With the 2015 NFL Draft quickly approaching, here is an intricate first-round mock draft. This mock includes potential trades and analysis. This offseason has been wild and unpredictable. The draft is shaping up to be just as exciting:
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.
Winston is by far the top QB and has the most upside of any quarterback since the Andrew Luck and RG3 draft. This is pretty much a no brainer.
2. Chicago Bears (via trade w/TEN)) – Leonard Williams, DE, USC
The Bears need to rebuild their once fierce defense. What better way to start than by trading up and taking the best defender in the draft.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dante Fowler, DE/OLB. Florida St.
Fowler may have something to say about Williams being declared the best defender in the draft.
4. Oakland Raiders – Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
The Raiders love combine hero’s (technically, Perriman is a pro-day hero). This year will be no exception. The kid has size and can fly. More people would have him higher if not for a hamstring injury.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (via trade w/WAS) – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
It’s very hard to believe that Chip Kelly’s master plan ends with Sam Bradford as his starting QB. Nobody is buying his lies.
6. Cleveland Browns (via trade w/NYJ) – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
The Browns are desperate to get a star WR to make up for the loss of Josh Gordon and no Dwayne Bowe does not count. He is a subpar role player at best. This could allow them to trade Gordon and at least get something for him while ridding themselves of the headache.
7. Tennessee Titans (via trade w/CHI) – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
At this point Cooper is just too good to pass up on.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
The Falcons need to improve their offensive front. Scherff is the best lineman in the draft.
9. New York Giants – Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
The Giants need to get back to what they do best and that’s get at the QB.
10. St. Louis Rams – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
The Rams really need a WR but they can get one in the second. Peat could really solidify their O-line.
11. Minnesota Vikings La’El Collins, OL, LSU
Collins is a versatile lineman that could go a long way to helping a rookie QB and the rushing attack. Now that they’ve added Mike Wallace, protecting Teddy Bridgewater seems like a much more pressing need than giving him another weapon at this point.
12. New York Jets (via trade w/CLE) – Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson
If Beasley turns out what he’s projected to be, he could make the Jets’ defense the best in the league.
13. New Orleans Saints – Devante Parker, WR, Louisville
With Marques Colston aging and Jimmy Graham gone it’s time to start building a new young offense in New Orleans. Another bad year and it may be a QB next season.
14. Miami Dolphins – Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
With all the top wideouts off the board, LB is the Dolphins next most pressing need. Kendricks has been flying up draft boards.
15. San Francisco 49ers – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.
The 49ers once again let both their corners go. They have a ton of holes to fill but Waynes is the best player available at a need.
16. Dallas Cowboys (via trade w/HOU) – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
There is no way the Cowboys are rolling with McFadden. If you can’t get Adrian Peterson, Gurley is the next best thing.
17. San Diego Chargers – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
With Gurley off the board, the Chargers will quickly grab Gordon.
18. Kansas City Chiefs – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
Andy Reid has no problem taking a chance on guys with a checkered past. So why not roll the dice on a guy who could be the second coming of Randy Moss.
19. Baltimore Ravens (via trade w/CLE) – Devin Smith, WR, Ohio St.
Just give him Torrey Smith’s jersey and no one will realize he left. Devin is a deep threat with better leaping ability than Torrey.
20. Washington Redskins (via trade w/PHI) – Alvin Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky
Dupree could step right in for Brian Orakpo. He’s a great athlete with a ton of upside that could really help the Redskins defense.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Arik Armstead, DT/DE, Oregon
Armstead is monstrous. Put him next to Geno Atkins and some pass rushers and that defensive front will wreak havoc on opposing offenses.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
The Steelers love this kid and his name has been coming up in Pitt for weeks. They will opt for Johnson over Marcus Peters.
23. Detroit Lions – Erik Flowers, OT, Miami
The Lions need to build up their O-line. A poor combine may have made Flowers a steal at pick No. 23.
24. Arizona Cardinals – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Peters can step right in and fill the void left by Antonio Cromartie.
25. Carolina Panthers – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
It is about time the Panthers get a franchise tackle to protect Cam Newton.
26. Cleveland Browns (via trade w/BAL) – Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
Thompson is a perfect fit for the Browns. He’s a great athlete that fills their most pressing need on defense.
27. Houston Texans (via trade w/DAL) – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida St.
The Texans appear to be building a dominate line. With Vince Wilfork only being a part-time player, Goldman can be their every-down tackle.
28. Wahington Redskins (via trade w/DEN) – Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Collins is a stud and the best player available. He’s more than a steal this late.
29. Indianapolis Colts – Cameron Erving, OL, Florida St.
Jeff Saturday was a staple for Peyton Manning in Indy. Perhaps Erving can be that for Luck.
30. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Perryman, Miami
Perryman is a tackling machine with a nose for the ball. He is an upgrade over A.J. Hawk and can be a leader in the middle of the Packers defense for years to come.
31. Buffalo Bills (via trade w/NO) – Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
If Gregory plummets thanks to a nightmarish combine that was headlined by a failed drug test, there is no way Rex Ryan doesn’t go get him. Even if they are already stacked on defense.
32. New England Patriots – Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan
Funchess is that matchup nightmare that Bill Belichick loves to deploy in his offense. He will get the most out of the hybrid player.