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.
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!
|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.