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First Mock Draft: No. 1 to 16
Second Mock Draft: No. 17-32
1. Tampa Bay
Needs: Quarterback, Offensive Tackle, Defensive Lineman
The Pick Will Be … QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
If Tampa Bay isn’t going Jameis, it certainly has everyone sold it will. Leonard Williams next to Gerald McCoy would be devastating for a Lovie Smith interior, but the franchise needs a superstar quarterback prospect. After a great weekend in Indianapolis, it’ll be a shocker if Winston doesn’t move down the road.
Needs: Running Back, Cornerback, Defensive End
The Pick Will Be … DT Leonard Williams, USC
This is the Don’t Get Cute pick. The Titans could use any one of the defensive end/outside linebacker pass rushing hybrids, and Marcus Mariota will be in the discussion, but Zach Mettenberger is going to be the main man under center, and now the defense will get its cornerstone to build around.
Needs: Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Running Back
The Pick Will Be … DE Dante Fowler, Florida
Watch out for Jacksonville to be among the most active in trade rumors. It needs offensive line help, and one of the top running backs would be nice, but those can come by moving down. If the Jags stay, it’ll be tough to not go after one of the superstar pass rushing prospects. Fowler fits.
Needs: Wide Receiver, Defensive End, Safety
The Pick Will Be … WR Kevin White, West Virginia
Go ahead and put in Amari Cooper here if you’d like, and certainly the Raiders could take Randy Gregory, Shane Ray or Dante Fowler – if any of them are still on the board – but this is a franchise known for splash, and White is everything the offense needs. With his tools and speed, the guy just looks like an Oakland Raider.
Needs: Quarterback, Cornerback, Defensive End
The Pick Will Be … DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska
The Redskins should give some serious consideration to that whole “we still like Griffin” thing and go with Marcus Mariota, and Trae Waynes would be a need pick at corner, but considering at least one of the superstar pass rushers will still be on the board, getting Gregory should be a layup.
6. New York Jets
Needs: Quarterback, Cornerback, Wide Receiver
The Pick Will Be … QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Merry Christmas. Don’t like him in the top five, hate him at No. 1, love him at the six. The Jets might have to trade up to make sure they get their guy, but they can’t kick off a new regime and era with Geno Smith. They just can’t.
Needs: Defensive End, Safety, Quarterback
The Pick Will Be … DT Danny Shelton, Washington
This might be a far trickier call than you’d think. The Bear defense needs versatility up front, and a guy like Vic Beasley would be perfect for the new scheme. Shane Ray would fit, too, so don’t be shocked there’s a trade down. However, the 3-4 needs an anchor, and Shelton could be the key part of the puzzle.
Needs: Defensive End, Outside Linebacker, Cornerback
The Pick Will Be … DE/OLB Shane Ray, Missouri
Patience – one of the pass rushers will still be around. Between Randy Gregory, Dante Fowler and Shane Ray, the Falcons will get one in their laps, and if not, they’ll have a whale of a prospect right there for the taking.
9. New York Giants
Needs: Defensive Tackle, Linebacker, Offensive Tackle
The Pick Will Be … OT Andrus Peat, Stanford
The Giants have to upgrade the offensive front to give Eli time to work with his excellent receivers, and they should have their pick of any one they want. Peat is the high-riser in the scouting community, but Ereck Flowers or T.J. Clemmings could be the pick.
10. St. Louis
Needs: Quarterback, Offensive Tackle, Cornerback
The Pick Will Be … WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
This one is simple. If Cooper or Kevin White are still around by ten, that card is going up to the podium in a flash. If not, then MSU CB Trae Waynes will be snapped up in an instant.
Needs: Wide Receiver, Cornerback, Offensive Tackle
The Pick Will Be … OT Ereck Flowers, Miami
Teddy Bridgewater needs weapons, but he also needs to be protected better. Trae Waynes would be an easy pick, and DeVante Parker, Kevin White or – by some miracle he’s still there – Amari Cooper would be great for the offense, but Flowers is what the Vikings need.
Needs: Quarterback, Defensive Tackle, Linebacker
The Pick Will Be … DT Arik Armstead, Oregon
With a second pick in the first round, the Browns can shoot for the stars. DeVante Parker could be must considering all the receiver issues, but the line needs an athletic and versatile big body – Armstead is the right guy with a world of upside.
13. New Orleans
Needs: Defensive End, Cornerback, Safety
The Pick Will Be … DE/OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
This is a terrific value pick with several needs likely right there to be filled. Need a corner? Trae Waynes might still be on the board. Go safety? Landon Collins. However, if combine superstar Vic Beasley slides down the first round a bit – and he might – the Saints would jump all over him.
Needs: Defensive Tackle, Cornerback, Linebacker
The Pick Will Be … CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
The Dolphins will go into the draft thinking they’ll get one of the decent wide receivers still available – DeVante Parker and Jaelen Strong should still be around – but Waynes can’t drop any further. He’s an absolute steal if he lasts this long.
15. San Francisco
Needs: Defensive Tackle, Wide Receiver, Offensive Guard
The Pick Will Be … WR DeVante Parker, Louisville
Needing a guard, Brandon Scherff could be the type of versatile offensive lineman who could step in and produce right away, but the Niners need to get younger and better at receiver. Parker would be a fantastic get here, but Jaelen Strong could be a possiblity, too.
Needs: Wide Receiver, Quarterback, Offensive Tackle,
The Pick Will Be … OT La’el Collins, LSU
The Texans can get their next great running back later, and there should be decent receivers on the board for the taking throughout the draft. Collins shores up the O line that needs to start keeping the quarterback clean. T.J. Clemmings could also go here.
Second Mock Draft: No. 17-32
2015 Draft: The Post-Combine Mock Draft
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