Lupagus’ 2015 NFL Mock Draft
FROM A CORNER OF THE LIVING ROOM SOMEWHERE ON 4th AVE………. LUPAGUS PRESENTS HIS 2015 NFL MOCK!!!!
I think I’ll call this Version – Samantha
1. Tampa Bay Bucs - Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
Look for the Bucs to grab their QB of the future here. Winston could be considered as well, but with his off the field record, I think the Bucs will steer clear. Mariota is an athletic quarterback who is deadly accurate with the ball. He should fit in nicely where there are weapons like Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins already in place.
2. Tennessee Titans – Randy Gregory DE, Nebraksa
The Titans are pretty adamant that Zach Mettenberger is their QB of the future. For now, I’ll believe them. So if they do pass on Winston here, they should look at a pass rusher. Gregory explodes of the ball and has all the traits to be a top shelf pass rusher in the NFL.
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 – Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
Derek Carr showed a ton of potential in his rookie season and if the Raiders want him to take the next step they need to give him better weapons to throw to. Cooper is a big receiver who runs smooth routes and has sure hands. He truly has the tools to be a no. 1 receiver and could have many bountiful years with a gunslinger like Carr.
5. Washington Redksins - Shane Ray DE/OLB, Mizzou
The Washington Football Club has some holes on their offensive line as well as the need for a big time pass rusher. They will likely address the pass rusher need as their is just better value at this spot. Ray is extremely fast and has elite burst of the ball as well as closing speed. He’d rejuvinate this much maligned Redskin defense.
6. New York Jets - Jameis Winston QB, FSU
Winston could go no. 1 overall, but I think his off the field issues prevent that from happening. That being said, Winston in New York and all it’s temptations could be a bad mix, but it’s a risk the Jets may have to take. Winston is a top of the line quarterback prospect with size, arm strength, and football intelligence. He would likely start from day one in New York and give the Jets offense someone to build around.
7. Chicago Bears - Landon Collins S, Alabama
The Bears need a lot of help on defense, especially at defensive end and safety. I think they can find a decent pass rusher at the top of the second round, so here they get the top safety in the Draft. Collins is a flat out stud, who can cover a ton of ground but also excels at attacking the line of scrimmage and blitzing. He would bring a level of nasty to his Bears hibernating defense.
8. Atlanta Falcons - Maxx Williams TE, Minnesota
Is this too high for Williams? Maybe, maybe not. One thing that is for sure, is that Matt Ryan is at his best when he has a studly tight end to throw to. Williams is big, fast, and has hands as reliable as death itself. He can create mismatches all over the field. Mismatches that Matt Ryan will exploit over and over and over again.
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 - Devante Parker WR, Louisville
The Rams have tried and tried but still haven’t gotten their WR corps squared away. They give it another go with Parker who is a tall and physical receiver. He runs good routes, and has above average top end speed. He could be the no.1 wide receiver the Rams have been searching for. Now the question remains…who will be tossing him the rock?
11. Minnesota Vikings - Brandon Scherff OT, Iowa
The Vikings offensive line was down right terrible last season , and its a wonder that Bridgewater made it through without getting seriously injured. The left side was especially bad with Charlie Johnson and a slumping Matt Kalil the culprits. Enter Scherff, who is a versatile and tough offensive lineman. He would likely start out his career at left guard replacing Johnson. If Matt Kalil continues his downward spiral, expect Scherff to slide to left tackle as soon as 2016.
12. Cleveland Browns - Kevin White WR, West Virginia
The Browns have to come away with a couple of pass catchers in this Draft, and maybe even two in the first round itself. White is a big receiver standing nearly 6’3. He’s got gangly arms, and has good wheels. White also has a muscular frame and isn’t afraid to go over the middle. Best of all he has no known character issues unlike Josh Gordon.
13. New Orleans Saints - Vic Beasley OLB, Clemson
The Saints have to improve on defense and an area that is in need of a quick fix is outside linebacker. Beasley is a flat out beast on the field. He’s got a cat like first step and can close on quarterbacks in a hurry. He also has the athleticism to drop into coverage, and is an all around solid tackler.
14. Miami Dolphins - Trae Waynes CB, Michigan St.
This may be a hair early for Waynes but the Dolphins may just have to pull the trigger. Both of their starting corners are over 30 years old and the depth behind them is suspect at best. Waynes has good size, is physical against the run and also has very solid ball skills. He would be a very solid choice for the ‘Phins.
15. San Francisco 49ers - Eddie Goldman DT, FSU
The 9ers have needs at wide receiver and corner, but with them both picked pretty clean at this point they decide to add a young specimen to their defensive. Goldman is a big ol’ boy from a big time college program. He is astute at stopping the run and busting heads.
16. Houston Texans - Cedric Ogbuehi OT, Texas A&M
If the Texans don’t get nutty and move up for a quarterback there are a plethora of ways they could go here. They could take an OLB like Shaq Thompson, could grab a WR like Funchess or Strong, or they could address their offensive line. I’ll have them go with option three since Derek Newton is a free agent and Duane Brown isn’t getting any younger. Ogbuehi can come in and play right tackle and hone his skills for a season or three, and then move over to his permanent home at left tackle.