Lupagus’ 2015 NFL Mock Draft
The season has hit the midway point and here is how Lups sees the Draft shaking out as if it were held this Thursday evening.
** Order is based purely on my speculation on how the 2014 season will play out.
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1. Oakland Raiders – Leonard Williams DE, USC
If the Raiders decide Derek Carr is indeed the QB of their future then they can look to take the best player on the board here. Williams is a versatile beast who can line up anywhere causing destruction along the way.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Cedric Ogbuehi OT, Texas A&M
The Jaguars have some pieces in place but their offensive line is in pieces. Ogbuehi can come in and lock down the left side and kick Joeckel over to the right and suddenly Blake Bortles is erect longer.
3. New York Jets – Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
The new coaching staff in New York next season will want a new quarterback. Mariota is accurate, mobile, and smart. He’ll bring them a new hope.
4. Tampa Bay Bucs – Jameis Winston QB, FSU
I hate putting Winston this high with all of his off the field baggage but Tampa is desperate for a QB. Winston tends to lock onto his primary receiver but his size, arm strength, and talent can’t be denied.
5. Tennessee Titans – Randy Gregory DE, Nebraska
The Titans miss out on a top shelf QB prospect so instead decide to improve their pass rush. Gregory is lightning quick off the ball and can give a big boost to the Titans front seven.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Shane Ray DE, Mizzou
The Falcons pass rush is pathetic. They have to find guys who can get to the passer. They may spend multiple high picks at this position.
7. Washington Redskins – Brandon Scherff OT, Iowa
The Redskins have some issues on their offensive line especially at right tackle. Scherff is a versatile big man who can help out either their or at guard. He may not be a sexy pick but he could sure help the Skins offense become sexy.
8. Chicago Bears – Landon Collins S, Alabama
The Bears have been adding young talent to their defense in recent drafts and it continues with this playmaking safety from ‘Bama. Collins is an exciting player who can layout receivers as well as providing excellent coverage.
9. New York Giants – Shawn Oakman DE, Baylor
I know having a couple of athletic freakshows as my bookend defensive ends would get me excited. Maybe it would for the Giants as well.
10. St. Louis Rams – Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
The Rams just can’t seem to get this WR thing right. Cooper is about as can’t miss as you can get, so maybe just maybe the Rams will hit the WR nail on the head this Draft.
11. Carolina Panthers – La’El Collins OT, LSU
The Panthers are a miserable bunch this year. They could look at a corner here but the wise thing would be to shore up that offensive line. A big ol’ boy like Collins can help keem Newton safe, and also restore this team back to their power running days of yore.
12. Houston Texans – Vic Beasley OLB, Clemson
With the top QBs long gone, the Texans add another pass rusher. Brooks Reed will be a free agent in 2015 and Beasley can replace him and then carve “Brooks Was Here” above his old locker.
13. Minnesota Vikings – Leonard Floyd OLB, Georgia
With the top OTs off the board and hopes still running high in my heart that Kalil can pull his head out of his ass, the Vikings opt to go with an OLB in round 1 for the second year straight. Greenway is 31 and could be out the door this offseason, which would pave the way for another Floyd to enter the Vikings defensive ranks. Todd Gurley was also heavily considered here but Jerick McKinnon has played well and the Peterson situation is cloudy at best at this point.
14. New Orleans Saints – Todd Gurley RB, Georgia
There has been talk that the Saints won’t extend Ingram’s deal after the season and if that’s the case they could decide to bring in a new workhorse. Gurley is an amazing talent who would bring a new dimension to this already dynamic Saints offense.
15. San Francisc0 49ers – Devante Parker WR, Louisville
The 9ers are a mess right now and could go many ways with this pick. They have some old age at WR and then younger players who are more lot types. Parker gives Kaepernick a big dynamic target to throw to and someone to grow old with.
16. San Diego Chargers – Andrus Peat OT, Stanford
Peat is a beast of a man who can come in and play behind King Dunlap for a year and then be the Bolts long term answer at left tackle.