2015 Mock Draft 3.0
posted Apr 23 2015, 10:15AM
story by George Kenny
posted in NFL, Analysis

1.0 - 2.0These mocks are really nothing more then guesses, but still extremely fun for draft nerds like me. Enough talk and on to mock draft 3.0!!

  1. Bucs- Jamies Winston, QB, Florida State- As long as Jamies doesn’t get in trouble prior to the draft then he will be the #1 overall pick. Jamies is the best guy to come in and compete right away. His football IQ is crazy, he can make all the throws, and he is a leader. All great qualities of a franchise QB, but there is the off the field stuff. The calming Lovie Smith influence might get Winston to be 100% on football and not on the fact that Tampa is like the Strip Club state. If Winston can just stay out of trouble this pick will be great, with Mike Evans, and Vincent Jackson as weapons.
  2. Titans- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon- One way or another the 2nd pick will be MM, no matter the team. Tennessee has a hole at QB and they can address that with their first pick. The Titans have Zach Mettenberger, but he really didn't show much last year. The brass could give him another shot, but a competition between him and the ex-Duck may be the best move. Mariota has tons of talent but has to adjust to the NFL system. He never has had to huddle in his career and that will change at the next level
  3. Jags- Dante Fowler Jr, DE/OLB, Florida- This pick could be a few different guys at the same position. It’s a battle between Fowler Jr, Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, and Vic Beasley. Now Fowler and Beasley are the high risers after the combine, but Fowler looks to have separated from the pack. Fowler is an intriguing combo of size and speed off the edge. He is a big time stud, and Gus will already be planning what he can do with his new toy.
  4. Raiders- Leonard Williams, DE, USC- Oakland really needs a #1 WR, but Leonard Williams just can’t be passed up. He is a stud and a guy that really wants to play in the silver and black. Williams can play inside or outside on the defensive line and will cause havoc no matter what. He will give tackles and quarterbacks fits for a long time
  5. Washington- Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska- A pass rusher is a huge need, and luckily for them this class is loaded with them. Gregory is a lengthy rusher that has tremendous speed. He is an athletic freak that can get to the QB. Pass rushers have become almost or maybe just as valuable as left tackles in the league now a day. Gregory needs to get better at power rushing, so he doesn’t become a one-dimensional rusher. Washington needs all help over the field, and with losing Orakpo to the Titans they need another pass rusher and Gregory fits the bill.
  6. Jets- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama- The Jets pretty much came out and bought every corner free agent so that’s a need crossed off the list. They still need a QB to throw to Eric Decker and newly acquired B-Marsh, but they miss out this year. So why not add another weapon? Cooper isn’t the biggest or fastest receiver (4.45 isn’t slow at all), but he is a great route runner and a reliable guy, that can make big plays. Who knows how long B-Marsh is around with his contract up in 2 years, and Cooper could be right in line for that #1 spot.
  7. Bears- Danny Shelton, DT/NT,Washington- Danny Shelton is a load in the middle of the football field. Who would have thought the saying, “Chicago’s defense is terrible” would occur. Well it has and they need help, and a lot of it. They can use a pass rusher along with a safety, but Shelton is the best NT that can shut down a running game. He will fit right in the new 3-4 scheme the Bears will play. The most important spot on a 3-4 usually is the NT. You need a rush stuffing, gap plugging nose tackle for a successful 3-4 defense.
  8. Falcons- Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson- Beasley’s stock has soared of late after showing up at the combine heavier (in a good way), without losing a step in speed. With that added weight playing DE at the next level isn’t out of the question. He has excellent speed, but also should be a powerful rusher as well. He showed his power with 35 reps at the combine. Hot-lanta needs pass rushers desperately, and they get their guy, for new head coach Dan Quinn to use.
  9. Giants- Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa- Scherff just seems to be a perfect Giant, with his toughness and him being from a Big 10 school, where the Giants love to pick from. Big Brandon isn’t the most athletic guy, but like all good offensive linemen has a mean streak in him. He could play tackle or guard for the G-Man, so his versatility plays a big part.
  10. Rams- Kevin White, WR, WVU- Boy if this happens Jeff Fisher will be grinning from ear to ear along with his Tom Selleck stache. The Rams acquired Nick Foles from Philly, so what better way to welcome him then getting him a monster of a receiver. Again that size-speed combo gets GM and scouts drooling. White ran a 4.35 40 that surprised many. That breakaway speed along with how physical he plays can’t be ignored. He has stud written all over him.
  11. Vikings- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia- Now this pick could be stupid if somehow Adrian Peterson is coming back. I’m not to sure that is actually going to happen so the Vikes could look to add a running back. McKinnon did a nice job last year, but this is TODD FREAKING GURLEY. If his knee checks out then this could be the pick. Gurley is a special player, and could wind up going this high.
  12. Browns- DeVante Parker, WR, L’Ville- This guy is an animal and the Browns needs a WR more then anything. Parker has good size for a receiver at 6-2 207, with excellent ball skills. He was extremely productive at school, and if not for injuries for the first few games, he could have been right with Cooper for best college receiver.
  13. Saints- Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri- The Saints need pass rushers bad and a top 10 talent could land right in their laps. Ray was hurt during the combine, so we couldn’t get to see the speed he brings. The big questions here are, his power and strength. He only put up 21 reps and is a little light. Like Gregory, Ray doesn’t want to be only a speed rusher, because many times those guys don’t see the field until third downs. Ray needs to bulk up more, but if he can and not lose his speed watch out for this Missouri Tiger.
  14. Dolphins- Trae Waynes, CB, MSU- Waynes is far and beyond the best corner in this class, and he fits a need for Miami. Waynes is a physical man-to-man corner that has good speed, as he showed at the combine. Miami has Brent Grimes on one side and now add Waynes, and this is dynamic duo. Waynes also isn’t afraid to make a hit whether it’s over the middle or in run support.
  15. 49ers- Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon- Boy did the Niners have a rough offseason with the retirements of Justin Smith and Patrick Willis, and now Chris Borland. They also lost Frank Gore and Mike Iupati to free agency, so they have a ton of holes to fill. The good thing is they drafted so well they still have a bunch of talent that can step right in. Arik can be another guy that can step up and help this team. Armstead is raw, but is talented as they come. He honestly could go top ten because he has that type of talent. He is a monster at 6-7 292 so he can play either in or outside. If the Niners can get him to not take plays off, this line can be back on track. Armstead teamed up with Dockett, Aldon Smith, and Aaron Lynch can cause some mayhem.
  16. Texans- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford- The Texans need some help on offense including a QB, and now another wide-out with Andre Johnson being on his way out. To bad for Houston no quarterbacks are worth taking here. A receiver can go here, but this class is loaded with them, so they could wait and get help up-front. Peat is a big dude and can play right away for them at tackle. He can be a good building block for whoever the QB is next year.
  17. Chargers- Malcom Brown, DT, Texas- Brown was a handful of bright spots for the down Longhorns last year. Brown has the size to play a run stuffer, but also brings some good pass rush. His ability to get to the quarterback, allows Brown to play all over the front line. He is a versatile big kid that can cause havoc on many fronts. He could end up being a big steal in this draft as he has some big time potential.
  18. Chiefs-Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF- Last year Chiefs wide-outs had zero touchdown catches. Yes, you heard that right ZERO. They did sign Jeremy Maclin this offseason, which will be a big help. Alex Smith needs some talent around him; Perriman and Maclin could be some big upgrades. He is a bigger wide-out, but also has some wheels. He ran in the 4.3’s at his pro day and really opened some eyes. He has shot up draft boards and will be a name to watch come next Thursday night.
  19. Browns- Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentuky- Dupree has been rising ever since the college football season was over. He had a standout year this year, and can get to the QB. The Browns skip a receiver again, but this class is loaded with wide-out talent, so they can get that later. Dupree gives them a huge upgrade up-front, that they also need. They lost Sheard and need Mingo to step up, but with big Bud in the mix it can only help.
  20. Eagles- Landon Collins, Safety, Alabama- Chip might be a genius or get fired next year with all these moves, but for now they get the best safety in this class. I don't know if its Philly water but boy do Philly GMs know how to shake things up. Collins is a ball hawk of a safety, and makes plays when he gets it. The Eagles haven’t had a good safety since Brain Dawkins retired, so hopefully this can be a solution.
  21. Bengals- La’el Collins, OT, LSU- Collins is very talented and very versatile. He can play either inside or out so he helps the Bengals in multiple ways. He is very very talented and if he falls here Cincy should run to the podium.
  22. Steelers- Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest- The Steelers need corners bad. Kevin Johnson was a lone bright spot on a pretty crappy Wake Forest team. Johnson is a lengthy corner that can play some good man to man. He will be a big upgrade and should contribute right away.
  23. Lions- Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU- The Lions lost both starting DTs last year in Suh and Fairley. They did trade for Haloti Ngata from the Ravens, which will help. Adding Goldman will just add another talented body up-front to help replace those two guys. Goldman can also learn from one of the best in Ngata. The ex-Seminole has very similar skills to Ngata as he can stuff the run, and can create his own pressure towards the QB.
  24. Cardinals- Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami- The Cards could always use more offensive line help. Zona added Mike Iupati but they can always use more. They could also go defensive front, but Flowers is to intriguing, especially with the main concern in keeping Carson Palmer healthy. Flowers is intriguing because he could be the first tackle off the board, so getting him down here could be great value. Flowers is big and has great strength, that could turn into a cornerstone for Zona.
  25. Panthers- DJ Humphries, OT, Florida- Another guy to see his stock rising quick is the tackle from UF. He is an athletic freak at the spot, but is raw. He needs some coaching up, but if he gets it this kid will be a star.
  26. Ravens- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin- The Ravens brought back Justin Forsett, but also cut DWI Bernard Pierce. Another running back could go here and why not select one of the most prolific college running backs of all-time.
  27. Cowboys- Jalen Collins, CB, LSU- Collins showed what he can do at the combine and impressed. It also helps that the corner is 6-1 203 pounds. Taller corners are prime in the NFL, and that can be the difference on which corners go first. A running back could be the pick here, but Jerry Jones is watching the whole AP situation very carefully. The Boys could pair two LSU alumni in Claiborne and Collins.
  28. Broncos- Cameron Erving, C, FSU- The Broncos went heavy with defense last year, but back to offense this year. Peyton only looks to have a year left so they need to keep him healthy. Erving is the best Center in the class and can even play some guard.
  29. Colts- TJ Cummings, OT, Pitt- The Colts need some o-line help so a Tackle should be the pick here. Cummings is raw and a little of a project, but he can develop into a good one. Like the Broncos, the Colts need to keep their best player upright or they will be in big big trouble.
  30. Packers- Eric Kendrick, MLB, UCLA- Kendricks is the best coverage linebacker in this year's class. The Packers have been missing that for awhile now with AJ Hawk there. Kendricks gives them an instant upgrade there and helps shut down passing games.
  31. Saints(via Seahawks)- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington- Peters has a boatload of talent, but off the field issues as well. The Saints traded Jimmy Graham for this pick and Max Unger. It’s a weird deal in my eyes, but whatever. The Saints need more help in the secondary even after signing Browner. With Rob Ryan running the defense the Saints need as many coverage corners as possible with his blitz schemes
  32. Patriots-Jalen Strong, WR ASU- Strong would go higher, but now some stuff medically is happening. He has a wrist injury late which could cause him to drop. He Pats needs WR and actually can get a steal with him this late. Strong is a big physical kid that has very good speed. He is a deep ball threat that the Pats love and need. It just seems to perfect of a fit.

The 3rd mock is done and ready for your mocking. The draft is just a week away and it can't come any sooner. This class has tons of talent and we will have to wait and see what teams get whom. Keep an eye out for Mock 4.0 next week because you can never have enough mocks. Let me know what your thoughts are on the mock and we can discuss.

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