Mock Draft Volume 4.0: Peterson And Rivers On The Move
With just a week to go until the big night, potential landing spots for players are starting to become a little clearer running back on the move.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14): Jameis Winston, Quarterback Florida State
As with the previous three mocks, I don’t see this pick changing in the next week or so. The Buccaneers have made it clear they are interested in the former FSU product and he fills a huge need. Look for Winston to remain in the state of Florida and become a Buccaneer.
TRADE: Titans trade 1st round Pick (2nd Overall) and 3rd round Pick (66th Overall) to the Chargers for Quarterback Phillip Rivers and 1st round Pick (17th overall)
2. San Diego Chargers (9-7) Marcus Mariota, Quarterback Oregon
This would be one of the biggest draft day shockers in recent history. However, the Chargers seem to have a genuine interest in the Oregon product, and the Titans could use a franchise quarterback to help turn their team around. This deal would most likely be contingent on Rivers singing an extension with the Titans before becoming official.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) Leonard Williams, Defensive End, USC
Not the biggest need for the Jaguars, but the best talent and one of the safest players in this draft. He could be an immediate impact starter and has the potential to be an elite pass rusher for years to come. Gus Bradley will make sure he is a force on defense.
4. Raiders (4-12) Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver Alabama
This fills a huge need for the Raiders and in this case is the best player on the board. Cooper is one of the best route runners to come out of the draft in years and has the potential to be a thousand yard receiver as a rookie. With a young blossoming quarterback in Derek Carr, this could be a great one-two punch for years to come.
5. Washington Redskins (4-12) Dante Fowler Jr., Outside Linebacker Florida
Brian Orakpo’s departure to the Titans during free agency hurts a Redskins pass rush that was already struggling. Fowler is an athletic freak and was one of the most impressive players at the NFL combine. He is a similar prospect to Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack who was one of the best rookies in 2014. Look for him to start as a rookie and breathe some life into the Redskins defense.
6. New York Jets (4-12) Brandon Scherff, Offensive Tackle/Guard Iowa
Scherff is the top lineman in the draft and could help solidify the Jet’s offensive line that was lackluster at times last year. Scherff would most likely slide into the guard position as a rookie with the potential to move outside to one of the tackle positions in a year or two.
7. Chicago Bears (5-11) Kevin White, Wide Receiver West Virginia
While Alshon Jeffrey is capable of being a number one wide receiver in this league, the departure of Brandon Marshall greatly hurts the Bear’s wide receiver core. Enter Kevin White who has a mixture of speed and size and could immediately slide into the number two wide receiver role giving the Bears one of the most talented wide receiver cores in the NFL.
8. Atlanta Falcons (6-10) Vic Beasley, Defensive End Clemson
After leading a Seattle defense that went to back-to-back Super Bowls, you can bet Falcons new head coach Dan Quinn will be looking to shore up the Falcons underwhelming defense. Enter Beasley, a local product who is one of the best pass rushers in this draft. Quinn would do wonders with a defensive end of Beasley’s caliber.
9. New York Giants (6-10) Devante Parker, Wide Receiver Louisville
With the best offensive lineman off the board, and both White and Cooper already drafted, the Giants go with the best player on their board. In this scenario it’s Devante Parker, one of the most explosive wide receivers in the draft. While injuries hampered him throughout much of his senior season, he absolutely dominated competition when healthy.
10. St. Louis Rams (6-10) T.J. Clemmings, Offensive Tackle/Guard Pittsburgh
With no viable quarterback to take 10th overall, the Rams look to address their offensive line while looking for quarterback help later in the draft. Clemmings is one of the most talented offensive linemen in the draft with the versatility to start at both guard and tackle.
11. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) Trae Waynes, Cornerback Michigan State
With the top three wide receiver prospects off the board, the Vikings look to shore up their secondary. Waynes is the top cornerback in the draft and would battle for a starting position as a rookie. Look for him to make an immediate impact in the Viking’s struggling secondary.
12. Cleveland Browns (7-9) Danny Shelton, Defensive Tackle Washington
Outside of wide receiver, nose tackle may be the biggest need for the Browns. Shelton is a massive tackle that could start as the nose tackle in the Brown’s 3-4 defensive scheme. While Shelton could play in a 4-3 defense, his big body would be best suited in a 3-4 defense.
13. New Orleans Saints (7-9) Shane Ray, Outside Linebacker Missouri
Ray dropping to thirteen in the draft is one of the best values of the first round. Ray is an elite pass rusher and could greatly improve a Saints defense that has struggled throughout the last few years. Look for him to make an immediate impact for the Saints defense as a rookie.
14. Miami Dolphins (8-8) Breshad Perriman, Wide Receiver UCF
The Dolphins have Jarvis Landry, who is coming off a great rookie season and Kenny Stills who is solid; however, they are lacking a player with the potential of a true number one receiver. Enter Perriman who was the fastest wide receiver at the combine running a blazing 4.22 40 yard dash. He is a deep threat and can take the top off the field at any given moment.
15. San Francisco 49ers (8-8) Randy Gregory, Linebacker Nebraska
In this scenario, Gregory is the best player available and too much for the 49ers to pass up. If not for a failed drug test, Gregory would be considered a borderline top five talent. Gregory can take a year to learn the system before taking over at one of the outside linebacker positions.
16. Houston Texans (9-7) Todd Gurley, Running Back Georgia
Gurley is one of the most talented running backs to come out of the draft in years. If not for tearing his ACL last season, he would be a surefire top ten pick. While Arian Foster is great, he is injury prone and getting up there in years. They would make a great one-two punch before Gurley takes over in a few years.
17. Tennessee Titans (2-14) Dorial Green-Beckham, Wide Receiver Missouri
After reuniting Philip Rivers with Ken Whisenhunt, it is now time to get him some weapons. The Titans offense was putrid last season, and needs upgrades at almost every skill position. Green-Beckham is one of the most talented players in the draft and if he can get his head on straight may be one of the biggest steals in the first round. If not, we could be looking at Kenny Britt 2.0 in Tennessee.
18. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) La’El Collins, Offensive Tackle LSU
Part of the reason the Chiefs were so successful in 2013 was the fact they had one of the top offensive lines in the NFL. This led to Jamaal Charles having a career year and Alex Smith efficiently running the offense. Unfortunately, the offensive line took a big step back in 2014 and the Chiefs entire offense regressed. Collins is a versatile lineman who can play guard or tackle and could make an immediate impact with the Chiefs as a rookie.
19. Cleveland Browns (7-9) Philip Dorsett, Wide Receiver Miami
The Browns are desperate for a wide receiver take a gamble on Dorsett. Dorsett was a combine star and one of the fastest players in this draft. Speed kills and he has the potential to be one of the best deep threats in the NFL. With not a lot of options at the receiver position, Dorsett has the potential to make a big impact as a rookie for the Browns.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) Kevin Johnson, Cornerback Wake Forest
The Eagles will need to make an effort to improve a secondary that was a disaster for much of 2014. While signing Byron Maxwell was a good start, they could use another solid cornerback. Johnson is regarded by many as the second best corner in the draft and could start his career as a nickel cornerback before taking over as the number two corner.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle Stanford
Peat is one of the biggest boom or bust prospects in the draft class. He has the tools to be one of the best left tackles in the NFL; however, he looks out of shape at times and gets beat more times than he should. At number 21 overall he is a good gamble for the Bengals to improve their offensive line.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) Bud Dupree, Linebacker Kentucky
The Steelers struggled throughout 2014 getting to the quarterback, only registering 33 sacks the entire season. Enter Dupree who is an elite edge rusher who could make an immediate impact on defense for the Steelers.
23. Detroit Lions (11-5) Malcolm Brown, Defensive Tackle Texas
After losing starting defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency the Lions will be looking to strengthen their tackle position. Trading for Haloti Ngata is a good way to improve the defensive tackle position for the next year or two; however, his best days are behind him. Brown would most likely start alongside Ngata as a rookie.
24. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) Marcus Peters, Cornerback Washington
After Patrick Peterson the Cardinals don’t have a whole lot at the cornerback position. Mathieu is talented but would most likely benefit from being their nickel corner. Peters is one of the most talented corners in the draft and is only dropping due to character concerns. If he stays out of trouble he could form a formidable one-two punch with Patrick Peterson.
25. Panthers (7-8-1) D.J. Humphries, Offensive Tackle Florida
The offensive line is a big need for the Panthers, and keeping franchise quarterback Cam Newton on his feet should be one of their top priorities in the draft. Humphries is considered by some the best tackle in the draft and is a great value at 25th overall. Humphries has the potential to start from day one.
26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Melvin Gordon, Running Back Wisconsin
Justin Forsett had a career year in 2014; however, he is pushing 30 and is unlikely to keep up his recent success. Gordon is the second best running back in this draft and has the potential to be a star in the NFL. He would be one of the top candidates for Offensive Rookie Of The Year if he landed with the Ravens.
TRADE Cowboys Trade 1st Round Pick (27th Overall) to Vikings for Adrian Peterson and 4th Round Pick (110th Overall)
27. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) Jaelan Strong, Wide Receiver Arizona State
The Cowboys get their man in Adrian Peterson to replace the recently departed Demarco Murray. Meanwhile, the Vikings get rid of a disgruntled and troubled running back while shedding salary and acquiring an extra first round pick. With the pick the Vikings strengthen their wide receiver core picking up a talented wide receiver in Jaelen Strong. Seems like a win-win for both teams.
28. Denver Broncos (12-4) Erik Flowers, Offensive Tackle Miami
This pick seems like a no brainer after losing offensive tackle Orlando Franklin to the rival Chargers. Flowers is one of the most talented tackles in this draft and fills an immediate need. If developed properly, Flowers can become a very solid left tackle and possibly an elite right tackle.
29. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) Landon Collins, Safety Alabama
The Colts fill a big need and get great value at the same time. Collins is the top safety in the country and would most likely start for the Colts as a rookie. Collins would be one of the steals of the draft if he makes it to 29th overall.
30. Green Bay Packers (12-4) Eric Kendricks, Linebacker UCLA
After losing A.J. Hawk in the offseason, Kendricks would be a great successor. He is one of the top linebackers in the draft and would fill an immediate need for the Packers. If not, they may elect to go cornerback after losing two of their top corners in the offseason.
31. New Orleans Saints (7-9) Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver USC
After losing both Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham in the offseason, the Saints would be wise to invest a premium pick on a wide receiver. Agholor is a polished wide receiver who would create an extremely young and talented wide receiver duo with second year receiver Brandin Cooks.
32. New England Patriots (12-4) Byron Jones, Cornerback UCONN
After losing Darrelle Revis in free agency, the Patriots make a move to help replenish the cornerback position. Jones is one of the fastest risers over the last few weeks and has a high ceiling. He can make an immediate impact as a rookie in 2015 in the Patriots secondary.