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Norris: 2015 NFL Mock Draft

by Josh Norris
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in May's draft. For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.


And with that, here is how I view the first round.


1. Tampa Bay Bucs - QB Jameis Winston, FSU - I still think Marcus Mariota has a chance to be selected here, much more than given credit for. As Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported, the Glazers have final say in signing off on Winston. But mocks are for what I think will happen, and most signs still point to Jameis. Winston can be a quality starter in the NFL.


2. Tennessee Titans - DL Leonard Williams, USC - I expect the Titans to talk themselves into sticking with Zach Mettenberger in the next two-plus weeks. It is the wrong decision. Instead they go with the “safe” selection. I do not think Williams is as unique of a talent as some are making him out to be, but he is a good player.


3. Cleveland Browns (via Jacksonville Jaguars) - QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon - The Browns trade picks 12, 19 and a 2016 3rd-round selection. After the GM and owner made the wrong quarterback choice last year, there is pressure to make the decision right. Mariota will do just that.


4. Oakland Raiders - WR Kevin White, WVU - White has the ability to win in the “big” and “small” receiver games, meaning he has the potential to be a complete receiver. Those are difficult to find.


5. Washington Redskins - OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa - Mimicking the recent approach of a division rival. I bet many teams will think Scherff is this year’s Zack Martin. Some might think this is early for a guard. Maybe, but acquiring prospects with traits that translate is paramount.


6. New York Jets - WR Amari Cooper, Alabama - I know the Jets have other needs, namely OL and edge rusher. But it is obvious how Cooper translates to the NFL. Brandon Marshall’s deal has no guarantees after 2015 and you don’t pass on Cooper “because of Jeremy Kerley.”


7. Chicago Bears - DL Arik Armstead, Oregon - Yes, I’m crazy for projecting Armstead to be drafted ahead of the edge rushers. However, I could see teams ranking Armstead at the same level as Leonard Williams. Jay Ratliff, Ray McDonald and Jarvis Jenkins are all on one-year deals.


8. Atlanta Falcons - EDGE Dante Fowler Jr, Florida - Fowler is ahead of the game in terms of hand use and length to win on first contact, but don’t bank on him using movement skills or explosion to consistently come out on the positive side of one on one matchups. The Falcons added some pass-rushing help in free agency, but they need more.


9. New York Giants - T Andrus Peat, Stanford - The Giants could easily take Randy Gregory here. The Giants tend to invest in pass rushers, wide receivers or OL early. Do not be surprised if Peat is the first true tackle off the board.


10. St. Louis Rams - OL La’El Collins, LSU - If Collins is selected, who plays LT? Either way, you have two powerful blockers along the offensive line in an offense that will need to keep its quarterback clean in the pocket and open running lanes.

 

11. Minnesota Vikings - CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest - It seems like a forgone conclusion that Mike Zimmer & Co. draft a corner. (So that means they won’t ultimately draft a corner.) For now, CB is the pick and many now point to Johnson as being the top-rated prospect at the position.


12. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Cleveland Browns) - EDGE Vic Beasley, Clemson - If Jacksonville stays at three, I think Vic is the perfect pick there for schematic purposes. That means this is even more of a dream come true. The Jaguars are a prime candidate to trade back due to their needs and the amount of prospects that can fill them.


13. New Orleans Saints - EDGE Alvin Dupree, Saints - Dupree is a candidate to go even higher than this. I would not make that claim based on his tape since Dupree was caught between positions. But teams will tag him with the “upside” label.


14. Miami Dolphins - CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State - I liked Jamar Taylor out of Boise State, but injuries have stunted his career. Teams could reasonably have four different names at the top of their cornerback boards.


15. San Francisco 49ers - WR DeVante Parker, Louisville - The 49ers can’t stop with just Torrey Smith in terms of offseason receiver additions. Parker is certainly athletic, but he can dominate the contested catch game. He is a tremendous end-zone threat.


16. Houston Texans - LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA - Kendricks is a complete three-down linebacker. Obviously he is aggressive moving forward against the run. What is uncommon is Kendrick’s comfort and success in coverage. Another edge rusher is also possible here.

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17. San Diego Chargers - EDGE Randy Gregory, Nebraska - Gregory recently visited the Chargers. I like both Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu, but rotation is so important in order to sustain disruption. Gregory’s draft-day slotting will be difficult to determine. I do think the SD/Mariota connection is real, but difficult to pull off.


18. Kansas City Chiefs - CB Byron Jones, UConn - Jones conceivably could be the first corner off the board. The Chiefs could also target Eric Kendricks if still available.


19. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Cleveland Browns) - RB Todd Gurley, Georgia - Did I say dream draft? Gurley will be picked in the first round, it is just a question of how early. If he is not healthy immediately, the Jaguars can get by with Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson and Denard Robinson in the short term.


20. Philadelphia Eagles - OL Jake Fisher, Oregon - Moving beyond the Oregon connection, Fisher fits the Eagles’ profile for offensive linemen - athletic. Fisher has experience at guard and both tackle spots. Visit reports are still coming in, but as Jimmy Kempski previously noted, 6 of the 7 Eagles picks last year visited Philadelphia prior to the draft. And the 7th, Josh Huff, played under Chip Kelly at Oregon. Something to watch. Fisher is also a senior, which has been an Eagles trend.


21. Cincinnati Bengals - T D.J. Humphries, Florida - I don’t love this fit. However, both of the Bengals’ tackles are entering contract years. Humphries, Cedric Ogbuehi, Ereck Flowers, etc. are all options. Humphries has added weight during the draft process and now sits above 300 pounds.


22. Pittsburgh Steelers - CB Jalen Collins, LSU - This one is so commonly mocked that it seems unlikely. Collins is still learning how to turn his athleticism into success. “Functional” is the key word when discussing tools and traits.


23. Detroit Lions - DT Danny Shelton, Washington - I know, I know. “But Shelton and Haloti Ngata will play the same position.” From watching the Panthers so closely, they have had success putting two “nose tackles” on the field in high run percentage downs, then they use a rotation from there. Key word: rotation. It will be a major focus of Shelton’s career. I think Shelton is a good player, but his evaluation was inflated early in the process.


24. Arizona Cardinals - EDGE Shane Ray, Missouri - This might be seen as a “drop” by some, but I think this is where Ray belongs. He tested as a bad athlete (in the 22nd percentile for his position) but does maximize it on the field and possesses a great motor.


25. Carolina Panthers - T Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M - Looking at the Panthers' offseason OT moves, they likely think the team can win with a combination of Michael Oher, Nate Chandler, Mike Remmers and Jonathan Martin. Ogbuehi seems on track to play in his rookie year, but it might not be a complete necessity (in the Panthers' minds). Ogbuehi does need to fix his punch timing.


26. Baltimore Ravens - WR Breshad Perriman, UCF - The Ravens lost their vertical threat when Torrey Smith signed with San Francisco. Without that downfield weapon, Baltimore's offense would look very different. Enter Perriman, who has speed, size and needs to improve his catching consistency. Yes, I know the owner said receiver isn’t a drastic need. I do not believe him.

 

27. Dallas Cowboys - CB Marcus Peters, Washington - Peters visited the Cowboys, along with a number of other corners. I believe most of the other names mentioned will be off the board at No. 27, other than P.J. Williams. Peters is aggressive on the outside, and the Cowboys have shown they are willing to work with players other teams are not.


28. Denver Broncos - T Ereck Flowers, Miami - I do not love Flowers’ game. Others do. Defensive tackle or a different offensive lineman are also possibilities here.


29. Indianapolis Colts - S Landon Collins, Alabama - The Colts need a long-term starter at both of their safety spots. Collins is likely best in a strong safety role but has experience in multiple alignments due to Alabama’s advanced coverages. LSU edge rusher Danielle Hunter is also possible here.


30. Green Bay Packers - DL Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma - I really wanted to place Eric Rowe here. This would be a surprising first-round selection. There is always at least one, but the stars kind of align here. One, it is a need. Two, Oklahoma’s co-DC left the school to join the Packers’ staff. Three, Phillips is a unique player who can offer tremendous push and power with a large frame.


31. New Orleans Saints (via Seahawks) - G Cameron Erving, FSU - Yes, the Saints added Max Unger. But a hole at one interior OL spot is glaring. Erving showed promise at left tackle, however, he solidified the Noles’ OL while at center. He is being evaluated at all three spots.


32. New England Patriots - DT Grady Jarrett, Clemson - Bill Belichick is one of the few football minds who is willing to change his process. With bigger bodies along the defensive line moving on, I think Bill will focus on upfield penetration and disruption. Jarrett combined with Dominique Easley can offer that. Both have played the 1 and 3 techniques.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .