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2015 NFL Draft Re-Mock
This is a 2015 NFL Draft Re-Mock. I'm going back to 2015 and re-distributing all of the 2015 NFL Draft prospects to all of the teams in the 2015 NFL Draft order. This 2015 NFL Draft Re-Mock is based on how these players have performed in their careers, as well as the needs each team had back in 2015.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: La'el Collins, G/OT, LSU Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Jameis Winston, QB My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jameis Winston, QB
The 2015 NFL Draft wasn't horrible as a whole, but the first round was very underwhelming. Just 10 opening-round players qualified for the Pro Bowl, and three of them are Jameis Winston, Vic Beasley and Andrus Peat. There were far better picks in the middle rounds. In fact, the top player of this re-mock wasn't even drafted!
That player would be La'el Collins. He was considered a first-round prospect, but he went undrafted because he was tied to a murder investigation at the time. Luckily for Collins, he was so good for Dallas that he received a massive contract. The Buccaneers, unable to select a franchise quarterback at this spot, address tackle, which they ended up doing with Donovan Smith in Round 2.
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Tennessee Titans: Za'Darius Smith, DE/OLB, Kentucky Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Marcus Mariota, QB My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Marcus Mariota, QB
The Titans also drafted a pedestrian quarterback atop the 2015 NFL Draft. They would not make the same mistake again if they had a second chance.
Tennessee had a solid pass rush back in 2015, as it possessed Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan on the edge. However, Za'Darius Smith was one of the top players in this class, so Tennessee's defense would've been much better if Smith, Orakpo and Morgan were able to rush the passer in a terrific rotation.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Danielle Hunter, DE/OLB, LSU Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Dante Fowler, DE My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Dante Fowler, DE
The Jaguars would also be interested in an edge rusher. They drafted one, after all, when they selected Dante Fowler third overall. Fowler was a big disappointment for them, so they would've been better off going with Danielle Hunter, who has developed into one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL.
Oakland Raiders: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Amari Cooper, WR My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Leonard Williams, DT
Amari Cooper ended up being one of the better players from the 2015 NFL Draft, but he didn't live up to his talent level in Oakland. He dropped plenty of passes and quit on his team. They traded him for a first-round pick, which they used on defensive back Johnathan Abram. Here's another player for their ailing secondary.
Washington Redskins: Shaq Mason, G/C, Georgia Tech Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Brandon Scherff, G My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Amari Cooper, WR
The Redskins were criticized for selecting Brandon Scherff, but it turned out to be a great pick. Don't look for the media to ever give Bruce Allen credit for this. Journalists hate the man, so they will never focus on any of the many positives he was responsible for in his tenure.
Scherff would be a nice pick in this re-mock, but Shaq Mason ended up being a better player at the position.
New York Jets: Trey Flowers, DE/OLB, Arkansas Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Leonard Williams, DE/DT My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Bud Dupree, DE/OLB
The Jets have neglected their edge rush for years. I mocked Bud Dupree to them, but they ended up going with Leonard Williams. That would've been a good pick, but I imagine the Jets would prefer Trey Flowers after he wrecked their offensive line twice per year when he was with the Patriots.
Chicago Bears: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Kevin White, WR My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Kevin White, WR
I forgot Kevin White existed. What a truly, utterly horrible draft pick. I have to believe the Bears would've selected Amari Cooper had he fallen to them. That's exactly what happened in this re-mock.
Atlanta Falcons: Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB
The Falcons found an absolute steal in Grady Jarrett atop the fifth round in the 2015 NFL Draft. They obviously wouldn't be able to wait so long for him in this re-mock. Jarrett has become one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL, so he'd be a top-10 selection if this were redone.
New York Giants: Trent Brown, OT, Florida Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Ereck Flowers, OT My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Brandon Scherff, G
Ereck Flowers was not a good pick either, but at least he started in 2019. The Giants, if given the second chance, would undoubtedly opt for a far better tackle in Trent Brown.
St. Louis Rams: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Todd Gurley, RB My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Ereck Flowers, OT
This is a tough one. Todd Gurley helped the Rams reach the Super Bowl, but he now has arthritic knees, so his career could be cut short. I considered someone else for the Rams, but perhaps they'd select Gurley again and then make sure they upgraded their offensive line sooner than they did in real life.
Here's another fifth-round steal. Stefon Diggs somehow lasted until the middle of Day 3. Like the Falcons, the Vikings would have to obtain their steal much earlier than they did in reality.
Cleveland Browns: Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Danny Shelton, NT My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Danny Shelton, NT
Cleveland's top three receivers in the spring of 2015 were an ancient Dwayne Bowe, Taylor Gabriel and Brian Hartline. That's not exactly Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens! The Browns should target a talented wideout in this scenario.
New Orleans Saints: Brandon Scherff, OT/G, Iowa Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Andrus Peat, OT My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Trae Waynes, CB
Andrus Peat failed at tackle, so the Saints moved him inside to guard. He's been better there, but he's still pretty pedestrian overall. New Orleans would prefer another interior lineman instead.
Miami Dolphins: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: DeVante Parker, WR My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Todd Gurley, RB
The Dolphins had a weak safety group back in 2015, as Koa Misi was their starter in the middle of the defense. Eric Kendricks, who has developed into one of the better linebackers in the NFL, would've been a huge upgrade.
San Francisco 49ers: Landon Collins, S, Alabama Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Arik Armstead, DE/DT My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Arik Armstead, DE/DT
Arik Armstead makes sense in this re-mock, but he's not the best option. He took a long time to develop, so the 49ers would go elsewhere. I think they'd target a safety, given their need at the time. They ended up using a second-round pick on Jaquiski Tartt, so here's a better option.
Houston Texans: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Actual 2015 NFL Draft Pick: Kevin Johnson, CB My 2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Kevin Johnson, CB
Kevin Johnson was a huge bust, but that wouldn't deter the Texans from selecting another cornerback. Marcus Peters has been a hot head throughout his career, but he was one of the primary reasons why the Ravens boasted a great defense in 2019.