As we march ever closer to the 2015 NFL Draft, we look for signs and signals regarding which prospects are being courted by which teams. With the 2015 NFL Combine now over, we’re starting to gain a more refined imagine of what players are rising to the top of draft boards, and what players are falling. In my first edition of this 2015 NFL Mock Draft, we first start with Jameis Winston, where a home in Tampa Bay with the Bucs seems likely.
Nov 15, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) warms up before playing the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
One of Lovie Smith’s biggest downfalls in Chicago was not being able to fully develop a quarterback. He has already failed to do so with Mike Glennon, but no quarterback Smith has ever coached has had the talent Winston possesses. The Buccaneers are far from competing for a playoff spot, but Winston is the piece that could help them begin to trend back upward.
Fowler showed everyone at the combine why he’s deserving of all the pre-draft hype. He’s one of the most “pro ready” prospects in a class full of boom-or-bust talent. Leonard Williams is going to be hard to pass up, but Fowler fits an immediate need, and is truly one of the few transcendent players in this class.
The Jaguars landing Leonard Williams here at third overall might be one of the best picks of the entire draft. Williams is as close to J.J. Watt as you’re going to find in this or any draft to come. Williams isn’t the “LEO” purebred most Jags fans are craving, but he’s a sure-fire talent who’ll be a dominating force from day one.
Kevin White solidified himself as the unquestioned top receiver available with his performance at the Combine, absolutely decimating the gauntlet drill and destroying his timed drills. White has the size, speed, and mechanics of a true No. 1 receiver, and would be an ideal seed to grow along with second-year quarterback Derek Carr.
Dupree, alongside Fowler, had one of the best Combine performances of the 2015 cycle. While other top EDGE prospects such as Vic Beasley and Randy Gregory left with some concerning questions. Beasley and Gregory have more flash on film, but Dupree is the most pro ready of the trio, something Washington needs as it quickly looks to rebuild back to a playoff contender.
One has to wonder why Mariota isn’t off the board here. It’s hard to imagine the Jets passing up Mariota, but I think he’s going to slide a bit further than most imagine. Beasley is the perfect fit for New York here at sixth overall. He’s tenacious, athletic, and has a very high ceiling that Todd Bowles is going to love to work with as he heads into his first year as the team’s new head coach.