I approach a draft do-over as an opportunity to draft for the same, exact team that selected players back in 2015, so that means staying true to their team needs and philosophies from that time as closely as I can.
If this were a re-ordering of talent from that draft, it would likely be a cleaner exercise because then it would be a matter of assigning value to each player and stacking them like I might do with a draft board.
There is no way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans would go in any other direction other than quarterback at the top of this draft. Would the Bucs still opt for Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota at No. 1? That's the real question. In this redo, defensive playmakers coming flying up the board, while we have a new top running back.
Here's how I see the 2015 draft playing out in a do-over:
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1) Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Original pick: Winston.
Winston has stepped in and become a quality quarterback. No reason to change this pick.
2) Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Original pick: Mariota.
Mariota has been much better, much quicker than I anticipated. The Titans would do the same thing all over again.
3) Jaguars: Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
Original pick: Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida.
Hunter was drafted: Round 3, No. 88 overall by the Vikings.
Jaguars stay with a defensive end. Quite a jump up the board for Hunter, but 18.5 sacks over two years will do that.
4) Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Original pick: Cooper.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
5) Redskins: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Original pick: Brandon Scherff, G, Iowa.
Collins was drafted: Round 2, No. 33 overall by the Giants.
Big jump up the board from second round to fifth overall pick, but Collins has been the truth and Washington needed a safety.
6) Jets: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
Original pick: Williams.
Is it possible that the Jets luck into Williams again in this redraft? I guess so.
7) Bears: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Original pick: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia.
Peters was drafted: Round 1, No. 18 overall by the Chiefs.
Peters has become one of the top playmaking cornerbacks in the game and the Bears want a piece of it.
8) Falcons: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Original pick: Beasley.
Falcons have no reason to change a thing.
9) Giants: David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
Original pick: Ereck Flowers, OG, Miami.
Johnson was drafted: Round 3, No. 86 overall by the Cardinals.
Johnson has become one of the most complete runners in the game and would have been a great addition to complement Eli Manning.
10) Rams: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Original pick: Gurley.
After a disappointing 2016, I'm not ready to give up on Gurley in this spot, as the Rams must find better blocking for him.
11) Vikings: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Original pick: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State.
Darby was drafted: Round 2, No. 51 overall by the Bills.
We will stick with the cornerback spot, but swap out Waynes for Darby.
12) Browns: David Irving, DT, Iowa State
Original pick: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington.
Irving was drafted: Irving went undrafted.
Irving was dismissed from Iowa State and fell in the draft. In the re-draft, however, he's on the board and going early.
13) Saints: Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa
Original pick: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford.
Scherff was drafted: Round 1, No. 5 overall by the Redskins.
The Saints needed help at both guard and tackle so I'll let them figure out what to do with Scherff.
14) Dolphins: La'el Collins, OG, LSU
Original pick: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville.
Collins was drafted: Collins went undrafted.
Collins fell out of the draft due to off-the-field concerns, but we'll slot him to guard-needy Dolphins in this do-over.
15) Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Original pick: Gordon.
The Chargers traded up for Gordon and they will do the same here.
16) Texans: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Original pick: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest.
Kendricks was drafted: Round 2, No. 45 overall by the Vikings.
Tackling machine with the ability to cover would have gone nicely next to Brian Cushing in 2015 draft.
17) 49ers: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Original pick: Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon.
Brown was drafted: Round 1, No. 32 overall by the Patriots.
The 49ers stick with their search to find a playmaking defensive lineman, but Brown is the choice this time.
18) Chiefs: Mitch Morse, C, Missouri
Original pick: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington.
Morse was drafted: Round 2, No. 49 overall by the Chiefs.
The Chiefs ended up taking Morse a round later so let's expedite the process.
19) Browns: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
Original pick: Cameron Erving, C, Florida State.
Dupree was drafted: Round 1, No. 22 overall by the Steelers.
Dupree was a freak of an athlete coming out and would be an immediate plug-and-play outside linebacker here.
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20) Eagles: Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
Original pick: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC.
Lockett was drafted: Round 3, No. 69 overall by the Seahawks.
A multi-faceted receiver who can be moved around, like Lockett, would have been a nice fit for Chip Kelly at the time.
21) Bengals: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
Original pick: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M.
Peat was drafted: Round 1, No. 13 overall by the Saints.
The Bengals could use a tackle with better core strength than Ogbuehi.
22) Steelers: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Original pick: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky.
Johnson was drafted: Round 1, No. 16 overall by the Texans.
The Steelers took two cornerbacks in this draft, so why not give them a talented cover man who is willing to tackle in Johnson?
23) Broncos: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
Original pick: Ray.
Ray is still on the board for Denver to land.
24) Cardinals: Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
Original pick: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida.
Diggs was drafted: Round 5, No. 146 overall by the Vikings.
Playmaking wide receivers like Diggs happen to find themselves targeted by Arizona.
25) Panthers: Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
Original pick: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington.
Smith was drafted: Round 2, No. 34 overall by the Buccaneers.
Smith addresses a need at tackle and can help clear out space in the running game.
26) Ravens: Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
Original pick: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida.
Armstead was drafted: Round 1, No. 17 overall by the 49ers.
Armstead would have fit a need for the Ravens and added to their history of taking run stoppers.
27) Cowboys: Byron Jones, S, UConn
Original pick: Jones.
Cowboys would be pleased to find Jones here again.
28) Lions: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
Original pick: Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke.
Ajayi was drafted: Round 5, No. 149 overall by the Dolphins.
29) Colts: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
Original pick: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami.
Humphries was drafted: Round 1, No. 24 overall by the Cardinals.
The Colts needed right tackle help and Humphries began his career at right tackle in Arizona. This pick makes sense.
30) Packers: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
Original pick: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State.
Thompson was drafted: Round 1, No. 25 overall by the Panthers.
Green Bay adds speed at linebacker with Thompson.
31) Saints: Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
Original pick: Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson.
McKinney was drafted: Round 2, No. 43 overall by the Texans.
The Saints stick with linebacker, but go with a more physical talent inside.
32) Patriots: Frank Clark, DE, Michigan
Original pick: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas.
Clark was drafted: Round 2, No. 63 overall by the Seahawks.
Clark's off-the-field issues caused him to drop into the second round, but the Patriots have a strong locker room and would take a chance here.
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