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2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Check out all 3 rounds of our latest 2015 NFL Mock Draft! 

Round 1

1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston QB Florida St. Despite questions surrounding Winston’s immaturity and intelligence, Tampa Bay seems ready to take him with the first overall pick. 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 Vic Beasley DE Clemson Outside of Clemons, DE’s Ryan Davis and Andre Branch haven’t proven to be more than part-time players. Beasley could be a premier pass rusher and would certainly help to solidify 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. The temptation to grab a top tier WR will be strong here, but if Williams is available he should be the pick.
5 Washington Redskins Dante Fowler, JR OLB Florida Terrible OL play was a big reason for Washington’s failures, but how likely is it that they select a RT with the 5th overall pick? After losing Brian Orakpo (though in reality they’ve played without him for some time) Washington may be inclined to grab another pass rusher to go along with Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan.
6 New York Jets Randy Gregory OLB Nebraska 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. Teams are concerned about Gregory’s weight and drug use, but the Jets typically aren’t shy about drafting players like him.
7 Chicago Bears Amari Cooper WR Alabama The Bears need help on defense in the worst way, but given the run on pass rushers in this mock draft and the fact that they traded Brandon Marshall this offseason, drafting Cooper would be smart. Alshon Jeffery and Cooper could be devastating together.
8 Atlanta Falcons  Shane Ray  DE/OLB  Missouri 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 Brandon Sherff OT Iowa Finally, the first OL is taken. There seems to be some discussion that Sherff will have to play OG, but that has also been said about La’el Collins of LSU. Sherff seems like a relatively safe pick here.
10 St. Louis Rams Kevin White WR West Virginia Nick Foles will need to be propped up by a strong supporting cast, so if Kevin White is available I would expect the Rams to draft him without hesitation. In reality, White could go #4 overall to the Raiders and may end up being better than Amari Cooper.
11 Minnesota Vikings Devante Parker WR Louisville Dream scenario for the Vikes, they get a WR who should be off the board and one whom Bridgewater already has chemistry with.
12 Cleveland Browns Danny Shelton DL Washington Cleveland misses out on the top tier of WR’s in this mock draft but they get the top NT in Shelton, who should be a big upgrade over Phil Taylor.
13 New Orleans Saints La’el 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 Trae Waynes CB Michigan St Miami has a definite need at CB and they get Waynes, likely the first corner to come off the board in the 2015 NFL Draft.
15 San Francisco 49ers Arik Armstead DE Oregon San Fransisco is in a mini-rebuilding mode. Suddenly their defense lacks leaders and playmakers, so 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 Dorial Green-Beckham WR Oklahoma It was a little baffling to see the Texans release Andre Johnson, who clearly can still play, when DeAndre Hopkins is the only other legitimate WR on the team. Houston doesn’t usually draft players with off the field baggage, but Green-Beckham is likely to go in the first 20 picks of the draft.
17 San Diego Chargers Todd Gurley RB Georgia Where Gurley gets drafted will be one of the more interesting stories on draft day. Given his injury and NFL teams shying away from first round RB’s, Gurley may have to wait until the second day of the draft to hear his name called. However, San Diego lost Ryan Mathews this off season and is without a dynamic offensive threat in general.
18 Kansas City Chiefs Marcus Peters CB Washington KC has a lot of great pieces but will always struggle to take the next step with Alex Smith. A big WR to pair with Jeremy Maclin would be ideal, but for now they settle for maybe the most talented CB in the 2015 NFL Draft in Peters.
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)  Breshad Perriman WR Central Florida Perriman is sure to rise up some draft boards after posting an otherworldly mid-4.2 40 time at his pro day. The Browns currently do not have a starting-quality WR.
20 Philadelphia Eagles Landon Collins  S Alabama The Eagles need a safety to pair with Malcolm Jenkins and get the only one worth taking in the first round in Landon Collins.
21 Cincinnati Bengals  Kevin Johnson  CB Wake Forest Cincinnati seems poised to make a Super Bowl run if Andy Dalton can take another step. The best way to help him might be to build the defense and Kevin Johnson can be a long-term Leon Hall replacement.
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 and this is about as low as I can envision him being selected.
23 Detroit Lions Eddie Goldman DT Florida St. Welp. The Lions had a tremendous front four, but lost both Suh and Fairley to free agency. Ngata and Walker were brought in, but Goldman should be a productive DT for a long time.
24 Arizona Cardinals  Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA The Cardinals have been getting great defensive play, but need an ILB next to Kevin Minter as well as a pass rusher in the worst way. Kendricks provides the most value as a 3-down ILB.
25 Carolina Panthers Andrus Peat OT Stanford Despite what Carolina is saying, Michael Oher probably isn’t going to work out as a LT. Peat is a great value at this point and the Panthers need to focus on keeping Cam Newton upright.
26 Baltimore Ravens Jake Fisher OT Oregon While Fisher might not start this year, this pick gives them the opportunity to move on from Eugene Monroe and pair Fisher with Ricky Wagner.
27 Dallas Cowboys PJ Williams CB Florida St The Cowboys need help all over on defense. With Sean Lee returning, CB might be the most pressing need. Williams is the most capable run-support CB in the draft.
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 Malcom Brown  DL Texas Cedric Ogbuehi and Eric Kendricks are both strong options for the Colts, but Brown presents the best value here and could play several different spots along the DL for the Colts. Their current group is unimpressive.
30 Green Bay Packers Byron Jones CB Connecticut While the Packers have a big need at ILB, a CB with Jones’ potential will be tough to pass on. He has the height, weight, and speed that Ted Thompson desires in cornerbacks.
31 New Orleans Saints  Jalen Collins CB LSU New Orleans acquired this pick by trading Jimmy Graham. The most likely replacement for him is Josh Hill, already on the roster. So, instead of taking Maxx Williams here they take the raw, but talented Collins.
32 New England Patriots Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE UCLA Certainly, the Patriots will want to replace Vince Wilfork in this draft, but Owa provides the best value here. His athletic ability will be a major asset to the Patriots.

Round 2

1 Tennessee Titans Preston Smith DE 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 Devin Funchess WR Michigan If the Raiders do take Williams at #4 and wait to draft a WR, they should be happy to take Funchess with this pick. The bigger question may be if Funchess will be available here, given the early success of similarly-sized Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans.
4 Jacksonville Jaguars Shaq Thompson LB Washington Jacksonville continues to build on defense. Thompson is undersized, but is a playmaker.
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 Ty Sambrailo OT Colorado St Washington may try to acquire a QB on draft day, but at this point in the draft it hardly seems worth it. The only real option left: Bryce Petty, another Baylor QB. It’s hard to envision that happening.
7 Chicago Bears Jordan Phillips NT Oklahoma The Bears need all the help they can get on D. Phillips is a mammoth of a player and would be a NT to build their new 34 defense around.
8 New York Giants Eric Rowe CB Utah The Giants have needed some help in their secondary for awhile now, so Rowe makes sense here. He can play CB or S.
9 St. Louis Rams Bryce Petty QB Baylor Petty seems to be regarded well enough that it would not be surprising to see a team trade back into the first round to take him. The Rams can let him sit behind Nick Foles for a season or two.
10 Atlanta Falcons Maxx Williams TE Minnesota The Falcons got a pass rusher in Round 1, and add the top TE in the draft with Williams Round 2. Williams has drawn comparisons to Jason Witten and Todd Heap.
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 Jay Ajayi RB Boise St Teddy has some receiving threats, but it’s time to give him a lead back. Ajayi is ridiculously talented. This pick assumes that AP is released or traded.
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 want to commit to the running game, so the additions of Gurley and Cann would be smart. Rivers isn’t getting any younger, so making sure he stays upright in the pocket is priority #1.
17 Kansas City Chiefs Jaelen Strong WR Arizona St. With the addition of Jeremy Maclin and the subtraction of Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs should still look to take a WR within the first few rounds of the draft. Strong gives them a big-play threat, if Alex Smith can throw far.
18 Buffalo Bills Stephone Anthony LB Clemson The Bills don’t have a QB, but they aren’t going to find one that can play at this point. Anthony can replace the recently-traded Kiko Alonso.
19 Houston Texans  Denzel Perryman  ILB  Miami Houston has a few options here but unfortunately for them QB isn’t one of them. They will likely look to draft another passrusher or ILB. Perryman bring a nastiness to the middle of the defense.
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  Devin Smith WR Ohio State While Mohamed Sanu has been a valuable WR opposite AJ Green, giving Andy Dalton more weapons should be a priority.
22 Detroit Lions  TJ Clemmings OT Pitt Clemmings stock has dropped some, but this would be a perfect place for him. He can likely play RT for now and should be a big upgrade over Waddle.
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  Ereck Flowers OT Miami Another OT? Another OT. Carolina has to improve here.
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. He should be a day-one starter replace Ngata.
27 Denver Broncos  DJ Humphries  OT Florida  Denver continues to add OL in the second round with Humphries, who should start right away at RT.
28 Dallas Cowboys  Philip Dorsett 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 Benardrick McKinney ILB Miss. State After taking a CB in round 1, the Packers need to address their ILB position. McKinney seems to be a lower-rated prospect than previously thought, but with his size and athleticism the Packers can play him inside or outside, which is the role Clay Matthews excelled in last season.
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 Damarious Randall S Arizona State The once-promising duo of Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson is gone, so Tampa will need to address the safety position in the draft. Randall seems to be viewed highly around the league and he might be off the board at this point.
2 Tennessee Josh Shaw CB USC Shaw is a big, physical DB who can help right away. There isn’t really an area where the Titans could not use help.
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 Steven Nelson CB Oregon St. Washington gets torched on a weekly basis. Adding secondary help should be a priority.
6 New York Jets Charles Gaines CB Louisville The Jets secondary was the major weak link in the defense last season. They’ve spent a lot of money on CB’s this offseason, but I would imagine that at least one of their three FA acquisitions will be cut by next year.
7 Chicago Hronnis Grasu C Oregon Time to put Robert Garza out to pasture.
8 St. Louis Gerod Holliman S Louisville The Rams made their front 4 even stronger with the addition of Nick Fairley, but could use more help on the back end of their defense.
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 Ali Marpet OG Hobart Though New Orleans probably wants a CB or S here, Marpet could become a top tier OG.
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 Tyler Lockett WR Kansas St. It would not shock me to see the Browns double up on WR’s in this draft. Lockett is like a smaller Randall Cobb.
14 Miami Mario Edwards Jr DL FSU Jared Odrick is 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 Tre McBride WR William & Mary Philip Rivers played really well to start the season, but ultimately has few weapons that can make a difference on offense.
20 Philadelphia Anthony Jefferson S UCLA This was a really bad secondary.
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 Sammie Coates WR Auburn 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 Poutasi may end up at OG, but this is a good move for depth.
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 Jesse James TE Penn State 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 Ben Koyack TE Notre Dame  Koyack is a talented pass-catcher and would provide another option behind Witten and Gavin Escobar.
28 Denver Ramik Wilson ILB Georgia The Broncos had injury issues at LB this year and 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 Xavier Cooper DL Washington State 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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