Lupagus’ 2015 NFL Mock Draft
It’s the middle of June and as the temperatures rise, the interest in the NFL dips to all time low levels. So why not post an extremely early and pointless 2015 Mock Draft just to get some juices flowing.
** Order is based purely on my speculation on how the 2014 season will play out.
Verion 1.0 | Updated June 23rd
1. Carolina Panthers – Cedric Ogbuehi OT, Texas A&M
I have a feeling Cam Newton is going to get absolutely killed this season behind what has to be the worst offensive line in the league. Cedric can come in and keep Superman flying high in 2015.
2. Dallas Cowboys – Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
The Cowboys defense will be their undoing in 2014, and they will find themselves in position to grab their QB of the future.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams DE, USC
The Jaguars went heavy on offense in the 2014 Draft and now let Gus Bradley bring in some defense. Williams is a powerful athletic pass rusher who can ensure this team doesn’t pick in the top 3 again in 2016.
4. Cleveland Browns – Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
I still can’t fathom that the Browns didn’t draft a single receiver in the 2014 Draft. If they want Johnny Football to succeed they need to give him some toys.
5. Minnesota Vikings – Landon Collins S, Alabama
The Vikings should be better in 2014, but I’m afraid they’ll end up last in a very tough division. Collins would be an excellent player to pair with Harrison Smith and would make the Vikings secondary one of the best in the world.
6. Tennessee Titans – Randy Gregory DE, Nebraska
After all these years, I’m still not a fan of the Titans pass rush. Maybe this Cornhusker can help.
7. Kansas City Chiefs – Brett Hundley QB, UCLA
The Chiefs QB of the future is not currently on the roster. Hundley is raw, but talented, and with Andy Reid’s guidance, he could turn out to be the best QB from this class.
8. Washington Redskins – Shilique Calhoun DE, Michigan St.
The Redskins could use some help on the defensive line and Calhoun is so good he won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
9. Cleveland Browns (From Bills) – Andrus Peat OT, Stanford
The Browns should consider taking their second wide receiver in the top ten here, but instead get Manziel some protection in big Andrus Peat.
10. Oakland Raiders – PJ Williams CB, FSU
The Raiders could use a young corner to line up with DJ Hayden, and Williams is perfect for two reasons. 1. He’s an excellent player with great size and instincts. 2. The combination of PJ and DJ is just too damn cute to pass up.
11. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Scherff OT, Iowa
Jason Peters is 32 years old and has some bad lower limbs on him. It could be time for the Eagles to go and get a youngling to pair with Lane Johnson.
12. Detroit Lions - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB, Oregon
As shocking as it was to see teams like the Chiefs and Browns pass or wait on receivers, the Lions repeatedly passing on a corner was just as mind blowing. I.E-O may not have ideal size, but he’s tough against the run, and has some truly great game tape.
13. Houston Texans – Jameis Winston QB, FSU
I can see Winston falling a bit due to his off the field issues, but boy would the Texans make out like bandits here with the 13th pick. Winston has the talent to be a quality NFL QB, and could easily beat out what the Texans currently have at the position.
14. San Diego Chargers – Todd Gurley RB, Georgia
Ryan Matthews has been a constant disappointment, and Danny Woodhead is a contributor but not a feature back. Gurley can be a star in San Diego and give the Chargers the true horse they’ve lacked since LT left town.
15. Tampa Bay Bucs – Bryce Petty QB, Baylor
McCown is a stop gap and Glennon’s future with the team is murky. Petty can be this staff’s handpicked QB of the future and has the size and arm strength to make it work.
16. Miami Dolphins – Dante Fowler Jr. DE, Florida
The Dolphins simply go with one of the better players remaining on the board and get this pass rushing Gator.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Josh Shaw CB, USC
The Steelers need youth and size at the corner position. This Trojan gives them both.
18. Green Bay Packers – Vic Beasley OLB, Clemson
Because you can never have enough pass rushers BLAH BLAH BLAH.
19. Arizona Cardinals – Cameron Erving OT, FSU
Veldheer has the left side of the Cardinals offensive line locked down, but the right side remains a mystery.
20. New Orleans Saints – Hroniss Grasu C, Oregon
It’s not going to excite the fan base but the Saints really need an upgrade at center.
21. St. Louis Rams – Devin Funchess TE, Michigan
If Jared Cook flops again this season, the Rams may look to the Draft to bring in a replacement.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Lael Collins OT, LSU
Ricky Wagner is currently listed as the starter and should win the job considering the Ravens brought in little competition for him in the offseason. If he can’t hold his own, they will draft a new right tackle early.
23. New York Jets – Kasen Williams WR, Washington
The Jets will likely go defense again in round, 1 but they really should bring in one more talented young receiver. This need obviously increases if Stephen Hill can’t take the next step in 2014.
24. Atlanta Falcons – Devonte Fields DE/OLB, TCU
The Falcons pass rush could be their undoing in 2014, so bringing in someone who can cause havoc off the edge would be a smart move.
25. New York Giants – Shaq Thompson OLB, Washington
The Giants are talent poor at linebacker and Thompson is an athletic player who is quick and instinctive.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Shawn Oakman DE, Baylor
The Colts need a good draft after back to back ugly ones. Oakman would be a great value here and prove to be a valuable asset on the Colts defensive line.
27. Chicago Bears – Noah Spence DE, Ohio St.
The Bears brought in Jared Allen in free agency but he maybe has two decent years left in him at best. Spence is a young pass rusher who can learn from Allen before taking over from the future Hall of Famer.
28. Cincinnati Bengals – Kyler Fackrell OLB, Utah St.
The Bengals are set at two linebacker positions but Jayson DiManche makes no one comfortable.
29. Seattle Seahawks – Tre Jackson G, FSU
The Seahawks may look to upgrade at guard if JR Sweezy falters. Jackson is a beast of a man and has the talent to be a plug and play starter.
30. Denver Broncos - Kevin Hogan QB, Stanford
The Broncos can’t rely on Peyton Manning much longer and how they feel about Brock Osweiler is shrouded in mystery. Hogan is a strong armed QB with great size and could develop into a respectable heir.
31. New England Patriots – Jalen Strong WR, ASU
The Patriots could use one more big bodied young receiver to help out Tom Brady in his twilight years.
32. San Francisc0 49ers – Mario Edwards DE, FSU
The 49ers are my pick to be the Champs in 2014 and go with this guy whose name sounds more like a racecar driver than a football player. The team still isn’t sure if they have Justin Smith’s heir apparent on the roster, and see if Edwards can be it.