Mock Draft 2.0
posted Mar 18 2015, 08:53AM
story by George Kenny
posted in NFL, Analysis

Mock 1.0<span georgia,="" \\\\'times="" new="" roman\\\\',="" \\\\'bitstream="" charter\\\\',="" times,="" serif;="" font-size:="" 16px;="" line-height:="" 24px;\\\\"="" style="line-height: 1.6em;">) some things have changed. Lets get it kicked off;

  1. Bucs- Jamies Winston, QB, Florida State- Going into the combine it was pretty much between Mariota and Winston. After the combine it is all Winston. Tampa needs a QB right now, and Jamies is the best guy to come in and compete right away. His football IQ is crazy, he can make all the throws, and he is a leader. All great qualities of a franchise QB, but there is the off the field stuff. The calming Lovie Smith influence might get Winston to be 100%  on football and not on the fact that Tampa is like the Strip Club state. If Winston can just stay out of trouble this pick will be great, with Mike Evans, and Vincent Jackson as weapons.
  2. Titans- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon- Tennessee has a hole at QB and they can address that with their first pick. The Titans have Zach Mettenberger, but he really didn't show much last year. The brass could give him another shot, but a competition between him and the ex-Duck might be the best move. Mariota has tons of talent but has to adjust to the NFL system. He never has had to huddle in his career and that will change at the next level. The Titans also will be looking hard at Leonard Williams from So. Cal, but also did beef up the front 7 in free agency.
  3. Jags- Leonard Williams, DE, USC- Gus Bradley is a defensive mind and last year they went heavy on the offensive side of the ball. This year is different where they can land the top prospect in Williams. Williams can play inside or outside on the defensive line and will cause havoc no matter what. He will give tackles and quarterbacks fits for a long time. He is a big time stud, and Gus will already be planning what he can do with his new toy.
  4. Raiders- Kevin White, WR, WVU- The Raiders went with Derek Carr last year, but he needs that #1 wide-out. Amari Cooper has been the main guy here for a while, but after the combine White is a hot commodity. Again that size-sped combo gets GM and scouts drooling. White ran a 4.35 40 that surprised many. That breakaway speed along with how physical he plays can’t be ignored. He has stud written all over him, and now Oakland has Carr to White for the future.
  5. Washington- Dante Fowler Jr, DE/OLB, Florida- This pick could be a few different guys at the same position. It’s a battle between Fowler Jr, Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, and Vic Beasley. Now Fowler and Beasley are the high risers after the combine, but Fowler looks to have separated from the pack. Fowler is an intriguing combo of size and speed off the edge. Washington needs all help over the field, and with losing Orakpo to the Titans they need another pass rusher and Fowler fits the bill.
  6. Jets- Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska- The Jets pretty much came out and bought every corner free agent so thats a need crossed off the list. They still need a QB to throw to Eric Decker and newly acquired B-Marsh, but they miss out this year. A pass rusher is still a huge need, and luckily for them this class is loaded with them. Gregory is a lengthy rusher that has tremendous speed. He is an athletic freak, that can get to the QB. Pass rushers have become almost or maybe just as valuable as left tackles in the league now a days. Gregory needs to get better at power rushing, so he doesn’t become a one-dimensional rusher. Todd Bowles gets his pass rusher here and teams him up with big Mo, Sheldon Richardson, Snacks, and Coples.
  7. Bears- Danny Shelton, DT/NT,Washington- Danny Shelton is a load in he middle of the football field. Who would have thought the saying, “Chicago’s defense is terrible” would occur. Well it has and they need help, and a lot of it. They can use a pass rusher along with a safety, but Shelton is the best NT that can shut down a running game. He will fit right in the new 3-4 scheme the Bears will play. The most important spot on a 3-4 usually is the NT. You need a rush stuffing, gap plugging nose tackle for a successful 3-4 defense.
  8. Falcons- Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson- Beasley’s stock has soared of late after showing up at the combine heavier(in a good way), without losing a step in speed. With that added weight playing DE at the next level isn’t out of the question. He has excellent speed, but also should be a powerful rusher as well. He showed his power with 35 reps at the combine. Hot-lanta needs pass rushers desperately, and they get their guy, for new head coach Dan Quinn to use.
  9. Giants- Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa- Scherff just seems to be a perfect Giant, with his toughness and him being from a Big 10 school, where the Giants love to pick from. Big Brandon isn’t the most athletic guy, but like all good offensive lineman has a mean streak in him. He could play tackle or guard for the G-Man, so his versatility plays a big part.
  10. Rams- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama- Boy if this happens Jeff Fisher will be grinning from ear to ear along with his Tom Selleck stache. The Rams acquired Nick Foles from Philly, so what better way to welcome him then getting the most polished receiver in this class. Cooper isn’t the biggest or fastest receiver(4.45 isn’t slow at all), but he is a great route runner and a reliable guy, that can make big plays. Cooper teamed up with Brain Quick, Tavon and Bailey could be something special.
  11. Vikings- DeVante Parker, WR, L’Ville- This guy is an animal and of course ex-teammate of Teddy Bridgewater. These two had a very nice connection at college, so why not pair them up again. Sota needs a #1 with Patterson shitting the bed last year, and Greg Jennings getting up there in age. Parker has good size for a receiver at 6-2 207, with excellent ball skills. He was extremely productive at school, and if not for injuries for the first few games, he could have been right with Cooper for best college receiver. Teddy to DeVante could be a connection we see a lot down the road.
  12. BrownsLa’el Collins, OT, LSU- Cleveland needs a bunch of help in a few spots. They can use front seven help, along with a receiver, and most importantly a QB. Unless they trade up they aren't getting a QB, and I also think Johnny Rehab should get another shot. The Browns also need o-line help big-time, and Collins should be their man. Collins is very talented and very versatile. He can play either inside or out so he helps the Browns in multiple ways.
  13. Saints- Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri- The Saints need pass rushers bad and a top 10 talent could land right in their laps. Ray was hurt during the combine, so we couldn’t get to see the speed he brings. The big questions here is, his power and strength. He only put up 21 reps and is a little light. Like Gregory, Ray doesn’t want to be only a speed rusher, because many times those guys don’t see the field until third downs. Ray needs to bulk up more, but if he can and not lose his speed watch out for this Missouri Tiger.
  14. Dolphins- Trae Waynes, CB, MSU- Waynes is far and beyond the best corner in this class, and he fits a need for Miami. Waynes is a physical man to man corner that has good speed, as he showed at the combine. Miami has Brent Grimes on one side and now add Waynes, and this is dynamic duo. Waynes also isn’t afraid to make a hit whether it’s over the middle or in run support.
  15. 49ers- Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon-  Boy did the Niners have a rough offseason with the retirements of Justin Smith and Patrick Willis, and now Chris Borland. They also lost Frank Gore and Mike Iupati to free agency, so they have a ton of holes to fill. The good thing is they drafted so well they still have a bunch of talent that can step right in. Arik can be another guy that can step up and help this team. Armstead is raw, but is talented as they come. He honestly could go top ten because he has that type of talent. He is a monster at 6-7 292 so he can play either in or outside. If the Niners can get him to not take plays off, this line can be back on track. Armstead teamed up with Dockett, Aldon Smith, and Aaron Lynch can cause some mayhem.
  16. Texans- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford- The Texans need some help on offense including a QB, and now another wide-out with Andre Johnson being on his way out. To bad for Houston no quarterbacks are worth taking here. A receiver can go here, but this class is loaded with them, so they could wait and get help up-front. Peat is a big dude and can play right away for them at tackle. He can be a good building block for whoever the QB is next year.
  17. Chargers- Malcom Brown, DT, Texas- Brown was a handful of bright spots for the down Longhorns last year. Brown has the size to play a run stuffer, but also brings some good pass rush. His ability to get to the quarterback, allows Brown to play all over the front line. He is a versatile big kid that can cause havoc on many fronts. He could end up being a big steal in this draft as he has some big time potential.
  18. Chiefs- Jalen Strong, WR, ASU- Last year Chiefs wide-outs had zero touchdown catches. Yes, you heard that right ZERO. They did sign Jeremy Maclin this offseason, which will be a big help. Alex Smith needs some talent around him, Jalen Strong and Maclin could be some big upgrades. He is a bigger physical wide-out, that makes big plays down the field, who has very good ball skills in the air. He really knows how to go up and get the ball. Strong will also be a big-time red zone threat for Andy Reid and Alex Smith.
  19. Browns- Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentuky- Dupree has been rising ever since the college football season was over. He had a standout year this year, and can get to the QB. The Browns skip a receiver again, but this class is loaded with wide-out talent, so they can get that later. Dupree gives them a huge upgrade up-front, that they also need. They lost Sheard and need Mingo to step up, but with big Bud in the mix it can only help.
  20. Eagles- Landon Collins, Safety, Alabama- Chip might be a genius or get fired next year with all these moves, but for now they get the best safety in this class. I don't know if its Philly water but boy do Philly GMs know how to shake things up. Collins is a ball hawk of a safety, and makes plays when he gets it. The Eagles haven’t had a good safety since Brain Dawkins retired, so hopefully this can be a solution.
  21. Bengals- Preston Smith, DE, Miss. St- Smith has been rising up as of late after his combine and pro day. He doesn't have a lot of flare to his game, but has shown potential. He has long arms and is very good in the run game. He would give the Bengals someone who can get after the QB and stuff the run.   
  22. Steelers- Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia- Another young man who is rising after the combine is Harold. Another pass rusher that helped a very stout Virginia defense this year. Pittsburg is losing a few linebackers so this could soften the blow.
  23. Lions- Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU- The Lions lost both starting DTs last year in Suh and Fairley. They did trade for Haloti Ngata from the Ravens, which will help. Adding Goldman will just add another talented body up-front to help replace those two guys. Goldman can also learn from one of the best in Ngata. The ex-Seminole has very similar skills to Ngata as he can stuff the run, and can create his own pressure towards the QB.
  24. Cardinals- Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami- The Cards could always use more offensive line help. Zona added Mike Iupati but they can always use more. They could also go defensive front, but Flowers is to intriguing, especially with the main concern in keeping Carson Palmer healthy. Flowers is intriguing because he could be the first tackle off the board, so getting him down here could be great value. Flowers is big and has great strength, that could turn into a cornerstone for Zona.
  25. Panthers- DJ Humphries, OT, Florida- Another guy to see his stock rising quick is the tackle from UF. He is an athletic freak at the spot, but is raw. He needs some coaching up, but if he gets it this kid will be a star.
  26. Ravens- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri/Oklahoma- This kid is a big time question mark with off the field issues. On the flip side this kid has the potential to be a star. He has comps to Calvin Johnson because he is listed at 6-5, 237 pounds, and ran a 4.49. If someone can just get this kid to focus on football then this could be a steal at 15. If this kid doesn’t have off the field stuff, then he goes 4 to the Raiders. Baltimore lost Torrey Smith to the Niners in free agency so this big fella will be a huge upgrade. Also the Ravens aren't afraid of taking off the field issue guys.
  27. Cowboys- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington-The Boys tagged Dez, which means Murray will test free agency. A running back could be the pick here, but the whole AP situation is being watched very carefully by Jerry Jones. The Cowboys also have bigger needs like in their secondary. Peters has a boatload of talent, but off the field issues aswell. If the Boys can trust him to focus on football, then they can have a nice pair of corners in Claiborne and Peters.
  28. Broncos- Devin Funchess, WR/TE, UM- Denver made a choice like Dallas in tagging Demaryius Thomas and letting Julius Thomas walk. Which means a TE spot is now open for matchup nightmare Mr. Funchess. He didn’t run well at the combine and his stock has dipped, but come game-time he is a problem. It’s another weapon for Peyton(hopefully) to use, and use anywhere on the field.
  29. Colts- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin- Melvin the leader of the Gorgonites will team up with Andrew Luck. The Colts did sign Frank Gore and have Boom Herron. Gore has to be running on fumes with the fountain of youth, and Boom had a fumble problem last year. Gordon had a historic college career, and can give this Colts offense another dangerous weapon.
  30. Packers- Jalen Collins, CB, LSU- Collins showed what he can do at the combine and impressed. It also helps that the corner is 6-1 203 pounds. Taller corners are prime in the NFL, and that can be the difference on which corners go first.
  31. Saints(via Seahawks)- Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest- The Saints traded Jimmy Graham for this pick and Max Unger. Weird deal in my eyes, but whatever. The Saints need more help in the secondary even after signing Browner. Johnson is a lengthy corner that can play some good man to man. With Rob Ryan running the defense the Saints need as many coverage corners as possible with his blitz schemes.
  32. Patriots- Ronald Darby, CB, FSU- The Pats have some big holes to fill at corner and NT. They lost both Bronwer and Revis, along with Vince Wilfork. There aren't a lot of NT worth picking in the 1st round, so maybe a classic trade down happens, but for now let's give them Darby. He is a speedster of a corner and very good in man to man. He has the wheels to stick to anyone on deep routes and plays bigger then he is. They have swung and missed a few times on corners in the draft, but they desperately need help there.


2.0 Mock in the books and I'm feeling real good with this one. Which means nothing because there will be a 3.0.  The draft is a little over a month away and it can't come any sooner. The big wave of free agency is over so now the football fans want more and that more is the draft. This class has tons of talent and we will have to wait and see what teams get who. Keep an eye out for Mock 3.0 in a few weeks because you can never have enough mocks. 

By; George 

George Kenny
My name is George Kenny and I graduated from St. John's University with a Sports Management major and a Business minor. I started my own sports blog c...

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