Kiper: 2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Jameis Winston remains No. 1, but many things have changed since mock 1.0
Since my first mock draft for the 2015 draft a few weeks ago I've been able to review performances in postseason all-star games (and practices) such as the Senior Bowl, and I've also been able to spend more time on players in game film reviews and debate prospects with other evaluators. I even started talking shop with Mr. McShay in our first podcast of the season. From all of that, I've definitely seen my opinion shift in places. But that's the process.
As I often do at this point in the draft process, let me offer up a few reminders:
• Most teams are still at an early stage in determining what their draft board looks like in terms of their top players by position, so I'm still projecting a bit more on need at this stage than I will closer to the draft.
• All heights and weights are unofficial until prospects are measured at the NFL combine and at pro day workouts.
• I don't project any trades. The draft order will only shift when trades that shift pick position are official.
With that said, have fun diving into the latest mock. Note we've added video highlights and analysis for many prospects.
Analysis: I had Winston here in my first mock, and while I believe the Buccaneers will take a close look at Marcus Mariota here and make him an option, I project at this point they end up with the superior talent, assuming their inquiries and many questions into his past off-field behavior and maturity are answered and they feel comfortable. That's still a big "if." Todd and I discussed it more here, but the reality is Winston is a major talent, in a category with some of the big-name No. 1 QB picks we've seen. However, it's all clouded by the off-field stuff. If he lands here, the Buccaneers have a nice set of weapons for him, and he's the most NFL-ready QB in the draft, maybe the only one in terms of a true understanding of an NFL-level scheme. He's big, durable, strong-armed and has both a high football IQ and an ability to read, anticipate and process at a very high level what defenses are trying to do. It's not a shock if he's not taken here; I just think it's the likeliest outcome at this stage.Video highlights