NFP 2015 Mock Draft 2.0

Now that we have gotten through the first phase of free agency, it’s easier to try and project a mock draft. Still, it’s like throwing darts at a board and hoping some stick. As we get closer to the draft we will, of course, update and look for at least one or two more mocks this year. 1) Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida St. The Bucs are in a catch-22 situation. If they select Winston and his issues continue, Lovie and the front office are damned. If they don’t take him and he turns out to be a very good NFL QB, they are also in trouble. My guess is they roll the dice and hope for the best. Winston is, without doubt, the best QB in the draft. 2) Tennessee – Leonard Williams – DT – USC – The Titans are also looking for a quarterback and could take Mariota, but Williams is clearly the best player on the board. 3) Jacksonville – Dante Fowler – DE/OLB – Florida – The Jags will be getting a home grown pass rusher in Fowler. Great fit for their scheme. 4) Oakland – Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama – Some have Kevin White at this spot, but I will go with the career production. Cooper gives the Raiders a much needed weapon. 5) Washington – Shane Ray – OLB – Missouri – The pick will be an edge rusher. If it’s not Ray, it will be Beasley or Gregory. 6) New York Jets – Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon – I don’t really think the Jets will draft Mariota, I just think he will go in this slot. Expect the Jets to trade down here. 7) Chicago – Kevin White –WR – West Virginia – This is also a prime trade down slot. If the Bears stay they will grab the receiver but look for a trade down and then they will draft a D-Lineman. 8) Atlanta – Vic Beasley – OLB – Clemson – He gives the Falcons the edge rusher they need. Gregory could also be the choice here. 9) New York Giants – Andrus Peat - OT – Stanford If Eli is going to be successful the Giants need to protect him. I have Peat as the best tackle in this draft. 10) St. Louis – Devante Parker – WR – Louisville – Parker gives new QB Nick Foles a quality big target. 11) Minnesota – Brandon Schreff – OT – Iowa – The Vikings did not do a very good job protecting Bridgewater last year. This pick upgrades the O-Line and Schreff can play tackle or guard. 12) Cleveland – Randy Gregory – OLB – Nebraska – Gregory is the best edge rusher left on the board and the Browns could use more pass rush talent. 13) New Orleans – Arik Armstead – DE – Oregon – The Saints claim they want to build up the defense in this draft. Armstead can play inside or outside and helps with that goal. 14) Miami – Trae Waynes – DC – Michigan State – The best corner on the board and it’s a need position for the Dolphins. 15) San Francisco – Benardrick McKinney – Mississippi St – McKinney is clearly the best ILB in this draft and right now the 49ers done have any. Fifteen may be a bit too high for McKinney and San Fran could look to trade down a few slots. 16) Houston – La’el Collins – OT – LSUSome analysts have Collins as the best tackle in the draft. This would be a solid pick for the Texans. 17) San Diego – Melvin Gordon – RB – Wisconsin – In my first mock I had Indiana’s Tevin Coleman going here. Coleman hasn’t worked out yet because of injury until we find out how he works out, I will put Gordon here. Gordon did a good job at both the combine and his pro day catching passes, a perceived weakness. 18) Kansas City – Jaelen Strong – WR – Arizona St – Yes, I know the Chiefs signed Jeremy Maclin. But they need more than just him at the wide out position. Strong is just beginning to come into his own as a receiver. He has a lot of upside. 19) Cleveland – Danny Shelton – DT – Washington – Gregory gives the Browns a pass rusher, Shelton may be the best run stuffer in the draft. 20 )Philadelphia – Jalen Collins – DC – LSU – Corner is an area of weakness for the Eagles and Collins gives Philly a tall long corner…the type Kelly likes at the position. 21) Cincinnati – Jordan Phillips – DT – Oklahoma – Phillips still had two years of college eligibility left and has a bright future. He is very athletic for such a big man. 22) Pittsburgh – Landon Collins – DS – Alabama – The best safety in the draft is just what the doctor ordered for the Steelers. He’s a starter the day he signs his contract. 23) Detroit – Eddie Goldman – DT – Florida St – No surprise here after losing Suh and Fairley in free agency. 24) Arizona – Cam Irving – OC/OT – Florida St – Irving can play anywhere along the line. That flexibility is something Arizona will appreciate. 25) Carolina – T.J. Clemmings – OT – Pittsburgh – Clemmings played right tackle at Pitt but he is a natural left tackle. Few in the draft have his overall athleticism. 26) Baltimore – Kevin Johnson – DC – Wake Forest – Johnson is a scheme fit for the Ravens. He’s tall, long and athletic with upside. 27) Dallas – Malcom Brown – DT – Texas – The Cowboys didn’t attempt to re-sign Henry Melton. Brown can come in and play the 3-technique right away. 28) Denver – D.J. Humphries – OT – Florida – With Peyton Manning at quarterback, the Broncos need athletic tackles, Humphries is that type. 29) Indianapolis – Tevin Coleman – RB – Indiana – At 31 years old, Frank Gore is near the end of his career. Coleman will be excellent this year as a rotational back with Gore. He gives Indy some juice at the position. 30) Green Bay – Bud Dupree – OLB – Kentucky – With Mathews playing inside, Dupree give the Pack another athletic edge rusher. He had one of the top workouts at Indy 31) New Orleans - Eli Harold - OLB - Virginia - New Orleans again looks to fix the defense wit the athletic edge rusher. Harold is just an underclassmen with a lot of upside 32) New England – Marcus Peters – DC – Washington – Belichick has had success dealing with players who have issues. He should be able to get the most out of Peters. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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