Another 2015 NFL mock draft has been released, but this one follows the NFL Combine concluding. The report from CBS Sports late Sunday (Feb. 22) reveals that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is easily the top choice still. Most experts feel the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select him first overall and make him the next franchise leader.
With the No. 2 selection, the Tennessee Titans are still expected to select USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams, but after that things have started to shift a bit. One big projection is that the Jacksonville Jaguars will now target Florida outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. The team had been linked to Nebraska outside linebacker Randy Gregory in previous predictions, but the combine has shifted the attention of the front office.
As for the biggest change in the latest 2015 NFL mock draft from CBS, it consists of Gregory now projected to be drafted No. 4 by the Oakland Raiders. Previously the mock selections had the Raiders going after Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, but this has become a prime opportunity to shift to defensive improvement. With Gregory slipping down to No. 4 it gives the Raiders a great opportunity to address issues on the other side of the ball.
When it comes to Cooper, these latest projections have him dropping all the way to the St. Louis Rams at No. 10. That could be a huge pickup for a team that is already pretty good on defense. Even though there are question marks at quarterback whether Sam Bradford wants out or the team will have to draft a new guy, adding Cooper will help anyone that gets placed in charge of the signal calling. While he might not stack up against the best receivers of the 2014 class, Cooper certainly has the speed to be a deep-ball threat.
A report from ESPN confirms just how good Leonard Williams looked at the combine and how the Titans could be getting a real talent with him. He has the potential to be a No. 1 selection, but the Buccaneers are too desperate to improve at the quarterback position to look elsewhere. If another team had that top pick, it is very likely that Williams could be getting the publicity that Winston is receiving right now.
CBS 2015 NFL Mock Draft (Top 10)
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Florida State QB Jameis Winston
2. Tennessee Titans — USC DT Leonard Williams
3. Jacksonville Jaguars — Florida DE Dante Fowler
4. Oakland Raiders — Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory
5. Washington Redskins — Clemson OLB Vic Beasley
6. New York Jets — Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
7. Chicago Bears — Washington DT Danny Shelton
8. Atlanta Falcons — Kentucky DE Alvin ‘Bud’ Dupree
9. New York Giants — Iowa OT Brandon Scherff
10. St. Louis Rams — Alabama WR Amari Cooper