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2015 NFL REDRAFT
Published at 6/23/2020 11:23:13 PM
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New pick: Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
Original Pick: Jameis Winston, QB, FSU
I'm not sure what the Bucs do at QB after this new pick, but they just can't go QB after how poorly Winston and Mariota have played in the NFL. Hunter has established himself as one of the best young players in the NFL as he wreaks havoc off the edge. This pick changes the Bucs defense drastically as they now have a perennial pro bowler off the edge.
New Pick: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Original Pick: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The Titans could go a number of ways here, but the one thing their offense has lacked for years is a great passing attack. It wasn't until 2020 that they finally got a WR that has all-star potential (AJ Brown) but Brown and Cooper could form one of the league's best WR tandems and give this offense another scary aspect.
New Pick: Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
Original Pick: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
Another team that could go a number of ways in the re-draft, this time, the Jags opt for O-line over D-line and take the best o-lineman from this draft in Brandon Scherff. The Jags have built up a really nice defense that doesn't involve Fowler and so they get Scherff to be a cornerstone on the O-line as their current O-line is terrible.
New Pick: Byron Jones, CB, UCONN
Original Pick: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Amari Cooper did not pan out after all with the Raiders but re-ignited his career with the Cowboys, so in the redraft, the Raiders fill their biggest need and go with Jones out of UCONN at corner. Jones is a long corner with great ball-skills and hops that are unearthly.
New Pick: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Original Pick: Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
The Redskins likely would have kept their pick in the re-draft, but Scherff is already off the board, so the Redskins now opt to take nasty CB Marcus Peters out of UW. Peters had a great start to his career before being traded to the Rams where he wasn't good. He then was traded to Baltimore where he picked up right where he had been before in KC. The Redskins get a ball-hawking corner who will take their wide open CB1 spot. This would be a big add for the Skins.
New Pick: Frank Clark, DE, Michigan
Original Pick: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
At the time, the Jets seemed like they got a steal with Williams at 6, but he has turned out to be somewhat of a bust and so in the redraft, the Jets get a DE that panned out in Frank Clark. Clark has been a beast since he was drafted and has a double digit sack season and a super bowl ring to his name. The Jets would be overjoyed to add him to their defense in the re-draft.
New Pick: Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
Original Pick: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Another situation where a team takes a different player than before but the same position as the Bears now stick with a WR but go Diggs this time. Kevin White couldn't stay on the field due to injuries and is now out of the NFL whereas Diggs has cemented himself as one of the best receivers in football after falling to the 5th round. The Bears make sure he doesn't go to their NFC North foe in the re-draft.
New Pick: Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
Original Pick: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
Jarrett ended up with the Falcons in the 2015 draft, just not early on. In a re-draft, the Falcons need to snag Jarrett here to make sure they don't lose out on him. He's been a force on their defense in the middle and in the run-stuffing game and the Falcons are glad to keep him in the re-draft.
New Pick: Za'Darius Smith, OLB/DE, Kentucky
Original Pick: Ereck Flowers, OL, Miami
While the Giants could get a new player for the O-line in the re-draft, they opt to go with one of the best players available in Za'Darius Smith who has came on to become one of the best edge rushers in the NFL. The Giants have been lacking a stud off the edge for years and Smith can fill that role right away and could transform the Giants D altogether like Khalil Mack has done for Chicago.
New Pick: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Original Pick: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Another team that could go in any direction with their new pick, I have the Rams going with Kendricks who is coming from UCLA (perfect match). Kendricks has become one of the best MLB's in football and would be a position the Rams would love to get a massive upgrade at. This pick could really elevate their defense as Kendricks is an absolute field general on defense.
New Pick: Preston Smith, OLB/DE, Ole Miss
Original Pick: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
The Vikings have really taken a hit from this re-draft as they have lost Danielle Hunter (rdrfted no.1) and Eric Kendricks (rdrfted no. 10) but this pick can help them drown their sorrows. Preston Smith broke out this past season in Green Bay as a sack machine and he will be able to be the Vikings premier pass rusher especially now that Danielle Hunter will be gone.
New Pick: Benardrick McKinney, LB, Miss. St.
Original Pick: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
The Browns have so much talent on their team, now they just need to mold it together. However, their weakest position is LB and McKinney is the perfect player to help fill the gap. McKinney has been another stud field general in the NFL and could quickly become one of the Browns defensive leaders. This is a great re-draft pick for Cleveland.
Re-draft pick is same as original: Andrus Peat, OL, Stanford
It took 13 picks, but finally a team stays with their original selection. Peat has been a cornerstone o-lineman in New Orleans and has helped the offense blossom into one of the league's best in recent years. He recently signed a big extension and will be in NOLA for the long haul.
Re-draft pick is same as original: Devante Parker, WR, Louisville
After starting with none of the same picks, we now have back to back teams sticking with their original selections. Devante Parker took some time, but in 2019-20, he finally broke out and had over 1000 receiving yards as Miami took strides to looking like they could become good again soon. Parker looks like he will be the WR1 on this team for years to come as the Fins' stick with the Parker pick in the re-draft.
New Pick: Trent Brown, OT, Florida
Original Pick: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
After taking Melvin Gordon who was coming off of one of the most prolific college careers for an RB in history, they take a player who originally went in the 7th round in the re-draft. Trent Brown established himself as a top O-lineman in the NFL quickly and then got PAID. The Chargers have a glaring need for OL and Brown easily slides in as someone who can fill the gap in the re-draft.
New Pick: Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU
Original Pick, Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
After losing Benardrick McKinney to the Browns in this re-draft, they replace him quickly with another stud MLB in Kwon Alexander. Alexander was great early in his career on Tampa Bay and then he signed for big money with the 49ers where he was again, a centerpiece on the defense. He fills the newly made gap from Benardrick McKinney in the re-draft.