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2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Pete Prisco
The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Through the first three weeks of the NFL season, it is clear that quarterback play remains the single biggest determining factor. What is surprising is who among those quarterbacks has been successful, thus far.

While quarterbacks expected to lead contenders this season such asAndrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill and Joe Flacco are among the veterans who have struggled, the Jets and Bills are getting surprising play from journeymen Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor. Going the veteran route hasn't worked in the past for the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans, which is why both clubs may have no choice but to once again gamble top 10 selections on quarterbacks.

While the final order is anyone's guess at this point, the talent at the top in college football is already separating itself with California quarterback Jared Goff and Mississippi defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche challenging Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa as the country's top prospect.

NFL Mock Draft - 9/28/2015
Round 1
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss: Rookie Jameis Winston and the Bucs were vastly improved in a Week Two win in New Orleans, but still possess one of the league's least talented rosters. Coach Lovie Smith's scheme calls for active, athletic defensive tackles. Pairing Nkemdiche - who was dominant at times in Ole Miss' big win Saturday night in Tuscaloosa - with All-Pro Gerald McCoy could be the quickest way to turning around this defense.
2. Chicago Bears

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: John Fox is a defensive wiz but the Bears are again struggling to generate pressure on the quarterback in 2015. While perhaps best suited as traditional 4-3 defensive end rather than as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Bosa is a difference-maker.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: The Jags are stouter at the point of attack but if picking early again, it might be time to question whether former No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel will ever live up to his selectionespecially since he was once again sidelined with an injury in Week One. Stanley, balanced and athletic, projects as a standout NFL left 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. Washington Redskins

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: Washington used the fifth overall pick on Brandon Scherff in May, but that may not stop the club from reinvesting in the offensive line should a talent like Tunsil still be on the board. Tunsil hasn't played in 2015 as the NCAA investigates allegations of improper contact with agents, but scouts feel he is a future Pro Bowl tackle.
7. 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.
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

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: Given the losses San Francisco has endured on defense over the past year, adding a powerful run-stuffer like Robinson could be exactly what Trent Baalke and Jim Tomsula need to right the ship.
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. 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.
12. 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.
13. Baltimore Ravens

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: The 0-3 Ravens have allowed an average of 28 points per game and a lack of depth in the secondary is one of the culprits. White's fluidity and instincts make him arguably the top "cover corner" in the country.
14. 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.
15. Miami Dolphins

Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: The Dolphins were expecting more on defense after awarding Ndamukong Suh a monster contract in the offseason, but that hasn't improved a leaky secondary. Even more gifted than older brother, Kyle, (a former Virginia Tech teammate and 2014 first round pick by Chicago), Fuller has the athleticism and instincts to help the Dolphins immediately.
16. NY Jets

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: No matter who the quarterback is long-term, adding more weapons will be critical. Treadwell has top 10 talent but must recover from a horrific leg injury which cut short his sophomore season to warrant this early of a selection.
17. San Diego Chargers

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: The Chargers closely scouted the defensive linemen in the 2015 draft and need to see someone step up to help Corey Liuget. Buckner didn't get the attention of former teammate Arik Armstead but he's similarly gifted, and frankly, already more consistent.
18. Detroit Lions

Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor: Given the passing attacks in the NFC North, building up the rush in Detroit makes sense, especially with the loss of playmaking (albeit inconsistent) defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley moving on in 2015. Opposite Ziggy Ansah, Oakman could explode.
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. Philadelphia Eagles

Max Tuerk, C, Southern California: Recruited to play tackle and flashing first round talent at center a year ago, Tuerk offers great versatility and athleticism - traits that coach Chip Kelly requires of his offensive linemen.
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

Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA: The injury to Art Jones only draws more attention to a defensive front that has struggled to stop the run in recent years. Clark is a powerful two-gap run-stuffer well suited to help.
23. Kansas City Chiefs

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: : Derrick Johnson has long been a standout for the Chiefs but he's not getting any younger. Ragland isn't as athletic or instinctive as his predecessor C.J. Mosley, but his physicality and intensity would fit in Kansas City's scheme.
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

Spencer Drango, OG, Baylor: Whether he remains at tackle or makes the move inside to guard, Drango possesses the agility to handle the zone-blocking duties required in Gary Kubiak's offense.
29. Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: If Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden remain healthy, they could make Jerry Jones look like a genius for letting division rival Philadelphia reward DeMarco Murray for his breakout 2014 season. Anything other than spectacular success from Dallas' durability-deprived duo, however, could force the Cowboys to look to the draft for help. Elliott's power and speed could make him an excellent fit.
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

Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn: With Julius Peppers enjoying a bounce-back campaign in 2014, the Packers aren't desperate for edge rushers, but Ted Thompson won't ignore difference-makers. A playmaking defensive end for the Tigers, Lawson possesses the burst and flexibility to rush the quarterback from either the two or three point stance.

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