Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Joey Bosa, DE/3-4OLB, Ohio State
The Buccaneers moved into the top spot after their dreadful showing against the Titans. They beat the Saints, but the victory was less impressive once it was revealed that Drew Brees was injured. The Houston game was pitiful, with Alfred Blue trampling all over them, and the Carolina defeat was equally dreadful. Tampa has major problems everywhere, including the defensive line, which needs someone to complement Gerald McCoy's pass rush and help out against the run. Joey Bosa seems like the obvious solution.
Charlie Campbell recently reported that Joey Bosa is regarded by some as a 5-7 overall player; not a top prospect as many believe he is. You can read all about it in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill. However, the one caveat is that Bosa could rise in a weaker class, and I have to think the Buccaneers would love to grab him in an attempt to improve their underwhelming defense.
Rd. 1, Pk. 5
Joey Bosa, DE/3-4OLB, Ohio State
The Jaguars add a rusher to complete a dangerous defensive line. A front comprised of Bosa, Dante Fowler, Jared Odrick and SenDerrick Marks could be very hard on quarterbacks.
After missing the season opener with a suspension, Bosa has totaled 13 tackles with 2.5 for a loss and .5 sacks in three games.
During 2014, Bosa recorded 55 tackles with 13.5 sacks, 21 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and a pass defended. He simply lived in opponents' backfields. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder has speed to go with natural strength. He possesses a serious burst off the snap and is fast to turn the corner. The sophomore also showed good hands to shed blocks while working upfield.
Bosa was one of the best freshmen in 2013, and his talent was obvious. He racked up 44 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and one forced fumble that season.
Pick change; previously Vernon Hargreaves III, CB
Rd. 1, Pk. 14
Robert Nkemdiche, DE/3-4DE, Ole Miss
The Giants grab a potential replacement for Jason Pierre-Paul.
This season after four games, Nkemdiche has 25 tackles, 5.5 for a loss and one sack, plus he caught a 31-yard touchdown pass. In 2014, Nkemdiche recorded 35 tackles with two sacks. He flashed, but lacked consistency. As a freshman, Nkemdiche totaled 34 tackles with two sacks and eight tackles for a loss. He was considered to be the No. 1 player in the nation in the 2013 recruiting class.
Nkemdiche (6-4, 296) has a tremendous skill set with the speed and agility of a linebacker. For the NFL, there is no doubt that he has the ability to be a disruptive presence at the point of attack. Nkemdiche is a tremendous run defender. NFL sources say that while Nkemdiche has a great skill set, he isn't a natural pass-rusher, and that can be seen in his sack production. If Nkemdiche can improve his pass-rush production over the course of this season, that will help his hopes of being a high first-rounder.
Rd. 1, Pk. 16
Shilique Calhoun, DE/3-4OLB, Michigan State
The Raiders could use a pass-rusher to pair with Khalil Mack. Before long, Mack is going to see a ton of double-teams, so having another rusher will be a necessity.
In 2015, Calhoun has 4.5 sacks, 14 tackles, five for a loss and a pass batted. His pass-rushing moves and overall play look improved over last year. For the next level, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Calhoun could stand to add some weight and functional strength, plus further expand his repertoire of pass-rushing moves.
After a slow start to 2014, Calhoun started playing better. The junior speed rusher recorded 39 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks and a forced fumble for the year.
Calhoun was one of the top players on Michigan State's superb defense in 2013. For the year, he recorded 37 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Pick change; previously Ronnie Stanley, OT
Rd. 1, Pk. 21
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/3-4OLB/3-4DE, Oklahoma State
Carolina has bigger needs on the offensive line and at receiver, but the value isn't at either position in this mock. The Panthers also could use an upgrade at defensive end after losing Greg Hardy. Kony Ealy, Charles Johnson and Wes Horton have a grand total of one sack this season - courtesy of Johnson.
To open 2015, Ogbah has 18 tackles, 6.5 for a loss and 4.5 sacks. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder broke out for the Cowboys in 2014 with 11 sacks, 49 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five passes batted. He has speed to go with size. As a freshman in 2013, Ogbah recorded four sacks and 20 tackles while rotating into the game.
Michael Johnson was one and done with the Buccaneers, while Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers were busts. George Johnson could answer one spot, but Tampa Bay needs another end to pair with Gerald McCoy.
In 2015, Oakman has 11 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, two sacks and one forced fumble. He missed the season opener with a suspension. He notched 48 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, three passes batted and three forced fumbles in 2014, but the 6-foot-9, 280-pounder cooled down as the season progressed.
Many teams anticipated that Oakman would enter the 2015 NFL Draft, and according to multiple teams, they were grading him on Day 2. They felt he lacks instincts and technique, so he needs development. In some ways, Oakman is similar athlete and prospect to Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt, a second-round pick in 2013.
Oakman looks like a great fit as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense or base end in a 4-3 defense. Sources said teams have some off-the-field concerns with Oakman that date back to his time at Penn State, and he didn't help that with his suspension to start 2015.
Pick change; previously LeRaven Clark, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 26
Jonathan Allen, DE/3-4OLB, Alabama
Unless Margus Hunt breaks out, the Bengals could use a potential replacement for the underachieving Michael Johnson.
Allen has had a strong start to the 2015 season with three sacks, seven tackles and two passes batted. He totaled 33 tackles with 11.5 for a loss and 5.5 sacks the year before. In a 4-3 scheme, the 6-foot-3, 288-pounder could play end on running downs and move inside in passing situations. He also could serve as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense.
The Cowboys more interior defensive line talent for Rod Marinelli.
Day has nine tackles, four for a loss and two sacks so far in 2015. He has been very impressive and disruptive for Notre Dame. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder was a disruptive presence for Notre Dame in 2014. Day totaled 40 tackles with 7.5 for a loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and two passes batted that season. He played better than the numbers indicate, too. Day has some natural strength and athleticism.
Justin Tuck and Kahlil Mack are listed as the DEs on the First Depth Chart. By Drafting Joey Bosa,Mack will shift back to the STUD Linebacker that he is.With Bosa's Versatile speed and size The Raiders Defense will start looking like a success.Oakland will likely not have a top ten pick if cooper is a first year success
With Passing up on Leonard Williams last year with good measure in getting your hope full Franchise Quarterback in Marcus Mariota,Having Nkemidiche joining Jurell Casey and picking up Orakpo in F/A to join Avery Williamson can help make these Defense one of the better ones around Talent Wise
Once considered a 1st round prospect for the 2015 draft, Calhoun smartly returned to school for his senior year as he didn’t quite meet those expectations. He’s using this extra year to add to his arsenal of pass-rush moves, coupling this with his fluid movement to help overcome his lack of power. Cameron Wake still may have a good season or two left in him, but Miami could potentially fail to re-sign Olivier Vernon. With Dion Jordan getting more suspensions than sacks in after his rookie season, it would be a great idea for Miami to add insurance on the edge, even if they do re-sign Vernon
Okay. This is kind of a weird, but very intriguing pick. The Bengals are in a position to take whomever they want at this stage, so they grab someone surprisingly mobile for a 6’8” defensive end. He can rotate with Cincinnati’s 2 main edge rushers and come off the edge with power, while potentially spelling the starting defensive tackles to keep them fresh. He has a lot of upside and the Bengals can afford to make this pick, but Oakman is still a risky selection, since NFL level tackles could find ways to handle him with ease compared to some other prospects.
Losing Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in one offseason left the interior defensive line as a shell of its former self. Haloti Ngata makes for a great addition, but Detroit could still use some help. I considered Buckner to be better than Arik Armstead last year (not a popular opinion, but irrelevant at this juncture), so I definitely see Buckner as a surefire 1st round pick at this point. He’s incredibly agile and could contribute either as a DT or on the edge for Detroit. He may not produce incredible pass-rushing numbers, but his presence will help make the whole defensive line more effective.