The 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago is rapidly approaching. In just a few months, NFL teams will select their new franchise player, or their final piece to the puzzle for a Super Bowl. From the 1st pick, to the last, any player can change a team in a instant. Which players go where the to help their new team? That’s all a matter of prediction. Let’s take a look at where some of the next NFL stars could land.
#1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB, Marcus Mariota, Oregon
The quarterback for the Buccaneers was far from great last year. Josh McCown, who started 11 games for the Bucs last year, threw 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 70.5. Mike Glennon, who started 6 games, threw 10 touchdowns with 6 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 83.3. The Bucs didn’t keep him as the starter when McCown came back from injury, so it looks like they want to head into a new direction. Mariota and Mike Evans would be a sick QB-WR duo.
#2 Tennessee Titans: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
You may here a lot about Jameis Wintson on the internet. From memes about him him stealing crab legs and making people pay for his autograph, it seems like a never ending story. One thing that doesn’t get talked about on the internet, is the talent this young man has. Tennessee has struggled to find a quarterback ever since they let go of Vince Young, and if Winston can become more mature, he could end up being the Titans guy.
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DT, USC
The Jaguars need work on their entire defense, and beefing up their d-line would be a great start. Williams can get to the quarterback fast and would make his presence felt on the Jaguars defense. Depending on how the Jaguars use him on the 4-3 defense, it should be exciting watching him regardless of how they use him if they pick him.
#4 Oakland Raiders: Randy Gregory DE, Nebraska
Just like the Jaguars, the Raiders also had major struggles on defense and the defensive line would not be a bad place to start. Sure, the Raiders need receivers, but I think it’d be best not to let Gregory slide past them. Gregory was one of the best defensive players in the Big Ten last year, and could be one of the best ends 3-4 years from now in the NFL.
#5 Washington Redskins: Brandon Scherff OT, Iowa
The Washington Redskins need to focus on two things this draft. One of them is the offensive line. The Redskins o-line was pitiful to watch last season and it has lead to Robert Griffin III’s health being a major problem due to the terrible blocking. Scherff would help out the line, but the Redskins will need more then just him to fix one of their major problems.
#6 New York Jets: Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
Amari Cooper is the best wide receiver in this draft. There is no question about it. Adding Amari Cooper to the Jets would give the Jets a core of, Percy Harvin, Eric Decker, and Amari Cooper. If the Jets land Cooper, there are no more excuses for Geno Smith, as he has the weapons to be good. Cooper is a game changer, and hopefully for Jets fans, he turns out to be great.
#7 Chicago Bears: Vic Beasley OLB, Clemson
The Chicago Bears are coming off yet another year were their defense struggled. Basically everything sucked for them but their were some bright spots. Kyle Fuller shined for them brightly, and I believe that they will get the same thing again this year in Vic Beasley. Beasley would be a force on the outside for the Bears and he was arguably the best defensive player in the ACC. Look for him to make some noise next year.
#8 Atlanta Falcons: Dante Flower Jr. , OLB, Florida
The Falcons almost made the playoffs. They shouldn’t have, but they did. Their defense is still the thing that holds the team back as they need to make some changes their. Dante Flower Jr. could help them get started. Flower will make a huge impact for Atlanta if they give him the shot.
#9 New York Giants: Shane Ray DE, Missouri
The Giants pass rush struggled this year after losing Justin Tuck to the Raiders. Shane Ray would be able to bring that intensity and fire back into their pass rush, and since the Giants have a new defensive coordinator coming in, it seems to make perfect sense. Ray also set the Missouri single season record for most sacks in a single season. So there’s the proof he can rush the quarterback.
#10 St. Louis Rams: Ronnie Stanley OT, Notre Dame
The Rams defensive line is one of the scariest in the NFL, the offensive line needs a couple of pieces still. There isn’t really anything that the Rams need anymore, (well besides Sam Bradford staying healthy), so why not work on beefing up their o-line to protect Sam Bradford? Sounds like the perfect plan.