The 2015 NFL Draft is finally here! At last, we have gotten to the day where the rumors and speculation either are shown as reality or just smoke screens. The Browns will be big players in this year’s draft because of their multitude of draft picks, including two first rounders. The Browns are one of many teams who are complete mysteries as to who they are targeting.
Over the last couple months, I have examined my top five prospects at each position, my top 20 overall players on my big board and the players with the top individual skills at each position. So with the 2015 NFL Draft beginning today, I take the brave step to predict what will happen in the first round and the entire Browns draft.
So take a look at who I see going in the first round and who I see the Browns taking with all ten picks. Enjoy my 2015 NFL Mock Draft!
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
The Bucs go with the top quarterback in the draft. Winston will look to become the franchise quarterback Tampa Bay has been looking for over the last decade.
|2. Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon|
The Titans decide that Zach Mettenberger is the not the future of the franchise. Mariota has great athletic ability along with the arm and intelligence to be a very good quarterback in the NFL.
|3. Jacksonville Jaguars: EDGE Dante Fowler Jr., Florida|
The Jaguars get one of the best pass rushers in the draft. Fowler Jr. has the versatility to do multiple things for a defense, including rush the passer and defend against the run.
|4. Oakland Raiders: DL Leonard Williams, USC|
The Raiders run up to the podium to get my number one ranked player in the draft. Williams can play multiple positions on the line and joins Khalil Mack to give the Raiders one of the best front seven units in the league.
|5. Washington Redskins: EDGE Vic Beasley, Clemson|
The Redskins upgrade their pass rush, adding one of the most explosive players in the draft. Beasley has a great first step with rare quickness and speed for an edge rusher.
|6. New York Jets: EDGE Bud Dupree, Kentucky|
The Jets, under new Head Coach Todd Bowles, add an edge rusher with a lot of upside. Dupree showed versatility in college, but he is still very raw as a pass rusher.
|7. Chicago Bears: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama|
The Bears replace Brandon Marshall with the player who many experts believe is the number one receiver in the draft. The fluid Cooper gives the Bears a great complement to their other receiver, Alshon Jeffery.
|8. Atlanta Falcons: OG Brandon Scherff, Iowa|
The Falcons choose to upgrade their protection for franchise quarterback Matt Ryan. Scherff can immediately come in and start at guard and be a successful lineman.
|9. New York Giants: WR Kevin White, West Virginia|
The Giants go with the best player on the board. White gives the Giants the most dangerous receiving corps in the league and adds another big play threat to the offense opposite Odell Beckham, Jr.
|10. St. Louis Rams: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford|
The Rams look to find protection for their new quarterback, Nick Foles. Peat has the size and mobility that you look for in a left tackle prospect.
|11. Minnesota Vikings: CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State |
The Vikings upgrade their secondary with my number one ranked cornerback in the draft. Waynes has the speed and athleticism to stay with any receiver in the league.
|12. Cleveland Browns: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville|
The Browns finally look to find their number one receiver. Parker gives the Browns much needed size and athleticism at the receiver spot. He will help out whoever starts at quarterback for the Browns, especially because of his huge catch radius.
|13. New Orleans Saints: OT La’el Collins, LSU|
The Saints find protection for quarterback Drew Brees with my number one ranked offensive tackle. Collins has the size and feet to play tackle in the NFL, though he could also slide inside to guard.
|14. Miami Dolphins: RB Todd Gurley, Georgia|
The Dolphins upgrade the running game with my number one ranked running back. Gurley has rare athleticism with the combination of power and speed to break tackles.
|15. San Francisco 49ers: CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest|
The 49ers add a potential shutdown corner to a defense that took some hits this offseason. Johnson can play zone and man coverage because of his great technique.
|16. Houston Texans: WR Nelson Agholor, USC|
The Texans go with a surprise pick to upgrade their receiving corps. Agholor has good speed along with excellent route running ability to separate from defenders in the NFL.
|17. San Diego Chargers: OT DJ Humphries, Florida|
The Chargers add protection for quarterback Phillip Rivers. Humphries is my second rated tackle in the draft because he has the athleticism, feet and length to be a very good pass protector.
|18. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Marcus Peters, Washington|
The Chiefs help out their talented front seven with this addition to the secondary. Peters is a physical corner who plays very well in press coverage.
|19. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo): DL Danny Shelton, Washington|
The Browns add much needed help to the run defense. Shelton is a huge lineman with the ability to shut down interior running lanes. He would come in right away and start as the nose tackle for the Browns. He fits perfectly as the two-gap run stuffer the Browns desperately need.
|20. Philadelphia Eagles: WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida|
The Eagles get a burner for Chip Kelly’s high-powered offense. Perriman has blazing speed and good size to make big plays in the NFL.
|21. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M|
The Bengals pick a surprise tackle to help protect quarterback Andy Dalton. Ogbuehi has the athleticism and potential to be a starting tackle in the league, but he will need time to develop.
|22. Pittsburgh Steelers: S Landon Collins, Alabama|
The Steelers replace retired safety Troy Polamalu with another hard-hitting safety. Collins plays very well against the run and has good intelligence to play in coverage.
|23. Detroit Lions: DL Malcom Brown, Texas|
The Lions add a talented player to a defensive line that lost Ndamukong Suh this offseason. Brown has great penetration skills to disrupt the offense’s backfield.
|24. Arizona Cardinals: DL Arik Armstead, Oregon|
The Cardinals add depth to the defensive line with Armstead. He is a tall, athletic lineman who might have the most potential among the draft’s defensive line prospects.
|25. Carolina Panthers: OT Ereck Flowers, Miami (FL)|
The Panthers help keep quarterback Cam Newton upright with the selection of Flowers. He can come in right away as a run blocking mauler, starting at tackle from day one.
|26. Baltimore Ravens: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin|
The Ravens look to get younger and faster at the running back position. Gordon has the speed and home run ability to make big plays for an offense.
|27. Dallas Cowboys: ILB Eric Kendricks, UCLA|
The Cowboys upgrade their linebacking corps with my number one ranked inside linebacker. Kendricks has the best coverage ability of all the linebackers in the draft.
|28. Denver Broncos: C Cameron Erving, Florida State|
The Broncos add much needed depth to the offensive line to protect the aging Payton Manning. Erving adds great versatility and athleticism to play almost any position on the line.
|29. Indianapolis Colts: S Damarious Randall, Arizona State|
The Colts go with a little surprise to upgrade their secondary. Randall has great coverage ability to cover man to man and in zone coverage.
|30. Green Bay Packers: CB Jalen Collins, LSU|
The Packers add corner depth after losing corner Tramon Williams this offseason. Collins has the size and potential that teams are very intrigued with.
|31. New Orleans Saints (via Seattle): EDGE Shane Ray, Missouri|
The Saints add my number one ranked edge rusher to their defense. Ray will likely fall after getting in trouble with the law this week, but his talent might keep in him in round one.
|32. New England Patriots: WR Devin Smith, Ohio State|
The Patriots add a home run threat for quarterback Tom Brady. Smith has the speed and ball tracking ability to make big catches deep down the field.
43. Cleveland Browns: EDGE Preston Smith, Mississippi State
The Browns will look to target an edge rusher at this point, and may even have to move up to grab Smith. Smith is a power rusher who plays well setting the edge against the run. He is also pretty good at rushing the passer with his strength and size.
77. Cleveland Browns: DL Henry Anderson, Stanford
The Browns add more depth to the defensive line with Anderson fitting in as a defensive end. He has good quickness and long arms to get around blockers and break into the backfield.
111. Cleveland Browns: TE Blake Bell, Oklahoma
The Browns add an intriguing tight end who has a lot of potential. Bell is a former quarterback with very good athleticism and size to create mismatches for an opposing defense.
|115. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo): WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland|
The Browns add a player who can be their kick returner immediately. Diggs adds big play ability to an offense that didn’t have many last season.
147. Cleveland Browns: OT Chaz Green, Florida
The Browns add to the offensive line with a player who can play multiple positions up front. Green is an experienced player with good pass protection ability.
189. Cleveland Browns: EDGE Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State
The Browns add another pass rusher to the depth chart. Emanuel has extremely quick first step, which allows him to get an advantage versus blockers very quickly. He will also be a valuable special teams player.
|202. Cleveland Browns (via Baltimore): S Anthony Jefferson, UCLA|
The Browns add depth to a thin safety position. Jefferson is a hard working, smart safety who could eventually develop into a contributor. He can immediately help out on special teams.
229. Cleveland Browns: QB Brandon Bridge, South Alabama
The Browns add a developmental quarterback with a lot of physical skills. Bridge has great size along with a very strong arm that will give him a chance to stick around the NFL.