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2015 NFL Mock Draft

Updated: October 14th

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 Kelly 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

Despite what some would like to think, the Jets problems go far beyond just Geno Smith. Cornerback, wide receiver, offensive line, and outside linebacker are all critical areas of concern on top of the quarterback situation. While many Jets fans may hope they'll be bad enough to get in range to select Marcus Mariota, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson alone are enough to win them a few 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 a boon for whoever plays QB for the Jets next year.

5) 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.

6) 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.

7) Miami Dolphins - Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) Todd Gurley 2015 NFL Draft

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. The Dolphins are an organization that likes to make big splashes, and Todd Gurley could be a splash which not only makes Miami more exciting, but actually makes them a better football team too. Lamar Miller is not terrible, but he's no Todd Gurley. Gurley is the type of game changing tailback who trumps the 'running back is a dying position' stereotype, and will strike fear into the hearts of opposing defensive coordinators. As far as I'm concerned his recent NCAA suspension is only a positive; less tread on the tires!

8) New York Giants - Cedric Ogbuehi (OT Texas A&M) Cedric Oghuebi 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, while the entire offensive line could stand to improve by kicking Justin Pugh inside to guard and drafting a stalwart like Cedric Ogbuehi. Tracking to be the third straight offensive tackle out of Texas A&M to go in the top ten, Ogbuehi makes his mark as an outstanding pass protector with the lateral quickness to handle elite NFL edge rushers.

9) 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. Sam Bradford is out again, but it's shame on Les Snead and Jeff Fisher for expecting anything different. 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 is rising as quickly as any prospect in recent months. Unlike so many of the spread option quarterback prospects we're getting used to seeing, Connor Cook is your throwback, drop back 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.

10) Cleveland Browns- Sammie Coates (WR Auburn) Sammie Coates 2015 NFL Draft

It's not a question of if the Cleveland Browns will draft a wide receiver in 2015, but rather when. Ray Farmer ought to have drafted one last year, but now it's a must to take a wideout to compliment, or possibly even replace, the enigmatic Josh Gordon. Sammie Coates doesn't put up huge numbers in Auburn's offense, but it doesn't take long watching him to realize he's a physical specimen. Possessing the physicality to bully smaller defensive backs and also the speed to run by them, Coates' upside has people thinking Dez Bryant.

11) Cleveland Browns (From Buffalo) - 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.
12) Minnesota Vikings - Andrus Peat (OT Stanford) Andrus Peat 2015 NFL Draft

I really like the future of the Vikings under Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater, but in order for Bridgewater to be successful they're need to do a much better job protecting him. Minnesota ranks in the bottom five of sacks allowed, highlighted by an eight sack barrage from the Lions. Matt Khalil's complete fall off is one of the stranger stories in all of the NFL and kicking right tackle Phil Loadholt inside to guard wouldn't be a bad move. Whether placed at left or right tackle Andrus Peat is as good as they come in pass protection. He 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.

13) 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 looked horrible 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.

14) Kansas City Chiefs - Brandon Scherff (OT Iowa) Brandon Scherff NFL Draft

2013 number one overall pick Eric Fisher has been a complete bust to this point in his career, and has been so bad that there's serious doubt whether he'll even be a starter at the end of this year. Even if Fisher was playing well, the Chiefs have a serious need at right tackle to replace Ryan Harris and give their 45 million dollar investment Alex Smith some protection. Iowa's Brandon Scherff would be an excellent addition to the squad as a dominating run blocker, who also shows the length and quickness to play left tackle. His ability to handle speed and power rushers, along with his ability to pave holes in the run game makes him a great value in the top fifteen.

15) 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.

16) Carolina Panthers - P.J Williams (CB Florida State) PJ Williams FSU

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. In my opinion P.J Williams is the best corner in the 2015 NFL Draft and would be a steal if Carolina could get him at sixteen. Coming off his performance as the Defensive MVP of last year's National Championship game, Williams hasn't skipped a beat in 2014. He's a hard nosed bump-and-run corner who bullies receivers off their routes and aggressively attacks the ball/man when in the air.

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