Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Week 15 NFL Mock Draft

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14) - Marcus Mariota (QB/Oregon)


Tampa Bay has bottomed out and can't go into next season with Josh McCown or Mike Glennon at quarterback. Jameis Winston could make a case for this pick, especially since he plays football at Florida State, but Mariota has the edge at the moment.

2. Tennessee Titans (2-14) - Leonard Williams (DE/USC)


A lot of people are projecting a quarterback here, but I just can't see Ken Wisenhunt liking either of the top signal callers. Wisenhunt prefers traditional pocket passers rather than mobile QBs and is also high on rookie Zach Mettenberger. The team also has glaring holes all across their roster. Williams and Casey would make a scary duo on the defensive line.

3. Oakland Raiders (3-13) - Amari Cooper (WR/Alabama)


Randy Gregory is an option here, but given how awful the Raiders offense was this season, I think they opt to find weapons for Derek Carr. Cooper would immediately become the best playmaker on this team.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) - Randy Gregory (DE/Nebraska)


Jacksonville takes the best available player in Gregory and receives someone who can strike fear in opposing offenses. The Jaguars pass rush performed well this season, but lack an elite edge rusher.

5. New York Jets (3-13) - Jameis Winston (QB/Florida State)


Poor Jets fans, the team can't even lose when it matters. Geno Smith is not returning to this team next season and the Jets will be gunning for one of the two quarterbacks available. They may even be willing to trade up in order to secure their selection.

6. Washington Redskins (5-11) - Brandon Scherff (OT/Iowa)


Offensive line play, especially at right tackle, has been bad for the Redskins this season. They will look for a solution early in the draft.

7. Atlanta Falcons (5-11) - Shane Ray (OLB/Missouri)


The Falcons have failed to put pressure on the quarterback all season long. Finding a new pass rusher will take priority this offseason.

8. Minnesota Vikings (6-10) - Andrus Peat (OT/Stanford)


Matt Kalil has really regressed this season to the point where Minnesota may consider replacing him. Kalil could also supplant Phil Loadholt in case they want to rid themselves of his contract.

9. Cleveland Browns (7-9) - Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)


Barkevious Mingo has not lived up to expectations and Jabaal Sheard is a free agent this Spring. The Browns will look to upgrade this unit.

10. New York Giants (7-9) - Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)


New York needs help on both the offense and defensive lines, but with the top pass rushers gone, the Giants are going to look for the former.

11. St. Louis Rams (7-9) - Sammie Coates (WR/Auburn)


The Rams added Tavon Austin, but weapons are still needed on offense for whoever will lead the charge in 2015.

12. Chicago Bears (7-9) - PJ Williams (CB/Florida State)


Chicago's secondary is pretty beat up and Charles Tillman may be gone after the season. The Bears need someone across from Kyle Fuller.

13. Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) - Ronald Darby (CB/Florida State)


With all of the top options at tackle gone, Carolina will look to replenish a depleted secondary.

14. Cleveland Browns (7-9) - Kevin White (WR/West Virginia)


Josh Gordon is back, but the Browns may want to add another receiver to play across from him.

15.  Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB/Oregon)


If Ekpre-Olomu is available, it should come as a shock to no one for if the Eagles quickly scoop him up. It is no secret that Chip Kelly loves Oregon players and the secondary needs to be upgraded in the wake of their loss to the Cowboys.

16. San Francisco 49ers (9-7) - Jaelen Strong (WR/Arizona State)


With the amount of issues the 49ers have at wide receiver, it should come as no surprise that the position will need to be upgraded in 2015. Strong is currently indecisive about returning to school next year.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) - Vic Beasley (OLB/Clemson)


James Harrison has played well since returning, but he doesn't have much left in the tank. Pittsburgh will look for their next pass rusher.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) - DeVante Parker (WR/Louisville)


It is no secret that the Chiefs wide receivers are terrible. Kansas City will definitely upgrade this unit in 2015.

19. San Diego Chargers (9-7) - Melvin Gordon (RB/Wisconsin)


The Chargers are likely moving on from impending free agent Ryan Mathews. With no other back on the roster capable of handling the workload, running back is a viable need in the draft.

20. Miami Dolphins (9-7) - Eddie Goldman (DT/Florida State)


Jared Odrick has played well this season and may have priced himself out of Miami. If he leaves, the Dolphins will need to find a replacement.

21. Houston Texans (9-7) - Trae Waynes (CB/Michigan State)


Houston will need to replace Kareem Jackson, who will likely leave the team in free agency.

22. New Orleans Saints (8-8) - Dante Fowler (DE/Florida)


The Saints pass rush has been abysmal all season. New Orleans will look for someone who can get to the quarterback in 2015.

23. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) - Landon Collins (S/Alabama)


Reggie Nelson will be 32 and in the final year of his contract in 2015. If Collins slides here, he can be groomed for a year by Nelson before taking over the job full-time.

24. Dallas Cowboys (11-5) - Shaq Thompson (ILB/Washington)


Dallas signed Sean Lee to that big extension, but he is oft-injured and Rolando McClain is a free agent after a resurrecting his career.

25. Detroit Lions (10-6) - Hroniss Grasu (C/Oregon)


Dominic Raiola is a 36-year-old free agent in the offseason. Detroit will likely look to move on from him, especially if they can use the cap space to re-sign Ndamukong Suh.

26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - Rashad Greene (WR/Florida State)


With Torrey Smith set to hit free agency, Baltimore may be forced to find a new weapon for Joe Flacco.

27. Arizona Cardinals (12-4) - Markus Golden (DE/Missouri)


Arizona needs to replace John Abraham, who will likely retire in the offseason.

28. New England Patriots (13-3) - Kevin Johnson (CB/Wake Forest)


New England likely isn't going to exercise Darrelle Revis' $20 million option. If they do not retain him at a cheaper price, they may look at the draft for a new cornerback.

29. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) - Shawn Oakman (DE/Baylor)


With Cliff Avril set to leave in free agency, Seattle will likely look for his replacement in the draft.

30. Denver Broncos (13-3) - Denzel Perryman (ILB/Miami FL)


The weak link on defense, Denver will spend an early draft pick to improve at inside linebacker.

31. Green Bay Packers (12-4) - Eric Kendricks (ILB/UCLA)


The Packers were reportedly interested in Ryan Shazier last season. Also, AJ Hawk will be 31 next season and in the final year of his contract.

32. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)


Robert Mathis is getting a little long in the tooth. The Colts will look to bring in a rotational guy who can eventually take the reigns.