March 26th, 2015 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:18

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: The Bucs believe that Winston to Mike Evans can be a potent passing combination for many years.  Tampa Bay rolls the dice that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner is going to mature and put his character concerns behind him. 


2) Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: The teams that win consistently have good quarterback play.  The Titans missed on Vince Young and Jake Locker and that has hurt the franchise.  Tennessee was a playoff team and reached the Super Bowl when the athletic, Steve McNair, was tormenting defenses with his passing and running ability. 


Zach Mettenberger has a cannon for an arm, but heavy feet and his durability makes him a question mark.  The Titans lost every start he made last season and he was easy to sack. The former LSU quarterback has already sustained a torn ACL and a couple of shoulder injuries.  The young quarterback has to speed up his decision-making, release and set-up.  It would be a major leap of faith for the Titans to hitch their wagon to a young quarterback who has some legitimate flaws that he may not be able to overcome. 


Some say Mariota does not fit what Ken Whisenhunt wants in a quarterback.  A good coach adjusts to get the most out of a player’s ability.  Mariota will learn to throw more from the pocket as he gains experience in a pro-style offense.  However, his terrific athleticism is a real positive that Whisenhunt can take advantage of.  This is Ken Whisenhunt’s last opportunity to be a head coach and it will not be successful unless he finds a franchise quarterback.  Marcus Mariota gives them a chance to develop such a player. 


3) Jacksonville Jaguars: DT/DE Leonard Williams, USC: Gus Bradley adds an impact player to his defensive line.  Williams can play in any scheme and is the draft’s best overall prospect.  His versatility is impressive and Williams defends the run and puts heat on the quarterback.


4) Oakland Raiders:  WR Amari Cooper, Alabama: The Silver & Black finally have a young quarterback with potential and need to surround Derek Carr with talent.  The Raiders pick Cooper over Kevin White because he is a more polished route-runner and has played in numerous big games.


5) Washington Redskins: OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa: The former Iowa offensive tackle standout can solve Washington’s right tackle position.  Washington surrendered 58 sacks last season and did not run the ball as well as they would have liked.  This is not a sexy pick, but a solid one.  Scherff is a strong run blocker and protecting RG3 is high on Washington’s to-do list.


6) New York Jets: DE/OLB Dante Fowler, Florida: The Jets miss out on both of the top two quarterbacks.  Their consolation prize is to finally add a big edge rusher to a defense that should be outstanding.


7) Chicago Bears: OLB Randy Gregory, Nebraska: The Bears are starting over on defense and adding a potential gifted pass rusher is a good start.  Gregory tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine, but his upside potential is too great for the Bears to pass on him.  Gregory could be the explosive pass rushing outside linebacker that the 3-4 defense must have. 


8) Atlanta Falcons: DE Shane Ray, Missouri: 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 La’el Collins, LSU: Big Blue saw firsthand what a terrific offensive line did for the Cowboys last season.  The Giants want to run the ball more and must protect Eli Manning better since he is now 34.  Collins is a strong run blocker and can start as a rookie at right tackle.  That will enable Justin Pugh to move inside at guard.  Weston Richburg will take over at center and the Giants have the foundation of a young and talented offensive line.


10) St. Louis Rams: WR Kevin White, West Virginia: The Rams add a big and explosive receiver for Nick Foles.  White has the talent to be a top lead receiver.


11) Minnesota Vikings: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville: The Vikings will build around Teddy Bridgewater and Parker is the big, skilled lead receiver that the young quarterback needs.  The fact that they played in college should accelerate their chemistry.


12) Cleveland Browns: DT Danny Shelton, Washington: Cleveland has missed with high-profile skill position picks recently.  Shelton is a huge, powerful nose tackle with light feet.  He can be the anchor for Cleveland’s defensive line.


13) New Orleans Saints: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson: The Saints are trying to become a more balanced team on offense with a tougher defense.  Beasley is a heat seeking missile from the outside.  Beasley has the athleticism to convert from defensive end to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.


14) Miami Dolphins: CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State: Miami’s secondary faltered down the stretch last season.  Waynes is an aggressive cornerback who further bolsters Miami’s defense. 


15) San Francisco 49ers: CB Marcus Peters, Washington: The talented Peters with his quick feet, change of direction skills and speed can help the 49ers rebuild their secondary.


16) Houston Texans: WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma: Who better to replace Andre Johnson than another physical freak at wide receiver?  DGB has legitimate character concerns, but his upside is too tempting for the Texans.


17) San Diego Chargers: RB Todd Gurley, Georgia: Ryan Mathews has moved on and the Bolts need to get Philip Rivers some help.  Gurley provides the Chargers with a back as talented as Ladainian Tomlinson.  Rivers will need an elite talent like Gurley behind him as he enters the latter portion of his career. 


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.  He will pair with Jeremy Maclin to give Alex Smith some weapons.



19) Cleveland Browns: DE Alvin Dupree, Kentucky: Jabaal Sheard left via free agency and Barkevious Mingo is still unproven as a pass rusher.  Dupree is more powerful than Mingo and has a good burst to develop into a pass rushing outside linebacker.


20) Philadelphia Eagles: DE Arik Armstead, Oregon: Chip Kelly grabs another Oregon Duck.  Armstead is raw, but possesses tremendous size and athleticism.


21) Cincinnati Bengals:.DT Malcolm Brown, Texas: The rugged AFC North requires a deep defensive line.  Brown is a fine combination of size, strength and quickness.  He can help stop the run and mount an inside pass rush.


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: DT Eddie Goldman, Florida State: The Lions have lost Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley at defensive tackle.  They added Haloti Ngnata, but he is 31 and on the downside of his career. 


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 Ereck Flowers, Miami: Carolina looks to upgrade their offensive line with the powerful Flowers.


26) Baltimore Ravens: CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest: Ozzie Newsome adds a fluid cornerback with solid ball skills to help his secondary that was short-handed in the playoffs.


27) Dallas Cowboys: DT Michael Bennett, Ohio State: Dallas rebuilt their offensive line and is looking to do the same on the other side of the ball.  Bennett can replace Henry Melton as a quick and penetrating defensive tackle.  Secondary help will come later in the draft.


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


29) Indianapolis Colts: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford: Andrew Luck is big and strong, but takes too many hits.  Peat is massive and can help protect Luck and open holes for Frank Gore.


30) Green Bay Packers: LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA: The Pack select a fast linebacker who can play on all three downs. 


31) New Orleans Saints (via Seattle Seahawks): TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota: Jimmy Graham was traded and the Saints add a polished, young tight end who has a knack for getting open.


32) New England Patriots: OL Cameron Erving, Florida State: The Pats add a versatile and smart offensive lineman who can play a variety of positions.  New England lost both starting cornerbacks from last season, but a strong offensive line is needed to compete with the talented defensive lines found in the AFC East.








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