Early 2015 NFL Draft Projections
Projecting the first round selections
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston QB Florida St.
Jameis Winston is the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck’s days at Stanford. Pair that with Mariota’s loss in the national championship game, Winston should be the pick the Bucs make with the number one selection.
2. Tennessee Titans: Landon Collins S Alabama
I believe that Tennessee will try to trade out of this spot at all cost, but if they get stuck here, this is the obvious choice in my opinion. The secondary has been a problem for the Titans all season and I think a safety like Collins is just what they need.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams DT USC
Williams is a big strong defensive tackle that has all the skills necessary to be a day one impact player and potential pro bowler. A player like Williams could potentially be a franchise player on defense that the Jaguars most desperately need.
4. Oakland Raiders: Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
Oakland chose the bets defensive player in last years draft with the selection of Khalil Mack, and they very well could be doing the same with Gregory. The best pass rusher in this draft, paired with Mack, and Oakland now has two young defensive players to build around for the future.
5. Washington Redskins: Shane Ray DE Missouri
Speaking of great pass rushers, in steps Shane Ray. He was a sack machine at Mizzou and the Redskins have had problems getting to the passer. Ray could step in and fill that void next season for Washington.
6. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
This is the worst QB in class in recent memory. Mariota cannot and should not start on day one and if he goes to New York, he will have to. It’s the Jets, this is a bad pick, it makes sense in a really weird way.
7. Chicago Bears: Vic Beasley DE/OLB Clemson
The Bears would prefer that Shane Ray still be on the board here, but they will settle with Beasley. He’s a thoroughbred pass rusher and that is arguably the biggest need in Chicago.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Bud Dupree LB Kentucky
See a pattern here? We hear that the NFL is a passing league all the time, with that being true you need pass rushers and this draft is loaded with them. Whichever is the best left available, Atlanta will select.
9. New York Giants: Dante Fowler DE Florida
Another pass rusher. Fowler is a beast and has one hell of a first step. Another pass rusher off the board.
10. St. Louis Rams: Brandon Scherff G Iowa
With Jake Long’s health always in question, the Rams have needs on their offensive line. I project Scherff as the best guard in this draft, solid pick here for St. Louis.
11. Minnesota Vikings: Amari Cooper WR Alabama
The Vikings have bigger needs but another weapon for Teddy Bridgewater wouldn’t hurt. Cooper is my #2 receiver in this draft. Great value pick here for the Vikings.
12. Cleveland Browns: Kevin White WR West Virginia
White is my number one rated receiver in this draft and with Browns reportedly cutting bait with Josh Gordon in the offseason, White makes perfect sense for Cleveland.
13. New Orleans Saints: Trae Waynes CB Michigan St
With Patrick Robinson reportedly not being retained this offseason, Stanley Jean-Baptiste not being able to see the field, and the fact that the secondary was terrible this season Waynes makes perfect sense for NOLA.
14. Miami Dolphins: Shaq Thompson LB Washington
The Dolphins were terrible against the run this past season and Thompson is very quick and versatile and could make a reasonable improvement for Miami in that area. He played multiple positions in college and can play inside or outside linebacker when needed.
15. San Francisco 49ers: Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
Stanley had a huge season this year and has rocketed up draft boards. A lot of changes going on in San Francisco but one thing remains, they need to protect Kaepernick. If Stanley continues to improve at this current rate, the sky is the limit.
16. Houston Texans: Ereck Flowers OT Miami
Later on in this draft, I think potentially Houston could draft their QB in the future in Shane Carden, but in the first round Ereck Flowers makes a ton of sense. They need to sure up their offensive line and Flowers is a top 15 player on my board and I project him as a left tackle that can play the right side as well.
17. San Diego Chargers: Andrus Peat OT Stanford
The talent depth in this draft is all on the offensive and defensive lines and I think this first round will reflect that. Peat would be a steal here for the Chargers. A guy who can start virtually anywhere on the line and play from day one.
18. Kansas City Chiefs: Dorial Green-Beckham WR Oklahoma
High risk, but very very high reward pick here for the Kansas City Chiefs. DGB was once compared to Randy Moss coming out of high school in Springfield, Missouri. A few arrests later and now we are here at the draft. If it works out, the Chiefs are the smartest guys in the room. If not, they should be prepared for a lot of I told you so’s.
19. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo Bills): Danny Shelton DT Washington
After selecting Kevin White earlier in this round, the Browns need help on the defensive line and this Washington University product could be this draft’s Aaron Donald. He is a big guy with a lot of raw power who may slide farther down in the draft than he should.
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Brett Hundley QB UCLA
This is a TERRIBLE pick. I cannot see Hundley ever being a franchise quarterback and certainly not a first round selection. Something just tells me that Chip Kelly wants to move on from Foles and if he can’t trade all the way up to get Mariota, he will settle for Hundley at 20.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Peters CB Washington
The Bengals have never shied away from players with off the field red flags. There is no questioning Peter’s talents but he was dismissed from the team earlier this season. Cincy will hope they can get to this kid, like they have done with other in the past.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Gerod Holliman S Louisville
Really, really good value pick here for the Steelers. Saftey is their biggest need and Holliman is ball hawking safety, who tied an FBS record with FBS record with 14 interceptions this season. Looks like a sold pick for the Steelers, considering Troy Polamalu and this defense are getting a little long in the tooth.
23. Detroit Lions: Eddie Goldman DT Florida St
Ndamukong Suh & Nick Fairley are both free agents this season, and I do expect them to be able to sign at least one of those two back. Goldman would be the best defensive tackle left, and he would need to fill the shoes of the one that leaves for greener pastures.
24. Arizona Cardinals: Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi St
The surprise of the NFL this season the Arizona Cardinals have one of the best defenses in all of football against the pass, but they need a little help at linebacker to stop the run. This big linebacker from Mississippi should be able to get the job done.
25. Carolina Panthers: Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
Before his injury Ogbuehi was much higher on everyone’s board, including mine. The Panthers need to do all they can to preserve the shelf life of Cam Newton and their offensive line situation is not helping anyone.
26. Baltimore Ravens: DeVante Parker WR Louisville
Parker is a big receiver and something Joe Flacco needs to return to the super bowl in the near future. The Ravens don’t have many needs but adding a receiver certainly wouldn’t hurt.
27. Dallas Cowboys: PJ Williams CB Florida St
The only hole in the Dallas defense this season was at the corner back position. Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys will once more make the right decision and get a steal with PJ Williams at this spot in the draft.
28. Denver Broncos: Michael Bennett DT Ohio St
Who knows what the Denver Broncos are going to look like next season, but with this last game in mind, they had a lot of trouble getting to Andrew Luck. They need more depth on the inside of that defensive line. Bennett would be the best left on the board.
29. Indianapolis Colts: Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
A running back goes in the first round! The Colts need a running game to help Andrew Luck out and it has become apparent that Melvin Gordon is the best back in this draft. Easy pick here for the Colts, and the right one as well.
30. Seattle Seahawks: Jaelen Strong WR Arizona St
The rich just get richer, their biggest need, besides signing their players back, is the wide reciever position and Strong would be a steal this late in the draft.
31. Green Bay Packers: Malcolm Brown DT Texas
Another big guy comes off the board here for the Packers. The formula is simple, whoever the best available defensive lineman is on their draft board is who they will select.
32. New England Patriots: Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
I do project the Patriots to win the Super Bowl, so what are their needs? Not many. Their offense was most effective when they had Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, so with the addition of Maxx Williams who is my number one tight end in this draft makes a ton of sense for New England.