Saturday, June 7, 2014

2015 NFL Mock Draft

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) - Jameis Winston (QB/Florida State)



If the Bucs are picking here, then you can guarantee that they are looking for a signal caller next year. Winston will only be a redshirt sophomore, but after winning a National Championship and a Heisman Trophy, what else does he really have left to prove in college?

Winston could help turn the Bucs into immediate contenders. Mike Glennon is not a starting-caliber quarterback and Josh McCown is only a temporary solution.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12) - Randy Gregory (DE/Nebraska)



Jacksonville took their quarterback of the future in Blake Bortles, but the team still has a void in the pass rush. The Jaguars finished dead last in the league in sacks last season and Jason Babin, who led the team in sacks, just turned 34. The team will look for an upgrade to the position early next season.

3. Minnesota Vikings (5-11) - Shilque Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)



Minnesota drafted Anthony Barr last offseason, but if they want to dethrone Aaron Rodgers, they will need more guys who can take down the quarterback. Calhoun has 7.5 sacks last season as well at 14 tackles for loss.

4. Cleveland Browns (7-9) - Amari Cooper (WR/Alabama)



Cleveland acquired this pick from Buffalo from the 2014 Draft. The top player available at this spot, Cooper could be the final piece to the offensive puzzle in Cleveland and help Johnny Manziel succeed.

5. Oakland Raiders (5-11) - P.J. Williams (CB/Florida State)



Oakland would like Cooper, but if he is already taken, they will need to fill other needs. The Raiders took D.J. Hayden in 2012, but the team still needs more help in their secondary.

6. New York Jets (6-10) - Marcus Mariota (QB/Oregon)



If the Jets are picking this high, then the team will clean house. Geno Smith is not a NFL quarterback, but luckily for New York, this year's draft class is deep in signal callers. Mariota is in the running for the top overall selection.

7. Arizona Cardinals (6-10) - Bryce Petty (QB/Baylor)



Carson Palmer played well last season, but he turns 35 at the end of the year and expected the team to bring in a young signal caller for him to mentor. The Cardinals balked at that in last year's draft, but should take a quarterback next year.

8. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Brett Hundley (QB/UCLA)



Tennessee declined Jake Locker's fifth-year option and brought in Ken Wisenhunt during this offseason. If the Titans fail to win, or if Locker proves again that he can't stay healthy, the team will look for a new franchise quarterback.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9) - Cedric Ogbuehi (OT/Texas A&M)


Eric Fisher had a poor rookie season, but even if he did play well, the team still needs another tackle after losing Branden Albert.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9) - Nelson Agholor (WR/USC)



Pittsburgh lost their deep-threat presence when Mike Wallace went to Miami last year. The Steelers will need to find another receiver to line up across from Antonio Brown.

11. Washington Redskins (7-9) - Landon Collins (S/Alabama)



Brandon Merriweather is one of the league's most overrated players. He doesn't cover well and looks for big hits instead of trying to wrap up and secure tackles. Washington will need to upgrade the safety position in the immediate future.

12. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) - Leonard Williams (DE/USC)



Atlanta needed a pass rusher in the 2014 Draft, but were stuck taking a tackle instead. Osi Umenyiora played well last year, but there were no other reliable pass rush options on the team and he turns 33 in November.

13. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)



St. Louis cut Cortland Finnegan during the offseason but never got a replacement for him. Ekpre-Olomu would line up well across from Janoris Jenkins.

14. Cleveland Browns (7-9) - Andrus Peat (OT/Stanford)



Cleveland has the league's best left tackle in Joe Thomas, but there's a void on the right side. Peat, the top player available, can fill this void.

15. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8) - Cameron Erving (OT/Florida State)



Andrew Whitworth will be in his contract year in 2015 and turns 33 in December. Cincinnati may look to cut him and save money in the offseason. If the do, finding a new tackle will be necessary.

16. Miami Dolphins (8-8) - Todd Gurley (RB/Georgia)



Knowshon Moreno signed with Miami this offseason, but he is only on a one-year pact. If Moreno bolts again in the offseason, they will likely look to one of the top backs available in the draft.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) - Ronald Darby (CB/Florida State)



Philadelphia's secondary has been a weak point of their roster over the past two seasons. IF they want to become serious contenders, they will need to find a way to address this situation.

18. Detroit Lions (8-8) - Jalen Collins (CB/LSU)



Detroit's secondary has been an area of concern for some time now. The Lions have the talent to challenge teams in their division, but if they expect to be legitimate contenders, they need to bolster their pass defense.

19. Chicago Bears (9-7) - Devonte Fields (OLB/TCU)



The Bears signed Jared Allen, but he is 32. The Bears will need to find a young pass rusher to groom and play alongside Shea McClellin.

20. New York Giants (9-7) - Vic Beasley (OLB/Clemson)



The Giants have always been a team who has built their defense through the pass rush. Beasley is very talented and has a great motor, however, he is very undersized for his position.

21. San Diego Chargers (8-8) - Dante Fowler (DE/Florida)



Melvin Ingram played well after recovering from a torn ACL, but San Diego would benefit from having another pass rusher on board.

22. Houston Texans (9-7) - La'El Collins (OT/LSU)



Houston needs an upgrade at right tackle after letting Eric Winston walk last year. Collins, one of the top players available, fills a need at this juncture.

23. Dallas Cowboys (10-6) - Ray Drew (DT/Georgia)



Henry Melton was signed to shore up the team's poor run defense, but he was signed for just one season and is coming off an ACL tear. If the team does not exercise their team option on Melton next season, they will need to find a new guy to man the middle.

24. Green Bay Packers (10-6) - KeiVarae Russell (CB/Notre Dame)



Green Bay's secondary has been an issue for several seasons now, but the team ignored the position until the sixth round in the 2014 Draft. If their pass defense suffers, they will seek an upgrade early next year.

25. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - Jaelen Strong (WR/Arizona State)



Baltimore signed Steve Smith, but at age 35, he has almost nothing left in the tank. Joe Flacco needs another receiving option across from Torrey Smith in 2015.

26. New Orleans Saints (10-6) - T.J. Yeldon (RB/Alabama)



New Orleans did not pick up Mike Ingram's option and Darren Sproles was jettisoned to Philadelphia in the offseason. If the team lets Ingram walk, another running back will be sought after.

27. New England Patriots (12-4) - Hroniss Grasu (C/Oregon)



Another player who falls into New England's laps. Grasu would serve as an immediate upgrade to the Patriots offensive line.

28. San Francisco 49ers (11-5) - Trae Waynes (CB/Michigan State)



Carlos Rogers was released, but the 49ers waited until the end of the fourth round to draft someone to replace him. I doubt they wait as long in 2015.

29. Carolina Panthers (10-6) - Brandon Scherff (OT/Iowa)



Pro Bowler Jordan Gross retired this offseason and the team never searched for a replacement. If the team struggles covering Cam Newton, then the Panthers will look to fix this next season.

30. Denver Broncos (12-4) - Noah Spence (DE/Ohio State)



Denver put a lot of money into upgrading their defense this offseason, but adding a young pass rusher could be a luxury they could afford as well. Spence could learn a lot from Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

31. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) - Melvin Gordon (RB/Wisconsin)



Seattle will have to negotiate a new contract for Russell Wilson next offseason and have just extended Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. With other players commanding a pay raise next year and beyond, the team may be forced to cut Marshawn Lynch in order to create cap space.

32. Indianapolis Colts (13-3) - Tre Jackson (G/Florida State)



The Colts interior offensive line is a liability on this team that needs and upgrade. Phil Costa was signed this offseason, but retired a month later.