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2015 NFL Mock Draft

Updated: November 12th

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

It's been an ugly 2014 season for Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers, but if they're going to be bad they might as well hit rock bottom 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.

3) 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

4) Tennessee Titans - Amari Cooper (WR Alabama) Amari Cooper
Most mock drafts, including ours, have had the Tennessee Titans taking a quarterback for the past couple months, but unless the Titans are able to tank hard enough for Marcus Mariota I don't think it's going to happen. Jameis Winston's never ending off-field antics have figured him out of the top five as a walking PR nightmare who is considered "radioactive" by many. Another reason why the Titans probably won't go quarterback is because of Zach Mettenberger. He hasn't been great in his first few starts but he shows enough promise that it doesn't look like taking Winston, or a QB like Brett Hundley or Connor Cook would be an obvious upgrade. Instead, it's hard to go wrong with all-world receiver receiver Amari Cooper who can be Mettenberger's A.J Green.
5) New York Jets - Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) Todd Gurley 2015 NFL Draft

Hold on, hold on! Before you Jets fans eviscerate me lets talk this one through. Obviously the Jets need a QB, but do you really think putting 'Famous Jameis' under the brightest of lights is the best thing to do? Is Brett Hundley or Connor Cook worth a top five pick? Next up is the dire need at cornerback, but is P.J Williams, Trae Waynes or Ifo Ekpre Olomu worth the fifth pick? I wouldn't see anything wrong with taking safety Landon Collins to pair with last year's first rounder Calvin Pryor, but now think about the possibility of having a legitimate rushing attack led by superstar Todd Gurley! Gurley could provide the jump start this offense needs and take the pressure off whoever the Jets put at QB this year.

6) Chicago Bears - Landon Collins (Safety Alabama) Landon Collins 2015 NFL Draft

For the better part of a decade the Chicago Bears have had some of the worst safety play in football and in my opinion it is the biggest reason why they are where they are in 2014. At a time when the safety position has never been more important thanks to the advent of spread passing attacks and the introduction of the 'super tight end', the Bears continue to trot out Chris Conte, and worse, year after year. Now they're picking in the top ten of the 2014 NFL Draft and if they aren't able to get Alabama safety Landon Collins it will be a total failure. For one, Landon Collins is absolutely outstanding. He plays the run, the pass, and is a true playmaker. And second, there isn't another safety in this class worth a first round pick let alone top ten. Even if they have to trade up, the Bears must land Landon!

7) Atlanta Falcons - Dante Fowler (DE Florida) Dante Fowler 1st Round

Second only to the Oakland Raiders in sacks are the Atlanta Falcons who seriously lack athletes up front with the ability to pressure the quarterback. It's still unclear what scheme the Falcons plan on running moving forward, and we don't even know if this coaching staff will be back next year, but whatever happens it would be hard to go wrong with Florida's Dante Fowler. A versatile edge rusher at 275 pounds, Fowler shows unique ability to 'bend' and 'dip' around the edge to turn speed into power. He's shot up my board as quickly as anyone as of late thanks to his combo meal of violence, fluidity and hand use. He's the complete package and could be key in turning around the Falcons struggling defense.

8) 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.

9) Washington Redskins - P.J Williams (CB Florida State) PJ Williams FSU

What the Redskins need most is a playmaking safety to range in the middle of the field, but with Landon Collins off the board there isn't anybody who will even sniff the top ten. One creative way the Redskins could improve their secondary this offseason is by moving David Amerson and/or Bashaud Breeland to safety. Both players saw time there in college and many draft analysts had them listed as safeties going into their respective drafts. If they were to make the move on one or both of them, it would open up a hole at cornerback which could be much more easily filled then safety in the 2015 NFL Draft. Contrary to popular opinion, I think FSU's P.J Williams is the best cornerback in this year's draft.

10) St Louis Rams - Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) Jameis Winston 2015 NFL

Jameis Winston to the Rams is marriage that makes sense for a couple of reasons. One, the St Louis Rams really really need a quarterback, I just don't know how you can justify going into 2015 counting on Sam Bradford to stay healthy again. And second, we know Jeff Fisher and Les Snead don't give half a crap about character concerns. I wouldn't take Winston in the first round let alone the top ten, but for a team like St Louis who actually has a ton of talent, especially on defense, they cannot afford to suffer through another year of putrid QB play. Maybe they go after a quarterback in free agency, or maybe they opt for a guy like Brett Hundley or Connor Cook later on, but if Jameis Winston is available to them in the first round I have a hard time seeing them pass on him.

11) 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.

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

Carolina's defense is nowhere near as good as they were last year and a big part of that has been attrition in the secondary. Top cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and starting safety Mike Mitchell were lost in free agency and have yet to be replaced. 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!

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

The jury is still out on Ryan Tannehill as he continues to be frustrating inconsistent. I've never been a fan of Tannehill's but in all honesty the Dolphins have never give him much help in the form of an offensive line or running game. 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.'

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

So far through the 2014 season the Cleveland Browns are giving up over 130 yards per game on the ground as their defensive front has taken a step backwards from last year. 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.

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

We've had Vic Beasley pegged to New Orleans here for some time and he remains the pick because he's still our best player available at a position of great need. Granted Missouri's Shane Ray is playing outstanding and is on the rise in many mock drafts but I still like Beasley's experience and versatility better. Athletically they're very comparable. Up front the Saints have one of the best young front lines in all of football with Cameron Jordan, Junior Gallette and Akiem Hicks but they could really use a boost from their linebacking corps. Vic Beasley could step in immediately and give their pass rush some juice as a speed rusher who possesses arguably the fastest first step in college football.


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