RALEIGH, NC April 23, 2015 – The NFL Draft is one of the most important days of the NFL calendar. Sure, not a single pass is thrown or touchdown scored, but there is plenty of evidence that franchises achieve success year after year by drafting well and beating out the other teams around them in terms of their ability to develop contributors who are affordable (on rookie contracts) and productive.
In 2015, the cupboard of pro-caliber prospects has been restocked, and teams will once again define their fortunes for years to come by selecting the young talent of tomorrow. Here’s a look at what we expect will happen.
Two QBs Lead the First Round…and that’s It
It’s expected that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston first overall in the hopes that either man would answer their questions at pivot. The NFL futures found here put the Bucs as one of the longest shots to win the Super Bowl in 2015, and Mariota or Winston would help them dramatically.
But beyond that? The other quarterback prospect will go quickly, likely in the top four, and then the rest of the first round will focus on players at other positions who are believed to have more pure talent.
Receivers Rule Again
After a season that saw Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin and of course Odell Beckham Jr. dominate NFL headlines, the draft could again feature a number of wideouts selected in the first round. Amari Cooper will go early, but beyond that we will likely see more than five receivers taken at No. 32 or higher.
Philip Rivers Traded
Draft day trades are one of the most exciting elements of the NFL Draft, and further evidence of how highly teams value their draft opportunities.
As outlets like Sports Illustrated are reporting, Philip Rivers is unhappy with management and is doing enough to make the higher ups worried about their longevity with one of the league’s most productive signal callers. As a result, the thinking here is that a trade could be in the offing, moving Rivers for one or more first round picks a year before he becomes a free agent.