2015 NFL “No/Nonsense” Mock Draft

Does defense still win Championships?

At one point the salary cap brought parody to the NFL, and we all enjoyed the fact that even if we cheered for a bad team, that could change, and within a few years we could be contenders. The other thing that made that possible was the draft. If you were the worst team the year before, you could change that, by making a couple of decent picks.

The problem is, there is a prevailing thought in the NFL, that you can’t win a championship in the league without an elite Quarterback. This theory has proven itself in many cases, but there is a reason why it is the way it is. Most teams chase an elite QB, hoping he will make their team better, rather than the other way around. 

Out of the last five Super Bowl champions, all five Quarterbacks came into the league on teams that were already established. The only one drafted #1 overall was Eli Manning by the Chargers, and he was traded to the New York Giants, who had made it to the playoffs 2 out of the 3 previous years. 

In all 5 cases, the quarterback was just the missing piece of an almost complete puzzle.
Their teams carried them not the other way around.

The Quarterback is the engine that drives the vehicle. If you put a powerful engine in a less than adequate vehicle, they may make a ton of noise, and put on an interesting show, but eventually they will burn out before they do any serious damage. If you put a decent engine in a reliable vehicle, they may start out slow, but eventually they will improve each other’s performance.

Here is my opinion of how the draft should look if each team took the best pick for their team, rather than going for broke.

The only reason why we are starting to see dynasty caliber teams, is the bad teams keep drafting poorly, and the good teams keep getting richer.


1. Tampa Bay

Leonard Williams DL

To me this is an easy choice. You have the worst record in the league, take the best player available. If he is half the player they say he is, he should have this team firing on all cylinders in no time.

2. Tennessee Titans

Brandon Scherff OT

They say they have faith in their QB. The best way to prove it to him is to show him they are going to protect him. Maybe even pick up a decent receiver later in the draft.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dante Fowler Jr. DE

The Jaguars were atrocious. Their offense seemed to improve as the year went on, but the defense still needs a ton of help. Adding a very dependable presence to their D-Line would be a great place to start in rebuilding. 


4. Oakland Raiders

Danny Shelton DT

I think the consensus here was that if Williams was off the board, the Raiders would pick one of the top end receivers. They seemed to address that issue by signing Michael Crabtree, and appear very solid at the position. The Raiders are severely lacking at corner but with Shelton eating up space in the middle and the unit will improve drastically. This guy instantly makes the whole defense better.


5. Washington Redskins

Marcus Mariota QB

The Redskins seem to be flirting with the idea of drafting another QB. I think it is a very good idea. Unlike the other teams ahead of them who need a Quarterback, they already have the other pieces in place that could help him succeed. They also have the luxury of giving him a year to learn the offense if need be.

6. New York Jets

Vic Beasley OLB

The Jets have a bunch of holes, but this guy will fill the need for a dynamic pass rusher off the edge, and should help anchor their defense for a long time. With the right pieces on both sides of the ball, they may find out they already have the right engine on their roster.

7. Chicago Bears

Jameis Winston QB

You know the Bears will be tempted to replace Brandon Marshall with this pick. 
However their real area of need is someone to consistently get the ball to the weapons they already have. I believe they are just a solid QB away from being contenders in their division. Hopefully Cutler’s talent and not his attitude would rub off on the young QB.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Alvin Dupree PLB

This kid seems like a match made in Heaven for a team that needs some help on defense, and is trying to transition into a new defense.
He’s very athletic, and high motor. 

9. New York Giants

Landon Collins S

 The Giants defense has a few holes to fill. The biggest one right right now is at safety, and this kid should be able to step in, and fill it immediately. He is versatile enough to stop the run, or drop back into coverage.

10. St. Louis Rams


Kevin White WR

The Rams have been trying to replace Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce for what seems like for ever now. If they haven’t gotten completely discouraged yet, this amazing specimen should be the one to help fill that role.

11. Minnesota Vikings

Trae Waynes CB

With the possibility of 5 potential top ten receivers in their division the Vikings need to think about filling that need here. He isn’t the big body type you would especially like against the monster receivers in the division, but he should be able to make up for it with great cover skills.

12. Cleveland Browns

Amari Cooper WR

Every year the hole behind center seems to get deeper for this team. They would love to see one of the young signal callers here, but chances are they will have settle for filling the hole left by the still MIA, Josh Gordon. Cooper may not be the explosive playmaker Gordon was, but he should give them a solid threat. They are one of the culprits responsible for ruining the QB position in the league, hopefully they don’t continue that trend.


13. New Orleans Saints

Randy Gregory OLB 

I think the Saints surprised almost everyone by going into a pseudo/rebuilding mode this late in Drew Brees career. It seems they’ve been smart about it though, and could come out ahead. They need an outside pass rusher and have a chance to fill it with the first of two 1st round picks. Gregory is a great athlete but may need some work.

14. Miami Dolphins

Devin Funchess TE

The Dolphins have a couple of options here. They lost a couple of decent offensive weapons, and have holes to fill at both WR and TE. Funchess can play either, and gives Ryan Tannehill the big target he would otherwise be missing.


15. San Fransisco 49ers

Ereck Flowers OT

The Niners went from a competitive team to utter shambles in virtually record time. This squad has so many holes to fill that it has to have someone’s head spinning. They definitely need help on the O-Line, and it seems to me that a guy who can handle both the run and the pass, is a great start.

16. Houston Texans

Devante Parker WR

He appears to be the perfect guy to replace Superstar Andre Johnson. Parker has all the tangibles to play besides DeAndre Hopkins, and to be a big help to this offense that seems to be suddenly seeking an identity.

17. San Diego Chargers 

Todd Gurley RB

With Ryan Matthews gone, this seems like the perfect time and place for Gurley to step in and carve out a niche in this offense.  If he can stay healthy he could have s tremendous impact on this club, and help them to finally tip over the ledge they’ve been riding on for so long.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

D.J. Humphries OT

The Chiefs are a tough team to understand. One week they can appear as if they are falling apart, and the next week they dominate. They finally have a receiver to go along with their stellar Running game. Now they can give Alex Smith a little bit of peace of mind, with a solid blindside protector. They team make look for a QB later in the draft.

 
19. Cleveland Browns

Malcolm Brown DT

With their second pick of the first round the Browns shore up their defense, by solidifying their D-Line. He’s Large and versatile, and should be able to start making an impact almost immediately.


20. Philadelphia Eagles

Shaq Thompson OLB

I think Thompson fits perfectly into Chip Kelly’s mind set for a team.  The Eagles are in need of some edge help, and this guy can bring it and always plays with heart. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals

T.J. Clemmings OT

The scary part is Clemmings can be step in and be dominant at his position, while he is still learning his position, and has room to grow. The Bengals came out of the gates strong last year, before collapsing mid season. What they seem to lack is a killer instinct, and I think this converted defensive player is the right guy to help them with that.


22. Pittsburgh Steelers 

Jalen Collins CB

Age has finally caught up with the Steelers defense, especially their defensive backfield. They can fill a ton of their needs with Collins. He lacks experience, but has all of the measurables, and instincts to be star in the league.


23. Detroit Lions

Eddie Goldman DT

The Lions were one of the best defenses in the league for all of last year, but after losing their two big DT’s and replacing them with an aging Haloti Ngata, they have a massive hole to fill up front. Goldman is a massive force against the run, and even though he has some growing to do, he should be able to fill the void rather nicely.

24. Arizona Cardinals 

Melvin Gordon RB

This team was solid for most of the year, but seemed lost at times without a true focus on offense. Gordon can be just that for them. If he can adjust to the speed of the league, and learn to trust his blockers, he can be a huge playmaker, and carry a ton of the burden for this unit.

25. Carolina Panthers 

La’el Collins OT

Carolina is a team with a strong core, but they seem to lose key pieces as quickly as they can add them. They need help on the O-line and this guy can give them the mean streak that they need to continue to rebuild their offense around.

26. Baltimore Ravens

Breshard Perriman WR

The Ravens need a Wide Receiver to replace Torrey Smith. This guy is a monster. He gives Joe Flacco a dynamic target, and has the size and speed to devastate d-backs, and open up the field for his offense.

27. Dallas Cowboys 

Ameer Abdullah RB

The strong point of the Cowboys offense last year, was the ability to open holes big enough for a truck to drive through. After losing Demarco Murray to free agency, I can’t see them wanting to waste that advantage. With the two big names in the draft gone, I think they should give Abdullah a chance. The only knock on him is his small stature, but he has all the necessary skills to be a huge success in this offense.

28. Denver Broncos

Maxx Williams TE

This guy is the best true Tight End in the draft, and could give them back the threat they lost in Julius Thomas. He has a few areas in which he could improve, but with an elite QB throwing him the ball, he should be productive immediately. It seems a win-win for both parties involved.

29. Indianapolis Colts

Andrus Peat OT

This guy is a project, but could be exactly what the Colts are looking for at this spot.  They need a good tackle and he has potential to be great. The biggest question is, can they be patient enough to help him develop?

30. Green Bay Packers

Quinten Rollins CB

Seems a perfect match for the Packers who love to take calculated risks. With holes all over their defensive backfield, it would seem risky to take a project in the first round, but they have done it very successfully in the past.


31. New Orleans

Laken Tomlinson OL

The Saints have chosen a future over present success, and this beast of a man should be a great step forward. It may take him time to catch up in the NFL, but when he does, he should anchor this line for years to come.

32. New England Patriots 

Shane Ray

The Champs lost a ton of talent this year, and have glaring holes on either side of the ball. They will have to draft wisely to patch them all. Ray gives them a solid pass rusher, who should help take pressure off of some of the other positions.





u were the worst team the year before, you could change that, by making a couple of decent picks.

The problem is, there is a prevailing thought in the NFL, that you can’t win a championship in the league without an elite Quarterback. This theory has proven itself in many cases, but there is a reason why it is the way it is. Most teams chase an elite QB, hoping he will make their team better, rather than the other way around. 

Out of the last five Super Bowl champions, all five Quarterbacks came into the league on teams that were already established. The only one drafted #1 overall was Eli Manning by the Chargers, and he was traded to the New York Giants, who had made it to the playoffs 2 out of the 3 previous years. 

In all 5 cases, the quarterback was just the missing piece of an almost complete puzzle.
Their teams carried them not the other way around.

The Quarterback is the engine that drives the vehicle. If you put a powerful engine in a less than adequate vehicle, they may make a ton of noise, and put on an interesting show, but eventually they will burn out before they do any serious damage. If you put a decent engine in a reliable vehicle, they may start out slow, but eventually they will improve each other’s performance.

Here is my opinion of how the draft should look if each team took the best pick for their team, rather than going for broke.

The only reason why we are starting to see dynasty caliber teams, is the bad teams keep drafting poorly, and the good teams keep getting richer.


1. Tampa Bay

Leonard Williams DL

To me this is an easy choice. You have the worst record in the league, take the best player available. If he is half the player they say he is, he should have this team firing on all cylinders in no time.

2. Tennessee Titans

Brandon Scherff OT

They say they have faith in their QB. The best way to prove it to him is to show him they are going to protect him. Maybe even pick up a decent receiver later in the draft.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dante Fowler Jr. DE

The Jaguars were atrocious. Their offense seemed to improve as the year went on, but the defense still needs a ton of help. Adding a very dependable presence to their D-Line would be a great place to start in rebuilding. 


4. Oakland Raiders

Danny Shelton DT

I think the consensus here was that if Williams was off the board, the Raiders would pick one of the top end receivers. They seemed to address that issue by signing Michael Crabtree, and appear very solid at the position. The Raiders are severely lacking at corner but with Shelton eating up space in the middle and the unit will improve drastically. This guy instantly makes the whole defense better.


5. Washington Redskins

Marcus Mariota QB

The Redskins seem to be flirting with the idea of drafting another QB. I think it is a very good idea. Unlike the other teams ahead of them who need a Quarterback, they already have the other pieces in place that could help him succeed. They also have the luxury of giving him a year to learn the offense if need be.

6. New York Jets

Vic Beasley OLB

The Jets have a bunch of holes, but this guy will fill the need for a dynamic pass rusher off the edge, and should help anchor their defense for a long time. With the right pieces on both sides of the ball, they may find out they already have the right engine on their roster.

7. Chicago Bears

Jameis Winston QB

You know the Bears will be tempted to replace Brandon Marshall with this pick. 
However their real area of need is someone to consistently get the ball to the weapons they already have. I believe they are just a solid QB away from being contenders in their division. Hopefully Cutler’s talent and not his attitude would rub off on the young QB.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Alvin Dupree PLB

This kid seems like a match made in Heaven for a team that needs some help on defense, and is trying to transition into a new defense.
He’s very athletic, and high motor. 

9. New York Giants

Landon Collins S

 The Giants defense has a few holes to fill. The biggest one right right now is at safety, and this kid should be able to step in, and fill it immediately. He is versatile enough to stop the run, or drop back into coverage.

10. St. Louis Rams


Kevin White WR

The Rams have been trying to replace Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce for what seems like for ever now. If they haven’t gotten completely discouraged yet, this amazing specimen should be the one to help fill that role.

11. Minnesota Vikings

Trae Waynes CB

With the possibility of 5 potential top ten receivers in their division the Vikings need to think about filling that need here. He isn’t the big body type you would especially like against the monster receivers in the division, but he should be able to make up for it with great cover skills.

12. Cleveland Browns

Amari Cooper WR

Every year the hole behind center seems to get deeper for this team. They would love to see one of the young signal callers here, but chances are they will have settle for filling the hole left by the still MIA, Josh Gordon. Cooper may not be the explosive playmaker Gordon was, but he should give them a solid threat. They are one of the culprits responsible for ruining the QB position in the league, hopefully they don’t continue that trend.


13. New Orleans Saints

Randy Gregory OLB 

I think the Saints surprised almost everyone by going into a pseudo/rebuilding mode this late in Drew Brees career. It seems they’ve been smart about it though, and could come out ahead. They need an outside pass rusher and have a chance to fill it with the first of two 1st round picks. Gregory is a great athlete but may need some work.

14. Miami Dolphins

Devin Funchess TE

The Dolphins have a couple of options here. They lost a couple of decent offensive weapons, and have holes to fill at both WR and TE. Funchess can play either, and gives Ryan Tannehill the big target he would otherwise be missing.


15. San Fransisco 49ers

Ereck Flowers OT

The Niners went from a competitive team to utter shambles in virtually record time. This squad has so many holes to fill that it has to have someone’s head spinning. They definitely need help on the O-Line, and it seems to me that a guy who can handle both the run and the pass, is a great start.

16. Houston Texans

Devante Parker WR

He appears to be the perfect guy to replace Superstar Andre Johnson. Parker has all the tangibles to play besides DeAndre Hopkins, and to be a big help to this offense that seems to be suddenly seeking an identity.

17. San Diego Chargers 

Todd Gurley RB

With Ryan Matthews gone, this seems like the perfect time and place for Gurley to step in and carve out a niche in this offense.  If he can stay healthy he could have s tremendous impact on this club, and help them to finally tip over the ledge they’ve been riding on for so long.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

D.J. Humphries OT

The Chiefs are a tough team to understand. One week they can appear as if they are falling apart, and the next week they dominate. They finally have a receiver to go along with their stellar Running game. Now they can give Alex Smith a little bit of peace of mind, with a solid blindside protector. They team make look for a QB later in the draft.

 
19. Cleveland Browns

Malcolm Brown DT

With their second pick of the first round the Browns shore up their defense, by solidifying their D-Line. He’s Large and versatile, and should be able to start making an impact almost immediately.


20. Philadelphia Eagles

Shaq Thompson OLB

I think Thompson fits perfectly into Chip Kelly’s mind set for a team.  The Eagles are in need of some edge help, and this guy can bring it and always plays with heart. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals

T.J. Clemmings OT

The scary part is Clemmings can be step in and be dominant at his position, while he is still learning his position, and has room to grow. The Bengals came out of the gates strong last year, before collapsing mid season. What they seem to lack is a killer instinct, and I think this converted defensive player is the right guy to help them with that.


22. Pittsburgh Steelers 

Jalen Collins CB

Age has finally caught up with the Steelers defense, especially their defensive backfield. They can fill a ton of their needs with Collins. He lacks experience, but has all of the measurables, and instincts to be star in the league.


23. Detroit Lions

Eddie Goldman DT

The Lions were one of the best defenses in the league for all of last year, but after losing their two big DT’s and replacing them with an aging Haloti Ngata, they have a massive hole to fill up front. Goldman is a massive force against the run, and even though he has some growing to do, he should be able to fill the void rather nicely.

24. Arizona Cardinals 

Melvin Gordon RB

This team was solid for most of the year, but seemed lost at times without a true focus on offense. Gordon can be just that for them. If he can adjust to the speed of the league, and learn to trust his blockers, he can be a huge playmaker, and carry a ton of the burden for this unit.

25. Carolina Panthers 

La’el Collins OT

Carolina is a team with a strong core, but they seem to lose key pieces as quickly as they can add them. They need help on the O-line and this guy can give them the mean streak that they need to continue to rebuild their offense around.

26. Baltimore Ravens

Breshard Perriman WR

The Ravens need a Wide Receiver to replace Torrey Smith. This guy is a monster. He gives Joe Flacco a dynamic target, and has the size and speed to devastate d-backs, and open up the field for his offense.

27. Dallas Cowboys 

Ameer Abdullah RB

The strong point of the Cowboys offense last year, was the ability to open holes big enough for a truck to drive through. After losing Demarco Murray to free agency, I can’t see them wanting to waste that advantage. With the two big names in the draft gone, I think they should give Abdullah a chance. The only knock on him is his small stature, but he has all the necessary skills to be a huge success in this offense.

28. Denver Broncos

Maxx Williams TE

This guy is the best true Tight End in the draft, and could give them back the threat they lost in Julius Thomas. He has a few areas in which he could improve, but with an elite QB throwing him the ball, he should be productive immediately. It seems a win-win for both parties involved.

29. Indianapolis Colts

Andrus Peat OT

This guy is a project, but could be exactly what the Colts are looking for at this spot.  They need a good tackle and he has potential to be great. The biggest question is, can they be patient enough to help him develop?

30. Green Bay Packers

Quinten Rollins CB

Seems a perfect match for the Packers who love to take calculated risks. With holes all over their defensive backfield, it would seem risky to take a project in the first round, but they have done it very successfully in the past.


31. New Orleans

Laken Tomlinson OL

The Saints have chosen a future over present success, and this beast of a man should be a great step forward. It may take him time to catch up in the NFL, but when he does, he should anchor this line for years to come.

32. New England Patriots 

Shane Ray

The Champs lost a ton of talent this year, and have glaring holes on either side of the ball. They will have to draft wisely to patch them all. Ray gives them a solid pass rusher, who should help take pressure off of some of the other positions.




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