Draft day is finally here and it’s time for PewterReport.com’s official 32-team NFL Mock Draft, courtesy of staff writer Eric Dellaratta. In addition to this first-round NFL Mock Draft, Dellaratta also offers up his personal 7-round Bucs mock draft. The final edition of the official PewterReport.com 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft can be found by clicking here.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
After an abysmal 2-14 season, general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith need to win now, making Winston a better fit than Mariota for Tampa Bay. Adding Winston would give the Buccaneers a pro-style quarterback that is an excellent leader and a dynamic play-maker. Winston lost just one game over the course of his two-year collegiate career and helped the Seminoles win a National Championship in 2014.
2. Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon
Mariota should come off the board at this selection, but will another team trade for the pick or will the Titans snag the quarterback for themselves?
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dante Fowler Jr. – DE – Florida
It would be extremely difficult for the Jaguars to pass on such a physically talented, high motor defensive line prospect like Fowler. Chris Clemons is a shell of his former self, so adding a defensive would be a smart move by general manager David Caldwell.
4. Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama
Cooper would provide promising young quarterback David Carr with a reliable and versatile target to throw to. The Alabama product is a tremendous route-runner that should have an immediate impact at the next level.
5. Washington Redskins – Leonard Williams – DT – USC
Williams is a versatile and talented interior pass-rusher with excellent upside. He’d be an excellent fit as a five-technique in the Redskins 3-4 base defense.
6. New York Jets – Vic Beasley – LB – Clemson
The Jets are desperate for pass-rushers and Vic Beasley would be a great fit as a rush linebacker. New York has one of the best young defensive lines in football, and adding a rusher like Beasley would make their front seven one of the most feared in the league.
7. Chicago Bears – Kevin White – WR – West Virginia
Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall was traded to the Jets so the Bears could use another target across from Alshon Jeffery. White head a breakout season as a senior and boasts the most upside of any receiver in the draft class.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Todd Gurley – RB – Georgia
The Falcons don’t have a standout talent in their current running back stable. Gurley is a dynamic talent that offers a great combination of size, speed and power. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Todd Gurley would be a terrifying trio to face.
9. New York Giants – Brandon Scherff – OG – Iowa
The New York Giants are strong believers in the best player available draft strategy, so Scherff would make a lot of sense at this pick. Scherff is an immediate impact player at the guard position.
10. St. Louis Rams – Ereck Flowers – OT – Miami
Joseph Barksdale is no longer in St. Louis and Jake Long is constantly injured. Adding a promising young offensive line prospect would help protect quarterback Nick Foles.
11. Minnesota Vikings – Andrus Peat – OT – Stanford
The Vikings offensive line was abysmal last season. Adding a high upside prospect like Peat would give Minnesota a day one starter at guard that can kick out to tackle when he’s ready.
12. Cleveland Browns – Devante Parker – WR – Louisville
The Browns need a talented young receiver in case Josh Gordon doesn’t come back. Parker has A.J. Green-like upside and would be a playmaker for whoever is playing quarterback for Cleveland.
13. New Orleans Saints – Trae Waynes – CB – Michigan State
New Orleans desperately needs an influx of young talent at the cornerback position. Waynes is the best press-man corner in the draft and can be an instant starter at the next level.
14. Miami Dolphins – Kevin Johnson – CB – Wake Forest
Brent Grimes was fantastic for the Dolphins in 2014 but the team needs to find a cornerback to replace Cortland Finnegan, who was a major liability last season. Johnson is a well-rounded cornerback with a long frame and great athleticism.
15. San Francisco 49ers – Arik Armstead – DT – Oregon
Armstead is a mountain of a man that offers immense upside as a three-technique. Justin Smith will turn 36 in September, so adding a young defensive lineman would be a smart move for the 49ers.
16. Houston Texans – Cameron Erving – C – Florida State
With Chris Myers no longer playing for the Texans, Houston needs to find a replacement for him badly. Erving is a versatile lineman that can play all five of the offensive line positions.
17. San Diego Chargers – La’el Collins – OT – LSU
San Diego’s offensive line was a mess in 2014, so adding a lineman that can play both guard and tackle would immediately help the Chargers. Collins is an aggressive blocker that thrives as a road grader.
18. Kansas City Chiefs – Phillip Dorsett – WR – Miami
Finding a receiver to pair with newcomer Jeremy Maclin will be a priority for the Chiefs. Dorsett is a speedy pass-catcher that can be Andy Reid’s “DeSean Jackson” in Kansas City.
19. Cleveland Browns – Danny Shelton – NT – Washington
Shelton is a powerful and feisty nose tackle prospect that showcases excellent athleticism for his massive size. He could anchor the Browns 3-4 defense right away as a rookie.
20. Philadelphia Eagles – Landon Collins – S – Alabama
Collins would take over for Nate Allen across from Malcom Jenkins in the Eagles secondary. In a weak safety class, Collins stands out as the top prospect among the rest.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Eddie Goldman – DT – Florida State
Cincinnati adds a promising young defensive line prospect here. Goldman is a high upside prospect that would fit well as a nose tackle next to Geno Atkins in the Bengals’ 4-3 base front.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Randy Gregory – LB – Nebraska
The slide ends for Gregory at pick number 22. With Jason Worlids retiring and Jarvis Jones underwhelming, the need for a pass-rusher is a great one for the Steelers and Gregory is a special talent.
23. Detroit Lions – Malcom Brown – DT – Texas
The Lions lost starters Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley at defensive tackle this offseason. While they did add Haloti Ngata, they still need another starter at the defensive tackle position and Brown would fit the bill.
24. Arizona Cardinals – Eric Kendricks – LB – UCLA
Kendricks is an instinctive linebacker that has the athleticism to cover in space and in man coverage. He’d be a great fit as a 3-4 inside linebacker next to newcomer Sean Weatherspoon.
25. Carolina Panthers – D.J. Humphries – OT – Florida
Quarterback Cam Newton got hit way too much last season. The Panthers could to fix that by adding a young blindside protector with good upside like Humphries.
26. Baltimore Ravens – Breshad Perriman – WR – UCF
The Ravens let Torrey Smith walk in free agency and have just aging receiver Steve Smith as a starter. Perriman is a ridiculous athlete that offers as high of upside as any receiver in the draft class.
27. Dallas Cowboys – Melvin Gordon – RB – Wisconsin
The Cowboys lost stud running back Demarco Murray to the Eagles in the offseason, leaving a massive void at the running back position. Gordon was one of the most productive college running backs in recent memory and would be an easy pick for owner Jerry Jones.
28. Denver Broncos – Jake Fisher – OT – Oregon
Denver needs to find a right tackle in the draft and Fisher would be an ideal fit. Fisher is an athletic and gritty offensive lineman with the ability to play left or right tackle.
29. Indianapolis Colts – Bernardrick McKinney – LB – Mississippi State
Inside linebacker is a big position of need for the Colts and McKinney would give them a big-time downhill run stuffer here in the first round.
30. Green Bay Packers – Jordan Phillips – NT – Oklahoma
Phillips in an ideal fit in the Packers’ 3-4 base defense as a nose tackle. The Oklahoma product has great movement skills to go along with his massive frame.
31. New Orleans Saints – Maxx Williams – TE – Minnesota
The Saints traded away Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks, leaving them with Josh Hill as their starter at the position. Williams a special receiving tight end that has a knack for making spectacular catches.
32. New England Patriots – Nelson Agholor – WR – USC
Agholor could go higher than this but in this mock the Patriots pick up the talented young receiver. Agholor is a great route-runner that can step in a be a contributor as a receiver and on special teams.
ERIC DELLARATTA’S 7-ROUND BUCS MOCK DRAFT
1. Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
Winston is the playmaking leader the Bucs need on offense and a perfect fit for Dirk Koetter’s pocket passer system. His following at Florida State greatly helps Tampa Bay’s box office and assists in filling Raymond James Stadium.
2. T.J. Clemmings – OT – Pittsburgh
The Bucs love Clemmings’ athleticism and nasty demeanor on offense, especially in the run game. With the quickness to play left tackle and the experience at right tackle, Clemmings gives the Bucs a lot of options along the offensive line.
3. Lorenzo Mauldin – DE – Louisville
Mauldin has experience playing defensive end, but was a 3-4 outside rush ‘backer last year for the Cardinals. He’s got a nasty disposition and a motor that never quits, which defensive line coaches Joe Cullen and Paul Spicer will love.
4. Kevin White – CB – TCU
White is a good fit for the Tampa 2 as a nickel cornerback. He fared well against Big 12 receivers like West Virginia’s Kevin White and Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett and is a thief in the secondary with great ball skills.
5. Chaz Green – OT – Florida
Green has experience playing right tackle for the Gators, but could also be moved inside to guard where the Buccaneers need a lot of help. He’s athletic and strong, which are two key traits Tampa Bay looks for in offensive linemen.
6. Titus Davis – WR – Central Michigan
Davis is a playmaking wide receiver with sneaky speed and decent size. Davis was a big-time producer at Central Michigan and would be an ideal candidate to play outside or in the slot in Koetter’s offense.
7. Dominique Brown – RB – Louisville
Brown is the big back the Buccaneers are looking for to complement the slashing running style of Charles Sims. Brown also excels as a receiver out of backfield, which is a plus in Koetter’s offense.
7. Jon Feliciano – OG – Miami
The Bucs’ revamping of their offensive line continues with the selection of the massive Feliciano, who is a big, tough guard candidate, although he does have some experience at right tackle. Feliciano was a road-grader for Duke Johnson at Miami.
I’m not crazy about the White pick in the 4th. I’d rather try to get that WR in the 4th and pick a CB/S in the 6th. I also not sure about Brown in the 7th, as it seems that Lane could fill the same role, but wouldn’t hate the pick.
I don’t know anything about Mauldin, so I don’t know if that’s good value there or not. I’ll have to go read up on him a bit.
deeznutz mock (who I’d like to see drafted):
1) QB M. Mariota Oregon
2) OT J. Fisher or T. Clemmings Pitt
3) MLB S. Anthony Clemson or DE D. Hunter LSU
4) OT J. Brown Louisville or OG J. Douglas Arizona St
5) WR T. McBride William&Mary
6) MLB B. Heeney Kansas or CB/S D. Grant OSU
7) FS J. Cox Miss. St (4.35 40 Can man-cover in slot)
7) WR E. Spencer OSU (6’2″ 210lb 4.38 40, comes from football family- his dad is the RB coach for Tampa and for 8 years in chicago under lovie, great blocker and selfless teammate, will do anything asked of him. met w/ bucs at pro day, top notch special teamer) http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2015/01/ohio_state_mvp_blocks_two_guys.html Cant express how integral this guy was to OSU’s national championship
I severely doubt San Diego, or any team in the first round is taking La’el Collins until he is cleared by police in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
You’re right, devasher. I filed this mock before the news regarding Collins broke. I still believe he has top-20 talent and would be worth a first round selection if there were no issues outside of football.
Hopefully, what Bucs fans get out of this draft is a top 10 QB that can get this team in or near playoff contention over the next decade. The Bucs have scraped the bottom of the barrel for a lot of years because of poor management from the top and especially because of not having a franchise QB in a QB league. I think that with L&L, and hopefully our new and potential franchise QB, the pieces are starting to fall into place. Maybe one day we’ll all be spoiled brats on this site, arguing about how our team makes it to the playoffs every year, but can’t get to the Superbowl… Is that how it works in San Diego and Cincinnati? Anything is better than the bottom of the barrel talk. I’m ready for the future. “And with the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…”
TJ CLemmings will be gone in the top 25 picks. No chance he makes it to #34. Bucs have 1 blue chip player on the offensive line and he’s a 13 year vet. They need offensive lineman and yesterday! They will not draft a DE unless a top talent with no baggage falls to them at the top of round 2. Even then, I think they take best guard or tackle. Look for all offense in rounds 1-5 unless the Bucs trade down or trade players and stockpile picks. Expect QB, OT, OG, WR/PR/KR, and C/OG in the first 5 rounds.
A case for the rah-rah type “A” personality vs. the stoic quiet guy – When starting with a 2-14 team, who would you rather have at head coach? Jon Gruden, Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, or Tony Dungy?
I’d take either Gruden or Dungy….I wouldn’t touch Rah as a head coach with a ten foot pole, and as for SchiaNo, it makes my stomach turn just to think about the guy anywhere near OBP…
I would take low key Dungy and his game changing vision. Gruden was good enough to win it with someone else’s defense and just enough offense. I think Mariota has the chance to be a game changing lead-by-example talent that defenses have a hard time with.
I don’t get how you can have Bud Dupree fall outta the first round completely, when some have him rated as a top 10 pick. I think he’s overrated but completely outta the first? I hope the Falcons pick him with the 8th pick!
Well Eric, I’ll give you this…it’s got some boldness to it. Dorsett in round 1? Minny investing another high 1 in the OL? Goldman in round 1? Williams to the Aints in round 1? Humphries to CAR in round 1? It’s bold… What I struggle with a fair bit across mocks is why everyone keeps giving Armstead to the 49ers and Shelton to the Browns and Mark Barron (I mean Landon Collins) to anybody…none of these guy looks like a 1st rounder to me…but I suppose we’ll see….hopefully other teams take them and we don’t do something silly like trade back into the 1st to grab one of them.
I’ve seen a lot of comparisons of Winston to other QBs but none seem to make sense. But then I saw a 30 for 30 on the Boz. I then realized that is who Winston reminds me of. If you have not seen it you should.
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