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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