2015 NFL Mock Draft

I wasn’t going to do it this year, but I’m calling out Michael Amarante.  I am guaranteeing I get more picks right than you, Hammer.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB: Florida State: Character concerns aside, famous Jameis is the best QB prospect in the draft.  The Josh McCown experiment failed miserably and they need a franchise QB.

2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB: Oregon:  I believe that this pick will be traded, but I think Mariota will be the pick.  The Titans have a ton of needs and QB is one of them. They could also go with Leonard Williams here.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Amari Cooper, WR: Alabama:  They took Blake Bortles here last year, and they need to give him weapons.  They could also go with Leonard Williams or Fowler Jr here.

4. Oakland Raiders:  Leonard Williams, DE: USC:  Williams will step in as an anchor for this young defense.  They’d love to get Amari Cooper but there will be good WRs available in the second round.

5. Washington Redskins: Dante Fowler Jr, DE: Florida:  Brian Orakpo left via free agency and Fowler Jr would step in and take his place.  They could explore trading down or take an o-lineman like Brandon Scherff

6. New York Jets: Kevin White, WR: West Virginia: The Jets added Brandon Marshall but they still need weapons if they want to develop Geno Smith.  They also have needs along their aging offensive line and at outside linebacker.

7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton, DT: Washington:  The Bears’ defense was bad at all levels.  Shelton would be an immediate upgrade along the interior of the defensive line. Devate Parker and Bud Dupree could also be selections here.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Bud Dupree, DE: Kentucky:  The Falcons had the worst pass rush in the league last year.  Dupree comes with some risk but the Falcons need to add some talent along the d-line.

9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff: O-lineman: Iowa: The Giants really need help at DE and linebacker but the offensive line was a weak area as well.  This would help solidify the interior of the offensive line and help keep Eli upright.

10. St. Louis Rams: Devante Parker, WR: Louisville:  The Rams lack playmakers on offense and Parker can fill that void.  Trae Waynes is also an option.

11. Minnesota Vikings: Trae Waynes, CB: Michigan State:  The Vikings need to add talent next to Xavier Rhodes.  They also have needs along the offensive line but I believe that Waynes is the best value here.

12. Cleveland Browns: Todd Gurley, RB: Georiga:  The Browns really need a WR, but Brehad Perriman would be a reach here.  Gurley has all world talent and could provide whoever is the Browns QB with an explosive option.  The Browns also need help along the defensive line.

13. New Orleans Saints: Vic Beasley: OLB, Clemson:  The Saints are in the midst of a rebuild, and they need help along the defensive front. Beasley is a boom or bust type prospect, but he would fit nicely in Rob Ryan’s defense.  Offensive line is also an option here.

14. Miami Dolphins: Ereck Flowers: OT, Miami: The Dolphins have given up the most sacks over the past 2 seasons combined.  Brandon Albert was originally a guard, so he could kick instead while Flowers takes over at left tackle.  They also could use help in the secondary and at receiver.

15: San Fran 49’ers: Arik Armstead, DE: Oregon: The 49ers had a mass exodus and now have many holes on defense.  They’re rumored to covet Armstead. CB and o-line are also options. 6. New York Jets:

16. Houston Texans: Randy Gregory, OLB: Nebraska: This is where I see Gregory’s fall ending.  The Texans were already light at this position and Brooks Reed signed with the Falcons.  They could also bolster their secondary or grab a receiver.

17. San Diego Chargers: Marcus Peters, CB: Washington: The Chargers need help everywhere, including in their secondary. Peters would bolster this unit.  They could also go with offensive line or outside linebacker.

18. Kansas City Chiefs: DJ Humphries: OT, Florida:  The Chiefs lost Rodney Hudson in free agency so Cameron Erving out of FSU could be the pick here.  Humphries provides better value as he can play left tackle.  The Chiefs could also use another receiver in spite of signing Jeremy Maclin.

19. Cleveland Browns: Breshad Perriman, WR: UCF:  The Browns lost Josh Gordon for the season and the cupboard is bare at WR.  He would be the type of playmaker that they desperately need.  The Browns could also use help at inside linebacker and obviously a QB.

20.Philadelphia Eagles: Shane Ray: OLB: Missouri: While I ultimately think that the Eagles will move up and take Mariota, Ray would be a good value pick here.  The Eagles defense was pedestrian and Ray would be an ideal fit in Chip Kelly’s 3-4 defense. They could also use playmakers at WR.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Andrus Peat, OT: Stanford:  Andre Smith is going into a contract Year and Andrew Whitworth isn’t getting any younger.  Peat could step in as the eventual long term left tackle.  The Bengals could use some help in the secondary too.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Jones, CB: Connecticut:  The Steelers pass defense was terrible last year.  Ike Taylor retired and there isn’t a lot of talent on the roster.  Jones wowed with his combine numbers but he has the size to matchup against big WRs.  The Steelers could also use another pass rusher.

23. Detroit Lions: Malcon Brown, DT: Texas: The strength of the Lions team last year was undoubtedly the defense, and Suh And Fairley both parted via free agency.  Brown would provide depth and talent along the defensive line as they try to re-stock.  They could also use a corner or a running back.

24. Arizona Cardinals: Melvin Gordon: RB, Wisconsin:  Unless Gurley somehow falls, this would be the ideal scenario for the birds.  Andre Ellington is talented but injury prone, and Gordon would provide the home run hitting ability that they need.  With Darnell Dockett parting via free agency, DL would also be a possibility.

25. Carolina Panthers: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE: UCLA:  With Greg Hardy leaving via free agency, the Panthers have an immediate need along the defensive line.  At 6’3” 270 pounds, he has the prototypical size to play defensive end in a 4-3.  They could also use help along the offensive line, at WR and in the secondary.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Johnson, CB: Wake Forest: The Ravens are desperate for talent in the secondary, as the unit is devoid of it outside of Jimmy Smith.  They also need help at WR with the departure of Torrey Smith, but I don’t think they’ll go in that direction.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Eddie Goldman, DT: Florida State: The Cowboys had a surprisingly good year last season, but their defense is still a work in progress.  They don’t have a lot of talent on the interior of the defensive line, and Goldman would help. They also need help at corner and RB, but the value just isn’t there.

28. Denver Broncos: Cameron Erving: C: Florida State:  As Peyton Manning enters what is likely his final season, keeping him upright has to be the number one priority.  Erving is the best center in the class, and he would be an immediate upgrade.

29. Indianapolis Colts: Jake Fisher, OT: Oregon:  The Colts continue to try and get Andrew Luck killed and desperately need help on the offensive line.  Fisher could play right tackle and help bolster this unit.  The Colts also need help and running back and virtually everywhere on defense.

30. Green Bay Packers: Donovan Smith: OT, Penn State:  The Packers need help at o-line and Smith is a longterm starter.  They also need pass rushers, so that could be in play here.

31. New Orleans Saints: Landon Collins, SS: Alabama: With the pick they acquired from the Seahawks, the Saints can add a heavy hitter in their secondary.  Kenny Vaccaro was benched last season, so they need serious help in the back end of the secondary. Offensive line and WR are also glaring holes on this team.

32. New England Patriots: Eric Rowe: CB, Utah: The Pats saw a mass exodus from their secondary as both Browner and Revis went elsewhere.  The Pats are impossible to predict, and a trade down is always possible, but Rowe is a talented player at a position of need.

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