The 2015 NFL Draft begins on tonight at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, so here are some predictions about what may transpire in the Windy City along with a very nice Prop NFL Pick.
Representatives from the NFL’s 32 teams will convene in Chicago on Thursday’s for the 2015 NFL Draft (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT), so without further adieu, here are a dirty Dozen Draft Predictions and NFL Picks off the top of my Hot Head—it hit a 2015 High of 95° here in Las Vegas today—about what may happen from this point forward with everything we have learned leading up to this point as well as the latest breaking Draft news and rumors out this morning and this afternoon (Wednesday).
12 NFL Draft Predictions (Without Blueberry Pancakes)
1—The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take Florida State QB Jameis Winston with the #1 Pick as he is a very nice fit for their team, played his college ball in the Sunshine State with the Seminoles and the organization would hear it forever if they passed on him and he succeeded elsewhere. Taking Winston #1 should also please the fan base and add maybe 4,000 to maybe 7,000 Season Ticket sales in Tampa. The debate over Winston and Mariota is a legitimate one, and although I would actually take the calmer and more mature Mariota here, it seems the Red-Pewter-Black-Orange-Silver-and-White writing may already be on the wall and that the Buccaneers will snag Winston to nobody’s surprise.
2—The Tennessee Titans need so much, that management may decide to trade their valuable #2 Pick in Round 1 on Thursday, possibly to the Philadelphia Eagles (for Sam Bradford maybe, another player or two and a draft choice or two?) where new Eagles heads Coach Chocolate Chip Kelly could be reunited with his former University of Oregon QB and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. It seems the Titans are better off trading this #2 Pick and with Kelly in love with Mariota, seeing the Eagles actually draft 2nd could be a reality already in the works as The Gridiron Laws of Supply and Demand grind on.
3—The Browns will keep both their 12th and 19th picks in Round 1 and add two very talented Defensive players to their roster (Where Will More Players in Round 1 be Drafted From? Offense -130, Defense -110, GTBets) and be considered (one of the) winners in this Draft.
4—USC DT Leonard Williams—considered by many to be the best overall player in this NFL Draft—will be the first Defensive player selected on Thursday, with the Jacksonville Jaguars likely snatching the Trojans star up with their #3 Pick with Florida OLB Dante Fowler possibly following him two picks later in the Draft at the #5 spot and going to the Washington Redskins.
5—Alabama WR Amari Cooper will be selected between Picks 4 and Picks 7, likely at #4 by the Oakland Raiders and will become an NFL star and All-Pro for the Silver and Black.
6—Alabama Strong Safety Landon Collins will be the first Safety drafted and it will probably be between Michigan State’s Trae Waynes (When Will Trae Waynes Be Drafted? 11th Pick or Earlier, -110, 12th Pick or Later +100, GTBets) and Washington’s Marcus Peters as to which CB is is the first drafted first in Round 1 on Thursday evening.
7—Michael Hunnicutt (Oklahoma) and Kyle Brindza (Notre Dame) could be the first two (Place) Kickers selected in the NFL Draft, probably between Rounds 4-8 (What Will Be Drafted First Kicker or Punter? Kicker -140, Punter +100, GTBets).
8—North Carolina State’s Wil Baumann (6-6, 187) may be the the first Punter drafted, although the best Punter in the nation last year was definitely Utah junior and Australian Tom Hackett, who will more than likely be the first Punter selected in the 2016 NFL Draft and who was the recipient of this year’s Ray Guy Award, given annually to the college’s best punter. With this being a sort of down year for Punters in the NFL Draft, I strongly recommend (something I seldom do here at Sportsbook Review) backing a Kicker to be taken first, with possibly two, three or maybe more being drafted before the first Punter is in this NFL Draft. write that one down—that’s precisely the kind of thing you come to this website and read for. The gems. Write it down. Or put it on your Cellphone or whatever you Kids do to remind you to do something. I’d send a Carrier Pigeon to remind y’all but I’m having him for dinner with some Lima Beans and Butter.
10—Smallish Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett (5-9, 181) will be end up being a very valuable player—possibly also as a great Kickoff and Punt Returner—for whichever NFL team ends up drafting him, probably in Rounds 2, 3 or 4, while Biggish Central Arkansas WR Desmond Lewis (6-4, 212) will also emerge as a breakout player from this 2015 NFL Draft in a couple of years.
11—The Minnesota Vikings will end up trading down from their #11 spot in Round 1.
12—As often happens, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) will have the most players drafted in Round 1, with the Pac-12 finishing a close second (Total Number of SEC Players Drafted in Round 1: Over 8½ -120, Under -120, GTBets; Total Number of Pac-12 Players Drafted in Round 1: Over 7½ -120, Under 7½ -120 GTBets).
So, there you have a dozen Funky things to think about heading in and seemingly one pretty good Props Pick in a Kicker being taken before a Punter. Just lay the -140 lumber if you can find this Proposition wager on the NFL odds board, as it jumped out at me like a Frog jumping off a Lily Pad on the Fourth of July. Besides the 2015 NFL Mock Draft we published here at SBR two weeks ago, look for the 2015 NFL Draft story, “Who Needs What?,” which is a fun and easy read complete with thumbnail sketches on all 32 NFL teams. The 2015 NFL Draft will run through Sunday and will be televised on ESPN, espn2, WatchESPN and the NFL Network. Enjoy.
NFL Best Bet Draft Prop Pick: Kicker Chosen First Over Punnter -140 at GTBets