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Mock Draft Monday: Post Combine Edition


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the combine in the rear view mirror, most draft analysts have filed their updated predictions for the 2015 NFL Draft. There's still 59 days until the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock in Chicago.

Over those 59 days, each college program will host its respective pro day. Following the pro days, all 32 NFL franchises will get to fly 30 players to their team facilities for a final interview.

Here are the latest mocks.

ESPN’s Todd McShay still has the Titans going with Leonard Williams in his updated mock draft.

"Williams is an athletic, versatile and productive difference-maker who could be a Richard Seymour type at the next level as a 5-technique defensive end," said McShay. "If the Titans aren't going to draft a quarterback to match points with Luck and the Colts, they better get an impact defender who can help slow them down. Williams is that."'s draft team has submitted its mock draft 2.0's. Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah all think the Titans go with USC DL Leonard Williams.

"Dick LeBeau would welcome the presence of a young, athletic defender with exceptional hand skills and quickness," is what Brooks said of the pick. "Williams can play multiple positions along the front line, giving the Titans a dominant defender to build around."

"Williams is my top-rated player in the draft. The Titans are happy to get him," said Davis.

"The Titans need more impact defenders and Williams is a special player," added Jeremiah.


Bleacher Report's Matt Miller]( is sticking with Williams in his post-combine mock draft update.

"Jurrell Casey is already a stud defender for the Titans, which makes adding a top-tier talent like Leonard Williams a huge boost for the defensive line," said Miller. "Williams has the versatility to play as a 5-technique or 3-technique, making him perfect for Ray Horton's defense."

Add Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager to the Williams bandwagon.

"Williams is a 6-5, 300-pound defensive lineman who can both rush the passer and stuff the run," he said. "I heard comparisons to both Gerald McCoy and J.J. Watt at the combine in Indianapolis. Not too bad, right? Picking up a franchise player on the defensive line would be a home run."

CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler also says the Titans are going with Williams.

"Not only is he the best player available, but he also fits what Dick LeBeau and Ray Horton want to do on defense," Brugler said about Williams.

Also from CBS Sports, Rob Rang thinks the Titans go QB at number two, selecting Oregon's Marcus Mariota.

"Given the tough adjustment Mariota will have to make in Whisenhunt's offense, this is unquestionably a roll of the dice," said Rang. "But if Tennessee is going to take a significant step forward in the AFC South, it must improve at quarterback and Mariota has the tools to become a star."

Josh Norris of also says the Titans will take a quarterback, only he thinks it's Florida State's Jameis Winston. Norris has Tampa Bay selecting Mariota with the first pick in the draft.


Sports Illustrated's Peter King]( has Tennessee selecting edge rusher Dante Fowler out of Florida.

"Fowler has the body type of the Steelers' Jason Worilds, and Fowler could be a good complement opposite Derrick Morgan to rush the passer," said King. "In his last two years at Florida, Fowler had 38 sacks/tackles for loss. I'd like to see Fowler in Dick LeBeau's hands for a couple of years, to see how LeBeau might mold him."

Nate Davis from USA Today agrees with King, predicting the Titans will select Fowler.

"Fowler (6-3, 261) is big and quick and might be just what new assistant Dick LeBeau needs," said Davis.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has the Titans going with Williams, saying he feels the Titans are comfortable moving forward with Zach Mettenberger.

"I get the sense Tennessee thinks highly enough of second-year quarterback Zach Mettenberger that it will explore his full potential rather than opting to anoint Marcus Mariota as the franchise's latest savior," said Banks. "That pushes the pick toward defense, and an impact player who might give the Titans their own version of J.J. Watt in the AFC South."

Yahoo Sports’ Eric Edholm says the Titans will take Mariota with the second pick and Virginia OLB Eli Harold with the 33rd pick.

"Filling the quarterback need in Round 1, the Titans swing back and land a gifted, lengthy edge bender at the top of Round 2," said Edholm.


SB Nation's Dan Kadar]( put together a new two-round mock draft. He says the Titans take Williams in the first round, noting that Williams is the best player in the 2015 Draft Class. The Titans stay defensive with Kadar's second round selection at number 33 of P.J. Williams, a cornerback out of Florida State.

Bonus Links

ESPN's NFL Draft page has some great reads; unfortunately, they're mostly 'insider' articles requiring a subscription. Regardless, here are those links as well as a few others.

Todd McShay unveiled his new overall top-32 prospects. Leonard Williams is #1.

Kevin Weidl names five players who must perform well at their pro days. Missouri's Shane Ray headlines the list.

Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the WR class into tiers. Kevin White, Amari Cooper and DeVante Parker are the only three in the top tier.

KC Joyner says the Eagles should break the bank to trade up for Marcus Mariota.

Doug Farrar and Chris Burke from Sports Illustrated broke down their top-40 big board.

• Here are the top 125 prospects in 2015 according to Josh Norris from Norris is one of the few draft analysts to have Mariota ranked ahead of Winston.

• Speaking of big boards, here is Matt Miller’s. The biggest change to his post-combine update is Miller now thinks Fowler is the top edge player in the draft, having previously ranked Randy Gregory in that spot.


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