It’s 2015 NFL mock draft time! Team needs were taken into account for all 32 teams. The order for this 2015 NFL mock draft was taken from the most recent update on CBS Sports.com. We also have many feature stories on quite a few of the prospects, so click on on the name where highlighted for more details and information on that specific player.Follow paulmbanks
Let’s get Ducknuts when talking about the Oregon Ducks in the Pac 12 Championship game, and later a couple of Oregon Ducks in the NFL Draft. You know Marcus Mariota is going to win the Heisman; and quite possibly become the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. We covered that here.
However, there are two Oregon Ducks players that should also be sure-fire first rounders that you haven’t heard of.Follow paulmbanks
Can the Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota pull a Cam Netwon? By becoming the Heisman Trophy winner next week and then become the #1 overall NFL draft pick come April? Mariota certainly has all the measurables, numbers, tools and statistics to accomplish both. The 6’4″ 212 pound signal caller from Honolulu, Hawaii has an INSANE 36-2 TD to INT ratio. To go with his 190.2 QB Rating, 3,470 yards and 69% completion percentage heading into the Pac 12 Championship game.Follow paulmbanks
In just two years at Penn State, so much has been said about starting Quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The reigning Big Ten freshman of the year has been hyped up as the greatest thing since sliced bread. He’s also been hit with the “overrated” label. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. extolled his virtues as a future professional signal caller.
Kirk Herbstreit sees the NFL in his future as well.
As this 19 year old kid from rural Virginia fulfills his lifelong dream of being the Nittany Lions QB1, he’s enduring the slings and arrows that come with being in such a high profile position. The team’s record and statistics show a regression, not just with Hack, but the whole team. Hackenberg’s tangibles and skill sets remain steady. Perhaps he’s developing them further. However, everything else around him is like his production; in dramatic decline.Follow paulmbanks
Our 2015 NFL mock draft enlisted the help of a sports book to determine the top seven spots in the order; and four of the top five players. Special thanks to Football Betting Center.com the rest of the order was determined by the first half records, and projecting second half records. Team needs were taken into account sparingly. It’s still not quite time to add those in fully yet.
A NFL mock draft is like a stew, you can only add in each ingredient at the right time. And where highlighted, click on each player’s name to read a feature story about that player.Follow paulmbanks
“He’s not just a weight room freak,” Iowa Hawkeyes tailback Weisman said of senior UI OT Brandon Scherff.
“He’s a football freak.”
Scherff is almost guaranteed to be a first-round pick (here’s where I have him in my latest mock) and in my interview with him below we talk NFL Draft, and his weight room heroics.Follow paulmbanks
Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.
Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.Follow paulmbanks
Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.
Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)
And Drake. There’s always Drake.Follow paulmbanks
Going into the 2014 NFL draft, most of the attention was on two quarterbacks – QB Johnny Manziel and QB Teddy Bridgewater. Manziel had been hyped for nearly a year, and most expected him to be the first overall QB taken, and if the off chance that he was not selected as the number one QB, it would have been Bridgewater instead; however, this was not the case.
Instead, the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted QB Blake Bortles as the number one quarterback in the 2014 NFL entry draft. This shocked many and several fans and analysts felt as though Jacksonville made a mistake; however, this is not the case.
Blake Bortles is a very solid quarterback, and he isn rather underrated. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
Both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr, the NFL Draftniks of all NFL Draftniks do multiple conference calls with the media previewing the NFL Draft. The attendance for these calls is RIDICULOUS. These calls often last up to two hours, and many journalists don’t even get their questions in. ESPN doesn’t transcribe them because they would end up being like 40 pages long.
Mike Mayock of NFL Network does one as well, which took three hours and clocked in at 30 pages on the transcript. That’s how insane the media appetite is for Todd McShay and company. Safe to say this was the most over-hyped and pointlessly over-analyzed NFL Draft in history. The extra weeks of wait and the presence of Johnny Manziel had a lot to do ti.Follow paulmbanks
The biggest rumor floating around the NFL Draft was this one: “the New England Patriots are trading Ryan Mallet to the Houston Texans.” This rumor never included any specific stated return for the Patriots, but since the Texans took Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick, it has been widely believed that they would attempt to trade for a starting-level QB.Follow paulmbanks
The Dominique Easley era has officially begun in Foxboro after Thursday night’s NFL Draft first round saw the Patriots draft Easley, a 6’2″, 288 pound defensive lineman, with the 29th overall pick.
Injuries to Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly decimated the Patriots’ interior line last season, and Easley is expected to step right in and play- especially with Wilfork coming back from Achilles surgery.Follow paulmbanks