2015 NFL Mock Draft (4.0)

4/24/2015 – by James Fedewa

1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State Winston has maturity issues, but he is  young which is fine.  He is done with the freshman antics and he is worthy of a #1 overall selection. Winston can lead a team to a championship and has leader qualities. If Jameis can continue to grow, and stay out of trouble, he will have a very long career in the NFL (throwing to a dangerous group of Tampa receivers).
2 Tennessee Titans Leonard Williams, DT, USC The Titans could go QB here (Mariota), but Williams is a premium defensive force and a prototypical DE in a 3-4 defense.  The Zach Mettenberger experiment will last a while longer, as Mariota would probably have to learn on the bench for a year.
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida Mega Motor Speed Pass Rusher. You can’t teach speed or heart, and Fowler has both.  The Jaguars defense just got a whole lot better and Fowler can play up and down the D-line.
4 Oakland Raiders Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Cooper is the complete reciever. He can catch everything, run every route, has great footwork and can run away with it.  Cooper is and has has always been the top WR in this draft.
5 Washington Redskins Shane Ray, DE, Missouri Passing on Mariota is tough, but Mariota will take a season to develop and RG3 can compete now. Gruden can draft a project pocket passer QB later.  Ray is the best edge rusher in this class (in a very deep class). His size makes him a better prospect than the other small speed OLB’s in this years draft.
6 New York Jets Kevin White, WR, West Virginia Time to invest in a real WR and White is a good one (real  good one). With Decker and Marshall already in the fold, Geno Smith’s time to shine is now.
7 Chicago Bears Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon The Bears get the golden boy, but Mariota will have to sit on the bench and wait a season. Current starter, Jay Cutler, will keep his job for another year, but Mariota will take over the starting job in 2016.
8 Atlanta Falcons Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson Beasley will start as a situational pass rusher  and can bring some much needed pressure on opposing QB’s.  Quinn’s new Joker LB. Good fit, but DE is still needed.
9 New York Giants Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa Scherff has the potential to be a Pro Bowl guard, or a very good right tackle. Maybe, just maybe, Scherff can be a good left tackle, which is what you’re hoping for (with the first OL taken in a draft). He’s a perfect if for the NYG, to protect Eli.
10 St. Louis Rams Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State The Rams defense looks very good, but a premier CB can make it elite.
11 Minnesota Vikings DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville Offensive line should be address here, but if Parker can meet back up with Bridgewater AND they already have a great chemistry, then this is a no-brainer.  Parker can catch anything and can be a true WR1
12 Cleveland Browns Danny Shelton, DT, WA The Browns have holes at WR and DL, and Shelton can can play anywhere in a 3-4 D line, which is extremely valuable. Shelton can play 3 DL positions and make the Pro Bowl in his first year.
13 New Orleans Saints Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky TE Graham and WR Stills are gone, but Brees should be able to adapt with what  the Saints currently have. Dupree is a freakish athlete and very nice pass rusher. Can start day one at OLB and probably earn double digit sacks this season.
14 Miami Dolphins Marcus Peters CB Washington The Dolphins need to find some playmakers at WR, but with the new arrivals Stills and Jennings, the can hold off for now. Peters is very talented with ideal size. Too good to pass up, as long as he finds a mentor. He will compliment Grimes very well.
15 San Francisco 49ers Malcom Brown, DT, Texas The 49ers want to draft the Best Player Available,  regardless of team-need (which may lead to OLB Randy Gregory). CB and WR are probably the most glaring need, but Brown is extremely talented and can fill Justin Smith’s DE spot now.
16 Houston Texans La’el Collins, OT, LSU Building a good offensive line is the smart move and Houston usually drafts very “safe”.  Collins is a very safe pick as he could play one of three spots on the OL. He’s a leader and he’s nasty.
17 San Diego Chargers Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska “The Fall of Gregory” is San Diego’s jackpot. Gregory failed a drug test at the combine (pot) & weighed in underweight (blamed on illness); so some GM’s might want to avoid Mr. Excuses.  The Chargers lose 2 OLB’s this offseason and Gregory can be included with a young trio of outside pass rushers (w/ Ingram and Attaochu). Gregory is BPA and just too good to pass up.
18 Kansas City Chiefs Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida The Chiefs could go TE here, but it’s a little too early for Maxx Williams. With the top three WR’s already taken, KC can’t wait till round two to find a receiver that they need now. Perriman is a quick riser and Reid likes quick recivers. A good compliment to Maclin.
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills) Jaelen Strong WR Arizona St. Browns got their beef on the DL earlier, now they need a red-zone WR. Strong isn’t flashy, but he get the job done. With some time and development, he could be a very good WR1.
20 Philadelphia Eagles Arik Armstead DE Oregon Assuming Philly doesn’t go QB here, Armstead fills a DE void (and is a CHIP of the ole’ Oregon block).  Brett Hundley might be a sleeper pick here as last year Mariota and Hundley were comparable college athletes. Hundley might be a better fit in Chip’s scheme.
21 Cincinnati Bengals Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford Cincy doesn’t have a lot of “needs” but getting younger on the OL is a very safe route.  Peat can start at Left or Right tackle immediately, but he’ll be the left tackle of the future.
22 Pittsburgh Steelers T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh The Steelers secondary looks the most needy, but this team runs on Big Ben. So protect Ben with with the local kid, Clemmings (instant upgrade)
23 Detroit Lions D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida With Fairly and Suh gone, Detroit needs new big bodies on the D-Line. But a real Left Tackle prospect available at #23? WOW! You’re welcome Stafford!
24 Arizona Cardinals Byron Jones, CB, Uconn Jones is a big physical CB can can also play free safety or nickle safety. He’ll make the AZ secondary better, replacing Antonio Cromartie (San Diego might be willing to grab Jones at #17 to play SS for them. Jones is that versatile. Paired up with Eric Weddle might be fun to watch). He’ll be better fit at press corner in AZ though).
25 Carolina Panthers Landon Collins, SS, Alabama Panthers need a OT’s, badly but with Martin and Oher brought in, they can wait till later. Collins can thump and can fill a positional NEED now. Great pick!
26 Baltimore Ravens Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest The Ravens need speed in the secondary and at wide receiver. Johnson is a burner and is really needed more than any available WR at this pick. DGB might be an option here.
27 Dallas Cowboys Shaq Thompson OLB Washington Jerry Jones likes flashy picks and this is one. Shaq is very talented, can play three positions, but will setting with two: OLB and Nickle Safety.
28 Denver Broncos Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State Broncos lost LG Orlando Franklin, and they need to replace him for one last SB run for Payton Manning. Erving can play left guard now, but may project as a center later in his career.
29 Indianapolis Colts Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA OL might be a safe pick here and there are some good ones available, but a talented OLB/DE is a need need need.
30 Green Bay Packers Eric Rowe CB Utah Green Bay should draft more OL protection, but the offense is loaded. The D Line needs attention too, but they have some stop-gaps this year.  The Packers need DB’s and Rowe is the most talented CB at this spot. Jalen Collins is an option, but he needs more time to learn the position.
31 New Orleans Saints (via Seattle) Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami Flowers is a massive force. Brees need protection more than he needs targets, as he’s made average targets into pro bowlers (as long as he’s protected well).
32 New England Patriots Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma Phillips has the big shoes that can replace Wilfork. WR could be a target here, and Agholor might be the choice, but Phillips size and athletisicm is rare.
2.01 (33) Tennessee Titans Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia  The Titan’s go back to back defenders in the first two rounds. Harold can be an outside pass rushing force.
2.02 (34) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jake Fisher OT Oregon  The o line is a mess and the offence is designed for the pass, and protecting the new QB is the next priority
2.03 (35) Oakland Raiders Eddie Goldman DT Florida St.  WR was #1, DL is #2
2.04 (36) Jacksonville Jaguars Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Beastmode 2.0
2.05 (37) New York Jets Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
2.06 (38) Washington Redskins Cedric Ogbuehi OL Texas A&M
2.07 (39) Chicago Bears Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
2.08 (40) New York Giants Denzel Perryman ILB Miami
2.09 (41) St. Louis Rams Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
2.10 (42) Atlanta Falcons Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
2.11 (43) Cleveland Browns Preston Smith DE Missippi State
2.12 (44) New Orleans Saints Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson
2.13 (45) Minnesota Vikings Jalen Collins CB LSU
2.14 (46) San Francisco 49ers Devin Smith WR OSU
2.15 (47) Miami Dolphins Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
2.16 (48) San Diego Chargers Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin Gordon is a great talent, but in a RB heavy draft he’s not going to be a 1st rounder.  San Diego is lucky to nab him, and their new starting tailback.  And again, no RB’s will be taken in the 1st round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The 2nd round is the new 1st round for NFL RB’s.



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