2015 NFL Mock Draft Big Board

NFL Draft Big Board

Updated 04/12/2015

By Tyler Lurkins

These are power rankings molded from my personal scouting opinions.  As a reader, you may not agree

with them.  If you look at these rankings from the perspective of New England, Denver, Seattle, or teams

with few needs, they make perfect sense.  Obviously if my team had no QB’s like Tampa, Winston and

Mariota are my top prospects. 

1. Leonard Williams, DT, USC-Williams isn’t getting much press due to the QB arms race, but is the

most explosive, and safest, player in this draft.  NFL COMPARISON:  Sheldon Richardson.

2. Dante Fowler, Jr., DE, Florida-Extremely versatile and NFL ready prospect.  He will rack up the

sacks, and is the best, true, 43 DE in the draft.  NFL COMPARISON:  Cameron Wake.

3. Vic Beasley, LB, Clemson-He lacks a bit of size that one would want out of a 43 end, but gets

around the corner quicker than anyone in this draft.  NFL COMPARISON:  Von Miller.

4. Kevin White, WR, W. Virginia-White is a powerful receiver with top notch speed and sure hands. 

He, like any collegiate receiver, needs to work on his route running.  NFL COMPARISON:  Terrell


5. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama-Cooper is the most polished receiver in the draft.  I’m hesitant on

Cooper because he hasn’t lined up against an overly physical corner.  NFL COMPARISON: Jordy


6. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington-A massive brick in the middle, Shelton overpowers any lineman

that gets in his way.  To be more balanced in the NFL, he’ll need to develop a better pass rush

technique.  NFL COMPARISON:  Haloti Ngata.

7. La’el Collins, T, LSU-An aggressive lineman who excels in run blocking, Collins displays great

footwork to deflect pass rushers.  NFL COMPARISON:  Jason Peters.

8. Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky-Dupree isn’t making any waves, but he’s the prototype 43 end, who

can play upright as a LB.  NFL COMPARISON: Greg Hardy.

9. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.-Waynes is coming from a great system and is NFL ready.  He

plays up to his large frame and has the speed to burn.  NFL COMPARISON:  Aqib Talib.

10. Brandon Scherff, T, Iowa-Scherff’s had major surgery on his leg, and comes from a very

unaggressive system.  As a guard, he may be a future pro bowler, but will need some work at LT,

UNLESS he finds himself in a zone system.  NFL COMPARISON: Duane Brown.

11. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.-Where would Jameis land if the top 5 teams weren’t so QB

needy?  I like him as an athlete, as a leader, and he has the arm to make the throws.  He too

often stares down receivers, and he’s too immature to put on my team.  NFL COMPARISON: 

Vince Young.

12. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington-Peters is a very solid corner with a balanced combination of size,

speed, and strength.  His character has never been questioned, only his fiery attitude.  NFL

COMPARISON:  Brent Grimes.

13. Malcom Brown, DT, Texas-Brown is a tough prospect to put a finger on.  Using his 320 lb frame,

mixed with NFL ready strength, and decent speed, Brown should have taken over more games. 

NFL COMPARISON:  Marcel Dareus.

14. Shane Ray, LB, Missouri-Ray is a uses his speed and ferocity to succeed in the pass rush.  His size

is lacking, and his footwork is a bit sluggish, but can be fixed.  NFL COMPARISON:  Elvis Dumervil.

15. DeVante Parker, WR, Lousville-It’s hard to pass on a lanky, smooth, receiver with speed.  Parker

needs to show more aggression when playing the ball, and polish up on his routes.  NFL

COMPARISON:  Michael Crabtree.

16. Landon Collins, SS, Alabama-If your team needs a feared hitter in the secondary, this is your

selection.  Yet Collins is not a cover safety, and let’s not forget he’s had shoulder issues.  NFL

COMPARISON:  Donte Whitner.

17. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon-Mariota has an amazing arm and great athleticism.  With zero

comprehension on reading defenses, little experience under center, and zero experience with

an NFL scheme, Mariota is too much of a development to be a high draft pick for my team.  NFL

COMPARISON:  Robert Griffin.

18. Ereck Flowers, T, Miami-A mountain of a man, Flowers displays smooth footwork.  He’s little

young, and a bit raw, but can be a stellar lineman one day.  NFL COMPARISON:  Andrew


19. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia-Gurley needs to have NFL doctors check out his knee.  A solid and

shifty running back, he may be the best we’ve seen at RB since Adrian Peterson.  NFL

COMPARISON:  Adrian Peterson.

20. Andrus Peat, T, Stanford-Peat is a physical, aggressive, and large presence at the end of the line. 

A plug and play RT, Peat may not have the slide to face a dominant pass rusher on the left side. 

NFL COMPARISON:  Bryan Bulaga.

21. Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon-Armstead is too long, and plays too upright.  His only position will be

in the 5 technique on in a 34 scheme.  On third downs, a team can be confident that Armstead

will disrupt the quarterback.  NFL COMPARISON:  Calais Campbell.

22. Cameron Erving, C, Florida St.-In the 2014 draft, Erving would have been a top 10 selection.  He

can start immediately at C, RG, or RT.  This kind of versatility is hard to come by.  NFL

COMPARISON: Maurkice Pouncey.

23. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska-Even without his positive drug test, which shows complete

ignorance, Gregory is severely undersized.  A year or two in an NFL weight room will fill out

Gregory’s frame.  NFL COMPARISON:  Barkevious Mingo.

24. T.J. Clemmings, T, Pittsburgh-It seems the draftniks on the Clemmings bandwagon are backing

off.  He needs to be in a zone scheme that embraces his athleticism.  A smart coaching staff will

put him at G, where he can really grow and mature.  NFL COMPARISON:  Justin Pugh.

25. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest-Johnson is a smooth defender against the pass.  Not a physical

corner at all, but he gets the job done.  NFL COMPARISON:  Rashean Mathis.

26. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona St.-A gifted receiver, Strong is very physical and isn’t afraid to make

plays in traffic.  NFL COMPARISON:  Anquan Boldin.

27. Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington-Thompson is an all around playmaker.  If you run a 43 scheme,

he will be stellar manning the weakside.  If you run a 34 scheme, can Thompson be the safety

that will frighten receivers over the middle?  NFL COMPARISON:  Wesley Woodyard.

28. D.J. Humphries, T, Florida-Humphries is tenacious and powerful.  Showing exceptional footwork

and speed, he’s best suited in a zone scheme.  NFL COMPARISON:  David Bakhtiari

29. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC-Agholor is the most pro ready receiver in this draft.  A stellar playmaker, who

runs flawless routes, Agholor is simply too undersized to draw top considerations.  NFL

COMPARISON:  Golden Tate.

30. Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF-Perriman is as raw as they come.  However, he has superb size, safe

hands, and is an absolute speedster.  NFL COMPARISON:  Martavis Bryant.

31. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida St.-Appreciate Goldman for his production and fire in the middle. 

He simply lacks the athleticism of a big producer in the NFL and may be confined to the nose

tackle position.  NFL COMPARISON:  Vince Wilfork.

32. Eric Rowe, CB, Utah-After watching film, Rowe really stands out as a menacing defender.  He has

all the size and strength a cover 3 team wants at corner.  NFL COMPARISON:  Brandon Browner.

Best of the rest.

1. Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

2. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

3. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

4. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA

5. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

6. Eli Harold, LB, Virginia

7. Byron Jones, CB, UCONN

8. Jake Fisher, T, Oregon

9. Dorial Green Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

10. Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson

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