Guess what, everyone? It’s mock draft time here at Vikings Territory! Despite working my tail off on the site redesign, I still found some time to throw together my first mock draft of the season.
I’ve been scouring the internet for mock drafts the day the regular season was over for the Vikings. I’ll be honest with you – most of them have Minnesota selecting wide receive DeVante Parker who, of course, played with Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville.
While this is very possible, it just seemed a little too easy, no? I mean, sure – mock drafts are intended to be our best, educated guess at what will happen come draft day. But they’re also meant to be a little fun, too. The last thing I wanted to do was bore everyone with a pick they’ve seen everywhere else. (No offense to future mock drafts on Vikings Territory that may have Parker as their selection for the Vikings.)
So, if I don’t have Parker going to the Vikings, who is it then? Well, you’ll have to visit the full mock draft to see who I have going #11 overall to Minnesota. I can promise you it’s likely someone you don’t suspect…
The first five picks of the draft are included below as a little teaser. I hope you enjoy the rest. Make sure to check out Adam’s first mock draft which will be posted a little later today.
1. Tampa Bay (2-14) // Jameis Winston, QB – Florida State
Needs: Quarterback, O-Line, Pass Rush
Winston represents the best opportunity to provide the Buccaneers with a franchise quarterback. I say opportunity because Winston is not a sure bet. But despite character concerns being an issue, Winston has the physical attributes to compete at the next level and has the highest ceiling for a quarterback in this class.
2. Tennessee (2-14) // Randy Gregory, Edge – Nebraska
Needs: Quarterback, Pass Rush, CB, Guard,
While Derrick Morgan has been solid on one side, the Titans could definitely use an upgrade in their pass rush on the other.
3. Jacksonville (3-13) // Leonard Williams, 34DE, 43DT – USC
Needs: FS, OL, DL Depth
Will Leonard Williams, arguably the best talent in the 2015 draft, pull an Eli Manning if not drafted by the Raiders? We’ll see… Jacksonville needs more depth on their line. Williams is incredibly versatile, a run stuffer and can definitely get after the quarterback.
4. Oakland (3-13) // Amari Cooper, WR – Alabama
Needs: ILB, OT, DE, WR
In this scenario, the Raiders and Leonard Williams miss out on each other. Derek Carr did well in his first year for the Raiders and may provide the stability this franchise has been in search of for a long time. The Raiders have no #1 threat at wide receiver and were an ineffective on offense leading the NFL in three and outs. Amari Cooper, while not necessarily physically gifted, is an exceptional route runner and the kind of guy you want to pair with a young, developing quarterback.
5. Washington (4-12) // Brandon Scherff, OT – Iowa
Needs: S, CB, OT, DE
The Redskins had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL in 2014. They need to solidify their line if they truly intend to give Robert Griffin III a final shot.