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 – Yolanda
1. Tampa Bay Bucs – Jameis Winston QB, FSU
Okay so I locked this pick in last Draft, and I’m not backing off that. As my next two mocks will have Mariota back here as I believe that is the right call from a character standpoint. But in this Draft I want to have Mariota available at two and see what kind of trades could happen.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (From) Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
Chip Kelly can’t resist and moves all the way up from pick 21 to grab his man. I’m not gonna detail the compensation but the Titans would be getting Bradford in this deal and at least one future 1st round pick as well as multiple other picks. Mariota’s a perfect fit in Kelly’s offense and would likely start from day one.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Williams DT, USC
The Jaguars don’t do anything and may end up benefiting the most from the Mariota deal. Williams is arguably the best player in this Draft as he can line up inside or out causing all sorts of ruckus. The Jags d-line gets so much better with this choice.
4. Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
Kevin White is a hot name right now, but Cooper is the safer choice. He is a fluid route runner, with hands of glue. He is also faster than most give him credit for and would give Derek Carr a true no. 1 target in the passing game.
5. Washington Redskins – Vic Beasley OLB, Clemson
I had Gregory going here but with the recent news of his positive marijuana test at the combine he’s gonna slide a bit. So I’ll give the Skins Vic Beasley who I really like here anyway.
6. New York Jets – Dante Fowler Jr. DE/OLB, Florida
With both Quarterbacks off the board, the Jets decide to get a young edge rusher to ensure their defense stays tough. Fowler is an explosive pass rusher who should find playing an OLB in a 3-4 front a very natural fit for him and his skills.
7. Chicago Bears – Kevin White WR, West Virginia
The Bears traded away Brandon Marshall to the Jets and never did much to replace him. White is an explosive athlete who is absolutely shredded. He can give this Bears offense a major downfield threat.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Shane Ray DE, Mizzou
The Falcons have to generate some kind of a pass rush in 2015 if they want to compete in the terrible NFC South. They may have a tough time passing on Gregory here but if he’s stupid enough to smoke up before the Combine he deserves to fall and lose money. So instead they go with Ray who is a fine pass rusher in his own right.
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 – Trae Waynes CB, Michigan St.
This is beginning to look like a lock. Waynes has emerged as the top corner in the draft and Mike Zimmer loves tall physical defensive backs. Factor in that it’s a major need for the Vikings and this becomes a no brainer.
12. Cleveland Browns – DeVante Parker WR, Louisville
The Browns added some receivers in free agency but most of them are on the downsides of their careers. Parker is a big bodied receiver who can run all the routes and make some tough grabs. If Johnny Manziel is to have a successful comeback, he’ll need guys like Parker to throw to.
13. New Orleans Saints – Bud Dupree OLB, Kentucky
The Saints have to improve on defense and an area that is in need of a quick fix is outside linebacker. The Saints could go with Gregory but again the stupidity of his decision has to sour teams on him. Dupree has all the tools needed to satisfy the Saints craving for a pass rusher.
14. Miami Dolphins – Landon Collins S, Alabama
This may be a bit early for Collins as many see him as a borderline first round prospect. If the Phins believe Reshad Jones can handle Free Safety duties then they may look to add the physical Collins to play opposite him. Collins excels at attacking the line of scrimmage and blitzing. The way this Draft falls the Phins might be better off moving down a few spots and looking at a corner or receiver.
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’El 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.