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2015 NFL Re-Draft

With the 2015 NFL season over, I think it is time to look back at the rookies from the previous season. With many of these players making a great transition to the NFL from college football, others struggled in the process. This class is represented by many great players that look to be the future of the NFL on both sides of the football. Jameis Winston was the first overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year and quickly became the team’s play caller. Will he remain at the top stop? What other players would have been picked higher if the draft was done today? Let’s find out!

2015 NFL Re-Draft

 

Pick Team Original Pick New Pick
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2. Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3. Jacksonville Jaguars Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
4. Oakland Raiders Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5. Washington Redskins Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa Leonard Williams, DE, USC
6. New York Jets Leonard Williams, DE, USC Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
7. Chicago Bears Kevin White, WR, West Virginia Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
8. Atlanta Falcons Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida
9. New York Giants Ereck Flowers, G, Miami Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa
10. St. Louis Rams Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
11. Minnesota Vikings Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
12. Cleveland Browns Danny Shelton, DT, Washington Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
13. New Orleans Saints Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
14. Miami Dolphins DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville La’el Collins, OL, LSU
15 San Diego Chargers Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
16. Houston Texans Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
17. San Francisco 49ers Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
18. Kansas City Chiefs Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
19. Cleveland Browns Cameron Erving, C, Florida State Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
20. Philadelphia Eagles Nelson Agholor, WR, USC Landon Collins, S, Alabama
21. Cincinnati Bengals Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M Ereck Flowers, G, Miami
22. Pittsburgh Steelers Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
23. Denver Broncos Shane Ray, DE, Missouri Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford
24. Arizona Cardinals D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
25. Carolina Panthers Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
26. Baltimore Ravens Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
27. Dallas Cowboys Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
28. Detroit Lions Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart & William Smith
29. Indianapolis Colts Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
30. Green Bay Packers Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
31. New Orleans Saints Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
32. New England Patriots Malcom Brown, DT, Texas Thomas Rawls, RB, Central Michigan

 

Discussion of the Top 10:

 

(1). Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Original: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

New: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

 

Discussion: Looking back at their pick, the Bucs have no doubt about Jameis Winston being their future quarterback. He had a great rookie season and is a player that will improve each of the next seasons as he develops into one of the league’s best.

 

(2). Tennessee Titans

Original: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

New: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Discussion: Just like the Bucs, the Titans would easily pick Marcus Mariota as their quarterback. He, like Winston, had a great season and looks to be the future of the NFL at the quarterback position.

 

(3). Jacksonville Jaguars

Original: Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida

New: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Discussion: The Jaguars get a steal here as they choose Marcus Peters. Peters was an anonymous Defensive Rookie of the Year winner in 2015 along with 8 interceptions, good for first in the NFL.

 

(4). Oakland Raiders

Original: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

New: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Discussion: With troubles at the receiver position, the Raiders make this an easy choice by picking Amari Cooper once again. Cooper had 1,070 yards along with 6 touchdowns in 2015.

 

(5). Washington Redskins

Original: Brandon Scherff, G, Iowa

New: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

 

Discussion: Although Brandon Scherff had a solid season in 2015, the Redskins would have a hard time passing on Leonard Williams if he was available at six. Williams was a beast up front and caused havoc all season long last year.

 

(6). New York Jets

Original: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

New: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

 

Discussion: While all the eyes were on Marcus Peters during his rookie campaign, Ronald Darby also had a dominating season. Darby was a premier cornerback and competed against the league’s best receivers in 2015.

 

(7). Chicago Bears

Original: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

New: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

 

Discussion: With Kevin White being injured in 2015, the Bears look to the defensive side of the ball in the first round. Vic Beasley was a solid player that had a high upside in the NFL as a pass rusher.

 

(8). Atlanta Falcons

Original: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

New: Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida

 

Discussion: With Beasley off the board, the Falcons pick Dante Fowler Jr., although he was injured. Fowler Jr. is going to one of the best pass rushers that would help a Falcon defense in the next few seasons.

 

(9). New York Giants

Original: Ereck Flowers, G, Miami

New: Brandon Scherff, G, Iowa

 

Discussion: The Giants get a steal as Brandon Scherff falls to number nine. Scherff is a beast in the interior line that would seriously help a struggling Giant’s line.

 

(10). St. Louis Rams

Original: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

New: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Discussion: The Rams scored on draft day, and they score once again. Todd Gurley established himself as a top 5 running back in 2015 on his way to the Pro Bowl, although he only played in 13 games.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

2016 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Post NFL Combine, 3-6-16)

 

After the 2016 NFL Combine, several players have improved their stock, thanks to their athletic ability. Others, as a result, hurt their stock and are moving down big boards. Other news around the NFL Draft, including those of Ole Miss players, have made NFL GMs raise questions about off-the-field issues. Laremy Tunsil has been a favorite to go number one, but will he still be there? Let’s find out in my third NFL Mock Draft!

 

Pick Team Player Position College
1. Tennessee Titans Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State
2. Cleveland Browns Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
4. Dallas Cowboys Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars Myles Jack OLB UCLA
6. Baltimore Ravens Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
7. San Francisco 49ers Jared Goff QB California
8. Miami Dolphins Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
10. New York Giants Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
11. Chicago Bears Darron Lee OLB Ohio State
12. New Orleans Saints A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
13. Philadelphia Eagles Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
14. Oakland Raiders Mackenzie Alexander CB Clemson
15 Los Angeles Rams Corey Coleman WR Baylor
16. Detroit Lions Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
17. Atlanta Falcons Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
18. Indianapolis Colts Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
19. Buffalo Bills Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
20. New York Jets Noah Spence OLB Eastern Kentucky
21. Washington Redskins Jarran Reed DT Alabama
22. Houston Texans Derrick Henry RB Alabama
23. Minnesota Vikings Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
24. Cincinnati Bengals Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
25. Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple CB Ohio State
26. Seattle Seahawks Andrew Billings DT Baylor
27. Green Bay Packers Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama
28. Kansas City Chiefs Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
29. Arizona Cardinals Jaylon Smith OLB Notre Dame
30. Carolina Panthers Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss
31. Denver Broncos Paxton Lynch QB Memphis

 

Discussion of the Top 10

 

1.) Tennessee Titans

The Pick: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

Discussion: With recent allegations that Laremy Tunsil may have been involved in the incident with Robert Nkemdiche, the Titans may re-think their selection if they stay put at number one. Jalen Ramsey, on the other hand, continues to surprise us. He is the best player in the draft and will be the best choice for Tennessee as they compete against Andrew Luck and a rising Blake Bortles.

 

2.) Cleveland Browns

The Pick: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Discussion: The Browns are desperate at this point. Johnny Manziel is out and this organization needs a fresh start, again. At this point, Wentz looks like the best option at QB. Honestly, what does Cleveland have to lose?

 

3.) San Diego Chargers

The Pick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Discussion: Tunsil falls to number three, and the Chargers happy pick him. Although there is a risk, San Diego needs some serious help on their offensive line. Philip Rivers needs some protection to get his team back on track.

 

4.) Dallas Cowboys

The Pick: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Discussion: Dallas gets just what they want, as Joey Bosa drops to them. This pick makes a lot of sense as Randy Gregory is suspended for the first four games of 2016 and Greg Hardy is out of Dallas. Oh, did I mention Bosa is a top 3 player in this class?

 

5.) Jacksonville Jaguars

The Pick: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

Discussion: As Jacksonville’s offense improved greatly in 2015, the defensive side still needs help. The Jaguars want Jalen Ramsey, but he is likely gone at this point. Instead, they pick the best player available in Myles Jack. Jack is a freak athlete and will convert greatly to an NFL linebacker.

 

6.) Baltimore Ravens

The Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Discussion: The Baltimore Ravens had a upsetting season in 2015 and will be looking to turn it around next year. While receiver may be the top need, Ronnie Stanley is too good of a player to let fall any further. Baltimore needs help on their offensive line to protect Joe Flacco and keep him healthy.

 

7.) San Francisco 49ers

The Pick: Jared Goff, QB, California

Discussion: Colin Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco and Chip Kelly is taking over. The 49ers are looking for a fresh start. They fulfil this by selecting in-state QB Jared Goff. Goff may have a few question marks, but there is no doubt in his skill as a football player. The 49ers will be able to  build around Goff in the later rounds of this draft.

 

8.) Miami Dolphins

The Pick: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

Discussion: After a poor season by the Miami secondary, the Dolphins are looking for a cornerback that will be able to make an impact from day one. Vernon Hargreaves III, a product of a good Florida team in 2015, will be able to do that. He has been a starter since his freshman season and has dominated since.

 

9.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Discussion: I’m not completely set on Buckner, but their is no doubt in his drive and athletic ability. These two characteristics are just what this Buccaneers defense needs. Bucker has tremendous size that will give him an advantage in the NFL. He will be a perfect fit alongside Gerald McCoy on the defensive line.

 

10.) New York Giants

The Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Discussion: Although the defense needs a lot of help in New York, the Giants select another offensive playmaker in Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State. Elliott had a great career as a Buckeye and looks for a better career in the NFL. The Giants have been lacking a solid running back for years  now, and Elliott would take a load off Eli Manning and the rest of the offense.