Now that the 2014 NFL Season has ended and the Senior Bowl and Shrine Game are over, it's time for an updated mock draft. I plan on ultimately building a complete, 7 round mock, and will be after the combine, since it'll be easier to project where players will ultimately fall at that point. For now, a first round Mock:
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the first overall pick of the 2015 draft, the Buccaneers select QB Jameis Winston, Florida State. Tampa Bay has a big need at QB, and Winston is the best player at the position in this year's draft. Tampa Bay will gladly take him here.
2. Tennessee Titans. The Jets could trade up to #1 or #2 overall, and will need to if they want to get one of the top two QBs in the draft. They don't in this mock, and the Titans upgrade their glaring hole at QB with Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars could go a number of directions with this pick. They could use some new defensive talent, but Blake Bortles would love a true #1 WR to throw to. They could go Amari Cooper here. However, Leonard Williams is just too good of a talent to pass up. The Jaguars will select Leonard Williams, DE, USC with this pick.
4. Oakland Raiders. The Raiders also need a receiver, and would love Amari Cooper. They need a solid #1 WR, among other things. Lucky for them, Cooper falls to them, and Carr gets a new toy. The pick? Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama.
5. Washington Redskins. The Redskins need help on their O-line, and one of the best offensive line prospects in the league is on the board. They nab him, adding Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa with this pick.
6. New York Jets. The Jets lost their shot at an elite QB prospect, and will wait until later in the draft or free agency to address the position. They also might like to add a WR that will stay healthy for an entire season. Harvin is good, but he has injury issues. Kevin White would make this WR corps scary, and any QB in this offense would be primed for success. The pick? WR Kevin White, West Virginia.
7. Chicago Bears. The Bears are transitioning to a 3-4 and need new defensive personnel to fill out their new system. They'll bypass on DT Danny Shelton and instead select OLB Randy Gregory, Nebraska.
8. Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons also need help on defense. They'll pull the trigger quickly here with some of the best defensive prospects in the draft still on the board. The pick? Shane Ray, DE, Missouri.
9. New York Giants. The Giants need help on defense. They'll opt for the best defensive tackle in the 2015 NFL draft. The pick? DT Danny Shelton, Washington.
10. St. Louis Rams. The Rams may consider moving on from Sam Bradford after this season. However, this season, the Rams will give him one more chance to prove he belongs as the starter. They could grab a WR here, but with La'El Collins, OT, LSU, on the board, they'll select him to protect their often-injured QB.
11. Minnesota Vikings. I'm projecting a move from Adrian Peterson here. If Peterson stays, the Vikings won't go RB here. However, if Adrian Peterson is gone, then the Vikings select Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin.
12. Cleveland Browns. Say it with me. The Cleveland Browns need a WR. The Cleveland Browns need a WR. THE CLEVELAND BROWNS NEED A WR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you listening? Even if the Browns front office refuses to acknowledge that need, I'm projecting them to pick a WR here. The pick? Devante Parker, WR, Louisville. Are you listening Cleveland? Get your QB a WR.
13. New Orleans Saints. The Saints need help on defense. With OLB Dante Fowler, Florida available, they'll tag him here. Expect them to grab a CB later in the draft.
14. Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins need help in a few spots. The could go WR here, or RB, or defensive back. They could go for Bud Dupree here, but with the best safety in the draft still on the board, they'll grab him. The pick? Landon Collins, SS, Alabama.
15. San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers need help in a few spots, but offensive line is a glaring hole. TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh will fall after a rough Senior Bowl week, and the 49ers will grab him here.
16. Houston Texans. The Texans are in a tough spot. They badly need a QB, but they draft too late to grab an elite prospect. When the second round hits, the second tier of QB prospects will also possibly be decimated. I could see the Texans trading back towards the end of the first round and taking a QB there, or they pull the trigger early and "reach" for one. That being said, they could also turn their defense into an elite unit with a few nice picks in this year's draft. They have that opportunity in this spot. I think they gamble and hope that a QB will fall to them in the second, and opt for Alvin "Bud" Dupree, OLB, Kentucky.
17. San Diego Chargers. The Chargers have a few holes. They could go CB here, or grab an offensive lineman, or a defensive tackle. If a solid DT prospect falls to them, they could bite. If a solid CB falls, they could bite. They'll have their choice of both here, and opt for CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State.
18. Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs need WRs that score TDs! They'll try to address that here, even though they could also opt for OL help. The pick? Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn, who had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and has been compared to current Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe by some scouts.
19. Cleveland Browns. The Browns have already grabbed a WR in this draft, and may seek an upgrade at inside linebacker. While Denzel Perryman is the better prospect at the position in my opinion, scouts are high on Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State.
20. Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles need secondary help. The could go a different direction here, such as trading up for Mariota, but if they stay, they'll grab the best defensive back on the board. They'll take CB Jalen Collins, LSU here.
21. Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals find themselves in a good position here, with top prospects available on both the defensive line and at linebacker. With Rey Maualuga in a contract year, the Bengals "reach" for one of the best inside linebackers in the draft to replace him, selecting Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers. Last year, the Steelers grabbed an outstanding LB in Ryan Shazier. Their front office can't believe their eyes with OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson, still on the board, and run to Goodell with the envelope holding their pick.
23. Detroit Lions. If N'damukong Suh leaves via free agency, expect a DT here. Suh will likely leave, so the Lions will grab Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon, one of the best DTs in the draft, here.
24. Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals opt to upgrade their already strong defensive unit here. The pick? Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington.
25. Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton can be a great QB...when he has time to stay on his feet. The Panthers need to address their woefully bad offensive line play in the draft this year. They do, grabbing Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M.
26. Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens could use help in a few places. First, they could use help on defense. Second, if Torrey Smith leaves, they could grab a WR here. However, their biggest need right now is at running back. Thanks to injury, they'll have a shot at a guy that used to be projected as a top 10 pick. The pick? Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia.
27. Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys will likely keep Dez Bryant, who wants to stay with the team. That being said, they'll need to replace DeMarcus Ware after losing him as a cap casualty last season. They also need help at CB. However, the defensive line depth here is far too good to pass up, and the way the draft is falling here, the Cowboys have a chance at an elite prospect. They'll get one in Malcom Brown, DT, Texas.
28. Denver Broncos. Gary Kubiak likes Tight Ends. Peyton Manning likes throwing to tight ends. The Broncos may keep tight end Julius Thomas, but might opt for a nice hybrid WR/TE pick in this year's draft. The pick? WR/TE Devin Funchess, Michigan.
29. Indianapolis Colts. The Colts need help along the offensive line. With OT Andrus Peat, Stanford, still on the board, they'll get a good fit with fellow Stanford alum Andrew Luck. This pick is one of the steals of the draft.
30. Green Bay Packers. The Packers could have opted for a Lb here, but the top inside linebackers are off the board. At that point they either jump on an OLB/pass rusher like Kikaha or Orchard, or go DT. I think they lean towards one of the best DTs in the draft, and select Carl Davis, DT, Iowa.
31. Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks need a wide receiver. They could go another position here, but I think the Seahawks jump on a WR in a stacked class here. My guess looking at the board? Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State.
32. New England Patriots. The Patriots have a few very solid defensive tackle prospects staring them in the face at 32 overall. They also need help at CB with Revis potentially leaving after this season. The defensive tackle depth is better here though, so the Patriots go DT. The pick? Jordan Phillips, DT/NT, Oklahoma.
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