The hour is getting late and I still have not written my mock draft. Procrastination is strong this year.
I have no good reason for being so late this year. For once I do not have a real sense of what teams will do. Some of this is due to several teams clearly needing a quarterback with only two real prospects out there for the taking.
Regardless it is time. In fact it is past time that I put my name on the 2015 NFL Draft.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
This seems like a no brainer. Lovie gets his franchise quarterback.
2. Tennessee Titans-Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
I am not saying the Titans are taking Mariota. I am just saying someone takes him here. The phone lines will be burning up.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars-Dante Fowler Jr, Edge Rusher, Florida
Fowler stays close to home and excells in Gus Bradley’s defense.
4. Oakland Raiders-Leonard Williams, DT, USC
Williams is one of the best players in the draft. He should be able to work inside or out for the Raiders.
5. Washington Redskins-Amari Cooper. WR, Alabama
With Washington picking up RJIII’s five-year option they could give him some more weapons. Cooper does everything you want from a number one receiver.
6. New York Jets-Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
With Mariota off the board new coach Todd Bowles solidifies the offensive line for whoever is under center for the Jets next season.
7. Chicago Bears-Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
John Fox’s first job as new Head Coach should be to shore up the middle of the defense. Shelton should do nicely.
8. Atlanta Falcons-Vic Beasley, Edge Rusher, Clemson
Former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn upgrades his pass rush with Beasley
9. New York Giants-Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
Not a sexy pick but good value. Always need to protect Eli.
10. St. Louis Rams-Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Great size, speed and body control. Nick Foles gets a number one receiver.
11. Minnesota Vikings-Devante Parker, WR, Louisville
Reuniting Parker and Teddy Bridgewater is a no brainer.
12. Cleveland Browns-Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Wide Receiver could be the pick here but I think the Browns look to solidify the defensive line with their first pick of the first round.
13. New Orleans Saints-Randy Gregory, Edge Rusher, Nebraska
The off-field stuff drops Gregory to the Saints who desperately need pass rushers.
14. Miami Dolphins-Erik Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
Dolphins could go a few places with this pick. Todd Gurley and Breshad Perriman are definetly in play here. I think they take Kendricks to fill middle linebacker for the next decade.
15. San Francisco 49ers-Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
Armstead steps in as the replacement for Justin Smith.
16. Houston Texans-Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
While they still need a quarterback the Texans get their number one receiver. While raw I expect Perriman to excel at the NFL level.
17. San Diego Chargers-Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
If not for the injury no way Gurley falls this far. The Chargers jump at the chance for a dominant every down back.
18. Kansas City Chiefs-Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
Erving is the best center in the draft.
19. Cleveland Browns-Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
Someone will take a chance on DGB. And yes I don’t think Cleveland has learned from Josh Gordon.
20. Philadephia Eagles-Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Chip Kelly wants to move up for Mariota, badly. If he cannot pull it off he takes the best corner in the draft.
21. Cincinnati Bengals-Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
Goldman will learn from Geno Atkins. Making the front four very dominant.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers-Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
The Steelers desperately need to rebuild their secondary. Despite his issues Peters fits perfectly.
23. Detroit Lions-Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Gordon can be a game-breaking back. Detroit will be thinking of Barry Sanders when they pick Gordon here.
24. Arizona Cardinals-DJ Humphries, OT, Florida
Humphries may be the best tackle in this draft when all is said and done. Carson Palmer will need the protection as he comes back from his injury.
25. Carolina Panthers-Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
Flowers can play all across the line. Should immediately upgrade the offensive line.
26. Baltimore Ravens-Philip Dorsett, WR, Miami
Joe Flacco will love Dorsett’s speed and big play ability
27. Dallas Cowboys-Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
Athletic and versatile. Thompson should be able to fill multiple roles in the Cowboys defense.
28. Denver Broncos-TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
With Peyton Manning coming back the offensive line is absolutely a need. Should fit well in the new offensive scheme under Gary Kubiak.
29. Indianapolis Colts-Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
Andrew Luck is the franchise. You can never have enough protection for the franchise. Fisher should slide right in at left tackle.
30. Green Bay Packers-Erik Rowe, CB, Utah
Good size, speed combination. Can easily play either corner or safety.
31. New Orleans Saints-Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
A nice long target for Drew Brees.
32. New England Patriots-Bud Dupree, Edge Rusher, Kentucky
Dupree is a raw, versatile player. Can work standing up or with a hand in the dirt. Bill Belichik loves players like that.
The time is growing short. Draft day tends to change things minute by minute. Cannot get enough of it.