March 14, 2015 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NFL Mock Draft 2015 Part III (After Free Agency)
- Bucs – QB Jameis Winston (Florida State)
Jameis is still the best QB in the draft and the most pro ready prospect after playing in a pro-style offense at Florida State. He can be the new face of the franchise. After moving QB Josh McCown and keeping QB Mike Glennon around as a stop-gap the Bucs seem poised to pick Winston.
- Titans – DE/DT Leonard Williams (USC)
Williams is the best defensive player in the draft and deserves to go #1 in the opinion of many people. He will give the Titans a defensive star to build around next to DE/DT Jurrell Casey. The Titans have added pass rush linebackers and Williams would fill a need up front allowing them to roam free.
- Jags – DE/OLB Randy Gregory (Nebraska)
The Jags filled spots along the D-line and need to rebuild the linebacker core around a pass rusher. Gregory has shown that he should have the athleticism to cause problems off the edge and he should be the best pass rusher in the draft. He could be Clemons replacement at the Leo position in HC Gus Bradley’s defense.
- Raiders – WR Kevin White (West Virginia)
White wowed people at the combine moving into the #1 WR spot in most people’s opinion. He seems to have a lot of upside and what team always seems to be intrigued with a player’s potential. White has blazing speed and they hope that he can grow with QB Derek Carr.
- Redskins – OLB Victor Beasley (Clemson)
The Redskins need to replace pass rushing OLB Brian Orakpo and Beasley has good speed and pass rushing skills to cause problems off the edge. However, his size is the issue which leads to his move to OLB, but he seems to have the athleticism to do so and could be a pass rushing star in the making.
- Jets – OLB Danny Fowler Jr. (Florida)
Fowler Jr. has great size and had a great combine to solidify his status as the best LB in the draft. He is a versatile player who can lineup in many spots and he can do more than just rush the passer. Fowler Jr. could be a star in new HC Todd Bowles’ defense and help solidify a defense which has rebuilt the secondary through free agency and has a young emerging D-line.
- Bears – DT Danny Shelton (Washington)
Shelton showed his high motor and great footwork at the combine solidifying his spot as the best DT in the draft. With the Bears moving to a 3-4 defense, they need a NT to anchor the D-line and Shelton seems like the tough, high energy defender John Fox would love.
- Falcons – DE/OLB Shane Ray (Missouri)
Ray is considered one of the best pass rushers in the draft, but teams are not sure if he is a DE or OLB; however, they are intrigued with his talent and confidence. The Falcons need a pass rusher and it doesn’t matter if it is a OLB or DE so Ray fits the bill. He could be a versatile pass rusher in new HC Dan Quinn’s defense.
- Giants – OT Brandon Scherff (Iowa)
Scherff is considered the best lineman in the draft and hasn’t disappointed leading up to draft. Most scouts believe that he would be best as a guard, but some believe he can be a starter at tackle from day 1. The Giants want to protect QB Eli Manning and obviously run the ball more with addition of RB Shane Vereen so a versatile lineman like Scherff would fit in well as he can fill in anywhere along the O-line.
- Rams – WR Amari Cooper (Alabama)
Cooper is the #1 WR in the draft to most scouts, as he is coming out of a pro style offense while playing for an elite college coach in Nick Saban who has coached in the NFL. Cooper is known for his good hands and route running and scouts believe that he could lineup anywhere (inside or slot) from Day 1. The Rams would love to add a player like Cooper for their new QB Nick Foles; Cooper and WR Kenny Britt would form a solid playmaking WR duo on the outside.
- Vikings – OT La’el Collins (LSU)
- Browns – QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon)
- Saints – WR Devante Parker (Louisville)
- Dolphins – CB Trae Waynes (Michigan State)
- 49ers – DE/DT Arik Armstead (Oregon)
- Texans – WR Doriel Green-Beckham (Oklahoma)
- Chargers – RB Todd Gurley (Georgia)
- Chiefs – OT Andrus Peat (Stanford)
- Browns – DE Alvin Dupree (Kentucky)
- Eagles – S Landon Collins (Alabama)
- Bengals – DT Malcom Brown (Texas)
- Steelers – DT/DE Eddie Goldman (Florida State)
- Detroit – T T.J. Clemmings (Pitt)
- Cardinals – RB Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)
- Panthers – OT Erick Flowers (Miami)
- Ravens – TE Max Williams (Minnesota)
- Cowboys – CB Jalen Collins (LSU)
- Broncos – LT/C Cameron Erving (Florida State)
- Colts – ILB Paul Dawson (TCU)
- Packers – CB Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest)
- Saints (via trade w/ Seahawks) – CB Marcus Peters (Washington)
- Patriots – OLB Eli Harold (Virginia)