2015 NFL Mock Draft 5.0

Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman has decided to stay in school. How does this alter things?

Here is a Mock Draft based on where teams currently fall in the draft order. College players won’t have to declare for the draft until January 15, so the player pool considered here are all the guys who are red-shirt sophomores and older.Here is a running list of the underclassmen that have declared for the NFL Draft.

Note: The Browns own the Bills first-round selection after Buffalo traded up with Cleveland last year to select wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Over the last week, Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman has said he will stay in school. In my previous mock draft I had him going to the 49ers in the first round. Also, I have dropped Georgia running back Todd Gurley and moved up a few other players like Dante Fowler and Ereck Flowers.

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1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Height: 6'4
Weight:219
Hometown: Honolulu, Hi.
College: Oregon
Class: 2014 JR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 7
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Lovie Smith
2014 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: For the fifth time in franchise history Tamp Bay has the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. This is a team that began in 1976 and has yet to have a sustained franchise quarterback. In all, they have started 37 different quarterbacks over the past 38 seasons. Do they grab a quarterback with the top overall pick when they have huge holes on the offensive line and are in desperate need for a pass rusher? In a quarterback driven league the Bucs have to go get their guy and decide between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. While Winston may be the better pro QB prospect I see Lovie Smith and Tampa Bay going the safer route with Mariota. In the end the Bucs may not even have a choice if Winston stays in school.

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2
Tennessee Titans

Height: 6'4
Weight:230
Hometown: Bessemer, Ala.
College: Florida State
Class: 2014 SO
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 8
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt
2014 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: I am sticking with the Titans taking Winston here. He's a star on the field, though he lost his very first game in two years against Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Thursday. Last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Winston has shined this season when FSU needed him the most. How will his off the field issues hurt his draft stock? Winston will certainly come under more pre-draft scrutiny than other prospect before him. But will he actually turn pro? There are many who think he could very well stay in school.

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3
Jacksonville Jaguars

Height: 6'5
Weight:295
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.
College: USC
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 1
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Gus Bradley
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: The Jags continue to build up their defense and grab defensive lineman Leonard Williams from Southern Cal. He's a big time talent who's physical and versatile. Gus Bradley can work him in the lineup in a variety of ways in Jacksonville. Right now I think he's the top non-quarterback in this draft. Williams is athletic and versatile enough to play the three or five-technique.

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4
Oakland Raiders

Height: 6'6
Weight:240
Hometown: Fishers, Ind.
College: Nebraska
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 16
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Tony Sparano
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: I am a huge Amari Cooper fan. In fact I have been since I first saw him play four years ago in high school. However, I think picking in the No. 4 hole may be a tad high for this Alabama wide receiver. Oakland hit a home run last May with the selection of Khalil Mack. Here they find a pass rushing, athletic defensive end to pair with him in Randy Gregory from Nebraska. The two should work very well together.

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5
Washington Redskins

Player: Andrus Peat
Height: 6'7
Weight:316
Hometown: Chandler, Az.
College: Stanford
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 29
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jay Gruden
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: Assuming RG3 is still the franchise quarterback for the Redskins then you have to keep him upright and healthy. That means building up the offensive front. Washington could decide among all the offensive line prospects. Here I go with the guy I believe fits the best - Andrus Peat from Stanford. This is a very big and athletic tackle that just needs some refinement. Much will depend on who's making the calls in D.C. Will it be this regime or another new one for the Redskins?

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6
New York Jets

Player: Amari Cooper
Height: 6'1
Weight:210
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
College: Alabama
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 2
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach:
2014 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: The Jets cleaned house and are currently looking for a new head coach and general manager. They are a mess, especially offensively and could go in a number of directions. New York could trade up for a quarterback, draft Amari Cooper or address their front. They also need help on the other side of the ball at a few different spots. In this mock they just grab the best player on the board in Cooper.

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7
Chicago Bears

Player: Dante Fowler
Height: 6'3
Weight:277
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
College: Florida
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 3
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach:
2014 Record: 5-11

ANALYSIS: Did you see Fowler play in the Birmingham Bowl? He looked fantastic for the Florida defense. This is an athletic defensive end that has shown great versatility. I once saw him in a high school game play quarterback, running back, full back, tight end, wide receiver and all over the defensive front. Yeah, he’s pretty darn athletic and I think the Bears would love him here.

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8
Atlanta Falcons

Player: Shane Ray
Height: 6'3
Weight:245
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
College: Missouri
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 13
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: 0
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: With Mike Smith gone where will the Falcons look in this draft? Regardless of the next coach Atlanta will still need to find a pass rusher. There are plenty of possibilities at No. 8. Shane Ray from Missouri gets the nod here over guys like Vic Beasley, Shilique Calhoun, and others. Ray had a big season for the Tigers and is an explosive guy on the edge with size and speed.

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9
New York Giants

Player: Vic Beasley
Height: 6'3
Weight:235
Hometown: Adairsville, Ga.
College: Clemson
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 10
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: Giants need help on both fronts as well as a pass rusher. They also need linebacker. Here, New York lands outside/linebacker defensive end Vic Beasley from Clemson. He had a great career for the Tigers getting after the quarterback.

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10
St. Louis Rams

Height: 6'5
Weight:320
Hometown: Denison, Ia.
College: Iowa
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 4
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach:
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: The Rams would love to add another top notch offensive lineman. Brandon Scherff is a tackle that could slide inside and play guard or both. He’s a physical presence in the trenches that would mesh well in St. Louis and playing in that division.

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11
Minnesota Vikings

Player: Trae Waynes
Height: 6'1
Weight:182
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.
Class: 2014 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 6
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Vikings could very well go wide receiver here or even offensive line. Safety Landon Collins is still on the board. But Minnesota could also take the first cornerback off the board. They go that route in this mock with Michigan State's Trae Waynes.

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12
Cleveland Browns

Height: 6'2
Weight:340
Hometown: Auburn, Wa
College: Washington
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 8
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike Pettine
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Cleveland has to continue to address their defense, specifically their run defense. Shelton will give them a huge inside presence and anchor in the middle.

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13
New Orleans Saints

Height: 6'5
Weight:305
Hometown: Allen, Texas
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 85
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Sean Payton
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Saints could go a number of different directions but something was amiss with their offense. A guy like Cedric Ogbuehi could play tackle or guard in New Orleans.

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14
Miami Dolphins

Height: 6'5
Weight:321
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
College: LSU
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 18
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Joe Philbin
2014 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: I had running back Melvin Gordon to Miami last month. I would stick with that but La'El Collins is available to the Dolphins. He's a powerful and versatile offensive lineman that can play right tackle or guard.

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15
San Francisco 49ers

Player: Kevin White
Height: 6'3
Weight:209
Hometown: Plainfield, N.J.
College: West Virginia
Class: 2014 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 14
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh
2014 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The 49ers need to upgrade their wide receiver corps. Lots of options here but the call goes to West Virginia's Kevin White. He has all the tools and is coming off a huge 2014 campaign.

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16
Houston Texans

Height: 6'0
Weight:222
Hometown: Geismar, La.
College: Alabama
Class: 2014 JR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 24
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Bill O'Brien
2014 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: The Texans could use help on offense, most notably a quarterback and wide receiver. Houston also needs an upgrade in the secondary. Here they get one with the draft's top safety - Landon Collins.

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17
San Diego Chargers

Player: Todd Gurley
Height: 6'1
Weight:226
Hometown: Tarboro, N.C.
College: Georgia
Class: 2014 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike McCoy
2014 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: Hands down Todd Gurley is one of the best players in this draft. But he's coming off a knee injury and he's a running back. The Chargers get a steal here. Gurley will give the San Diego run game a huge charge.

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18
Kansas City Chiefs

Height: 6'3
Weight:215
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
College: Louisville
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 5
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Andy Reid
2014 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: The Chiefs didn't score a passing touchdown to a wide receiver all season. That's truly an amazing stat that shouldn't ever happen. KC needs serious help here and that's why they get DeVante Parker.

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19
Cleveland Browns

Height: 6'5
Weight:249
Hometown: Tunica, Miss.
Class: 2014 JR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 75
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Mike Pettine
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Here's another outstanding athlete with versatility for the Browns in Benardrick McKinney. He's a guy that can play inside and out in the Cleveland defense. He had an outstanding 2014 campaign for Mississippi State.

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20
Philadelphia Eagles

Height: 6'1
Weight:228
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
College: Washington
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 39
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Chip Kelly
2014 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: I had the Eagles go cornerback here last week but Shaq Thompson was already long gone. He's not in this mock draft and this is an absolute steal for Chip Kelly's defense. Philadelphia just filled a need with an outstanding athlete with tremendous speed and versatility.

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21
Cincinnati Bengals

Height: 6'5
Weight:256
Hometown: Middletown, N.J.
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: NR
Pos Rank:

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
2014 Record: 10-5-1

ANALYSIS: The Bengals fortify their defensive front by landing a very good defensive end in Calhoun from Michigan State.

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22
Pittsburgh Steelers

Height: 6'0
Weight:196
Hometown: Ocala, Fla.
College: Florida State
Class: 2014 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 52
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh needs to address the secondary and here they get a good sized, physical and athletic cornerback in P.J. Williams from Florida State. He looks like a good fit in the Steeler secondary.

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23
Detroit Lions

Height: 6'4
Weight:314
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
College: Florida State
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 51
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Lions could go cornerback here or even address the offensive front. But instead they go and get Eddie Goldman from FSU. He’s a talented defensive tackle that will help bolster that stout defense.

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24
Arizona Cardinals

Player: Alvin Dupree
Height: 6'4
Weight:264
Hometown: Irwinton, Ga.
College: Kentucky
Class: 2014 SR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank:

Head Coach: Bruce Arians
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Cardinals upgrade their pass rush with the athletic and quick Durpree from Kentucky.

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25
Carolina Panthers

Height: 6'6
Weight:324
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
College: Miami
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 23
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Ron Rivera
2014 Record: 7-8-1

ANALYSIS: The Panthers need to continue their upgrade on offense. Here they go the tackle route and land Flowers from Miami. You have to protect Cam Newton better and he will also give the run game a boost.

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26
Baltimore Ravens

Height: 6'1
Weight:213
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.
College: Wisconsin
Class: 2014 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 15
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: John Harbaugh
2014 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: I believe there are two first round running backs in this draft in Gurley and Melvin Gordon. The Ravens get their guy here in Gordon, who was spectacular as a Badger.

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27
Indianapolis Colts

Height: 6'3
Weight:215
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
College: Arizona State
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 25
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Colts need more wide receiver options in Indianapolis with the uncertainty of Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks. Jaelen Strong would be a nice pick here.

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28
Dallas Cowboys

Height: 6'0
Weight:190
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
College: Washington
Class: 2014 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 9
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jason Garrett
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: It's safe to assume that at this point Marcus Peters is arguably the top cornerback in this draft. Having said that how much will his dismissal from the Huskies hurt his stock? It won't with Jerry Jones and Dallas.

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29
Green Bay Packers

Height: 6'7
Weight:290
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
College: Oregon
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 17
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: Green Bay could use a tight end and some linebacker help. But they address those positions later. Here, the Packers give their defense a boost, landing end Arik Armstead from Oregon.

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30
Denver Broncos

Player: Cam Erving
Height: 6'6
Weight:308
Hometown: Moultrie, Ga.
College: Florida State
Class: 2014 SR
Position: C
Rating:
Overall Rank: 31
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: John Fox
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: You have to protect your aging quarterback Peyton Manning. Erving is a talented player that move from tackle to center this season. That's versatility.

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31
New England Patriots

Player: Malcom Brown
Height: 6'2
Weight:320
Hometown: Brenham, Texas
College: Texas
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 19
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Bill Belichick
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: The Patriots could go offensive line or even wide receiver or tight end here. But they could also address a big need on the defensive front. I don't think they would pass on the big and athletic defensive tackle Malcom Brown from Texas if he were available here.

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32
Seattle Seahawks

Height: 6'6
Weight:225
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 20
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Pete Carroll
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: I have to believe that Pete Carroll and company would be very intrigued by Dorial Green-Beckham. Despite where they are slotted the Seahawks will have a chance to grab a very good player in this draft.

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