Good morning New York Giants fans!
Update: Read our 2015 NFL Draft scouting reports for the top prospects.
Since the season is really starting to wind down, and for the most part power rankings are irrelevant, we decided to use the "Official" draft order for this week's mock draft. 'Invictus' couldn't make it this week, so it's just Jesse and I.
So, without further ado, let's get right to it.
The Mock Draft
1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LT: Jameis Winston, QB, FSU)
Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) - (Jesse)
The Buccaneers signed Josh McCown to a nice contract and tried to push Glennon back to the backburner, but he played poorly so they started Glennon. Then realized they knew what they knew -- Glennon is nothing special and played McCown again. The final verdict? They need a new quarterback. I'm not sure I trust Lovie Smith would know what to do with a dynamic talent like Mariota, but that doesn't mean they won't take him if given the chance.
2) Tennessee Titans (LT: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska)
Randy Gregory (DE/OLB, Nebraska) - (Raptor)
Tennessee has been parting out their defense for whatever they can get. Brandon Graham is pretty good, and Jurrell Casey is a monster, but given the way the draft looks now, adding an Aldon Smith level talent is a no-brainer.
3) Jacksonville Jaguars (LT: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama)
Shane Ray (DE/OLB, Mizzou) - (Jesse)
Ray flies up the board this week. Ray is a terrific pass rusher who will draw comparisons to Von Miller between now and the NFL draft. If he can put up the combine numbers Miller did and show his tape doesn't lie he could easily be a top five pick. That's what 21 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in the SEC will get you (but unlike MIchael Sam, Ray has extremely dynamic NFL athleticism).
4) New York Jets (LT: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon)
Jameis Winston (QB, FSU) - (Raptor)
Geno Smith is once again the Jets' starter, and they're giving him a chance to show what he can do. The result: 42 attempts, with one touchdown and two interceptions combined the last two weeks. Winston could be a distraction off the field, and even a liability on the field, but when he's on, he is a legitimate talent. Sounds like a "Jets" player to me.
5) Oakland Raiders (LT: Leonard Williams, DL, USC)
Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford) - (Jesse)
The Raiders are getting brutal offensive line play and they probably regret letting go of Jared Veldheer, who has played well this year for Arizona (+17.5 PFF score). Peat is reportedly leaning towards returning to school, but if not he's likely the first tackle taken.
6) Washington Redskins (LT: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford)
Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa) - (Raptor)
Trent Williams is good, but the right side of their offensive line is a mess. Scherff should be able to step in and lock down right tackle, and help whoever is under center next year stay upright and open holes for that running game.
7) New York Giants (LT: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Mizzou)
Leonard Williams (DT, USC) - (Consensus)
This was a "no brainer" pick. Williams has been playing through an ankle injury, but he is a monster of a defensive lineman. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, with long arms, he has the length the Giants covet in their defenders, but he also has exceptional movement skills. Excellent first step and agility, he draws comparisons to Gerald McCoy and JJ Watt. .. John Hankins just got a new best friend.
8) Carolina Panthers (LT: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa)
La'El Collins (OT, LSU) - (Raptor)
I was sorely tempted to go with Amari Cooper here, but Cam Newton can't find anybody if he's under siege. Collins is a nasty, nasty offensive lineman and he can play guard or tackle.
9) Chicago Bears (LT: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington)
Landon Collins (S, Alabama) - (Jesse)
Pick a defender, any defender.
10) New Orleans Saints (LT: Landon Collins, S, Alabama)
Shaq Thompson (OLB, Washington) - (Raptor)
Nobody in the NFC South seems to play defense. Thompson is a superb athlete who just flies around the field, which will come in handy against the NFC South offenses.
11) Minnesota Vikings (LT: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor)
Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) - (Jesse)
Cooper slides out of the top 10 much to the Vikings delight. They have benefited from that recently as both Shariff Floyd (19.5 PFF rating seventh-highest for DT in the league) and Xavier Rhodes (+6.5 PFF rating, 16th highest rating in the league) went lower than anticipated in the draft and they jumped on those players as well.
12) St. Louis Rams (LT: Kevin White, WR, WVU)
Devante Parker (WR, Louisville) - (Raptor)
The Rams will eventually find a quarterback, but right now there isn't one on the board that presents good value. So, they find that true No. 1 "X" receiver they've been searching for. Parker is shooting up my proto-board, and I think I think I see a fair bit of Odell Beckham in his game.
13) Houston Texans (LT: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville)
Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.) - (Jesse)
The Texans are pretty good at cornerback actually, but they are pretty good in many areas except TE, DL, and most importantly quarterback. Maybe in another mock they'll go Danny Shelton, but I felt that might be a little high here. And their cornerbacks have a lot of age. Would they reach for QB Connor Cook here?
14) Cleveland Browns (LT: La'El Collins, OT, LSU)
Kevin White (WR, WVU) - (Raptor)
Can the Browns actually rely on Josh Gordon? I don't know, so they're getting a receiver who is getting compared to Larry Fitzgerald. Johnny Football just has to throw it up and White has a good chance of coming down with it.
15) San Francisco 49ers (LT: Michael Bennett, DL, Ohio St.
Sammie Coates (WR, Auburn) - (Jesse)
Auburn is a good football team especially at WR where they have two big, fast pass catchers. Coates should prove to have good measurables in the pre-draft process and the 49ers should be looking for another pass catcher as Anquan Boldin can't play forever.
16) Miami Dolphins (LT: Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas)
Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) - (Raptor)
The Dolphins defense is built on pressure from their front 4. If they lose Jared Odrick, they'll have to replace him. Shelton is a true dancing elephant, and a tremendous pass rusher. Guys like that just don't last long in the draft.
17) Cleveland Browns -- Via Buffalo Bills -- (LT: Melvin Gordon, RB, Nebraska (Bills))
Dante Fowler Jr. (DE/OLB, Florida) - (Jesse)
The Browns take a pass rusher here. I considered Melvin Gordon but both Crowell and West are promising rookie players so I went in a different direction.
18) Kansas City Chiefs (LT: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh)
Ronnie Stanley (OT, Notre Dame) - (Raptor)
I cam very close to not making this pick. I don't like mocking red-shirt sophomores before they actually declare, unless they have a good reason to turn pro like Manziel, Winston, or Green-Beckham. But in this case, if Stanley does declare, he's going to be a 1st rounder, and he might go much higher than this.
19) Baltimore Ravens (LT: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson)
Dhaquille Williams (WR, Auburn) - (Jesse)
A surprise pick. Watch Williams rise from now until the draft if he declares. As for the Ravens, Torrey Smith is a nice player, but they don't have a dominant WR and Steve Smith can't play forever ... I think.
20) Dallas Cowboys (LT: Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU)
Marcus Peters (CB) - (Raptor)
Marcus Peters could be the best cover corner in the draft, but he got kicked out of Washington for repeated insubordination. Jerry Jones doesn't have a problem taking players with character red flags. Even though they invested heavily in Carr and Claiborne, they still need an upgrade at outside CB.
21) Atlanta Falcons (LT: Dante Fowler Jr, DE, Florida)
Mario Edwards (DT, FSU) - (Jesse)
They will go defensive line here, or more likely if they miss the playoffs with a top 10 pick. Funny how fast things can change.
22) Pittsburgh Steelers (LT: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.)
Cody Prewitt (S, Ole Miss) - (Raptor)
The Steelers need to get back to playing defense. Ryan Clark is gone, and Troy Polamalu has a long injury history and is aging. Prewitt has great size and the uncommon ability to see the whole field. Perfect for Dick LeBeau's defense.
23) San Diego Chargers (LT: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma)
Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, TAMU) - (Jesse)
The Chargers don't have any positive rated PFF offensive linemen. And you thought the Giants offensive line was bad.
24) Cincinnati Bengals (LT: Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss)
Malcom Brown (DT, Texas) - (Raptor)
This is a case of BPA. Brown is a big and tremendously athletic defensive tackle. He can overwhelm guards with power or speed, make plays behind the line of scrimmage, and has six batted passes over the last two seasons.
25) Detroit Lions (LT: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington)
Melvin Gordon (RB, Nebraska) - (Jesse)
Gordon is a top 20 player on my board so this is an easy pick. They might need more help in other areas, but they have been a team that is not afraid to go BPA.
26) Indianapolis Colts (LT: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Miss. St.)
Benardrick McKinney (LB, Miss. St.) - (Raptor)
No reason to change this pick. The Colts need an inside linebacker, and playing in a 3-4 defense should help hide McKinney's deficiencies while letting him play to his strengths. Good fit for both sides.
27) Philadelphia Eagles (LT: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA)
Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) - (Jesse)
Great pick for the Eagles who get a better, more dynamic pass rusher than they got in the first round last year.
28) Seattle Seahawks (LT: Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan)
Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona St.) - (Raptor)
Seattle's passing attack is lacking teeth without Percy Harvin or Golden Tate. If Lynch does decide to retire after this year, they are definitely going to need to add weapons for Russell Wilson. Strong is big, strong target with great body control. Perfect for the team and division.
29) Green Bay Packers (LT: Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma)
Jordan Phillips (DT, Oklahoma) - (Jesse)
Think Phillips fits their defense better than Bud Dupree. And wanted to throw his name out there as a guy who could be a back of the first round guy.
30) New England Patriots (LT: P.J. Williams, CB, FSU)
Devin Funchess (WR, Michigan) - (Raptor)
This just feels like a Belichick pick. Funchess is a former TE who has switched to wide receiver, and is much better than Michigan's offense allows him to be. While most coaches might scratch their heads thinking about what to do with Funchess, Darth Hoodie will make a role for him, and the rest of the league miserable.
31) Arizona Cardinals (LT: Nate Orchard, DE/OLB, Utah)
Connor Cook (QB, Michigan St.) - (Jesse)
Made this pick while I was watching the Cardinals play Thursday night. Who knows if Palmer will come back the same and Lindley and Stanton are terrible.
32) Denver Broncos (LT: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, TAMU)
T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pittsburgh) - (Raptor)
There's no telling how much longer Peyton will play, but he has been struggling the last couple weeks (at least by his standards). Clemmings is a prototypical NFL offensive tackle who can help keep pressure off Peyton and help their running game.
And that brings us to the end of our latest mock draft. As usual use the comments to let us know what you liked and what you didn't