Mock Draft Volume 6.0: Browns Get Their Franchise QB
The big day is finally here! At last we will finally have answers as to where our favorite prospects will call home. Take a look at my final mock in anticipation of tonight’s NFL draft.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14) Jameis Winston, Quarterback Florida State
This has remained constant in all the mocks I have done and will not change. Winston will be a Buccaneer come Thursday Night.
TRADE: Titans trade 1st round Pick (2nd Overall) to Browns for 1st Round Pick (12th Overall) 1st Round Pick (19th Overall) 2016 Second Round Pick
2. Cleveland Browns (7-9) Marcus Mariota, Quarterback Oregon
The Browns pull the draft day stunner and get their franchise quarterback. After the Manziel experiment failed, the Browns are still in need of a quarterback. Mariota is sqeuaky clean and would be a breath of fresh air for the Browns. The trade also allows the Titans to stock up on picks which they desperately need to fill all the holes on their roster.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) Dante Fowler Jr., Outside Linebacker Florida
Fowler would be a great fit in Gus Bradley’s defense and would be able to make an immediate impact as a rookie. While, Leonard Williams is the superior prospect, Fowler would be the better fit.
4. Raiders (4-12) Leonard Williams, Defensive End USC
While they hit the jackpot with linebacker Khalil Mack last season, they still need help on their defense. William’s value is too much to pass up on at fourth overall. Raiders land the best player in this draft and one of the safest prospects we’ve seen in quite some time. Their front seven could be quite scary in a year or two.
5. Washington Redskins (4-12) Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver Alabama
Defense is a much bigger need for the Redskins; however, Cooper is a game changer, an elite route runner, and great value at the fifth overall pick. With Pierre Garcon’s better years most likely behind him, Cooper could be their top receiving target in a year or two.
6. New York Jets (4-12) Vic Beasley, Defensive End Clemson
The Jets get the missing piece to what could be an elite defense in 2015. Beasley is one of the top edge rushers in this class and would be the edge rusher this defense desperately needs to take it to the next level.
7. Chicago Bears (5-11): Kevin White, Wide Receiver West Virginia
After the departure of Brandon Marshall in the offseason, the Bears have a hole to fill at wide receiver. Alshon Jeffrey is a great player; however, after him there is very little at the position. White has a rare combination of size and speed and is drawing favorable comparisons to future Hall Of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.
8. Atlanta Falcons (6-10): Bud Dupree, Defensive End Kentucky
Former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator and current Falcons Head Coach, Dan Quinn will make a strong push to improve Atlanta’s underperforming defense the last few years. Dupree could give the Falcons a much needed pass rusher and has the tools to become a superstar in this league.
9. New York Giants (6-10): Devante Parker, Wide Receiver Louisville
Scherff is on the board and is an intriguing option; however, Reese has said he would take a playmaker over an interior lineman if rated similarly. I believe in this scenario Reese takes the best player available and looks to address the offensive line in the next round. Parker and Beckham could be a scary duo for years to come.
10. St. Louis Rams (6-10): Brandon Scherff, Offensive Tackle/Guard Iowa
The Rams land the best lineman in the draft with this pick. Scherff is the best lineman in this year’s draft and can make an immediate impact on the line and would most likely start his career as a guard.
11. Minnesota Vikings (7-9): Trae Waynes, Cornerback Michigan State
Not the biggest need for the Vikings; however, in this scenario he is the best player on the board. He is the best corner in this draft and can make an immediate impact as a rookie.
12. Tennessee Titans (2-14): Breshad Perriman, Wide Receiver UCF
After trading out of the number two overall spot, the Titans need to work on improving their offense at the skill positions. Perriman is a slight reach at twelfth overall; however, he is an absolute burner with big play ability. Look for the Titans to address the quarterback position in the second or third round.
13. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Arik Armstead, Defensive End Oregon
Armstead is extremely raw; however, he is one of the best talents in this draft. If the Saints are unable to retain Cam Jordan long term, he could be the potential replacement at the defensive end position.
14. Miami Dolphins (8-8) Todd Gurley, Running Back Georgia
The Dolphins want running back Todd Gurley, and they haven’t exactly made it secret. Gurley is the top running back in this draft and would most likely have been a top five pick had he not torn his ACL in November. He would make a dynamic one-two punch with running back Lamar Miller.
15. San Francisco 49ers (8-8) Randy Gregory, Linebacker Nebraska
Gregory is dropping due to maturity issues and a failed drug test. However, his talent is undeniable and in this scenario he is the best player available to help rebuild a 49ers defense that lost a ton of talent in the offseason.
16. Houston Texans (9-7) Phillip Dorsett, Wide Receiver Miami
The Texans need to replace mainstay Andre Johnson, and they turn to another University of Miami product. Dorsett is one of the fastest players in the draft and his big play ability would be the perfect compliment to DeAndre Hopkins.
17. San Diego Chargers (9-7): Danny Shelton, Defensive Tackle Washington
One of the biggest steals of the draft has Danny Shelton dropping all the way down to 17th overall. He fits a need for the Chargers and is great value as he is the best defensive tackle in the draft.
18. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) Ereck Flowers, Offensive Tackle Miami
The Chiefs solidify their offensive line by getting one of the best tackles in the draft. Flowers has the potential to be an elite tackle at the next level. He would benefit from starting at right tackle and transitioning over to the left side after a few years.
19. Tennessee Titans (2-14): Melvin Gordon, Running Back Wisconsin
The Titans overhaul on offense continues. While they invested a second round pick in Bishop Sankey last year, he was extremely disappointing as a rookie. Gordon is an elite down the field runner and has the talent to be a star in the NFL.
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 in 2014. They signed Byron Maxwell in the offseason which was a good start; however, they could use another solid cornerback to add to their secondary.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) D.J. Humphries, Offensive Tackle Florida
The Bengals get one of the most polished and NFL ready tackle in the draft. Humphries is versatile lineman and adds a much needed infusion of youth to a Bengals line that is getting up there in years.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) Shane Ray, Outside Linebacker
Considered a top ten pick until recently, the Steelers take a gamble on the talented linebacker. In the past few weeks there has been speculation that he may need surgery on his foot. Furthermore, he was arrested this past Monday for marijuana possession causing his stock to plunge. The talent is there and if he gets his head screwed on straight he could be a steal for the Steelers.
23. Detroit Lions (11-5) Malcolm Brown, Defensive Tackle Texas
The Lions get a mammoth defensive tackle to replace the recently departed Ndamukong Suh. This pick would both address a need and be good value in the mid-twenties.
24. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) Jalen Collins, Cornerback LSU
Collins is one of the most talented cornerbacks in the draft and would join fellow Tiger Alumni Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu in the secondary. Has the potential to be a number one corner down the road.
25. Panthers (7-8-1) Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle Stanford
The Panthers could use an upgrade on their offensive line and get it in the Stanford graduate. Peat is one of the biggest boom or bust prospects in the whole draft, if developed properly and motivated he has the tools to be an elite left tackle in this league.
26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Dorial Green-Beckham, Wide Receiver Missouri
The Ravens get one of the most talented wide receivers in the draft at twenty-sixth overall. If not for his off the field issues he may have been considered a top ten pick in his year’s draft. This fills an immediate need after the departure of Torrey Smith and could be one of the steals of the draft if he stays out of trouble.
27. Dallas Cowboys (12-4) Eric Kendricks, Inside Linebacker, UCLA
The Cowboys get one of the best inside linebackers in the draft. Kendricks is a strong tackler who excels in pass coverage. Great value and fills a need with the uncertainty of Rolando McClain’s future.
28. Denver Broncos (12-4) Cameron Erving, Center Florida State
Erving seems to make the most sense for the Broncos as he would fill a big need on their offensive line. While he is projected as a center, he has the best versatility in this year’s class and could play multiple positions along the offensive line.
29. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) Landon Collins, Safety Alabama
Safety is a big need for the Colts and Collins would be great value for them at the end of the first round. He is the top safety in this year’s draft class and would be able to make an immediate impact on the Colts struggling defense.
30. Green Bay Packers (12-4) Marcus Peters, Cornerback Washington
After losing two cornerbacks in the offseason, the Packers will be looking to shore up the position. Peters is one of the most talented corners in this draft who is dropping due to character concerns.
31. New Orleans Saints (7-9) Bryce Petty, Quarterback Baylor
One of the most surprising picks in this mock is the Saints selection of Bryce Petty. Petty is a gunslinger that would be a great fit in Sean Payton’s offense. With Drew Brees up there in age, Petty would be a solid successor to have down the line. With a lack of top quarterbacks available in this year’s draft class, teams will have to reach in some scenarios to get the guy they want.
32. New England Patriots (12-4) Byron Jones, Cornerback UCONN
After losing Darrelle Revis in free agency, the Patriots need to address the cornerback position which is dangerously thin on their roster. Jones is one of the fastest risers the last few weeks and would fit the mold of the type of corner Bill Belichick wants.