Seven Rounds. 256 Picks. All 32 teams. The 2015 NFL Draft starts on April 30th, and I've mocked every single pick. I will be right on some (hopefully most) of my picks, and wrong on some (hopefully very few) of them, but the pre-draft period is all about speculation. Curious to see who your team might take when they come to the podium? Check out my mock. I have not mocked any trades, so while teams might move around on draft day, I purposefully refrained from mocking trades since said trades have not, as of yet, occurred. Here's my mock, hope you enjoy! --Mike B.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State. Did you really expect me to put anyone else here? All signs point to Winston being the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. And why not? He's the best option at QB in a draft with very slim options at the position, and he fills a obvious need (albeit one of many) in Tampa Bay. Winston is the pick here.
2. Tennessee Titans. Leonard Williams, DL, USC. I could have put Shane Ray here too; the Titans are looking hard at defensive line prospects, with Ray and Williams receiving the most attention from their scouting department at this point. Most of the chatter around the league suggests that the Titans are willing to give Mettenberger a shot to prove himself. Even if they aren't, Mariota isn't the sure thing that you would like to draft at QB with the 2nd overall selection. While Mariota could go here and fill a need, I think the Titans stick to their guns and go with a defensive lineman here. I'm going with Williams since he's slightly more complete as a player.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars. Shane Ray, DE, Missouri. The Titans and Jaguars are both salivating over Shane Ray's talent as a prospect, and the board falls like this, I expect the Jaguars to pull the trigger on Ray, quickly. They'll be getting an elite defensive talent to fill out a defensive unit that already has a few nice pieces in place, including 2014 fifth round pick Telvin Smith, who surprised almost everyone (except for me) by having an extremely solid rookie season. This is a defensive unit that could actually become elite with one solid draft. Ray would help make that happen.
4. Oakland Raiders. Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida. With this pick, the Raiders solidify their defense for years to come. Fowler is an elite talent, and could be the best defensive player in the draft. I originally mocked Randy Gregory here, but with Gregory's issues recently, I think he falls. The Raiders would be happy with Fowler in Silver and Black.
5. Washington Redskins. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. This is the pick that makes Mel Kiper's hair suddenly go gray as he runs out of things to say for a moment. But, but, but...the Redskins mortgaged the future to draft RGIII. Yes, and RGIII is often injured, and has yet to establish himself as an unquestioned starting quarterback in Washington under two different coaching regimes. Oh, and the coach that drafted RGIII is gone now. Quarterback isn't the biggest need for the Redskins, not by a long shot (RGIII IS a capable starter), but this is a team that has some good pieces in place, and if Mariota is there, they could roll the dice on him. This pick would have the added benefit of keeping Mariota away from Philly, and Chip Kelly would likely hate the idea of facing Mariota twice a year (IF he is as sold on Mariota as the press thinks he is). This is a pick I may get wrong, but if it happens, you read it here first. Hold onto your butts, we have ourselves a controversial selection.
6. New York Jets. Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson. This just in. The Washington Redskins have forced the New York Jets to make an intelligent choice in the NFL Draft. The Jets front office is heartbroken after missing the chance to draft Mariota. They instead opt to shore up their defensive with one of the elite talents left on the board. I nearly mocked Kevin White or Amari Cooper here, and they could definitely select one of those players here, but Beasley is a good fit and fills a need, especially after the Jets signed WR Brandon Marshall.
7. Chicago Bears. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia. Speaking of Brandon Marshall....the Chicago Bears find his replacement here in Kevin White. Yes, I know the Bears have major holes in their defense, but if an elite WR is on the board (Cooper or White), I expect Chicago to bite. By keeping Cutler on roster, they have committed to pay him for the next TWO seasons unless they can work out a trade. At that point, the future of this coaching staff and GM depends heavily on his performance. Expect them to build around Cutler and give him the tools he needs to succeed. Kevin White and Alshonn Jeffery would be an outstanding tandem.
8. Atlanta Falcons. Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska. Randy Gregory dropped, but not that far. He lands with the Falcons at 8th overall, and Atlanta is thrilled to add him to their roster. He's a risk, but the Falcons could use him immediately. This move makes sense.
9. New York Giants. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa. The Giants have a need at DE as well, but Scherff is the best player available in a position of need for the Giants. After signing Shane Vereen, the Giants biggest holes are at defensive end and along the offensive line. Scherff fits here and could be an instant starter in New York.
10. St. Louis Rams. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama. This selection gives the Rams something they haven't had since the days of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce, a true #1 wide receiver. Tavon Austin is a great slot receiver, and they have some guys that could be solid #2 WRs, but Cooper would be huge for this team. The Rams will still need to add pieces to their offensive line, but this selection instantly makes the Rams a better team.
11. Minnesota Vikings. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington. The Vikings offense looks to be better this season with the addition of Mike Wallace and the likely return of Adrian Peterson. Next, they'll look to shore up their defense. Danny Shelton is the type of defensive prospect that could be a day-one starter in the NFL, and the Vikings won't pass on him here. Shelton could have gone way earlier some years, but this is a relatively deep draft defensively.
12. Cleveland Browns. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville. I thought about pairing Parker with his college teammate, Teddy Bridgewater, at pick 11, but alas, he falls to the NFL's factory of sadness, and is selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland needs many things (a coaching staff that can develop a QB, a new color of orange for their uniforms, etc.,), but their biggest hole is at WR, with Josh Gordon on double secret suspension after being banned again by Commissioner Goodell. Sooner or later, Gordon will run out of second chances. Even if he doesn't, the Browns need a WR with a chance to start 16 games in a year (even more than 16 if the Browns make the playoffs). Parker is a guy that could start 16 games in a season. If it's not Parker here, it will likely be another wide receiver.
13. New Orleans Saints. Malcom Brown, DT, Texas. The Saints have multiple holes heading into the draft, but defense is a huge question mark. Malcom Brown would be an instant upgrade to a unit that has struggled as of late. He's one of the best players on the board in a position of need for New Orleans, so expect them to pull the trigger here.
14. Miami Dolphins. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State. I agonized over this pick a little bit. Mckinney and Perryman are still on the board, but 14th overall is a bit earlier than they've been projected thus far (most analysts have them at the end of the first round or early 2nd round). They could grab a WR to pair with Kenny Stills, they could grab the top rated safety in the draft in Landon Collins, but Waynes fills a position of need and has the talent to step in and start. I also thought about Melvin Gordon here, but I expect Lamar Miller to pin down the starting gig in Miami moving forward. Waynes is the best fit on the board for Miami.
15. San Francisco 49ers. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami. I initially mocked Marcus Peters, the CB from Washington, here. However, with Chris Borland retiring, and with Perryman being heavily compared to both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, Perryman could be a fit for the 49ers at 15. The 49ers will take him here and he will be a day one starter in their defensive scheme. A bit high compared to where I've seen him projected, but this is an extremely realistic place for him to land. Expect Perryman as a starting linebacker in San Francisco in 2015.
16. Houston Texans. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma. This could be a reach on Green-Beckham, but after losing Andre Johnson, the Texans could opt for another young WR to pair with DeAndre Hopkins. Green-Beckham has tons of talent. Yes, he has character concerns, but with proper coaching, Hopkins and Green-Beckham will provide whoever wins the starting QB gig in Houston with a solid tandem to throw to.
17. San Diego Chargers. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. The Chargers need a running back after losing Ryan Matthews to the Eagles. Gordon is a perfect fit. The best RB in the 2015 draft class, Gordon finds himself in a spot where he can make an immediate impact. Yes, Gordon gets criticized because he does less in the passing game than some other prospects, but the Chargers don't need him to catch passes, that's what Danny Woodhead is for. Good, safe pick at #17. Let us pause for a moment of silence. The streak of drafts with no RBs selected in the first round is over.
18. Kansas City Chiefs. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State University. The Chiefs need a WR who can catch a touchdown pass. They added Jeremy Maclin, who should help, but Maclin is an injury risk, and the KC offense needs all the help it can get. While Jamaal Charles is a solid receiver out of the backfield, this is an anemic offense that needs help in multiple areas. .Strong fits here.
19. Cleveland Browns. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford. After finally drafting a WR in the first round, the Browns continue to shore up their offense with Andrus Peat. While the Browns apparently are strongly interested in La'El Collins as well, Peat is too good to pass up here. He's a good fit and helps shore up an already decent offensive line.
20. Philadelphia Eagles. Landon Collins, SS, Alabama. Chip Kelly wipes the tears from his eyes after missing out on Mariota and runs for the podium when he realizes that Collins is still on the board at 20. Collins is the best safety in the draft, and will immediately step in and make an impact on this defensive unit. Huge value for the Eagles.
21. Cincinnati Bengals. Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami. The Bengals will either draft an offensive or defensive lineman with this pick. With Flowers, they get arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft. With Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth both on the final year of their contract, and with Whitworth turning 34 in December, the Bengals could opt for Flowers to provide depth as an eventual starter at OT. They could also opt to draft Domata Peko's replacement with this pick (Eddie Goldman perhaps?).
22.Pittsburgh Steelers. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU. I expect the Steelers to upgrade their aging defense with this pick. Alvin Dupree could be an option here as well, but Collins fits one of many positions of need in Pittsburgh and will help Pittsburgh become younger on the defensive side of the ball. For what it's worth, the Steelers spent a lot of time with defensive backs at the Senior Bowl.
23. Detroit Lions. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State. Suh is gone and Nick Fairley is too. The Lions need to find their replacements. Goldman is the best defensive tackle left on the board, and if the Lions don't address DT in the first 2 rounds of the draft I will be surprised.
24. Arizona Cardinals. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia. The Cardinals reportedly want to add a running back this offseason, and Gurley is a value at 24 if he can return to his old form. He would have been a top 15 pick had he not gotten injured during his final season in college. The presence of Andre Ellington gives Gurley some extra time to recover, but Gurley will eventually become the starting running back in Arizona.
25. Carolina Panthers. La'El Collins, OT/G, LSU. The Panthers will have to give Cam Newton some more protection at some point early in this draft. Collins is one of the better offensive line prospects available, and could be a good fit for Carolina here.
26. Baltimore Ravens. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State. After losing Torrey Smith, Baltimore needs another deep threat WR. Smith is a speedy guy who can do just that, and the Ravens spent lots of time with him at the Senior Bowl. He could be a fit here.
27. Dallas Cowboys. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State. The Cowboys and Packers apparently showed a large amount of interest in McKinney at his pro day, and the Cowboys are in need of a linebacker capable of playing inside. McKinney could be a perfect fit here if they don't opt to reach for a running back.
28. Denver Broncos. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota. Peyton Manning loves his tight ends, and after the loss of Julius Thomas, you can expect the Broncos to draft his replacement early this year. Williams is likely the pick here if he lasts this late.
29. Indianapolis Colts. Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE, Kentucky. Dupree is a huge value at 29th overall, and Indy needs help defensively. If he's there this late, expect the Colts to pull the trigger. Indy could also opt for a WR to replace Reggie Wayne here.
30. Green Bay Packers. Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA. I initially had Denzel Perryman here, but with Perryman off the board to the 49ers, the 49ers grab Eric Kendricks instead. Kendricks is rated by some as the best inside linebacker in this year's draft (I disagree and am bullish on Perryman, but that's beside the point), and he'll be a good fit for the Packers' defense.
31. New Orleans Saints. Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan. After trading away Jimmy Graham for a first round pick, the Saints have found his replacement in Devin Funchess. Funchess, who performed far better at his Pro Day than he did at the combine, is the type of WR-TE hybrid that can fill the role vacated by Jimmy Graham in the Saints offense. Funchess could be a perfect fit here.
32. New England Patriots. Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon. Vince Wilfork and the Patriots parted ways after the 2014 NFL season. While the Patriots could go a number of ways here (Belichick never ceases to surprise), I expect them to draft a defensive tackle early. I almost mocked Eric Kendricks here, but the Patriots need a solid DT more than they need a LB. Armstead is my pick here.
1 (33). Tennessee Titans. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA. The Titans didn't bite on Mariota with the second overall pick, but they would be smart to bring in competition for Mettenberger in case he isn't the guy they want under center. Hundley brings a decent amount of upside at a discounted price compared to Mariota. He'll have to adjust to an NFL-style system, but for Tennessee, he's worth a shot in the second round.
2 (34). Tampa Bay Buccaneers. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh. The Buccaneers think that they now have their franchise quarterback in Winston. Now, they have to protect him. Clemmings isn't one of the few elite tackle prospects in this year's draft, but he is extremely serviceable as a potential starter. He's a good fit for them at the top of the second round.
3 (35). Oakland Raiders. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn. The Raiders have a lot of holes to fill, but sooner or later, they need to put pieces around Carr to give him a chance to succeed. Coates has had issues with drops, but he has the ability to be an explosive playmaker at the next level. He could be a fit in Oakland.
4 (36). Jacksonville Jaguars. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana. After upgrading their defense in the first round, the Jaguars turn their attention to the best running back left on the board. This offense has some good young pieces in place, but they need to add a true playmaking running back (as well as some other pieces, for example on the offensive line). None of their running backs showed the ability to be a dominant starter. Coleman might.
5 (37). New York Jets. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor. This is a bit of a reach for Petty, but he's climbing heading into the drafts. Mel Kiper is in love with him, and he does some things extremely well. He's going to need some development to be a solid every-down starter in the NFL, but that's what coaches are for. The Jets are in dire need of a quarterback....maybe. Either Geno Smith is the answer or he isn't. So far, he looks like he isn't. The Jets have been beaten to quarterbacks twice already in this draft (Winston and Mariota in the first, Hundley here). At this point, even given the talent on the board at other positions, they bite on Petty.
6 (38). Washington Redskins. Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia. This is a good move for the Redskins. Harold is one of the better defensive talents in the 2015 draft, and will immediately compete for playing time in the Redskins defense. After drafting Mariota in the first round, they may be able to trade RGIII to collect additional picks as well. The Redskins need help in multiple places, and an improved defense will make them more competitive in 2015.
7 (39). Chicago Bears. Cameron Erving, C, Florida State. Chicago should have gone defense here (as well as in the first round), but with the best interior lineman in the draft available in the second round, the Bears bite, and immediately replace Matt Garza in the center of the Chicago offensive line. This is a smart move for the Bears, but will leave them chasing defense later in the draft.
8 (40). New York Giants. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA. Odighizuwa is one of the more intriguing defensive talents in the draft. His combine performance was explosive, suggesting that Owamagbe Odighizuwa has the potential to be an elite pass rusher at the next level with proper coaching. Odighizuwa also wins the Houshmandzadeh-Fuamatu-Ma'Afala prize for most confusing NFL Draft name in 2015. The Giants love pass rushers, and Odighizuwa has the chance to succeed in New York.
9 (41). St. Louis Rams. D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida. Sam Bradford had one huge problem during his time with the Rams. Injuries. Call him injury prone if you'd like, but many of those injuries stemmed from an abhorrent lack of offensive line and wide receiver talent. Bradford's replacement in St. Louis will not only have a true #1 WR to throw to, he'll also have a top notch offensive tackle prospect to keep him upright. Humphries is a great pick here.
10 (42). Atlanta Falcons. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest. The Falcons defense is about as strong as France's in 1940. This is a team in dire need of defensive talent for 2015. Kevin Johnson is a first round caliber cornerback available in the second round. This is a good move for the Falcons.
11 (43). Cleveland Browns. Breshard Perriman, WR, UCF. TWO wide receivers in the first two rounds? Ok, maybe I'm going a little bit crazy at this position for Cleveland. Let's step into an alternate universe for a moment, a universe where the Cleveland Browns actually want to succeed. Drafting Perriman and Parker both in the first two rounds would force Johnny Manziel to succeed or give the team an entirely legitimate reason to move on from him quickly. This pick makes sense, even with Bowe in Cleveland.
12 (44). New Orleans Saints. Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU. This is a risk pick. Dawson is one of the better defensive talents in this year's draft. He's also one of the bigger head cases. The Saints are going to hope that they can keep him under control, and will grab him here. If he can stay out of trouble, he has the potential to be one of the best inside linebackers from this year's class.
13 (45). Minnesota Vikings. Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington. The Vikings need playmakers on both sides of the ball, and Thompson gives Mike Zimmer a talent that he'd love to pair with Anthony Barr. With Barr, Thompson, and Shelton in the fold, the Vikings defense has a chance to be extremely solid in 2015.
14 (46). San Francisco 49ers. AJ Cann, G, South Carolina. The 49ers are busy trying to replace retired players. Cann has the talent to step in and immediately fill a major hole on the San Francisco offensive line. Cann could be a day one starter in 2015.
15 (47). Miami Dolphins. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami. The Dolphins have been looking at wide receivers leading up to the 2015 draft, and Dorsett has the ability to be a big-time play maker at the next level. Ryan Tannehill has the ability to be a capable starting quarterback in the NFL, and the Dolphins need to build around him. Dorsett helps them build.
16 (48). San Diego Chargers. Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon. The San Diego offensive line is in dire need of help. Phillip Rivers is getting old, and can't spend the 2015 season taking huge amounts of abuse. After drafting Melvin Gordon in the first round, the Chargers will also want someone who is capable of opening holes for him to run through.
17 (49). Kansas City Chiefs. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Peters is one of the top cornerbacks in the draft, and will instantly upgrade one of the best defensive units in the NFL. His coverage skills are elite, and he will see playing time early on in 2015.
18 (50). Buffalo Bills. Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson I struggled with the Bills selection here; they have a few major needs. Anthony may be a bit of a reach, but he could help fill the void left by the Kiko Alonzo trade.
19 (51). Houston Texans. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon. Grasu is one of the best centers in the 2015 draft, and has the talent to instantly start in Houston. Houston fills a glaring need with this pick.
20 (52). Philadelphia Eagles. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon. The Eagles secondary needs help, and Chip Kelly would love to get that help from a former Oregon player. Ekpre-Olomu was a sure-fire first round pick before his injury. If he can regain his pre-injury form, he's going to be a steal at #52.
21 (53). Cincinnati Bengals. Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson. Pairing Geno Atkins with a younger version of Geno Atkins? Yes please. Jarrett compares extremely favorably to Atkins and fellow "too small" defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The Bengals defensive line rotation would be scary with Jarrett and Atkins both healthy, but if Atkins fails to regain his pre-injury form, Jarrett is a good backup plan.
22 (54). Detroit Lions. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State. The Lions will likely be in the market for a running back early in the draft. Ajayi is left as the top RB on the board in the second, and, anticipating a run on running backs, the Lions pull the trigger in round 2.
23 (55). Arizona Cardinals. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC. The Cardinals are going to need at least one wide receiver in the 2015 draft with Larry Fitzgerald nearing retirement. Agholor is a decent value at #55, and will have a year or two to develop before he's forced to contribute. Good value pick for Arizona.
24 (56). Pittsburgh Steelers. Cody Prewitt, FS, Ole Miss. The Steelers attempt to fill the void left by Troy Polamalu's retirement with the most physical safety in the draft. Prewitt has some holes in his game, but he is easily the hardest hitter at the position in this year's class. He fits the traditional Pittsburgh defensive mold and will be an instant hit with Steelers fans.
25 (57). Carolina Panthers. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami. The run on running backs picks up. Johnson has the talent to be an every-down starter, and the Panthers need a dominant RB to take some pressure off of Cam Newton.
26 (58). Baltimore Ravens. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. The run continues. Abdullah isn't my favorite running back in the draft, but he was a solid contributor in Nebraska, and the Ravens will likely want someone to pair with Justin Forsett.
27 (59). Denver Broncos. Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke Peyton Manning is old and in dire risk of being broken. The Broncos need to protect him, and draft Tomlinson to upgrade their semi-porous offensive line. Not the sexiest pick, but it's a need.
28 (60). Dallas Cowboys. David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa The Cowboys still need a running back after signing McFadden, who is injured pretty much every season. Johnson offers great upside, and had he been at a top college program, we could be discussing him as a first round pick this year. This is great value for the Cowboys at 60.
29 (61). Indianapolis Colts. Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut It's a passing league, and the Colts opt to take a talented cornerback to upgrade their defense. Jones is a good fit here.
30 (62). Green Bay Packers. Eric Rowe, CB, Utah. The Packers don't have many holes. They need a few minor upgrades on defense, and a tight end. Rowe is a talented cornerback who would offer young talent in the Green Bay defensive backfield to pair with HaHa Clinton-Dix. This pick makes sense.
31 (63). Seattle Seahawks. Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State The Seahawks traded for Jimmy Graham, but they still need weapons for Russell Wilson to throw to. Imagine how dominant the Seahawks would have been last season with a true #1 receiving threat. Now picture how dominant they will be with Jimmy Graham and Tyler Lockett added into the mix. They'll add a center into the mix later in the draft, but Lockett upgrades this offense immediately.
32 (64). New England Patriots. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State Revis has taken his island and left for the swamps of New Jersey to return to the Jets, leaving the Patriots with a void at CB. After replacing Wilfork in round 1, the Darby selection in round two continues to keep their defense intact.
1 (65). Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State.
2 (66). Tennessee Titans. Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State
3 (67). Jacksonville Jaguars. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
4 (68). Oakland Raiders. David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
5 (69). Washington Redskins. Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
6 (70). New York Jets. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
7 (71). Chicago Bears. Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
8 (72). St. Louis Rams. Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama
9 (73). Atlanta Falcons. Nate Orchard, DE, Utah
10 (74). New York Giants. Ibraheim Campbell, SS, Northwestern
11 (75). New Orleans Saints. Jaquiski Tartt, SS, Samford
12 (76). Minnesota Vikings. Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
13 (77). Cleveland Browns. Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
14 (78). New Orleans Saints (from Miami Dolphins). Clive Walford, TE, Miami
15 (79). San Francisco 49ers. Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
16 (80). Kansas City Chiefs. Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin
17 (81). Buffalo Bills. Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
18 (82). Houston Texans. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State.
19 (83). San Diego Chargers. Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
20 (84). Philadelphia Eagles. Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary
21 (85). Cincinnati Bengals. Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
22 (86). Arizona Cardinals. Tre' Jackson, OG, Florida State
23 (87). Pittsburgh Steelers. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
24 (88). Detroit Lions. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
25 (89). Carolina Panthers. Justin Hardy, WR, Eastern Carolina
26 (90). Baltimore Ravens. DJuan Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
27 (91). Dallas Cowboys. Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville
28 (92). Denver Broncos. Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn.
29 (93). Indianapolis Colts. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
30 (94). Green Bay Packers. Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State
31 (95). Seattle Seahawks. B.J. Finney, C, Kansas State.
32 (96). New England Patriots. John Miller, OG, Louisville
33 (97). New England Patriots (compensatory selection). Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas.
34 (98). Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection). Shane Carden, QB, Eastern Carolina
35 (99). Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection). Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas
1 (100). Tennessee Titans. Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma.
2 (101). New England Patriots (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State.
3 (102). Oakland Raiders. Za'Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky.
4 (103). Jacksonville Jaguars. Chris Conley, WR, Georgia.
5 (104). New York Jets. Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State.
6 (105). Washington Redskins. Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State
7 (106). Chicago Bears. Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
8 (107). Atlanta Falcons. Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
9 (108). New York Giants. Lynden Trail, DE, Norfolk State
10 (109). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from St. Louis Rams). Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami.
11 (110). Minnesota Vikings. Zach Zenner, RB, South Dakota State
12 (111). Cleveland Browns. Jesse James, TE, Penn State
13 (112). Seattle Seahawks (from New Orleans Saints). Josue Matias, OG, Florida State
14 (113). Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco 49ers through Buffalo Bills). Kurtis Drummond, FS, Michigan State
15 (114). Miami Dolphins. MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois
16 (115). Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills). Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State.
17 (116). Houston Texans. Josh Shaw, CB, USC.
18 (117). San Diego Chargers. Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State.
19 (118). Kansas City Chiefs. Kwon Alexander, OLB, LSU.
20 (119). St. Louis Rams (from Philadelphia Eagles). Andy Gallik, C, Boston College.
21 (120). Cincinnati Bengals. Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke
22 (121). Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Hull, OLB, Penn State
23 (122). Baltimore Ravens (from Detroit Lions). Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska
24 (123). Arizona Cardinals. Davis Tull, OLB, Chattanooga
25 (124). Carolina Panthers. Ali Marpet, G, Hobart.
26 (125). Baltimore Ravens. Nick O'Leary, TE, Florida State
27 (126). San Francisco 49ers (from Denver Broncos). Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina.
28 (127). Dallas Cowboys. Rakeem Nunez-Rochez, DT, Southern Mississippi
29 (128). Indianapolis Colts. Mitch Morse, G, Missouri
30 (129). Green Bay Packers. Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame
31 (130). Seattle Seahawks. Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
32 (131). New England Patriots. Frank Clark, DE, Michigan.
33 (132). San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection). Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech.
34 (133). Denver Broncos (compensatory selection). Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss
35 (134). Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection). Kevin White, CB, TCU
36 (135). Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection). James Sample, SS, Louisville
37 (136). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection). Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford.
1 (137). Minnesota Vikings (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers through Buffalo Bills). Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia
2 (138). Tennessee Titans. Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn.
3 (139). Jacksonville Jaguars. Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn
4 (140). Oakland Raiders. Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma
5 (141). Washington Redskins. Mark Glowinski, G, West Virginia.
6 (142). Chicago Bears (from New York Jets). Adrian Amos, FS, Penn State
7 (143). Denver Broncos (from Chicago Bears). Christian Covington, DT, Rice
8 (144). New York Giants. Jamil Douglas, OG, Arizona State.
9 (145). Philadelphia Eagles (from St. Louis Rams). Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama
10 (146). Atlanta Falcons. Clayton Geathers, SS, UCF
11 (147). Cleveland Browns. Terrance McGee, RB, LSU
12 (148). New Orleans Saints. Jacoby Glenn, CB, UCF
13 (149). Miami Dolphins (from Minnesota Vikings). Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas.
14 (150). Miami Dolphins. Ben Beckwith, G, Mississippi State
15 (151). San Francisco 49ers. Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers
16 (152). Houston Texans. Matt Jones, RB, Florida
17 (153). San Diego Chargers. DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech.
18 (154). New Orleans Saints (from Kansas City Chiefs). Brandon Bridge, QB, South Alabama
19 (155). Buffalo Bills. Corey Crawford, DE, Clemson
20 (156). Philadelphia Eagles. Markus Golden, OLB, Missouri.
21 (157). Cincinnati Bengals. Jeff Luc, ILB, Cincinnati.
22 (158). Baltimore Ravens (from Detroit Lions). Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan
23 (159). Arizona Cardinals. Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
24 (160). Pittsburgh Steelers. Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech.
25 (161). Carolina Panthers. Shaquille Riddick, DE, West Virginia
26 (162). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Baltimore Ravens). Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State
27 (163). Dallas Cowboys. Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State
28 (164). Denver Broncos. Craig Mager, CB, Texas State
29 (165). Indianapolis Colts. Titus Davis, WR, Central Michigan
30 (166). Green Bay Packers. Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State
31 (167). Seattle Seahawks. Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma
32 (168). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from New England Patriots). Cody Wichmann, OG, Fresno State
33 (169). Carolina Panthers (compensatory selection). Justin Cox, CB, Mississippi State
34 (170). Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection). Tevin McDonald, FS, Eastern Washington.
35 (171). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection). Bryce Hager, ILB, Baylor.
36 (172). Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection). Shaquille Mason, C, Georgia Tech.
37 (173). Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection). Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State
38 (174). Houston Texans (compensatory selection). Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan.
39 (175). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection). Bryan Bennett, QB, Southern Louisiana.
1 (176). Tennessee Titans. Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse
2 (177). New England Patriots (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Jamarcus Nelson, WR, UAB.
3 (178). Oakland Raiders. Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville
4 (179). Jacksonville Jaguars. Durrell Eskridge, FS, Syracuse
5 (180). Seattle Seahawks (from New York Jets). Xavier Williams, DT, Northern Iowa.
6 (181). Washington Redskins. Dominique Brown, RB, Louisville.
7 (182). Chicago Bears. Zach Vigil, ILB, Utah State.
8 (183). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from St. Louis Rams). Devante Davis, WR, UNLV.
9 (184). Atlanta Falcons. Austin Hill, WR, Arizona
10 (185). New York Giants. Jordan Richards, SS, Stanford
11 (186). New Orleans Saints. Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa.
12 (187). Buffalo Bills (from Minnesota Vikings). Tyler Varga, FB, Yale
13 (188). Cleveland Browns. Damian Swann, CB, Georgia.
14 (189). San Francisco 49ers. Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville.
15 (190). Miami Dolphins. Hayes Pullard, ILB, Southern California
16 (191). San Diego Chargers. Max Garcia, C, Florida.
17 (192). Kansas City Chiefs. Quayshawn Nealy, ILB, Georgia Tech.
18 (193). Buffalo Bills. Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina
19 (194). Houston Texans. Kaleb Eulls, DT, Mississippi State
20 (195). Philadelphia Eagles. Robert Myers, OG, Tennessee State.
21 (196). Cincinnati Bengals. Greg Mancz, C, Toledo.
22 (197). Arizona Cardinals. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada.
23 (198). Pittsburgh Steelers. Dres Anderson, WR, Utah.
24 (199). Detroit Lions. Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor.
25 (200). Carolina Panthers. Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane.
26 (201). Cleveland Browns (from Baltimore Ravens). Zach Hodges, OLB, Harvard
27 (202). Denver Broncos. Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia.
28 (203). Baltimore Ravens (from Dallas Cowboys). Geneo Grissom, OLB, Oklahoma.
29 (204). Indianapolis Colts. Adam Shead, OG, Oklahoma.
30 (205). Green Bay Packers. Joey Mbu, DT, Houston.
31 (206). Indianapolis Colts (from Seattle Seahawks). Alani Fua, OLB, BYU
32 (207). Tennessee Titans (from New England Patriots). JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas.
33 (208). Denver Broncos (compensatory selection). Tyler Heinicke, QB, Old Dominion.
34 (209). Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection). John Crockett, RB, North Dakota State
35 (210). Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection). Wes Saxton, TE, South Alabama
36 (211). Houston Texans (compensatory selection). Deon Long, WR, Maryland.
37 (212). Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection). Chris Harper, WR, California.
38 (213). Carolina Panthers (compensatory selection). Jalston Fowler, FB, Alabama
39 (214). Seattle Seahawks(compensatory selection). Ray Drew, DE, Georgia
40 (215). St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection). Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State.
41 (216). Houston Texans (compensatory selection). Ben Heeney, ILB, Kansas
42 (217). Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection). Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware.
1 (218). Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Damian Parms, SS., Florida Atlantic.
2 (219). New England Patriots (from Tennessee Titans). Kyle Loomis, P, Portland State.
3 (220). Jacksonville Jaguars. Zach Wagenmann, DE, Montana
4 (221). Oakland Raiders. Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma.
5 (222). Washington Redskins. Rannell Hall, WR, UCF.
6 (223). New York Jets. Randall Evans, CB, Kansas State
7 (224). New York Jets (from Chicago Bears). Erick Dargan, SS, Oregon.
8 (225). Atlanta Falcons. Martrell Spaight, OLB, Arkansas.
9 (226). New York Giants. Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State.
10 (227). St. Louis Rams. Anthony Jefferson, SS, UCLA
11 (228). Minnesota Vikings. Louis Trinca-Pasat, DT, Iowa.
12 (229). Cleveland Browns. Blake Sims, QB, Alabama
13 (230). New Orleans Saints. Martin Ifedi, DE, Memphis
14 (231). Detroit Lions (from Miami Dolphins through Baltimore Ravens). Gerod Holliman, FS, Louisville
15 (232). Minnesota Vikings (from San Francisco 49ers through Miami Dolphins). Sam Carter, SS, TCU
16 (233). Kansas City Chiefs. Terry Poole, OT, San Diego State.
17 (234). Buffalo Bills. Anthony Harris, FS, Virginia
18 (235). Houston Texans. Jeremiah Poutasi, G, Utah.
19 (236). Dallas Cowboys (from San Diego Chargers). Hutson Mason, QB, Georgia.
20 (237). Philadelphia Eagles. Donatella Luckett, WR, Harding.
21 (238). Cincinnati Bengals. Tayo Fabuluje, G, TCU.
22 (239). Pittsburgh Steelers. Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss.
23 (240). Detroit Lions. Dillon Day, C, Mississippi State.
24 (241). Arizona Cardinals. Conner Neighbors, FB, LSU.
25 (242). Carolina Panthers. Kyle Emanuel, OLB, North Dakota State
26 (243). Dallas Cowboys (from Baltimore Ravens). Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee.
27 (244). Indianapolis Colts (from Dallas Cowboys). James Vaughters, OLB, Stanford.
28 (245). New York Giants (from Denver Broncos). Mickey Baucus, T, Arizona.
29 (246). San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts). Jordan Taylor, WR, Rice.
30 (247). Green Bay Packers. Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas.
31 (248). Seattle Seahawks. Trey DePriest, ILB, Alabama.
32 (249). Atlanta Falcons (from New England Patriots through St. Louis Rams). Jerry Lovelocke, QB, Prairie View A&M
33 (250). Denver Broncos (compensatory selection). Brett Boyko, G, UNLV.
34 (251). Denver Broncos (compensatory selection). Cole Farrand, ILB, Maryland.
35 (252). Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection). Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
36 (253). New England Patriots (compensatory selection). Brian Parker, TE, Albany.
37 (254). San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection). Ezell Ruffin, WR, San Diego State.
38 (255). Indianapolis Colts (compensatory selection). Keith Mumphery, WR, Michigan State
39 (256). Arizona Cardinals (compensatory selection). Devin Gardner, WR, Michigan.
Drafting a quarterback. The mere idea of drafting a prospect at quarterback can give a GM or coach sleepless nights and cold sweats. Succeed, and your legacy with a team can be bolstered. Fail, and your time with a team (and perhaps even your career) can be cut dramatically short. For every Tom Brady selected in the later rounds, there are many Ryan Leaf-type players, high-round, high profile picks at quarterback that just don't pan out for one reason or another. It's important for teams to do their homework on quarterbacks, as it is with any other position.
This year's draft is a bit weak at the position, but I'll try to rank every player at the position that may be drafted (or signed as a UDFA) this season. I'll also provide a scouting report for each player, in case you're curious. Here's my list:
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State. Winston is the best quarterback prospect in the 2015 draft. He is also the most polarizing. If he succeeds, he could be a pro-bowl caliber player. If he fails, he could fail big. While Winston comes from a pro-style offense at Florida State, he is also prone to emotional outbursts and has been flagged with character issues throughout his career. He's a great talent, but will he be mature enough to succeed in the NFL? If he keeps his head together, he's a pro-bowl caliber player. If he doesn't, he's this year's Ryan Leaf. While Winston is the best quarterback in the draft, he is also an extreme gamble for any team rolling the dice on him. He will be a top 3 pick this spring, likely going 1st overall to the Bucs. Here's some film.
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. Mariota is getting a ton of hype heading into the draft, but I'm not fully sold on him. While the numbers are there (Mariota had an extremely solid final season in college), there are questions about his ability to play under center (something he did not do much of in college). He played in an offense at Oregon designed to minimize quarterback errors, and has a habit of locking onto one receiver. While Mariota projects as a first round pick, potentially a high first round pick, you're looking at a system-type of guy. Mariota could be a serviceable starter in some systems, but I don't see him as a pro bowl guy. Wait around and draft Brett Hundley, and you'll get similar results. Here's some film.
3. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA. Hundley, like Mariota, will have to adjust to a pro-style offense. Hundley has taken almost all of his college snaps in shotgun, and he struggles with decision making at times. That being said, Hundley could have slightly more upside than Mariota; Hundley is slightly more mobile, and that could help Hudley break through as a starter. Like Mariota, Hundley is going to be a system guy. In the right system, he could be a Kaepernick-style player. He's not going to blow up the scoreboard statistically on a weekly basis, but if used correctly, he can win you games. Hundley projects as a second round pick. Here's some film.
4. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State. Mannion is one of the more NFL-ready QBs in the 2015 draft. He's got solid arm strength and played in an NFL-style offense. His knocks? First, he's more of a traditional pocket passer than a mobile guy. That means he'll need to play in a scheme where his lack of mobility isn't an issue. I've seen him projected as a 5th or 6th round pick, but the Draft Advisory Board gave him a third round grade last season heading into the draft. He doesn't have the quickest release, but he's a very efficient passer. If he falls, he could be a steal for the right coach. He's a decent game manager that can win you games as a starter by playing consistently. He's an accurate guy who reminds me of Andy Dalton in ways. Could be a solid starter or outstanding backup out of the gate. Here's some film.
5. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor. Petty is an intriguing prospect. Heading into the season, he was viewed as one of the top, if not the top, seniors in this class. However, his final season was fraught with inconsistency and will negatively affect his draft stock. When Petty is on, he's solid. When he's off, he can be bad. He hasn't played much under center in college and tends to lock onto one receiver. These facts point to Petty as a potential backup at this stage in his career, although he could mature into an NFL starter with time. He projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. Here's some film.
6. Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina. Carden is one of the more overlooked quarterbacks in the 2015 class. He has the potential to be much higher ranked than teams have him, but projects as a 7th round pick. That late, he could be a steal. At worst, he's a Bruce Gradkowski type of player. He's not the most talented guy physically, but he put up great numbers in college. He has the talent to be an effective starter in the NFL, or at worst an elite backup. I think he's way underrated going into the draft. Here's some film.
7. Brandon Bridge, QB, South Alabama. Bridge is the most intriguing QB prospect in this year's draft class. He's raw, extremely raw, after starting only 12 games in college. He's tough, and played through an ankle injury in 2014. He's got an extremely strong arm, and is a very mobile quarterback. He's a Kurt Warner-type of prospect who may bounce around for a few years between the NFL and the CFL before carving out a long-term role with an NFL team, but he could eventually become a starter with patient coaching. He projects as a 6th round pick, and could be an intriguing late-round pick. I'm banking on potential here, but there's a lot with Bridge. Here's some film.
8. Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State. Grayson is an extremely controversial prospect. Some scouts love him, some hate him. I'm kind of in the middle. While I think his likely role will be as a solid backup or potential starter in some systems, I don't think he's a terrible pick either. He's got decent arm strength, but the biggest knock on him is a weird throwing motion that could pose problems in the NFL. He projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick, but that could be a bit high. Here's some film.
9. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada. Fajardo is a very Kaepernick kind of prospect. That's not surprising considering that he was Kaepernick's replacement at the University of Nevada. He's a dual-threat player, having rushed for more than 3000 yards and passing for over 9,000 yards in college. His mobility is his strongest point. His weakest points include inconsistent throws and a tendency to crumble under pressure. He projects as a backup in my opinion. However, he doesn't make a ton of mistakes, a fact which will help him stick with a team. He projects as a 7th round pick. Here's some film.
10. Tyler Heinicke, QB, Old Dominion. Heinicke has the potential to be a serviceable backup in the NFL. He's used to running a no-huddle offense, and has a quick release. He stays calm under pressure, but his arm strength is average at best. He is a capable rusher. He does have inconsistent mechanics and is inexperienced playing under center. He projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. Here's some film.
11. Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State. Halliday would be higher on this list if it wasn't for medical concerns; he dealt with a bad broken ankle in college, and has a small frame. He has also played his entire college career out of a shotgun-style offense, which will make teams hesitant to draft him; he projects as a 6th or 7th round pick. He has shown flashes of ability. He's an accurate passer who has performed well against top-level competition. He'll go late, but he could be a steal if he checks out medically. He projects as a backup early in his career. Here are some highlights.
12. Blake Sims, QB, Alabama. Sims is an interesting prospect. He's a guy that has a tendency to come through in big games, and could surprise if given a chance to play in an NFL game. That being said, teams are looking at potentially moving him around, playing him either at QB or another position, such as running back. He reminds me a bit of Colin Klein a Heisman finalist from Kansas State who's college ability didn't help him grab a spot in the NFL. That being said, I think Sims is a better prospect than Klein was, and could make an NFL roster. He projects as an undrafted free agent, but he could stick with a team. He's got good arm strength, but he comes from an Alabama program that has had many successful college quarterbacks who have not seen much NFL success. Maybe Sims will break that trend. Here's some film.
13. Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana. Bennett is an extremely athletic guy, similar to Johnnny Manziel on his feet. His mechanics are strong, and he has a quick release. That being said, he's streaky and makes mistakes at times. He'll likely stick on an NFL roster as a developmental guy. He projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. Interesting note, Bennett was replaced by Mariota at Oregon. Here are some highlights.
14. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State. Kelley projects as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He's got some very good intangibles; he's a strong leader, is confident, and is capable of producing; he leaves Arizona State with 10,223 offensive yards generated and 79 passing TDs in 37 career starts. That being said, his completion percentage has declined each of his 3 years as a starter, so that's a problematic trend. With the right coaching at the NFL level, he could develop into a nice backup or spot starter, but for now, will likely be seen by scouts as a developmental prospect. He's shown flashes, and could surprise a lot of people if the pieces fall correctly. Here's some film.
15. Anthony Boone, QB, Duke. Boone is an interesting prospect. He projects as an undrafted guy, and is built like a running back (6'0, 231 pounds). While he does make mistakes from time to time, he has a strong pocket presence and is good at reading defenses. His decision making isn't always the best though. Boone is a guy that could stick with a team as a developmental guy at the next level. Here's some film.
16. Hutson Mason, QB, Georgia. Mason projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA, and could be a decent NFL backup. Mason is a clutch guy who performs well in big games. That being said, he can get flustered when the pocket collapses. He's inexperienced, and will need time to develop at the next level. He projects as a backup or practice squad guy early in his career. That being said, he is a mature, patient guy who completes passes. Here's some film.
17. Grant Hedrick, QB, Boise State. Hedrick is a guy that is capable of scoring both as a passer and on foot (18 career rushing TDs). However, he tends to make mistakes at time (19 career interceptions compared to 39 TD passes). He's not the best decision maker, and this will prevent him from being a team's main backup early on in his career. However, he has the raw talent to eventually develop into a capable NFL backup. If he can eliminate mistakes, he'll be a decent player. He does throw a nice spiral and has good placement on his throws when he is on. He projects as an undrafted guy. Here's some film.
18. Jerry Lovelocke, QB, Prairie View A&M. Lovelocke is the epitome of small school combine surprise. His numbers at Prairie View A&M weren't great (2473 yards, 16 tds, and 9 interceptions in 2014), but he had a strong combine and that could push him into the seventh round in 2015. He performed inconsistently against non-elite competition, and projects as a practice squad guy or developmental player early in his career. He's capable of making some plays on foot as well as out of the pocket, but his lack of performance will hurt his draft stock. He does have great arm strength, however, and he could stick with a team as a backup.
19. Ryan Williams, QB, Miami. Williams is an interesting prospect. He has dealt with injuries along the way (including a torn ACL), and missed his senior season thanks to that fact. He's shown some flashes, but will likely wind up going undrafted. At this point, he projects as a practice squad type of guy, but he could stick in the right system as a backup.
20. Gary Nova, QB, Rutgers. Nova is a guy that likely wind up as an undrafted player in 2015, but could find a place on an NFL team's practice squad. He wasn't invited to the combine, but put up decent numbers at Rutgers. He's an intriguing name to watch after the draft, and will likely sign as an UDFA. He has decent mechanics and will improve given time and coaching.
21. Jake Waters, QB, Kansas State. Waters is a guy that could stick with a team as a practice squad player or developmental guy. He's a intelligent player who doesn't make a ton of risky throws. That being said, he has a weird throwing motion and fumbles, a lot. He lost 8 fumbles over his final two seasons at Kansas State. If he can work on his fundamentals, he could mature into a competent NFL backup. He projects as an undrafted guy. Here's some film.
22. Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss. Wallace is an underrated, tough player. He's played through multiple injuries, and has good arm strength. That being said, he has a bad habit of staring down his his WRs and making bad throws (including 41 interceptions at Ole Miss). There are also questions about his character. If everything goes perfectly, you could be looking at a spot starter or solid backup in the NFL, but he'll likely start out as a developmental prospect.
23. Chris Bonner, QB, Colorado State-Pueblo. Bonner is a small school guy who shows streaks of inconsistency. At times, his passes are perfectly thrown, and at other times, he's over-throwing his WRs. He has the look of a practice squad guy, but does a few things well. For example, he responds well to pressure and doesn't get overly flustered when facing a defender. He has some good tools, but needs to become way more consistent before making an impact at the net level. Here's some film.
24. Jameill Showers, QB, Texas-El Paso. Showers is another guy that will go undrafted, but could find a spot on a team's practice squad. Showers is best known for being the guy that Johnny Manziel beat for a starting job at Texas A&M as a freshman. He doesn't have huge numbers (23 career TD passes, 10 interceptions), and hasn't done a ton to stand out, but he will draw looks from some teams.
25. Cole Stoudt, QB, Clemson. Stoudt is a guy that will generate some interest among scouts as a developmental prospect, but he's extremely inconsistent. While he is a better player than Tajh Boyd in my opinion, he will likely wind up as a practice squad player in the NFL early in his career. He's improved a bit each year as a starter, but he still needs a lot of work to stick with an NFL team. Here's some film.
I'm ending the list at 25 since it's exceedingly rare for that many quarterbacks to find spots on NFL teams. Most of these guys will get a chance with an NFL team, some may not and may end up in the CFL to begin their careers. However, I've tried to give you a look at the top 25 prospects at the position according to the "experts" and rank them as I see them. My list isn't a prediction of where guys will be drafted, but rather, of how I view their potential as prospects. Every season, some great prospects are forgotten. Every season, some not-so-great prospects make a roster. This year's quarterback class isn't a great one, but some of these players will make an impact in the NFL very early in their careers.
As March begins, so does Pro Day season, where players have one final chance to impress scouts. These events are especially important for players that did not participate in the combine, but are important for all players. Walter Football has some great coverage of these events, available here.
One other great source is their list of player meetings by prospect and by NFL team. Are you surprised that the Browns are the only team meeting with WR Sammie Coates so far? Yeah, I am too, even though the fact that the Browns are meeting with him is not, in itself, a surprise. However, taken in perspective, it can be surprising considering the fact that Miami WR Phillip Dorsett has met with 8 teams (the Browns included). This is when smokescreens and misinformation abound. However, this is also when things become clearer.
What have we learned so far? The Dolphins might be considering an inside linebacker early; they have met with both Denzel Perryman and Benardrick McKinnney multiple times. The Bucs are likely leaning towards a QB at #1 overall, having interviewed Mariota and Winston multiple times. Rumors point towards Winston so far. The Titans haven't met with any QB prospects at this point, which means they could be leaning towards passing on a QB in the first round. With the teams between the Titans and the Jets sitting on a fairly settled quarterback situation, this means Mariota could hypothetically fall to the Jets, who have met with both Mariota and Winston.
Now is when things start to get really exciting, and I'm ready for the show.
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