NFL Draft Blog –

Updated August 17

1. Oakland Raiders – Brett Hundley – QB – UCLA – Scouting Report
Derek Carr will definitely be given a shot at some point this season, but nothing is guaranteed for 2nd round picks and the Raiders would have to strongly consider a quarterback at the top of the 2015 draft. I have Hundley rated slightly above Mariota entering the season, but a lot can change in the next eight months. 

2. Houston Texans – Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon – Scouting Report
The Texans took the safe approach by going with Clowney this past season, but they can’t afford to pass on another top-rated quarterback if they’re near the top next May. Mariota may not be the perfect fit for Bill O’Brien, but there doesn’t appear to be a traditional pocket passer in the mix for a top-10 pick this year.   

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Andrus Peat – OT – Stanford
jaguars_newLuke Joeckel is holding down the left tackle position, but the Jaguars should still consider improving the protection around Blake Bortles. There are plenty of options for teams interested in adding to their offensive line this year, and Peat probably has the highest ceiling of the group. 

4. Cleveland Browns – Leonard Williams – DE/DT – USC
The Browns could easily end up with two top-10 picks, which will make them a tough team to predict this year due to the multitude of plausible combinations. Williams enters the season as the consensus top defensive player in the draft, and while he doesn’t fill a glaring hole in Cleveland, the value may be tough to pass up. 

5. Minnesota Vikings – Shilique Calhoun – DE – Michigan State
The Vikings are hoping Everson Griffen takes the next step as Jared Allen’s replacement, but Calhoun should still be in the mix even if he steps up. The Vikings are currently lacking the elite defensive line depth that made them dominant in this area in recent years.  

6. Cleveland Browns – Jaelen Strong – WR – Arizona State – Scouting Report
[From Bills] The race to be the top receiver off the board is wide open entering the season, but I have Strong as the top guy on my board right now. He needs to show continued development, but he has the talent to step in as Johnny Football’s No. 1 receiver.    

7. New York Giants – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State – Scouting Report
giantsThe Giants would rather not draft a quarterback just yet, but another disappointing year from Manning will make this a necessary discussion. If a player like Winston is on the board, they’ll have to consider drafting a replacement for Manning, who tuns 34 at the end of this season.   

8. Tennessee Titans – Noah Spence – DE/LB – Ohio State 
Spence is a versatile defender and may be one of the best pure pass rushers in this year’s draft class. The Titans veteran front seven could use a youth movement, and Spence would be a great fit to fill Kamerion Wimbley’s role.  

9. Tampa Bay Bucs – Brandon Scherff – OT – Iowa
bucs2014The Bucs have a lot of fun toys to play with on offense, but they lack the glue to hold it all together. Until the offensive line comes together, they may have a hard time taking that next step. Scherff looks like a 1st round lock entering the season. 

10. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – CB – Oregon
The Steelers can’t ignore their aging secondary forever, especially as the passing games within their division continue to improve. Ekpre-Olomu enters the year as easily the top prospect at his position and has a chance to land in the top 10.  

11. Washington Redskins – Michael Bennett – DT – Ohio State
redskinsThis pick almost has to be about the defense, which is likely to hold the Redskins back in 2014. While the pass-rush is solid, the Redskins need a reliable run stopper up the middle and Bennett could fill that void. 

12. Miami Dolphins – Randy Gregory – DE – Nebraska
Gregory has received a lot of hype this offseason, but his lack of consistency knocks him out of the top 10 at this point. The talent is there, but he’ll need to prove he can dominate on a week to week basis to elevate his stock this season. 

13. Detroit Lions – Landon Collins – S – Alabama
The Lions secondary remains a concern and it could hold them back at times this season, especially considering the talent in their division. An elite cornerback would be nice, but Collins has the most talent of the available defensive backs in this scenario and could probably start for them right now.

14. Carolina Panthers – Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama – Scouting Report
I’m not as high on Cooper as some, but he has legitimate first round potential. Despite adding Kelvin Benjamin last season, the Panthers need to consider adding another weapon for Cam Newton early in the 2015 draft.   

15. Kansas City Chiefs – Trae Waynes – CB – Michigan State
The Chiefs are lacking elite talent and also depth in the secondary, and it could really hurt them against teams like the Broncos and Chargers this season. Waynes has the tools to start for the Chiefs right now, and should be a top-20 pick in 2015. 

16. St. Louis Rams – Vic Beasley – LB – Clemson
The Rams need an upgrade at linebacker and Bealsey could be an ideal fit on the strong side. He has the ability to be a dangerous pass-rush threat, but also has the athleticism to be a well-rounded linebacker in the Rams 4-3 scheme.

~ Picks 16-32 ~