We are now less than a month away from the 2015 NFL Draft.
After the “shake-up” of free agency, our Will DeWitt (@Wi11DeWitt) and Andrew Vailliencourt (@AndrewVcourt) provide their latest predictions for each first round pick and tell you who they believe will select IU’s Tevin Coleman.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
DeWitt- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Nothing new here as Winston has been the consensuses No. 1 pick for quite some time.
Vailliencourt- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
The Bucs clearly need a QB. The big question is whether they take Winston or Mariota, and it appears Winston is the current choice.
DeWitt- Leonard Williams, DL, USC
Tough call here as more and more reports are connecting Mariota with this pick. However, I am keeping my original pick as Williams is the draft’s best defensive player and the Titans could surely use his services.
Vailliencourt- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Zach Mettenberger or Marcus Mariota? Mariota has a much higher upside and can put the Titans in a position to compete, whereas it might take longer with Mettenberger.
DeWitt- Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida
Yet another original pick staying put. I am still impressed with Fowler, and the Jaguars need to improve their EDGE position.
Vailliencourt- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (Previous Pick: Leonard Williams)
After losing Cecil Shorts to Houston, Blake Bortles could use another young WR to throw to along with Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee. Cooper is not a bad place to start and could help lead to a dynamic offense down the road.
DeWitt- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
I promise that there are differences in this mock. There are rumors Oakland would be willing to trade this pick, but I still believe Kevin White is the choice here. His size along with his speed makes him the playmaker Derek Carrr needs.
Vailliencourt- Leonard Williams, DL, USC (Previous Pick: Amari Cooper)
Oakland is in an interesting situation. They need a WR, however, it’s hard to pass on Williams here. He will pair with last year’s first round pick Khalil Mack to start a strong defensive foundation. The Raiders get their WR in round 2.
Finally, a new pick. Beasly moves up into the top five, and the Redskins bolster their pass rush by selecting one of the draft’s best players at getting to the quarterback.
Vailliencourt- Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida
Washington needs pass rushers. Fowler can play multiple positions and will help the defense immediately.
Originally had Amari Cooper for this pick, but the Jets no longer have a need at WR after recieving Brandon Marshall from the Bears. It looks like there will be a run on pass rushers early in the draft, and the Jets will follow suit. Bud gets selected over Shane Ray as the Jets take a risk on Dupree, who has the higher ceiling but also the lowest floor.
Vailliencourt- Vic Beasly, OLB, Clemson (Previous Pick: Kevin White)
Mariota doesn’t fall to the Jets, and with the addition of WR Brandon Marshall, WR is not a need anymore. Look for the Jets to consider trading down if they don’t fall in love with one of the pass rushers here.
DeWitt- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (Previous Pick: Vic Beasley)
New GM Ryan Pace has added a plethora of defensive players, and the team now has a logjam at linebacker. The Bears are in position to draft the best player available, which is Alabama’s Amari Cooper. The Bears get lucky as they get to replace the ‘Jett’isoned Brandon Marshall. (Pun intended).
Vailliencourt- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia (Previous Pick: Randy Gregory)
The Bears’ defense was awful last year. After several nice free agent signings and trading WR Brandon Marshall for a bag of peanuts, they could use another guy across from WR Alshon Jeffrey.
Had them drafting an OT, but how can the Falcons pass up on Ray? He is an explosive playmaker that the Falcons need.
Vailliencourt- Shane Ray, DE, Missouri (Previous Pick: Vic Beasley)
New head coach Dan Quinn loves guys that can blitz. He’ll want to build Atlanta’s defense up before the offense just like he did in Seattle.
DeWitt- Danny Shelton, NT, Washington (Previous Pick: Randy Gregory)
Giants get a steal as Shelton is a top-five talent and the draft’s best nose tackle. He will be the anchor of this defense for years to come.
Vailliencourt- Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
The Giants must protect Eli Manning. Scherff is a very good lineman that will help give Manning time in the pocket.
DeWitt- Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa (Previous Pick: La’el Collins)
The Rams need help on the line after a season plagued with injuries. Scherff fits nicely and is the first offensive lineman off the board.
Vailliencourt- La’el Collins, OT, LSU
With a need at WR, the Rams would like to go elsewhere with this pick, but injuries to multiple members of the offensive line forces them to take Collins, who can rotate around the line and keep new QB Nick Foles safe.
Keeping my original pick here. To quote myself, “Waynes is an athletic corner, and if he’s paired with Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings have a duo that can cover the mega-receiving corps in the NFC North.” Waynes has been projected in the top 10, and the Vikings get a great value by selecting him with this pick.
Vailliencourt- Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State (Previous Pick: Davante Parker)
The Vikings addressed their need at WR by picking up Mike Wallace. Now, they can address another need in a division with outstanding receivers.
Almost pegged Gregory here, but the Browns would be wise to pass on him as they fear he could turn out like Josh Gordon. Instead, Cleveland gets a solid tackle who could start opposite of Joe Thomas from day one.
Vailliencourt- Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
The Browns need helping stopping the run, and Shelton falls nicely to them here at 12.
Once argued as a top-five pick, Gregory falls after testing positive for marijuana. The Saints get a highly talented player, but will he get his act together?
Vailliencourt- Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska (Previous Pick: Shane Ray)
Gregory falls out of the top 10 because of character concerns. He failed another drug test, possibly earning him a suspension to start 2015. He is very talented on the field though, and Sean Payton will look to keep Gregory in check.
After trading Mike Wallace to Minnesota and Brian Hartline to Cleveland, the Dolphins are in need of a top-notch receiver. They find one here with Parker, who has arguably the best hands in the draft. Tannehill won’t complain.
Vailliencourt- Davante Parker, WR, Louisville (Previous Pick: Trae Waynes)
No more Mike Wallace, no more Brian Hartline. Ryan Tannehill needs someone to throw to.
DeWitt- La’el Collins Parker , G/OT, LSU (Previous Pick: Devante Parker)
After the departure of Iupati, San Fransisco has to address the interior offensive line. Parker can play multiple positions but is much better suited as a guard.
Vailliencourt- Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon (Previous Pick: Jaelen Strong)
The 49ers have lost nearly half their defense from last year. They need defense in the draft and lots of it.
Keeping my original pick here. Still not a popular pick, as the Texans have Arian Foster, but he is usually injured more than he is healthy. Houston limiting Foster’s carries would be wise, and who better to carry the rock than this Heisman finalist.
Vailliencourt- Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
Collins can step in and fill the void at safety that has been missing the past two years without Glover Quin. If the Texans stay healthy, this defense can be great. With the addition of Vince Wilfork, the defensive line should be outstanding. It will put less pressure on the secondary — similar to how the Detroit Lions run their defense.
DeWitt- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (Previous Pick: T.J. Clemmings)
Rumors speculate that if Marcus Mariota is available the Chargers will not only draft him but also trade Phillip Rivers. Interesting. Since I have Mariota available at this point, I say they go for it.
Vailliencourt- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Ryan Matthews is an Eagle, and Brandon Oliver can’t do it by himself. Gordon could be the piece that puts the Chargers back in the playoffs.
DeWitt- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
Keeping my original pick here. The Chiefs had pass protection issues last season, and Andy Reid doesn’t like drafting receivers in the first round. With a deep class at the position, he can afford to wait until the second round. Instead, I still see the Chiefs going with Stanford’s Peat.
Vailliencourt- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
The Chiefs’ wide receivers didn’t catch a touchdown pass all season long. Though Green-Beckham has off the field issues, his talent is too great to ignore. Not to mention Dwayne Bowe left for Cleveland. Beckham will be a great fit next to Jeremy Maclin.
Another pick that I am staying put with. Drafting Armstead would give Cleveland a boost in the interior defensive line. The Browns need it as last year Cleveland was dead last in the NFL in run defense.
Vailliencourt- Alvin “Bud” Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
The Browns got their wide receivers in free agency by snapping up Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline. Dupree is a physical monster that could help Cleveland’s defense become really strong in such a tough division.
DeWitt- Jalen Collins, CB, LSU (Previous Pick: Marcus Mariota)
Sorry, Chip Kelly. Mariota doesn’t fall to the Eagles in this mock draft. Instead, the team will draft one the the best corners. He is a quick player with great size.
Vailliencourt- Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State (Previous Pick: Jalen Collins)
The Eagles signed Byron Maxwell, who solidifies the CB position. After wheeling and dealing, the Eagles need a WR pretty badly for new QB Sam Bradford to throw to.
DeWitt- Malcom Brown, DT, Texas (Previous Pick: Shaq Thompson)
The Bengals need to improve their defensive front. Brown can instantly fill in and make an impact. He is protected to go as high as No. 7, so the Bengals get sort of a “steal” by selecting the Longhorn.
Vailliencourt- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington (Previous Pick: Andrus Peat)
The Bengals take a risk on a guy with huge character concerns and extreme talent.
It only took until the 22nd pick, but the draft’s top safety is off the board. The Steelers get lucky as they might have found Polamalu’s replacement.
Vailliencourt- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford (Previous Pick: Marcus Peters)
Pittsburgh takes a young talented lineman to protect Big Ben.
DeWitt- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (Previous Pick: Malcom Brown)
The Lions have had a hard time finding the one guy who can carry the load on a constant basis. Both Bell and Bush have had injury problems, and with Bush gone the Lions can potentially find their guy for the foreseeable future in Gurley.
Vailliencourt- Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
The Lions lost Ndamukong Suh to Miami and Nick Fairley to St. Louis. However, they stole Haloti Ngata from the Ravens to fill one of those gaps. Tryunn Walker was signed to fill the other spot, but Walker is on a one-year deal, and Ngata only has a few good years left, so they take Brown here. Detroit will take a long look at offensive linemen, RB Todd Gurley and the cornerback position here as well.
DeWitt- Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma (Previous Pick: Eric Kendricks)
The Cardinals have lost Dan Williams to the Raiders. Arizona quickly fills that void by selecting Phillips, who is arguably the best player available.
Vailliencourt- Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State (Previous Pick: Arik Armstead)
The Cardinals lost Darnell Dockett in free agency. Goldman will help replace him and provide depth on the defensive line.
DeWitt- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh (Previous Pick: D.J. Humphries)
Carolina had a hard time blocking last season with both run blocking and pass protection. Selecting Clemmings turns the Panthers in the right direction.
Vailliencourt- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
Cam Newton needs to be protected a lot better this year. This is a start.
DeWitt- Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State (Previous Pick: Dorial Green-Beckham)
Same position, new player. Torrey Smith is a free agent, and Steve Smith will be 36 years old at the beginning of next season. Green-Beckham was a boom or bust pick, and the Ravens play it safe and choose the ‘Strong’er receiver here.
Vailliencourt- D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida (Previous Pick: Todd Gurley)
The Ravens get a quality lineman to pad a thin line. They need to protect their QB in order to be successful in the AFC North. After resigning Justin Forsett, a RB isn’t needed here.
DeWitt- P.J Williams, CB, Florida State (Previous Pick: Todd Gurley)
The Cowboys need help at the corner position. Williams fits that need.
Vailliencourt- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (Previous Pick: Eli Harold)
This situation works out nicely for the Cowboys. Gurley pairs well with Darren McFadden after losing Demarco Murray to the Eagles. Look for them to take defense the rest of the draft.
DeWitt- Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB, UCLA (Previous Pick: Maxx Williams)
The Broncos are switching to a 3-4 defense and have to add depth behind Ware and Von Miller.
Vailliencourt- Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB, UCLA (Previous Pick: Shaq Thompson)
The Broncos need a pass rusher that comes from the defensive line instead of linebacker. They fill that need here.
The Colts have made a number of additions in free agency but have neglected their offensive line. Luck needs better protection, and by selecting a versatile linemen, the Colts can plug Erving in wherever needed.
Vailliencourt- Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)
The Colts allowed way too many sacks last year. Flowers is a strong guy that could challenge for a starting job to open the year, especially at right tackle with Gosder Cherilus. RB and WR are not needs this early after signing Frank Gore and Andre Johnson.
DeWitt- Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA (Previous Pick: Benardrick McKinney)
Same position with the same logic. With A.J. Hawk’s release, I see the Packers selecting an ILB to solidify the interior of their defense. Originally had Benardrick McKinney pegged here, but in this mock the better player in Eric Kendricks is still available, thus the Packers select the UCLA product.
Vailliencourt- Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA (Previous Pick: Maxx Williams)
The Packers need a linebacker and a tight end in the first two rounds. They are able to nab a solid linebacker here.
DeWitt- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
Now that the Saints have two first round selections, they can improve both sides of the football. They hope Green-Beckham can be a solid target for Brees this season. Only time will tell as he has “bust” written all over him.
Vailliencourt- Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
Seattle traded this pick to the Saints for TE Jimmy Graham, and there are plenty of needs to fill. Though TE Max Williams could make sense, I don’t like the idea of taking a TE in the first round, especially after trading Graham for this pick. A big, athletic WR like Perriman would fit better with Brees.
After losing Revis, the Patriots need to find a replacement. Jones had an outstanding combine, has great football instincts and is solid in both zone and man coverage. The Patriots would be foolish to pass on him.
Vailliencourt- Cameron Erving, C, Florida State (Previous Pick: Devin Funchess)
All of a sudden the Patriots have a lot of needs here and plenty of guys to choose from. I narrowed it down to four player, and went with Cameron Erving because he can start from day one and helps rebuild depth that was lost. RB (Tevin Coleman), CB (Jalen Collins) and DT (Jordan Phillips) are all possibilities.
DeWitt- 42. Atlanta (Previous Pick: 45-Minnesota)
Trying to figure out where Coleman will end up is becoming a more difficult task with each passing day as he has been linked to a number of teams. I don’t think he escapes the second round, and the Falcons are without Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. They desperately need a running back and shouldn’t pass on the Hoosier.
Vailliencourt- 36. Jacksonville (Previous Pick: 42-Atlanta)
The Jaguars should try to build an elite offense. The Toby Gerhart experiment is over and Denard Robinson showed promise. Adding Coleman would help immediately. Coleman could work his way into the late first round, depending on whether certain teams (Detroit, Arizona, Dallas, New England) decide to take a RB in the first or second round.
Possible landing spots: 27th to Dallas, 32nd to New England, 37th to New York (Jets), 42nd to Atlanta. It’s doubtful Coleman falls past Detroit at 54.