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2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Pete Prisco
The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Given the dominance of Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliot this season at the collegiate level and the breakout Week Four performance of St. Louis Rams rookie Todd Gurley, one can't blame NFL scouts for chuckling at the notion that the running back position has been greatly devalued.

The Rams and Chargers dedicated top 15 picks to Gurley and Melvin Gordon III last spring and this year's running back crop is gifted enough that other teams may be looking for an immediate improvement.

A lot will change between now and April 28, including the selection order. For now, take this early peek at what may happen in the 2016 NFL Draft as a fun way to scout the top prospects in the country.

NFL Mock Draft - 10/4/2015
Round 1
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: Simeon Rice was the last Tampa Bay pass rusher to notch at least 10 sacks in a season - years ago. Bosa is a powerful, athletic and tenacious defender who, paired with All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy, could give coach Lovie Smith the dominant defensive line needed to protect a young quarterback.
2. Chicago Bears

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss: The Bears could be looking at quarterbacks if Jay Cutler doesn't turn coach John Fox into a believer over the rest of this season. For now, the more likely scenario would seem to be Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio falling in love with Nkemdiche's rare skillset.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: LT Luke Joeckel hasn't lived up to expectations as the No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 draft. If he steps up his play over the rest of the season, the Jaguars may consider another position. Tunsil hasn't played in 2015 as the NCAA investigates allegations of improper contact with agents, but scouts feel that he's a top five talent and future Pro Bowl tackle.
4. New Orleans Saints

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State: Over his short career, Rasmey has already starred at cornerback, safety and even linebacker. That kind of versatility could be irresistible to Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
5. Cleveland Browns

Jared Goff, QB, California: Johnny Manziel guided the Browns to a thrilling win over the Titans, but he'll have to continue his playmaking ways all season to let Cleveland pass up on Goff. Goff is slighter than scouts would like but the ball placement and poise he has shown so far in 2015 has him pulling away from the competition in this quarterback class.
6. Oakland Raiders

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: Cornerbacks normally don't go this high but Hargreaves is far from typical. Only the most extraordinary talents step into the SEC and stick out immediately, as Hargreaves - a true cover corner in the mold of former UF star Joe Haden - has been able to accomplish.
7. Detroit Lions

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: Perhaps part of the reason for Matthew Stafford's maddening inconsistency could be an offensive line struggling to protect him. Stanley's length and coordination project very well to the next level, where he'll remain at left tackle as he has starred for the Irish.
8. Tennessee Titans

Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame: With Marcus Mariota playing well, the Titans look vastly improved on offense, but the club hasn't been able to stop opponents yet. Smith's explosiveness could make him a perfect fit.
9. San Francisco 49ers

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: Should San Francisco wind up with a top 10 pick, any position - including quarterback - is a possibility. White's fluidity and instincts make him arguably the top "cover corner" in the country.
10. Houston Texans

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State: If Ryan Mallett isn't able to convince coach Bill O'Brien that he is the Texans' long-term answer at quarterback, it is hard to imagine the club passing up the opportunity to add to the position. Cook lacks elite traits but he's smart, tough and coachable.
11. Philadelphia Eagles

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: Chip Kelly loves his former Ducks. Buckner didn't get the attention of former teammate Arik Armstead, but he's similarly gifted and, frankly, already more consistent. His great wingspan and functional strength make him a perfect schematic fit in Philadelphia.
12. Washington Redskins

Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA: It's clear that Washington is looking to win by controlling the line of scrimmage through the first half of the season. Strong, athletic and passionate, Clark may be the draft's toughest interior run-plugger.
13. Baltimore Ravens

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: For the first time in 2015, Justin Forsett looked in Week 4 like the back who starred for the Ravens a year ago, exploding for 150 yards in the Ravens' overtime win over Pittsburgh. While Forsett is effective, Elliott is a legitimate franchise back who could be the long-term answer to Baltimore's inconsistency on offense.
14. NY Giants

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia: The Giants have a tough decision looming with Jason Pierre-Paul and may be forced to invest early in an edge rusher to either complement or perhaps replace him. Floyd's length and relative light weight make him perhaps best suited to a traditional 3-4 rush linebacker role, but he's surprisingly tough at the point of attack.
15. Miami Dolphins

Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor: Even after the splashy signing of Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins show little life on defense. Oakman is a bit like Suh - a potentially dominant player who has struggled with consistency. Pairing the two could be dangerous... for Miami's head coach (whoever he may be) and opposing quarterbacks, alike.
16. Kansas City Chiefs

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: Among the reasons why coach Andy Reid has generally stayed away from wide receivers early in drafts is because he requires so much precision from the position. Treadwell, however, has the body control and controlled aggression to fit in as a route-runner and downfield blocker.
17. San Diego Chargers

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: The Chargers closely scouted the defensive linemen in the 2015 draft and need to see someone step up to help Corey Liuget. Robinson's strength, length and experience with Alabama coach Nick Saban make him well-suited to San Diego's 3-4 alignment.
18. St. Louis Rams

Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M: General manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher have built the Rams into an NFC West contender on the strength of a fierce defensive line, but the play on the other side hasn't been so effective. Scouts are enamored with Ifedi's upside and feel that he could play virtually anywhere up front.
19. Buffalo Bills

Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh: Tyrod Taylor has performed well for Rex Ryan and the Bills thus far, but providing him with more weapons could be the recipe for success in the future. Boyd doesn't possess elite size or speed but his savvy route-running could make him the ideal complement to Sammy Watkins.
20. Minnesota Vikings

Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU: With an offense built around the powerful running of Adrian Peterson and protecting relatively slim quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, reinforcing the offensive line with a massive earth-mover like Alexander makes a lot of sense.
21. Atlanta Falcons

Jeremy Cash, SS, Duke: New head coach Dan Quinn has the Falcons playing with intensity and confidence, which is precisely the brand of play that Cash provides. His physicality up the middle could help what is already an athletic secondary.
22. Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida: All of the focus is centered on Andrew Luck but the Colts defense has also struggled, including against the run. Bullard is a classic two-gap run-stuffer whose size and physicality would be welcomed on the Colts' defensive line.
23. NY Jets

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: While serving as defensive coordinator in Arizona, coach Todd Bowles saw how explosive deep threat John Brown opened up Arizona's offense. Adding Coleman's game-breaking speed to an offense built around the run and possession receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker could be the perfect "Jet" fuel.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers

Su'a Cravens, OLB, Southern California: Few defenders warrant comparisons to former Southern Cal (and Steelers) great Troy Polamalu, but given his instincts, physicality and closing speed, Cravens is earning precisely that.
25. Carolina Panthers

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State: Clearly the Panthers anticipate that Michael Oher will be able to lock down a starting role at tackle. If he struggles to fulfill expectations (as was the case in Baltimore and Tennessee), reinforcements could be in order. Decker, a powerful run blocker, plays with the physicality and toughness that the Panthers love.
26. Cincinnati Bengals

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State: The Bengals re-signed A.J. Green to a massive four-year extension but virtually every other receiver on the roster is entering the final year of their respective contracts. The Bengals may find the relatively local product Thomas to be an ideal big-play threat opposite Green.
27. Seattle Seahawks

Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State: The Seahawks could make Washington the third consecutive Buckeye to come off the board if the high-effort run-stuffer was available here. With both of Seattle's starting defensive tackles - Brandon Mebane and Athyba Rubin - entering the final year of their deals, the Seahawks will be looking for help via the draft.
28. Denver Broncos

Max Tuerk, C, Southern California: Athletic offensive linemen are required in coach Gary Kubiak's scheme and they don't get much more mobile than Tuerk, who was recruited and initially played at left tackle before making the switch inside. Tuerk's agility makes him an excellent fit in a zone-blocking scheme.
29. Dallas Cowboys

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: Joseph Randle and Christine Michael each possess the agility and acceleration to gain yardage in chunks, but neither is a powerful interior plugger. Adding the powerful 6-foot-2, 242-pound Henry to the backfield could give the Cowboys the all-around running game owner Jerry Jones is looking for.
30. Arizona Cardinals

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State: The Cardinals are hoping that one of their young edge rushers steps up in 2015. If not, the club will likely be looking for an immediate impact defender with its first pick. Calhoun has the agility and closing speed to acclimate to OLB in the Cardinals' 3-4 alignment.
31. New England Patriots

Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State: The Patriots are seemingly always in search of a playmaking defensive backs and they don't come much more instinctive than the rangy Thompson (Note: Selection currently forfeited as part of Deflategate penalties).
32. Green Bay Packers

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson: Veterans Julius Peppers and B.J. Raji are playing effectively for the Packers, but they aren't getting any younger. General manager Ted Thompson is always on the lookout for versatile defenders and Lawson possesses an exciting blend of power, athleticism and aggression.

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