Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.
2015 NFL MOCK DRAFT
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The overreaction mock draft is back! Last year's version had a few picks right like Jadeveon Clowney to Houston and Blake Bortles to Jacksonville. You never know what outside-the-box thinking will end up being prophetic.
NFL Picks - Oct. 25
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
The Buccaneers have to get a franchise quarterback. Most project Marcus Mariota, but in my opinion, Jameis Winston is the better prospect and that is going to become clear in the lead up to the 2015 NFL Draft. I think Tampa Bay has the mentors in place with Lovie Smith and Derrick Brooks to guide Winston into becoming a professional.
Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The Titans need a franchise quarterback, and I know Mariota has already impressed the brass in Tennessee. Ken Whisenhunt is a good quarterback developer and Tennessee has some young pieces in place on offense to help Mariota pan out.
Atlanta Falcons: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
TRADE! Thomas Dimitroff works out a deal with former pupil David Caldwell to land Atlanta the best edge rusher the 2015 NFL Draft has to offer. To make sure that the Falcons land Gregory, they would have to get in front of Oakland. Plus, Atlanta explored moving up for Clowney last year, so the mindset to get a pass-rusher is already in place.
The Falcons have strengthened their defensive line with bigger and more physical players, but the team still needs to improve its edge rushers. After letting John Abraham leave, the Falcons have really neglected the need to find a consistent pass-rusher. Gregory could make an immediate impact for Atlanta.
Oakland Raiders: Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USC
The Raiders badly need to upgrade their defense. Leonard Williams would be a big addition to pair with Khalil Mack. WalterFootball.com has heard that Williams is entering the 2015 NFL Draft and has signaled the Raiders he would like to suit up in the Silver and Black.
Minnesota Vikings: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
TRADE! The Redskins move down and the Vikings get in front of the Jets to land Teddy Bridgewater a true No. 1 receiver. Greg Jennings is aging, while Cordarrelle Patterson had a down season. On top of that, Amari Cooper is a great fit in Norv Turner's offense. Minnesota took seven players in the first round over the 2012-2014 NFL Drafts, so the team can afford to move up given its base. The Vikings also have shown a willingness to trade up.
New York Jets: Shane Ray, OLB/DE, Missouri
The Jets miss out on the quarterbacks and Amari Cooper, but still land a difference-maker. In 2014, Sheldon Richardson led the Jets with eight sacks and Quinton Coples had the most sacks of the edge rushers with 6.5. Clearly, New York could use an edge rusher.
Chicago Bears: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Bears have to upgrade their safety play. It was a weakness throughout 2014. Collins could take over at strong safety with Brock Vereen at free safety.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
This would be great for David Caldwell to move down and still land the player he would have taken at No. 3. The Jaguars' offensive line was awful in 2014. Luke Joeckel was abused by J.J. Watt to close out the season, and the franchise has so much riding on Blake Bortles panning out. If the Jaguars draft a left tackle, they can put Joeckel on the right side.
New York Giants: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
I love Ereck Flowers and think he could skyrocket up draft boards in the months leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft. It honestly wouldn't surprise me if he has an Eric Fisher-like ascension into the top 5. I think Flowers is in the same ballpark as a prospect as last year's trio of Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan.
The Giants have to improve their offensive line in front of Eli Manning. If they draft a tackle, they can move Will Beatty to the right side and slide Justin Pugh to guard. With Weston Richburg, New York would have the makings of a line that could mature together.
St. Louis Rams: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
The Rams have devoted a lot of picks to their defensive line and now can do it on the other side of the ball. Since there isn't a quarterback worth taking, it makes sense for St. Louis to improve its blocking. Scherff could at least replace Davin Joseph and maybe push Joe Barksdale at right tackle.
Washington Redskins: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
The Redskins have to improve their offensive line, plus it would make sense to trade down. This draft looks very deep in the first round at tackle, so Washington can afford to pick up a second-day pick and still land an offensive line upgrade.
Cleveland Browns: Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB/DE, Florida
Barkevious Mingo was a pick of the prior regime and hasn't produced many sacks (2 in 2014). Meanwhile, Jabaal Sheard could be let go. Paul Kruger played well this season, but the Browns could use another rusher on the other side.
Kansas City Chiefs: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
TRADE! The Chiefs leap in front of the 49ers to give Alex Smith more receiving weapons to work with. The lack of receiving talent has to be driving Andy Reid crazy. DeVante Parker could give Kansas City a No. 1 receiver who makes an immediate impact.
Miami Dolphins: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Lamar Miller has had some good moments, but the Dolphins could use a feature back. Knowshon Moreno was only signed to a 1-year deal, and after all his injuries, he could be done in the NFL. Gordon would give Miami a franchise back and could really help make Ryan Tannehill's job easier.
San Francisco 49ers: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
The 49ers could use more young receiving talent given the age of Anquan Boldin and the hazy future of Michael Crabtree in San Francisco. Coates could add some explosiveness to an offense that really could use an injection of speed.
Houston Texans: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
You might think that running back isn't a need, but the Texans value taking the best player available, who in this case is easily Gurley. Since Houston is missing out on an elite quarterback, the team has to have a consistent ground game. With Arian Foster's pattern of getting injured, the Texans need another back who can carry the offense if Foster goes down again.
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