The 2015 NFL Draft has finally arrived, as day one graces die hard NFL fans with 32 exciting picks and probably loads of trades. We’re destined to see a few crazy reaches and some insane slides, but one thing for sure is we won’t be wanting for entertainment. You can enjoy further entertainment and insight right here, too, as I record each pick of the first round and break down the drafted player in his new professional setting.
We’ll also be including links to any of the prospects that have scouting reports here at Breaking Football. Feel free to follow along with us live, give us feedback in the comments below and track the players as they come off of my 2015 Top 100 Big Board. You can also follow along with my 2015 Mock Draft to see which picks I nailed. Let the show begin!
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Winston is a no-brainer here with the weapons that the Buccaneers already have offensively. The kid is NFL ready outside of his off the field antics and he’s going to produce as a rookie.
2. Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The Titans feel the need to continue to lose by drafting the most overrated player of this draft in Mariota, whose name that Roger Goodell couldn’t even pronounce properly. Zach Mettenberger will start the season and if the Titans give Mariota a year on the bench, he may actually be able to produce. Otherwise, look for the Titans to be drafting in the top five once again in 2016.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
Fowler is a complete stud and is going to make a difference for this program immediately. The Jaguars could have been helped by Amari Cooper or Leonard Williams, but Fowler fills a huge need and is one of the safest prospects to take in this draft.
4. Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
What a selection here for the Raiders who get the best player wide receiver in the draft. Giving Derek Carr weapons is necessary for this team to improve.
5. Washington Redskins – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
The Redskins are attempting to improve their offensive line with the selection of this talented Iowa product in Scherff. Problem is, Scherff is an NFL guard and you simply don’t draft guards in the top 10.
6. New York Jets – Leonard Williams, DT, USC
Well this was obvious. The Jets just needed to take the best player in this draft with the sixth selection. Problem is that Williams is better suited for a three technique than a five. Luckily, he’s incredible and he will be an elite player for years as he grows into a primary five technique.
7. Chicago Bears – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
What a fantastic BPA pick. White is a Julio Jones clone and with the loss of Brandon Marshall, the Bears want to continue to attack teams over the top now with a combo of Kevin White and Alson Jeffery.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
This is just a smart pick with Beasley who’s a consistent threat as a pure edge rusher. He’ll need to learn to set the edge, but the guy can pin his ears back and get the quarterback.
9. New York Giants – Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fl.)
This is a bit of a shocker as I believe Andrus Peat is the best tackle in this draft. But Ereck Flowers is a complete stud and is going to make a significant difference for the Giants, who struggled running the ball significantly.
10. St. Louis Rams – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Bulldogs
Yes. I predicted this. That is all.
11. Minnesota Vikings – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
I predicted this one, too.
12. Cleveland Browns – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
We’ve been talking about the perfect fit of Cleveland and Shelton for three months now. Shelton isn’t a three down player, but he’s a guy who can immediate contribute to the run game and the DL rotation that also now includes Randy Starks. You’ll have to beat the Browns over the top with Joe Haden on your top receiver. Dangerous.
13. New Orleans Saints – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
This is a big kid that’s versatile. He’s a technician who can anchor one side of the offensive line and should have been the first OL drafted.
14. Miami Dolphins – Devante Parker, WR, Louisville
What a great down field threat for the Dolphins to have with Ryan Tannehill at QB. Brian Hartline will be missed, but Parker can be a Jordy Nelson type receiver to tag along with upcoming Jarvis Landry.
15. San Diego Chargers (from San Francisco) – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Great call to those who did. Gordon is a stud. I just don’t like two RB’s in the first round.
16. Houston Texans – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Johnson’s going to be a great defensive back to have when facing Andrew Luck twice a year. A great finesse guy, he can target the ball and even catch a little.
17. San Francisco 49ers (from San Diego) – Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
18. Kansas City Chiefs – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
This one’s a bit controversial as Peters may end up being a headcase off the field. That’s the rumor at least. But his skills on the field are worthy of a Top 10 pick, so you be the judge.
19. Cleveland Browns – Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State
The most versatile OL deserving a first round grade, Erving can take over for Alex Mack who is in his last year and is coming off of a significant injury.
20. Philadelphia Eagles – Nelson Agholar, WR, USC
Agholar is a very solid receiver who was at his best when playing #2 to Marqise Lee. Agholar’s a very solid #2WR. He’s just not a first round pick in my eyes without his ability to consistently create separation.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
One of the key tackles that kept Johnny Manziel alive a year ago, Ogbuehi is versatile, but raw. There’s some upside here, but there are two quality DT’s on the board right now.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Alvin “Bud” Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
The Steelers have nailed two great picks back to back with Ryan Shazier in 2014 and Bud Dupree in 2015.
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