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2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

By Ryan Crawford

The hot commodities of this draft include the two intriguing quarterbacks, two high level running backs, a batch of very good interior defensive linemen, three dynamite edge rushers and a group of wide receivers that just might rival last years extraordinary crop. Here’s my initial mock draft for 2015. There’s sure to be many changes before long.

1. TAMPA BAY BUCS – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
Lovie Smith and the Bucs badly need a franchise quarterback and Jameis Winston can be that guy. Questions about his maturity and too many interceptions are the major red flags. I think the Bucs jump at the opportunity to snag such a high level QB prospect and hope the potential problems work themselves out.
 
2. TENNESSEE TITANS – Leonard Williams – DT – USC
I do not think the Titans are enamored with developing Marcus Mariota at QB. Williams might be the top talent in the draft and fills a huge need in the middle of the Titans defensive line.

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – Randy Gregory-OLB- Nebraska
Jaguars are looking to upgrade on defense and Gregory is a stud.

4. OAKLAND RAIDERS – Amari Cooper-WR-Alabama
Take your choice between Cooper, White, Parker etc. but there is a clear need at the receiver position and the Raiders will have plenty to choose from. Cooper seems to be the cream of the crop.

5. WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Landon Collins – S- Alabama
Best safety in the draft fills a huge void for the Redskins.

6. NEW YORK JETS – Dante Fowler – DE/OLB – Florida
Bigtime explosive pass rusher is a welcome gift for the defensive minded new head coach Todd Bowles.

7. CHICAGO BEARS – Shane Ray – DE – Missouri
Watching the Bears play defense last season was somewhat frightening for Bears fans. Ray is a pure pass rusher who should put some pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

8. ATLANTA FALCONS – Danny Shelton -DT- Washington
Another team with a bad defense…seeing a trend down here? Danny Shelton was a monster at the senior bowl and should anchor the middle of the Falcons line for years.

9. NEW YORK GIANTS – Brandon Scherff- OT- Iowa
The Giants most important job is to keep Eli Manning upright so he is able to get the ball to Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz and Ruben Randle. This load should help accomplish that goal.

10. ST LOUIS RAMS – Marcus Mariota- QB- Oregon
Rams are thrilled to see Mariota drop into their laps and will jump at the chance to replace the often injured and highly paid Sam Bradford

Could Marcus Mariota slip to the Rams at 10?

Could Marcus Mariota slip to the Rams at 10? (Via SportsChat)

11. MINNESOTA VIKINGS – Kevin White – WR- West Virginia
White ran a 4.35 at the combine. At 6’3″ with top flight speed, he can be a dynamic weapon for Teddy Bridgewater

12. CLEVELAND BROWNS – Devante Parker- WR- Louisville
Parker is another top weapon to be contended with and the Browns have major concerns at the wide receiver spot with Josh Gordon being a major question mark.

13. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – Vic Beasley-DE-Clemson
Beasley is a prolific pass rusher who will be called upon to play OLB because of his size. Certainly the Saints will require some defense sooner or later. Had a great combine.

14. MIAMI DOLPHINS – Ereck Flowers- OT- Miami
Another massive body in front of Ryan Tannehill could be just what the doctor ordered for the Dolphins.

15. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – Arik Armstead –DE/DT-Oregon
New coach, new ideas but there will be a big need to retool the ferocious 49ers defense and Armstead is a mountain of a man for the defensive line.

16. HOUSTON TEXANS – Andrus Peat – OT- Stanford
The Texans need to build up their offensive line and Peat is great place to start

17. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – Eddie Goldman- DT- Florida State
With all the weapons they have on offense, the Chargers can use a little defense and this guy is a force in the middle of a four man front

18 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – Dorial Green Beckham- WR- Missouri
Green-Beckham is just one of those guys who could not seem to find his niche in college but oozes talent. The Chiefs are a team that had no touchdowns last year from a wide receiver. Seems like a match to me.

19. CLEVELAND BROWNS – TJ Clemmings- OT- Pittsburgh
The Browns continue to build up their offense. Now if they can only figure out the quarterback situation then they can start to move the team forward.

20. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – Trae Waynes – CB – Michigan St
Not sure how I got Waynes to drop down this far, especially after he ran a 4.30 in the combine, but the Eagles would be thrilled if he did and snatch him up quickly.

21. CINCINNATI BENGALS – Bud Dupree- DE/OLB- Kentucky
Called a physical freak of nature, this future NFL edge rusher will help the Bengals defense immensely. Ran a 4.56 in the 40 yard dash and has a 42 inch vertical leap and did a 138 inch broad jump. All while weighing in at 270 lbs. Oh My!!

22. PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Malcolm Brown- DT- Texas
A mountain for the middle of the Steeler defensive line.

23. DETROIT LIONS – LaEl Collins – OT – LSU
The Lions have a few holes on their offensive line and Collins looks like he’ll be a pretty good one. At 6’5″ and 322 lbs, he projects at left tackle.

24. ARIZONA CARDINALS – Jaelen Strong- WR- Arizona State
At 6’4″, this blazer is another stud in the crop of highly sought after receivers. A local product, the Cards are thrilled to scoop him up at 24.

25. CAROLINA PANTHERS – Marcus Peters – CB- Washington
Regarded as the number two cornerback in the entire draft, Peters is a very physical corner who fills a major need for the Panthers.

26. BALTIMORE RAVENS – Melvin Gordon-RB-Wisconsin
The Ravens are in dire need of a top flight running back and Gordon is considered the best of a strong group.

27. DALLAS COWBOYS – Maxx Williams- TE – Minnesota
The heir apparent to Jason Witten, the Cowboys are on the lookout for a young tight end that they can develop. Williams has great hands and top speed. Reminds some of a young Jeremy Shockey.

28. DENVER BRONCOS – Devin Funchess- WR- Michigan
Broncos are in salary cap dilemmas with the Thomas boys. If they franchise Demaryius Thomas, they might lose Julius Thomas. Either way they should be in the market for a pass catching tight end with speed to play receiver and Funchess certainly fits the description.

29. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – Cedric Ogbuhei- OT- Texas A & M
When you have a quarterback with the ability of an Andrew Luck, you must wisely do anything and everything to protect him. A big tackle helps and Ogbuhei oozes with potential.

30. GREEN BAY PACKERS – Denzel Perryman – ILB – Miami
The Packers just released veteran A.J.Hawk and Perryman is a highly regarded prospect who could step into that inside linebacker role.

31. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Kevin Johnson- CB- Wake Forest
The Legion of Boom was a little banged up by the end of the season and with Byron Maxwell slated for free agency, a young corner might be just what the doctor ordered.

32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – Mike Bennett – DT- Ohio State
Another big body for the defensive front should help the Patriots continue to dominate the NFL.

Other Potential 1st Round Picks

Todd Gurley- RB- Georgia
Trey Flowers – DE- Arkansas
Shaq Thompson- OLB – Washington
Eli Harold- DE- Virginia
Breshad Perriman- WR- Central Florida
Quinten Rollins – CB- Miami (Ohio)

NFL Week 15 Predictions

By Brett Malamud

Cardinals (10-3) over Rams (6-7)

Steelers (8-5) over Falcons (5-8)

Redskins (3-10) over Giants (4-9)

Patriots (10-3) over Dolphins (7-6)

Chiefs (7-6) over Raiders (2-11)

Texans (7-6) over Colts (9-4)

Browns (7-6) over Bengals (8-4-1)

Ravens (8-5) over Jaguars (2-11)

Packers (10-3) over Bills (7-6)

Buccaneers (2-11) over Panthers (4-8-1)

Titans (2-11) over Jets (2-11)

Broncos (10-3) over Chargers (8-5)

Lions (9-4) over Vikings (6-7)

Seahawks (9-4) over 49ers (7-6)

Eagles (9-4) over Cowboys (9-4)

Saints (5-8) over Bears (5-8)


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

 

Studs and Duds: NFL Week 14

By Brett Malamud

Here’s week 14’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell was the top fantasy point scorer in ESPN standard leagues in week 14. Bell had 185 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also had 50 receiving yards and a touchdown through the air.

Le'Veon Bell was definitely a stud in week 14 (Via USA Today)

Le’Veon Bell was definitely a stud in week 14 (Via USA Today)

Dud: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass this week, snapping his 51 game streak. He’ll take on the Chargers in week 15

Stud: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton played great against the Saints, passing for 226 yards and three touchdowns. He was in a car accident on Tuesday afternoon but was okay and was released from the hospital Wednesday morning.

Dud: Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

Hoyer was unable to get the victory against the Colts, and now finds himself as the backup as Johnny Manziel will start for the Browns in week 15 against the Bengals.

Stud: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Jones played stellar against the Packers on Monday night. He hauled in 11 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 15.

Dud: Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Thomas had his worst week of the season, bringing in just two catches for 11 yards.

Stud: AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Green had a very similar line to Julio Jones this week. The Bengals wide receiver caught 11 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. The Bengals will head into Cleveland for a week 15 matchup with the Browns.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

NFL Week 14 Predictions

Brett Malamud’s Picks

Dallas over Chicago

St. Louis over Washington

NY Giants over Tennessee

New Orleans over Carolina

Minnesota over NY Jets

Miami over Baltimore

Houston over Jacksonville

Detroit over Tampa Bay

Indianapolis over Cleveland

Cincinnati over Pittsburgh

Denver over Buffalo

Arizona over Kansas City

Seattle over Philadelphia

San Francisco over Oakland

New England over San Diego

Green Bay over Atlanta

 

 

Alex Horowitz’s Picks

Dallas over Chicago

St. Louis over Washington

Tennessee over NY Giants

New Orleans over Carolina

Minnesota over NY Jets

Miami over Baltimore

Houston over Jacksonville

Detroit over Tampa Bay

Cleveland over Indianapolis

Cincinnati over Pittsburgh

Buffalo over Denver

Kansas City over Arizona

Philadelphia over Seattle

San Francisco over Oakland

New England over San Diego

Green Bay over Atlanta

Studs and Duds: NFL Week 11

By Brett Malamud

After an interesting week, here’s week 11’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Jonas Gray, New England Patriots

It always seems that the Patriots have a running back that comes out of nowhere. Gray was another example of that. He finished the day with 38 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns.

Jonas Gray had a huge week 11 (via AP)

Jonas Gray had a huge week 11 (via AP)

Dud: Eli Manning, New York Giants

Five interceptions will definitely land you on this list.

Stud: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans has become the top wide receiver in Tampa Bay. He had a huge day, hauling in seven catches for 209  yards and two touchdowns.

Dud: Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns

Tate was waived on Tuesday after rushing for minus-9 yards on just two carries.

Stud: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles was great against the Seattle Seahawks. He had 20 carries for 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Dud: Denver Broncos

Denver couldn’t get anything going and took a rough loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Stud: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger struggled a bit, but Bell picked up the pieces. The Steelers running back had 33 carries for 204 yards and a touchdown.

Stud: Green Bay Packers D/ST

The Packers brought back a punt return, an interception, and a fumble all for touchdowns. Green Bay ended up forcing four turnovers against the red hot Philadelphia Eagles.


 

Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

NFL Week 11 Predictions

By Brett Malamud

This week has a lot of great matchups, especially in the later games. Here’s my week 11 predictions:

BYES: Ravens, Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets
-Bills 09 (5-4) at Dolphins 22 (5-4), FINAL on Thursday

The Dolphins took a big win that propelled them into second place in the AFC East.

-Vikings (4-5) at Bears (3-6), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Bears defense can make or break this game. I think that the Vikings will come out strong and take the victory. Verdict: Vikings

-Texans (4-5) at Browns (6-3), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Good matchup here as the Texans head into Cleveland. The Browns are riding a three game winning streak and show no signs of stopping here. I think they’ll take this one in a  close game. Verdict: Browns

-Falcons (3-6) at Panthers (3-6-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Panthers have not been able to get it together. Cam Newton has thrown one touchdown pass since week seven. I think that he’ll edge out Atlanta here though Verdict: Falcons

-Bengals (5-3-1) at Saints (4-5), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

I’m taking New Orleans, no question. I think that this one could turn ugly if Drew Brees is himself. Verdict: Saints

-Buccaneers (1-8) at Redskins (3-6), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Bucs enter week 11 with the 29th ranked offense and defense. They will probably lose this one on the road. Verdict: Redskins

-Broncos (7-2) at Rams (3-6), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Broncos should win this one easily. Look for Peyton Manning to have another great game. Verdict: Broncos

-49ers (5-4) at Giants (3-6), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Giants have won their last two matchups with the 49ers, the first of the two coming in the NFC Championship game a few years ago. However, I’m going to go with the 49ers on the road. I think that the Giants will make it a good game though and will stay close throughout. Verdict: 49ers

-Seahawks (6-3) at Chiefs (6-3), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

This game will be a battle of defenses. I think Russell Wilson takes over and that Marshawn Lynch runs in a pair of touchdowns.  Verdict: Seahawks

-Raiders (0-9) at Chargers (5-4), Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST

I expect the winless Raiders to stay winless this week. I just can’t see them taking down San Diego on the road. Verdict: Chargers

-Lions (7-2) at Cardinals (8-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

Another fantastic matchup here puts Calvin Johnson and the Lions against the Cardinals secondary. I think that Megatron wins here and has a huge game. Don’t doubt Larry Fitzgerald. Even with the Carson Palmer injury, Fitzgerald could have a good game. Verdict: Lions

-Eagles (7-2) at Packers (6-3), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

Rodgers takes on…Sanchez? A big game here sees one of the league’s top QB’s taking on the former butt-fumbler. Sanchez was good last week though. I just cannot see how he pulls one out in Lambeau though. Verdict: Packers

Mark Sanchez hopes to continue the Eagles winning ways this week in Green Bay (Via USA Today)

Mark Sanchez hopes to continue the Eagles winning ways this week in Green Bay (Via USA Today)

-Patriots (7-2) at Colts (6-3), Sunday @ 8:30 PM EST

Luck vs Brady. Now there’s a good matchup. The two QB’s will duel on national television in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts have the top ranked offense at the moment. I see that trend continuing this week as they take down the mighty Patriots. Verdict: Colts

-Steelers (6-4) at Titans (2-7), Monday @ 8:30 PM EST

A strange Monday Night Football matchup sees the Steelers’ 4th ranked offense going head to head with the Titans’ 31st ranked offense. This game shouldn’t be close as long as Big Ben keeps his composure. I’m taking Pittsburgh. Verdict: Steelers


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

Studs and Duds: NFL Week Ten

By Brett Malamud

I was pretty impressed in many of this week’s performances. Of course, with great success from your team comes great failure from your opponent. Here’s week ten’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Beast mode is an understatement as Lynch was phenomenal against the Giants. He had 21 carries for 140 yards and four touchdowns. His fantasy owners must have been happy as he scored 40 points this week in ESPN standard leagues.

Marshawn Lynch had a huge week against the Giants, rushing for four touchdowns (Via Getty)

Marshawn Lynch had a huge week against the Giants, rushing for four touchdowns (Via Getty)

Dud: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Dalton was awful on Thursday Night Football. He completed 10-of-33 passes and finished the night with just 86 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. He’ll try to refocus for next week’s him matchup against the Saints.

Stud: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers 

Rodgers torched the Chicago Bears on national television Sunday night. He threw six touchdowns, with all six coming in the first half. He was pulled in the third quarter.

Dud: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown’s numbers dropped off this week. He caught eight passes for 74 yards, which isn’t really that bad. Well why is he on the duds list then? Oh, that’s right. Brown had two lost fumbles, giving him just three fantasy points for the day in ESPN standard leagues

Stud: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Were you expecting anything else? Manning threw five touchdown passes in the Broncos’ rout of the Oakland Raiders.

Dud: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton, who hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass since week 7, finally threw one to kelvin Benjamin for a score. The only problem? The Panthers were so far out of reach that the game didn’t matter anymore. Newton threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in a very shaky performance in week 10. He’ll return to Carolina to face a favorable matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in week 11.

Stud: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

After two straight games that had Bryant with less than 35 yards receiving, Dez came alive on Sunday in London. Facing the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bryant hauled in six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He’ll head into the bye week this week.

Stud: New York Jets 

Finally! The Jets took it to the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers and came away with a 20-13 win for just their second win of the season. They’ll have a bye in week 11.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy