Final Mock Draft
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|Jameis Winston||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||1||1||Florida State||QB||At this point Tampa Bay has all but turned in their card selecting Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay has done their due diligence and is okay with his off the field character concerns in their eyes. On the field Jabez has shown he can be clutch, productive, and the leader all things teams want to see in a franchise quarterback.|
|Marcus Mariota||Tennessee Titans||2||2||1||Oregon||QB||Tennessee is desperately trying to trade out of the spot, but if they aren't successful I think they will just take area. I know that he wasn't one of their top three players, so they are trying to move back and take Kevin white or Leonard Williams. If they can't move back since they've said they're going to take Marietta if they don't get a deal they may do just that. They have said if they take Marietta he will start day one, so they may be able to trade Mettenburger and recoup a mid-to late round pick.|
|Dante Fowler Jr.||Jacksonville Jaguars||3||3||1||Florida||EDGE||My top edge player is a perfect fit to play the|
|Amari Cooper||Oakland Raiders||4||4||1||Alabama||WR||Will have a very tough decision to make if this scenario unfolds the way it has. There will be temptation to continue to add to their defensive front seven giving them a great young nucleus to rush the passer by adding Leonard Williams. I think the possibility of adding a polished, productive, and possibly delete NFL receiver to pair with David Carr will be something they can't pass up. Even if Leonard Williams becomes a great NFL player typically DT do not become elite game changers like Cooper could with Carr. Now they will have two pieces of a great offense of nucleus and can get there running back of the future and one of the later rounds as well as an adequate DT.|
|Leonard Williams||Washington Redskins||5||5||1||USC||DT/DE||Talk about a war room that will be high-fiving each other, the Redskins will be elated if the draft falls this way. Leonard Williams might actually be better suited playing a five technique across the Washington Redskins front been the role he played at USC. They can move around that front for the give him the best opportunity to get to the passer and be productive in their defense. This would be a home run for Washington to see Leonard Williams still available when they go on the clock. I would imagine if this scenario plays out they would run to the podium to take Williams, but there is the scenario where they try to recoup some of the pics they lost in the RG3 trade by moving back here to get some extra picks.|
|Vic Beasley||New York Jets||6||6||1||Clemson||EDGE||This is the second real pivot point in the draft. The Jets could go a number of different ways all of which will shakeup how the next few picks go. The Jets could go receiver, edge rusher, or offense of lineman here and all would make immediate impacts on this roster. I think the Jets still no there a ways away from winning and will want to continue to build their defense and rely on that and a running game this season. The receiver classes deep so they can get a really good quality receiver in the second or third round. Vic is a physical freak and can play on the edge of this defense disrupting plays in the backfield all game long.|
|Kevin White||Chicago Bears||7||7||1||West Virginia||WR||The Bears defense was terrible last year, but I'm not sure they'll be able to pass up an immediate replacement to the loss of Brandon Marshall. They could go with a big run stuffer like Shelton here to play the 0-tech in the 3-4 defense, or even an edge rusher but I think they will try to get an offensive player to replace Marshall.|
|Alvin “Bud” Dupree||Atlanta Falcons||8||8||1||Kentucky||EDGE||I don't have but Dupree ranked this high, but with the issues that Gregory and Shane Ray have had recently he could go this high. The Falcons definitely need a pass rusher as they got no pressure on opposing QB's all last season. He's very Rall but has huge upside and if they put him in a specific role on the defense he can still be productive this year.|
|Brandon Scherff||New York Giants||9||9||1||Iowa||OT||The Giants like to play a physical style of football and Scherff definitely fits that mold. This will help them improvement three positions on the often sublime, Pugh can move to guard, and Weston can move to center which will improve all three positions with one pick.|
|Andrus Peat||Saint Louis Rams||10||10||1||Stanford||OT||He is barely in my top 50 players, but I'm hearing teams can't pass up his upside potential because of its size and pedigree. The Rams could go with a wide receiver here they've wasted so many early picks on them I think they'll be a little hesitant to take another wide receiver. But they really need to do is build their offense of line so that when they finally do get a quarterback of the future they can keep him healthy and upright.|
|Todd Gurley||Minnesota Vikings||11||11||1||Georgia||RB||I could see this playing out on draft day. The Vikings say they have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson, but if he really wants out I could see a draft day trade playing out come or just readying themselves for his departure after the 2015 season. Gurley may not be ready by the beginning of this season but what better way to prepare for Peterson's departure been to add player that's closest to his physical gifts since he was drafted. If Peterson is treated they probably would select Devante Parker here.|
|Danny Shelton||Cleveland Browns||12||12||1||Washington||NT||Shelton is a perfect fit as a 0-tech in the Browns 3-4 defense. They need to add players to the defensive front and I think they may try to wait for their second pick to get an offense of lineman. Since they don't really know what the quarterback situation is going to be like I don't think they're going to use one of the first round picks on a receiver. I think they will grab a receiver and one of the later rounds sense they are not in|
|Kevin Johnson||New Orleans Saints||13||13||1||Wake Forest||CB||The Saints need to add some corners because they have no true number one and their corners are getting older as well. Kevin Johnson is one of the better if not the best coverage corner in this draft, since the AFC South has more teams that are pass heavy, then run heavy they may go with coverage over tackling and size.|
|DeVante Parker||Miami Dolphins||14||14||1||Louisville||WR||I've heard that the Dolphins a really high on Devante Parker and would be thrilled if he's there pick 14. I see a lot of AJ Green characteristics and Devante Parker. He could really be a great NFL player and would be a good option for Ryan Tannehill.|
|Arik Armstead||San Francisco 49ers||15||15||1||Oregon||DT/DE||The Niners need to replace the loss of Justin Smith and Armistead is the perfect guy to do just that. He's the ideal size to play the 5-tech in the Niners 3-4 defense. He has great power and ability to drive offensive players and the backfield. The upside with Armistead is an less as he could and that being a monster in the NFL. The reason why he may fall to the Niners at 15 is because of the Oregon defense and the rotations they use there is a limited number of snaps of him on tape and only one real year of production. He's also battled injuries throughout his collegiate career.|
|Marcus Peters||Houston Texans||16||16||1||Washington||CB||The Texans need some help in the secondary as Jonathan Joseph ages and his play decreases they will need the heir apparent that can play across from him for now. Peters the best man press corner in this draft and it would be great for him to learn the ways of the NFL from Jonathan Joseph. Joseph is one the better character players in the NFL in the Texans could hope that some of that will rub off on peters preventing any future issues.|
|Melvin Gordon||San Diego Chargers||17||17||1||Wisconsin||RB||Although I'm not sold that the Chargers are going to take a running back in round one, this is likely the spot where Gordon or Gurley is selected. This is the third real pivot point in the draft, because teams know the Chargers could take a running back here so a team interested will have to come up and take their pick from the Chargers or jump ahead of them at pick 16. Even if it's not the Chargers who take Gordon here I think this is where he ends up.|
|La’el Collins||Kansas City Chiefs||18||18||1||LSU||OT||The Chiefs need offense of line help at OT and OG, so Collins is the perfect pick. You can start him out at OT and then if he struggles you can move him to OG where you are almost a he will be one of the best in the league. He's a mauler in the run game and is improved throughout the 2014 season and his pass protection. He wants to physically dominate the guy across from him and once he gains an edge he will punish them for the rest of the game.|
|Ereck Flowers||Cleveland Browns||19||19||1||Miami||OT||Although, he is not this time my big board I think this is the range were flowers comes off the board on Thursday. I'm hearing lots of scouts like his attitude and work ethic along with the fact that he has shown flashes of being very strong in the run game. He will have to work on his footwork to become a solid LT in the NFL, but since the Browns are you have Joe Thomas he will probably be a pretty good RT where he won't face as many speed rushers.|
|Byron Jones||Philadelphia Eagles||20||20||1||UConn||CB||To say this guy had a good NFL combine would be doing an injustice to have. He destroyed what conventional wisdom was that a cornerback could do in the athleticism drills. His tape at Connecticut is actually pretty good, but a shoulder injury kept him from playing much in 2014. The Eagles look for the athletic rangy type in their corners and he fits that bill.|
|Jake Fisher||Cincinnati Bengals||21||21||1||Oregon||OT||The Bengals have hinted that this pick will be for the future. With both of their OTs in contract years and Andrew Whitworth turning 34 next year they could look for a long-term replacement. Fisher really helped his stock in the off-season by having a great combine an individual workouts with teams. He's got the potential to be a left tackle in the NFL if he can continue to improve. The Bengals would have a luxury of being able to|
|Landon Collins||Pittsburgh Steelers||22||22||1||Alabama||SS||The Steelers desperately need help in the secondary and Collins could step right in were Troy has left a vacancy. But Collins play the end of his 2014 campaign fighting injuries, but he's still was a deterrent for players to come over the middle. He can help support the run and is decent in coverage, but most of all he provides some you need over the middle.|
|Malcom Brown||Detroit Lions||23||23||1||Texas||DT||The Lions need to replace the departures of both Suh and Fairly. I'm pretty sure this will be a welcome sight for the Lions war room to have their choice of the top defensive tackles in this draft. Bolcom Brown is a player that can help them stuff the run, but also is athletic enough to collapse the pocket up the middle providing pressure in the face of the quarterback. Brown really has the potential to be an NFL star and I think he's a bit underrated.|
|Cam Erving||Arizona Cardinals||24||24||1||Florida State||C||Arizona wants to sure up their offensive line and one of their weakest positions is at the center position. The move from OT to center for Erving turned out to be a great one because his issues with footwork are less inhibiting|
|DJ Humphries||Carolina Panthers||25||25||1||Florida||OT||The Panthers need help at multiple offense of I am positions, so they would be excited to see that TJ Humphreys is still available this late in the first round. I don't to trades and my mocks because there just too hard to predict, but if any team is going to look to trade up before the big run on offense of lineman it's going to be the Panthers. TJ has battled some injury issues and will need to continue to put on weight to be a little old his ground in the NFL. He has really good upside if he can add weight to his frame and stay healthy he can be a powerful run blocking and pass protecting LT in the NFL.|
|Breshad Perriman||Baltimore Ravens||26||26||1||Central Florida||WR||The Ravens could use a deep threat wide receiver to pair with Joe Flacco's strong arm. Right now they don't have a true deep threat besides an aging Steve Smith. One of lactose best attributes his ability in the vertical game and Breshad Perryman's size speed combo could make for a deadly combination.|
|Randy Gregory||Dallas Cowboys||27||27||1||Nebraska||EDGE||Has proven in the past if there's enough talent there he can ignore some character concerns. Randy Gregory fits that bill any fits a need for the Cowboys. With the suspension to Greg Hardy the Cowboys will need some semblance of a pass rush this season and Gregory can offer that from the outside linebacker position. Gregory would likely be at least a top 15 selection if it weren't for his failed drug test and other transgressions. At this point the reward outweighs the risk in Jerry Jones his eyes. He has good upside potential but also as a high bust potential.|
|Eddie Goldman||Denver Broncos||28||28||1||Florida State||DT||The Broncos need to solidify their defensive front and that starts in the center of the defensive line. The Broncos lost a few a defensive lineman to free agency this year so it's a big need for them. As a defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has shown the pension to draft defensive lineman in the first round. No difference year any Goldman is a massive man and stuff the run, but when he breaks the LOS he closes on the quarterbacks quickly. This is a good value and a pick for the Broncos at this point in the draft. They will look to fill the holes on their offense of line andat linebacker in the later rounds.|
|Eric Kendricks||Indianapolis Colts||29||29||1||UCLA||LB||The Colts really need a safety, but the value is just too little here to reach for a guy graded almost around lower. They also need help at linebacker so they will take the top linebacker in this draft. Kendricks is a human missile that can play the run and the pass is not afraid to mix it up at all times.|
|Trae Waynes||Green Bay Packers||30||30||1||Michigan State||CB||Just by chance Trae happens to slide in this mock due to team needs and other player stocks rising above his. Waynes a really good cover corner, but could use some improvement when supporting the run. At times he shows that he doesn't have interest in playing the run which is something you have to do the NFL. He has elite speed so he can make up for some mistakes with that. He will have to work on his change of direction the next level as most of the catches against him come from face crossing routes where he's forced to move laterally. At this point in the draft he is a huge steal for the Packers.|
|Phillip Dorsett||New Orleans Saints||31||31||1||Miami||Slot WR||The New Orleans Saints traded away Kenny Stills, so they might try to replace him with the pick they got for trading Jimmy Graham. You can't really replace Jimmy Graham, so at least filling one of the holes in your offense with the pick will be helpful. The Saints will be looking for someone who can take the lid off of the defense since that was the role Kenny played. Rumor has it Sean Payton and the same staff really like Dorsett. Scouts across the league are gushing about his work ethic, attitude, and demeanor. Many scouts say from what they're hearing from teams is certain that Dorsett will go in the first round, so maybe this is his landing spot.|
|Nelson Agholor||New England Patriots||32||32||1||USC||WR||The Patriots of late haven't had good luck drafting wide receivers in the early rounds, so this might be a shocker. Agholor is a very smooth route runner and can help them in the return game as well. He's about as safe first round receivers you can take and still has good upside. Pairing him with Tom Brady would be a nightmare for other teams in the AFC East as that could be a deadly combination.|
Mock Draft Version 2.0
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|Jameis Winston||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||1||1||Florida State||QB||At the combine Winston able to prove that he is the top quarterback in this class. He did great in the personal interviews both with his personality, and his whiteboard skills. Teams were wowed by his football IQ. In the on-field drills at the combine he threw well and ran fast enough the teams won't be concerned, since in the pros they will see that him as a pocket quarterback.|
|Leonard Williams||Tennessee Titans||2||2||1||USC||DT/DE||Williams played the five technique spot at USC. He's very versatile and shows a good mix of the size, athleticism, and power. Williams is a great pass rusher, but he's also intelligent and when he doesn't get to the quarterback he gets his hands up and into passing lanes|
|Dante Fowler Jr.||Jacksonville Jaguars||3||3||1||Florida||EDGE||Dante is a athletic freak with a great blend of size, speed, and initial burst. Dante is a ferocious pass rusher and has that gritty demeanor that you want from your guys coming from the edge. With his skill set he reeks havoc in the backfield and causes disruptions on nearly every play. |
The Jaguars need help with their past rush this year and Dante is probably the right guy to do it. He has such great athletic ability he's probably if perfect fit for Gus Bradley's LEO position. He is the type of guy that could get this Jaguars defense over the hump that it seemed they couldn't do last year.
|Amari Cooper||Oakland Raiders||4||4||1||Alabama||WR||Amari is the most pro-ready receiver in this whole class. Even know there is probably more upside with a receiver like Kevin White the Raiders will likely go with Cooper. They have been burnt too many times with first round busts, so they will play it safe but still get a very talented receiver that is ready to start day one. Cooper's route running is effortless and smooth and he still only 20 years old, which will give the Raiders a good chance of him being in his prime through two contracts.|
The Raiders need to get some weapons for Derek Carr. Last year he showed that he could possibly be a franchise quarterback for a franchise that has struggled over the last decade. They need to surround Derek Carr with weapons to be sure if he is or isn't a franchise QB. The first step is adding a great player like Amari Cooper.
|Vic Beasley||Washington Redskins||5||5||1||Clemson||EDGE||Vic destroyed the NFL combine and as a result got himself consideration as a top 5 pick. Vic added some weight before the combine and showed he can carry it. Washington can use him as an OLB and DE to utilize his versatility.|
|Marcus Mariota||New York Jets||6||6||1||Oregon||QB||Marcus Mariota is the type of dual threat quarterback that can survive in the NFL. Because of the offense he ran it or again most people see him as a running quarterback, but that's actually not the case. He is a quarterback that can throw accurately from the pocket and can also run when necessary to buy more time and give his receivers more time to get open. |
The New York Jets are in desperate need of a quarterback. Geno Smith is not the answer and they found that out last year, lucky for them another potential franchise quarterback is phone right in their lap. The only real question that we have about Mariota is because of his offensive scheme. Will he be able to throw guys open in the NFL? The offense in Oregon is not as easy as some make it out to be, he had to make pre-snap read, small progressions, etc. Mariota just made it look easy because he is a very talented, smart, and gifted player; not to mention he knew it like the back of his hand. I think Mariota has Aaron Rodgers type of potential, whether he reaches that potential or not is yet to be seen but with his skill set he could easily mirror the same place style is Aaron Rodgers.
|Kevin White||Chicago Bears||7||7||1||West Virginia||WR||Following the trade of Brandon Marshall to the Jets the Bears will be looking for a new big receiver. even though they have some major holes on defense, but I have to think if Kevin White falls into their lap they will be happy to replace Brandon Marshall as quickly as possible. The Bears have also been rumored to have stated don't count them out of the runnings for a receiver in the first round. We are well into lying season and this could just be smoke and mirrors, but I think there's a real chance that they take Kevin White. Since the Bears are a little bit in transition with Cutler at the quarterback position and they want to replace him, they are okay that white is a little bit raw and may not contribute fully in year one.|
|Shane Ray||Atlanta Falcons||8||8||1||Mizzou||EDGE||Shane Ray is probably the biggest boom or bust prospect of the edge rushers at the top of this draft. But when you're the Atlanta Falcons and you are in desperate need for someone who can get to the quarterback have to take risks sometimes. Shane Ray's ability to turn the corner and motor is second to no one in this class. He displays good balance, has a great first step, and gets involved in every tackle that gets near him. He will have to work on his play versus the run and not allowing blockers to get their hands inside his pads where they can control him at the point of attack. |
The Falcons will be happy to get any of the top edge rushers this year. So they just hope that this situation happens where one of the top edge guys falls into their lap. Shane Ray is the type of guy that could be 20 sack type of player and they should be happy to get their hands on his possible upside.
|La’el Collins||New York Giants||9||9||1||LSU||OT||La'el is one of the best run blocking lineman in this draft and the best way to make Eli Manning play well is to give him a play action passing game. This will allow them to run the ball and throw deep routes to Odell Beckham Jr. all game long |
The Giants would be happy to get another offensive lineman and continue to build in the trenches. With the possibility of JPP leaving the team this year they may want to go with an edge rusher, but with the guys who are left currently I think they would go with an offense of lineman instead.
|Brandon Scherff||Saint Louis Rams||10||101||1||Iowa||OT||The Rams need help at offensive line, Jack Long was let go and that means Greg Robinson is going to have to move to OT. This RT is a FA so Robinson could end up at LT or RT depending on his play and how it shakes out. That means you have a hole at OT and at OG and Scherff could fill either of those spots. Plug and play day one player. Even if one of the consensus top two WR is still available OL should be the pick. They've used too many early picks on WR it's time to buil the trenches and not get your QB killed every year.|
|Trae Waynes||Minnesota Vikings||11||11||1||Michigan State||CB||Marcus peters is my top corner, but if I know Zimmer he's not going to want him. Zimmer is one of the most brash guys you will mean and as no nonsense as they get. Regardless of how things went down in Washington he won't be interested in that power struggle. In comes Trae Waynes, he's a very capable corner and a former track star. he can absolutely fly. He's good in coverage and has great closing speed.he really needs to work on routes that cross his face though, he was beat almost 50% of the time on those routes. He will be another capable young corner for the Vikings young defense. The good thing for Minnesota is that Zimmers defense hids most of the flaws of DBs and lowers the time that they are in coverage.|
|DeVante Parker||Cleveland Browns||12||12||1||U||WR||The Browns would like to make their wide receiver pick with their second first-round pick, but the way this draft is fallen they risk losing out on the first tier of receivers if they don't take him now. DeVante is a guy that covers ground quickly and he is a very smooth route runner. He is a receiver that can get some very good YAC yards as well. |
The Browns need to get some options on offense and right now at receiver they really have nothing. If they ever want to become relevant they need to find a quarterback and someone for him to throw to. Since there aren’t any more quarterbacks in this draft worth a first round pick, they can at least find a receiver. At least now, if they find a quarterback they would have someone for him to throw to.
|Marcus Peters||New Orleans Saints||13||13||1||Washington||CB||The saints need a true number 1 CB and Peters can definitely be that. I think there was something that happened but I also think Washington embellished the situation to make it look worse on Peters. Sine this draft is packed with Edge rushers they will wait for round two.|
|Danny Shelton||Miami Dolphins||14||14||1||Washington||NT||The Dolphins have a big need at the nose tackle position. Someone that can clog up the running lanes and allow their past rushers more opportunities to get sacks by making more third and long situations.|
|Arik Armstead||San Francisco 49ers||15||15||1||Oregon||DT/DE||Wow, what a few weeks it has been for the Niners. They lost two starting linebackers to retirement, and one to free agency. Justin Smith still might retire, they already lost a running back, a receiver, and an a guard to free agency, as well. They went from being in the Super Bowl to being in full rebuild mode in two years. Armistead is a perfect five technique to play along their 3-4 defensive front. Even though his playing sample size is small they just don't make people this big very often he could be a great NFL defensive lineman.|
|Andrus Peat||Houston Texans||16||16||1||Stanford||OT||The Texans need help on the Offensive line, my top two linemen are gone. I'm not this high on Peat he needs more functional strength in my opinion, but mocks are about what your hearing from scouts etc. most scouts see him going in the mid first so this could be the spot.|
|TJ Clemmings||San Diego Chargers||17||17||1||Pittsburgh||OT/OG||The Chargers need to sure up offensive line and protect Philip Rivers. TJ is a great fit for them because he can play offensive guard now and then transition to OT later on. TJ is still raw because he just moved to OL two years ago, but that also means he has a lot of upside.|
|Eric Kendricks||Kansas City Chiefs||18||18||1||UCLA||LB||What? No WR, I know that's what you are thinking but if the big 3 are gone the Chiefs have a huge need at MLB. Kendrick's is the best LB in the draft and a human missile vs the run. He has an uncanny ability to avoid blockers and be in the right spot to make plays.|
|Randy Gregory||Cleveland Browns||19||19||1||Nebraska||EDGE||Randy Gregory is a unique size and speed players in this draft. The only real knock on him is that he is so slim teams worry if he can hold up to the bigger players in the NFL and help a team in the run game. With his athleticism and versatility he will allow the Browns to use him in multiple different schemes and get the most out of his past rush abilities. |
The Browns have some FAs from the OLB/DE spots and Mingo has not been consistent as a edge rusher. With Gregory they can use him in different ways to make him most affective as a pass rusher.
|Jalen Collins||Philadelphia Eagles||20||20||1||LSU||CB||After his solid combine Collins is now a lock for the 1st round. His unexpected speed in the 40 yard dash and solid work in the positional vaulted him up most teams boards. |
He is the ideal fit for the Eagles who have a big need at corner. Their secondary got torched all season by big WR last year, everyone saw the prime time game Dez had against them. Collins is a bigger corner and that will help against the likes of Dez Bryant, and Odell Beckum Jr.
|Eddie Goldman||Cincinnati Bengals||21||21||1||Florida State||DT||The Bengals are in a fortunate situation due to the reacquisition of Michael Johnson via free agency. They can now take the top player on their board because they don't have any huge needs they need to fill. Both of their offense of tackles will be free agents after 2015 so if one of their top offense of tackles falls that will be the pick. With the board how it is now they will take their top defensive tackle. Peko has been in decline for the last few years, so Goldman would step in as a Day one starter next to Geno Atkins.|
|Alvin “Bud” Dupree||Pittsburgh Steelers||22||22||1||Kentucky||EDGE||The Steelers need to have a good pass rush to get back to their old ways. One way to start is a freak athlete like Dupree. They can use him at OLB and DE on passing downs.|
|Malcom Brown||Detroit Lions||23||23||1||Texas||DT||The Lions lost both of their defensive tackles be a free agency this off-season, but they did acquire a Haloti Ngata trade with the Ravens. They'll still need to add another defensive tackle and with one of the top players still available at the position they'll fill that spot right away. Brown is more of a penetrator then Ngata so they will be a nuce pair.|
|Cam Erving||Arizona Cardinals||24||24||1||Florida State||C||One of the Cardinals biggest issues last year was pressure right up the middle. The switch from offensive tackle to center for Erving turned out to be a great decision. He's very strong|
|Landon Collins||Carolina Panthers||25||25||1||Alabama||SS||Collins is a steal here and a position that the Panthers can use an upgrade. Teams will not want to come over the middle with Collins & Luke on the prowl. Collins will really lower the boom on you if he lines you up, you'll feel it.|
|Dorial Green-Beckum||Baltimore Ravens||26||26||1||Missouri||WR||The ravens have lost a lot in free agency this year, but securing a true offense of threat at receiver is a huge need for them. There is a big risk with taking Dorial, but with that risk comes huge reward. A 6'6|
|Todd Gurley||Dallas Cowboys||27||27||1||Georgia||RB||The Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray in free agency to the division foe the Eagles. Todd Gurley would be a top five talent had he not had the unfortunate ACL tear. At this point the Cowboys will see too much value and a possible long-term replacement to Murray. Since Gurley might not be ready at the start of the season they still have Joseph Randall to hold the fort down until he's 100% ready to go.|
|Shaq Thompson||Denver Broncos||28||28||1||Washington||LB||The Broncos have a big need at linebacker and safety what better way to solve that problem meant to draft a very versatile athlete that some think will be a better safety and others think he will be a linebacker. This will allow him to come into their system and play the position they feel like he fits best.|
|Owamagbe Odighizuwa||Indianapolis Colts||29||29||1||UCLA||DE||The Colts need to add a run stuffing defensive end to help them against teams like Houston and Tennessee that constantly want to pound the rock. Owa is a guy who can blow up the run, set the edge, and even provide pass rush with his pure strength. If Owa didn't have injury history he would likely be a top 15 player.|
|Ronald Darby||Green Bay Packers||30||30||1||Florida State||CB||The Packers really need a corner and a nose tackle due to their losses in free agency. Ronald Darby finished stronger than his counterpart P.J. Williams at the end of the season and ran blazing fast at the combine. Some scouts think he could even creep into the teens of this draft and I've heard he's number two on some teams cornerback rankings. It's a position of need and a really good value here for the Packers, and we all know they typically draft on value and best player available.|
|Eli Harold||New Orleans Saints||31||31||1||Virginia||EDGE||The Saints traded Jimmy Graham to get this pick and at the same time they got Max Unger and sured up their offense of line. With their first pick they got a cornerback they can rely on in here though get an edge rusher and I can put some pressure on the opposing quarterback. Eli really show some flashes on his tape and he is extremely fast for his size. At this point in the first round to get someone with the upside potential of him it's a good get for the Saints.|
|Jordan Phillips||New England Patriots||32||32||1||Oklahoma||NT||The patriots lost Vince Wilfork by not picking up the final year of his contract. It's important for their defense to have someone in the middle that can stop the run. Jordan Phillips is a massive man and for his size he's extremely agile. The only? With him is consistency, but if he can put it all together he could be in ample replacement for Vince.|
Mock Draft Version 1.0
I’m R1 Pick 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Marcus Mariota-QB Oregon
The Bucs have a legit option at WR and now need someone to get Mike Evans the ball. Josh McCown is not the answer and we saw what Evans can do in the scramble drill at A & M. With Mariota’s ability to extend plays when he has to, Evans could flourish next year. When your picking number one in the draft you have to take a QB if there is one that COULD be a franchise changer like Mariota.
R1 Pick 2 Tennessee Titans
Leonard Williams-DE/DT USC
This is a tricky spot here, I think Winston could be the pick but I’m not sure that the Titans are ready to give up on Mettenburger and he might stay in school. If one the two QB prospects don’t sell themselves as the answer they will go with a pass rusher. Williams is my top DE/DT and can play the run as well as the pass. He is also a tough gritty player who has shown he can play through pain and injuries. He translates well to a 4-3 DE and can slide into the middle for 4-3 teams with their speed packages.
R1 Pick 3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Randy Gregory-DE Nebraska
The Jags could maybe go with a guy like Cooper here to get a stud for Bortles, but it’s a little early and any of the OTs. The Jags will continue to build on the defense and take an edge rusher that can get after the QB. In a division that only has one franchise QB, getting pressure can win you games. Gregory is the perfect fit for Gus Bradley’s defense as the LEO* position.
*LEO position splits speed rusher at the 5 or 7 technique, need speedy player for this i.e. Gregory, Mingo, Dion Jordan types
R1 Pick 4 Oakland Raiders
Amari Cooper-WR Alabama
The Raiders need help with interior pass rush badly, but they can’t take one this high it would be foolish from a value standpoint. David Carr has looked good this year, so getting him a weapon is their next biggest need. Amari Cooper is a stud, and a near can’t miss prospect from the WR position. They can address the pass rush with their next pick, this class is deep.
R1 Pick 5 Washington Redskins
Brandon Scherff-OT Iowa
The Redskins could go with Winston here if Jay Gruden gets his way, but I think RG3 will get one more year. They gave up so much to get him they almost have too. They need to protect RG3 to really see what he can do, Scherff is good in the run and passing game and can play Guard right now if they need him too. He steamrolls people in the Run game and is an above average pass protector. That’s what the Redskins need, give the ball to Alfred Morris and let RG3 benefit from some play-action passes.
R1 Pick 6 New York Jets
Jameis Winston-QB FSU
Geno Smith is not the answer at QB and if Marrone left Buffalo because they didn’t have a QB, he’s going to want one (I think he lands the coachig gig here). If one of the two top QBs is staring him in the face at 5 he’ll run to the podium.
Jameis no doubt can play the position on the field and has the killer instinct. Can he handle the distractions off the field of the NFL? That’s the real question, his INTs have been way up this year but I see that as him pressing. Winston to the big apple, there will be fireworks one way or another. He has all the tools to be an NFL QB, but is he willing to put in the work to become great? That’s where the real questions lie, windows get smaller in the NFL so your reads have to be second nature and instinct.
R1 Pick 7 Chicago Bears
Shane Ray-DE/OLB Missouri
The Bears defense has more holes in it then your grandma’s pin cushion. They will take the BPA on defense for sure this year again. Ray can get after the passer and in a division with Rodgers, Stafford, and now Teddy B they will need to do that to win. He’s an ideal fit for a 4-3 DE and edge rusher. He has violent hands and attempts to play the run. He is a special prospect, but he has some boom or bust potential.
R1 Pick 8 Atlanta Falcons
Vic Beasley-DE Clemson
The Atlanta pass rush is so bad they need all the help they can get. They couldn’t get to the QB at all this year, Beasley will help with that.
Beasley will need to add some weight to help in the run game he’s not that strong at the point of attack (POA). He can use his speed and be an edge rusher for them and as he adds weight he can turn into a 3 down player. His first step is great so he can turn the corner on the best of OT. He can play OLB or DE for the Falcons.
R1 Pick 9 New York Giants
La’el Collins-OT LSU
When Eli has time to throw he has shown he can win a Super Bowl. When he doesn’t have time he leads the league in INTs. The Giants need to go back to winning in the trenches.
Collins is my top run blocking prospect; he is a road grater. He has gotten much better in the passing game this year and could end up the best OT that comes out of this class. He can slide in to a Guard spot if Beatty and Pugh hold the tackle spots. Pugh has struggled at RT so whoever wins that spot the other can ply Guard until Beatty moves on. La’el Collins will need to work on staying back on his feet a bit, he can get on his toes and overextend at times.
R1 Pick 10 St. Louis Rams
Ronnie Stanley-OT Notre Dame
How many times did Rams QBs get hurt this year, for that matter how many injuries has Bradford had in his career? The Rams need to get better up front for whoever is the QB next year. With both of the potential franchise QBs off the board they go with someone to protect the QB.
Stanley will shoot up board this year much like Zack Martin did last year. He is a smart player who uses his hands well to pass protect and is versatile to play multiple spots.
R1 Pick 11 Minnesota Vikings
Shaq Thompson-OLB Washington
If I know Mike Zimmer I know he’s going to follow the same strategy that they used with the Bengals to build that roster. Take BPA every time no matter what. My feeling is that he goes with Thomson because of that.
Thompson is a true 3 down LB that can cover, blitz and is a sure tackler. Zimmer will get the most out of him as well.
R1 Pick 12 Cleveland Browns
Devante Parker-WR Louisville
The Browns need a WR badly and after seeing how Josh Gordon has become friends with JFF who knows if he will be back next year either.
Parker is a special talent and has just begun his assent. He has good hands and great size and is one of the best at the stutter step toe drag. It’s a deceptive move that causes many missed tackles over the middle. He also has great waste bend to allow him to locate the ball easily on downfield route, improving his catch radius. Below is an example of the toe drag, notice the black pieces of turf that fly up.
R1 Pick 13 New Orleans Saints
Trae Waynes-CB Michigan State
The Saints will likely make their first three picks on the defensive side of the field. They need pass rushers, but that group is deep, so they may wait for later value. They also need CBs badly, especially ones that can tackle and play the run. Waynes can do that and would be an instant starter for them. He’s very similar to Darquese Dennard that came out last year but he’s better at staying in the hip pocket “in phase” defending and less handsy/grabby. He will be a solid starter and will bring some toughness to that squad.
R1 Pick 14 Miami Dolphins
Kevin White-WR West Virginia
The Dolphins need to add some help and a red zone option for Tannehill. Mike Wallace has been a disappointment and quit on the team, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is cut.
Kevin White isn’t fastest guy in the world, but he is definitely fast enough to get behind defenders and let Tannehill sling it deep. He is a great red zone option and win a lot of 50/50 balls with his good combination of size and leaping ability.
R1 Pick 15 San Fransisco 49ers
Marcus Peters-CB Washington
The niners were an incredible disappointment this year, they need major help in the secondary and to replace some of the aging defensive front. Peters is the best CB in the class from a talent perspective, but his issues with the Washington coaching staff will have him slide a bit. There are lots of rumors on what did and did not happen and I’m sure teams will dig around and make their judgement. The niners are not too big on character concerns as you can see with their recent issues, so I think this could be a landing spot.
R1 Pick 16 Houston Texans
Landon Collins-S Alabama
The Texans could go CB or WR here but the best value is at Safety. They have Daniel Manning at safety and DJ Swearinger is cheap shot away from missing time every season.
Collins is good in coverage for a strong safety, that really will help them in the running game too. If his shoulder checks out and he doesn’t have major damage after the game vs OSU he’s a great value here. Teams will reall have trouble with this Houston defense with there strong pass rush and Collins protecting the middle.
R1 Pick 17 San Diego Chargers
TJ Clemmings-OT Pittsburgh
The Chargers really need help on he offensive line it’s the worst position group on the team according to PFF rankings. Both of their guards are horrid and they could use a Tackle as well. Good thing for them is that Clemmings can play both of those positions. He’s versatile and is great in the run game. The Chargers second round pick should be for a RB and they will need someone to pave the way for that back. With Clemmings clearing the way for a new running back this team will be much improved next year.
R1 Pick 18 Kansas City Chiefs
Erik Kendriks-ILB UCLA
The Chiefs can use some help in the middle of their defense. The need someone to help cover the middle with teams like San Diego and Denver that spread them out. Hendricks is not your conventual size for an ILB, but his speed, blitzing ability, tackling, and coverage ability will make him a force in the middle. If you want to see him fly all over the field watch his game vs. Virginia and your see why he will be a hug pick. There is not a WR that is a good value here so they will take the best ILB fit for them in the draft. McKinney is a great player but they need Kendricks speed to handle teams like Denver and San Diego.
R1 Pick 19 Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)
Alvin “Bud” Dupree-DE/OLB Kentucky
The Browns couldn’t stop anyone on the ground this year and Mingo has been very inconsistent. Bud is the perfect fit for a 3-4 DE and will be able to play OLB too. He is going to crush the combine and race up boards as the draft approaches. I can see him creeping into the top 15. He’s very athletic and that will make him the perfect tweener in the NFL for a 3-4 team.
R1 Pick 20 Philadelphia Eagles
Ronald Darby-CB Florida State
The Eagles need help at secondary badly (see Brandon Fletcher vs Dez Bryant this year). The Eagles will see Dez and now OBJ twice a year now, they need someone to slow them down. Darby has had a really good year and is a physical corner that can play against bigger WR with his strength.
R1 Pick 21 Cincinnati Bengals
Dante Fowler Jr.-DE Florida
The Bengals have had zero pass rush this year and need to improve that area badly. Fowler is a stellar Edge rusher that fits the Bengals 4-3 system perfectly. He will come in and start opposite fellow Gator day 1 and begin to make the Bengals pass rush formidable again. He will have to work on his play vs the Run but he can come in an be a pass rushing DE and also plat SLB.
R1 Pick 22 Pittsburgh Steelers
Alex Carter-CB Stanford
The Steelers need to add some youth to that secondary with guys like Ike Taylor aging and declining. Carter doesn’t have elite speed but the AFC North is more about how well you can play the run and hold your own at the LOS where he should be fine. None of the AFC North teams real spread it out use tons of speed so he will slide right in to the slot or outside for the Steelers.
R1 Pick 23 Detroit Lions
Malcolm Brown-DT Texas
The Lions won’t even try to retain Nick Fairley and Suh is also a free agent. That vaunted front 7 could have a huge hole up the middle and will need to fill it. Brown is a massive man that can not only get after the passer he can stop the run at 320lbs. He will not be Suh right away but he definitely has big upside. He was productive with only average players around him on the defensive line.
R1 Pick 24 Arizona Cardinals
Can Erving-OT/C Florida State
The Cardinals need to give Palmer as much time as possible until they find a long term answer. They also need an edge rusher but no value here and it’s a deep class so they can wait. Cam was once regarded as one of the top OT prospect coming into this season. His footwork is subpar so FSU moved him inside and it was a great move for him. He is a powerful run blocker, he can push the pocket forward, and his footwork is not as crucial “in a phone booth.” Since he is so versatile, the Cardinals could move him around if injuries strike, or as other players age and his footwork improves.
R1 Pick 25 Carolina Panthers
Ereck Flowers-OT Miami
The Pantheer are much better when they are able to run the ball. This allows Cam to use his big arm in the play action passing game. Their running back situation is a mess, but lucky for them this class is loaded. I see them taking a running back in round two like many other teams. They also need an edge rusher, but there was not really good value here and it’s a deep class so they can wait. Flowers is a big strong prospect that is elite in the run game now and will continue to improve in the passing game. He has experience at not LT and RT
R1 Pick 26 Baltimore Ravens
Jalen Collins-CB LSU
The Ravens have a major need at CB because Webb has not been able to stay healthy at all. The need someone reliable opposite Jimmy Smith. After how well all the LSU rookies did this year don’t be surprised if players get a boost this year. He is strong and physical so he will fit right in, in the AFC North.
R1 Pick 27 Indianapolis Colts
Eddie Goldman-DT Florida State
The Colts need to get some additional pass rush but there’s no value at that position right now due to the early run. Goldman can help with some interior pass rush and defend the run. Devin Funchess could be an option here but they have two good TEs and he is TE/WR hybrid so might not be what they want. Goldman will have to work on his consistency at the NFL level because it looks as he can take plays off. When he is playing well he is a force right in the QBs face.
R1 Pick 28 Dallas Cowboys
Eli Harold-DE/OLB Virginia
The Cowboys defense was surprisingly good this season but they still need to get some help on the edge. Harold is a great pass rusher that will need to work on his ability to get off blocks to help in the run game. For now he can be a strict pass rusher for the Cowboys. He is very fast and turns the corner with the best of them. He has a great swim move and waste bend to get under the pads of OT and through them.
R1 Pick 29 Green Bay Packers
Danny Shelton-NT Washington
Ok here’s two picks that they could make and it depends on if BJ Raji leaves. If he does I think this is the pick, since I think he leaves that’s why Shelton. If BJ stays I think they go with a bigger guy like Jordan Phillips to beef up the line. They may also consider an ILB here in Perryman or McKinney.
Shelton is a disruptive guy that’s a great fit for a 3-4 NT that can stuff the run and collapse the pocket.
R1 Pick 30 Denver Broncos
Devin Funchess-WR/TE Michigan
The Broncos have some big weapons that will be FA this offseason. I don’t think they will be able to keep both Demaryous and Julius, so how do you fix that…draft a guy like Funchess and get their replacement. Manning only has a few years left so they have to keep going all in for him with weapons. Funchess has never had a good QB during his college career so he has some big upside with Manning. Guarding Denver in the Red Zone will be very difficult with the likes of Thomas, Laitmer, and Funchess.
R1 Pick 31 New England Patriots
Jalen Strong-WR Arizona State
Tom Brady needs some options to throw too besides Gronk. The perfect option is a big physical receiver like Strong. Tom doesn’t have the cannon he used to but he can still get it down the field. The combo of Strong, Gronk, and Wright would be a nightmare in the red zone. Edelman and Lafell have been ok this year, but having someone to force teams to not double team Gronk will only make him more deadly and protect him from some hits.
R1 Pick 32 Seattle Seahawks
Todd Gurley-RB Georgia
Lynch will be in the last year of his deal and approaching the edge of the cliff soon. They will have the luxury of being able to red shirt Gurley most of the season and use him just for KR to fill the hole Harvin left. Then hand him the keys at the end of the year, or in 2016 depending on Lynch’s performance and attitude. Gurley has the ideal build for an every down NFL back, he has power, speed, patience, and he hits the hole hard. Once he’s fully recovered from his ACL injury he will be a real threat.
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