March 26, 2015 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NFL Mock Draft 2015 Part IV (After Free Agency Phase 2)
- 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.
- 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 – OLB Danny Fowler Jr. (Florida)
The Jags filled spots along the D-line and need to rebuild the linebacker core around a pass rusher. 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.
- 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 – DE/OLB Randy Gregory (Nebraska)
The Redskins need to replace pass rushing OLB Brian Orakpo and Gregory has good speed and the pass rushing skills to cause problems off the edge. Gregory has shown that he has good athleticism and he could be the best pass rusher in the draft.
- Jets – OLB Victor Beasley (Clemson)
Beasley is one of the best pass rushers in the draft, however, his size is the issue which leads to his move to OLB, but he has the speed and athleticism to do so he could be a pass rushing star in the making. Beasley fits in new HC Todd Bowles’ blitzing defense and helps solidify a defense which has rebuilt the secondary through free agency and has a young emerging D-line; Beasley could replace aging pass rusher OLB Calvin Pace.
- 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 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 an OLB or DE so Ray fits the bill. He could be a versatile pass rusher in new HC Dan Quinn’s defense.
- Giants – S Landon Collins (Alabama)
Collins is a solid safety who can play at either FS or SS as he has experience at both, but seems to fit best at SS. Collins is a tough, hard hitting player who can play sideline to sideline, however he can struggle in coverage deep down the field. Collins would make perfect sense as a replacement for Antrel Rolle and the type of disciplined player HC Tom Coughlin loves.
- 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 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 also.
- Browns – QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon)
Mariota definitely passes the eye test as a QB, but coming out of a spread offense and not playing much under center will cause him to drop. Most people expect the Eagles to eventually trade up to get him, but I believe he will fall right in the Browns’ lap.
- Saints – OT La’el Collins (LSU)
The Saints could use a solid lineman to help their power run attack, some teams see Collins as a tackle and others as a guard, but he will fit in nicely somewhere along the Saints O-line.
- Dolphins – CB Trae Waynes (Michigan State)
Waynes is the top CB in the draft with good size and quickness. The Dolphins need a replacement for Cortland Finnegan and Grimes is not getting any younger. Waynes could be a starter from Day 1.
- 49ers – DE/DT Arik Armstead (Oregon)
Armstead is a player with great size and a high motor who would be a perfect fit for a 4-3 defense. The 49ers could have a huge need along the D-line if Justin Smith retires. Armstead could fill in at DE for Smith or maybe even take over the NT job; either way he will get time along the D-line.
- Texans – WR Devante Parker (Louisville)
Parker is a quality WR with top 10 caliber talent who has shown that he can be just as good as the top WRs White and Cooper. The Texans have a need WR with the loss of Johnson and they would feel very comfortable with Parker opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
- Chargers – RB Todd Gurley (Georgia)
Gurley is considered the top back in the draft, but a torn ACL has kept him out of the combine and pro day drills; however, he is still a top prospect in the draft. The Chargers are in need of a RB who can do it all, as they hoped they would when they drafted Ryan Matthews and Gurley fits the bill.
- Chiefs – OT Andrus Peat (Stanford)
Peat is one of the top tackles in the draft with good size and solid form; however teams question his ability to handle a solid speed rush. The Chiefs need a right tackle and Peat should be able to fill-in as an upgrade from Day 1; he could also get a chance as a LT.
- Browns – WR Doriel Green-Beckham (Oklahoma)
Green-Beckham is a huge WR with good speed and hands with the rare potential to be a solid #1 WR in the league; however, his off the field issues have kept him off the field. No team needs help at WR more than the Browns and they would be willing to take a chance on a rare talent like Green-Beckham.
- Eagles – WR Breshad Perriman (UCF)
Perriman has a great blend of size and speed and has worked his way into the 1st round after putting up a 4.25 sec 40yd dash. However, he does need to work on his route running and inconsistency, as he does have a tendency to drop passes. HC Chip Kelly should know how to use him better than any other coach in the league.
- Bengals – DT Malcom Brown (Texas)
- Steelers – DT/DE Eddie Goldman (Florida State)
- Detroit – T T.J. Clemmings (Pitt)
- Cardinals – DE Alvin “Bud” Dupree (Kentucky)
- Panthers – RB Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)
- Ravens – TE Max Williams (Minnesota)
- Cowboys – CB Jalen Collins (LSU)
- Broncos – LT/C Cameron Erving (Florida State)
- Colts – OT Erick Flowers (Miami)
- Packers – CB Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest)
- Saints (via trade w/ Seahawks) – WR Jaelen Strong (Arizona State)
- Patriots – OLB Eli Harold (Virginia)