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2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Pete Prisco
The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

For relatively talented deprived teams like the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns, the options at the top of the 2016 NFL Draft are numerous. For San Diego - a team picking in the top 10 for the first time since swinging the trade for Philip Rivers in 2001 - complementing him with a franchise cornerstone on defense looks like an easy choice.

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 - 11/23/2015
Round 1
1. San Diego Chargers

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: With all due respect to current standouts Eric Weddle and Corey Liuget, the Chargers have been looking for a franchise-changing defender since Junior Seau. Bosa, the most disruptive and pro-ready edge rusher in this class, projects as that kind of difference-maker. Bosa projects best as a 4-3 defensive end but he's athletic enough to rush out of the two-point stance, which would give the Chargers their own dynamic edge defender in a division full of them.
2. Tennessee Titans

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: Marcus Mariota has given Tennessee hope on offense but this remains a largely toothless defense. Used to taking on double-teams as the Rebels' unquestioned star on defense, Nkemdiche could hold the point effectively in the Titans' 3-4 alignment or match up with current DT Jurrell Casey to give the team a formidable interior presence when the team switched to a four man front.
3. Cleveland Browns

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis: Unless the Johnny Manziel-led Browns show dramatic improvement in the final weeks, Cleveland will "earn" a top 12 pick for the fifth consecutive year. Until a long-term answer at quarterback is found, that streak is likely to continue. If selecting this high, the Browns may have no choice but to move on from Manziel. Lynch is raw but scouts are enamored with his tools, which include great size, a strong arm and surprising athleticism.
4. Baltimore Ravens

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State: The season-ending injuries to Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett are just the latest, toughest developments in a disappointing season in Baltimore. Ravens fans may take some solace in the promise of adding a top five prospect to a roster much more talented than most teams picking this high. Ramsey is a blue chip prospect with track star speed, physicality and the instincts to star at safety, cornerback and even linebacker, at times, on an ultra-talented Florida State roster.
5. San Francisco 49ers

Jared Goff, QB, California: With Colin Kaepernick on season-ending Injured Reserve and multiple reports indicating the 49ers are looking to move on, the direction general manager Trent Baalke goes with his first pick in the 2016 draft could be determined by how well Jacksonville Jaguars cast-off Blaine Gabbert fares the rest of the year. Certainly, the 49ers will strongly evaluate the local product, Goff. The junior's stock has slipped recently as he has attempted to force throws in matchups against the Pac-12's top defenses and he possesses a slim frame that scouts worry won't be able to withstand the punishment of the NFL. Goff hasn't missed a start in three years and possesses the instincts and accuracy to build around.
6. Dallas Cowboys

Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA: Clearly a more talented team than the other clubs projected to "earn" a top 10 pick, the Cowboys are a wild card here. Given the lack of durability concerns with Sean Lee, the smart move might be to consider Jack, a natural playmaker with the athleticism and instincts to make an immediate impact.
7. Detroit Lions

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: The Lions need help on both sides of the line of scrimmage and with the top two defensive linemen off the board and a legitimate left tackle in Tunsil available, the choice could be an easy one. Former first-round pick Riley Reiff lacks Tunsil's length and athleticism and might fare better if flipped to right tackle. Tunsil's blend of size and athleticism has scouts comparing him to Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Jason Peters.
8. Miami Dolphins

Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame: Until running into the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, the Dolphins looked like an entirely different team since Dan Campbell took over as interim coach. The defense, however, remains a significant concern. Adding an explosive playmaker like Smith could certainly help.
9. Oakland Raiders

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie deserves a lot of credit for drafting Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and Derek Carr over the past two years, but his initial first round pick - cornerback D.J. Hayden - has been a disappointment thus far. Alexander is just a redshirt sophomore, but scouts are enamored with his talent and upside.
10. Philadelphia Eagles

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: Chip Kelly may be best known for his up-tempo offense, but he dedicated a lot of his attention in recruiting at Oregon to the defensive line. He'll know better than most not to blame Buckner for Oregon's fall from grace. He uses great length, strength and surprising agility (for a 6-7, 290-pounder) to plug running lanes and harass quarterbacks.
11. St. Louis Rams

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: The Rams have invested in wide receivers with great speed or size in the past but still lack a difference-maker. The well-built Treadwell has that kind of potential, winning with body control and controlled aggression to win contested passes - precisely the skillset necessary to handle the Richard Shermans and Patrick Petersons of the NFC West.
12. New Orleans Saints

Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA: Given the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, clearly the Saints are looking to make changes on that side of the ball. The "biggest" change literally and figuratively could come at defensive tackle, where the Saints are currently relying on the 35-year old Kevin Williams. New Orleans may see a younger, cheaper option in Clark, an immediate standout for the Bruins who has emerged as arguably the country's most consistent run-plugger.
14. Chicago Bears

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: The old saying about the only sure things in life being death and taxes should be expanded to include "and the Bears needing help along the offensive line." Finding a talent like Stanley still on the board at this point in the draft could put a smile on even Jay Cutler's face.
15. Washington Redskins

Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: Washington is surrendering 136 yards per game on the ground, currently 30th in the NFL. The Crimson Tide, on the other hand, are among the stoutest run defenders in the country, in large part due to Reed, A'Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Allen plugging holes. The 6-3, 313-pound Reed wins with power and toughness - attributes GM Scot McCloughan is attempting to bring to the capitol.
16. NY Jets

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia: There is talent throughout the Jets' defense but a relative weak spot is at rush linebacker, where Lorenzo Mauldin and Calvin Pace currently have two sacks apiece on the season. Floyd lacks ideal size at 6-3, 232 pounds, but he is surprisingly strong at the point of attack and offers great burst and flexibility as an edge rusher.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: Yes, the Bucs boast one of the NFL's better young receivers in Mike Evans, but he has struggled with drops in his second season and the 32-year old Vincent Jackson has lost some juice. Jameis Winston looks like a young star but the Bucs shouldn't hesitate in surrounding him with playmakers, and Coleman - who leads the country with 20 touchdowns - certainly is that.
18. Seattle Seahawks

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State: Russell Wilson has been sacked 35 times over the first 10 games of the season and he faces the possibility of the offensive line getting worse with the team's best blocker - LT Russell Okung - in the final year of his contract. With so much of the team's salary cap already dedicated elsewhere, the Seahawks may have to draft a replacement. Decker, a powerful run blocker who projects just as well to right tackle as his current left tackle role with the Buckeyes, plays with the physicality and toughness to fit in perfectly.
19. Houston Texans

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State: Despite starting journeymen Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett (who has since been released) and T.J. Yates, the Texans have been surprisingly competitive most of the year. Cook is one of the more polarizing players in this draft but he possesses the size, arm strength and intangibles for coach Bill O'Brien to build upon.
20. Kansas City Chiefs

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State: Eric Fisher has yet to live up to expectations after being selected No. 1 overall two years ago and depth remains an issue all over Kansas City's offensive line. Coach Andy Reid, a former offensive line coach, himself, could be intrigued by Conklin, a former walk-on at Michigan State with the power and tenacity to fill in wherever needed.
21. Indianapolis Colts

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: Veteran Frank Gore has provided some toughness to the Colts' running game but he lacks a dynamic element. Elliott isn't the second-coming of Todd Gurley, but he is clearly the top running back in this class, showing the all-around game to play on all three downs immediately.
22. NY Giants

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson: While quarterback Eli Manning and the offense garners most of the attention, the Super Bowl runs with coach Tom Coughlin came when the Giants boasted a dominant pass rush. That hasn't been the case in 2015, with the Giants recording just nine sacks through seven games. Sporting an NFL-ready build, burst, power and a high-revving motor, Lawson could offer the boost the Giants need.
23. Buffalo Bills

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: As long as Rex Ryan is involved, the Bills are likely to focus on defense. The instinctive and highly physical Ragland has drawn comparisons to longtime Jets standout David Harris, who played under Ryan in New York.
24. Atlanta Falcons

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: Former defensive coordinator turned head coach Dan Quinn has brought an element of toughness to the Falcons, but Atlanta could use greater size and strength along the defensive line to combat the power running games of the NFC's best teams - including the NFC South-leading Carolina Panthers. At 6-feet-3, 312 pounds, Robinson possesses the girth and power to help immediately.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers

Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State: The Steelers' long-dominant defense is hardly performing at its previous standards. Washington doesn't get the attention of his teammates with the Buckeyes, but his strength, length and high-revving motor make him well-suited to Pittsburgh's traditional 3-4 alignment.
26. Minnesota Vikings

Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor: The Vikings have made steady improvements on defense since hiring Mike Zimmer as head coach, but that is mostly based on edge rushers. Billings is a bowling ball of butcher knives in the middle whose quickness and motor could remind Zimmer of Geno Atkins, the Pro Bowl defensive tackle he coached in Cincinnati.
27. Green Bay Packers

Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida: 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. Bullard is a classic two-gap run-stuffer whose size, physicality and blue-collar playing style would fit in nicely in Green Bay.
28. Denver Broncos

Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M: Whether the Broncos move forward with Brock Osweiler or go back to Peyton Manning, beefing up the offensive line is a priority. The season-ending injuries to Ryan Clady and Ty Sambrailo make left tackle the position of immediate concern in Denver but not necessarily in next year's draft. Ifedi has experience all over the offensive line, is the caliber of athlete necessary for Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme and may be familiar to Denver's coach given his previous stop in Houston.
29. Arizona Cardinals

Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama: Frostee Rucker is a serviceable defensive end opposite Calais Campbell, but the 10-year veteran is on a one-year deal. The Cardinals could look to get younger and cheaper at the position with the powerful and quick Allen, similarly built as Rucker at 6-3, 283 pounds.
30. 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.
31. Carolina Panthers

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: A career year from cornerback Josh Norman is likely to earn him a huge payday when his contract comes up following this season. Whether Carolina opts to reward him or simply drafts for depth, White has the athleticism to fit into this scheme. While he doesn't possess ideal size at 5-11, 191 pounds, White's fluidity and instincts make him arguably the top "cover corner" in the country.
32. New England Patriots

Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky: Selection currently forfeited as part of Deflategate penalties.

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