Kiper: 2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
Kevin White of West Virginia jumps into the top 5 in Mel's latest mock
Every year there are critics who like to downplay the value of the NFL combine. But then when a player succeeds or fails, those same people will often point to the fast 40 or the slow 40, the strength or lack of it, the big mitts or the fast splits, and factor it into why a player became what he did. Of course we all know the combine is about more than athletic measurements -- that's about No. 3 on the list behind accurate medicals and team interviews for league evaluators -- but I'll cite those more often now as we finally have the measurements and times to go with the tape. And so will everyone else as these guys' careers unfold.
As I often do at this point in the draft process, let me offer up a few reminders:
• I won't be projecting any trades and will add those to the draft board only once completed.
• I do expect free agency to shift the needs for many teams, but I haven't made any assumptions on who is signing where.
With that said, have fun diving into the latest mock. Note we've added video highlights and have a page here with highlights for more than 50 prospects.
Analysis: By now most people are aware the Bucs made the somewhat unprecedented move (at least as far as I can recall) of having Winston visit with the team and owners for a few days this week. This followed a great combine for Winston. I wouldn't read into it further than to say it reflects just how pivotal this decision is for Tampa, but I ultimately think the Bucs will end up with Winston, though it should be noted I'm certain Marcus Mariota will have a long visit as well, and that could make an impact. As for the player: Winston is a major talent, in a category with some of the big-name No. 1 QB picks we've seen. He's the most NFL-ready QB in the draft. 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. This is no lock, but it makes sense.Video highlights