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2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Dane Brugler
By Analyst

Although he is the No. 1-ranked prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota does not appear first in this mock draft.

Not because he isn't worthy, but rather because the Oakland Raiders hold the top pick in this hypothetical exercise.

And it can be argued that Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr is the lone bright spot on the team and worth building around next season.

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams has elite potential and could be drafted ahead of the Ducks' talented passer if Oakland has the top pick. *The selection order for this mock draft is based on the projected outcome of the 2014 NFL season by the staff. The Cleveland Browns own the rights to the Buffalo Bills' selection due to the Sammy Watkins trade.

NFL Mock Draft - 9/16/2014
Round 1
1. Oakland Raiders

Leonard Williams, DE, Southern California: The Raiders have one of the oldest rosters in the NFL and desperately need an injection of young talent on the defensive line that is currently filled with veteran cast-offs acquired via free agency. And they luck out in this situation with a supreme talent like Williams available who might be the best player in the entire draft and gives the Raiders a building block to pair with Khalil Mack in the front seven.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: Jacksonville drafted Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M No. 2 overall two years ago, but the Jaguars still have issues on the offensive line, evidence by the 10 sacks they gave up against the Redskins in week two. Ogbuehi was a young freshman in College Station when Joeckel stared for the Aggies, but now he's the starting left tackle for Texas A&M and could follow in his footsteps as a high first round pick.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: The Buccaneers have struggled to consistently push the ball on offense in 2014 and will likely be in the market for a quarterback next spring. From a physical and mental standpoint, Mariota checks almost every box for NFL scouts and projects as a more refined version of Colin Kaepernick.
4. St. Louis Rams

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: With Sam Bradford, the Rams are contending for the playoffs in 2014. But with the former No. 1 overall pick out for the season (again), St. Louis will instead be in contention for the top pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Although Bradford is under contract for the 2015 season, the Rams need to think of the future of the position if they have the chance to draft one of the top quarterbacks next spring.
5. NY Giants

Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor: The strength of the Giants' Super Bowl runs over the last decade was their talented defensive line, but that's no longer the case with the current roster in New York. Although they come in different packages, Oakman has some similarities to Jason Pierre-Paul, who the Giants drafted in the first round a few years ago - both have uncanny athleticism, natural power and loads of untapped potential.
6. Cleveland Browns

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: The Browns strongly considered an offensive tackle with their top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and will probably again in 2015 if Mitchell Schwartz doesn't secure his grasp on the starting right tackle spot. Although he still needs to iron out several inconsistencies, Peat has been blessed with outstanding natural tools and his high ceiling will see him come off the board early.
7. Houston Texans

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: With the No. 1 overall pick last year, the Texans decided to pass on a quarterback, drafting Tom Savage with the 135th pick in the fourth round instead. Even with Ryan Mallett in tow, head coach Bill O'Brien can't be overly excited about his current quarterback situation and with several talented passers projected to be in the 2015 class, including Winston, it will be much tougher for Houston to pass on a quarterback in the first round of next year's draft.
8. Washington Redskins

Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: In the 2004 NFL Draft, Washington drafted one of the best safety prospects of the last 20 years fifth overall (Sean Taylor). And they might have a chance to do it again with Collins, who is as well-rounded as they come with his ability to play both the run and the pass. With this likely being Ryan Clark's last season with the Redskins, Collins would fit as the starting free safety from day one.
9. Kansas City Chiefs

Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: The Chiefs have some question marks in the secondary, especially after parting ways with Brandon Flowers over the offseason. Peters isn't a household name, but his combination of size, length and athleticism makes him an attractive player to develop at the NFL level.
11. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: Regardless of who is at quarterback, the Browns have to get stronger at the wide receiver position, especially on the outside where Josh Gordon's absence has left a glaring hole. Cooper isn't an elite size/speed prospect, but he plays fast with the natural receiving characteristics needed to dangerous threat in the NFL. Cooper at the X, Andrew Hawkins at the Y and Gordon at the Z would give Cleveland an impressive trio next season.
12. NY Jets

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: The Jets have some talent in their backfield with Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, but potentially adding a talent like Gurley immediately upgrades the position for New York. Although the NFL Draft hasn't produced a first round running back since 2012, there is a strong chance that streak ends next spring with a player of Gurley's talents.
13. Tennessee Titans

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State: Unless Jake Locker takes a big step forward in his development in 2014, there is a chance this season is his final one in Tennessee. And although the Titans drafted Zach Mettenberger a year ago, there were more than few reasons why he was a sixth round pick. An offensive-minded head coach, Ken Whisenhunt likely wants a quarterback who can push the ball downfield and command the huddle and Cook checks those boxes as he continues to improve with every snap at Michigan State.
14. Miami Dolphins

Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan: Whether he fits best at wide receiver or tight end in the NFL, Funchess will be able to help Miami in either area, possibly playing a hybrid version of both. The Dolphins need to continue and surround Tannehill with weapons and a big, athletic target like Funchess adds another dimension to Miami's offense.
15. New Orleans Saints

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon: With Patrick Robinson struggling and set to hit free agency after this season, the Saints will likely be in the cornerback market in the offseason. Ekpre-Olomu doesn't have the size New Orleans wants, but he'd be a natural fit as a nickel player with his instincts and ability in run support.
18. Detroit Lions

Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: Detroit is unsettled at right tackle and while LaAdrian Waddle impressed as an undrafted free agent last season, it's still uncertain if he's a long-term option. Scherff is a plug-and-play type at right tackle and would give Detroit a pair of book-end Iowa tackles with Riley Reiff and Scherff.
19. Chicago Bears

Hauoli Kikaha, DE, Washington: Chicago added Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston this offseason and need some young blood to groom on the edges. Kikaha has suffered a few knee injuries, but with a clean bill of health in 2014 and at the Combine, the Washington pass rusher has the natural ability to be considered in the first round.
20. Atlanta Falcons

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State: It's not easy to be optimistic about the Falcons pass rush situation right now with question marks on the roster at defensive end. Calhoun needs to add a power element to his game and continue to develop, but is a young up-and-comer who displays some first-round traits.
21. Arizona Cardinals

Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon: With 33-year old Darnell Dockett out for the season with a serious knee injury, the Cardinals could potentially address that position in the draft next season. Armstead is still very learn for the position and looks more like a basketball power forward, but his natural skill-set and potential are off-the-charts.
23. Indianapolis Colts

Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: The Colts gave a lot of money to Erik Walden and drafted Bjoern Werner in the first round two years ago, but the team has struggled to consistently rush the passer with Robert Mathis suspended and hurt. Beasley is still new to the defensive side of the ball, but the natural athleticism will draw some Bruce Irvin comparisons and likely land him somewhere in round one.
24. San Francisco 49ers

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma: If not for the off-field issues, Green-Beckham would be mentioned as a top-10 draft pick, but the former Missouri Tiger will likely fall on draft boards due to maturity concerns. San Francisco might view him as worth the risk at this point in the draft, giving the 49ers a specimen to groom and eventually take over for Anquan Boldin.
25. Philadelphia Eagles

Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: Chip Kelly wants to get bigger and faster on defense and Thompson helps achieve that. He would be able to line up inside or outside and wear a lot of different hats for the Eagles versatile defense.
26. Carolina Panthers

Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State: With Jordan Gross retiring after the 2013 season, the Panthers have entered this season with Byron Bell as the team's starting left tackle. Time will tell if he settles in and secures the job long-term, but the early feedback is the Panthers could be looking for a new option there next offseason and Sambrailo is an intriguing option.
27. San Diego Chargers

La'el Collins, OT, LSU: San Diego's offensive line has been just good enough, but has room for improvements in several areas. Collins is a three-year starting left tackle at LSU and has the skill-set that fits best inside as a mauling run blocker and agile pass protector vs. interior rushers.
28. New England Patriots

Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: Due to injuries and age, Vince Wilfork's days in New England are numbered and Shelton would give Patriots added beef up front while also serving as a long-term plan for the future of the nose tackle position. He has the natural size and girth to occupy multiple blocks while also showing the range to make plays all over the field.
29. Green Bay Packers

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: The Packers signed Sam Shields to a long-term deal last offseason, but will have other decisions to make this upcoming off-season at the cornerback position with Tramon Williams and Davon House both hitting free agency. Waynes fits the skill-set that Green Bay looks for at the position and is an ascending prospect.
30. Cincinnati Bengals

Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor: The Bengals have a few question marks on the offensive line with the departure of Anthony Collins and Clint Boling returning from a knee injury (and in the final year of his contract). Drango has dealt with a back issue, but when healthy, he has a well-rounded skill-set that could land him in the first round.
31. Denver Broncos

Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (Fla.): The Broncos are much improved on defense but have some depth issues, especially at linebacker. Perryman is short and lacks ideal length, but he's instinctive and a magnet to the ball.
32. Seattle Seahawks

Lorenzo Mauldin, DE, Louisville: The rich get richer. Seattle has a formidable defense and a lot of options, including pass rusher. Mauldin has played defensive end and linebacker over his time at Louisville, showing the ability to effectively play both positions and be a threat collapsing the pocket and stopping the run.

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