Final Mock Draft
posted Apr 29 2015, 08:48PM
story by George Kenny
posted in NFL, Analysis

Winston coming for that #1 spot

ITS DRAFT DAY!!!!! I don’t know how I’m suppose to concentrate at work all day when we are only hours away from the 2015 NFL Draft. If you missed the first three mocks, make you take a glance at them. To help not concentrate at work and concentrate on the Draft, here is my last mock draft.

 
  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- Leonard Williams, DE, USC- Gus Bradley is a defensive mind and last year they went heavy on the offensive side of the ball. This year is different where they can land the top prospect in Williams. 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. He is a big time stud, and Gus will already be planning what he can do with his new toy.
  4. Raiders- Amari Cooper, WR, Bama- The Raiders went with Derek Carr last year, but he needs that #1 wide-out. 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. He is a safe bet to be a legit #1 receiver, and that’s exactly what Carr wants to here.
  5. Washington- Dante Fowler, 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. Washington needs all help over the field, and with losing Orakpo to the Titans they need another pass rusher and Fowler fits the bill.
  6. Jets- Kevin White, WR, WVU- 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? Who knows how long B-Marsh is around with his contract up in 2 years, and White could be right in line for that #1 spot.
  7. Bears- 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.
  8. Falcons- Bud Dupree- OLB, Kentucky- Hot-lanta needs pass rushers desperately, and they get their guy, for new head coach Dan Quinn to use. 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.
  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- Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami- Flowers is intriguing because he could is big and has great strength. The Rams drafted Greg Robinson last year and now with Flowers could be a hell of a young frontline.
  11. Vikings- DeVante Parker, WR, L’Ville- This guy is an animal and of course ex-teammate of Teddy Bridgewater. These two had a very nice connection at college, so why not pair them up again. Sota needs a #1 with Patterson shitting the bed last year, and Greg Jennings moving on to Miami. 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. Teddy to DeVante could be a connection we see a lot down the road.
  12. Browns- Danny Shelton, DT/NT,Washington- Danny Shelton is a load in he middle of the football field. Shelton is the best NT that can shut down a running game. He will fit right in the new 3-4 scheme the Browns 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
  13. Saints- Trae Waynes, CB, MSU- Waynes is far and beyond the best corner in this class, and he fits a need for the Saints. Waynes is a physical man-to-man corner that has good speed, as he showed at the combine. The Saints have Browner 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.
  14. Dolphins- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia- The wait ends for the talented Gurley. The Dolphins have been heavily linked to Toddy boy for some time now, and if he is there is will be hard to pass on him. Lamar Miller played well last year, but this guy named Gurley is crazy good. The two of them pairing up should create ulcers for DC’s in the NFL.
  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- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin- The Super Chargers miss out of Gurley, but MGIII is a very sweet 2nd place prize. Gordon had a historic career in college and he is hoping he can continue that in San Diego, who used to have a pretty good running back with cool initials too.
  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- La’el Collins, OT, LSU- Cleveland needs a bunch of help in a few spots. They can use front seven help, along with a receiver, and most importantly a QB. Unless they trade up they aren't getting a QB, and I also think Johnny Rehab should get another shot. The Browns also need o-line help big-time, and Collins should be their man. Collins is very talented and very versatile. He can play either inside or out so he helps the Browns in multiple ways.
  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- Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri- Cincy is in a spot to pick for value and this weed smoker falls right into their laps. They need pass rushers too and a top 10 talent could land right to them. 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,a dn like Randy they smoke a lot of weed. Ray needs to bulk up more, but if he can and not lose his speed watch out for this Missouri Tiger.
  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- Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska- 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 days. Gregory needs to get better at power rushing, so he doesn’t become a one-dimensional rusher. Also the weed smoking has to stop or the suspensions from the league will pile up.
  25. Panthers- Jalen Strong, WR, Arizona State- He is a bigger physical wide-out, that makes big plays down the field, who has very good ball skills in the air. He really knows how to go up and get the ball. Strong will also be a big-time red zone threat alongside Kelvin and Greg Olsen.
  26. Ravens- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington- Peters has a boatload of talent, but off the field issues as well. He seriously could be the first corner off the board, but him pissing and moaning about coaches and players doesn’t help. The Ravens have been good with head cases and get the best out of them. Peters with Jimmy Smith could be hell for QB’s to throw on.
  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- 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. 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)- Preston Smith, DE, Miss. St- 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, and they got that with Waynes earlier. Now they need some more of a pass rush for Rob Ryan to play with. Smith has been rising up as of late after his combine and pro day. He doesn't have a lot of flare to his game, but has shown potential. He has long arms and is very good in the run game. He would give the Voodoo people someone who can get after the QB and stuff the run.   
  32. Patriots- 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.

 

 The 4th mock is done and ready for your mocking. The draft is just a a few hours away and I can’t wait. This class has tons of talent and we will have to wait and see what teams get whom. Let me know what your thoughts are on the mock and we can discuss, and enjoy the Draft tonight and good luck to your teams, besides the Patriots.

 

George Kenny
My name is George Kenny and I graduated from St. John's University with a Sports Management major and a Business minor. I started my own sports blog c...



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