Mock Draft

USC DL Leonard Williams

USC DL Leonard Williams

BY LUKE EASTERLING
Editor/Senior Writer
@LukeEasterling

Updated 10/31/14

*Draft order based on latest Super Bowl odds from VegasInsider.com

1. Oakland Raiders – Leonard Williams, DL, USC – Oakland needs to get younger just about everywhere but quarterback, but they would use this pick to address their front four.  Williams is a disruptive monster who should have an immediate impact at the next level.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M – Rookie Blake Bortles is taking his rookie lumps at quarterback, but he’ll need better protection if he wants to progress quickly.  The Jags need to protect their investment in a franchise QB by taking the best tackle in this draft.

3. Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon – The Jake Locker era is over in Tennessee, and I don’t see Zach Mettenberger’s presence preventing the Titans from taking an explosive athlete and the top quarterback in this class.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – The Bucs need help just about everywhere, but the quarterback position elevates the play of everyone around him, and for that reason they need an improvement over Mike Glennon.  Winston’s got his baggage, for sure, but if he can avoid off-field issues, he could easily become a star.

5. New York Jets – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson – The Jets are stout up front on defense, but they could use some flash on the outside.  Beasley is arguably the best edge rusher in the country, and could wreak havoc rushing next to the Jets’ already formidable defensive line.

Alabama WR Amari Cooper

Alabama WR Amari Cooper

6. St. Louis Rams – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama – Austin Davis is making a strong case to keep the starting quarterback job, which could allow the Rams to look elsewhere with this pick.  They could still use a true No. 1 receiver who can be a game-breaker, and Cooper easily fits the bill.

7. Washington Redskins – Landon Collins, S, Alabama – Top-10 are usually reserved for the most dynamic of safeties, as the Redskins well know.  He may not be Sean Taylor, but Collins could be the closest thing we’ve seen in a while.  The Redskins would be wise to grab him with what seems like their first first-rounder in forever.

8. Atlanta Falcons – Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska – Mike Smith might not return as head coach next season, but no matter what scheme Atlanta runs in 2015, they need some serious help off the edge.  Gregory is one of the best pass-rushers in this class and would give the Falcons the jolt they need.

9. Minnesota Vikings – Dante Fowler, DE, Florida – You can never have enough pass-rushers, and this year’s class is one of the best in recent memory.  Fowler would team up with 2014 top-10 pick Anthony Barr to give the Vikings a formidable young tandem.

10. Chicago Bears – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington – The Bears need help at every level on defense, but the secondary is probably the most gaping hole at this point.  Peters has a pair of suspensions on his record, but he’s established himself as the nation’s top corner so far this season.

11. New York Giants – Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor – Tom Coughlin’s bunch were at their best when they stockpiled pass-rushers with their top picks.  The cupboard is bare at the position now, so it’s time to get back to their winning habits by taking the freakishly athletic Oakman.

Michigan State QB Connor Cook

Michigan State QB Connor Cook

12. Houston Texans – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State – Houston opted not to take one of the top passers in last year’s draft, but they shouldn’t let the next draft go by without addressing the position with their top pick.  Cook has all the tools to be a successful NFL starter and would be a safer pick than Brett Hundley at this point.

13. Cleveland Browns – Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa – This would be a huge win for the Browns, who need offensive line help and could bag one of the best overall players in the draft in this scenario.  Scherff can play either tackle or guard, but much like the Browns’ 2014 second-rounder Joel Bitonio, could be better suited inside.

14. Carolina Panthers – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon – The Panthers could do a bunch of different ways with this pick, so it’s all about value.  Ifo’s stock has taken a small hit so far this season, partly due to his lack of ideal size, but his athleticism allows him to play bigger than he’s listed.

15. Cleveland Browns (from BUF) – Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan – Cleveland took plenty of flack for passing on Sammy Watkins and not addressing the receiver position early in the 2014 draft.  In this scenario, they grab a massive target in Funchess to pair with Josh Gordon.

Washington OLB Shaq Thompson

Washington OLB Shaq Thompson

16. Miami Dolphins – Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington – Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe have been underwhelming, so Miami could be looking to infuse some younger talent into the linebacker spot.  Thompson is a playmaker who could steal a starting spot from Day 1.

17. Kansas City Chiefs – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville – The Chiefs’ need for a true No. 1 receiver has been talked about plenty, but they need to address it sooner or later.  Despite missing half the 2014 season with a foot injury, Parker has hit the ground running and proven he’s still one of the most talented pass-catchers in the country.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State – Mike Tomlin’s secondary needs to get younger and more athletic, and I expect them to address the corner spot early in this draft.  Williams is half of one of the best corner combos in the country and would make plenty of sense here.

19. Baltimore Ravens – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia - Gurley is a rare talent, but the lack of value placed on running backs with top picks in recent years could push him down the board.  Justin Forsett is having a career year, but that shouldn’t keep the Ravens for taking a swing on the nation’s best runner.

20. San Diego Chargers – Trey Waynes, CB, Michigan State – The Bolts went hard after their need at corner last offseason, signing Brandon Flowers and spending their first-rounder on Jason Verrett.  But Flowers only signed a one-year deal and Verrett has been banged up, so grabbing a talent like Waynes would give them much-needed depth.

21. New Orleans Saints – Shane Ray, DE, Missouri – Sean Payton’s offense has struggled at times this year, but his defense hasn’t done much to help.  Ray burst onto the scene early in the season and has established himself as one of the better edge-rushers in the nation.

22. Detroit Lions – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington – The chances of Ndamukong Suh returning to Detroit are slim, so finding a replacement for him could be high on the team’s list of offseason tasks.  Shelton has been a disruptive monster in the middle and would be a younger, more economical alternative to re-signing Suh.

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WVU WR Kevin White

23. Cincinnati Bengals – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia – This season has proven that life without A.J. Green isn’t fun for the Bengals, and he needs a running mate who has the skills to produce as a No. 1 target if needed.  White has lit up the field all season long and brings the size, speed and ball skills necessary to fill that role.

24. Philadelphia Eagles – Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA – Hundley has been a popular top-10 lock since the first mocks of the offseason, but I’m not convinced he can succeed in a conventional NFL offense.  That being the case, Chip Kelly’s offense might be the perfect spot for him to reach his full potential.

25. Indianapolis Colts – Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State – Chuck Pagano has the league’s best young quarterback under center, but he needs to keep him upright.  Sambrailo is a name that’s picking up a lot of steam lately, and he’s moved himself into the first-round conversation at this point.

26. San Francisco 49ers – Michael Bennett, DL, Ohio State - Another name that’s dropped a bit since the preseason rankings, Bennett hasn’t looked as dominant as many expected.  That said, San Francisco would be an ideal fit and the team could get a great value if he regains his 2013 form.

27. Arizona Cardinals – Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky – There are few players I’m loving more lately than Bud.  The Cards need an impact pass-rusher, and he’s one of the more dynamic edge players in the country right now.

28. New England Patriots – Nelson Agholor, WR, USC – Tom Brady can never have enough talented receivers, but outside of the tight end position, the Pats lack a true No. 1 target.  Agholor is arguably the smoothest route-runner in this year’s class and would be a perfect fit in Foxboro.

29. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (FL) – The Pack should be looking for a nasty, intimidating force in the middle of their defense, and the hard-hitting Perryman is the top inside backer in my rankings at this point.

30. Dallas Cowboys – Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State – This would be a huge value pick, though plenty can change between now and the draft.  Calhoun would be a perfect fit as a 4-3 pass-rusher for Rod Marinelli’s defense.

31. Seattle Seahawks – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State – Seattle loves to have plenty of depth along the defensive line, so don’t be surprised for them to just grab the best available player to add to their front four.  Goldman has been arguably the most impressive defender on a Florida State defense stacked with playmakers.

32. Denver Broncos – Bernardrick McKinney, OLB, Mississippi State – One of the few teams who could be looking for a 4-3 outside linebacker with their first pick, the rich could get richer if Denver is able to grab a phenomenal talent like McKinney this late.

Louisville OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

Louisville OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

SECOND ROUND

33. Oakland Raiders – Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

34. Jacksonville Jaguars – Hau’oli Kikaha, DE, Washington

35. Tennessee Titans – Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville

36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina

37. New York Jets – Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

38. St. Louis Rams – Jalen Mills, CB, LSU

39. Washington Redskins – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

40. Atlanta Falcons – Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State

41. Minnesota Vikings – Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

42. Chicago Bears – Cody Prewitt, S, Mississippi

43. New York Giants – La’el Collins, OL, LSU

44. Houston Texans – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

45. Cleveland Browns – Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, Florida State

46. Carolina Panthers – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

47. Buffalo Bills – Derron Smith, S, Fresno State

48. Miami Dolphins – Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

49. Kansas City Chiefs – Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas

50. Pittsburgh Steelers – Carl Davis, DL, Iowa

51. Baltimore Ravens – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

52. San Diego Chargers – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

53. New Orleans Saints – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

54. Detroit Lions – Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State

55. Cincinnati Bengals – Markus Golden, DE, Missouri

56. Philadelphia Eagles - Trey Flowers, OLB, Arkansas

57. Indianapolis Colts - Kris Frost, ILB, Auburn

58. San Francisco 49ers - Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

59. Arizona Cardinals - Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

60. New England Patriots - Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn

61. Green Bay Packers - Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State

62. Dallas Cowboys - Eric Striker, OLB, Oklahoma

63. Seattle Seahawks - Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State

64. Denver Broncos - Cedric Reed, DE, Texas

19 thoughts on “Mock Draft

  1. Dan Mundy

    look forward to all your mock drafts and you do a great job but in this one you have stanley jean-baptiste goin on pick 98 and 114

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  2. Bill Shannon

    Good deal overall. I hope NYG do not sacrifice the other picks , they have more holes….
    The one real thing is there is zero chance-according to me anyway!- that after the Hernandez fiasco that the NEP draft a TE with a checkered past…….

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  3. Enrique

    Wondering why you have the Broncos taking Borland instead of Shazier. Shazier has played all linebacker positions in college and is a much better athlete than Borland. Wouldn’t it make better sense to take Shazier rather than Borland? You even say that Borland is not worth the value at that pick. Taking Shazier would be a better value and provide Broncos with more speed.

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  4. Jay

    No way the giants give up picks with so many holes on both sides of the ball. Coming out of this draft with just 2 players in the first 4 rounds is not smart football. Moving up to get Donald would be a panic move that JR never does.

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  5. Mel

    What are you smoking? The Bears are not drafting Hageman….ever. Especially with Calvin Pryor still on the board. No way Pryor lasts beyond first round.

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  6. Brian

    Wow, thanks for giving a crap about the Vikings. You have them reaching for a QB at #8 and then trashing your own pick, and then you have them completely ignoring their two other biggest needs of LB and CB for their next four picks…

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  7. Andrew Savage

    Great draft!! only some picks I would question
    Eg Colt Lyerla to patriots( patriots won’t draft any one with big character issues after AH)
    Calvin Pyror lasting till the fourth round
    Ra’shede Hageman getting drafted at 14
    atm Hageman is borderline first rounder not top 15 player

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  8. trublu25

    The Giants have more holes than draft picks. Itcwould ve negligent to trade away selections when you cant fill your roster

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  9. Nick

    if the vikings get this draft i would not complain we find are qb hopefully we get a playmaker next to smith and find a young pass rusher who can rotate in and find our back rb who could eventually be a starter and can also be used like darren sproles who turner made great

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  10. Will

    I love the job you did for the Bucs here, only thing I would love to see differently is with the Giants pick I would like to see us take CJ Mosley instead. I think Shazier and Mosley teaming up with LaVonte would be beyond incredible!

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  11. Play4Blood

    I’d hate to trade Debo Robinson away, but getting Donald would relieve that sadness.

    I do, however, fear our trade down target will be Derek Carr. What a nightmare that’s going to be.

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