Oh, what a difference one week makes. For the prospects in the 2015 NFL draft, the grueling week of the NFL Scouting Combine was one of the biggest deciding factors for their future.
Some prospects shined and improved their stock on draft boards for several franchises. Others, however, went from tweeners in the first round to a second-round prospect.
With all of the shuffling taking place, it's time to re-evaluate where each player will fall in April. Here's a look at the latest first-round mock draft and an evaluation of several prospects who helped their draft stock at the combine.
|2015 NFL Mock Draft|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State|
|2||Tennessee Titans||Leonard Williams, DT, USC|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama|
|5||Washington Redskins||Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson|
|6||New York Jets||Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon|
|7||Chicago Bears||Danny Shelton, DT, Washington|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||Shane Ray, DE, Missouri|
|9||New York Giants||Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford|
|12||Cleveland Browns||Kevin White, WR, West Virginia|
|13||New Orleans Saints||Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida|
|14||Miami Dolphins||La'el Collins, OT, LSU|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville|
|16||Houston Texans||Landon Collins, SS, Alabama|
|17||San Diego Chargers||Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State|
|19||Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)||Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Marcus Peters, CB, Washington|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Malcom Brown, DT, Texas|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State|
|23||Detroit Lions||Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA|
|24||Arizona Cardinals||Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State|
|25||Carolina Panthers||T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh|
|26||Baltimore Ravens||Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin|
|27||Dallas Cowboys||Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE, Kentucky|
|28||Denver Broncos||Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State|
|29||Indianapolis Colts||Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota|
|31||Seattle Seahawks||Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan|
|32||New England Patriots||Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami|
|R. Cory Smith's Predictions|
5. Washington Redskins: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
The Washington Redskins simply need an identity. Offensively, they have struggled to find consistency. Now, the focus will be on improving defensively for the future.
Vic Beasley, who torched his competition at the combine, will likely be the pick in the top five. Though this still seems slightly high for the former Clemson star, Washington will pull the trigger to bolster the intensity on defense.
NFL on CBS passed along a visual of just how explosive Beasley's 40-yard dash was:
Due to that 40 and his ridiculous numbers in several other drills, Bucky Brooks of NFL.com had high praise for the edge-rusher:
It's time to acknowledge that Beasley is one of the top pass-rushing prospects in the 2015 class. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he has silenced critics questioning his size, strength and power, capping off a fine week with a sensational on-field performance Sunday. ... Most importantly, he's packed on nearly 15 pounds since the end of the season without losing any speed or quickness, and he displayed more power than most evaluators expected prior to this event. Given Beasley's impressive athletic feats and his solid résumé as a pass rusher, his stock is shooting up after this week in Indy.
Others, like Dante Fowler and Shane Ray, showed up and showed out. However, it's Beasley scouts are raving about, and he can count on his name being called much higher than expected after his performance.
10. St. Louis Rams: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
He might not have moved up on my mock draft, but Trae Waynes solidified his spot as the top cornerback at the combine.
Many already believed Waynes would be the top overall corner in the draft, but a 4.31 40-yard dash and a vertical of 38 inches helped. Mel Kiper of ESPN noted that he believed Waynes should be at the top of draft boards, via ESPN College Football:
Sure, Byron Jones came away as the huge story with his vertical and broad jumps, but it will be Waynes who comes off the board first in the NFL draft.
With his combination of speed, quickness and athleticism, Waynes will make a perfect fit for the St. Louis Rams. That is, of course, if he doesn't get snatched up before the Rams get an opportunity.
12. Cleveland Browns: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
On the heels of a sensational showing at the combine, Kevin White might be a top-10 pick. However, with the Cleveland Browns sitting at No. 12 and in desperate need of a receiver, I don't see him sliding any further than the Browns.
Some, like Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, have White being the first wide receiver off the board. The distance between Amari Cooper and White might have narrowed, but I didn't see anything from the combine that showed Cooper should be anything other than the top wideout in the class.
Miller noted that White's stock is much more than just his blazing 40-yard dash:
After a season where nearly every first-round pick and even some second-rounders—looking at you, Jarvis Landry and Jordan Matthews—made an impact, White has the chance to live up to that billing.
Landing on a team like the Cleveland Browns or the Minnesota Vikings at No. 11 seems like a good opportunity. Both offenses need a star wideout, and White can certainly provide just that.
Follow @RCorySmith on Twitter.