2015 NFL Draft:
Round One Pick by Pick Analysis
Please note that this analysis
is being done pick by pick not after-the-fact so at the time of this
analysis, I have no knowledge of what a team did after their selection.
The categories for each selection will be
one of the following four:
- nothing more needs to be said, but I'll probably write something
Can't argue, but ... - the pick
makes sense, there are no negative marks for the selection, however, I might
have done something different and I'll explain what that was.
Disagree, here's why
... - I see some merit in the pick, but I definitely would have
done something different and I'll explain what that was.
- most often this will be because I would have gone in a totally
different direction and, in my opinion, the team will regret their
selection in the long run. A
mistake listing is not a negative mark on the player drafted.
That player could have an excellent NFL career. It's just that I feel
the NFL team will regret passing on another player, or not drafting a
player at a different position.
this is a first pick in the draft who will prove to be worth the
but I may have pulled the trigger on the Eagles' trade (assuming
what was rumored was true); Mariota is not an ideal fit for
Whisenhunt's current offense.
Fowler Jr. is a great get to play LEO in the Jaguars defense.
argue Cooper is the clear number one receiver in this draft
class, but Williams could have been the "Justin Smith"
to Mack's "Aldon Smith" in the Raiders' new 3-4
I had Scherff mocked here which was well against the grain in
the DC Pro
Sports (a Redskins' site) Mock Draft Database (click
Williams was the clear best player available, but right now
there is a logjam of good 3-4 defensive lineman. I would
have drafted Bud Dupree, an excellent 3-4 outsde linebacker
but I think they needed help on defense and the offensive line
more and there is excellent depth at receiver in this
draft. I would have looked long and hard at Flowers or
there may be questions about Beasley's ability to play against
the run; but there are no questions about his ability to rush
the passer and that is what the Flacons badly need.
I had Collins mocked here but after what happened just before
the draft, it is clear he will fall out of round one and Flowers
is the next player up.
||Disagree, here's why;
it's not about Gurley, he is worth the pick and will be a very
good player; it's about Tre Mason who I believe can be a top NFL
running back as well. If the Rams had no other holes,
fine, but Waynes, Parker or Peat would have made more sense
the Vikings needed a corner and Waynes is the best corner in
they need a nose for their 3-4 defense and Shelton will be a
good one. Parker is tempting, but this is a deep wide
this is more evidence of the Saints going to more f a running
game; but Dupree would be a nice upgrade on Spencer opposite
Junior Gallette and Parker was there for the taking.
but their offensive line remains a mess. Luckily it's at
guard so they can get help later in the draft. Also, how
nice would it have been to draft Gordon, a true every down
the Chargers needed a new lead back and got a good one in
some had Johnson as the top corner in the draft and the more
talented corners the better in the modern day NFL; but this
is a spot where Gregory would have been intriguing. With
Watt, Clowney and Mercilus on board they had enough without him
if he "blew up in smoke," but could have had a monster
pass rush if he walked a straight line.
with the uncertainty abut Justin Smith returning and Dockett
coming back from injury; Armstead could be needed sooner rather
than later. Certainly he is needed long term.
||Disagree, here's why;
there are too many potential issue with Peters for me to feel
comfortable drafting him in round one. Besides, offensive
line (Humphries) or wide receiver (Perriman) would have been the
direction I would have gone.
||Disagree, here's why;
this team needs playmakers. Perriman has legit 4.25 speed
AND is a 6'2" receiver. He would have opened up the
offence for their running game and their possession receivers
underrated receiver with the ideal skills to excel in Chip
the Bengals have time to wait for Ogbuehi to get back to full
strength; and then they'll have a stud.
as the A Team would say, "it's nice when a plan comes
together." Need matches value as the Steelers get one
of the steals of the draft.
||Disagree, here's why;
I think Ray is a bit of a tweener, not big enough for end and
not athletic enough for outside linebacker. With Denver he
will be an outside linebacker but will not see the field much
with Miller and Ware ahead of him on the depth chart. I
would have stayed where I was (not traded up) and selected nose tackle
Goldman in that spot (I believe he will be available there based
on the teams drafting between this spot and number 28).
Arizona needs help on its offensive line and Humphries is the
top tackle left on the board (although I really like Fisher).
Thompson is a very good football player even if he may be a
player without a true position in base defenses. However,
how do you pass on Perriman. He would open up this offense
making Benjamin an even more effective player. How much
would Newton have loved playing with him.
this is what top front offices do. The Browns and the
Panthers will look back and regret not taking him; especially
the Browns who will now have to deal with him two times a
year. Perriman's value is more than just what his stats
end up. His size/speed combo will impact defensive game
plans and open the offense for others. Looks like another
good fantasy football year for the aging but effective Steve
corner is a position of need and Jones has the potential to grow
into a man to man corner who follows opposing team' best wide
receiver all over the field.
the Lions need a guard and Tomlinson will be a very good
one. However, the running back Coleman would have intrigued
me here. His home-run speed and big ply ability would have
added a dimension this team hasn't had at running back in a long
time and effective guards can be gotten later in the draft.
and I love Dorsett as a player. He is going to be very
very good. He will be the next T.Y. Hilton. Wait,
the Colts already have T.Y. Hilton. This pick is almost
obnoxious, flicking the finger to the rest of the NFL saying
we're perfect, we don't have any needs. Well the
safety Randall would have been my pick and would have formed a
nice tandem with Adams. Now, that said, boy is the Colt's
passing game going to be something special, Dorsett is a very
||Disagree, here's why
(and isn't this confusing since I just said I would have drafted
Randall at #29); the Packers' group of safeties, Burnett,
Clinton-Dix and third safety Hyde are a strength for this
team. Now if they see Randall as a corner, I'm on board
and that is very possible. My pick would have been
Kendricks, giving the Packers a top notch inside linebacker
allowing Matthews to move back outside full time.
they certainly need an upgrade at inside linebacker; but while I
like Anthony a lot; I like Kendricks more.
it's rare that a player as skilled as Brown falls to the bottom
of round one; and he fits the Patriots' 4-3 defense very well.