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2015 NFL Draft: Mock Draft 2.0

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This is the second of three mock drafts leading up to the the 2015 NFL draft. With quite a few changes, and the addition of trades in this version, there's plenty to plenty to dive into...

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We are moving right along here. Here in the second mock, I have added trades. Still a draft big on filling holes, there are some picks that are slight reaches. The reason behind this, making it more realistic. The fact is some players you just can't take the chance to wait on, especially when the pickings are slim at the position, and other teams picking right behind you share a need.

Also the are some picks being made due to the player being the BPA. This is for more of that realistic feel. The simple truth is, there will be players that fall. The Rams have shown in the past they are not afraid to pull the trigger when that happens. They have done so with players like Janoris Jenkins, Chris Givens, Stedman Bailey, Zac Stacy, and Aaron Donald, and we have seen how those have worked out. Two things are for sure with the Rams front office, there will be at least one pick based on BPA and at least one trade. Which brings me to my next point...

TRADES

Cleveland trades both first round picks this year and their first round pick next year to Tennessee in order to move up to the number two pick. The Browns appear hell bent on finding their quarterback once and for all.

San Francisco will be desperately looking for a viable replacement for Mike Iupati. They trade with the Giants to select a new guard at number nine, giving up pick 15, their second round this year and next years fifth.

The Rams are in prime trade down position. For their needs and the values available, they can move back - picking up more picks - and still fill their need with an equal value pick. The Chiefs need serious receiver help and secondary help. With receiver being one of the deeper positions, they go for secondary first trading up with the Rams to 10 for a corner. Having more draft capital than most teams this year, they surrender their first, second, and fourth round picks.

Pick

Team

Player

Pos

College

1

Tampa Bay




Jameis Winston



QB


Florida St.

2

Cleveland



Marcus Mariota




QB

Oregon

3

Jacksonville




Dante Fowler Jr.



LB

Florida

4

Oakland



Amari Cooper
WR


Alabama

5

Washington




Leonard Williams
DT
USC

6

N.Y. Jets



Shane Ray
DE/OLB
Missouri

7

Chicago



Kevin White
WR
W. Virginia

8

Atlanta



Vic Beasley
DE/OLB
Clemson

9


San Francisco




Brandon Scherff
OG
Iowa

10

Kansas City



Trae Waynes
CB
Michigan St.

11

Minnesota




Devante Parker
WR
Louisville

12

Tennessee




Byron Jones
CB
UConn

13

New Orleans



La'el Collins
OT
LSU

14

Miami




Alvin "Bud" Dupree
DE
Kentucky

15

N.Y. Giants



Danny Shelton
DT Washington

16

Houston



Cameron Erving
OL
Florida St.

17

San  Diego



Melvin Gordan
RB
Wisconsin

18

St. Louis




Andrus Peat
OT
Stanford

19

Tennessee



Paul Dawson
LB
TCU

20

Philadelphia



Nelson Agholor
WR
USC

21

Cincinnati



Marcus Peters
CB
Washington

22

Pittsburgh



Malcolm Brown

DE
Texas

23

Detroit



Jalen Collins
CB
LSU

24

Arizona



Jay Ajayi
RB
Boise St.

25

Carolina




D.J. Humphries
OT
Florida

26

Baltimore



Landon Collins
S
Alabama

27

Dallas



Todd Gurley
RB
Georgia

28

Denver



Maxx Williams
TE
Minnesota

29

Indianapolis



Ereck Flowers
OT
Miami

30

Green Bay




Eric Kendricks
LB
UCLA

31

New Orleans



Kevin Johnson
CB
Wake Forest

32

New England



Eddie Goldman
DT
Florida St.

RD/Pick

Player


School

Pos

2-9

Dorial Green-Beckham



Missouri


WR

2-17

Garrett Grayson



Colorado St.

QB

3-8

Ali Marpet



Hobart

OG

4-19

Kwon Alexander


LSU

LB

4-20

B.J. Finney


Kansas St.

C

6-39

Jamil Douglas


Arizona St.

OG

7-10

Ladarius Gunter


Miami

CB

THE EXPLANATION

After trading down in the first, the Rams select what might be the best pass blocking tackle in the draft. This is huge for a team that has struggled mightily in this area for years. Maybe with time to breathe a Rams quarterback will finally be able to consistently throw the ball accurately, and the receivers will have time to get open.

Next the Rams use the first of their two second round picks to take a player with top ten potential, who falls due to character issues. This regime has a knack for taking a chance on character guys, and has had relatively good success with them. Also some would argue picking a receiver fills a need.

With the second of their two picks in round two, they select a QB. Here you have a player whose stock has been rising since the midpoint of the season and has not quite stopped yet. The question is; has it risen to this point? Probably not. He would probably be a late third to fourth round pick in the 2012 draft. But once that third QB comes off the board, teams wanting one of the few remaining are sure to go into a panic. I expect the third guy to come off fairly early in the second round. And truthfully, I just don't think the Rams will get past the third round without taking a QB.

In the third the Rams get back to filling some needs, and this time the player also happens to be one of the best players available. The same can be said in the fourth round where the Rams will be picking back to back. Here they get some great depth for the linebacker position, and a quality player for the offensive line. In this scenario there would be a battle for the center position worth keeping an eye on in camp, where as many as for guys would be battling for one spot.

In the sixth round, the Rams continue to build that line. Fisher said this was an area that would be addressed, and he sounded more displeased with the line - in his season ending press conference - than anything else. He also sounded like that when speaking of the depth of the QB position, but not to the same extent. Either way, the Rams have been all over the linemen and quarterbacks in this years draft. I believe the team finally gets it, and will attack this issue head on in this draft. Also this happens to be one of the players I have labeled as a draft day steal for whoever picks him. With their final pick the Rams pick another depth player for the defense, and a guy that might have some versatility to play both corner and safety. This would be a smart move considering all the free agents the Rams have coming up after the season in the secondary.