NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (April 27, 2015)
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameis Winston, QB (Florida State)
Winston is a top-notch quarterback who will immediately improve his team by being on the field. He will thrive under the tutelage some of the league’s best coaches.
2. Tennessee Titans- Marcus Mariota, QB (Oregon)
As we get closer to the draft, it is appearing more likely that the Titans keep this selection and pick Marcus Mariota to compete for the starting quarterback job. With that said, it seems likely they will be open to trading the selection on draft day.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Williams, DT (Southern Cal)
David Caldwell surprised many with his selection of Blake Bortles last year, and it seems like he values making the right selection for the team’s future. Leonard Williams is the draft’s best defensive player, and he’d be prudent to improve his defensive line with this pick.
4. Oakland Raiders- Amari Cooper, WR (Alabama)
Assuming Leonard Williams is off the board, it seems like the Raiders will turn to drafting a receiver here. Amari Cooper and Kevin White both deserve strong consideration, but the Alabama receiver has superior game tape and collegiate production.
5. Washington Redskins- Dante Fowler Jr., OLB (Florida)
Fowler is a solid pass rusher with freakish intangibles and athletic ability. He will be an immediate game-changer wherever he lands on draft night.
6. New York Jets- Kevin White, WR (West Virginia)
The Jets can go in many directions here, one of which includes drafting a third starting-caliber receiver to improve the Jets’ pass game. Coming off a strong combine performance, Kevin White’s versatility and athleticism are second-to-none.
7. Chicago Bears- Vic Beasley, OLB (Clemson)
It is important for the Bears to target role players for their new defensive scheme, and Vic Beasley would be a perfect fit for Fangio’s formation as a rush linebacker. He is a flat-out baller who has only supplemented strong game tape with a great pre-draft process and deserves to be a top ten pick.
8. Atlanta Falcons- Bud Dupree, OLB (Kentucky)
The Falcons desperately need to add a defensive end to improve their pass rush, and Dupree would be a solid fit as a “LEO” type player.
9. New York Giants- Ereck Flowers, OT (Miami)
Jerry Reese needs to draft a true blindside tackle to protect Eli Manning, as Will Beatty won’t be a long-term option at left tackle. Flowers has great intangibles and is a risk worth taking here for the Giants.
10. St. Louis Rams- Brandon Scherff, OT (Iowa)
The release of Jake Long created a hole along the Rams offensive line, and adding Brandon Scherff will fill that need and add a positive presence in the team’s locker room.
11. Minnesota Vikings- DeVante Parker, WR (Louisville)
Teddy Bridgewater will be psyched if this ends up being the selection. He needs more receiving options, and adding his favorite college target is a step in the right direction. DeVante Parker will give him a true top option and create mismatches with his size and athleticism.
12. Cleveland Browns- Todd Gurley, RB (Georgia)
Although running backs normally aren’t taken in the first round, Todd Gurley is an exception with his monstrous athleticism and game tape production. He will immediately improve the Browns offense from the moment he takes the field.
13. New Orleans Saints- Trae Waynes, CB (Michigan State)
The Saints are in a tough spot here with the questions surrounding Randy Gregory and Shane Ray. At the moment, it seems like they spurn both in favor of Trae Waynes and choose to address their need at cornerback with their first (of many) selections.
14. Miami Dolphins- Breshad Perriman, WR (Central Florida)
If Miami’s goal is to make the playoffs next year, then they can afford the luxury of adding an immediate-impact receiver like Perriman to improve the team’s pass game. His speed will keep safeties honest and he’ll create a dangerous pairing with Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry.
15. San Francisco 49ers- Arik Armstead, DE (Oregon)
With the plethora of talented cornerbacks in the second round, the Niners can afford to look elsewhere with their first round pick. Armstead is solid value here, and he won’t be rushed into action assuming Justin Smith returns next season.
16. Houston Texans- Randy Gregory, OLB (Nebraska)
It never hurts to have too many pass rushers, and drafting Gregory to pair with Clowney will create nightmares for opposing offensive linemen.
17. San Diego Chargers- La’El Collins, OT (Louisiana State)
The signing of Orlando Franklin confirms the Chargers’ desire to have versatile linemen, and La’El Collins fits that description as he is able to play both guard and tackle. Protecting Philip Rivers should be a high priority if they want to make a run at a championship.
18. Kansas City Chiefs- Kevin Johnson, CB (Wake Forest)
The Chiefs lack depth at cornerback, and could go for Kevin Johnson to fill their starting spot across Sean Smith.
19. Cleveland Browns- Andrus Peat, OT (Stanford)
Andrus Peat would solidify the Browns’ starting five cross their offensive line and give management a veteran-like presence in the locker room. Those are both pros which should make him the selection on draft night if he’s available here.
20. Philadelphia Eagles- Nelson Agholor, WR (Southern Cal)
Chip Kelly will make this an interesting and debatable selection if this offseason is any indicator. Nelson Agholor has been shooting up draft boards as of late, and could go as high as fourteenth overall.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Danny Shelton, DT (Washington)
Mike Brown always seems to harp on value, which he would do by drafting Shelton and filling a need at defensive tackle.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers- Byron Jones, CB (Connecticut)
Byron Jones’ athleticism and intangibles are among the best in the draft, and he’d fill a need at cornerback here for the Steelers.
23. Detroit Lions- Shane Ray, OLB (Missouri)
The Lions have drafted defensive linemen with character problems in the past (Nick Fairley), and shouldn’t be hesitant to do so again if Shane Ray falls this far on draft night.
24. Arizona Cardinals- Melvin Gordon, RB (Wisconsin)
The Cardinals could seriously contend for the Super Bowl if they go bold and take Melvin Gordon with their first round pick. He’d form a great platoon with Ellington at running back.
25. Carolina Panthers- D.J. Humphries, OT (Florida)
Protecting Cam Newton should be a top priority, and drafting a tackle of D.J. Humphries’ caliber with their first round pick would be a step in the right direction.
26. Baltimore Ravens- Jaelen Strong, WR (Arizona State)
Ozzie Newsome has allowed the Ravens’ receiving corps to become dangerously thin, which might be an indicator that he wants to draft a receiver at some point in the draft. Strong is the best receiver available here, and seems like a logical choice if he’s available here on draft night.
27. Dallas Cowboys- Jalen Collins, CB (Louisiana State)
Morris Claiborne has been a failure in Dallas, and the team must look to replace him with a rookie cornerback at some point in the draft. Jalen Collins makes sense, as he provides strong value here while filling a need.
28. Denver Broncos- Jake Fisher, OT (Oregon)
Draft rumors have Jake Fisher flying up draft boards, and it is possible he goes as high as twenty-fifth on draft night. He would fill a need for the Broncos and will likely be in the conversation during draft night if the team doesn’t move up or down.
29. Indianapolis Colts- Cameron Erving, OG (Florida State)
The Colts’ interior offensive line is very weak, and can afford to be upgraded. Cameron Erving is one of the best offensive linemen in the draft, and its hard to imagine Ryan Grigson passing on him if he’s available here.
30. Green Bay Packers- Eric Kendricks, ILB (UCLA)
Eric Kendricks’ stock has been flying high, and he could be taken unexpectedly early on draft night. Needless to say, this would be a smart pick for the Packers.
31. New Orleans Saints- Phillip Dorsett, WR (Miami)
With the team’s bold offseason, it wouldn’t be surprising if they targeted a receiver early on in the draft. Phillip Dorsett has impressed many during the pre-draft process, and he might be a fringe first-rounder on draft night.
32. New England Patriots- Malcom Brown, DT (Texas)
Although he hasn’t necessarily been connected to this team, Malcom Brown is first-round talent and the Patriots are too smart to pass on him if he falls this far on draft night. With that said, weirder things have happened on draft night.
33. TEN- T.J. Clemmings, OT (Pittsburgh)
34. TB- Landon Collins, S (Alabama)
35. OAK- Eddie Goldman, DT (Florida State)
36. JAX- Marcus Peters, CB (Washington)
37. NYJ- Eli Harold, OLB (Virginia)
38. WAS- Donovan Smith, OT (Penn State)
39. CHI- Devin Smith, WR (Ohio State)
40. NYG- Damarious Randall, S (Arizona State)
41. STL- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR (Oklahoma)
42. ATL- Maxx Williams, TE (Minnesota)
43. CLE- Jordan Phillips, DT (Oklahoma)
44. NO- Owamagbe Odighizuwa, OLB (UCLA)
45. MIN- Cedric Ogbuehi, OT (Texas A&M)
46. SF- Ronald Darby, CB (Florida State)
47. MIA- Stephone Anthony, ILB (Clemson)
48. SD- Tevin Coleman, RB (Indiana)
49. KC- Laken Tomlinson, OG (Duke)
50. BUF- Denzel Perryman, ILB (Miami)
51. HOU- Devin Funchess, WR (Michigan)
52. PHI- Eric Rowe, CB (Utah)
53. CIN- Mario Edwards Jr., DE (Florida State)
54. DET- T.J. Yeldon, RB (Alabama)
55. ARZ- Preston Smith, OLB (Mississippi State)
56. PIT- Hau’oli Kikaha, OLB (Washington)
57. CAR- Sammie Coates, WR (Auburn)
58. BAL- Quinten Rollins, CB (Miami OH)
59. DEN- Garrett Grayson, QB (Colorado State)
60. DAL- Jay Ajayi, RB (Boise State)
61. IND- Steven Nelson, CB (Oregon State)
62. GB- Grady Jarrett, DT (Clemson)
63. SEA- Shaq Thompson, OLB (Washington)
64. NE- A.J. Cann, OG (South Carolina)