2015 NFL Mock Draft 14.0

There's a party crasher in Jamie Newberg's latest mock draft, as Clemson outside linebacker Vic Beasley roars into the top five. Where does this former Tiger land after having a very productive career for the Tigers?

The NFL Draft is now 17 days away. We are inside three weeks and Tampa Bay is on the clock. What quarterback do the Buccaneers go with - Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota? How many pass rushers get selected in the top half of the first round? Do running backs Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon slip into the first round?

My answer is yes on Gurley and Gordon. I believe there will be a bevy of defensive ends/outside linebackers picked among the top 16. And I am still leaning with the Bucs nabbing the former Seminole star as their franchise signal caller.

Check out all my picks in my latest mock draft below. There are also some changes and a surprise near the top.

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. New Orleans just obtained Seattle's first round pick (No. 31) in the Jimmy Graham trade.

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1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Height: 6'4
Weight:231
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: We are now 17 days away from the NFL Draft and it certainly looks like Tampa Bay’s selection will be Florida State signal caller Jamies Winston. The Bucs have glaring holes on the offensive line, they need an edge rusher, a middle linebacker and help in the secondary. They addressed some of those needs via free agency. Lovie Smith and Tampa Bay also need a franchise quarterback. That’s what they are hoping to land with that first pick. All indications are that Winston has been impressive in workouts with the Bucs, his pro day in Tallahassee and that the Glazer’s (Bucs owners) are all on board if Tampa goes this route. Still, they have two weeks plus to cement Winston and make him the pick.

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2
Tennessee Titans

Height: 6'4
Weight:222
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: The Titans could select a quarterback, pick their favorite pass rusher or trade down and out of the spot. There have been reports that they are happy and confident moving forward with QB Zach Mettenberger. That’s gutsy considering what little he has produced in one year in the NFL. I find it hard to believe they would turn away from a signal caller like Marcus Mariota. It’s my contention they draft the former Oregon Duck or trade out of the spot to someone that wants him and grab extra picks. One way or another I see the reigning Heisman Trophy winner going No. 2 to Tennessee or to someone else.

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3
Jacksonville Jaguars

Player: Vic Beasley
Height: 6'3
Weight:246
Hometown: Adairsville, Ga.
College: Clemson
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 10
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Gus Bradley
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: The last few mocks I have had Dante Fowler as the pick here for the Jaguars over defensive tackle Leonard Williams. I just believe he’s the better pass rusher of the two. Now I am leaning towards Clemson’s Vic Beasley. He’s stronger and faster than Fowler and was more productive in college.

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4
Oakland Raiders

Height: 6'5
Weight:302
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.
College: USC
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 1
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: Last season the Raiders did well in the draft, especially with their top selection in linebacker Khalil Mack. While so many have Oakland pegged to land a wide receiver like Amari Cooper or Kevin White, I simply don’t see Reggie McKenzie or Jack Del Rio passing on Leonard Williams from USC if he’s still on the board. Williams is from California and dreamed of playing for the silver and black. Plus, he may be the top overall prospect in this draft and would bring a huge presence to their defensive front. The Raiders could also trade out of the spot and move back in hopes of obtaining more picks and drafting a wide receiver. I just see much more value of taking Williams here and getting wide receiver help later on in the draft.

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5
Washington Redskins

Player: Dante Fowler
Height: 6'3
Weight:261
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
College: Florida
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 3
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jay Gruden
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: Here's another team that could go in two different directions, addressing the offensive or defensive front. The Redskins need to protect RG3 better and would have their pick of tackles. I had Stanford's Andrus Peat penciled in at this spot a few times. But now I have Washington addressing their pass rush by nabbing Dante Fowler here. He would be the ideal replacement for Brian Orakpo. Fowler is a super athlete with a ton of upside.

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6
New York Jets

Player: Amari Cooper
Height: 6'1
Weight:211
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 have had a nice spring bringing back cornerback Darrelle Revis, trading for wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and signing guard James Carpenter and cornerback Buster Skrine. That’s an improved roster in New York. This now gives the Jets flexibility to go and get the best available player or even trade out of the spot to get more picks. Staying here I like Amari Cooper. To me, he’s the best receiver in this class and should provide an immediate impact on this Jets offense.

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7
Chicago Bears

Height: 6'2
Weight:339
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: I could see Chicago going with wide receiver Kevin White here, especially after trading Brandon Marshall. But the Bears can address this need later and instead go get help to improve their defensive front. I ultimately see John Fox deciding here between an inside anchor or an outside pass rusher in nose guard Danny Shelton and outside linebacker like Shane Ray, Randy Gregory or even Bud Dupree. With Vic Beasley and Dante Fowler off the board I would lean towards that huge presence in the middle from Washington in Shelton. He’s a guy Fox could build his entire defense around.

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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: Dan Quinn
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: New Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn has to address their defensive front and in this spot there are still some nice options but it all depends on what happens in front of the Falcons. In this mock scenario Shane Ray is the call. He was terrific for the Tigers and looks like he will transition well into the NFL, particularly this Quinn led defense in Atlanta. The Falcons have a screaming need for a pass rusher.

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9
New York Giants

Height: 6'5
Weight:319
Hometown: Denison, Ia.
College: Iowa
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 4
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: I could definitely see New York go and draft a pass rusher here. There’s no question about that. But in this mock scenario I like the Giants to go get Iowa star tackle Brandon Scherff. He can play outside or go inside and play guard. Either way, this former Hawkeye is projected as the top offensive linemen in this draft and should provide immediate help to the Giants front at multiple positions. He could be another first round home run for this franchise.

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10
St. Louis Rams

Player: Kevin White
Height: 6'3
Weight:215
Hometown: Plainfield, N.J.
College: West Virginia
Class: 2014 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 14
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: Certainly the Rams could be one of a handful of teams that attempt to move up to potentially land one of the two quarterbacks. But there are no trades in this mock draft. With what has transpired in this version I see St. Louis addressing their offensive front or picking a wide receiver like Kevin White. Here, the Rams nab this big and fast wideout from West Virginia. He will have a chance to make an immediate contribution to a team starving for a big play guy on the outside.

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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: I have had Trae Waynes to Minnesota in most of my mock drafts and I am sticking to it. I just wonder if this former Michigan State star drops to No. 11? I have my doubts but if he’s there for the Vikings this would be a terrific landing spot. Waynes is the top cornerback in this class and is coming off an outstanding Combine and pro day. There are many who feel that the Vikings could go wide receiver with this pick. Minnesota just traded for the speedy and expensive wideout Mike Wallace. Could you imagine pairing him with Devante Parker or another elite receiver in this class? I think the Vikings could pick up a good player at this position in rounds two or three.

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12
Cleveland Browns

Height: 6'4
Weight:305
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
College: LSU
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 18
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Pettine
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: What do the Browns do? They need a quarterback. Cleveland needs weapons at wide receiver and could use a right tackle. They also need an anchor in the middle of the defense but Shelton is gone. The Browns will address receiver later on in the draft. Here they go with arguably the draft’s top tackle in for LSU standout La’el Collins.

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13
New Orleans Saints

Player: Alvin Dupree
Height: 6'4
Weight:269
Hometown: Irwinton, Ga.
College: Kentucky
Class: 2014 SR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank:

Head Coach: Sean Payton
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Saints and Seahawks pulled off a massive trade with Seattle getting tight end Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans getting center Max Unger. In addition, the Saints also obtained the Seahawks No. 1 pick. New Orleans also traded wide receiver Kenny Stills. So they need a wide receiver and pass rusher and could go either way here with Devante Parker or pass rusher like Alvin Dupree or Randy Gregory. The Saints can get a very good receiver later on. Therefore, Dupree is the pick here. New Orleans certainly needs his athleticism on their defense.

RND 1
14
Miami Dolphins

Height: 6'3
Weight:209
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
College: Louisville
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 5
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Joe Philbin
2014 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The Dolphins made a huge splash in free agency by giving Ndamukuong Suh the largest defensive contract ever. Miami’s defense just got that much better with the signing of Suh. They could further address this side of the ball and go cornerback here. Miami could go on the offensive and get a wide receiver to pair with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and second year wide receiver Jarvis Landry. I like the fish to grab a big outside target in DeVante Parker. Miami also traded for a big play wideout in Kenny Stills.

RND 1
15
San Francisco 49ers

Height: 6'5
Weight:235
Hometown: Fishers, Ind.
College: Nebraska
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 16
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jim Tomsula
2014 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: San Fran has lost so much since the end of the season. First it was coach Jim Harbaugh. Over the past few weeks linebacker Patrick Willis retired and the 49ers have lost guard Mike Iupati, cornerbacks Chris Cook and Chris Culliver, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Frank Gore all to free agency. Then first year linebacker Chris Borland retired. They could go in a number of different directions from pass rusher, to linebacker, to cornerback, offensive line or wide receiver. They added wide receiver Torrey Smith via free agency. Here, they go with the talented outside linebacker/defensive end in Randy Gregory. His stock has dropped of late so he could be a steal here for the 49ers.

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16
Houston Texans

Height: 6'6
Weight:237
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 20
Pos Rank: 4

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

ANALYSIS: I could see the Texans going running back or even the offensive front here. Safety Landon Collins in still on the board. So too are a handful of linemen. Houston opts for the wide receiver from Oklahoma, although Dorial Green-Beckham never played a down for the Sooners. He did light up the SEC while at Missouri. DGB is so big and so talented. Like former Texan great Andre Johnson, DGB is a big, phyical and freaky wide receiver talent.

RND 1
17
San Diego Chargers

Height: 6'1
Weight:215
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: I am sticking with the Chargers and Melvin Gordon here. Can you imagine what this Wisconsin running back could do for Phillip Rivers and the San Diego offense? Plus, the Chargers lost Ryan Matthews in free agency.

RND 1
18
Kansas City Chiefs

Player: Andrus Peat
Height: 6'7
Weight:313
Hometown: Chandler, Az.
College: Stanford
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 29
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Andy Reid
2014 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: The Chiefs landed a good receiver in free agency, as Andy Reid is reunited with Jeremy Maclin, who he drafted when he coached the Eagles. Kansas City still needs help at this position but could address it later on in the draft. Safety Landon Collins could very well be an option here but Reid goes the offensive line route and get a really good one in Andrus Peat from Stanford.

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19
Cleveland Browns

Player: Malcom Brown
Height: 6'2
Weight:319
Hometown: Brenham, Texas
College: Texas
Class: 2014 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 193
Pos Rank: 17

Head Coach: Mike Pettine
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Browns fans may go crazy if Cleveland doesn’t draft a wide receiver in the first round with one of their two picks but they opt to reinforce the lines of scrimmage with the picks of Collins and Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown. Brown fits the the versatile front player that this Cleveland staff looks for and he should help bolster their run defense.

RND 1
20
Philadelphia Eagles

Height: 6'0
Weight:228
Hometown: Geismar, La.
College: Alabama
Class: 2014 JR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 24
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Chip Kelly
2014 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: What the heck has gotten into Chip Kelly? He guided his team to a 10-win season but they missed the playoffs. Last month he traded his starting quarterback away (Nick Foles) to St. Louis for Sam Bradford. He also shipped running back Shady McCoy to Buffalo for inside linebacker Kiko Alonso. The Eagles let Jeremy Maclin go [to KC] via free agency. Philadelphia did get secondary help with the signing of Byron Maxwell . Then Philly made a huge splash with the signing NFL offensive MVP in running back DeMarco Murray. They also agreed to terms with another running back in Ryan Matthews. The Eagles need another wide receiver but also have to get better in the secondary. Here they draft the top safety in former Alabama standout Landon Collins.

RND 1
21
Cincinnati Bengals

Height: 6'5
Weight:309
Hometown: Teaneck, N.J.
College: Pitt
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 37
Pos Rank: 5

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

ANALYSIS: Defensive end Michael Johnson re-signed with the Bengals. Cincy should now address the offensive tackle position. Here, the Bengals land a right tackle with tremendous upside in T.J. Clemmings from Pitt.

RND 1
22
Pittsburgh Steelers

Height: 6'0
Weight:197
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
College: Washington
Class: 2014 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 9
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: I have had Alabama safety Landon Collins pegged to Pitt the last few mock drafts but he's gone in this one. The Steelers still draft help for the secondary with Washington cornerback Marcus Peters.

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23
Detroit Lions

Height: 6'4
Weight:336
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: Ndamukuong Suh and Nick Fairley are gone because of free agency. In turn, the Lions traded for Haloti Ngata. He will be tremendous addition to the Detroit defensive front though he’s no Suh. The Lions still need help here and could go with a number of different defensive tackles still on the board. I have the next highest rated player here as Eddie Goldman from Florida State.

RND 1
24
Arizona Cardinals

Player: Todd Gurley
Height: 6'1
Weight:222
Hometown: Tarboro, N.C.
College: Georgia
Class: 2014 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Bruce Arians
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Cardinals took a hit by losing defensive lineman Darnell Dockett but also signed a really good offensive guard in Mike Iupati from San Francisco, along with defensive tackle Corey Peters and linebacker Sean Witherspoon. There are several possibilities here as Arizona could go running back or middle linebacker. But this is the one team that could nab former Georgia running back Todd Gurley. If healthy, he could be one of the elite players from this draft. What would this offense be like with Gurley running the rock?

RND 1
25
Carolina Panthers

Height: 6'6
Weight:329
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: If one of the first round offensive tackle is still on the board the Panthers will grab him. In this mock scenario that’s the case with former Hurricane Ereck Flowers. This kid has serious upside and fills a huge need in Carolina.

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26
Baltimore Ravens

Height: 6'1
Weight:175
Hometown: Clarksville, Md.
College: Wake Forest
Class: 2014 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 36
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: John Harbaugh
2014 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: The Ravens lost wide receiver Torrey Smith to the 49ers in free agency. They also lost Pernell McPhee to the Bears. Baltimore could very well go wide receiver or go get a pass rusher. The Ravens could also look to get some secondary help from a terrific cornerback in Kevin Johnson from Wake Forest. He's got good size and runs well. He should go somewhere in this vicinity on April 30th.

RND 1
27
Dallas Cowboys

Height: 6'3
Weight:267
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
College: UCLA
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 38
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Jason Garrett
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: With the loss of Demarco Murray in free agency to their rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, would Dallas pass on running back Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon if available? I don't believe so but in this mock they are both gone. The Cowboys now address their pass rush. Sure they signed Greg Hardy but they need a lot more. Here, Jerry Jones lands former Bruin Owa Odighizuwa. This cat is super quick off the edge.

RND 1
28
Denver Broncos

Height: 6'5
Weight:313
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: I love offensive lineman Cameron Erving here because of his great versatility. He could be huge in helping the Broncos offensive front because he can play all five positions. He was very good at FSU as a right tackle and even better as a center.

RND 1
29
Indianapolis Colts

Player: Byron Jones
Height: 6'1
Weight:199
Hometown: New Britian, Ct.
College: Uconn
Class: 2014 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 30
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Colts added some huge pieces in free agency with the additions of running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Andre Johnson, defensive tackle Kendall Langford, and pass rusher Trent Cole. Linebacker/safety Shaq Thompson is still out there but with this pick Indy goes offense with the versatile and athlete defensive back Byron Jones from UConn. He's freaky and can play corner and safety.

RND 1
30
Green Bay Packers

Height: 6'7
Weight:292
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 has to be elated to re-sign wide receiver Randall Cobb and tackle Bryan Bulaga. This defense could use another big body in the middle and could be in the mix for a middle linebacker. The Packers could also use some help at cornerback or perhaps a pass rusher. I don't know if they pass on former Oregon standout Arik Armstead if he's still on the board.

RND 1
31
New Orleans Saints

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: Sean Payton
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Saints picked up the Seahawks pick here [along with center Max Unger] but they had to give up tight end Jimmy Graham. With the first pick New Orleans grabbed an edge guy in Bud Dupree. Here, they go and get a big target at wide receiver in Jaelen Strong from Arizona State.

RND 1
32
New England Patriots

Height: 6'5
Weight:329
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: New England lost Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner via free agency and could go cornerback here. But with Jordan Phillips still on the board the Patriots nab him, especially with the free agency loss of Vince Wilfork.

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