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2015 NFL DRAFT

2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Dane Brugler
By
NFLDraftScout.com Analyst


After serving a four-game suspension, Georgia running back Todd Gurley returned to the field on Saturday, only to tear an ACL, ending his season and putting his NFL Draft stock in limbo. While time will tell where he is eventually drafted, Gurley will almost certainly fall out of the first round.

There is still hope for the 2015 class to have a first-round running back and his name is Melvin Gordon. The Wisconsin star is considered a borderline top-32 prospect who will likely be a second-round pick, but could also sneak into the back half of round one.

Below is a look at how the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft could play out:

*The selection order for this mock draft is based on the current records of teams with point differential breaking all ties. The Cleveland Browns own the rights to the Buffalo Bills' selection due to the Sammy Watkins trade.

NFL Mock Draft - 11/17/2014
Round 1
1. Oakland Raiders

(0-10)
Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California: Assuming the Raiders decide to stick with 2014 second rounder Derek Carr as the quarterback of the future, the best case scenario for the franchise is for a quarterback-desperate team to blow them away with a trade offer and multiple draft picks. But if that does not materialize and Oakland is stuck in this spot, the goal should be to come away with a difference-maker - and Williams is exactly that.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars

(1-9)
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: The Jaguars' defense ranks among the league leaders in sacks halfway through the season, but Jacksonville is missing a true impact edge rusher in its front seven. Gregory needs time to continue his development, but his tools are intriguing and his potential will be tough for teams to pass up if he declares early for next year's draft.
3. NY Jets

(2-8)
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: There are a lot of unknowns right now with the Jets organization, including the future of the quarterback position, head coach and front office. But regardless, New York will likely be in position next spring to draft one of the top quarterbacks in the 2015 class. Winston certainly has his baggage, but his talent on the field and ability to block out the off-field distractions are exactly what the Jets need.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(2-8)
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 unless Mike Glennon takes a stranglehold on the starting job. The looming question with Mariota is how he transitions to a pro-style offense, but from a physical and mental standpoint, the Oregon quarterback has the traits that NFL scouts seek at the position.
5. Tennessee Titans

(2-8)
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: Quarterback will be a popular option for the Titans in the 2015 class with Jake Locker likely not returning to Nashville. But in this scenario, Cooper might be the top player on the board for Tennessee and would give the offense a consistent outside threat, replacing Nate Washington and giving whoever is at quarterback a reliable weapon that Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright haven't been.
6. NY Giants

(3-7)
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: Despite seeing most of his action at running back in recent weeks, Thompson's pro future is on the defensive side of the ball where he could fill a need for the Giants and give New York an athletic presence at linebacker they sorely need.
7. Washington Redskins

(3-7)
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: The Redskins have struggled with inconsistencies and injuries on the offensive line and if they hope to keep Robert Griffin III healthy, addressing his protection needs to be a priority. Scherff has played mostly tackle in college, but does have experience at guard and projects best there in the NFL. Regardless, he offers versatility and depth at both spots.
8. Carolina Panthers

(3-7-1)
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: Carolina has a strong need at left tackle and must address the position in either free agency or the draft next offseason. Peat needs to refine his mechanics to be improve his consistency, but he is a dancing bear with his balanced athleticism.
9. Chicago Bears

(4-6)
Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: If you want to get a Bears' fan heated, just ask about the talent of Chicago's safeties. Collins wears several hats for the Crimson Tide defense, lining up at strong safety, free safety and outside linebacker, showing off his versatility in pass coverage and attacking downhill in run support.
10. St. Louis Rams

(4-6)
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: The Rams addressed the offensive line early in the first round last year, drafting Greg Robinson second overall, but with Joseph Barksdale set for pay day this offseason as a free agent, the Rams might have a need at right tackle. Ogbuehi's NFL future is likely on the right side, where he is much more comfortable.
11. Minnesota Vikings

(4-6)
Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan: Minnesota has a need for explosive weapons on the outside to help Teddy Bridgewater's development and Funchess would give the Vikings' offense a talented athlete with mismatch potential. He needs to eliminate the drops and improve his overall focus, but the natural skill-set gives him sky high potential.
12. New Orleans Saints

(4-6)
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: The Saints locked up Junior Galette to a long-term deal, but need another athletic pass rusher who can give opposing offenses trouble. Beasley is an athletic rusher who can drop in space and be an aggressive chess piece for a 3-4 scheme.
13. Atlanta Falcons

(4-6)
Shane Ray, DE, Missouri: The Falcons addressed the offensive line in the first round last year and need to get younger on the defensive line in the 2015 first round. Ray lacks ideal size for the defensive end spot, but he's at his best rushing off the edge and has the deadly first step to give NFL tackles all kinds of trouble.
14. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)

(6-4)
Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida: The Browns have invested early-round picks in pass rushers in recent years, but have not been able to consistently put pressure on the opposing backfield. With Jabaal Sheard set to hit free agency and Barkevious Mingo struggling to establish himself as a reliable rush threat, the need is there for Cleveland to address the position again and Fowler is a great fit with his relentless energy off the edge.
15. Houston Texans

(5-5)
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.
16. San Francisco 49ers

(6-4)
Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor: San Francisco's defense has been an effective unit, but they're not getting any younger, especially up front on the defensive line. Oakman has the freakish size, length and athleticism that will be attractive to both 3-4 for 4-3 base defenses.
17. Cleveland Browns

(6-4)
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: The Browns lack of depth on the offensive line has showed without Alex Mack in the lineup and adding a versatile talent like Scherff would help address that. A college left tackle, Scherff projects best inside at guard while also fighting for a starting job at right tackle.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers

(7-4)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon: The Steelers did their due diligence on last year's class of cornerbacks and will likely do the same this year with their aging secondary. Ekpre-Olomu lacks elite size or speed for the position, but he has the instincts, fluidity and toughness that fit what Pittsburgh needs.
19. San Diego Chargers

(6-4)
La'el Collins, OT, LSU: The Chargers rank near the bottom of the NFL in rushing and while injuries are mostly to blame, the offensive line hasn't done enough to create running room for the running backs. Collins projects as either a tackle or guard in the NFL and has the drive blocking strength to dominate in the run game.
20. Seattle Seahawks

(6-4)
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 might return to Norman after sitting out this season, but if he declares, teams will be intrigued with his natural ability.
21. Miami Dolphins

(6-4)
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: With Todd Gurley sidelined with an ACL injury, it is no sure thing that a running back will be drafted in the first round next April. But Gordon, who recently set a new FBS single-game record for rushing yards (406), could sneak into the back half of round one to a team like Miami.
22. Baltimore Ravens

(6-4)
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: Torrey Smith is a dangerous deep threat, but 35-year-old Steve Smith has proven to be the only consistent receiver on the Ravens roster. It wouldn't be surprising to see Baltimore target another weapon for QB Joe Flacco next spring and Parker brings a size/speed combination that creates mismatches.
23. Cincinnati Bengals

(6-3-1)
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: Some will argue that Domata Peko hasn't played up to his recent contract extension, but regardless, the Bengals could use interior depth. Shelton is an active player with range to make plays up and down the line of scrimmage.
24. Green Bay Packers

(7-3)
Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky: Green Bay needs to add more playmakers on defense, whether in the front seven or the secondary. Dupree is a former tight end who moved to defense and has really grown in several areas, but his specialty is getting after the passer with above average first-step burst and closing speed.
25. Indianapolis Colts

(6-4)
Lorenzo Mauldin, DE, Louisville: 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. 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.
26. Detroit Lions

(7-3)
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 next offseason. Brown has the skill-set and versatility to line up at either tackle spot for Detroit's defense.
27. Philadelphia Eagles

(7-3)
Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State: Unfortunate news when Demeco Ryans tore his Achilles' tendon and now faces an extended rehab process as he enters the final year of his deal in 2015. The Eagles could find his future replacement in the first round next year with McKinney who brings physicality and size to the position.
28. Kansas City Chiefs

(7-3)
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: The Chiefs rank near the bottom of the NFL in passing and a substantial reason for that is the lack of weapons at Alex Smith's disposal. Strong lacks elite burst to consistently generate separation, but with his catching radius and size, he can box out and be productive in contested situations.
29. Denver Broncos

(7-3)
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: The Broncos have struggled to find a consistent answer at right tackle and could be searching for the long-term option there this off-season. A former defensive end, Clemmings is still adjusting to the offensive line, but his mobility and upper body strength are impressive and he deserves first round consideration.
30. Dallas Cowboys

(7-3)
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: With Henry Melton penciled in as the Cowboys' starting three-technique, Dallas could address the one-technique spot in the draft. Goldman has lined up at the one and three defensive tackle spots for the Seminoles with his combination of power and quickness.
31. New England Patriots

(8-2)
A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina: With Logan Mankins no longer in New England, the Patriots' interior o-line has struggled with consistency. Cann has been very impressive as both a run and pass blocker for the Gamecocks and projects as a long-term starter in the NFL.
32. Arizona Cardinals

(9-1)
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: Based on talent alone, Peters has top-10 ability, but he was recently dismissed from Washington due to numerous run-ins with the coaching staff. His pre-draft interviews will be crucial to his projection, but if he's able to fix his image, Peters could wind up being a steal for a team like the Cardinals in the late first round.

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