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2015 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.
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The order of this 2015 NFL Mock Draft is based on the NFL Power Rankings.


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    *** 2015 NFL Mock Draft (4 rounds) updated Jan. 20. This NFL Mock Draft will be updated at least once per week (Tuesday afternoons and other times for important events.). Check out old versions of this 2015 NFL Mock Draft in the archived mock draft section. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    The Buccaneers don't have to trade up anymore, as they have control of the top selection. I know for a fact that Tampa was more than willing to move up for a quarterback, but that's not necessary now that the Buccaneers are projected to have the first-overall pick. Thus, all speculation of them moving down is pretty pointless.

    It's not a matter of what position Tampa addresses, but rather which quarterback it takes. It's obviously between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, and I considered the former the favorite until recently. However, Charlie Campbell reported that the Buccaneers currently prefer Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota.

    I think they're crazy, but the Buccaneers apparently aren't worried about Winston going nuts in Ybor or at Mons Venus. The latter would have to rename itself Mons Jameis after Winston puts the owners' kids through college.

    Pick change; previously Marcus Mariota, QB

  2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
    Both Chris Mortensen and Jim Wyatt have reported that Tennessee is set to go "all in" with Zach Mettenberger next season. While that's definitely accurate right now, things may change once the Titans' front office gets to know either Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Plus, that report may have come from the coaching staff, which is more than likely to back its current player.

    I feel more confident about mocking Mariota to the Titans than Winston, given ownership's emphasis on character. Mariota isn't an ideal fit for Ken Whisenhunt's offense, but there have been many examples of coaches taking talent over system fits in the past. Take Andy Reid drafting Donovan McNabb, for example. The need for a franchise signal-caller trumps everything.

    Pick change; previously Jameis Winston, QB

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC
    The Jaguars need offensive line help much more than another player on the defensive front, but reaching for an inferior prospect to fill a hole would not be wise, and it's something teams usually don't do anyway. It would be in Jacksonville's best interest to trade down, but that may not be possible.

    Leonard Williams is the top prospect on the board, and the Jaguars will not pass on him if he's available. He'll improve an area of strength; he'll make the pass rush that much better, which could mask some of the liabilities in the back seven. Williams would serve the Michael Bennett role in Gus Bradley's defense.



  4. Oakland Raiders: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
    The Raiders ended up winning too many games, so they can no longer trade down. It's a shame, because they could've really used the extra picks more than any other team. In this scenario, they can't even get Leonard Williams, who told the Raiders that he wanted to play for them.

    Randy Gregory is not a bad consolation prize. The Raiders spent last year's first-round pick on a pass-rusher, but Gregory and Khalil Mack could play together, much like what the Broncos have set up. Oakland needs to get past Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, and it can do that by applying as much pressure as possible on the quarterback.

    Amari Cooper is an option as well, if available, but I have Gregory higher on my board.

  5. Washington Redskins: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Redskins are not filling a primary need at all. Brian Orakpo is heading for free agency, but they still have Ryan Kerrigan and 2014 second-rounder Trent Murphy. However, Shane Ray is the best player on the board, so I don't think Washington will be able to pass on him, given how this has played out with Ronnie Stanley headed back to school. Besides, the Redskins can rotate three talented pass-rushers, and Ray will give them depth at a key position.

  6. New York Jets: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
    The poor Jets missed out on Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, though in the scenario in which I have Tennessee passing on Mariota, I have New York taking him. If the Jets don't trade up for either, perhaps they'll target Brett Hundley in the second round. In the meantime, they can take one of the top prospects on the board, and that would be Amari Cooper.

    Cooper, who is on the same level as A.J. Green and Julio Jones, will provide a big upgrade in the receiving corps; the unreliable Percy Harvin may not be on the team next year with John Idzik gone. Speaking of Idzik, I have all the coach and GM firing grades here.





  7. Chicago Bears: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
    The Bears could go with a defensive end, especially if Shane Ray slips to them, which is what happened in my previous update. However, they'll also consider Landon Collins, who is far and away the top safety in this class. Collins would fill a big need for the Bears on the back end. The safety position has been atrocious and needs to be upgraded.

  8. Atlanta Falcons: Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
    The Falcons can't be too upset with obtaining Jake Matthews at No. 6 overall this past May - he bounced back well from an injury that caused him to struggle in the middle of the season - but they were one pick away from landing Khalil Mack, who has been great for the Raiders thus far. Here's their new edge rusher.

  9. New York Giants: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
    The Giants will consider taking a left tackle with this selection. There's no telling how much longer William Beatty will be around, given his contract status (due about $19 million over the next three years). In the meantime, Ereck Flowers can start at right tackle, which would allow Justin Pugh to move inside to upgrade one of the guard spots. Flowers would then ultimate move into the blind-side spot once Beatty moves on. Check out the NFL Draft Rumor Mill, where Charlie reported a month that Flowers has received top-20 grades.

    Pick change; previously Andrus Peat, OT



  10. St. Louis Rams: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
    The Rams still have some holes on their offensive line. Jake Long's health is a serious concern, so there's a hole at the guard spot that Greg Robinson previously occupied. Meanwhile, right tackle Joseph Barksdale is set to hit free agency this spring. Here's a solution for either dilemma.

    Pick change; previously Ereck Flowers, OT

  11. Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Scherff, OT/G, Iowa
    Matt Kalil was a human turnstile this past year, but he dealt with an injury. He'll almost definitely get one more chance next season. Brandon Scherff could be drafted as insurance, though. In the meantime, Scherff can take over at the left guard position, which has been problematic for quite some time.

  12. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
    The Browns were atrocious against the run to close out the season. Part of the reason for that was incompetent play from the defensive line. It didn't help that Phil Taylor, who struggled early, missed the second half of the year with a knee injury. He has literally been a huge disappointment. The same goes for Ahtyba Rubin.

    Pick change; previously Kevin White, WR



  13. New Orleans Saints: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
    The Saints had major defensive issues this past season. Some of their players couldn't tackle whatsoever. They'll almost certainly take the best defensive player available. That could be a cornerback; Patrick Robinson and Corey White, weren't able to cover anyone.

  14. Miami Dolphins: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
    Mike Wallace had two failed seasons in Miami. He quit on the team a couple of times last year, and owner Stephen Ross indicated that the speedy receiver won't be back. If Wallace is released, the Dolphins will have to find a new No. 1 receiver.

    Pick change; previously Eddie Goldman, DT

  15. San Francisco 49ers: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
    The 49ers are really hurting for receiving help. Michael Crabtree, a huge disappointment this past year, will probably be gone this offseason. Anquan Boldin has played well, but he can't possibly play at a high level much longer. Stevie Johnson proved to be a bust. Receiver is one of the positions San Francisco will be targeting at No. 15.

  16. Houston Texans: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
    Todd Gurley to the Texans!? Don't they have Arian Foster? Sure, but Foster is usually banged up, and Todd Gurley, despite his injury, would be too good for Houston to pass up at No. 16. The Texans don't have a quarterback, and it doesn't look like they'll be able to get one this offseason, so they better make sure they can run the hell out of the ball. Foster is too injury-prone and unreliable, so having Gurley in the backfield to split the carries would solidify that aspect of Houston's offense.


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