McShay: 2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Winston goes No. 1, Mariota slides in projection of all 32 first-round picks
A lot has changed in the NFL since we published our first 2015 mock draft back in December, with the regular season and playoffs coming to an end and the Patriots claiming a Super Bowl championship win over the Seahawks. The order for the 2015 NFL draft is now locked in, and the opinions of NFL evaluators are beginning to change on several prospects now that teams are getting deeper into their tape study and have been able to see many prospects on the all-star circuit.
As a result, our Mock Draft 2.0 looks quite different from version 1.0. A new quarterback goes to Tampa Bay with the No. 1 overall pick, while the other top QB prospect slides down the board.
Which player will your team select in the first round? Here is our second projection of the 32 first-round picks in the 2015 NFL draft.
Analysis: The Bucs don't currently have a franchise quarterback on their roster, and while both of the top two QB prospects in this year's class carry with them significant risks (along with considerable talent and upside), it could be tough for them to pass on both. If you factor in only on-field performance, Winston should be the No. 1 choice. He beats opponents from the pocket with very good accuracy, arm strength and anticipation, and his on-field intangibles and leadership are positives as well. The concerns with Winston obviously have to do with his off-field behavior, and any team that drafts him is going to have to trust him enough from a character and psychological standpoint to make him the face of its franchise. That's a big risk, but NFL teams know that they can't win consistently without good quarterback play. And the Bucs could decide that Marcus Mariota's need to transition from Oregon's up-tempo spread offense to the NFL represents an even greater risk -- albeit in a very different way. Video highlights