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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Group Mock

Posted By 16 different draft Experts.

Round 1 Picks 1-16

Last time it was just Jason Bantle, Joseph Potter of Draft Evolution, Jesse Lucas, and Chris Ransom that made picks. This time we added 12 more writers to give us 16. Notable names participating in our group mock include Oren Sheri of NFL Draft Insiders, Walter Cherepinsky of Walter Football, Robert Cobb of The Inscriber Mag, and Shane Hallam of Draft Countdown and Draft TV.

Last Updated: April 25, 2015

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

    Chris Ransom picked first. Chris took the 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston with the top selection.

    Jameis Winston displayed tremendous zip and velocity with the football at the 2015 NFL Combine while showing coaches he can learn plays on the fly. The Buccaneers believe Winston is better than Matthew Stafford or Cam Newton coming out of college. Ironically enough, I compared Winston to Newton heading into the season. How can Tampa Bay pass on Florida State's signal caller who played in an NFL offense at Florida State when they only have one quarterback on the roster with Mike Glennon?

  2. Tennessee Titans: Leonard Williams, 3-4 LE, USC

    Scott DelleFave picked second. Scott chose the best available player in Leonard Williams over Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Both players are awesome picks at this point so you cannot go wrong either way.

    The Tennessee Titans have been searching for an identity on defense since the days of Jevon Kearse, and with their switch to the 3-4 will be far smoother with having Leonard on our team. It won’t hurt that he’ll have a fellow USC Trojan on the line with him in Jurrell Casey. Coach Whisenhunt loves tough guys who will play hurt with non-stop motors and Leonard Williams certainly fits the bill.

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler, LE, Florida

    Robert Cobb picked third. Robert changed his pick from Kevin White to Dante Fowler in our second mock.

    Jacksonville is looking for an edge rusher to play left end. Fowler is the best 4-3 edge rusher. He displayed the necessary coverage skills to move to 3-4 outside linebacker. Fowler is making a convincing case to be drafted ahead of Leonard Williams, and he should be the pick here.

    Previous Pick: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

  4. Oakland Raiders: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

    Oren Shiri picked fourth. In our first mock, Oren chose Vic Beasley as a right outside linebacker on the weak side playing the will moving Sio Moore to middle linebacker at the mike and Khalil Mack to left outside linebacker on the strong side playing the sam. He did this because Kevin White went third in our previous mock. This time Shiri had the option of taking White and passed on him for defensive tackle Danny Shelton.

    Oakland needs a second defensive tackle to compliment Dan Williams. Danny Shelton can be that guy as the Raiders will have 2 3-down defensive tackles up front. Also the Raiders can get a defense in Round 2. Being 25th in run defense, and 31st against the pass is not acceptable and it all starts up front

    Previous Pick: Vic Beasley, ROLB, Clemson

  5. Washington Redskins: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

    Kristopher John picked fifth. He chose Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton in our first mock. With Shelton gone, Kristopher chose Amari Cooper out of Alabama. Cooper going to Washington was the first surprise in this mock.

    Washington goes with the best available player. Pac 12 defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Danny Shelton are my top 2 prospects. My top ranked offensive prospect is Amari Cooper out of Alabama. The quarterbacks in this draft could be great, but will both need time to develop their accuracy which is why both quarterbacks are 4 and 5 on my board after Cooper. Personally I believe that both Vic Beasley and Shane Ray are busts in the making. Taking Randy Gregory after his positive drug test at the Combine makes little sense so Amari Cooper goes to Washington where he can start out as a slot receiver with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon on this roster. Over the next two seasons, he will get a bigger role and by 2017, he should be the #2 receiver with Pierre Garcon having an expiring deal in 2017.

    Previous Pick: Danny Shelton, NT, Washington

  6. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

    Andrew Kermish picked sixth. He chose Marcus Mariota here.

    The New York Jets need a franchise quarterback more than anything. Marcus Mariota is the best quarterback left with Winston gone. Mariota defeated Winston in the College Football Playoff and posted better numbers than Winston. Having better character also helps. Maybe the Jets will have hope to contend if Mariota becomes their quarterback.

  7. Chicago Bears: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

    Jesse Lucas picked seventh. He took Shane Ray out of Missouri since Chicago is switching to a 3-4 defense in our first mock. With the departure of Brandon Marshall, Jesse changed this pick to Kevin White out of West Virginia.

    Chicago needs to get Brandon Marshall's replacement here. I'm still amazed that the Bears only got a fifth round for Marshall. Ransom was able to get a fourth for Nate Washington in another group mock with trades as the Titans GM. In all seriousness, Kevin White impressed at the Combine. This feels like the 2011 NFL Draft all over again with Cooper being a highly touted wide receiver like A.J. Green while Kevin White resembles Julio Jones. Chicago would love for Cooper or White to blossom into an A.J. Green or Julio Jones like receiver because that's what the Bears need to compliment Alshon Jeffery after dealing Marshall to the Jets.

    Previous Pick: Shane Ray, 3-4 ROLB, Missouri

  8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, RE, Clemson

    Scott Carasik picked eighth. He chose Dante Fowler 8th overall in his first mock. This time around, Vic Beasley fell to 8 and the Atlanta Falcons grabbed Beasley in a heartbeat because he can play 4-3 right end in the LEO as a pass rusher, 4-3 right outside linebacker on the weak side, or 3-4 right outside linebacker.

    Atlanta needs a 4-3 right end on the LEO. Vic Beasley is the best pass rusher available. Some will say Beasley is undersized. At the same time Beasley had 13 sacks in 2013 and 11 sacks in 2014. His hand placement improved as he showed the technique of a 4-3 defensive end during his senior season. I think Beasley will be a star in the league that gives left tackles nightmares regardless of where he goes.

    Previous Pick: Dante Fowler, LE/3-4 LOLB, Florida

  9. New York Giants: Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

    Stephen Coganator picked ninth. Coganator boosted his secondary by choosing Landon Collins.

    I'm going with DB Landon Collins. He's got a mixed B grade from me and is from Alabama where a lot of guys don't seem to translate to next level, but has flashed talent in coverage, tackling and at the very least is an excellent special teams guy.

  10. St. Louis Rams: La'El Collins, RT, LSU

    Joshua Johnson picked tenth. Josh debated whether to add Amari Cooper or DeVante Parker with the tenth pick in our first mock. With Cooper gone, Josh decided to address right tackle on the offensive line. He chose La'El Collins over Brandon Scherff. When questioned about the pick, Josh replied in epic fashion by saying Brandon Scherff can suck it.

    St. Louis needs a right tackle to compliment Greg Robinson who they took second overall in 2014. La'El Collins is the top offensive tackle in this draft. This offensive tackle class might be weaker than previous classes, but there is still depth at offensive tackle and it starts with La'El Collins, who was LSU's blindside at left tackle for two seasons.

    Previous Pick: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

  11. Minnesota Vikings: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

    Shane Hallam picked eleventh. Hallam decided to reunite Parker with former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

    Combine Parker with Mike Wallace and allow Cordarrelle Patterson to develop some more while giving Teddy his old reliable teammate from Louisville to make the Vikings offense dynamic.

  12. Cleveland Browns: Shane Ray, 3-4 ROLB, Missouri

    Robert Cobb picked twelfth. Instead of choosing Jaelen Strong, Rob opted for Shane Ray out of Missouri because of his stealth pass rushing.

    Shane Ray had an awesome junior season with double digit sacks. Putting Cleveland next to Paul Kruger will give quarterbacks little time to react against a formidable pass rushing tandem in Cleveland.

    Previous Pick: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

  13. New Orleans Saints: Bud Dupree, 3-4 ROLB, Kentucky

    Oren Shiri picked thirteenth. Oren's second favorite NFL Team was the Raiders and he insisted on picking for both Saints teams. Walter Cherepinsky chose Trae Waynes out of Michigan State leading up to Free Agency. With the Saints addressing cornerback in Free Agency, Oren opted for Alvin Dupree which is probably who Walt would have selected 13.

    New Orleans needs a pass rusher. Dupree has the versatility to play defensive end or outside linebacker in a 4-3.

    Previous Pick: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

  14. Miami Dolphins: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

    Joey Potter picked fourteenth. Potter passed on an offensive lineman for one reason. That was mainly due to the fact that no corners were available.

    Cortland Finnegan retired. Trae Waynes would make an awesome upgrade next to Brent Grimes plus he's the top player on my board.

    Previous Pick: Brandon Scherff, LT, Owa

  15. San Francisco 49ers: Paul Dawson, 3-4 MLB, TCU

    Michael Harris picked fifteenth. Harris wanted to replace Glenn Dorsey with a bigger more powerful run stuffer at nose tackle, and he did that when he took Malcolm Brown 15th overall in his first mock. This time he took TCU middle linebacker Paul Dawson who would be a 3-4 middle linebacker in San Francisco.

    San Francisco needs to boost its run defense. Patrick Willis and Chris Borland are gone. Paul Dawson is my top graded inside linebacker and would compliment Navarro Bowman well at middle linebacker in this 3-4 defense.

    Previous Pick: Malcolm Brown, NT, Texas

  16. Houston Texans: Eric Kendricks, 3-4 MLB, UCLA

    Michael Gartman picked sixteenth. He chose Ereck Flowers out of Miami FL in his first mock. After Houston's offseason, he went with Kendricks at 16 now that Landon Collins is off the board.

    Houston needs a 3-4 middle linebacker to play next to Brian Cushing. Kendricks is the little brother of Mychal Kendricks on the Eagles. Another reason to take Eric Kendricks at 16 is probably because he's the only 3 down middle linebacker in the entire draft up front.

    Previous Pick: Ereck Flowers, RT, Miami FL

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