Recapping The Winners & Losers From The 2015 NFL Draft; Top 20 Draft Picks (Rounds 1-7)

I don’t know if it’s because I paid attention to the draft prospects a lot more in depth than I have in years past, but I really felt this draft was rich with talent. There wasn’t a team that had a flat out horrible draft, but there definitely were some questionable draft choices made. Let’s take a look at some winners and losers from the 2015 NFL Draft. It’s also good to keep in mind that these draft grades are honestly meaningless at this moment. On paper, it matters. The Seahawks were getting D’s and F’s for their 2012 draft class and we see how well it’s worked out for them.

Winners

Atlanta Falcons:

1 (8). Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

2 (42). Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

3 (73). Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

4 (107). Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina

5 (137). Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson

7 (225). Jake Rodgers, OT, Eastern Washington

7 (249). Akeem King, S, San Jose State

The fact that Atlanta was able to land Tevin Coleman in the 3rd might not even be the steal of the draft for them. I’m confused as to how Grady Jarrett slid all the way to the 5th round! He’s the steal for them. Vic Beasley is perfect for the “Leo” role in Quinn’s defense. Jalen Collins has body and the skill set to excel in this scheme, but he still needs to finish being molded. Justin Hardy will be a good third option for Matt Ryan. Akeem King is 6’3 212lbs, it’s bee intersting to see what’s done with him.

Draft Grade: A+

Jacksonville Jaguars:

1 (3). Dante Fowler, DE/LB, Florida

2 (36). T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama

3 (67). A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina

4 (104). James Sample, S, Louisville

5 (139). Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State

6 (180). Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

7 (220). Neal Sterling, WR, Monmouth

7 (229). Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame

Just looking over these picks, you can see (on paper) that Gus Bradley and David Caldwell had a plan from their first draft in 2013 til now. Jacksonville was already one of the top teams in 2014 in terms of sacks, but Dante Fowler was still a much needed addition to this defensive front. He’ll be expected to fill in the Leo role. The TJ Yeldon pick was somewhat a surprise just because 36 might have been too high for him, but he’s definitely a talented individual and presumptive week 1 starter. 3rd round draft pick AJ Cann will block for Yeldon and he has the potential to become a ten year starter for Jacksonville (or someone). He’s that good. They were able to find potential starters in rounds 4-6, but even if these guys don’t become starters, they add quality depth to an up and coming team.

Draft Grade: A+

Pittsburgh Steelers:

1 (22). Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky

2 (56). Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss

3 (87). Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

4 (121). Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State

5 (160). Jesse James, TE, Penn State

6 (199). Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan

6 (212). Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami

7 (239). Gerod Holliamn, S, Louisville

Draft Grade: A-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

1 (1). Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

2 (34). Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

2 (61). Ali Marpet, G, Hobart

4 (124). Kwon Alexander, OLB, LSU

5 (162). Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska

6 (184). Kaelin Clay, WR, Utah

7 (231). Joey Iosefa, FB, Hawaii

I’ve said it before that Jameis Winston is going to become the franchise quarterback that the Bucs needs and I mean that. I think Lovie Smith and Jason Licht knew that too so they went out and drafted Donovan Smith 43th overall and traded back into the 2nd round to draft D-III prospect Ali Marpet. Kwon Alexander fulfill’s the need they had at weakside OLB and Kenny Bell will be the over the top slot receiver they need to pair up with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.

Grade: B

Minnesota Vikings:

1 (11). Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

2 (45). Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

3 (88). Danielle Hunter, OLB, LSU

4 (110). T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

5 (143). MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois

5 (146). Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland

6 (185). Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma

6 (193). B.J. Dubose, DE, Louisville

7 (228). Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama

7 (232). Edmond Robinson, LB, Newberry College

The Vikings got themselves a Day 1 starter in Trae Waynes, but the jury is still out as to how good he’ll actually be. Mike Zimmer is a very good defensive teacher and he knows how to get the best out of his defensive backs. Their best pick of the draft came during the 2nd round in Eric Kendricks. It’s unclear right now as to if he’ll play outside or inside, but he will start from day one. Danielle Hunter is a work in progress but he has a high upside. But on Saturday, the Vikings really showed some skills with the board. TJ Clemmings was viewed as a first round pick but some recent talk of his health hurt his draft stock to the point he fell to the 4th round. If he checks out, he’ll give Teddy some much needed protection. Speaking of helping Teddy, they drafted TE MyCole Pruitt and WR Stefon Diggs who I consider to be a talented receiver and very valuable for a 5th round pick.

Draft Grade: B+

Losers

Indianapolis Colts

1 (29). Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

3 (65). D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic

3 (93). Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford

4 (109). Clayton Geathers, S, Central Florida

5 (151). David Parry, DT, Stanford

6 (205). Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State

6 (207). Amarlo Herrera, ILB, Georgia

7 (255). Denzel Goode, OT, Mars HIll

Days later I’m still not understanding why Dorsett was the first round pick. I understand sticking to your board, but WR shouldn’t of been the option for the first round. They still need offensive line help BADLY and they needed to sure up that run defense. Henry Anderson will help them do that. But overall, this draft class was shitty.

Draft Grade: D

Denver Broncos

1 (23). Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

2 (59). Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State

3 (92). Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State

4 (133). Max Garcia, C, Florida

5 (164). Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane

6 (203). Darius Kilgo, DT, Maryland

7 (250). Trevor Siemian, QB, Northwestern

7 (251). Taurean Nixon, CB, Tulane

7 (252). Josh Furman, S, Oklahoma State

With the exception of the Shane Ray pick, this draft was basically just to build depth and “look toward the future”. As long as Peyton is on the roster, they are in the playoffs. But I have a hard time believing these picks. Ty Sambrailo has the opportunity to contend for a starting spot and Heuerman will be a contributor. It’ll be interesting to see how these picks pan out in the long run. But for now…

Draft Grade: C-

Buffalo Bills

2 (50). Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

3 (81). John Miller, G, Louisville

5 (155). Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State

6 (188). Tony Steward, LB, Clemson

6 (194). Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State

7 (234). Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas

In hindsight, that Sammy Watkins trade was very unnecessary. Luckily for Buffalo, they were able to fill several needs during free agency. Ronald Darby will most likely start off in the spot. Not really a fan of his. They found a starter in John Miller. There are definitely questions as to if Karlos Williams can bounce back to his 2013 form where he looked like a future impact player in the NFL. Nick O’Leary just seems like a Rex Ryan pick. He’ll have a long career in Buffalo.

Draft Grade: C+

Top 20 Draft Picks of the 2015 NFL Draft

This was the first year I took part in the scouting of NFL prospects deeper than just round 1 guys. At some points during day 3 of the NFL draft, I was sitting here thinking “how is this guy still on the board?”. In no particular order, here are my Top 20 draft picks based on the talents/skills of the player + where they were drafted + whom they were drafted by. First round players are included in this as well..

  • (Round 1) Pick 6: Leonard Williams, New York Jets
  • (Round 1) Pick 25: Shaq Thompson, Carolina Panthers
  • (Round 2) Pick 37: Devin Smith, New York Jets
  • (Round 2) Pick 45: Eric Kendricks, Minnesota Vikings
  • (Round 2) Pick 47: Eric Rowe, Philadelphia Eagles
  • (Round 2) Pick 54: Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
  • (Round 2) Pick 60: Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys
  • (Round 3) Pick 68: Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders
  • (Round 3) Pick 69: Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
  • (Round 3) Pick 73: Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
  • (Round 4) Pick 101: Trey Flowers, New England Patriots
  • (Round 4) Pick 110: T.J. Clemmings, Minnesota Vikings
  • (Round 4) Pick 113: Gabe Wright, Detroit Lions
  • (Round 4) Pick 123: Vince Mayle, Cleveland Browns
  • (Round 5) Pick 137: Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons
  • (Round 5) Pick 149: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
  • (Round 6) Pick 180: Michael Bennett, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • (Round 6) Pick 194: Nick O’Leary,Buffalo Bills
  • (Round 6) Pick 205: Josh Robinson, Indianapolis Colts
  • (Round 7) Pick 239: Gerod Hollimon, Pittsburgh Steelers

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