Todd McShay, ESPN’s NFL Draft expert, released his updated 2015 NFL mock draft on Wednesday morning. It’ll require In$ider access to view his entire mock, but luckily we here at Turf Show Times don’t charge a dime.
Without further ado...
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
4. Oakland Raiders: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
5. Washington Redskins: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
6. New York Jets: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
7. Chicago Bears: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
8. Atlanta Falcons: Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri
9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
And with the St. Louis Rams on the clock at 10th overall, Todd McShay has them taking...
10. St. Louis Rams: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Analysis: I wouldn't rule out the possibility that the Rams trade up to draft Marcus Mariota. They have the young talent currently on their roster to help them sustain the loss of draft picks that would come with a big move up the board, and their apparent interest in Johnny Manziel last year seemed to be based on the appeal of adding a running element from the quarterback position -- which is something Mariota would provide to an even greater degree than Manziel would have. But we don't project trades in these mock drafts, so I'll have them address another need with a talented WR in Parker. Kenny Britt was re-signed to a two-year deal, and Brian Quick showed progress last year, but is either the long-term answer? Offensive line is the team's biggest need, but Andrus Peat isn't an elite finisher and wouldn't be a great fit for a Jeff Fisher-coached team, and I think they could find a guard or right tackle on Day 2.
This is one you don’t see too often. And in a less than ideal scenario for Rams’ fans, Amari Cooper and Brandon Scherff are both off the board at 10. Another popular name mocked to St. Louis, LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins was scooped up by the Vikings with the very next pick [11th].
Elsewhere in the NFC West:
15. San Francisco 49ers: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
24. Arizona Cardinals: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky