Post-Combine Mock Draft (3/6/2015)
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameis Winston, QB- Florida State
Recent visit to Tampa just about confirms this pick. I’m guessing they’ll meet with Mariota to compare the two options- but seems extremely likely Jameis is the pick.
2. Tennessee Titans- Leonard Williams, DE- Southern Cal
Will be tough to judge this pick until we get closer to the actual draft, but seems like Williams is the frontrunner unless they trade down or select Mariota.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Randy Gregory, DE- Nebraska
Slight change from my previous pick (Scherff). My most recent line of thinking has been that the Jaguars will spend in free agency on their primary needs and turn to the draft to improve pass rush. Gregory is supplemented by strong Pro Day and strong fit as “LEO” in Gus Bradley’s system.
4. Oakland Raiders- Amari Cooper, WR- Alabama
I’m sticking with this pick due to Cooper’s off-the-charts production at Alabama, which should prevail over White’s strong combine performance. Both are good picks assuming they take a wideout.
5. Washington Redskins- Shane Ray, OLB- Missouri
Since Gregory is off the board, I’m turning to the second best 3-4 Pass Rusher in Shane Ray, who put up results this past year at Missouri. I’m guessing they might trade down to the 10-14 range on draft day if an offer comes up.
6. New York Jets- Marcus Mariota, QB- Oregon
I’m not buying the reports that the Jets would ship this pick to the Eagles and slide all the way down to twenty when they could pick Mariota and start him. The Jets seem committed to finding the right quarterback, which could be Mariota. Don’t see him sliding further than this.
7. Chicago Bears- Vic Beasley, OLB- Clemson
Vic Beasley’s impressed me throughout the pre-draft process with his strong measureables (4.53, 35 reps/225) to add to his strong game tape and production at Clemson. My line of thinking is that Chicago needs add pass rushers (not D-linemen) to convert to Fangio’s 3-4 defense.
8. Atlanta Falcons- Dante Fowler, 4-3 DE- Florida
I’m sticking with this pick because I’m thinking that Atlanta takes the best available pass rusher to fix its defense. Fowler is the best on the board here. My outside-of-the-box pick is Landon Collins if they choose to build “outside-in” like they did in Seattle (where Quinn used to be DC).
9. New York Giants- Andrus Peat, OT- Stanford
Peat seems the most Giant-esque to me, having a strong character on top of solid measurables and game-tape. Assume they will end up addressing O-line or D-line with this pick.
10. St. Louis Rams- Kevin White, WR- West Virginia
Kevin White has won the pre-draft process. Rose his stock from a mid-late first rounder to almost an absolute top ten pick. Dream scenario here for the Rams.
11. Minnesota Vikings- Trae Waynes, CB- Michigan State
My most recent line of thinking is that they’ll draft a corner to pair with Captain Munnerlyn next season. Waynes is top corner on my draft board.
12. Cleveland Browns- Danny Shelton, DT- Washington
Cleveland has needs up front they’ll need to fill, and Shelton fits “B.P.A.” category as well. Makes tons of sense of Shelton falls this far.
13. New Orleans Saints- Brandon Scherff, OT/G- Iowa
Good value pick here for Saints. Besides filling a need at guard, they get one of the “B.P.A.” as well. Scherff could definitely go top ten on draft day, has the talent and strong game tape as well.
14. Miami Dolphins- DeVante Parker, WR- Louisville
Picking a wideout makes a lot of sense to me here. The new upper management is looking to trade Wallace and cut Hartline and Gibson in process. Need to give Tannehill targets to throw to- and Parker is good value here.
15. San Francisco 49ers- Arik Armstead, DE- Oregon
Justin Smith might not come back next year, and the Niners can’t rely on Dockett and Jerod-Eddie to play a majority of snaps. Armstead is solid value here and fills a need. Makes sense, not to mention he’s played in the Pac-12.
16. Houston Texans- D.J. Humphries, OT- Florida
Houston’s going to win at the line of scrimmage if they’re going to win games next season. Especially if Andre Johnson doesn’t return. Humphries’ stock has been rising. Might be my #2 tackle in next big board edition.
17. San Diego Chargers- La’El Collins, OT/G- Louisiana State
Chargers are going to need to add bodies on the offensive line. They’re very weak at guard and could see Collins as a solid fit inside there.
18. Kansas City Chiefs- Devin Smith, WR- Ohio State
Alex Smith won’t take this team anywhere if he has no targets to throw to. Smith seems like less of a character risk than DGB and more of an Andy Reid-style pick.
19. Cleveland Browns- Ereck Flowers, OT- Miami
Reports have it that the Browns want to solidify both sides of the line in the draft. Seems like a solid plan, as Flowers could start at right tackle and allow them to move Schwartz inside to guard.
20. Philadelphia Eagles- Landon Collins, S- Alabama
If the Eagles don’t move up for Mariota, then they need to pick a solid fit. Collins is that, as he can step in at strong safety and start right away. Not to mention he is surely the “B.P.A.” here.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- T.J. Clemmings, OT- Pittsburgh
My line of thinking is that the Bengals will add a pass rusher via free agency and draft one in the second round, and add a premium offensive tackle or guard with their first round pick. Clemmings is the top tackle available on my big board.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers- Shaq Thompson, OLB- Washington
Shaq Thompson is a talented football player. Although he doesn’t have a set position, his versaility could be a real weapon for new D-coordinator Keith Butler.
23. Detroit Lions- Malcom Brown, DT- Texas
Suh, Fairley, Mosley, and Fluellen are all hitting the open market. Will be tough to get three of the four back. Brown is a strong prospect and perhaps the “B.P.A.” here, although not a slam dunk pick.
24. Arizona Cardinals- Bud Dupree, OLB- Kentucky
Arizona is going to need to address their pass rush this offseason, and they’ll have little cap space to spend in free agency. Dupree is a solid-value pick here and fills a need. Makes sense.
25. Carolina Panthers- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR- Missouri
Seems imprudent for the Panthers to stretch on an O-lineman here when they can take DGB to pair with Kelvin and give Cam two solid targets for the future. DGB surely has the talent to be something special, although character concerns could get in the way of this pick coming to fruition.
26. Baltimore Ravens- Kevin Johnson, CB- Wake Forest
Ravens aren’t going to take a character risk in Peters, but should still draft a corner if they don’t address the need in free agency. Johnson is a solid pick, makes sense for them.
27. Dallas Cowboys- Melvin Gordon, RB- Wisconsin
Needless to say, I’m betting that Murray leaves for greener pastures (yes, as in money) and that A.P. stays in Minnesota. The Cowboys are in their window to win a Super Bowl and must make an explosive pick here, which Gordon would certainly be.
28. Denver Broncos- Carl Davis, DT- Iowa
The Broncos will need to address D-tackle if Knighton leaves in free agency. I have Davis graded as a “Round One” prospect, so he makes sense here.
29. Indianapolis Colts- Eli Harold, OLB- Virginia
The Colts are going to need a consistent pass rush to win the Super Bowl. They can fill their main needs with their $40+ mil cap space and draft a solid pass rusher here.
30. Green Bay Packers- Eddie Goldman, DE- Florida State
Eddie Goldman is a perfect fit for Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense, and is certainly a solid-value pick here. Makes sense to me.
31. Seattle Seahawks- Devin Funchess, WR/TE- Michigan
Funchess has the athleticism and versatility that Pete Carroll craves in players. Comes from a big-name school, has a strong skill set that could rise Seattle to the next level.
32. New England Patriots- Cameron Erving, OG/C- Florida State
Patriots can let Connolly walk in free agency and draft a lineman known for his versatility, as he can play all three positions. Seems like a Patriot-esque pick.