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.