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2015 NFL DRAFT

2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Dane Brugler
By
NFLDraftScout.com Analyst


Bill Walsh said it best: "If throwing a ball were the only aspect of playing quarterback, then this would be an easy position to evaluate." That underscores the Jameis Winston situation as teams with top five selections wrestle with the possibility of drafting the Florida State passer.

Teams will need to delve into the psyche of Winston and figure out if the past issues are a result of immaturity or a more serious character flaw. And if the Buccaneers decide that Winston's off-field issues are a result of immature decisions that will develop over time, Tampa should draft him No. 1 overall and keep him in the state of Florida.

*The top 30 draft order is official and picks 31 and 32 will be determined based on the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

NFL Mock Draft - 1/26/2015
Round 1
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(2-14)
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: The last time Tampa had the rights to the No. 1 overall pick, the franchise drafted a quarterback (Vinny Testaverde in 1987) and it seems likely that the Bucs will go a similar direction with the top pick this spring. Winston has off-field red flags, but on the field he has the physical and mental makeup to be the best player in this draft class.
2. Tennessee Titans

(2-14)
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: Despite quarterback looking like a glaring need on the roster, the Titans seem willing to give 2014 rookie Zach Mettenberger a full season to be the starter. If Tennessee passes on a passer and goes best player available, that might lead the team to Gregory, who could take over for Derrick Morgan as a stand-up rush end in Ray Horton's 3-4 defense.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

(3-13)
Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California: Jacksonville has drafted offense in the top-five (OT Luke Joeckel, QB Blake Bortles) in the first two years of the David Caldwell era so the Jaguars' focus turns to defense this year. Williams has terrific movement skills and natural power to be a disruptive force, inside or outside, in Gus Bradley's scheme.
4. Oakland Raiders

(3-13)
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: Last year's second-round pick Derek Carr has done more than enough as a rookie to earn another year as the Raiders' starter, but he needs help, especially at receiver. Cooper doesn't have the size or speed of pass-catchers usually found in the top five, but he knows how to do the two most important things at the position: get open and finish catches.
5. Washington Redskins

(4-12)
Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida: With Brian Orakpo set to hit free agency, pass rusher will be high on the Redskins' wish list. Fowler projects best to the NFL as a stand-up edge rusher, using his relentless energy to be effective disrupting the pocket.
6. NY Jets

(4-12)
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: The Jets will have a fresh look in 2015 with a new general manager (Mike Maccagnan) and head coach (Todd Bowles). And if Mariota is still on the board at No. 6, the Jets will have a chance to add a promising young passer as well.
7. Chicago Bears

(5-11)
Shane Ray, DE, Missouri: It would be a surprise if this pick isn't defense as the Bears need help at every level on that side of the ball. Ray has the best first-step burst in the draft and gives Chicago an exciting pass rusher to develop.
8. Atlanta Falcons

(6-10)
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: Without a coaching staff in place, it's tough to peg this pick for the Falcons. But if Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is the next head coach in Atlanta, Beasley could provide a young building block for his defense as a hybrid pass rusher.
9. NY Giants

(6-10)
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: The Giants have invested high draft picks on the offensive line in recent years and could go in that direction again if New York plans to make Will Beatty a June 1 cut. Peat has some wrinkles to iron out, but the coordinated body control and potential are top 10 pick worthy.
10. St. Louis Rams

(6-10)
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: The Rams addressed the offensive line early in the first round last year, drafting Greg Robinson second overall, but with Joseph Barksdale set for a good pay day this offseason as a free agent, the Rams might have a need at right tackle. Clemmings is a mauler who continues to develop and improve.
11. Minnesota Vikings

(7-9)
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: So far the Cordarrelle Patterson experiment in Minnesota has been a disappointment. And while the Vikings shouldn't (and won't) give up on him just yet, there is still a need for a potential No. 1 receiver for Bridgewater. And Parker, Bridgewater's former teammate at Louisville), fills that need.
12. Cleveland Browns

(7-9)
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: Who knows how much longer Josh Gordon will last in Cleveland, which is why wide receiver could be a possibility in the first round for the Browns. White is dynamic with the ball in the air, using his tracking ability and strong hands to attack the ball and come down with it.
13. New Orleans Saints

(7-9)
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: While the Saints don't normally use first-round picks on offensive linemen, the franchise needs to keep Drew Brees healthy as his career winds down. Scherff could step in from day one if either Ben Grubbs or Jahri Evans doesn't return to New Orleans next season and also kick out and help at tackle if needed.
14. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
La'el Collins, OT, LSU: The Dolphins went offensive tackle in the first round last year and could address the position again this spring, especially with Branden Albert's injury history. It doesn't always look pretty, but Collins gets the job done with experience at both tackle and guard.
15. San Francisco 49ers

(8-8)
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: Defensive line is a need for the Niners and Shelton provides new head coach Jim Tomsula a versatile option at several positions up front. Shelton showed at the Senior Bowl that he belongs in the top 15 of this draft class.
16. Houston Texans

(9-7)
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: In two years at Penn State, Bill O'Brien never faced Michigan State, but you can bet he will be well familiar with the Spartans' talented cornerback by next spring. While he does get in trouble freelancing at times, Waynes has the height, length and athleticism that NFL teams value at the position to best match up with the tall trees at wide receiver at the pro level.
17. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: San Diego has one of the NFL's best free safeties in Eric Weddle, but the strong safety position could use an upgrade. Collins is a terrific box safety and flies around the field like a heat-seeking missile.
18. Kansas City Chiefs

(9-7)
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: The Chiefs are set on the edges at linebacker, but have some questions in the middle where Derrick Johnson is rehabbing from major injury at 32 years old. Thompson moved between linebacker and running back this season, but shows first round tools with his athleticism and physical nature and might fit with Kansas City as a weakside inside linebacker.
19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)

(7-9)
Malcom Brown, DT, Texas: Cleveland had trouble stopping the run in 2014 and desperately needs to address the defensive line. Brown has a great mix of quickness, power and versatility to be an instant contributor for coach Mike Pettine's defense.
20. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: Would Chip Kelly really draft a player who was dismissed from school due to coachability issues? I think he would, if he believes the player won't be a problem moving forward. Who knows if Peters will be able to keep his head on straight, but his talent is top-10 worthy, potentially giving the Eagles a steal with him this late.
21. Cincinnati Bengals

(10-5-1)
Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma: Some will argue that Domata Peko has not played up to his recent contract extension, but regardless, the Bengals could use interior depth. Phillips has terrific movement skills for his size and will overwhelm blockers in the run game.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers

(11-5)
Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky: With Jason Worilds expected to sign elsewhere in free agency, the Steelers will be looking for a young pass rusher to groom in the draft. A former tight end, Dupree is still raw in certain areas, but the natural athleticism is outstanding.
23. Detroit Lions

(11-5)
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: With Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley expected to hit free agency, the Lions will be in the market for interior defensive line depth. Goldman had a breakout junior season for the Seminoles and was the unsung hero on that defense.
24. Arizona Cardinals

(11-5)
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: If I were a betting man, my guess is no running back is drafted in the first round, but this is a spot that could make some sense. Arizona has struggled to find a consistent option, something Gordon could potentially give the Cardinals' offense.
25. Carolina Panthers

(7-8-1)
Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fla.): The Panthers need offensive line help in the worst way and unless they address the position in free agency, tackle is the favorite to be the pick here. This pick had been Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi, but he will likely fall out of the first round due to his ACL tear, making Flowers a possibility for Carolina.
26. Baltimore Ravens

(10-6)
Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon: Defensive line might not be the Ravens' top need, but Armstead might be too much of a value for Baltimore at this point in the first round. The Oregon defensive lineman is a versatile athlete with a very high ceiling.
27. Dallas Cowboys

(12-4)
Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio): With Orlando Scandrick being the only cornerback guaranteed a roster spot on the Cowboys for 2015, Dallas needs secondary help in the draft. After four years on the basketball court, Rollins impressed in his one season on the football field with seven interceptions and could elevate his draft stock into the late first round.
28. Denver Broncos

(12-4)
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota: The top three tight ends on the Broncos' depth chart are all free agents, including Julius Thomas, who the Broncos might not be able to retain. If that is the case, Denver could look to the draft for his replacement and Williams has the talent to warrant a first-round selection.
29. Indianapolis Colts

(11-5)
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: Never thought I'd put a wide receiver here, but if Reggie Wayne retires, wideout is a legitimate option here, depending on what the Colts do in free agency. Hakeem Nicks is doubtful to return and while Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton offer a solid 1-2 punch, Strong would give Luck even more options, especially in the red zone.
30. Green Bay Packers

(12-4)
Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State: The linebacker crew in Green Bay has been an inconsistent group for much of this season, making the position a possibility in the first round next year. McKinney has some issues in pass coverage, but he moves well for his size and has the thumping strength to make an impact between the tackles.
31. Seattle Seahawks

(12-4)
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma: The Seahawks addressed the wide receiver position twice with their top four draft picks last year, but could look to add another wideout in the first round next year if an impact prospect is available. Green-Beckham has a number of off-field red flags, but the reward might out-weight the risk for a team like the Seahawks in the late first round.
32. New England Patriots

(12-4)
Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan: The Patriots' window with Tom Brady is shrinking by the snap and the organization shouldn't hesitate to add more weapons around him. Funchess needs to be more consistent at the catch point, but his size/length/athleticism combination will draw comparisons to Alshon Jeffery.

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