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2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.5
In my previous mock draft, the scenario was based on "what I would like to see happen". This mock draft will be "what could most likely happen", or a regular mock draft. Despite the depth at the receiving position, I feel the first round will see a handful of receivers selected. The two popular running backs I have a feeling will be first round picks.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State. This pick is pretty much a given unless something happens. There will be an adjustment Winston will have to go through but I believe that he will have success in the NFL.
2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. I am treating the Philip Rivers-trade rumors as just rumors. Much like Winston, Mariota will go through an adjustment but will also have a nice career in the league. I do think, though, it will take a little longer for Mariota to be "NFL ready".
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida. This is another pick that will most likely happen. Fowler will be a nice addition for Gus Bradley and the Jaguars defense.
4. Oakland Raiders: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia. I think Oakland will choose Kevin White over Leonard Williams (if he's still there) because of the help on offense he can be for QB Derek Carr. Their potential number one receiver.
5. Washington Redskins: Leonard Williams, DL, USC. Will be a surprise if he falls to number 5. With Terrance Knighton and Ryan Kerrigan already on the defensive front, Williams will add some more boom. The Redskins could trade down to get more picks. I originally pegged Shane Ray in this spot.
6. New York Jets: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama. I could see the Jets trading down if nothing of value is there. I could see Cooper as a selection to be the future number one receiver when Brandon Marshall leaves/retires.
7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton, NT, Washington. A true nose tackle that will fit the Bears 3-4 defense.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson. The Falcons are one of the few teams who could trade up on Thursday. If the previous selections hold up, they probably don't have to. Beasley will certainly help give the Falcons defense some life.
9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa. I think with the amount of success their division-rival Cowboys have had drafting offensive lineman in the first round, the Giants want to try out that blue print.
10. St. Louis Rams: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville. The Rams get a play maker at the receiver position who could help Nick Foles.
11. Minnesota Vikings: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State. Add the Vikings on the list of teams who could trade down if things didn't work out by the time they pick. A pretty popular pick for Minnesota that will help out their secondary.
12. Cleveland Browns: Malcom Brown, DL, Texas. Aside from quarterback, the Browns will try to focus on defense in the first round. Brown is the best available defensive lineman here.
13. New Orleans Saints: Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon. Could be an iffy pick in terms of which player is out there, but Armstead's size could lure them in.
14. Miami Dolphins: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State. Best available receiver that the Dolphins could be interested in. He is more physical and I feel will have more of an impact.
15. San Francisco 49ers: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia. I think the 49ers would be tempted in taking Gurley despite having already Carlos Hyde on the roster. Reggie Bush is on the roster but only on a one-year deal.
16. Houston Texans: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida. A pretty good receiver who could pair nicely with DeAndre Hopkins. Strong could be another choice, but Houston goes with Perriman due to his availability.
17. San Diego Chargers: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State. Goldman would be a nice piece for their defense that could cause problems in the division.
18. Kansas City Chiefs: La'el Collins, OL, Louisiana State. Think the Chiefs goal here would be to strengthen the offensive line. Collins could help in the interior.
19. Cleveland Browns: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky. Browns could go receiver with this pick if there is someone of value who is there. Dupree's size and athleticism will have Cleveland calling for his name.
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami. I could see the Eagles drafting Dorsett with this pick due to his speed and play making ability after the catch. Would be a nice fit if you ask me.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest. The Bengals draft Johnson in preparation of the future where some of their secondary players will be free agents next season.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Collins, S, Alabama. Exit Troy Polamalu, Enter Landon Collins. I feel he has that play making ability as 43.
23. Detroit Lions: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. Gordon could give the Lions sturdiness in the run game where they have been lacking for so many years.
24. Arizona Cardinals: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska. The Gregory wave comes to a halt with Arizona who could use an edge rusher.
25. Carolina Panthers: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State. Some drafts have Panthers picking offensive line. I could see that but I think they need another receiving threat opposite of Kelvin Benjamin.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington. The Ravens need help in their secondary and take a chance on Peters despite his issues. I think Peters would be in a good environment here.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri. A linebacker could be in play here but passing on a talented pass rusher like Ray will cause some confusion.
28. Denver Broncos: Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State. Denver will need someone on the offensive line not only for Manning but for their future quarterback. Erving would be of help wherever they place him due to his versatility.
29. Indianapolis Colts: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford. A strong offensive lineman to help out Andrew Luck.
30. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma. Best available pick, which has been the Green Bay norm, that could help out the defensive line.
31. New Orleans Saints: Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan. Could be a bit high for Funchess to be selected here, but I think the Saints will take a gamble on him to replace Jimmy Graham and eventually Marques Colston.
32. New England Patriots: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut. The Patriots are looking into helping out their secondary after the losses of Revis and Brandon Browner. I believe Jones has the ability to help out this team in his first season.