Predicting Picks 5 Through 10 In 2015 NFL Mock Draft
With the 2015 NFL Draft right around the corner there is a sense of optimism in the air for teams that will have a chance to add a top-10 pick to their roster as they continue to try and build a contender. While anything can happen from here until the 5th pick in the Draft is announced we took the time to look at who should be selected with picks 5 through 10 based on the current draft order. Here is a look at what we think the picks should be keeping in mind who we think will be available at those spots.
5. Washington Redskins – Shane Ray, Missouri - LB
The expectation is that Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Amari Cooper will be gone by the time the No. 5 pick comes around and with the Jacksonville Jaguars likely adding to their defense with the selection of Dante Fowler Jr. at No. 3 that leaves the Redskins likely wishing they could have selected one pick higher but settling for an area of need in their defensive front-seven. It appears as though the Redskins are committed to Robert Griffin III for the next couple of years for better or worse and while they have done a good job surrounding him with weapons they have to address the defensive side of the football. Washington can grab a lineman or two later in the Draft so look for them to take the best available defensive player in this spot with the selection of Ray.
6. New York Jets - Todd Gurley, Georgia - RB
The Jets are rumored to be very interested in trading up for Mariota but if they are stuck in this spot they will fill both a position of need and take the best running back available in Gurley. Some teams would be hesitant to take a running back this high but considering it’s probably their biggest weakness other than at quarterback where Geno Smith will get another shot barring a trade up to snag Mariota it will be Gurley picked here to significantly upgrade the run game as both a bowler and home run threat.
7. Chicago Bears – Leonard Williams, USC – DE
Chicago has to get back to what the franchise built its reputation on and that is tough defense and the ability to run the football. Matt Forte is still an upper tier back that can help draw defenses in but it’s on the other side of the football where the Bears have really struggled the most over the last two years. Williams is one of the best prospects in the Draft and the fact that he will slide all the way to No. 7 will be an absolute coup for a Chicago team that would not be able to allow him to fall any further.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Vic Beasley, Clemson – OLB
The Falcons will be upset that they just missed on Williams barring a trade up to get him as there is really no doubt about where they will be looking to upgrade. Atlanta’s front-seven was absolutely torched at times last season so if they can’t get to Williams they will probably look for Beasley here as a significant upgrade to their pass rush off the edge. Some have Nebraska’s Randy Gregory going in this spot but considering his failed Marijuana test at the Combine and other concerns off the field it would be wiser for the Falcons not to gamble with their top-10 pick and go with Beasley in this spot.
9. New York Giants – Brandon Scherff, Iowa – OT
The Giants will be waiting patiently at No. 9 with the best offensive lineman in this year’s NFL Draft still available with the selection of Scherff representing an immediate upgrade on their line. Scherff is tough, physical and can thrive both as run and pass blocker immediately so New York should be thrilled here is there when they pick.
10. St. Louis Rams - Devante Parker, Louisville – WR
The Rams have a ton of speed in their receiving core but what they’ve lacked is size and sure hands so they should be thrilled about the potential to land a No. 1 receiver that can do it all with Parker available at No. 10. West Virginia’s Kevin White will also be considered in this spot but St. Louis has already taken their shots on a pair of Mountaineers receivers in Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey in recent years and could be more comfortable securing Parker to round out the top-10.