2015 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

2015 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

The NFL Draft is an exciting time for football fans, simply because their favorite teams have a chance to get better with younger star players. Of course, the draft is also extremely stressful because you have specific players that you covet, but every other team wants to draft those same players. Now that we have the specific order of draft choices, I have decided to create version 1.0 of my first-round mock draft. I didn’t include any potential trades that may happen during the first round
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)
The Buccaneers desperately need a franchise quarterback, and Jameis Winston provides too many personality problems. Marcus Mariota is a more reliable player with no off-the-field issues. Mariota doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he will definitely take advantage of the offensive pieces in Tampa Bay. mariota-Oregon
Tennessee Titans – Brandon Scherff (Offensive Tackle, Iowa)
The Tennessee Titans allowed 50 sacks and 94 quarterback hits during the 2014 season, which was 27th in the NFL. Even worse, the Titans recently waived Michael Oher, leading to even more offensive line needs. Brandon Scherff is a powerful offensive lineman who can play both guard and tackle (although his pass protection is better at guard).
Jacksonville Jaguars – Randy Gregory (Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker, Nebraska)
If there is a team that needed some toughness during last season, it was Jacksonville. Many times throughout the season, the Jaguars either led or were close in big games, but they were unable to stop other teams from mounting a comeback. Randy Gregory from Nebraska is a solid choice to help improve the Jaguars defense. Gregory is dynamite against the run, but he needs some work as a pass rusher because of his raw talent. Gregory may not be a proven commodity, but he has the ability to explode as a rookie defender with the proper coaching. Luckily, Gus Bradley has been known to get the most out of defenders during his time with Seattle and Jacksonville.
Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper (Wide Receiver, Alabama)
The Oakland Raiders have a promising quarterback in Derek Carr, but he needs weapons. James Jones gives Carr a red zone threat, but he needs a deep threat with strong hands. Amari Cooper has been a consistent player at different positions, and he has the speed to excel as a deep threat. Cooper could immediately improve Oakland’s offense.
Washington Redskins – La’el Collins (Offensive Tackle, LSU)
The Redskins were 31st against the pass rush in 2014, allowing 58 sacks and 113 quarterback hits. If the Redskins hope to improve their offense in 2015, they will need immediate offensive line help. La’el Collins is already familiar with the pro-style offense, and he will work very well at right tackle. Plus, Collins brings an attitude that will give the Redskins an edge.

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