2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Post-Combine Edition

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State. The Buccaneers need a quarterback plain and simple. Mike Glennon is by no means a starting quarterback and with the release of Josh McCown, the Bucs need to find their quarterback of the future. Character concerns aside, Winston is the most pro-ready quarterback in this year’s draft class. While Winston didn’t impress in many of the physical drills at the combine, scouts said he threw well and impressed in team interviews, which should make him the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.
  2. Tennessee Titans: Leonard Williams, DT, USC. Reports say the Titans will stick with Zach Mettenberger for another season and pass on a quarterback with the second overall pick. If they do pass on a quarterback, the Titans need to shore up one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season. Williams had 7.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss last season for the Trojans wreaking havoc all across USC’s defensive line. Williams would be an immediate upgrade for a porous defense.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida. Gus Bradley will look to improve his defense with this pick after drafting on the offensive side of the ball the past two seasons. Fowler Jr. had 8.5 sacks and 15.0 tackles for a loss last season with the Gators. He’ll fit perfectly in Bradley’s defense, giving the Jaguars a weapon off the edge.
  4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama. After drafting their quarterback last year in Derek Carr, the Raiders now need to give him some offensive weapons. In his Heisman-caliber season, Cooper had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns at Alabama. Cooper will give Carr a viable threat in the passing game, something they didn’t have last season.
  5. Washington Redskins: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska. Washington needs to shore up their pass defense, and with no cornerback worthy of the No. 5 overall selection, Washington elects to take a pass rusher. Gregory was dominant off the edge last season for the Huskers and had 8.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for a loss last season with the Huskers and will give Washington a viable presence off the edge of their 3-4 defense.
  6. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. Geno Smith is not the quarterback of the future in New York, and the Jets with Mariota still on the board draft who they hope to be their starting quarterback. While Mariota may have trouble adjusting to the pro game, his stats are just too gaudy to ignore. Mariota passed for 4454 yards and 42 touchdowns along with 770 yards rushing last season with the Ducks in his Heisman season.
  7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington. After an awful performance on defense last season – the Bears finished 30th against the pass and 17th against the run – Chicago needs to improve their defense. Shelton was a dominating presence in the middle of the Huskies line, with 9.0 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss his senior year at Washington. He’s a perfect fit for the middle of the Bears 3-4 defense.
  8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson. The Falcons defense was absolutely awful last season. Atlanta ranked 32nd against the pass and 21st against the run, and tied for 30th in the NFL in sacks. Beasley recorded 31.0 tackles for a loss and 32.0 sacks in four years at Clemson and would give Dan Quinn a force off the edge, similar to players he had in Seattle.
  9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa. With the Giants franchising Jason Pierre-Paul, New York will look to improve their offensive line with this pick. Scherff didn’t miss a game last season at Iowa, and while he does have some trouble with speed off the edge, he should immediately shore up the Giants offensive line.
  10. St. Louis Rams: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford. With Joe Barksdale headed to free agency and Jake Long’s status uncertain coming back from an injury, the Rams need help along their offensive line. With a pro-comparison of D’Brickshaw Ferguson according to CBS Sports’ Rob Rang, Peat should fit right in and protect Sam Bradford or whoever is under center for the Rams.
  11. Minnesota Vikings: La’el Collins, OT, LSU. With a rookie quarterback under center, the Vikings were among the league’s worst in sacks allowed. If the Vikings want to continue Teddy Bridgewater’s development, Minnesota needs to improve its offensive line. Scouts project Collins as a guard in the NFL and as  one of the best run blockers in the draft, he could fill in on the Vikings offense line right away.
  12. Cleveland Browns: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia. After running a 4.35 40 yard dash at the combine, Kevin White’s stock is sky high. With Josh Gordon suspended for the entire 2015 season and Jordan Cameron leaving Cleveland via free agency, the Browns have a huge need at wide receiver. White caught 109 passes for 1447 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year at West Virginia and would give the Browns and whomever they start at quarterback a No. 1 wideout on offense.
  13. New Orleans Saints: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri. After finishing near the bottom of the NFL on defense, the Saints need to shore up their defense, especially their pass rush. While a foot injury kept Ray from practicing at the combine, his performance this past season speaks for itself. Ray had 13.0 sacks and 22.5 tackles for a loss last season with the Tigers and would give Rob Ryan a pass rushing threat off the edge he desperately needs.
  14. Miami Dolphins: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State. After cutting Cortland Finnegan, the Dolphins need an upgrade at cornerback across from Brett Grimes. Waynes was the Spartans’ top corner this past year and had 10 passes defended, three interceptions and 50 tackles. He would give the Dolphins two top flight corners in their secondary.
  15. San Francisco 49ers: Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky. With Justin Smith considering retirement and Ray McDonald tied up with legal issues, the 49ers need help along their defensive line. Dupree had 7.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss last season with the Wildcats and would be able to fill a void if Smith retires or McDonald is unavailable.
  16. Houston Texans: Landon Collins, S, Alabama. Aside from J.J. Watt, the Texans defense wasn’t that great last season, ranking 10th against the run and 21st against the pass so Houston will look to improve their pass defense with this selection. Collins had 102 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, and three interceptions last season with Alabama and would replace former second round pick D.J. Swearinger in the starting lineup.
  17. San Diego Chargers: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh. While the Chargers re-signed King Dunlap, they need to continue to improve their protection of Phillip Rivers after allowing 37 sacks, No. 16 in the NFL, last season. Clemmings will give the Chargers a solid tackle to build around and protect Rivers for years to come.
  18. Kansas City Chiefs: Davante Parker, WR, Louisville. Not a single Chiefs wideout caught a touchdown pass in an entire calendar year, and if that doesn’t scream needing a wide receiver, I don’t know what does. The Chiefs pass offense ranked 29th pass last season and will look to draft a wideout with this selection. Parker had 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns with Louisville last season and gives quarterback Alex Smith a No. 1 receiver.
  19. Cleveland Browns: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State. The Browns drafted a wideout with the No. 12 overall selection and will look to fill a hole along their defense line with this one after finishing with the worst run defense in the NFL last season. Goldman had 4.0 sacks and 8.0 tackles for a loss this past year at Florida State and will wreak havoc inside for the Browns.
  20. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington. One of the biggest reasons the Eagles missed the playoffs was their pass defense, which was the second worst passing defense in the NFL last season, allowing over 250 yards through the air per game. Peters was dismissed from Washington due to a sideline outburst, but if not for his character concerns, Peters would be the best cornerback in the draft. His junior season with the Huskies, Peters had five interceptions, 55 tackles and 3.5 tackles for a loss.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon. The Bengals had trouble generating a pass rush last season, finishing last in the NFL in sacks and ranking 20th against the pass. The departure of Michael Johnson via free agency last season really hurt and the selection of Armstead will fill a hole at defensive end. Armstead had 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss last season with the Ducks.
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH). After finishing No. 27 in the NFL against the pass last season, the Steelers need to improve their secondary. While still a raw prospect, Rollins had seven interceptions his senior year with the Redhawks and won the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award.
  23. Detroit Lions: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas. All three of the Lions defensive tackles, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley are free agents so the Lions need to find at least one replacement, especially as many expect Suh to leave. Brown had 13.0 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks last season as a junior with the Longhorns and should be able to fill the holes along the Lions front seven.
  24. Arizona Cardinals: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington. Outside of Calais Campbell, the Cardinals had trouble generating any consistent pass rush last season, finishing 24th in the NFL in sacks. The Cardinals need to find a rush linebacker to fit in their 3-4 defense this offseason. Thompson had 80 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack for the Huskies this past year, while also playing running back for a few games.
  25. Carolina Panthers: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fla.). According to Pro Football Focus, the Panthers offensive line was one of the worst in the NFL. The Panthers need to protect quarterback Cam Newton and should improve their offensive line with this pick. Flowers was a three year starter with the Hurricanes and will help improve Newton’s protection and the Panthers offensive line.
  26. Baltimore Ravens: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State. Torrey Smith is a free agent, Jacoby Jones was cut and while Steve Smith played well last year, he’s 36 years old. The Ravens need another receiver, especially if Smith leaves via free agency. Strong caught 82 passes for 1162 yards and 10 touchdowns last year at Arizona State and would give Joe Flacco another downfield threat.
  27. Dallas Cowboys: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA. The Cowboys have had trouble replacing DeMarcus Ware ever since his departure and as Henry Melton is an impending free agent, the Cowboys will look to improve their defensive line. Odighizuwa had 6.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss last season with the Bruins and is exactly the type of the physical specimen Jerry Jones would pick.
  28. Denver Broncos:  Cameron Irving, OT, Florida State. In what may be Peyton Manning’s last season, the Broncos need to protect their aging quarterback if they want to have any chance of making another Super Bowl run. While not the most polished prospect, Irving played both tackle and center in college for the Seminoles and could play all across the Broncos offensive line.
  29. Indianapolis Colts: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. Behind Andrew Luck, the Colts had the best pass offense in the league, but one of the worst rush offenses to complement it. Trent Richardson is a bust and while Dan Herron played well, he’s more of a complementary back. Gordon has all the tools to succeed as a top running back in the NFL after rushing for 2587 yards and 29 touchdowns with the Badgers last season.
  30. Green Bay Packers: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State. Last season the Packers moved Clay Matthews inside to improve their inside linebacker play, and after cutting A.J. Hawk the Packers need to find a replacement for both inside linebackers. McKinney had 71 tackles, 8.0 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks last season with Mississippi State and would help shore up the interior of Green Bay’s defense.
  31. Seattle Seahawks: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri. Character issues have hurt Green-Beckham’s draft stock, but there’s no doubting he’s one of the most talented receivers in this draft class having caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012 with the Tigers. The Seahawks can afford to take a risk on Beckham, needing a wide receiver, who in the right situation, could blossom into a star.
  32. New England Patriots: A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina. Coming off a Super Bowl victory, the Patriots need to continue to protect Tom Brady if they want to make another playoff run. Pro Football Focus ranked the Patriots offensive line 23rd in the NFL last season and 31st against the pass. Drafting Cann here will give the Patriots some more beef up front to protect Brady.

Biggest Risers:

  • Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Benardrick McKinney – Into the first round
  • Jaelen Strong – 7 spots
  • Jameis Winston, Arik Armstead, Alvin Dupree, Trae Waynes – 6 spots
  • Dante Fowler Jr., Vic Beasley – 5 spots

Biggest Fallers:

  • Melvin Gordon – 12 spots
  • Brandon Scherff, Marcus Mariota – 6 spots
  • Eddie Goldman, T.J. Clemmings – 5 spots
  • Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia; Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma – Out of the 1st round

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