The Jets secondary was the major weak link in the defense last season. They need to make that a priority in the draft.
7 Chicago Hronnis Grasu C Oregon Time to put Robert Garza out to pasture.
8 St. Louis Bryce Petty QB Baylor Petty had a poor performance during the Senior Bowl week, but the Rams need some insurance at QB, even if Bradford is retained. Petty has the size and ability you want from a QB, he just needs to become more consistent.
9 Atlanta Anthony Harris S Virginia  The 6’0″ 190 lb Virginia represents good value in round 3. Though more likely a SS, he led the nation with 8 interceptions in 2013 and has the speed to play deep.
10 New York Giants Duke Johnson RB Miami Andre Brown looks like a great short-yardage option, but a speedy compliment is needed. Johnson and OBJ give this offense ridiculous speed.
11 New Orleans Arie Kouandjio OG Alabama Though New Orleans probably wants a CB or S here, Kouandjio could become a top tier OG. New Orleans’ terrible salary cap situation means current starters like Evans and Grubbs are not safe.
12 Minnesota Laken Tomlinson OG Duke The VIkings OL was underwhelming in 2014. Gotta keep Teddy upright to help his development. After a terrific Senior Bowl, Tomlinson has a chance to go much higher.
13 Cleveland Justin Hardy WR East Carolina It would not shock me to see the Browns double up on WR’s in this draft. White and Hardy would make quite a pair.
14 Miami Mario Edwards Jr DL FSU Jared Odrick may be gone. Here’s a great replacement and excellent value.
15 San Francisco Ellis McCarthy DL UCLA The best way for San Francisco to transition into the Tomsula era is to keep their defense strong. Adding Armstead and McCarthy certainly would do that.
16 Kansas City Rashad Greene WR FSU Again, ZERO Chiefs WRs caught a TD in 2014…
17 Buffalo Garrett Grayson QB Colorado St. Oh, Buffalo. EJ Manuel is currently the only option on the team, but you can be sure that will change by the time next season starts.
18 Houston Kurtis Drummond S Michigan St. Texans are building a juggernaut defense. They need to upgrade their secondary though…
19 San Diego Phillip Dorsett WR Miami Philip Rivers played really well to start the season, but ultimately has few weapons that can make a difference on offense. Dorsett might be the fastest WR in this draft and probably warrants a day 2 selection.
20 Philadelphia Anthony Jefferson S UCLA The Eagles really attacked their secondary issues, going CB, CB and S with their first 3 picks… Honestly, the secondary was more than bad enough to justify this.
21 Cincinnati Markus Golden DE Missouri Golden impressed during the Senior Bowl with his play, but after measuring in at just 6’2″ 255 lbs, he likely won’t go before Round 3. Still, he’s explosive enough to intrigue 34 and 43 teams alike.
22 Arizona Ty Montgomery WR Stanford It’s very possible that Larry Fitzgerald isn’t back with the Cardinals for 2015. Montgomery would be a good fit alongside Floyd and Brown.
23 Pittsburgh Jeff Heuerman TE Ohio St. Pittsburgh’s offense had stretches where they were unstoppable this year. Adding Heuerman as a long-term replacement for Heath Miller would make sense, as he can block, catch, and be a red zone threat at 6’6″.
24 Detroit Jeremiah Poutasi OT Utah The Lions have to address OT at some point, right? After needing OT and CB seemingly every year, the Lions get guys both positions before the end of the 3rd Round.
25 Carolina Tony Lippett WR Michigan St. Though some are pegging Lippett as a CB, he is likely going to stick at WR for now. And at 6’3″ 185, he will get attention from WR-hungry teams like Carolina.
26 Baltimore Jay Ajayi RB Boise St. I expect Forsett to be back, but he’s not the long-term option. Ajayi is great value here, and fits in the black and blue AFC North.
27 Dallas Nick O’Leary TE Florida st. Well, Nick O’Leary isn’t the biggest TE in this draft. He is a talented pass-catcher and would provide another option behind Witten and Gavin Escobar. Pro comparison: Jim Kleinsasser. Sorry.
28 Denver Ramik Wilson ILB Georgia The Broncos had injury issues at LB this year, and may lose Brandon Marshall to free agency. Wilson is an intriguing player who should fit well in their versatile 4-3 defense.
29 Indianapolis Daryl Williams OT Oklahoma Indy could stand to upgrade their OL. Enter Williams, a 6’5″ 320 lb mauler. He has been compared to Phil Loadholt because of his strength.
30 Green Bay Christian Covington DL Rice The Packers address every level of their defense in the first 3 rounds. The defense improved this year, and GB wants to make sure it stays that way.
31 New England Henry Anderson DL Stanford Though Anderson is 6’6″ 280 lbs, he is coming in a little under-the-radar due to a 2013 injury. Still, his play and size certainly warrant a day 2 selection.
32 Seattle Lorenzo Mauldin DE Louisville The Seahawks are always looking to add pass rushers, and Mauldin is a great value here.

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