February 23rd, 2015 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Monday, 23 February 2015 08:38

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: The Bucs need a franchise quarterback and Winston has done a good job of presenting himself in team interviews.  Winston has the physical tools and football IQ to be productive in the NFL. 

2) Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: Mariota showed good footwork at the NFL Combine and threw the ball well.  It will take some time, but there is no reason to believe that he cannot be productive in a pro-style passing attack.  Mariota's potential and athleticism are too good to pass on.  Zach Mattenberger has a strong arm, but has not done nearly enough to convince the Titans that he is their starter for the next decade. 

3) Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Leonard Williams, USC: Gus Bradley adds probably the best prospect in this year’s draft.  Williams can play inside and outside and will be a matchup problem for offensive lines.


4) Oakland Raiders:  WR Kevin White, West Virginia: The Silver & Black finally have a young quarterback with potential.  The Raiders add the best wide receiver in the draft to help David Carr reach his full potential.


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 with his long frame and athleticism has pass rusher written all over him.


6) New York Jets: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama: The Jets have to improve significantly on offense.  They miss out on the two franchise quarterbacks, but a true number one receiver is a decent consolation prize.


7) Chicago Bears: DT Danny Shelton, Washington: Chicago will start from scratch on defense and convert to the 3-4.  The Bears have trouble stopping the run and must start with significantly improving their run defense.  Shelton has the size and mobility to excel at nose tackle and anchor Chicago’s defensive line. 


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


9) New York Giants: OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa: Big Blue saw firsthand what a terrific offensive line did for the Cowboys last season.  The Giants want to run the ball better and must protect Eli Manning.  Scherff is a strong run blocker and can start as a rookie at right tackle.  That will enable Justin Pugh to move inside at guard.  This strengthens New York’s entire offensive line.


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 Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri: DGB has maturity and character concerns, but also a ton of talent.  The Browns are not afraid of taking a chance on a player and figure they are bound to hit on one of them.  DGB could be their Dez Bryant.


13) New Orleans Saints: OLB Shane Ray, Missouri: Rob Ryan is back as defensive coordinator and adds a complementary pass rusher to Junior Galette.


14) Miami Dolphins: OLB Shaq Thompson, Washington: The Fins add a do-everything linebacker who reminds them of Jamie Collins.  Thompson is a playmaker at linebacker and is just scratching the surface of his potential.


15) San Francisco 49ers: DE Eddie Goldman, Florida State: Justin Smith is old 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: DE Arik Armstead, Oregon: J.J. Watt is dominant, but the Texans were still soft versus the pass.  Armstead is built like a 3-4 defensive end and has a lot of potential to join Watt and Clowney to be a potentially very talented front seven.


17) San Diego Chargers: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford: Philip Rivers is 33 and not very mobile.  The Bolts need a good line in front of their franchise quarterback.


18) Kansas City Chiefs: WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State: The Chiefs did not throw a single touchdown pass to a wide receiver last season! Strong has excellent size and a knack for making contested catches.


19) Cleveland Browns: DT Malcolm Brown, Texas: Brown can help Cleveland shore up its run defense.  He also has enough quickness to mount an inside pass rush.


20) Philadelphia Eagles: CB Jalen Collins, LSU: Philly was torched at times last season through the air and need cornerback help.  Collins has the size and speed to match-up against Dez Bryant and O'Dell Beckam, Jr. twice a year in key divisional games.


21) Cincinnati Bengals: DE Vic Beasley, Clemson: The Bengals need more bite in their pass rush.  Beasley is undersized, but will be used as a specialist in passing situations.


22) Pittsburgh Steelers: S Landon Collins, Alabama: Pittsburgh is old in the secondary and need to move on from Troy Polamalu.  Collins can defend the pass and is also physical. 


23) Detroit Lions: CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State: Waynes can pair with Darius Slay to give the Lions a young and talented pair of cornerbacks.


24) Arizona Cardinals: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin: The Cards add a dynamic back to help Carson Palmer.  Andre Ellington cannot handle a full work load and Palmer is best throwing deep off of play-action.


25) Carolina Panthers: OT Erick Flowers, Miami: Carolina needs a left tackle to solidify their offensive line.  Flowers is raw and young, but has terrific upside.


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 coming off of 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: DE Alvin Dupree, Kentucky: Big D has to rush the quarterback better.  Dupree will pair with DeMarcus Lawrence to give the Cowboys a pair of young edge rushers.


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


29) Indianapolis Colts: DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma: Phillips can help the Colts defend the run better with his combination of size and strength.


30) Green Bay Packers: LB Denzel Perryman, Miami: The Pack need a fast, junk-yard dog to man the middle of their defense and attack running backs.  Perryman fits the bill to toughen up a defense that was soft versus the run last season.


31) Seattle Seahawks: OG A.J. Cann, South Carolina: The Seahawks are a running team and Cann is a physical and nasty drive-blocker that fits their line.


32) New England Patriots: OG/C Cameron Erving, Florida State: The Pats could use an upgrade on their interior of the offensive line.  Erving is versatile and can play anywhere on the offensive line.  That sounds like a Bill Belichick type of player.








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