January 17th, 2015 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Saturday, 17 January 2015 15:31



1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: Josh McCown is 35 and mediocre.  Winston will ease NFL decision-makers concerns about his maturity during interviews and by staying clear of trouble.  The rookie salary cap also makes teams more comfortable to roll the dice regarding a potential impact player with character concerns.  Mariota is a great kid, but he did not make many NFL throws in Oregon’s offense.  Winston played like an NFL quarterback at Florida State.


2) Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: How can the Titans be convinced that Zach Mettenberger is their long-term answer at quarterback?  Mariota is highly athletic and Ken Whisenhunt can design his offense around him.


3) Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa: The Jags have to protect their young quarterback.  Scherff is a natural fit at right tackle due to his physical run blocking.


4) Oakland Raiders:  DT Leonard Williams, USC: The Silver & Black need massive help on offense and defense.  Williams adds a defensive lineman stud to play with Khalil Mack.  Jack Del Rio is on his way to building a good defense.


5) Washington Redskins: DE/OLB Randy Gregory, Nebraska: The Redskins were torched through the air in 2014 and quarterbacks were too comfortable in the pocket.  Gregory can replace the injury-prone and aging, Brian Orakpo.


6) New York Jets: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama: The Jets miss out on the top two quarterbacks, but land the draft’s top skill position player.  Cooper provides the team with a true number one receiver.


7) Chicago Bears: DE Shane Ray, Missouri: The Bears are such a mess on defense and adding an explosive pass rusher is a start.


8) Atlanta Falcons: DE Alvin Dupree, Kentucky: The Falcons tried to solve their pass rush issue with veterans like, Osi Umenyiora.  They will try again with youth.


9) New York Giants: S Landon Collins, Alabama: Big Blue needs help on the offensive line, but Collins is too good a player to pass on.  Collins is a ball-hawk at safety and can quarterback the secondary.  New York’s secondary could be outstanding with the return to health of several players and the addition of Collins.


10) St. Louis Rams: OT La’el Collins, LSU: The Rams have to keep their quarterback healthy.  Collins adds size and power  to the team’s offensive line.  That is what is needed in the rugged NFC west.


11) Minnesota Vikings: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville: Teddy Bridgewater gets to throw passes to his former college teammate.  Parker has the size and skills to develop into Minnesota’s number one target.


12) Cleveland Browns: WR Kevin White, West Virginia: No team threw fewer touchdown passes than the Browns in 2014.  Josh Gordon cannot be depended on and White adds a playmaker at a position of need.



13) New Orleans Saints: DE/OLB Dante Fowler, Florida: Rob Ryan is returning as the Saints’ defensive coordinator.  Fowler could be the bookend pass rushing complement to Junior Galette.


14) Miami Dolphins: CB Marcus Peters, Washington: The Dolphins have some age at cornerback and Peters is the draft’s best cover corner.


15) San Francisco 49ers: DE Eddie Goldman, Florida State: Justin Smith retired and Ray McDonald was released.  The 49ers need to rebuild their defensive line and Goldman has the size and athleticism to thrive as a 3-4 defensive end.


16) Houston Texans: CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State: The Texans still surrender too many passing yards and adding Waynes will help.


17) Kansas City Chiefs: WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma: The Chiefs did not throw a single touchdown pass to a wide receiver last season! The extremely gifted DGB has the size and speed that the Chiefs are willing to take a chance on despite a checkered past.


18) San Diego Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin: Ryan Mathews is a free agent and was too injury-prone.  Philip Rivers needs some help in the backfield and Gordon could be another Jamaal Charles.


19) Cleveland Browns:  DT Danny Shelton, Washington: The Browns have to stop the run on defense.  Shelton can clog the middle of their defense and reminds many of Vince Wilfork.


20) Philadelphia Eagles: CB Jalen Collins, LSU: The Eagles need a cornerback who can cover Dez Bryant and other big receivers.  Collins has the size and skills to help Philadelphia at an area of major need.


21) Cincinnati Bengals: DT Malcolm Brown, Texas: The Bengals did not put enough pressure on quarterbacks last year.  Brown has the size to occupy blockers and yet is quick enough to be disruptive.  He could pair with Geno Atkins to form a tough interior.


22) Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson: The Steelers only had 33 sacks in 2014.  The secondary needs help, but so does the pass rush and Beasley is too good to pass here.


23) Detroit Lions: DT Michael Bennett, Ohio State: A terrific front four is the strength of Detroit’s defense.  Bennett is a penetrating defensive tackle who can replace the underachieving, Nick Fairley.


24) Arizona Cardinals: OLB Shaq Thompson, Washington: Thompson is an explosive athlete who can play inside or outside linebacker in Arizona’s defense.


25) Carolina Panthers: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford: Carolina needs a left tackle to solidify their offensive line.  Peat needs to gain strength, but has the feet, length and balance to be a fine left tackle.


26) Baltimore Ravens: RB Todd Gurley, Georgia: Ozzie Newsome likes to take the best player available.  Gurley is a major talent who is bigger, stronger, faster and better than Justin Forsett.  The former Georgia star is recovering from ACL surgery, but Newsome took Jamal Lewis in the 1st round (#5 in 2000) coming off of a knee injury and that paid off.


27) Dallas Cowboys: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon: The Dallas secondary was picked apart by Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs.  Ekpre-Olomu slips due to a knee injury, but he is a talented corner that can help Dallas.


28) Denver Broncos: OT T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh: Denver adds a physical offensive tackle to better protect an aging Peyton Manning.


29) Indianapolis Colts: OT Ereck Flowers, Miami: Andrew Luck is big and strong, but Indy has to limit the number of hits their star quarterback takes.


30) Green Bay Packers: LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State: McKinney can help the Pack improve their run defense with his speed and power.


31) Seattle Seahawks: WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State: The Hawks add a big receiver with great hands who Russell Wilson will love to target in the red zone.


32) New England Patriots: WR Devin Funchess, Michigan: The Pats add another weapon for Tom Brady.









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