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Jason Bantle's 2015 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1 Picks 1-16

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Posted By Jason Bantle Last Updated: April 30, 2015.

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

    Tampa Bay needs a franchise quarterback. This will be the toughest choice the Buccaneers have ever made in franchise history.

    Marcus Mariota might have better character. When both of these quarterbacks are clean, Jameis Winston is the vastly superior quarterback.

  2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

    Marcus Mariota is going second. Whether the Titans keep this pick or trade it remains to be seen. For now I got Mariota on the Titans. In my previous mocks I had the Jets and Eagles trading up for Mariota at 2.

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

    Dante Fowler seems like an ideal fit for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a 4-3 defensive end. Fowler makes a lot of sense at this spot.

  4. Oakland Raiders: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

    Oakland boosted their run defense by adding Curtis Lofton and Dan Williams. They still need a defensive end. Leonard Williams has outstanding run stuffing skills. His versatility will enable him to play defensive or defensive tackle in the NFL. Personally, I think he'd be a better fit at defensive end.

  5. Washington Redskins: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

    Washington does not have the luxury on passing on a pass blocking right tackle to help Robert Griffin III out. Besides when is the last time a team passed on an offensive tackle in the top 5?

    In my last mock I had 5 offensive tackles going in the first round with Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami FL at 9, Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa at 10, La'El Collins, OT, LSU at 12, Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford at 25, and T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh at 29. Since there is no sure thing at offensive tackle in this draft, I decided to go back and watch tape on each offensive tackle after previously seeing tape on Flowers, Scherff, Collins, and Peat.

    Brandon Scherff is the top offensive tackle in my final mock draft after watching his tape a second time. I was torn between Scherff, Ereck Flowers, and La'El Collins as to who the top offensive tackle was throughout the draft process. Scherff is much better as a pass blocker plus he has the versatility to play left tackle, left guard, right guard, or a right tackle.

    Ereck Flowers played left tackle at Miami FL and took Seantrel Henderson's job after performing at such a high level early in his career, but his pass blocking is so horrid that he projects as a right tackle like Mike Mayock suggested. Collins looks like he will need to move inside to guard after getting manhandled against Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers. Flowers lined up at right end and constantly pushed Collins back at the line of scrimmage even though Collins stood his ground.

    Ereck Flowers and La'El Collins are both nice guys. Scherff has the versatility and mean streak of an offensive tackle with the potential to start at left tackle which both Flowers and Collins lack. The other thing to like about this kid is that he keeps his cool under pressure and has experience against other SEC Teams by starting at left tackle in bowl games against LSU and Tennessee where he excelled in pass protection in both contests.

    Previous Pick: Alabama, WR, Alabama

  6. New York Jets: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

    New York needs a pass rushing 3-4 right outside linebacker. Taking Vic Beasley here makes too much sense since he had two seasons with double digit sacks.

    Previous Pick: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

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

    Kevin White and Amari Cooper are both top 10 talents. Both would be great additions to the Bears. White has the size to present mismatches. Chicago's offense will be similar to Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans offense in Tampa Bay if Cutler can throw the dang ball without throwing an interception.

    Previous Pick: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

  8. Atlanta Falcons: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

    Somebody is taking Todd Gurley in the top 10 overall. Atlanta got rid of Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. You have to think the Atlanta Falcons are a candidate to take a hometown player like Gurley at a position of need.

    Previous Pick: Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

  9. New York Giants: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

    The New York Giants have no left tackle. At the same time, I don't think any offensive tackles are worth taking, plus the Giants believe Todd Gurley is a top 5 pick. Drafting Amari Cooper to pair up with Beckham and then dealing Victor Cruz for a day 3 pick is something the Giants should do.

    Previous Pick: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami FL

  10. St. Louis Rams: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

    The best pass blocking offensive tackle in this years NFL Draft after Brandon Scherff is Andrus Peat. I came away impressed with Peat's pass blocking after watching him a second time and moved him ahead of Ereck Flowers in my final mock draft after having Flowers as the top ranked offensive tackle in my previous mock.

    Peat can play both left and right tackle. You can start him out at right tackle and have him swap places with Greg Robinson the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, if Robinson cannot improve his pass blocking in year 2.

    Previous Pick: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

  11. Minnesota Vikings: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

    I know Minnesota just traded for Mike Wallace. I think Wallace is a short term solution, and he will play on the left side as a #2 receiver with Cordarrelle Patterson moving to the slot. DeVante Parker is a #1 receiver that you can count on and reuniting him with Teddy Bridgewater makes too much sense.

  12. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

    NFL Draft experts said Phil Taylor was a 3 down nose tackle in the 2011 NFL Draft. Let's not kid ourselves Taylor is a two down nose tackle with durability concerns. Danny Shelton is a 3 down nose tackle at Washington. The guy is like a human boulder on the defensive line. My biggest issue with Shelton is that he lacks the mean streak that Taylor provides on first and second down.

    Shelton can start out as a substitute nose tackle until Taylor gets injured. Once Shelton develops the mean streak that Taylor has, he will unseat the Browns' 2011 first-round pick and become the starting nose tackle on the Browns' defense.

    Previous Pick: La'El Collins, OT, LSU

  13. New Orleans Saints: Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

    Alvin Dupree makes a lot of sense for the New Orleans Saints. He'd be a great addition to boost the Saints pass rush at this spot.

    Previous Pick: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

  14. Miami Dolphins: La'El Collins, G, LSU

    La'El Collins would do better as a guard. Miami needs a new left guard after moving Mike Pouncey back to center following the departure of Samson Satelle.

    Previous Pick: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central

  15. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

    I think there are three different 3-down inside linebackers that can play middle linebacker in this years draft. Those guys are Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA, Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami FL, and Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State. The 49ers need to do their homework and draft one of those guys at 15.

    Originally I had McKinney as my top graded linebacker for most of the draft. After watching him I moved him down behind Denzel Perryman who was graded right behind McKinney. McKinney lacks awareness, body language, and quick reactions that you want in a middle linebacker. He has the versatility to go move to outside linebacker, but some say he's more of an athlete than a football player and it's evident why some feel that way because his total tackles decreased each season at Mississippi State.

    When I watched Perryman's tape I saw a complete linebacker that could play in a 4-3 or a 3-4. The only thing to dislike about Perryman is that he has an inoconsistent middle linebacker at Senior Bowl practice, a poor NFL Combine, and that he didn't work out at Miami's Pro Day because of an injured hamstring. Perryman could go late first, but he won't to in the top 15.

    Eric Kendricks played in the 3-4 defense that the 49ers run at UCLA. He's the little brother of Mychal Kendricks on the Philadelphia Eagles. He may be short at 230 lbs compared to his brother. At the same time, Eric is more versatile and productive than his older sibling when it comes to generating tackles. UCLA lined this guy up at both outside linebacker positions as well as inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. Kendrick had 467 career tackles and a minimum of 77 total tackles in each season at UCLA as a 4-year starter.

    After watching the tape of these guys a second time, I now believe that Kendricks is the top inside linebacker in the 2015 NFL Draft. He's right in San Francisco's backyard as UCLA is in the state of California even if it is a 2 hour drive from San Francisco to UCLA. The bottom line is that the 49ers need a second man across from the injury prone Navarro Bowman. Patrick Willis and Chris Borland both retiring really hurt the 49ers.

    Previous Pick: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami FL

  16. Houston Texans: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

    Houston drafts another running back to compliment Arian Foster. Foster is a top 5 back when healthy, but he has durability issues. If you gave the Texans Melvin Gordon it would boost the running game make the Texans like San Diego in the early 2000's when they had LT and Michael Turner in the backfield.

    Previous Pick: Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

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