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2015 NFL Mock Draft

Updated: October 29th

1) Oakland Raiders - Leonard Williams (DT USC) Leonard Williams 2015 NFL Draft

After some optimism surrounding their impressive 2014 NFL Draft haul things got ugly quick for the Raiders. Head coach Dennis Allen was fired only four games into his third season, and Charles Woodson summed things up pretty well by saying flat out "We Suck." Considering how devoid of talent Oakland is from top to bottom, the Raiders could take literally anybody, besides a quarterback, with the first pick in 2015. Behind Marcus Mariota, Leonard Williams is the second overall player on our draft board as a physically superior athlete who is built like a tackle but possesses the athleticism of a defensive end. Along with Khalil Mack he would give the Raiders another cornerstone to rebuild their defense.

2) Jacksonville Jaguars - Randy Gregory (DE Nebraska) Randy Gregory 2015 NFL Draft

When Gus Bradley came over from Seattle as their defensive coordinator we expected the Jaguars to take a defensive minded approach to the draft. Through two years however, David Caldwell and company have focused more on offense with their early draft selections. 2015 should be the year they dedicate the draft to solely to fixing their defense. If they can't get Leonard Williams, Randy Gregory would be an outstanding get as the consensus top pass rusher in the 2015 draft class. A combination of lightning and thunder all on his own, Gregory has the lethal quickness which demands a double team on the edge, but it's his natural strength which makes him a consistently dominant force

3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) Marcus Mariota 2015 NFL Draft

It's been an ugly start to the 2014 season for Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers, but if they're going to be bad they might as well totally tank for Mariota. The Buccaneers will most certainly be drafting a quarterback in the 2015 draft, but with Brett Hundley and Jameis Winston both falling off for one reason or another, Mariota looks like the only sure bet at quarterback. Marcus Mariota is the type of electric playmaker who can energize a stale franchise and potentially take a team like the Bucs from 'worst to first.' There is more talent down in Tampa than people think, they just need a quarterback.

4) New York Jets - Amari Cooper (WR Alabama) Amari Cooper

I think Geno Smith sucks as much as the next guy, but the Jets problems go a lot deeper than their quarterback. Cornerback, wide receiver, offensive line, and outside linebacker are all critical areas of concern on top of the quarterback situation. Maybe the Jets will be bad enough to get in range to select Marcus Mariota, but Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson alone are enough to win them a couple games down the stretch. With Jameis Winston and Brett Hundley being too risky, all-world receiver Amari Cooper would be the best option if available. Combined with Eric Decker, Cooper would give the Jets some legitimate weapons on offense which will be a boon for whoever plays QB for the Jets next year.

5) Tennessee Titans - Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) Jameis Winston 2015 NFL

Whether or not the Titans will take a quarterback in 2015 NFL Draft will be one of the biggest storylines leading up to next May. It's a tough call with so many variables to consider. Jake Locker has figured himself out of the equation, but how does the brass feel about sixth rounder Zach Mettenberger? Then they'll have to consider which quarterbacks they feel may be worth a top ten pick. They likely won't be bad enough for Mariota, which leaves them looking at Winston, Hundley and Connor Cook. Tough call; but for as much talent as the Titans do have they can't afford to choke away another season with unreliable quarterback play. Based on ability Winston should be the number one pick, but we all know the litany of other factors considered in drafting him. For now, we like Winston here.

6) Atlanta Falcons - Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) Todd Gurley 2015 NFL Draft

Yes I'm well aware the Atlanta Falcons have possibly the worst defense in the entire NFL right now, but this is Thomas Dimitroff we're talking about here (granted he's still employed) and I just can't see him passing on the hometown superstar Todd Gurley. Alabama Safety Landon Collins would make the most logical sense, but for as bad as Atlanta's defense is the Falcons running game has been nearly as bad since Michael Turner ran out of gas. Running back is a need, but this pick would be all about making a splash as Dimitroff looks to possibly save his job. Todd Gurley would immediately give Atlanta an offensive trinity of Ryan/Julio/Gurley which is pretty darn enticing.

7) St Louis Rams - Connor Cook (QB Michigan State) Connor Cook Top Ten

For the third straight year the Rams will be one of the biggest underachievers in the league as they get torpedoed by mind-numbing quarterback play. No matter how talented some may think Sam Bradford is, he simply cannot afford to be counted on and it's time for St Louis to pull the plug. As a solution, Michigan State's Connor Cook has moved up into top ten consideration as he continues to do nothing but win at Michigan State. Unlike so many of the spread option quarterback prospects we're getting used to seeing, Connor Cook is your throwback, traditional pocket passer. Cook is renowned for his leadership and poise, and combined with a six-foot-four body and strong arm, he has all the attributes you look for in an NFL quarterback.

8) Washington Redskins - Landon Collins (Safety Alabama) Landon Collins 2015 NFL Draft

Washington's safety situation was a disaster last year and it isn't any better this year with 30+ year olds Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark. At a time when safeties are become more and more important with the advent of the spread offense, the Redskins have one of the worst units in the league and it's going to be an issue for them all year. Landon Collins would be a welcomed addition to the Redskins backfield as a complete safety prospect and possibly the best of many Alabama has churned out lately. He's just the perfect mix of everything. Big (6'2" 215) and physical; fast and fluid; instinctive and tenacious. Collins can play the free or strong safety, very much comparable to 49ers standout Eric Reid.

9) New York Giants - Andrus Peat (OT Stanford) Andrus Peat 2015 NFL Draft

2014 has been a roller coaster season for Eli Manning and the Giants, but looking to the future Manning should get at least one more season to be the man at the helm. He isn't perfect but he'd do a whole lot better behind an improved offensive line. William Beatty has been up and down at left tackle, with recent reports saying this could be his last year in The Big Apple. Meanwhile the entire offensive line could stand to improve by kicking Justin Pugh inside to guard and drafting a stalwart like Andrus Peat. Projecting as a franchise left tackle, Peat has the height and length you love at six-foot-seven, but it's his footwork and quickness which makes him so difficult to beat.

10) Minnesota Vikings - Benardrick McKinney (ILB Mississippi State) Benardrick McKinney NFL Draft

With Adrian Peterson all but gone, and Todd Gurley off the board in our mock draft scenario I'm tempted to slot Melvin Gordon II here, but I think Jerick McKinnon will be enough for them to hold off and take some defensive help. The Vikings look to have hit a grand slam with last year's first rounder Anthony Barr at strongside, but they've yet to replace their gaping hole at MIKE Linebacker ever since E.J Henderson departed. You aren't seeing Benardrick McKinney in the top ten of too many mock drafts right now, but I'm convinced the leader of the upstart Bulldogs will be a riser as the draft process moves on. McKinney is a rare six-foot-five, 250 pound linebacker who can run from sideline to sideline. Along with his athleticism; McKinney's versatility and leadership make him well worth a top ten pick.

11) Chicago Bears - P.J Williams (CB Florida State) PJ Williams FSU

What the Bears need most, and have needed most, is any type of safety who finally replace Chris Conte. However, behind Landon Collins this year's safety class doesn't currently present another first round prospect. Keeping the secondary in mind though, it wouldn't hurt to give last year's first rounder Kyle Fuller a running mate in an attempt to emulate the old guard of Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman. Not only would this fill a long term need for the Bears, but P.J Williams makes for an excellent value as the top cornerback in one of the deepest position groups of the 2015 draft. Williams is the complete package at cornerback, intertwining physicality, speed and ball skills to be a true shutdown cornerback.

12) Miami Dolphins - Melvin Gordon III (RB Wisconsin) Melvin Gordon 2015 NFL

I never have and never will be a Ryan Tannehill believer, but it doesn't seem likely the Dolphins will be able to find an immediate upgrade based on where they'll pick in the 2015 Draft. Instead of replacing him, they can look once again to support him by adding additional weapons. Lamar Miller is not a bad running back, but he's not a difference maker. Melvin Gordon on the other hand is the type of Demarco Murray/Lesean McCoy gamebreaker who can completely change the shape of a game with a single carry. Gordon is more than just another Wisconsin 'system back' and more than just a speedster; he can make you miss, run through you or flat-out run by you. Gordon is an ever rare NFL 'feature back.'

13) Cleveland Browns- Shawn Oakman (DE Baylor) Shawn Oakman 2015 NFL

So far through the 2014 season the Cleveland Browns are giving up close to 150 yards per game on the ground as their defensive front has taken a step backwards. Desmond Bryant, Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin have all disappointed, then up-and-comer Armonty Bryant went down for the season. A perfect addition would be the surging Shawn Oakman who has become one of the scariest defensive players in the nation. The six-foot-eight Oakman is truly a freak of nature, conjuring up thoughts of Calais Campbell as a five technique defensive end. Oakman's presence alone demands a double team up front and will completely change the way offenses gameplan for them.

14) Houston Texans - Ifo Ekpre Olomu (CB Oregon) Ifo Ekpre Olomu 2015 NFL

Up front the Texans have created arguably the best young front seven in all of football, but their secondary still needs quite a bit of work. At cornerback Johnathan Joseph is past his prime and Kareem Jackson will be a free agent at the end of the season. If available, Ifo Ekpre Olomu would garner strong consideration from the Texans as he's proved himself to be one of college football's preeminent cornerbacks for the past three years. He reminds you of Cortland Finnegan in his prime. A hard-nosed, feisty, ball-hawking and certainly athletic cornerback that no receiver wants to go up against.

15) Carolina Panthers - Trae Waynes (CB Michigan State) Trae Wanyes NFL Draft

Carolina's front seven is one of the best in football, but their secondary which was ravaged by free agency in the off season may prove costly down the stretch. Whether it be the loss of Captain Munnerlyn at corner or Mike Mitchell at safety, the Panthers have two critical positions to address in the very near future. Quietly, Michigan State's Trae Waynes is developing into one of the nation's best cornerbacks. Few secondaries in the country play as much true quarters defense as Michigan State does, meaning their corners outside the numbers are locked in 1-on-1 battles almost every play. Waynes is physical, long and has the long speed to run downfield with any receiver. Very underrated prospect!

16) New Orleans Saints - Vic Beasley (OLB Clemson) Vic Beasley 2015 NFL Draft

New Orleans' defense took a huge step forward last year with breakout seasons from Junior Galette, Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks in the 3-4. However, the Saints defense has taken a step back so far in 2014 and it's clear the job isn't finish for Rob Ryan's crew. As opposing offenses have started chipping and shifting towards Junior Galette there isn't a secondary pass rusher that teams are forced to respect. Vic Beasley could step in immediately and fill that role as speed rusher who possesses arguably the fastest first step in college football. He's dripping with potential, has produced on the field and is already experience in the 3-4 defense at Clemson.

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