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2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Pat Kirwan
By Pat Kirwan
CBSSports.com National NFL Insider

NFL Mock Draft - 05/08/2014
Round 1
1. Houston Texans

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: If your draft board says this is the best player, just take him and don't worry about what people say. Don't trade down and risk losing both him and Jadeveon Clowney.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: Hard to turn down a young tackle with the potential to be the next Walter Jones or at least a 10-year starter. The Rams could still trade out of this spot if Clowney falls to this spot.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: The Jags need a pass rusher with his kind of talent and better hope no one jumps ahead of them to get him. I could see a trade with Atlanta if the right guy is on the board when Atlanta picks, but if no one is what the Jags are looking for, they keep Clowney.
4. Cleveland Browns

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Now the Browns are officially dangerous on offense, with Josh Gordon on the other side and a quarterback later in the round.
5. Oakland Raiders

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: The most ready tackle -- or for that matter, player -- in the draft and the Raiders need to win now. Finally someone who can block Von Miller and Tamba Hali.
6. Atlanta Falcons

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: If there is a great pass rusher left, they might take him. If not, a big left tackle will do just fine.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The Bucs just got exciting, and now they can trade Mike Glennon before the Friday draft starts.
8. Dallas Cowboys (mock trade from Minnesota)

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: If Dallas doesn't get Donald, the Rod Marinelli defense will not work well enough to make the playoffs. Whatever it takes for Jerry Jones to get up here and get him, or he may have to play against him in a Giant uniform.
9. Buffalo Bills

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: Another solid weapon for young EJ Manuel to throw to, plus when Ebron is flexed, the running game will open up even more.
10. Detroit Lions

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: The Lions may want more weapons for Matt Stafford, but who is going to cover the Chicago and Green Bay receivers?
11. Tennessee Titans

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: In two years as a pass rusher, the former fullback has 58 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 27 games. He is only going to get better, but some tell me he may lack some fire in his belly.
12. New York Giants

Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame: Mr. Utility is just what the Giants need to start protecting Eli Manning better. Every lineman on the Giants better worry about keeping their job.
13. St. Louis Rams

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: Every so often a player falls for no reason. Evans is terrific and just what Sam Bradford needs on the outside. A few teams will pass on a wide receiver early because of the great depth at the position in this draft.
14. Chicago Bears

Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama: The Bears need help all over the defense but getting Chris Conte off the field is a good place to start.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: Michigan State plays a very similar scheme to the Steelers, and this guy is very aggressive and a quality person. He starts from opening day.
16. Minnesota Vikings (mock trade from Dallas)

C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: The Vikings get a high pick or two to move down and get the new leader of the defense. They have the firepower to do well in the second round, to grab a safety and a quarterback.
17. Baltimore Ravens

Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville: The Ravens still need offensive linemen but they are too smart to reach. Pryor is a free safety with over 200 tackles and he forced 9 fumbles.
18. New York Jets

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU: One of the classiest players in this draft. Go watch the Mississippi State game; he looked like Lynn Swann.
19. Miami Dolphins

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: Miami needs offensive line help and even though Cyrus is raw, the traits and skills are there for him to develop quickly.
20. Arizona Cardinals

Blake Bortles, QB, UCF: Arizona gets five years on a quarterback if they take him in the first round. Bortles is big, athletic and can escape. He can sit and learn behind Carson Palmer.
21. Green Bay Packers

Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: Shazier can do it all. He's fast, can drop in coverage, he can rush the passer and his 258 tackles in 39 games speaks for itself. Nine forced fumbles is just another indicator he's around the ball.
22. Philadelphia Eagles

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: The Eagles need defense, but they also need a guy to replace the production DeSean Jackson provided. Maybe they consider a guy like Dee Ford, but they won't reach for a player in this spot.
23. Kansas City Chiefs

Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California: The perfect guy in this offense and a great compliment to Dwayne Bowe. If Cooks is on the board, they might take him instead.
24. Cincinnati Bengals

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: The Bengals' corners are old or coming off injuries. Fuller has been rising up draft boards and would be a good fit for the Bengals.
25. San Diego Chargers

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: The Chargers will get a wide-body nose tackle later in the draft. Right now they get a corner like Verrett who can offset his lack of height with a 41-inch vertical.
26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: The Browns play this draft perfect, getting Sammy Watkins up top and Carr down below. They will get a very good player at No. 35 like Su'a-Filo or a big corner.
27. New Orleans Saints

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: The Saints might want a wide receiver here, but a good corner will help the team more. Champ Bailey is penciled in to start and teams like Atlanta will go after him.
28. Carolina Panthers

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia: The Panthers will think long and hard about a wide receiver here but that position is deep and the offensive tackles are just about to the end of the line.
29. New England Patriots

Ra'shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: When Hageman turns it on he's tough to stop. He has one gap penetrator skills and at 6-foot-6 with long arms, he can two gap all day long. He can play anywhere across the front and Belichick loves big guys with versatility.
30. San Francisco 49ers

Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: Latimer is a late riser in the draft but if you watch the Illinois game you wonder why it took so long to figure him out. He also lined up against Dennard and Roby in the Big 10 and held his own.
31. Denver Broncos

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: Hard to believe Jernigan could fall this far, but if Dallas moves up for Donald, then Jernigan could fall into Denver's lap.
32. Seattle Seahawks

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: Seattle may move out of this spot, but teams wanting in better realize the price went up when the class of 2011 put a fifth-year option on 21 of the 32 first-round picks. If Seattle doesn't get a trade partner, Amaro is a 6-5 athlete with 106 receptions last year and Wilson on the bootleg will have a big target crossing the field.

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