Mock Draft

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

BY LUKE EASTERLING
Editor/Senior Writer
@LukeEasterling

Updated 12/10/14

*Draft order courtesy of NFL.com

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon – The Bucs are in the driver’s seat for the top pick at the moment, and their fans couldn’t be happier.  This pick would give them their choice of potential franchise quarterbacks, and if I’m making the call, it’s Mariota all the way.  The Bucs will be looking for a new offensive coordinator this offseason anyway, so they could find one who will work best with Mariota’s unique abilities and experience.

2. Tennessee Titans – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – The Jake Locker experiment has officially failed, so it’s time for the Titans to take their next swing at a franchise player under center.  Winston obviously isn’t without his concerns, both on and off the field, but he has the potential to be a superstar.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Williams, DT, USC – The Jags have gone offense with their top-five picks the past two years in a row, so now it’s time for Gus Bradley to spend a premium pick on his defense.  Williams is a dominant force on the interior and would be the next great building block for a promising young roster.

4. New York Jets – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame – With the top quarterbacks off the board, the Jets would have to look to other needs.  Amari Cooper is a popular pick here, but the depth this receiver class could make them go the route of grabbing a franchise left tackle with D’Brickashaw Ferguson getting older.  Stanley is a top-five talent who might even return for his senior season.

Alabama WR Amari Cooper

Alabama WR Amari Cooper

5. Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama – With a single win, the Raiders went from holding the top pick to barely staying in the top five.  They might not mid too much in this scenario, however, as they bag the top play-maker in this year’s deep crop of pass-catchers.

6. Washington Redskins – Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska – Landon Collins has been the popular pick here, but the Redskins could also use another edge rusher, and it would be hard to pass up a talent like Gregory if he were to fall out of the top five.

7. New York Giants – Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky – The Giants were at their best when they had a cupboard stocked full of dynamic pass-rushers, and it’s time to start that trend once again.  Dupree is a bit misused at Kentucky, but would flourish as a full-time pass-rusher.

8. Carolina Panthers – La’el Collins, OT, LSU – Cam Newton has his play-making receiver to stretch the field now in Kelvin Benjamin, and now it’s time to focus on protecting his blind side.  Collins has experience at both guard and tackle, and could end up being the top left tackle prospect in this class, depending on early entrants.

9. Chicago Bears – Landon Collins, S, Alabama – The Bears need help all over the back seven, so they should be free to take the best player available who can fill any of those spots.  In this scenario, the rare athletic talent of Collins falls to them to shore up the last line of defense.

Washington LB Shaq Thompson

Washington LB Shaq Thompson

10. New Orleans Saints – Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa – Drew Brees has shown signs of regression this season, but he won’t be replaced quickly, and the Saints will have to do their best to keep him protected.  Scherff is extremely versatile, with the ability to start at guard from Day 1 and possible transition into either of the starting tackle spots.

11. Minnesota Vikings – Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington – The Vikings could go in a few different directions here, but Thompson represents the best combination of fit and value in this scenario.  Mike Zimmer would get another athletic play-maker to plug into his defense.

12. St. Louis Rams – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington – With no chance at the top quarterbacks, the Rams could look to grab the top corner in this class.  Peters’ issues with his coaches at Washington have been well-documented, but he’s still a top-15 talent who could do himself plenty of favors by winning the interview portion of the combine.

13. Houston Texans – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville – Another team who will likely miss out on the franchise quarterback they need, Houston also needs to start planning for life after Andre Johnson.  DeAndre Hopkins is a stud, but pairing him with Parker could make life extremely enjoyable for whoever ends up taking the snaps in 2015.

14. Cleveland Browns – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia – Josh Gordon is back, but he needs a running mate.  White has the skills to become a No. 1 NFL receiver, but he would have the benefit of Gordon taking the primary attention of opposing defenses.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida

Missouri OLB Shane Ray

15. San Francisco 49ers – Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri – The 49ers are always looking for athletic edge rushers, and they would luck out in this scenario by grabbing one of the best in this class.  Ray bends the edge as well as any rusher in this deep class.

16. Miami Dolphins – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia – First-round running backs were thought to be a thing of the past, but Gurley’s rare talent should make him a top pick, despite a torn ACL.  The Dolphins have bigger needs, but Gurley could help give Ryan Tannehill a play-maker in the running game, something every quarterback covets.

17. Cleveland Browns (from BUF) – Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor – Having bagged a receiver with their first pick, the Browns can look in multiple directions with this pick.  Oakman is a monster of a man who would be a perfect fit as a 5-technique.

18. Kansas City Chiefs – Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State – Eric Fisher has flopped so far, and it might already be time to find a new starting left tackle.  Sambrailo is a nasty blocker who has slowly been generating buzz over the past few weeks, and could easily work himself into the top 20 picks.

19. Baltimore Ravens – Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida – It’s time for Ozzie Newsome to start looking for the next Terrell Suggs to groom, and this year’s deep class of edge players makes this a perfect opportunity.  Fowler has the explosive first step necessary to be an effective pass-rusher in the 3-4, but he’s still athletic enough to drop into coverage, if needed.

Florida State CB P.J. Williams

Florida State CB P.J. Williams

20. Dallas Cowboys – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State – The Cowboys could use help at multiple spots on defense, which should allow them to let the best value fall to them.  Williams is an aggressive corner who also excels in run support, something Rod Marinelli covets in his Tampa 2 corners.

21. Atlanta Falcons – Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson – Atlanta’s pass rush was among the league’s worst this season, so they’ll be looking for a dynamic presence off the edge with this pick.  Beasley’s stock has cooled a bit since the preseason, but he’s still a first-round talent.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Danny Shelton, DL, Washington – Mike Tomlin’s crew needs to get younger and more explosive on defense, and Shelton brings the physical presence the Steelers have become known for.

23. San Diego Chargers – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State – The Bolts addressed their need at corner in the first round last year, but Jason Verrett ended his season on injured reserve with a shoulder issue, and Brandon Flowers only signed a one-year deal.  Waynes has the size and skill set to become a top cover man.

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma – Marvin Lewis has a few reliable role players at receiver, but he lacks a true No. 2 threat to take attention away from A.J. Green.  DGB has had his share of off-field issues, but there’s no denying his rare blend of size and speed.

Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi

Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi

25. Detroit Lions – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State – Ndamukong Suh is likely to break the bank elsewhere in free agency, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of Detroit’s defensive line.  Goldman has emerged as one of the top talents on a star-studded Seminoles defense, establishing himself as a legitimate first-round talent.

26. Indianapolis Colts – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M – Protecting Andrew Luck is of the utmost importance, so look for the Colts to address that with this pick.  Once thought to be this year’s top tackle prospect, Ogbuehi has slipped a little, but still provides solid starting experience at both tackle spots in the nation’s top conference.

27. Philadelphia Eagles – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon – Philly needs to address the secondary, and the value in this scenario is better at corner than safety.  Ifo is undersized but has rare athleticism, and head coach Chip Kelly is very familiar with his game.

28. Seattle Seahawks – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin – With Marshawn Lynch expected to walk this offseason, the Seahawks could be one of the few teams in position to pull the trigger on a running back in the first round.  Gordon destroyed the stat sheet all season for the Badgers, and would slide right in as a nice replacement for Lynch.

29. Green Bay Packers – Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA – The Pack need stability in the middle of their defense, and they end up with one of the nation’s best defenders in this scenario.  The winner of the Dick Butkus Award, Kendricks is a sure tackler who is athletic enough to excel in coverage.

30. New England Patriots – Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan – The Pats will keep trying to make life easier on Tom Brady which means either improving his protection or surrounding him with more weapons.  Funchess is a WR/TE hybrid who has a great combination of size, strength and athleticism.

31. Arizona Cardinals – Michael Bennett, DL, Ohio State – These picks in a lower part of the first round are all about maximizing value first, filling needs second.  The defensive line might not be the biggest concern for Arizona, but grabbing a versatile talent like Bennett would be better than reaching at another position.

32. Denver Broncos – Bernardick McKinney, OLB, Mississippi State – Denver doesn’t need much, but a play-making linebacker is at the top of that short list.  McKinney is a tackling machine who can play sideline-to-sideline and even get after the passer, if needed.

Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun

Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun

SECOND ROUND

33. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

34. Tennessee Titans – Shilique Calhoun, OLB, Michigan State

35. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

36. New York Jets – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

37. Oakland Raiders – Hau’oli Kikaha, DE, Washington

38. Washington Redskins – Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville

39. New York Giants – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

40. Carolina Panthers – Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State

41. Chicago Bears – Paul Dawson, OLB, TCU

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

43. Minnesota Vikings – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

44. St. Louis Rams – Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

45. Houston Texans – Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (FL)

46. Cleveland Browns – Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville

47. San Francisco 49ers – A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina

48. Miami Dolphins – Senquez Golson, CB, Mississippi

49. Buffalo Bills – Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU

50. Kansas City Chiefs – Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

51. Baltimore Ravens – Carl Davis, DL, Iowa

52. Dallas Cowboys – Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

53. Atlanta Falcons – Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

54. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cody Prewitt, S, Mississippi

55. San Diego Chargers – Cameron Irving, C, Florida State

56. Cincinnati Bengals – Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas

57. Detroit Lions – Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane

58. Indianapolis Colts – Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State

59. Philadelphia Eagles – Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia

60. Seattle Seahawks – Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, Florida State

61. Green Bay Packers – Gabe Wright, DL, Auburn

62. New England Patriots – Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

63. Arizona Cardinals – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

64. Denver Broncos – Markus Golden, DE, Missouri

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman

THIRD ROUND

65. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State

66. Tennessee Titans – Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville

67. Jacksonville Jaguars – Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

68. New York Jets – Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

69. Oakland Raiders – Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State

70. Washington Redskins – Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

71. New York Giants – Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (FL)

72. Carolina Panthers – D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic

73. Chicago Bears – Nate Orchard, DE, Utah

74. New Orleans Saints – Kris Frost, ILB, Auburn

75. Minnesota Vikings – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon

76. St. Louis Rams – T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama

77. Houston Texans – Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)

78. Cleveland Browns – Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia

79. San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

80. Miami Dolphins – Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

81. Buffalo Bills – Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke

82. Kansas City Chiefs – Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)

83. Baltimore Ravens – Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

84. Dallas Cowboys – Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas

85. Atlanta Falcons – Derron Smith, S, Fresno State

86. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cam Thomas, CB, Western Kentucky

87. San Diego Chargers – Ellis McCarthy, NT, UCLA

88. Cincinnati Bengals – Christian Covington, DT, Rice

89. Detroit Lions – Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma

90. Indianapolis Colts – Tre Jackson, G, Florida State

91. Philadelphia Eagles – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

92. Seattle Seahawks – Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame

93. Green Bay Packers – Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

94. New England Patriots – Josue Matias, G, Florida State

95. Arizona Cardinals – Hayes Pullard, ILB, USC

96. Denver Broncos – Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina

22 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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  15. Who Dat Warriors

    Think the Saints go for a skill position in first round. They truly believe they can develop their own OL in house. Think CB or ILB for them in Round 1. Think LB with cover skills first priority for them

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  16. johne

    Minnesota fan here. Looks like you might have a more sound perspective of what the Vikings might want to accomplish in the first 3 rounds. I am hoping La’el Collins would be available in RND 1, but I suspect after the combine he might be the best of the OT and certainly gone, A replacement for Khalil is a must in the early rounds, inside linebacker would be my next preference depending upon value.
    Other thoughts… Melvin Gordon will replace Gurley as the Miami pick.

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