Pre-nfl combine 1st Round Mock Draft February 17, 2015

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Pre-NFL Combine 1st Round Mock Draft

February 17, 2015

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, FSU

With the Bucs cutting their starting QB from last season, Josh McCown, it’s almost a lock for them to draft a QB, especially with the #1 pick. There have also been reports that have said the Bucs prefer Winston over Mariota if Winston stays out of trouble from now to the draft.

  1. Tennessee Titans – Randy Gregory, OLB/DE, Nebraska

Gregory could be considered the best prospect in this draft. Although he has some weight and

Injury concerns he is and explosive and powerful athlete. With the Titans lacking at getting to

the quarterback this could be a great pick.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USC

If Williams falls to the Jags at pick three this would be a huge steal for them. He can get to the QB and can also stop the run, he would be a huge impact right out of the gate, and someone you could build the defense around.

  1. Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

If the Raiders don’t pick a WR in the first or second round, they have no clue what they are doing. Because they have 3 WRs who will be free agents and they desperately need to help Derek Carr out. Cooper is arguably the best receiver in this draft and they would be wise to pick him.

  1. Washington Redskins – Dante Fowler Jr, OLB, Florida

With Brian Orakpo set to hit free agency, the Redskins would be wise to draft a young talented pass-rusher with the #5 pick. Fowler is a little raw because he never really played in one spot in college as he moved around a lot, but that could also be considered a good thing. He has great potential and could be picked anywhere from the 3rd pick and later depending on how his draft stock rises going into the draft.

  1. New York Jets – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

I’ve already got the feeling that new HC Todd Bowles isn’t a huge fan of Geno Smith after responding “he was a great college QB” when being asked what he thought about him; and they announced that they won’t resign Michael Vick. I think Mariota could be a great fit for the Jets with fast receivers like Kerley and Harvin who will get open a lot quicker.

  1. Chicago Bears – Danny Shelton, NT, Washington

The Bears need a play maker up front on defense and Shelton could be a nightmare for defenses. He could step in right away and make a huge difference on their defense.

  1. Atlanta Falcons – Shane Ray, OLB/DE, Missouri

Shane Ray is a little undersized, but he has outstanding speed. He doesn't really have any moves to get to the QB as of right now (he relies on his speed) but he will learn some once he gets to the NFL level. The Falcons have needed a player like Ray to rush the QB for a while now, so this would be a sold pick.

  1. New York Giants – Brandon Scherff, OT/OG, Iowa

The Giants could become an offense to be reckoned with if they sure up the offensive line and if Manning keeps his INTs down. Scherff projects better as a guard in the NFL but could also play tackle and would be a huge upgrade to their o-line.

  1. St. Louis Rams – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Waynes is arguably the best CB in the draft this season and could step right in and make the Rams defense even better with their already terrifying d-line.

  1. Minnesota Vikings – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

They BADLY need an offensive lineman, but they also need a receiver, and I don’t think there’s an offensive lineman worth picking here. And think about it, how could they not pair up Bridgewater and Parker again? (They were teammates in college.) In my opinion, I think Parker has the brightest future out of all the receivers in this year’s class.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Kevin White, WR, WVU

Gordon who..? With all of Gordon’s problems, step in Kevin White, he would become the teams #1 WR on their team they moment they call his name. Even if Gordon wasn’t suspended, I still think White would produce more. He is a little raw but this would be a great pick based on their WR problems and because he is considered one of the best WRs in this year’s draft.

  1. New Orleans Saints – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

Last season Beasley was considered a top 10 pick but he’s lost some traction and so have him falling to the 2nd round, but I believe he will be an elite pass-rusher in the NFL and will gain some traction at the combine. The Saints could use some pass rushing help, and Beasley would be a great pick.

  1. Miami Dolphins – Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

There’s been talk that Shaq Thompson might be considering changing positions to RB, as he excelled at that position in college also. But he’s said he loves defense and will stay there. He’d be a great addition to the Dolphins. Can cover, rush the QB, and stop the run. He could also come in as a RB in certain situations (ex: goal line and 3rd/4th and short) and be a power running back beside Lamar Miller and would be a great addition to the offense but especially the defense.

  1. San Francisco 49ers – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Depending on how free agency goes (and it looks like they will lose a few players) the 49ers will probably have some holes on the offensive line. With that being said Andrus Peat would start on day one and would be a monster up front for San Fran.

  1. Houston Texans – La’el Collins, OT, LSU

If Collins came out of college a year ago he would most likely have been a top 10 pick, and the Texans would be happy to get a guy like Collins to sure up there offensive line.

  1. San Diego Chargers – Malcom Brown , DT/NT, Texas

I believe that the Chargers will be able to resign Brandon Flowers and they will get Jason Verrett back next year so they can focus on their defensive or offensive line with their first pick. With Brown the best lineman on the board I think the chargers would be happy to pick him. He would wreak havoc in the middle on day on and would be a major upgrade to their d-line.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – Jaalen Strong, WR, ASU

I think the Chiefs have to get a WR here don’t they? I don’t think Strong is getting the attention he deserves even though this is another crowded WR class. I thought he played great at ASU and will continue that in the NFL. The Chiefs could use someone like Strong after what was one of the worse performances in the NFL by a group of receivers.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Benardick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State

With Karlos Dansby getting up there in age they would be smart by picking McKinney by having him play beside Dansby for a few years and take over the defense once he retires. McKinney would be someone you could build a defensive around and would be a great pick with the 19th selection.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Eagles badly need corner help, and Peters is the best CB in this draft. He has some off-the-field concerns but I think the Eagles will overlook that because of his talents. Oh, and did I mention Chip Kelly loves drafting from the pac-12 and that he is in charge of all player personal now?

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

The Bengals would make their defense even stronger if they added Dupree. He would be a nightmare for QBs and would be a solid pick at #21.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

He would be a great replacement for future HOF SS Troy Polumalu and could start right away. He is great in run defense but is still a little shaky in coverage, but would improve.

  1. Detroit Lions – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

The Lions have 3 potential defensive tackle free agents this season, and while I don’t believe they will lose all three, if they lose Suh, D-Tackle would be a major need. While Eddie Goldman might not be Ndamukong Suh he would be a solid player to replace Suh with.

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia

Harold could become an elite pass-rusher in the NFL in my opinion. He was great against the run and was a great pass rusher in college. And while his numbers weren’t outstanding he still showed a lot of flashes on tape.

  1. Carolina Panthers – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

Some consider him the best OT in this year’s draft and the Carolina Panthers would love to draft him with the 25th selection. They need to sure up the o-line for Cam Newton if they want to keep him healthy.

  1. Baltimore Ravens – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

A running back hasn’t been selected in the 1st round on the draft since 2012, but Gordon could break that streak if the Ravens decide to draft him with their first pick. With Justin Forsett set to hit free agency, the Ravens could be looking for a running back and Gordon could be an every down back with some of the same skills Forsett has.

  1. Dallas Cowboys – Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon

After losing Jason Hatcher last season, and the Cowboys announcing they won’t resign Henry Melton next season they should be looking for a D-Tackle this offseason. Armstead is still a raw player but is huge and has a lot of potential and could be a potential replacement for Hatcher and Melton.

  1. Denver Broncos – Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan

With Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas set to be free agents and most likely one of them being able to resign with the team, Funchess would be a great pick for the team. I think its more likely that the Broncos let Julius walk, and if that’s the case Funchess could make a transition to TE to replace him. But if it goes the other way around and they decide to let Demaryius walk he could easily stay as a WR.

  1. Indianapolis Colts – Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU

With Jerrell Freeman set to become a free agent and with already defensive woes, the Colts could add a playmaker like Dawson to their squad. Dawson could come in right away and be a major upgrade to their defense.

  1. Green Bay Packers – Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma

With B.J. Raji having some injury issues and set to become a free agent, the Packers could look toward Phillips to take over that spot and stop the run up the middle.

  1. Seattle Seahawks – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Who knows what Marshawn Lynch is going to do? Either way Gurley already plays like Beast Mode and could be there next playmaker on offense. Though he is recovering from an ACL tear, the Seahawks could convince Lynch to return for one more season and have Gurley fully recover and learn from Marshawn before returning to the field.

  1. New England Patriots – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

If it weren’t for off-the-field issues, DGB would most likely be considered the best WR in this draft. He hasn’t played football in a year but he could be the next Calvin Johnson if he stays out of trouble. The Patriots are usually one of the teams who take risks on players like DGB and get the most out of them and keep them from getting into trouble, so he could be a huge steal if the Patriots selected him with their first pick.

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