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2015 NFL Mock Draft

Updated: September 16th

1) New York Giants - Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) Marcus Mariota 2015 NFL Draft

We're nearing the end of an era for Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin and the G-Men as we've known them for the past decade. Eli has precipitously regressed with each passing year since their last Super Bowl, the defense has suffered severe attrition and if Jerry Reese and company know what they're doing they'll blow this thing up. The Giants are old and stale under Eli Manning, but a fresh face and an electric playmaker in Marcus Mariota could rejuvenate this storied franchise in a hurry.

2) Oakland Raiders - Cedric Ogbuehi (OT Texas A&M) Cedric Oghuebi 2015 NFL Draft

After some optimism surrounding their impressive 2014 NFL Draft haul things have gotten ugly quick for the Raiders. There's already serious talk that Dennis Kelly could lose his job in the near future, meanwhile Charles Woodson said what everybody else was already thinking "We Suck." I think the future is very bright for Derek Carr, but the Raiders have put him in a terrible spot with no running game, no weapons and a terrible offensive line. Oakland lost their left tackle Jared Veldheer in free agency last year and made a poor effort to replace him with Donald Penn who should be a backup right tackle. Cedric Ogbuehi is the best left tackle in America thanks to his outstanding quickness and footwork. When you combine that with prototypical size, he's one of the elite prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams (DT/DE USC) Leonard Williams 2015 NFL Draft

Despite a slow start to the season Gus Bradley and GM David Caldwell have the Jaguars headed in the right direction. With one more solid draft class to follow up with last year's they could be the next team to go worst to first. Coming over from Seattle Gus Bradley is looking to build a similar powerhouse defense but doesn't have a cornerstone to build it around just yet. Leonard Williams would be that guy. A physically superior athlete who is built like a tackle but has the pass rushing skills of an end. If the Jags are indeed picking early in the 2015 NFL Draft it wouldn't be such a bad thing to bring home Williams as a consolation.

4) Kansas City Chiefs - Amari Cooper (WR Alabama) Amari Cooper 2015 NFL Draft

After being devastated by free agency in the off season and an early rash of injuries to start the regular season, the Chiefs are set up for a major regression after their 2013 breakout. Alex Smith has not looked good since signing his fat contract but he's not being helped out by the fact that Donnie Avery and Dwayne Bowe are his best receivers and there isn't a tight end on the roster who can help out in the receiving game. I was shocked that the Chiefs didn't take a single receiver in the draft last year and they're paying the price for it now. In this year's NFL draft they'll have plenty of good choices, and if they're just bad enough they might be able to grab the cream of the crop in Amari Cooper.

5) Miami Dolphins - Randy Gregory (DE/OLB Nebraska) Randy Gregory 2015 NFL Draft

It's very early in the scouting process but to this point it looks the biggest strength of the 2015 NFL Draft class is the pass rushers. Whether it's 4-3 or 3-4 edge rushers this class has plenty to choose from, but Nebraska's Randy Gregory is definitely the best of the bunch. For a team like Miami, pass rusher might not be their biggest need but adding a playmaker who can play the strongside linebacker position in the 4-3 comparable to Von Miller could add a whole new dimension to their defense. If the Dolphins bomb this year and the Joe Philbin regime is swept out, it's not out of the realm that Miami could look to replace Ryan Tannehill, but in the meantime some added help on defense is a must.

6) Cleveland Browns - Andrus Peat (OT Stanford) Andrus Peat 2015 NFL Draft

This was the toughest pick for me to project as you just never know what the Browns are going to do, especially so in 2015 if Amari Cooper is off the board as he is in our scenario. When scouring the roster, the Browns really don't have many glaring needs (besides receiver), but they don't have a ton of playmakers either. Not that our mock draft projection Andrus Peat is a playmaker, but he'd be the best available prospect for them and be a definite upgrade over right tackle Mitchell Schwartz who has been mediocre at best. With two first round picks, the question for Cleveland is not if they take a receiver, but when. If Cooper is available first they'll take him, if not they'll probably take BPA like Peat and take a receiver with their second first rounder from the Bills.

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) Jameis Winston 2015 NFL

Honestly I wouldn't be surprised to see the Buccaneers surprise a lot of people and make a late run in 2014, but no matter where they're picking they'll be needing a QB of the future. Lovie Smith and the Bucs did the right thing by passing on Johnny Manziel in the draft but at 34 going on 35 Josh McCown isn't the long term solution in Tampa. It's doubtful that Jameis Winston will generate more hoopla than Johnny Manziel did last year but it'll be close. The Heisman winning, National Championship winning redshirt freshman continues to have off field run-ins which might come back to bite him on draft day. Talent-wise he's the best of a talented bunch but Winston seems to have a knack for making the headlines for the wrong reasons.

8) Tennessee Titans - Connor Cook (QB Michigan State) Connor Cook Top Ten

This name may look out of place to you but Connor Cook is rising as quickly as any prospect has in recent months. Not even the starter at this time last year, Cook came out of nowhere to lead Michigan State to a 13-1 record and their first Rose Bowl since 1988. Early on in 2014 Cook looks even better than last year and raised his draft stock even in defeat to Oregon. 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 skills 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.

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

Baccari Rambo, Brandon Meriweather a 34 year old Ryan Clark; that is what Washington has to offer at the safety position right now. 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.

10) St Louis Rams - Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) Brett Hundley Top Five

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 move on. In my opinion Brett Hundley is the most talented quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he's lagging behind in his fundamentals and game management. Hundley has the potential to be a franchise changer for the Rams but he definitely needs to improve on his footwork, pre-snap reads and receiver progressions.

11) Minnesota Vikings - Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) Todd Gurley 2015 NFL Draft

I really like the future of the Vikings under Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater but a huge part of their past may not be in their future plans for much longer. Whether it's because he wants out, or due to his legal problems a change of scenery would likely be in the best interests of both parties. As much as losing their franchise player may hurt, the pain could be short lived if the Vikings are able to replace him with the unstoppable freight train known as Todd Gurley. A Todd Gurley/Adrian Peterson comparison is not out of line as the junior running back is running through opponents in a way we haven't seen since A.D's Oklahoma days.

12) Dallas Cowboys - P.J Williams (CB Florida State) PJ Williams FSU

More than likely come next May the Cowboys would like to select a defensive end to reinforce their paltry pass rush, but at this point there isn't a 4-3 defensive end that would be worth the 13th selection. Nearly as dire as the need at defensive end however is the Cowboys' need at cornerback which has been a major disappointment. Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr have not played well and played a key role in the Cowboys giving up 415 yards per game last year. Standout Seminole P.J Williams is the best of a strong group of cornerbacks in 2015. The Defensive MVP of last year's National Championship game profiles as a physical bump-and-run corner who aggressively attacks the ball and man.

13) New York Jets - Leonard Floyd (OLB Georgia) Leonard Floyd Georgia

The New York Jets have established one of the best front lines in football with the pairing of Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, but they are still severely lacking an outside pass rushing presence. Leonard Floyd from Georgia is only a sophomore (though eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft) but has already shown the potential and production of a dominating edge rusher. As a freshman last year Floyd racked up ten tackles for loss despite not even being a starter, and is off to another hot start in 2014. He has lightning quick hands and feet, his bend around the corner is rare and has the ability to win inside or out. He could rise much higher than this my the time it's all said and done.

14) Cleveland Browns (From Buffalo) - Sammie Coates (WR Auburn) Sammie Coates 2015 NFL Draft

As it stands the Browns top two receivers are Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin with Josh Gordon out of the lineup. When Josh Gordon comes back he'll definitely need a better running mate, but at the same time the Browns can't be leaning on Gordon too heavily the the complete unpredictability he's shown so far in his career. Either way, the Browns need to take a receiver in the first round. If they don't get Amari Cooper early on, fellow SEC receiver Sammie Coates would be an excellent backup plan. Coates is a freak of nature who plays with tremendous strength and physicality but also has the speed to run by defenders.

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) 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 gotten off to a slow start so far in the 2014 and it's clear the job isn't finish for Rob Ryan's crew. As team's focus in and start chipping and shifting towards Junior Galette there isn't a pass rushing presence that teams are forced to respect. Vic Beasley could step in immediately and fill that role as an edge rusher with as quick of a first step as you'll see 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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