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Joshua Campbell
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Mock Draft 4.0 Post Free Agency Frenzy

04/02/2015 6:52pm
last edited:04/08/2015 6:29pm

Free agency has really cleared up the draft picture. A lot of teams filled holes and others picked up players that can contribute in a platoon role with a potential draft pick. Nonetheless, it makes mocking a first round a lot easier.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14)

The pick: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Jameis Winston is the better pro prospect than Marcus Mariota and the Bucs would be foolish to pass on Winston. He may have struggles early on, but his ceiling is Andrew Luck-like.

2. Tennessee Titans (2-14)

The pick: Leonard Williams, DE (5-tech), USC

The Titans are going to give Mettenberger a chance  to be their guy so they draft the best player available in Williams who will be a day 1 stud at the 5-technique. Imagine what Jurrell Casey and Williams will do to opposing offenses.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)

The pick: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida

The Jaguars have been trying to find a pass rush for years and should lean towards the purest pass rusher in Fowler. He can play the run and the pass and has impressive counter moves for a prospect.

4. Oakland Raiders (3-13)

The pick: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

The more I think about it, the Raiders seem likely to stray from their ways and go with the guy that makes the most sense for their team. If Al Davis was still around, Kevin White would without a doubt be the pick here. But the Raiders need help on the outside especially on third down and a polished route runner like Cooper will be a stud on third down.

5. Washington Redskins (4-12)

The pick: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

This pick likely would have came down to Vic Beasley, Marcus Mariota and Randy Gregory. However, Gregory has recently admitted he failed his drug test at the combine and his substance issues seem to go further back. The Redskins want RGIII to become that franchise guy so that takes out Mariota. With Brian Orakpo gone, Beasley is the slam dunk pick here.

6. New York Jets (4-12)

The pick: Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

Recent comments suggest that the Jets are willing to live with Geno Smith and give him one more year to prove himself. New head coach Todd Bowles loves to get pressure on the quarterback and Ray has a tremendous first step.

7. Chicago Bears (5-11)

The pick: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

With Brandon Marshall no longer in town, wide receiver becomes a realistic option for the Bears. Pairing White with Alshon Jeffery would terrorize defenses for a while to come.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-10)

The pick: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

The Falcons need a pass rusher, plain and simple. Gregory is certainly a projectable player, but his upside and sheer athleticism make him worth the 8th overall pick even with substance issues. The Falcons are too desperate to pass up his potential.

9. New York Giants (6-10)

The pick: Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa

This pick could be a pass rusher, but with four already off the board, it's hard to warrant reaching on the next pick. However, with the run on pass rushers, the best offensive lineman falls into their laps.

10. St. Louis Rams (6-10)

The pick: La'el Collins, OT/OG, LSU

The Rams traditionally draft the best player available and they will luck out with the BPA being at a huge position of need. Cooper will immediately be a top threat for the Rams.

11. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

The pick: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

The Vikings are in need of receivers; Greg Jennings is gone and Cordarrelle Patterson is still learning to be an effective receiver. Parker can step in right now and give the Vikings a go to guy. Also, it helps that the majority of passes Parker caught in college came from Vikings' quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater.

12. Cleveland Browns (7-9)

 The pick: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

The Browns pick is going to come down to how the board falls when the No. 12 pick comes up. I still think Manziel can succeed, but not in Cleveland. Add another name to that long list of quarterbacks in Cleveland.

13. New Orleans Saints (7-9)

The pick: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

The Saints need some serious help on defense, and it starts with the pass rush. Dupree has a great first step and is much more than just a pass rusher. He can drop into coverage and play the run which will help out a ton opposite of Junior Galette.

14. Miami Dolphins (8-8)

The pick: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma/Missouri

The Dolphins have reshaped their receiving corps with getting rid of Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson while adding Kenny Stills. Stills, Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews give them a solid group, but add DGB to that and all of a sudden, Miami's offense looks downright scary. It's a stretch and a gamble, but they are not afraid to be bold as evidenced by the enormous Suh signing.

15. San Francisco 49ers (8-8)

The pick: Malcom Brown, DE (5-tech)

The once stout 49er defense has aged and been gutted. They could use cornerback, inside linebacker and defensive line help and Brown will allow them to address one of those needs.

16. Houston Texans (9-7)

The pick: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.

The Texans' defense was really good last season, but adding a talent like Waynes would bring their secondary to another level.

17. San Diego Chargers (9-7)

The pick: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Gurley to the Chargers has been picking up steam for weeks and rightfully so; it makes a ton of sense. Losing Ryan Matthews to the Eagles leaves a huge void in San Diego in the backfield. Branden Oliver is a nice change-of-pace back, but nowhere close to Gurley.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)

The pick: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

The Chiefs need playmakers on the outside more than any other team in football. To go a full season without a single TD reception by a WR is nuts. This is a little high for Strong, but the Chiefs need more help.

19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) (7-9)

The pick: Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

The Browns cannot afford to make it out of the first round without a receiver. Perriman benefits from a run on receivers and the Browns get a receiver with a lot of upside.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

The pick: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Even after adding Byron Maxwell, the Eagles still need help on the outside. Chip Kelly has shown he is not afraid to take chances and picking up a player with top-tier talent is too good to pass up.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1)

The pick: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Andrew Whitworth is not getting any younger and the Bengals could use an influx of youth and talent on the line. Peat may have the highest upside of any tackle in the draft and could wind up as a steal.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

The pick: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

The Steelers were awful in coverage last season and their secondary is not getting any younger. Johnson may not be a flashy name, but his ability is undeniable.

23. Detroit Lions (11-5)

The pick: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

Clemmings looks and plays like a day one starter at right tackle which would be a welcome upgrade in Detroit.

24. Arizona Cardinals (11-5)

The pick: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia

The Cardinals had a good pass rush last season because they were forced to blitz a ton with no impact rushers healthy. With John Abraham's career in doubt, Arizona would be wise to take Harold who has a ton of upside.

25. Carolina Panthers (7-8-1)

The pick: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

The Panthers boasted one of the worst O-Lines in football last year, along with the worst receiving corps and a pretty bad secondary. Somehow, they still got into the playoffs and made it to the Divisional Round. Now it's time to fortify the trenches and Clemmings offers a ton of potential despite being raw and still needs to add weight.

26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

The pick: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

The Ravens lost deep threat Torrey Smith to the 49ers and really could use a replacement. Smith has mastered the art of catching the deep ball and will bring an extra dynamic to the offense.

27. Dallas Cowboys (12-4)

The pick: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut

Jones' rise up draft boards is not solely based on his freakish athleticism, but it certainly helps. His film shows that he can be a dynamic press-man corner and impact games with tenacious play.

28. Denver Broncos (12-4)

The pick: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

Gary Kubiak likes athletic lineman who fit his zone-blocking scheme and have strong pass blocking traits. Kubiak meet Humphries, D.J. meet Gary.

29. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

The pick: Landon Collins, S, Alabama

The Colts need an all-around stud at strong safety with LaRon Landry finally off the roster. Pairing Collins with Mike Adams would be a smart move.

30. Green Bay Packers (12-4)

The pick: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

The Packers desperately need a legitimate inside line backer and Kendricks is a tackling machine that does not need to come off the field on any down and distance.

31. New Orleans Saints (7-9)

The pick: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

When it's all said and done, I don't think the Saints keep this pick. I think they will package their two first rounders to get a dynamic talent. But in a non-trading mock draft, the Saints pick up a dynamic talent after all and conveniently Jimmy Graham's replacement. Williams appears like a Kyle Rudolph clone.

32. New England Patriots (12-4)

The pick: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

This is just a slap in the face to the rest of the NFL. The Patriots could use a running back though and Gordon could be a dangerous weapon for Tom Brady and co.

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