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2015 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
    The Buccaneers don't have to trade up anymore, as they have control of the top selection. I know for a fact that Tampa is 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.

    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, but the former is the favorite because he's much cleaner off the field. It would be nice if the Buccaneers didn't have to worry about Winston going nuts in Ybor or at Mons Venus.

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  2. Tennessee Titans: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    I've held off on giving the Titans a quarterback because I wanted to see how Zach Mettenberger would fare when given the opportunity. Mettenberger, who looked great in the preseason, finally got his chance, but hasn't been very promising. The Titans need a franchise quarterback to turn things around.

    There is so much controversy surrounding Jameis Winston, from the alleged sexual assault, to the crab legs, to the autographs, to his suspension for shouting a stupid meme in the student union (funny that the old farts running Florida State didn't know what it meant). However, Winston is too talented not to go high in the first round.

    I've heard sentiments that the Titans won't consider Winston because of his character issues, but I heard the same thing about Jerry Richardson and Cam Newton. Ultimately, Tennessee will fall in love with one of the quarterbacks.

  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.

    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.



  4. Oakland Raiders: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
    The Raiders have won 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.

    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, but I have Gregory higher on my board. It may not matter though; if the Jaguars beat the Titans, Oakland will have the third pick, where it'll take Leonard Williams for sure. Williams has already told the Raiders that he would like to play for them.

  5. Washington Redskins: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
    The Redskins are passing on Shane Ray for a slightly inferior prospect, but they're set at outside linebacker. Also, they haven't been able to protect very well. It's highly disconcerting that third-round rookie Morgan Moses hasn't been able to find his way into the starting lineup despite the team's issues at right tackle. Moses finally started at San Francisco, and he was abysmal.

    There's talk that Andrus Peat will return to school, whereas Ronnie Stanley, who has been incredible this year, asked the draft advisory committee for his projected grade.

  6. New York Jets: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
    The poor Jets missed out on Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. If they don't trade up for either - I don't see the Buccaneers and Titans giving up those spots - 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, where Percy Harvin has failed.





  7. Atlanta Falcons: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Falcons can't be too upset with obtaining Jake Matthews at No. 6 overall this past May - he has bounced back well from an injury that caused him to struggle - 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.

    Pick change; previously Vic Beasley, DE/OLB

  8. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT/G, Iowa
    The Giants will consider taking a left tackle with this selection. There's no telling how much longer William Beatty will be around, given that he's always injured. In the meantime, Brandon Scherff can start at right tackle, which would allow Justin Pugh to move inside to upgrade one of the guard spots.

    Pick change; previously Shane Ray, DE/OLB

  9. Chicago Bears: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
    Chicago's issues at the safety position have been well-documented, so I doubt the front office would hesitate to draft a player at that position early on. Landon Collins is the top prospect available, and the Bears wouldn't waste too much time handing in their card if the Alabama safety fell to them.



  10. Carolina Panthers: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
    The Panthers likely will select the top available player from the tackle or receiver position. Those are their two big areas of need. Kevin White figures to be a great complement across from Kelvin Benjamin.

    Pick change; previously Brandon Scherff, OT

  11. Minnesota Vikings: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
    If the Vikings can't obtain Landon Collins, they'd also consider another back-seven prospect in Shaq Thompson. Minnesota has had issues in its linebacking corps this season, and Chad Greenway, 32 in January, is no longer the player he once was. He's due $7 million in a contract year in 2015.

  12. St. Louis Rams: Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
    The top players on the board don't really make sense for the Rams here, so I'm going to have them bolster a strength. Adding another pass-rusher will make their defensive line that much better, and it'll give them a future option, as Chris Long, 30 in March, is due more than $20 million over the next two years.

    Pick change; previously La'El Collins, OT/G



  13. Houston Texans: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
    The Texans wanted to address cornerback depth in the previous offseason, but never got around to it. Perhaps they will this spring after seeing how poorly their corners performed this season.

    Pick change; previously Kevin White, WR

  14. Cleveland Browns: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
    The Browns almost have to draft a receiver with one of their many early picks, don't they? Having Miles Austin start for a second year just can't happen.

  15. Miami Dolphins: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
    Jared Odrick has played so well this year that he'll command lots of money in free agency this upcoming spring. The Dolphins may have to find a new defensive tackle as a consequence.

    Pick change; previously P.J. Williams, CB

  16. San Francisco 49ers: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    If the inconsistent Michael Crabtree leaves via free agency, the 49ers will definitely have to do something about the receiver position. They'd probably want an upgrade over Crabtree anyway, as he's been a big disappointment this season. Anquan Boldin, meanwhile, won't be able to do this much longer.


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