2015 NFL Mock Draft Picks: Have Our Draft Projections Changed?

Kevin Stott

Friday, March 20, 2015 1:09 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 20, 2015 1:09 PM GMT

Since the NFL opened up the start of its Free Agency period on March 10, this handicapper has revised his predictions for the 2015 NFL Mock Draft which might now more suit the current needs of all 32 of the NFL’s franchises.

Introduction
The NFL offseason always seems busy, but this year it seems especially busy, with many seemingly mundane signings and other items being reported on as if they were a new Scientific breakthrough or something. “We interrupt your broadcast to bring you the Breaking News that Adrian Peterson’s agent says that the Vikings GM have informed him that Minnesota has no plans of releasing Peterson.” Stop the presses. Seriously, the NFL has become so huge that it occludes sports news and other actual popular sports from getting any Oxygen and Sunlight these strange days. The Beast has done got way too big, Bubba. Now what? “It was important to me to relay the position the Vikings are taking to Adrian,” said Peterson’s agent Ben Dogra. “I just want to make sure there is no confusion whatsoever.” Confusion? We thrive on that, brother. So, Mr. Agent-Man is simply saying that the team has no intentions of letting one of the best RBs in the NFL just go (like he probably wants to). And this type of stuff has suddenly become treated like News. Lord help us all. Grown men telling other grown men things to tell other grown men (through the media) that they both actually working for...which we then have to hear about. It’s sort of like Divorce Court for grown men playing games making millions of dollars doing so. Hey, whatever happened to just talking to someone about things? Is that so hard? Apparently it is in 2015. Personal communication seemed to die somewhere in the early 2000s, to sadly be replaced by LOLs and emojis and people walking around like Zombies, looking at the Modern Devices in their hands as if The Dead Sea Scrolls and The Meaning of Life were being broadcast live on the damn things, and when done reading the wisdom of a Zillon Gods would be absorbed. Schwoooop. Alas. Those days are long gone Smokey and we’ll soon have to employ a cadre of Middlemen to not answer to the people trying to communicate with us. The Future. Coming to a theater near you soon. Anyway out from the depths of this outrage, much has happened quickly, and it is time to re-assesses the 2015 NFL Mock Draft published here at Sportsbook Review a few weeks back. The ‘Original Mock Draft Order’ appears below, followed by the revised one underneath, due to the trades, signings and other Wheelings and Dealings don’t so far in the NFL. Things are changing all the time in the NFL, 365/24/7, except maybe Christmas Eve when the league takes a few hours off and nobody’s status changes. I mock. And then I mock some more...

 

Original Mock Draft Order
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

2 Tennessee Titans—Leonard Williams, DT, USC

3 Jacksonville Jaguars—Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

4 Oakland Raiders—Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

5 Washington Redskins—Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

6 New York Jets—Jameis Winston, QB, FSU

7 Chicago Bears—Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

8 Atlanta Falcons—Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

9 New York Giants—Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa

10 St. Louis Rams—Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

11 Minnesota Vikings—DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

12 Cleveland Browns—La’El Collins, OL, LSU

13 New Orleans Saints—Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

14 Miami Dolphins—Trae Waynes, CB Michigan State

15 San Francisco 49ers—Jaelen Strong, WR, ASU

16 Houston Texans—Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon

17 San Diego Chargers—Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas

18 Kansas City Chiefs—Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

19 Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)—Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

20 Philadelphia Eagles—Landon Collins, S, Alabama

21 Cincinnati Bengals—Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

22 Pittsburgh Steelers—Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

23 Detroit Lions—Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

24 Arizona Cardinals—TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

25 Carolina Panthers—Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

26 Baltimore Ravens—PJ Williams, CB, FSU

27 Dallas Cowboys—Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU

28 Denver Broncos—Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

29 Indianapolis Colts—Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

30 Green Bay Packers—Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

31 Seattle Seahawks—Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

32 New England Patriots—Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

 

Revised Mock Draft Order
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Jameis Winston, QB, FSU

2 Tennessee Titans—Leonard Williams, DT, USC

3 Jacksonville Jaguars—Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

4 Oakland Raiders—Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

5 Washington Redskins—Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

6 New York Jets—Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

7 Chicago Bears—Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

8 Atlanta Falcons—Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

9 New York Giants—La’El Collins, OL, LSU

10 St. Louis Rams—Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

11 Minnesota Vikings—DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

12 Cleveland Browns—Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

13 New Orleans Saints—Trae Waynes, CB Michigan State

14 Miami Dolphins—Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa

15 San Francisco 49ers—Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon

16 Houston Texans—Jaelen Strong, WR, ASU

17 San Diego Chargers—Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas

18 Kansas City Chiefs—Ereck Flowers, OL, Miami

19 Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)—Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

20 Philadelphia Eagles—Landon Collins, S, Alabama

21 Cincinnati Bengals—Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

22 Pittsburgh Steelers—Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

23 Detroit Lions—PJ Williams, CB, FSU

24 Arizona Cardinals—Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

25 Carolina Panthers—Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

26 Baltimore Ravens—Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU

27 Dallas Cowboys—Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

28 Denver Broncos—Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

29 Indianapolis Colts—DJ Humphries, OT, Florida

30 Green Bay Packers—Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

31 New Orleans Saints (via Seattle)—Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

or New Orleans Saints (via Seattle)—Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

32 New England Patriots—Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma


Whys and Otherwise
The switch from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking University of Oregon QB and 2014 Heisman Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota to Florida State signal caller Jameis Winston at #1, comes from the Bucs desire to probably have the guy perceived by most to be more NFL-ready and the one with the stronger arm. Tampa may feel that they will be mocked and second-guessed less if they were to gamble on Mariota at #1, see him struggle some, and then see the guy whom everyone thought should be #1 (Winston) thrive somewhere else. A General Manager’s nightmare. So, I think Tampa Bay does what everyone thinks and assumes they will do and picks Winston. I still like Mariota better in The Long Run. Headcases are a dime a dozen, brother. I need only look out my window here. As far as the #9 spot and the New York Giants taking OL Brandon Scherff out of Iowa, the feel now is his NFL Combine performance was shockingly off that it couldn’t but hurt his stock some, no matter how bad one needs an OL, so I think The G-Men instead snag La’El Collins out of LSU who had a very nice Combine, on the other hand. With the San Francisco 49ers signing Ravens free agent WR Torrey Smith—as well as some others at the position—the Niners don’t really need to go after a WR with their First Round pick now, so I have projected San Francisco now taking talented DL Arik Armstead from Florida to help patch up some holes in its defense which has recently seen some decent players retire (CB Erik Wright, LB Patrick Willis, LB Chris Borland) or getting set to potentially retire (DL Justin Smith).

With Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and De’Anthony Thomas, the Kansas City Chiefs probably won’t be taking Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon in the First Round, and Miami (Florida) OL Ereck Flowers would be a nice pick to help buoy the Chiefs OL for the future. And, taking Gordon in the First Round with so much other talent likely available at that point (#18 Pick) just doesn’t make a lot of sense. When prized top free agent NT Ndamukong Suh left the Detroit Lions and signed with the Miami Dolphins, Detroit then had a huge hole to fill in the middle of its DL, and the Lions went out and signed free agent DT Haloti Ngata from Baltimore. Therefore, Detroit can look to address its needs at CB, and there will definitely be some good ones left with their#23 pick, including new projected pick PJ Williams from Florida State. And, by signing former 49ers RB Frank Gore, the Indianapolis Colts probably won’t be going after Georgia sensation Todd Gurley, so I see them now pursuing defensive help, like DT DJ Humphries from Florida or maybe Indianapolis goes after a CB who might still be there like Florida State ‘s PJ Williams, LSU’s Jalen Collins or maybe Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson. We’ll all find out April 30-May 2 when the 2015 NFL Draft will be held at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.

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