Lupagus’ 2015 NFL Mock Draft
Update IN PROGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!
FROM A CORNER OF THE LIVING ROOM SOMEWHERE ON 4th AVE………. LUPAGUS PRESENTS HIS 2015 NFL MOCK!!!!
I think I’ll call this Version – Martha
1. Tampa Bay Bucs – Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
Screw it. I’m locking this pick in right now. Winston is the popular choice right now, but I wrote a very little read article explaining why that shouldn’t happen in today’s NFL. You can read that ditty here. Anyway, many say it’s 1 and 1A with these two, and if that’s the case you have to take the guy who you don’t have to worry about getting arrested as soon as you draft him. Yes Mariota needs work under center, but he’s super athletic and very accurate with the football.
2. Tennessee Titans – Jameis Winston QB, FSU
Going QB here has become unpopular in recent weeks but the Titans have to give it serious thought. Mettenberger was okay last season but he’s got some chronic knee issues and is far from being the long term answer. Winston in Tennessee isn’t a bad match, there’s only so much trouble he can get into down the land of country music and Volunteers. Plus you can’t deny his talent as a QB prospect. He’s smart, pro ready, and has a rocket arm.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Williams DT, USC
The Jaguars went heavy on the offensive side of the ball in last year’s Draft. Look for them to go heavy on defense this year. Williams is an absolute disruptor and can line up inside or out. He can create interior pressure while freeing up the Telvin Smith and the rest of the Jags linebackers. Williams would work wonders for this defense.
4. Oakland Raiders – Kevin White WR, West Virginia
Amari Cooper is the no. 1 receiver on my board, but it wouldn’t shock me to see White go here. He ripped up the Combine running 4.35 at 6’3 and 215 lbs. That is crazy. He’s also got amazing hands, and can stretch the field as well as making the tough catches in traffic. Whether it’s White or Cooper here, giving Carr a studly young weapon is the right move for the Raiders.
5. Washington Redskins – Vic Beasley OLB, Clemson
I just shocked myself with this pick. Beasley going ahead of Gregory and Ray is bit of an upset but he had himself a great combine. Factor that in with a stellar college career and he becomes a very safe pick. Beasley can provide that edge rush that the Washington Football Club so desperately needs.
6. New York Jets – Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
With both Quarterbacks off the board, the Jets decide to grab a playmaker for an offense that sorely needs one. Cooper is a fluid route runner with sticky hands and can become the first true no. 1 receiver the Jets have had since the days of Keyshawn Johnson.
7. Chicago Bears – Randy Gregory DE/OLB, Nebraska
The Bears need a lot of help on defense, with safety, nose tackle, and DE being big time problems. They get the pass rusher here. Gregory falls on my board a bit due to his frightenly light Combine weigh in. Still he’s an explosive edge rusher who can help the Bears supposed switch to a 3-4 front go much more smoothly.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Dante Fowler JR, DE, Florida
The Falcons have to generate some kind of a pass rush in 2015 if they want to compete in the terrible NFC South. They have a tough choice to make between Fowler and Ray here but go with Fowler. Why? Seems to me to be more of a pure defensive end in a 4-3 front than Ray. But I could be wrong.
9. New York Giants – Danny Shelton DT, Washington
The Giants will likely address a line here. Whether it’s offense or defense we won’t know until it’s all over twitter. For now I’m gonna have them take Shelton in an effort to shore up their defensive line. The Giants were bad against the run in 2014 at that had a lot to do with the loss of Linval Joseph. Shelton is a huge man, with a powerful and wide base. He can plug running lanes and provide a little inside pressure every now and then. Read Danny’s interview with DraftSeason
10. St. Louis Rams – Brandon Scherff OT, Iowa
Jake Long’s career is all but over and it will be the Greg Robinson show at left tackle in 2015 and beyond. That leaves the Rams right side of the line in very bad shape. They can take this mauler from Iowa and rest easy. Scherff is a tough physical player from the cornfields who could also play guard if needed.
11. Minnesota Vikings – Landon Collins S, Alabama
This is a tough choice for the Vikings here. They could hook Teddy up with former teammate DeVante Parker, or go with the hot choice of the week in CB Trae Waynes. To me and my purple eye, getting a capable safety next to Harrison Smith has been a big problem since Harrison was drafted. Collins would be the perfect compliment as a guy who can attack the line of scrimmage while Smith covers the ground he does so well. Maybe the Vikes can move down a few picks and still land this stallion.
12. Cleveland Browns – DeVante Parker WR, Louisville
The Browns have to draft a WR with this pick. They just gave Josh McCown way more money than he’s worth and to make him even a pube successful they will need to give him much better weapons. Parker is a big bodied receiver who can make plays down the field, which is an area McCown has proven capable during his stint in Chicago.
13. New Orleans Saints – Shane Ray DE/OLB, Mizzou
The Saints have to improve on defense and an area that is in need of a quick fix is outside linebacker. I’m just not feeling Ray at this point but do think this is the worst case scenario for him. He is explosive off the ball and should thrive on his feet in the Saints 3-4 front.
14. Miami Dolphins – Trae Waynes CB, Michigan St.
Waynes solidified his status as the top corner in this Draft with his impressive Combine showing. God knows the Phins could use him as their current group of corners is elderly and lacking talent.
15. San Francisco 49ers – Arik Armstead DE, Oregon
The 9ers have needs at receiver as well as corner. But with the best options gone they go with a big time upside pick. Armstead is a sasquatch of a man standing 6’7 and nearly 300 lbs. He has experience as a five technique defensive end and can be brought in as the heir apparent to Justin Smith.
16. Houston Texans – La’Ell Collins OT, LSU
If the Texans don’t get nutty and move up for a quarterback, they could address their offensive line at pick 16. Duane Brown isn’t getting any younger and starting right tackle Derek Newton is a free agent. They can bring in Collins, who can ease in at right tackle or guard, before taking his rightful place on the iron throne that is left tackle for the Houston Texans.