McShay: 2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
Winston No. 1 to Bucs in projection of all 32 first-round picks; WR White rises
With the combine behind us, pro days and individual workouts are next up on the schedule for teams evaluating players for the 2015 NFL draft.
We made some updates to our board after seeing the measurements and athletic testing results from most of the top prospects in Indianapolis, and we continue to adjust players' grades as we complete their tape evaluations. We also came away from Indy with some more ideas on the direction teams could go with their picks.
The biggest question: Which of the top two quarterback prospects Tampa Bay will select with the No. 1 overall pick? Both Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota are in the mix, but to me, there's a clear difference between the two.
That's where we'll begin Mock Draft 3.0, our latest projection of all 32 first-round picks for the 2015 NFL draft.
Analysis: I'd be very surprised if the Bucs didn't take a quarterback at No. 1, and both Winston and Mariota are possibilities here. But to me, Winston has a clear advantage over Mariota based on his on-field performance. He is such a natural passer in terms of his ability to anticipate throws and deliver the ball accurately, and, to me, if you limit it to an on-field evaluation, he's second only to Andrew Luck among QB prospects of the past 10 years. Tampa Bay will have to be comfortable with its character and psychological evaluations of Winston before drafting him No. 1 overall, but from what I've heard, Winston really impressed teams during his combine interview sessions with how he talked about his past, and he wowed them with his football IQ. Mariota possesses great physical tools and very good character and football intelligence, and I think he has the potential to develop into a good NFL starter. But to me, Winston is both more advanced now and has the higher ceiling when projecting the future.