2015 NFL Mock Draft 9.0

The NFL Combine begins tomorrow so here's a look at a pre-combine NFL Mock Draft. It's a battle at the top between quarterbacks Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and defensive linemen like Leonard Williams, Shane Ray, Danny Shelton, Randy Gregory and Dante Fowler.

The NFL Combine begins tomorrow so here's a look at a pre-combine NFL Mock Draft. It's a battle at the top between quarterbacks Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and defensive linemen like Leonard Williams, Shane Ray, Danny Shelton, Randy Gregory and Dante Fowler.

This draft is dominated by underclassmen listed here.

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

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1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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: 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. Mariota is the safer pick of the two if you are concerned with Winston off the field. But after a 2-14 season Lovie Smith and his staff can’t wait. They need a signal caller this fall and Winston is the more NFL ready of the two.

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2
Tennessee Titans

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

Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt
2014 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: If the Titans believe quarterback Zach Mettenberger is the answer than I see them going with a pass rusher here or trading out of the spot. But I am not convinced that Mettenberger is the long term solution. So with Winston off the board Tennessee has to go with quarterback Marcus Mariota. It may take a bit of time and the club will need to show some patience with his development. There’s no reason why he can’t be a really good quarterback on Sundays. The other option for Tennessee is to trade down with quarterback needy clubs like the Jets, especially if the Titans feel good about what they already have at QB on their roster.

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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: There is no change here with Jacksonville. 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: Jack Del Rio
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. In addition, with new coach Jack Del Rio having a defensive background he’s going to want to shore up his defense. 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: 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: Jay Gruden
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: For several weeks I had the Redskins taking offensive tackle Andrus Peat. They have to find more protection for RG3. Here, the higher rated player that also fills a huge need is defensive end Shane Ray from Missouri. Either way this franchise needs big time help on both fronts. The higher grade goes with the defensive lineman from the SEC.

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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: Todd Bowles
2014 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: The Jets now have a general manager and a new coach with Todd Bowles. So the big decision with this draft is what does New York do with their first pick? 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 Amari Cooper.

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7
Chicago Bears

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

Head Coach: John Fox
2014 Record: 5-11

ANALYSIS: The with Bears switching to a 3-4 defense you better have the right pieces up front and in the middle. Shelton is a key piece to putting together this defensive puzzle and the ideal anchor at the top end of this draft at a nose tackle.

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8
Atlanta Falcons

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: Dan Quinn
2014 Record: 6-10

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 Dan Quinn and the Falcons would love this Gator here.

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9
New York Giants

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: Tom Coughlin
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: The Giants get the big and athletic offensive tackle from Stanford to help continue the offensive line rebuild. Like their rival, the Redskins, New York needs help on both lines of scrimmage.

RND 1
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: Jeff Fisher
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. He could be next season’s Zach Martin.

RND 1
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

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: Mike Pettine
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: I could certainly see the Browns addressing another position here and grabbing a wide receiver with their second first round pick. But in this mock at this spot Cleveland nabs Kevin White from West Virginia. He will fill a huge void and could make a big splash for the Browns.

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13
New Orleans Saints

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: Sean Payton
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Beasley to the Saints would be huge for the New Orleans defense. He would give the Saints some much added pressure off the edge.

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14
Miami Dolphins

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: Joe Philbin
2014 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The Dolphins could very well go wide receiver here or even linebacker. But Miami continues to rebuild their offensive front with the selection of Ogbuehi, who could play tackle and guard.

RND 1
15
San Francisco 49ers

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: Jim Tomsula
2014 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The 49ers need to upgrade their wide receiver corps. Lots of options here but the call goes to Dorial Green-Beckham. He has as much upside as anyone in this draft.

RND 1
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

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

Head Coach: Mike McCoy
2014 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: Melvin Gordon gets the call here, as Phillip Rivers gets a potential franchise running back in this Wisconsin star.

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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.

RND 1
19
Cleveland Browns

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: Mike Pettine
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: I had Cleveland getting Danny Shelton in several mocks at No. 12 but that changed once the Bears moved to a 3-4. The Browns need to shore up the middle of their defense against the run and landing a guy like Goldman here looks ideal. One of Goldman's strength's is stopping the run.

RND 1
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 month 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.

RND 1
21
Cincinnati Bengals

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: Marvin Lewis
2014 Record: 10-5-1

ANALYSIS: The Bengals need to improve their pass rush. Here, they get Bud Dupree from Kentucky, one of the very best guys in this draft in getting after the quarterback.

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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: 6'2
Weight:320
Hometown: Brenham, Texas
College: Texas
Class: 2014 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 193
Pos Rank: 17

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: Brown to the Lions with this pick makes sense in so many ways. He's stout against the run and would be a nice fit alongside Ndamukong Suh.

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24
Arizona Cardinals

Height: 6'8
Weight:290
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
College: Oregon
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 17
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Bruce Arians
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Cardinals get a perffect fit for their defensive unit in this talent from Oregon. Physically he's freaky, especially considering his size. Look for his stock to rise this spring.

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25
Carolina Panthers

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: Ron Rivera
2014 Record: 7-8-1

ANALYSIS: Collins really struggled playing guard at the Senior Bowl. He's stock could slide, as I thought he could be an inside-outside combo guy on the front. But we all know he can play tackle and this is the Panther's play here.

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26
Baltimore Ravens

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

Head Coach: John Harbaugh
2014 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: Peters could very well be the classes top cornerback in terms of overall talent but he slides because of some off the field issues.

RND 1
27
Dallas Cowboys

Height: 6'2
Weight:288
Hometown: Centreville, Ohio
College: Ohio State
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 35
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Jason Garrett
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: The Cowboys need to continue to retool their defense. Here Dallas gets an interior force at defensive tackle in Bennett from Ohio State.

RND 1
28
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: Gary Kubiak
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: You have to protect your aging quarterback Peyton Manning. Erving was a tackle a year ago I projected into the first round. In 2014 he made the move to center and was outstanding at FSU once again. His versatility will be terrific in the NFL.

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29
Indianapolis Colts

Height: 6'4
Weight:252
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
College: Louisville
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 68
Pos Rank: 7

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: Mauldin was outstanding during the entire week in Mobile. This guy can rush the passer and showed he was pretty good in space and in coverage. Mauldin is a fantastic athlete. He will give the Colts defense a big boost.

RND 1
30
Green Bay Packers

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

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: The Packers get the top inside 'backer in this draft in McKinney. He's so big and moves so well and fills a big need in the Green Bay defense.

RND 1
31
Seattle Seahawks

Height: 6'2
Weight:201
Hometown: Lreoy, Ala.
College: Auburn
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 96
Pos Rank: 13

Head Coach: Pete Carroll
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: Coates was as impressive as anyone at the Senior Bowl and could work his way into the first round. Seattle needs a perimeter threat and that's exactly what this former Auburn Tiger is.

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32
New England Patriots

Height: 6'4
Weight:334
Hometown: Towanda, Ka.
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2014 SO
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 77
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Bill Belichick
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: Phillips continues to climb the draft charts. Here, he lands with the Super Bowl champions. This kid is versatile and could help anchor the Patriots front for many years.

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