NFL Mock Draft 1.0 | Michael Higer

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[su_box title=”1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(2-14)
(2-14)

Winston seems to be a sure thing to go No. 1. Do not expect anybody else to be picked here. While there have been rumors of Tampa Bay trading out of this pick for an established veteran quarterback, I do not see that happening.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”2. Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(2-14)
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On many draft boards, Williams is the No. 1 player on the board. Although the Titans have a need at quarterback, I do not think Mariota is their guy.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”3. Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(3-13)
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Fowler had one of the most impressive combines for a defensive player, and would fill out the Jaguars’ line. Fowler is also a better fit for the Jaguars’ 4-3 defense than Randy Gregory of Nebraska.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”4. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(3-13)
(3-13)

Cooper is believed to be the No. 1 receiver in the draft, but we have seen Oakland do this before. White ran a 4.35 40 in the combine and I do not see Oakland passing up on his explosive ability.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”5. Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(4-12)
(4-12)

Washington needs all sorts of help in both their pass rush and secondary. Ray, who can line up at linebacker or on the line, is the best player available to fill that need here. If not Ray, the Redskins may target a similar pass-rusher in Randy Gregory of Nebraska.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”6. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(4-12)
(4-12)

This is the pick that everybody is circling on their draft boards as a possible trade. Rumors are swirling that the Eagles could trade for this pick to take Mariota, but since I am not factoring in trades in this mock, I still have the Jets going with him.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”7. Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(5-11)
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With the Bears moving to a 3-4 defensive scheme, they are in need of an edge rusher. Gregory and his explosiveness fit the mold perfectly.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”8. Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(6-10)
(6-10)

The Falcons lost defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann to free agency and are in need of a pass rusher off of their line. Armstead seems to be a good fit for the defensive scheme.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”9. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(6-10)
(6-10)

The Giants need to protect Eli Manning, and Scherff is the top offensive lineman available in the draft.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”10. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(6-10)
(6-10)

This almost seems to be too good to be true for the Rams. Barring Oakland taking him or another team trading up, Cooper falls right into Jeff Fisher’s lap, becoming Nick Foles’ new favorite target.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”11. Devante Parker, WR, Louisville” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(7-9)
(7-9)

I had cornerback Trae Waynes going here until the Vikings recent signing of veteran Terrance Newman. Parker was Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target at Louisville and has top-tier receiver talent.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”12. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(7-9)
(7-9)

Johnny Manziel is in rehab, but there is not a legitimate choice at quarterback for the Browns this early. Their next biggest need is a nose tackle, and Shelton is the best player available here for the Browns.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”13. Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(7-9)
(7-9)

The Saints have needs at just about every position on defense. It will be surprising to see Beasley drop this far, but if he does, the Saints are a very possible destination.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”14. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(8-8)
(8-8)

Waynes finally is the first cornerback to come off the board. There is a good chance Waynes is taken earlier, but Miami would not hesitate to line him up opposite Brett Grimes in their secondary.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”15. Malcom Brown, DT, Texas” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(8-8)
(8-8)

The 49ers’ once elite defense has been decimated by injuries and retirements. They will hope that Beasley or Armstead falls to No. 15, but ultimately settle on Brown.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”16. La’el Collins, OT, Louisiana State” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(9-7)
(9-7)

The Texans are in strong need of a run-blocker, and Collins is one of the best in this draft. He can line up at both tackle and guard, giving Houston maneuverability on their line.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”17. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(9-7)
(9-7)

Gordon becomes the first running back taken in the first round since 2012. Following the departure of Ryan Mathews to Philadelphia, Gordon becomes the Chargers’ new starting running back.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”18. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri/Oklahoma” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(9-7)
(9-7)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard the statistic that not a single Chiefs’ wide receiver caught a touchdown in 2014. Green-Beckham lacks maturity, but there is no denying his ability, and I believe Andy Reid can keep him in check[/su_box]

[su_box title=”19. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(7-9)
(7-9)

Strong becomes the fifth wide receiver in what is a loaded class. With Josh Gordon suspended yet another season, Strong goes to Cleveland and starts almost immediately.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”20. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(10-6)
(10-6)

The Eagles have a gaping hole in their secondary, and although Peters has character issues, he is the most talented cornerback available for Philly here at No. 20.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”21. Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(10-5-1)
(10-5-1)

The Bengals’ pass-rush struggled mightily in 2014, and Thompson can fill the need and play back in the secondary as a safety as well.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”22. Landon Collins, S, Alabama” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(11-5)
(11-5)

With Troy Polamalu’s days in Pittsburgh over, the Steelers will be looking for a replacement. Collins is the top safety in the draft, and is almost a no-doubter for the Steelers.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”23. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(11-5)
(11-5)

Many argue the Lions need a defensive tackle, but I believe the Lions plan on playing former Saint, Tyrunn Walker, more than people think. Gurley will give the Lions the first legitimate top-tier running back in years, as the team will hope the reward outweighs the risk.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”24. Alvin “Bud” Dupree, OLB, Kentucky” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(11-5)
(11-5)

The Cardinals are hoping that either Gordon or Gurley fall to No. 24, but with both already off the board, they bolster their pass-rush with the addition of Dupree.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”25. Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(7-8-1)
(7-8-1)

The Panthers have needs on both sides of their line, and Flowers will be a gift to Carolina this late in the first round.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”26. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(10-6)
(10-6)

Johnson turned in one of the better combines for a cornerback, and is a strong pass defender with good height at 6-foot. Johnson fills a need that many believe the Ravens will address at some point this draft, so why not the first round?[/su_box]

[su_box title=”27. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(12-4)
(12-4)

Running back is a significant concern for the America’s Team following Demarco Murray’s signing with the Eagles. It is likely the Cowboys will look to to trade up if they sense Gordon and Gurley not falling to No. 27, but in this situation, they stay put and reach for Nebraska’s Abdullah.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”28. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(12-4)
(12-4)

Terrance Knighton left the Broncos for the Redskins in free agency, creating a gaping hole in the middle of Denver’s 3-4 defense. Look no further than the former Seminole nose tackle, Goldman.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”29. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(11-5)
(11-5)

The Colts have needs on both sides of their lines, but will opt for a pass-blocker in Peat to provide protection for Andrew Luck.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”30. Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(12-4)
(12-4)

B.J. Raji was not working out on the Packers’ defensive line, so they let him walk via free agency. Enter Phillips, an athletic tackle standing at 6-foot-5, 329 pounds.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”31. Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(7-9)
(7-9)

The Saints received this pick from Seattle in the Jimmy Graham trade, so what better time to attempt to replace him than with this pick? Funchess can line up at both receiver and tight end, and while he may lack Graham’s size, it provides a much-needed target for Drew Brees.[/su_box]

[su_box title=”32. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana” box_color=”#e54e53″ radius=”0″]

(12-4)
(12-4)

With Shane Vereen out of New England, the Patriots are in demand of a running back. With both Gordon and Gurley off the board, the next-best fit for the Patriots’ backfield is Tevin Coleman.[/su_box]