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2015 NFL DRAFT

2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Pete Prisco
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The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com


Rampant trade speculation and a pick-your-flavor class of prospects will make the first NFL Draft held in the city of Chicago a memorable one.

While most are focusing on what the Tennessee Titans will do with the No. 2 overall pick, the action could really get interesting a pick later, as most anticipate quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will ultimately be the first two picks off board. Rather than choose between defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Dante Fowler, Jr., the Jacksonville Jaguars may instead elect to take a player on offense for the sixth consecutive year.

Sparking the offense (and fan base) could be decision that helps Jacksonville become relevant again, and get the wheels truly spinning on a crazy first day of the 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL Mock Draft - 4/30/2015
Round 1
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(2-14)
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: Though questions still remain about Winston's maturity, from purely a football perspective he is an excellent match in Tampa Bay as he possesses the awareness, accuracy and arm strength to take full advantage of the Bucs' massive pass-catchers. Winston has Pro Bowl talent and makes Tampa Bay instantly competitive in a very winnable NFC South.
2. Tennessee Titans

(2-14)
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Whether the Titans select Mariota or trade this pick to another team (the Browns or Eagles appear most likely), sources throughout the league expect the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to come off the board at No. 2. Mariota isn't as pro-ready as Winston, but he has possesses all of the traits to be a franchise quarterback.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

(3-13)
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: Giving second-year quarterback Blake Bortles the most pro-ready receiver in the draft helps Jacksonville more than adding another pass rusher to a squad that already finished sixth in the NFL in sacks a season ago.
4. Oakland Raiders

(3-13)
Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California: Arguably the best defender in the draft fell into the Raiders' lap a year ago with Khalil Mack. Williams has said he would like to play for the Raiders and would complement Mack, giving Oakland its first fearsome defensive front in a long time.
5. Washington Redskins

(4-12)
Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida: With the draft's most pro-ready pass rusher still available, Washington is able to quickly replace free agent departure Brian Orakpo.
6. NY Jets

(4-12)
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: New GM Mike Macaggnan and head coach Todd Bowles have no ties to incumbent quarterback Geno Smith and could make a bold play for Mariota. If standing pat, adding arguably the most gifted receiver in the draft could give Smith the trio of receivers (along with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker) necessary to knock the CB-needy Patriots off their perch in the AFC East.
7. Chicago Bears

(5-11)
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: Any debate as to the direction of Chicago's pick could be answered if both of the top receivers are off the board. John Fox's allegiance lies on the defensive line anyway, and he and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio may see Shelton as the ideal building block at nose guard.
8. Atlanta Falcons

(6-10)
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: The Falcons hired former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as head coach to bring some intensity and pass rush to Atlanta. Pound for pound, Beasley is the most explosive edge rusher in the draft.
9. NY Giants

(6-10)
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: The Giants could be intrigued by some of the edge rushers still on the board, but if Scherff - the draft's best offensive lineman - is available, he would make too much sense to pass up.
10. St. Louis Rams

(6-10)
Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fla.): The Rams developed a fearsome defensive line with the picks gained in the 2012 Robert Griffin III trade, but reinforcements are still needed on the opposite side. Like last year's No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, Flowers is a mauler in the running game.
11. Minnesota Vikings

(7-9)
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: Given the caliber of receivers Minnesota faces in the NFC North, it wouldn't be a surprise to see defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer push for another long-lanky corner for his scheme, especially should the top talent at the position fall in his lap.
12. Cleveland Browns

(7-9)
Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF: If the Browns are unable (or unwilling) to trade up for Mariota, filling holes at wide receiver and along the line of scrimmage would become the priority. Perriman has the explosiveness to replace Josh Gordon as a vertical threat and could emerge as a true No. 1 target if he eliminated some of the drops. Watch out for this pick (or No. 19 overall) going to Philadelphia in a deal for veteran quarterback Sam Bradford.
13. New Orleans Saints

(7-9)
Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky: With two first round picks and multiple needs after jettisoning tight end Jimmy Graham, wide receiver Kenny Stills and guard Ben Grubbs, the Saints could go in a variety of directions here. Providing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan with an explosive rusher like Dupree could provide the greatest immediate impact.
14. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: With his surgically-repaired knee reportedly earning positive reviews from NFL doctors during the combine re-check April 17, Gurley is likely to get a late bump up draft boards. By already investigating a trade into the top 10 for a receiver, Miami appears committed to making a big splash on draft day, similar to the aggressive move made in free agency with the signing of Ndamukong Suh.
15. San Francisco 49ers

(8-8)
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retiring has shifted the attention in San Francisco to inside linebacker, but replacing starting cornerback Chris Culliver is also a concern. Peters comes with obvious character concerns after getting kicked off the team at Washington, but the Oakland native would have local support here and plays with the physicality to handle playing in the rough and tumble NFC West.
16. Houston Texans

(9-7)
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: The addition of veterans Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington may not equal what the Texans lost with Andre Johnson heading to divisional rival Indianapolis. Parker's gliding gait and wide catch radius could complement the toughness and physicality that DeAndre Hopkins already brings to the field.
17. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: If unable to swing a deal for Mariota, the Chargers may take the more conventional route of boosting their offense by investing a first round pick in a runner - the same route that landed the club LaDainian Tomlinson and Ryan Matthews, the only two backs to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season for San Diego this century.
18. Kansas City Chiefs

(9-7)
D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida: Under GM John Dorsey, the Chiefs have consistently drafted with an eye toward the future. As such, a defensive back makes sense. Don't put it past head coach Andy Reid (a former offensive line coach) to ignore a talent like Humphries, who possesses the light feet to handle left tackle, allowing former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher to remain at his more natural right tackle position.
19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)

(7-9)
Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon: The Browns finished dead last in the NFL in run defense last season and have allowed more than 2,000 rushing yards in 14 of the past 16 seasons - a recipe for disaster in the black and blue AFC North. If standing pat, it is hard to imagine defensive-minded head coach Mike Pettine not pushing for help along the line of scrimmage and Armstead has the raw tools to develop.
20. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Cameron Erving, C, Florida State: The Eagles may very well wind up trading out of this pick but with concerns along the offensive line and Chip Kelly's preference for versatile and highly athletic blockers, Erving could be a perfect match.
21. Cincinnati Bengals

(10-5-1)
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: The Bengals have two solid tackles in Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith but each will be entering the final year of their contracts in 2015. The notoriously frugal Bengals may already be looking ahead to the future, especially if a talent like Peat falls into their lap.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers

(11-5)
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: With a once-proud defense aging, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert may be a little bit more willing to roll the dice on a player with character red flags. Cornerback is the team's greatest need, but edge rushers with Gregory's length and agility don't come around very often outside of the top 20 picks.
23. Detroit Lions

(11-5)
Malcom Brown, DT, Texas: The loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency makes defensive tackle an obvious area of concern for the Lions even with the addition of Haloti Ngata. Brown is a quick-twitch penetrating defensive tackle whose blue-collar work ethic might be especially appreciated in Detroit.
24. Arizona Cardinals

(11-5)
Shane Ray, DE, Missouri: A citation for marijuana possession this week and a less-than-spectacular pro day and lingering foot injury has Ray's stock slipping, but for an Arizona squad looking for edge rushers, the reigning SEC sack king could fit perfectly. Ray has an electric first step to beat pass blockers off the edge and if inserted into a defense as talented as Arizona's, he could quickly prove a steal.
25. Carolina Panthers

(7-8-1)
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon: The addition of veterans Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin look good on paper, but reinforcements along the offensive line are needed. Fisher, a former tight end with experience at both left and right tackle, has the athleticism and grit to contribute immediately.
26. Baltimore Ravens

(10-6)
Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California: Despite owner Steve Bisciotti claiming that the Ravens don't need help at receiver, the loss of deep threat Torrey Smith to free agency and advancing age of Steve Smith begs to differ. Agholor starred in a pro-ready offense and has the agility and speed to take full advantage of Joe Flacco's big arm.
27. Dallas Cowboys

(12-4)
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest: Cornerback is one of the few areas of concern on an otherwise stacked roster in Dallas. Johnson, a four-year starter, has terrific agility and speed but some question his ability to handle the physicality of the NFL at 6-feet, 188 pounds, which could allow him to drop into Dallas' lap.
28. Denver Broncos

(12-4)
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: Gary Kubiak's beloved West Coast Offense calls for athletic offensive linemen. They don't come much more athletic than Ogbuehi, who was viewed as a possible top 10 pick entering last season. Ogbuehi is still recovering from a torn ACL but his upside is exciting and Kubiak (and his staff) will know him well following their time in Houston.
29. Indianapolis Colts

(11-5)
Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State: No player has flown up the board faster over the past few months than Randall, whose agility and instincts in coverage make him better suited to handing today's pass-happy offenses than Alabama's Landon Collins. For a club needing help at safety and hoping to vault past Denver and New England as the elite team in the AFC, Randall makes sense.
30. Green Bay Packers

(12-4)
Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA: The Packers may have been a dropped onside kick from playing in the Super Bowl, but allowing 157 rushing yards to Marshawn Lynch in the NFC Championship didn't help. It also wasn't a one-game issue, as the Packers finished the regular season ranked 23rd in the league in run defense and have since released inside linebackers AJ Hawk and Brad Jones. Kendricks lacks the bulk of a traditional 3-4 inside linebacker but his instincts, speed and ball-skills could be the quick fix GM Ted Thompson is looking for.
31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle)

(7-9)
Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut: With the addition of a pass rusher at No. 13, the Saints can take advantage of the depth of this year's cornerback class with Jones, whose athleticism would serve as an ideal complement to Keenan Lewis.
32. New England Patriots

(12-4)
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: Don't be surprised if the Patriots trade out of this pick, as teams will want to take advantage of the five-year contract options allowed to first round picks, making the No. 32 overall selection much more valuable than No. 33. If standing pat, Goldman's size and strength could make him an ideal replacement for longtime nose guard Vince Wilfork.
Round 2
33. Tennessee Titans

(2-14)
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: Strong is not as dynamic as his combine workout suggests, but he is the reliable pass-catcher needed to help Tennessee's offense grow.
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(2-14)
Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State: Releasing Michael Johnson opens up a big need for defensive ends in Tampa.
35. Oakland Raiders

(3-13)
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (Fla.): The need for speed lives on in Oakland.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars

(3-13)
Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia: The Jaguars continue to reinforce the pass rush, adding a more traditional "LEO" edge rusher with Harold.
37. NY Jets

(4-12)
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: Concerns at corner and safety could be alleviated with Rowe, who starred at both positions while with the Utes.
38. Washington Redskins

(4-12)
Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke: Adding toughness and physicality along the offensive line will be a priority in Washington.
39. Chicago Bears

(5-11)
Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: Collins could slip due to concerns about his agility in coverage, but he's a terrific in-the-box enforcer who could give the Bears some much-needed teeth in the secondary.
40. NY Giants

(6-10)
Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State: The Giants are often willing to gamble on edge rushers and Edwards has created a lot of buzz for himself with terrific workouts.
41. St. Louis Rams

(6-10)
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma: Despite plenty of focus on the position, the Rams still are lacking a true No. 1 receiver. The club has been willing to gamble on character concerns in the past and will know the talented but troubled Missouri transfer very well.
42. Atlanta Falcons

(6-10)
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State: Adding size and physicality along the line of scrimmage will be the priority for the Falcons.
43. Cleveland Browns

(7-9)
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA: The Browns gambled on traits with the selection of Barkevious Mingo two years ago and could be similarly intrigued with Odighizuwa.
44. New Orleans Saints

(7-9)
Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson: The ultra-physical Anthony was built to star in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's scheme.
45. Minnesota Vikings

(7-9)
A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina: Cann's physicality makes him an easy fit in Norv Turner's drive-blocking scheme.
46. San Francisco 49ers

(8-8)
Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State: The surprise retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland makes ILB a huge priority.
47. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: Scouts are split on whether Thompson fits best in the NFL as a linebacker or safety but there is no denying that he's a playmaker.
48. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Carl Davis, DT, Iowa: Powerful enough to handle nose guard or defensive end duties in the 3-4, Davis could provide the Chargers lots of flexibility.
49. Kansas City Chiefs

(9-7)
Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (Fla.): With Derrick Johnson coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon at the age of 32, the Chiefs might want to consider the future.
50. Buffalo Bills

(9-7)
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: Medical red-flags have Clemmings' stock slipping as the draft approaches, but at this point he might offer too much ability for the Bills to ignore.
51. Houston Texans

(9-7)
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU: Re-signing Kareem Jackson was critical but depth behind him and fellow starter Johnathan Joseph is lacking and Collins has exciting tools to develop.
52. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: Despite what coach Chip Kelly might say, the Eagles missed DeSean Jackson's home-run threat last season. Smith could provide that.
53. Cincinnati Bengals

(10-5-1)
Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson: Geno Atkins hasn't looked the same since tearing his ACL in 2013. Jarrett possesses many of the same attributes, including power, quickness and a terrific motor.
54. Detroit Lions

(11-5)
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska: The Lions may see the dynamic Abdullah as an ideal complement to underrated big back Joique Bell.
55. Arizona Cardinals

(11-5)
Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (Fla.): The Cardinals investigated DeMarco Murray in free agency and could see similar lead-back characteristics in Johnson, who blends great vision, balance and burst.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers

(11-5)
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota: The Steelers re-signed Matt Spaeth to a two-year deal, so tight end may not be a critical need with longtime starter Heath Miller entering the final year of his deal. At this point in the draft, though, Williams' upside (and fit in this scheme) may be too much to pass up.
57. Carolina Panthers

(7-8-1)
Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State: The Panthers consistently bet heavy on unique traits and Darby has speed to burn.
58. Baltimore Ravens

(10-6)
P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State: Ozzie Newsome has bolstered his Hall of Fame resume by nabbing good players who slip due to character red flags. Williams fills a need and is certainly worthy of second round consideration.
59. Denver Broncos

(12-4)
Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State: The local favorite has the blend of athleticism and accuracy on the move to be a nice developmental option behind Peyton Manning in Kubiak's West Coast Offense.
60. Dallas Cowboys

(12-4)
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana: The Cowboys aren't likely to wait long on draft day to supplement a running backs corps that currently is led by Darren McFadden.
61. Indianapolis Colts

(11-5)
Nate Orchard, DE, Utah: Orchard isn't a flashy athlete but he might just be the savviest pass rusher in the draft.
62. Green Bay Packers

(12-4)
Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma: Phillips has first round traits but concerns about the long-term health of his back could push him down the board. At this point, he could be seen as a steal.
63. Seattle Seahawks

(12-4)
Tre' Jackson, OG, Florida State: Jackson isn't a flashy athlete but he is powerful and reliable, making him a potential replacement for free agent defection James Carpenter at left guard.
64. New England Patriots

(12-4)
Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio): Given the turnover at cornerback for the Patriots, an athletic cover corner with Rollins' ball-skills would likely fetch plenty of interest.

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