2015 NFL Mock Draft with Trades
Just a little mock draft on what I Think will or could happen.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston QB Florida State
I am not a fan of Winston as it pertains to the NFL and I find big flaws in his game that will make him a bust. The Bucs have all but stated they’re taking him with the first pick.
2. Tennessee Titans (The Chargers trade Phillip Rivers for the #2 Pick) Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
If you get the chance to acquire a pro bowl QB in his prime you do it! Rivers doesn’t want to play in LA and is from the south going to school at nearby NC State. I do like Mariota a lot but I don’t think he should start from day 1. IF the Chargers move to LA then I believe they would have to slap the franchise tag on Rivers or try to trade him when he has less value. They get a franchise QB here in what could be a transition year.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (Giants get this pick for #9 and 2016 first round pick) Leonard Williams DT USC
There is a lot of optimism this season for the Giants fueled by a full year of Odell Beckham and a healthy Victor Cruz. On defense they have some issues specifically at safety and the defensive tackles. If they get run on like last year then it will be a wasted season and while Jonathan Hankins is OK they NEED someone to play next to him. I have Leonard Williams as my best player in the draft and someone who can hold his own against the run and be an effective pass rusher from inside starting week 1. Williams could be the big defensive peace for this team to take the next step.
4. Oakland Raiders Amari Cooper WR Alabama
Reggie McKenzie has done a very good job at the draft since he has been named GM nabbing Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Gabe Jackson and DJ Hayden among others and I think he makes the right pick here. Cooper would give Carr another target along with Crabtree and James Jones to really get the ball rolling. There will be a little bit bigger expectations in Oakland this season.
5. Washington Redskins Kevin White WR West Virginia
Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson will make around 20M combined this season and next. Adding Kevin White will allow one of those to be cut for the 2016 season to better manage the cap and will also give the Redskins another weapon. If RG3 is mold again with a receiving core like this he will be a free agent in 2016.
6. New York Jets Dante Fowler OLB Florida
The Jets have only 2 real glaring needs and thats a QB and a younger pass rusher. Dante Fowler can be used situationally in his first year before settling into a full time roll. With no QB on the board a pass rusher should be the pick and they could possibly move back from this pick.
7. Chicago Bears (The Dolphins get this pick for 14, 47 and 2016 3rd) Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
The Dolphins are in a position and need to win now otherwise hell could freeze over. With the signing of Greg Jennings and the trade for Kenny Stills to pair with Jarvis Laundry and Rishard Matthews I think they think they’re set at WR so they focus on corner where they are thin outside of Grimes who is 32 years old. Waynes is the top corner in this draft and is worth moving up for.
8. Atlanta Falcons Vic Beasley OLB/DE Clemson
The Falcons lack someone who can effectively rush the passer. Beasley would give them a dominant force on the edge which would tremendously help this defense which was horrible last year. They also have offensive line needs among others but you can draft a guard in the 2nd but you can’t get a pass rusher like Beasley there.
9. New York Giants (Jacksonville Jaguars) Danny Shelton DT Washington
The Jaguars finished 27th in the league in rush defense last year and that needs to be improved if they want any shot of being competitive. They did sign Jared Odrick in the offseason but he’s not a run stuffer. Shelton at 340 pounds would eat up some space and demand double teams in many occasions.
10. St. Louis Rams DeVante Parker WR Louisville
The Rams have a lot of talent on that roster helped in large part due to the RG3 trade. They acquired Nick Foles in the offseason and seemed destined to be competitive this season. Parker can be the #1 receiver on this team and play next to talented players like Tavon Austin. Parker has #1 WR potential that those other receivers do not.
11. Minnesota Vikings Shane Ray DE Missouri
The Vikings don’t have any position of major need but as a 4-3 Mike Zimmer team it is important to be able to roll pass rushers and keep them fresh. Throw that in with the fact that Robison is 32 years old then Ray makes a lot of sense here. He can be rotated with Robison and Everson Griffen and will take a full time position next year.
12. Cleveland Browns Breshad Perriman WR UCF
You can say what you want about the Browns at QB but they really have nothing to work with besides the left part of their offensive line. They have no TE no RB and their only average to above average WR is Dwayne Bowe. Other than that they signed Brian Hartline and have Andrew Hawkins. Perriman will give this team a blazing speed receiver capable of stretching the field. I think they will consider Todd Gurley here as well.
13. New Orleans Saints Brandon Scherff OT/OG Iowa
This may not be the sexiest pick but at age 36 they need to keep Drew Brees upright and from getting hit. They have a hole left by trading Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs and both Zach Strief and Jahri Evans are 31. Scherff can step in immediately to fill the hole at LG and eventually slide over to RT.
14. Miami Dolphins (Chicago Bears) (Bears trade pick to Browns for 19 and 2016 3rd) Todd Gurley RB Georgia
Well as I said earlier the Browns could consider taking Gurley as they need a running back. Gurley could be a dominant back in the NFL and give the Browns an offensive playmaker icon that they desperately need.
15. San Francisco 49ers Dorial Green Beckham WR Oklahoma
The 49ers have some holes all over the field and have been in complete turmoil this offseason. With Anquan Boldin aging and Torrey Smith being really a speed receiver DGB would fit in nice. at 6’5 DGB has the size to go up and make that big catch. His talent is worth the behavioral risks.
16. Houston Texans Arik Armstead DE Oregon
The Texans don’t really have any big holes that they need to fill except ILB next to Cushing which can be addressed later. They could use another 3-4 DE to line up opposite of Watt where they currently have Jared Crick which is nothing spectacular. Armstead is 6’7 and can eat up blockers to allow Jadeveon Clowey or Whitney Mercilus to attack the quarterback.
17. San Diego Chargers Eddie Goldman DT Florida State
The Chargers have more holes than you think and with the trading of Rivers and drafting of Mariota they continue to get younger in a critical area. Eddie Goldman can play nose tackle and stuff the run giving the Chargers one of the best and youngest front three in the league with Liuget and Kendall Reyes. I can also see them taking Melvin Gordon but that isn’t the most efficient choice here.
18. Kansas City Chiefs (Lions get this pick and #193 for #24 and 3rd round pick) Ereck Flowers OT Miami
With the Chiefs not having the best match here the Lions se the potential for a trade. They have a need at LG and at RT but Flowers will be a tackle probably right tackle. He can mow people over in the run game and should keep improving against the pass rush. Quality pick here.
19. Cleveland Browns (Chicago Bears) Andrus Peat OT Stanford
The Bears still have holes on this roster but traded down and accumulated a bunch of picks later in this draft and next year. Jay Cutler struggled last season but they need to reinforce that offensive line as well. Jordan Mills needs to be replaced at RT although I see Peat as a long term LT. Bushrod could transition to the right side which would improve this unit as a whole.
20. Philadelphia Eagles La’el Collins OT/OG LSU
The Eagles don’t have many needs except safety but reports are that the Eagles aren’t interested in Landon Collins. The Eagles have a hole at RG left by Herramans going to the Colts and Jason Peters won’t play forever. Collins would be a day 1 starter at RG for this team.
21. Cincinnati Bengals Landon Collins S Alabama
The Bengals don’t have glaring needs on this roster and usually looks big toward the future when drafting. Both George Iloka and Reggie Nelson will be free agents after this season and the team will HAVE to franchise AJ Green if he doesn’t sign a long term deal. Collins should be good value at this spot.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers Marcus Peters CB Washington
The Steelers secondary is atrocious and in need of major help. Polamalu just retired meaning that Shamarko Thomas will likely take his place alongside the subpar Mike Mitchell. The Steelers might have the worst cornerback group in the league and opted to invest money in Cortez Aleen instead of Keenan Lewis which was a colossal failure. Peters would give this team a cornerback with an attitude capable of matching up against top receivers.
23. Detroit Lions (Kansas City Chiefs) Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
The Chiefs infamously had no Wide receivers catch a touchdown for the first time since 1950. They have already cut Dwayne Bowe and signed Jeremy Maclin but they don’t have a recover capable of catching the fade in the end zone or up high. Strong has a hairline fracture in his hand but I don’t expect that to hinder him in time for training camp.
24. Arizona Cardinals Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
The Cardinals are very interested in Adrian Peterson but the Vikings are demanding a first round pick which Keim and Arians won’t give up for a 30 year old RB. Gordon would give this offense a running back which they haven’t possessed in a while.
25. Carolina Panthers DJ Humphries OT Florida
After releasing Byron Bell they have no one to play left tackle and already have a fragile situation with Michael Oher at RT. DJ will play left tackle probably from week one and that should improve the team in both the running game and give Newton more time to throw.
26. Baltimore Ravens (Buccaneers get this pick for #34 and 3rd round pick) TJ Clemmings OT Pittsburgh
The Buccaneers have already drafted Jameis Winston but need to protect him as they currently have 3 holes on the offensive line including Demar Dotson slated to start at left Tackle. I have question marks about Clemmings but some teams love his projectability. He would play LT.
27. Dallas Cowboys Malcolm Brown DT Texas
The Cowboys magic carpet ride last season will not be repeated at least on defense with the group that they have now. They need to beef up that line and Brown can do that being able to stuff the run and should get some heat on the quarterback.
28. Denver Broncos Jake Fisher OT Oregon
We all know that they need to protect od man Peyton and need to plug up one spot on the offensive line. Chris Clark would slide over to left guard and Fisher would start at left tackle. It is critical for this team to keep Peyton up right.
29. Indianapolis Colts Cameron Erving C Florida State
This is a make or break year for the Colts as owner Jim Irsay is expecting them to go far. Luck needs a center like Peyton had with Jeff Saturday and Erving can be that guy which would make this line one of the most complete units in the NFL.
30. Green Bay Packers Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississipi State
The Packers want to move Clay Matthews back outside and need a middle linebacker on this defense after cutting AJ Hawk. McKinney is one of my favorite players in this draft.
31. New Orleans Saints Alvin “Bud” Dupree OLB Kentucky
After picking Brandon Scherff to solidify the offensive line they can look to address pass rusher and Dupree is extremely good value here. He can join a rotation that includes Junior Gallete, Anthony Spencer, and Paryls Haralson which is quite an underwhelming group.
32. New England Patriots (Falcons get this pick for 42, 107 and 2016 6th rounder) Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
No one should be surprised about the Patriots trading out of the first round. The Falcons need a tight end for Matt Ryan which they haven’t had since Tony Gonzalez retired. Maxx can add another element which is much needed to this offense.
33. Tennessee Titans Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest
Already truing for Phillip Rivers they can look to address the defense where they need another corner. They also have a need at 3-4 DE but that type of player isn’t available right now. Johnson would prove to be a value pick here.
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ravens) Nelson Agholor WR USC
The Ravens lost Torrey Smith in free agency and they have a need for another WR. Agholor could be an important pick if there offense wants to be competitive this season.
35. Oakland Raiders Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
The fall finally stops for Randy Gregory. He has talent but there are numerous concerns about him including his drug tests and his inability to stop the run due to his lean frame. The Raiders badly need a defensive end.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars Damarious Randall FS Arizona State
Already taking Danny Shelton they now take a safety in Randall to play next to Jonathan Cyprien. The Jaguars continue to beef up that defense which is much needed. They could also use a number 1 receiver but that type of player isn’t available in the 2nd round and could be filled if Justin Blackman is reinstated.
37. New York Jets Garrett Grayson QB Colorado St
After taking Dante Fowler they can go after their biggest need which is quarterback. I have Grayson as the 2nd best QB in this class behind Mariota and I think he could be a steal. I think he can beat out Geno Smith to start from day one unless they prefer Fitzpatrick.
38. Washington Redskins (49ers get this pick for 46 and 4th round pick) Byron Jones CB UConn
The 49ers lost both of their starting corners again this offseason and they need to draft someone to fill that spot. Jones is very athletic as by his ridiculous combine numbers and his tape isn’t bad either. He is of course somewhat of a risk but with his athletic ability he can mold into a top corner.
39. Chicago Bears Devin Smith WR Ohio State
After already taking Andrus Peat to be the LT of the future they focus on filling the hole left by the departing Brandon Marshall by grabbing Devin Smith. Smith might be a little more of a burner than a complete wide receiver especially in his rookie season which is fine as they have Eddie Royal in the slot and Alshon Jefferey as their number 1.
40. New York Giants Laken Tomlinson OG Duke
After giving up their 2016 first round pick to move up in the draft to select Leonard Williams they need a prospect that can come in and help them win now starting right away. They signed John Jerry to possibly play guard but he’s not very good nor has close to the ceiling that Tomlinson does.
41. St. Louis Rams Jalen Collins CB LSU
Collins could go much higher than this but he’s had injury concerns and has only started 10 games in his collegiate career. After taking DeVante Parker they will look to address the cornerback position which they have selected secondary help in now 3 of the past 4 drafts with reasonable success.
42. Atlanta Falcons (Patriots) Eric Rowe CB Utah
The Patriots lost a lot of talent in the offseason and have more needs than you might think. IT wouldn’t be a draft if the Patriots didn’t move down to accumulate more picks. Eric Rowe would add depth to that secondary where they lost Revis and Browner and will probably play a bigger role as the year moves on.
43. Cleveland Browns Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
They have already adressesd the offense getting Perriman and Todd Gurley and still need a tight end but that player isn’t available right now. Phil Taylor was injured the last half of the season as teams ran the ball on the Browns like they were water. Phillips would give them depth on the defensive line and heavy packages and could take over as the starting nose in the near future.
44. New Orleans Saints Phillip Dorsett WR Miami
They addressed certain needs earlier in the draft grabbing a lineman in Scherff and a pass rusher in Dupree and now they can focus on the future by getting a WR in Dorsett who can hopefully replace an aging Marques Colston in the future. They do need someone on the line at defensive tackle but the draft isn’t deep at 3-4 DT which is a problem for the Saints.
45. Minnesota Vikings Ronald Darby CB Florida State
The Vikings already taking a pass rusher for the future in Shane Ray they can select a corner to help them in the future with Darby. They have had success selecting a Florida State corner in Xavier Rhodes and Darby is very fast but needs to refine his overall game.
46. San Francisco 49ers (Redskins) Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
The Redskins would love to move back to acquire more picks and they have already added Kevin White. I think they get a steal in Kendricks who is very talented and can start right away. The Redskins don’t have an above average inside linebacker and Kendricks could be a pro bowl talent.
47. Miami Dolphins (Chicago Bears) Quinten Rollins Miami (Ohio)
They have already taken Andrus Peat to be their future LT and Devin Smith to compliment Alshon Jeffery and now can find a corner to play next to Kyle Fuller for the next decade. Rollins didn’t play against a lot of quality opponents in college due to him playing at such a small school.
48. San Diego Chargers Eli Harold OLB Virginia
The Chargers have needs on defense and even though they addressed one of those needs by drafting Eddie Goldman they continue stockpiling players. I am not crazy on Harold and doubt his ability to sustain solidified pressure at the NFL level. They would need a replacement for Melvin Ingram soon.
49. Kansas City Chiefs Shaq Thompson LB Washington
After addressing the wide receiving corps in Jaelen Strong they need to upgrade some spots on their defense and can start at what will be a transition for Thompson for 4-3 OLB to 3-4 ILB. I think this transition can go over fairly well and Thompson can blend in with the veterans on that defense.
50. Buffalo Bills Grady Jarrett DT Clemson
The Bills could be looking for a linebacker but also for some more meat up front. They will give Darius a HUGE deal soon and Kyle Williams isn’t getting any younger so insurance is needed on that line and we know Rex loves drafting lineman.
51. Houston Texans Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson
The Texans continue to upgrade their defense along with Arik Armstead which could be one of the leagues best next year adding a ILB in Stephone Anthony. He should play next to Brian Cushing and all see the field plenty this year and is good depth for Cushing and his inured past.
52. Philadelphia Eagles Ifo Ekpre Olomu CB Oregon
After shoring up the offensive line with Collins the Eagles and Chip Kelly take an Oregon Duck to play corner in the future with Walter Thurmond, Brandon Boykin and Nolan Carroll set to be free agents at the end of the year. You know that Chip loves his Ducks.
53. Cincinatti Bengals Owamagbe Odigihizuwa DE UCLA
The Bengals got a safety in Landon Collins and now add a pass rusher who could help them down the line. They don’t have an immediate need at the position but can use depth there as without getting pressure in a 4-3 your defense will be shredded.
54. Detroit Lions (Cowboys get this pick for #60 and 5th round pick) Brett Hundley QB UCLA
Jeryy almost drafted Johnny Manziel last season before his son stopped him and made him pick the top player on their board in Zach Martin which proved to be a very good choice. In the second round after already taking Malcolm Brown to fix the defensive interior they take their QB of the future in Hundley. Romo is 34 years old so Hundley will have time to learn and develop.
55. Arizona Cardinals Hroniss Grasu C Oregon
The Cardinals need to keep improving an offensive that was miserable without Carson Palmer. They already got a running back in Gordon and now can take what they will hope to be their long term center in Grasu. He will play next to recent signing Mike Iupati.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers PJ Williams CB Florida State
The Steelers even after taking Marcus Peters continue to fix their broken secondary by selecting PJ Williams. William Gay is a free agent after this season and Cortez Allen is likely to be cut unless things improve. The Steelers will have turned a position of major weakness into a position of strength.
57. Carolina Panthers Rashad Greene WR Florida State
After taking Humphries in the first round to play LT they can stick in the state of Florida to grab Kelvin Benjamins old buddy in Greene. Greene is nothing special but should be able to move the chains and is a decent route runner. Complimentary receiver.
58. Baltimore Ravens Tevin Coleman RB Indiana
The Ravens resigned Forsett but that marriage doesn’t look like its going to be a long one with him already being 30 years old. They addressed WR with Agholor and now focus on their backfield where they get a talented runner in Coleman whose gone under the radar.
59. Denver Broncos Carl Davis DT Iowa
The Broncos after taking offensive line with Fisher look to address the defense which has suffered the loss of Terrance Knighton who left in free agency. Davis would give them death on the line and he can factor into the rotation.
60. Dallas Cowboys (Lions) Preston Smith DE Mississipi State
The Lions after taking Flowers in the first could use some depth along the defensive ends and pass rushers. Smith has some good size and should be effective stopping the run as well.
61. Indianapolis Colts D’Joun Smith CB Florida Atlantic
The Colts having drafted a center already now deal with defense where they could use some more bodies preferably up front and in the secondary. Smith gives them more depth at corner which is needed when they try to close out games.
62. Green Bay Packers Sammie Coates WR Auburn
The Packers have grabbed my favorite inside linebacker in this draft in McKinney but now resort to further toys. Coates might be more of a burner than a complete wide receiver but that might be needed here and can add another dimension to this offense allowing Cobb and Nelson to work underneath.
63. Seattle Seahawks AJ Cann OG South Carolina
The Seahawks traded their 1st round pick away in the Jimmy Graham trade and also traded away Unger who will likely be replaced by Chris Myers. They still have a need at guard after Carpenter left to the Jets. Can should come in and compete for the starting spot in training camp.
64. New England Patriots Ali Marpet OG Hobart
They have already taken a corner to help replace Revis and Browner. A developmental guard from Hastings New York has a long and interesting background but is noticeably raw. He needs to be developed but once he is the upside is there.