The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone and we're now left pondering what the 2015 draft class looks like and will bring us. Now I know a lot of you will think I'm crazy for putting together a 2015 mock draft basically a year before the draft. I'm only doing the top 10 picks to give everyone a feel for how next years prospects look and am basically guessing who those 10 teams will be. This is all for fun and to get some draft nerds, like myself, some excited-ness with the 2014 draft over. So to mess around, here's my top 10 picks in my 2015 NFL mock draft.
1.Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills): Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M - The early consensus top tackle in next years draft and yet another Aggie. With two first round picks next year, the Browns can really allow themselves to build a dominant O-Line with Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Mitchell Schwartz, and 2014 second rounder Joel Bitonio out of Nevada.
2.Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - Jake Locker will get one more chance to prove he's the Titans quarterback of the future with a strong 2014 campaign and if he can stay healthy. Locker has the weapons at WR in Tennessee. If Locker fails like many think he will, Tennessee will definitely look for their QB of the future in the 2015 draft, especially if their picking #2 like I think they are and they have the chance to grab the top QB in the 2015 class in Mariota. Marcus is a 6'4 machine with a very strong arm and he's also very mobile and has a high football IQ.
3.Oakland Raiders: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: The Raiders did a nice job in the 2014 draft grabbing Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack at #5 overall and Fresno State missile launching QB Derek Carr in round two to be their QB of the future. Now they have to further improve their O-Line for Carr's future. You could also argue they need to go defense (which they definitely do) or grab a receiver (which isn't a bad idea either), but getting a big nasty OT (one from the area) is what helps teams win titles, which is what Oakland is building towards.
4.Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DE, USC - The Jags did a great job in their 2014 draft grabbing their QB of the future in UCF's Blake Bortles with the #3 overall pick (who I wasn't too much of a fan of), and grabbing USC WR Marqise Lee and Penn State WR Allen Robinson in round two as major improvements in the weapons department. Now with Gus Bradley being a defensive minded coach, Williams would be a match made in heaven for Bradley as Williams is a beast of a pass rusher and can even play defensive tackle and be a very disruptive force. Jacksonville really needs reinforcements on defense after vastly improving that offense in this years draft.
5.Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: The Vikings selected Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater with the final pick of round one in this years draft and expect him to be the QB of the future in Minneapolis. To make sure Teddy pans out and can reach his potential the Vikes should make sure he has as stable of an O-Line as possible. Grabbing Scherff helps out a bunch and gives the Vikings a nice bookend duo on their line with Scherff and 2012 #4 overall pick out of USC, Matt Kalil. Scherff was considered a first round tackle if he came out for the 2014 draft and is considered a truly nasty run blocker. I considered Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu here but I think a corner at #5 a little too high, especially with a guy who's just 5'10.
6.Washington Redskins: Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson - The Redskins have been burned by not having a first round pick in the last two drafts (RGIII trade in 2012 with the Rams), so they have badly needed younger reinforcements to build the franchise around with RG3. They're set at RB with Alfred Morris and WR with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. They added a really solid tackle in Morgan Moses out of Virginia in round three this year who should help protect RGIII immediately. The Redskins have to address their pass rush now and getting a speedy hard hitting pass rusher like Beasley will help tremendously. Beasley was a first round pick if he entered the 2014 draft but wisely returned to school ass he was a little raw. Beasley is smaller for the defensive end position and will probably be used as a hybrid pass rusher at DE and OLB.
7.Miami Dolphins: Amare Cooper, WR, Alabama - Cooper is the consensus #1 WR in this class and brings solid resume with him. Cooper stands at about 6'1, with blazing speed (he claims he ran THREE 4.3 forty yard dashes at Alabama's 2014 pro day), and a high motor. Cooper doesn't take off plays and has great hands and route running ability. You could say that Cooper has the total package. What will really drive up Cooper's draft stock is if he repeats his 2013 or even 2012 level of play in 2014 since he no longer has A.J. McCarron throwing to him. If Cooper can do that, he'll without a doubt be the first WR off the board in the 2015 draft. Not to mention, Miami paid a boatload of money for Mike Wallace and need a legit #2 opposite of him to take some pressure off him.
8.Cleveland Browns: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State - Cleveland totally messed up not taking a receiver in the 2014 draft to line up across Josh Gordon, who by the way is reportedly facing a season long suspension for a second failed drug test. With Gordon potentially gone for all of 2014 on his second strike and then facing a lifetime ban if he gets his third strike, Cleveland definitely needs to take a top WR with one of it's two first round picks next year to lineup across from Gordon and/or replace him if he screws up again. And plus, they took Johnny Manziel as their future QB, so he needs weapons at his disposal. Strong is 6'4, with very good speed, and very capable of winning jump balls. With an improved 2014 campaign Strong can rival Cooper as the class' top WR.
9.New York Giants: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska - The Giants did a nice job retooling their secondary in free agency this spring but did nothing to help their pass rush, allowing Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph to leave. That leaves Jason Pierre-Paul as their main pass rusher and proven disruptive force and that won't cut it. The Giants have always been built on having great pass rushes which you could say is the reason for all their Super Bowl wins. I like the improvements on offense this spring and think their pass rush needs to be addressed next spring if Eli is going to win one more ring in his career. Gregory is a very raw beast and can get to the QB in the blink of an eye and will give JPP that disruptive force on the other side of the defensive line he needs to relieve some of the pressure he faces. An offensive tackle could be taken here if the Giants O-Line fails again in 2014 like 2013.
10.Houston Texans: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State - Jameis Winston took over the college football world by storm in 2013 much like Johnny Manziel did in 2012. Like Manziel, Winston won the Heisman trophy award, but he also led the Seminoles to the BCS National Championship over Auburn. Winston has a rocket arm and a nice touch on his throws. Winston can at times be mobile and extend plays. Winston could improve on his accuracy, ball security, and football IQ. Another thing holding Winston back from possibly overtaking Mariota as the top QB? The kid can't stay out of trouble and out of the headlines off the field. NFL teams don't like that. If Winston improves on some things and stays clean off the field in 2014, he's well on his way to a top 10 selection in the 2015 draft. Ryan Fitzpatrick is just a placeholder in Houston and does anyone really think Tom Savage is the answer at QB in Houston? If Houston picks in the top 10 again next year, they'll be going QB, which is the only thing holding Houston back from being a Super Bowl contender again.