Thursday, April 30, 2015

Justin's Final Mock Draft (with trades)

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

JR: Jameis Winston, QB- This seems like it may be the only lock in the draft so far.  Jameis is the best quarterback in this year’s draft and I tend to believe QB guru George Whitfield when he says Winston is just a notch below Andrew Luck on the field.  Hopefully he can stay clean off the field.

2.  Tennessee Titans:

JR: Leonard Williams, DT/DE- Through it all, the Titans go with the top player in the draft.  I don’t think they get blown away enough with any trade so they stay put and grab a versatile defender to instantly improve the defensive line.

3.  Cleveland Browns (TRADE):

JR: Marcus Mariota, QB- The Jaguars love the trade from the Browns when they offer 12 and 19 and next year’s 2nd round pick.  Browns get their quarterback that will hopefully not be another bust as long as he can sit for at least ten games this year.  Although I will not count out Chip Kelly for making a play until Mariota’s name is called.

4.  Oakland Raiders:

JR: Amari Cooper, WR- The Raiders need playmakers and Cooper is the top playmaker that will be the number one receiver for Derek Carr and this offense.  Cooper brings a veteran’s mentality in a rookie’s body and can be the next great receiver in Oakland history.

5.  Washington Redskins:

JR: Dante Fowler Jr, DE- The best defensive playmaker is available and Washington nabs him up.  Fowler can change the look of an entire defense with his versatility and passion for the game.

6.  New York Jets:

JR: Vic Beasley, OLB- A fierce pass rusher to add to this upgraded Jets defense.  Those New York defensive backs will love the pressure that Beasley and Mo Wilkerson bring.

7.  Chicago Bears:

JR: Kevin White, WR- The Bears grab a wide receiver to replace Brandon Marshall.  Maybe White will help Cutler find his passion for the game again.  The former West Virginia Mountaineer has the size and speed that Adam Gase loves.

8.  Minnesota Vikings (TRADE):

JR: Devante Parker, WR- The Vikings get antsy about a run on wide receivers and grab the guy they and Teddy Bridgewater want. They swap firsts and give Atlanta their second round pick as well.  This selection reunites college quarterback and receiver and gives Teddy B the closest thing he has to a number one receiver.

9.  New York Giants:

JR: Brandon Scherff, OG- Grabbing the best offensive lineman in the draft is never a bad thing.  Taking a page out of their NFC East rival’s playbook, the G Men go for a versatile offensive lineman that can maul defenders at the line.

10. St. Louis Rams:

JR: Breshad Perriman, WR- The run on wide receivers continues with the Rams grabbing a wide receiver to compliment their wide receiving corps.  Stepping in as a rookie, Perriman might be the best receiver on this team already with great speed.  He just needs to improve his concentration on catching the ball.

11. Atlanta Falcons (TRADE):

JR: Bud Dupree, DE- Rushing the passer is a necessity and the Falcons moved back and still got one of the pass rushers they desire.  Bud Dupree may need some time and find tuning but if he puts it together he could be a special player.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars (TRADE):

JR: Todd Gurley, RB- Grabbing one of the best five players in this draft at twelve would be a nice get for the talent depleted Jags.  As long as Gurley’s knee checks out, Jacksonville has shown the patience to let players rehab until they are fully ready to play.

13. New Orleans Saints:

JR: Danny Shelton, DT- This behemoth will give the push up the middle that Rob Ryan, Cameron Jordan, and Junior Galette will love.  He will command plenty of attention early on allowing Rob to dial up pressure from anywhere and everywhere.

14. Miami Dolphins:

JR: Trae Waynes, CB- The defensive line in Miami should be set but adding a player to fill Cortland Finnegan’s shoes would be nice.  The combo of Waynes, Brent Grimes, and Ndamukong Suh will make Tom Brady shiver in his uggs.

15. San Francisco 49ers:

JR: Erik Kendricks, ILB- Retirements have depleted this 49ers defense and they need to fill the spots that Patrick Willis and Chris Borland left.  Kendricks can step in play the run just as well as he defends the pass.

16. Houston Texans:

JR: Dorial Green- Beckham, WR- The Texans go after the biggest boom or bust prospect in this year’s draft.  Bill O’Brien knows he needs a number one caliber wide receiver.  Hopefully he can reach DGB because who wouldn’t love to see what this kid’s ceiling is.

17. San Diego Chargers:

JR: Melvin Gordon, RB- The Chargers desperately need a running back as Philip Rivers may not be back with the team next year.  Gordon comes into a very solid offensive line so could make an immediate impact and help out with whoever is quarterbacking the Bolts for years to come.

18. Kansas City Chiefs:

JR: Jalen Strong, WR- Jeremy Maclin was snatched away from the Eagles but the Chiefs and Alex Smith could still use another receiver.  Jalen Strong and Maclin could be a great tandem moving forward and Jamaal Charles would be jumping for joy.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (TRADE):

JR: Randy Gregory, DE- The Jaguars fill their Leo position with the 19th pick.  Originally thought to be a top ten prospect, Gregory slips due to durability concerns and stupidity.  If there is a coach that can reach this kid, it’s Gus Bradley.

20. Philadelphia Eagles:

JR: Marcus Peters, CB- I live in the Northeast and constantly hear Eagles fans complain about how terrible their secondary was and how Cary Williams is the worst corner in the league.  So maybe Byron Maxwell and Peters can fix that.  Chip Kelly may be able to break down Peters’ me first attitude.

21. Cincinnati Bengals:

JR: Phillip Dorsett, WR- While the Bengals already have pretty good receivers, Dorsett will add that speed threat to help clear the way for A.J. Green and Mohammed Sanu.  Andy Dalton will be pleased and this offense will become scary good. 

22. Pittsburgh Steelers:

JR: Landon Collins, SS- Troy Polamalu retired so the Steelers find a player that closely resembles their former superstar.  Collins can come in and help in run support as well as guarding the pass.

23. Detroit Lions:

JR: Malcom Brown, DT- No brainer pick for the Lions as they lost both starting defensive tackles from last year.  Brown will be the force in the middle and can learn from Haloti Ngata who is playing next to him.

24. Arizona Cardinals:

JR: Brett Hundley, QB- Carson Palmer is getting up there in age and is coming off of another ACL tear.  Hundley needs more time but he has the physical traits that quarterback coaches and Bruce Arians crave.  The Cardinals grab him before any team can trade up.

25. Carolina Panthers:

JR: Andrus Peat, OT- Opponents sacked Panthers quarterbacks 42 times this past season.  Keeping Cam Newton upright and healthy is a must for this franchise.  While I’m not the biggest fan of Peat, I know that he has versatility to play right tackle and the two guard positions.

26. Baltimore Ravens:
JR: Carl Davis, DT- No receiver worth taking with this pick so the Ravens take the best player on the board.  Davis is a high-energy player that can hit with the best of them and the elder Ravens veterans will love that.

27. Dallas Cowboys:
JR: Eli Harold, OLB/ DE- The Cowboys desperately need pass rushers and can easily grab a running back in the second round.  Harold is an explosive and athletic freak that can find his way into the starting lineup quickly.

28. Denver Broncos:
JR: Jordan Phillips, NT- One of my favorite players in the league, Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton, left Denver.  So the Broncos find a player with a similar skill set to help clog the middle and stuff anybody running between the tackles. 

29. Indianapolis Colts:
JR: Cameron Erving, OL- Andrew Luck desperately needs to be protected and Erving can play every single position on the line.  This is a no brainer pick for the Colts.

30. Green Bay Packers:
JR: Arik Armstead, DE/DT- A long and built defensive end that can add to the talent on this Packers defense.  Oh yeah, and getting trained by Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews isn’t a half bad gig.  They will find a way to reach Armstead and get him to play to his full potential.

31. New Orleans Saints:
JR: Nelson Agholor, WR- With Jimmy Graham gone, I could see the Saints selecting a receiver in round one and then going after Maxx Williams in round two to help improve this New Orleans high flying attack.

32. New England Patriots:
JR: Kevin Johnson, CB- Darrelle Revis bolted back to New York so the Pats need a corner to help shut down one side of the field.  Johnson is the best press corner in this year’s draft.

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