Xavier Cromartie’s Mock Draft 3.0 for 2015… @xaviercromartie on Twitter. Background info: Xavier Cromartie interview
A new season of “Play The Draft” has begun:
1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston
Word is out now that Lovie prefers Winston, and they’re definitely taking a QB. This pick can be penciled in.
2) *TRADE* Philadelphia Eagles: QB Marcus Mariota (+)
I assume the Titans would get the Eagles’ 1st-round picks in 2015/2016 and Nick Foles. As Selena Gomez has taught us, “The heart wants what it wants.”
3) Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Leonard Williams (-)
Jacksonville doesn’t mind taking the perceived best defender in the draft. Shane Ray has been getting some attention here, but I have doubts about Ray’s Combine performance for now.
4) Oakland Raiders: WR Amari Cooper
For now, we can leave Cooper here. If Kevin White (WVU) runs in the 4.3s, he will be a contender.
5) Washington Pigskins: OLB Randy Gregory (-)
Although raw, Gregory shouldn’t slip too much as long as he demonstrates his supposed athleticism at the Combine.
6) New York Jets: WR Kevin White (+)
I doubt a QB just falls into the Jets’ lap. White needs to run sub-4.4 to rise up this high.
7) Chicago Bears: NT Danny Shelton
Shelton is becoming a consensus pick at 7, and sometimes even earlier.
8) Atlanta Falcons: DE Shane Ray
Ray is a good fit as a Leo in Atlanta. I don’t think he has the measurables to be drafted by the Jags.
9) New York Giants: DE/OLB Vic Beasley (+)
There has been talk about using Beasley in a hybrid 4-3 DE/OLB role like Von Miller. If he’s that kind of athlete and talent, he should go in the top 10.
10) St. Louis Rams: RT/G Brandon Scherff
Scherff is frequently described as a top prospect but is more of a run blocker. Therefore, he’s a good fit for the run-heavy Rams, who are always looking to improve their offense.
11) Minnesota Vikings: WR DeVante Parker
Parker seems to have fallen behind Kevin White, but his stock isn’t sliding too much otherwise.
12) Cleveland Browns: OT Andrus Peat (+)
The Browns have many needs, but not a lot of talent matches those needs at pick 12. Peat is known as a solid run blocker.
13) New Orleans Saints: OLB Dante Fowler (-)
Fowler has been slipping to 8-13 lately, but he shouldn’t drop any lower.
14) Miami Dolphins: RT/G La’el Collins
Despite what Dolphins fans may think, the o-line is still awful, especially the guard play.
15) San Francisco 49ers: DE Arik Armstead (+)
A guy who constantly gets compared to Calais Campbell doesn’t fall to the second round.
16) Houston Texans: CB PJ Williams (+)
There’s a lot of disagreement over CBs this year. Williams has been sliding, but I expect him to stand out after a sensational Combine.
17) San Diego Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon (+)
I don’t think a RB should go this high, but I think they will take a supposed ‘special talent’ over a weaker player at a more valuable position.
18) Kansas City Chiefs: LT/RT Ereck Flowers
The defense is fine, and all they do is get the ball to Jamaal and Knile.
19) Cleveland Browns: WR Breshad Perriman (+)
All aboard the Perriman hype train. Nepotism rules in the NFL.
20) *TRADE* Tennessee Titans: S Landon Collins (-)
When you project a trade in a mock draft, it’s a good idea to take a player that either team could use. Eagles/Titans are both in need of a safety.
21) Cincinnati Bengals: DT Malcom Brown
Nearly every mock draft puts Brown around the high 20s.
22) Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Alvin Dupree
Dupree is a bit of a raw athlete with big upside, but the Steelers tend to ease in rookies anyway.
23) Detroit Lions: RB Todd Gurley (+)
RB is a major need, and again I think ‘special talent’ will trump weaker players at more important positions.
24) Arizona Cardinals: OLB Eli Harold
Harold is a 3-4 rusher who should rise solidly into the first round with a good Combine.
25) Carolina Panthers: WR Phillip Dorsett
This pick assumes that Dorsett will run a 4.2.
26) Baltimore Ravens: CB Quinten Rollins (+)
The Ravens tend to go with ‘best defender available’ in the first round.
27) Dallas Cowboys: CB Trae Waynes (-)
CB is one of the many needs on the Cowboys defense.
28) Denver Broncos: DE Eddie Goldman
Wade Phillips has a little bit of an unorthodox 3-4 scheme that would suit the metrics and abilities of Goldman. D-line is also one of the Broncos biggest needs at the moment.
29) Indianapolis Colts: S Shaq Thompson (-)
Shaq is a volatile commodity because his position is uncertain. Right now, he’s being treated as a safety.
30) Green Bay Packers: CB Kevin Johnson (+)
Considering how their season ended, I’d imagine that they’ll want to buff up their defense. CB is also their most valuable position of need.
31) Seattle Seahawks: WR Jaelen Strong
It’s fair to say that a WR with size is a position of need in Seattle.
32) New England Patriots: NT Jordan Phillips (-)
They don’t have many needs at the valuable positions.
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