NFL Draft 2015

Mock Draft Update: All Aboard the Waynes’ Train

Welcome to v2.0 of my mock draft. A lot has changed since my first pass and the landscape of free agency and the draft is starting to take shape.

Most notably, my pick for the Vikings has change pretty drastically. Take a look here.

The draft still has a lot of unknowns, but I think we’ll see a lot of edge rushers fly off the board in the first 15 picks. Offensive tackles will dominate the back half of the draft, with a lot of notable wide receivers and defensive tackles filling in between.

As for the Vikings pick, I think it provides tremendous value and fits Zimmer’s approach to defense well and will serve the Vikings for the long term in the NFC North. What do you think of the pick?

As for some of the biggest jumps and drops from my previous pick…

Biggest jumps:
Kevin White: From 15th to 4th
Danny Shelton: Not projected (??) to 7th
Dante Fowler: From 9th to 3rd
Greatest falls:
Bernadrick McKinney: From 19th to out of the 1st
Eric Kendricks: From 18th to 30th
Ereck Flowers: From 11th to 25th

By the looks of some of these jumps and falls, it’s clear I’m not an expert in the matter at all. But the exercise in itself is fun. Tell me what you think!

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  1. C’mon, Trae would only be a slight upgrade from Josh Robinson. He’s got teeny tiny hands and is only fast in a straight line.

    I don’t think Waynes is high on Zim’s board. Maybe Byron Jones is higher. Trae has high floor but IMO low ceiling. At eleven overall, his bust potential is magnified.

    1. I don’t buy into the ‘tiny’ hands knock at all. I’m not sure why that applies to a CB? Remember, that was the same knock on Teddy, as well…but turns out, the kid can flat out ball.

      As for the speed comment, I guess I’m not too worried about that. He can use his physical style of play to slow down WRs. My question is: why wouldn’t a 6’1″ corner who plays physical at the line of scrimmage, isn’t afraid to help in run support, plays great angles on ball and can lock down a WR not on Zimmer’s board?

      1. don’t forget teddy’s skinny knees and sharif floyd’s ridiculously short t-rex arms…

      2. Hand size for intercepting. I’m not sure how physical he’ll be. Seems smallish to me. Isn’t afraid in run support does not
        necessarily mean effective at run support.

        Why is everyone so down on Josh Robinson? He one bad game last year at 23 years of age. Trae will be a 23 year old rookie. If he has a bad day will you jettison him too?

        I think he’d only be marginally. That’s fine, but for an 11th overall, when you could get a top ten defender, or a Scherf or La’el Collins. If only trae is there at 11 I trade back.

    2. I’m not seeing bust on tape. I see a dominate CB playing man-to-man press coverage and basically having his way with College WR’s. That and he’s a significantly bigger man than Robinson.

  2. O-LINE HELP NEEDED BADLY OR WAYNE’S are two biggest needs!!!!
    Wide out is needed but tremendous value throughout the draft. I like the
    selection but feel O-Line is our biggest need!!!!

  3. Trae Waynes and Landon Collins are my two favorites at this pick. If that old RB guy leaves town it’s a different story.