April 25, 2015 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NFL Mock Draft 2015 Part V (Final Before the Draft)
- 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 – 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 – DE/OLB Randy Gregory (Nebraska) *Possible Trade Pick for Mariota*
Gregory has shown the athleticism to cause problems off the edge and he could be the best pass rusher in the draft. Gregory would be a good fit in new HC Todd Bowles’ blitzing defense and he could help solidify a defense which has rebuilt the secondary through free agency and has a young emerging D-line; Gregory 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 – 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 – CB Trae Waynes (Michigan State)
Waynes is the #1 CB in this draft by a good margin with a great blend of speed, size, and cover skills. In a division with Rodgers, Stafford, and Cutler looking to throw the ball, a quality CB is a must. Waynes could be a day 1 starter across from Xavier Rhodes giving them a solid tandem.
- Browns – QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon)
Mariota is the 2nd ranked passer in the draft, but coming out of spread offense he needs to continue to develop to fit the NFL game. Whether the Browns trade up or stand pat, I believe Mariota will be the pick. Josh McCown is a good stop gap veteran and Manziel is a question mark, therefore bringing in the #2 QB available a must for the Browns.
- Saints – WR DeVante Parker (Louisville)
Parker is a top 10 talent in a deep pool of WRs in this draft, as he has good size, speed, and route running ability. The Saints traded away a good speed option in WR Kenny Stills to acquire defensive talent, but Parker could be a good replacement to be the #2 WR on the outside behind veteran Marques Colston with 2nd year WR Brandin Cooks already in the slot.
- Dolphins – OT La’el Collins (LSU)
The Dolphins need to continue to protect QB Ryan Tannehill if they want to continue to improve and overtake the Patriots atop the division. Collins is one of the most athletic lineman in this draft and most scouts believe he can fit in at either guard or tackle and not miss a beat. Collins could play at tackle while Branden Albert recovers or takeover the RG spot from Dallas Thomas.
- 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 3-4 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 Doriel Green-Beckham (Missouri/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. The Texans have a need WR with the loss of Johnson and they would feel very comfortable with Green-Beckham 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 – CB Jalen Collins (LSU)
Collins is a big corner with a rare blend of size, speed, and skill, but he is coming off of foot surgery; Collins will be ready in time for minicamp. The Chiefs could use help at CB with QBs Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, and Derek Carr in the same division and Collins can fill in nicely, especially with CB Sean Smith possibly on his way out after next season.
- Browns – DT Malcom Brown (Texas)
Brown is a big run stuffer who has the versatility to play DE or DT. The Browns had one of the worst run defenses last year and being in a division with power run offenses they need big bodies up front; Brown fits the bill at 6’2 320lbs.
- 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/DE Eddie Goldman (Florida State)
Goldman is a huge D-lineman with a high motor, athleticism, and the ability to stop the run and plug the middle. No team loves versatile lineman more than the Bengals and Goldman can improve this unit immediately and plug the middle for pass rushing defensive ends Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap.
- Steelers – 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 Troy Polamalu.
- Detroit – OT D.J. Humphries (Miami)
Humphries has shot up draft boards since the combine and his pro day while really impressing scouts with his athleticism; some scouts think that he is a day 1 RT and others believe he is a guy who could grow at the LT spot and stay there for a long time. Detroit needs help at tackle with Riey Reiff at one spot, but the team believes a move to the right side might be best for him making Humphries an ideal pick to take over either side.
- Cardinals – DE/OLB Alvin “Bud” Dupree (Kentucky)
Dupree is a raw pass rusher with good size, quickness, and athleticism; he is coming off a big season without much help around him. The Cardinals need a pass rusher to replace DE/OLB John Abraham and Dupree fits the bill; he could grow with the surrounding parts in this strong defense.
- Panthers – RB Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)
Gordon is a back with good size who showed that he can carry the load and he runs with toughness and power. The Panthers finally let RB DeAngelo Williams go and while they love Jonathan Stewart they could use a power running back who can carry the load and Gordon fits the bill.
- Ravens – CB Marcus Peters (Washington)
Peters is a solid press corner with good size and speed, but off the field issues has sent him down the draft board. The Ravens have solid leadership in place and CB Jimmy Smith needs a running mate; Peters is a tough corner with good size and cover skills and could eventually take over for Ladarius Webb.
- Cowboys – CB Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest)
Johnson is a raw prospect with the speed, size, and skill to become a #1 cover CB in this league which every team covets; his potential is very high. The Cowboys are in dire need at the CB spot with Claiborne and Carr underperforming and Scandrick being best utilized in the slot; Johnson would start immediately and for a lot cheaper.
- Broncos – OT T.J. Clemmings (Pitt)
Clemmings is considered one of the best tackles in the draft with his athleticism and aggressiveness, but he is raw and most scouts believe he can only excel as a dominate run blocking RT. The Broncos loss RG Orlando Franklin and could move Louis Vasquez back to the Guard position where he is best while Clemmings takes over RT.
- Colts – 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 Colts don’t need him to start right away, but he could develop into the RT for the future.
- Packers – DT Jordan Phillips (Oklahoma)
Phillips is a massive D-lineman who can hold down the NT job eventually with good strength and quickness off the snap, but he has injury concerns. The Packers need interior D-line help as NT B.J. Raji is coming off of injury and is still not locked into a long term extension making Phillips the ideal player to provide depth and eventually take over helping the run defense.
- Saints (via trade w/ Seahawks) – OT Erick Flowers (Miami)
Flowers is a huge tackle who displays good footwork and aggressive play in the run game; he could fill in at RT from Day 1 and could eventually move to the blind side. The Saints could use a big RT to help their power run attack that they plan to use next season with RB Mark Ingram.
- Patriots – OLB Eli Harold (Virginia)
Harold has risen up draft boards since his pro day and he is considered a nice pass rushing prospect with good size to excel in the 3-4 defensive scheme on the strong or weak side. The Patriots had a lot of injuries last season and spent a lot of time without pass rusher Chandler Jones; Harold could provide great insurance for injury and could even make his way on the field on passing downs.