2015 NFL DRAFT

2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Pete Prisco
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The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com


With March Madness and the Masters in the rearview mirror, even casual sports fans will be turning their attention to the upcoming NFL Draft.

It won't take long for this year's draft to get interesting. Though Jameis Winston appears to be a lock at No. 1 to Tampa Bay, Marcus Mariota is a wildcard who could get selected as early as No. 2 to the Tennessee Titans or slip as low as No. 12 to the Cleveland Browns.

Where Mariota lands will create a ripple effect that will impact the entire draft, potentially prompting early runs on edge rushers, receivers and cornerbacks in the top 32.

NFL Mock Draft - 4/15/2015
Round 1
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(2-14)
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: Winston essentially sealed his position as the top pick with a solid pro day workout. Though questions still remain about Winston's maturity, from a purely football perspective it is an excellent match as he possesses the awareness, accuracy, and arm strength to take full advantage of Tampa Bay's massive pass-catchers.
2. Tennessee Titans

(2-14)
Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is in play here but unless the Titans feel certain that he can be a franchise quarterback, it is easy to envision GM Ruston Webster opting for the relative safety of Williams, the clear-cut top non-quarterback in the 2015 draft and a perfect fit at end in Ray Horton's defense. The 6-5, 302-pound Williams entered the 2014 season as my top-rated defensive prospect and did nothing to change that grade all year long. He is a physical mismatch too quick for interior linemen and too powerful for offensive tackles.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

(3-13)
Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida: The Jaguars have spent their past five first round picks on offense with little to show for it - although QB Blake Bortles is still a young work in progress. Adding an edge rusher to defensive-minded head coach Gus Bradley's squad seems likely this year, however. Fowler isn't as explosive as some of the other edge rushers in this class but he is versatile, technically-sound and powerful, making him arguably the most pro-ready of the group and like last year's selection of UCF's Bortles, the former Gator would be a popular move with the fan base.
4. Oakland Raiders

(3-13)
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: Derek Carr showed flashes as a rookie of being the young signal-caller capable of turning this franchise around. Adding another weapon for him would seem like a logical choice. Talent evaluators are split on Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White as the top receiver in the 2015 draft. Cooper (6-1, 211 pounds) is smaller than White (6-3, 215), but is more polished.
5. Washington Redskins

(4-12)
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: Jay Gruden's success as the play-caller in Cincinnati came with one of the league's biggest offensive lines. He inherited one of the smallest in Washington and there is no question that upgrading the talent there will be an offseason priority. Not everyone sees Scherff (or any offensive lineman this year) as a top 10 talent, but he plays with the grit and physicality Washington is lacking and would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle.
6. NY Jets

(4-12)
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Another rusher or receiver makes sense here, but the Jets may not be able to overlook Mariota falling into their lap. New general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles have no ties to incumbent starting quarterback Geno Smith and have investigated each of the top passers in this draft class. Mariota's athleticism, intelligence and quick release fit well in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's scheme.
7. Chicago Bears

(5-11)
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: Coach John Fox's first instinct will be to grab a defensive lineman here, but the trade of Brandon Marshall created a significant hole at receiver. Bigger and faster than Cooper, White is viewed by many scouts as the most gifted receiver in the class.
8. Atlanta Falcons

(6-10)
Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky: The Falcons brought in former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as head coach to bring some intensity and pass rush. Dupree isn't as technically refined yet as some of his competitors, but he has the tools Quinn can develop.
9. NY Giants

(6-10)
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: Throughout the Jerry Reese-Tom Coughlin era, the Giants have consistently overlooked other positions of concern when a talented pass rusher was on the board. Gregory comes with all kinds of red flags, but his traits fit well in coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's scheme and he would provide the Giants with some flexibility with Jason Pierre-Paul again on a one-year franchise tender.
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 of the ball. Like last year's No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, the 6-6, 329-pound Flowers is a mauler in the running game with enough athleticism to remain outside at tackle.
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)
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: The Browns finished 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. The 6-2, 339-pound Shelton is certainly a load, but he also offers surprisingly athleticism and passion for nose guard.
13. New Orleans Saints

(7-9)
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: 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 Beasley could provide the greatest immediate impact.
14. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills are legitimate targets but that hasn't stopped Miami from exploring trades into the top 10 to land an even more dynamic pass-catcher. The 6-3, 209-pound Parker might be worth trading up for and would almost certainly be in the mix for the Dolphins if available here.
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. If not for character red flags, Peters would rank as the top cornerback in this class. The solidly-built 6-foot, 197-pounder plays with the physicality necessary in the NFC West and has very good hands. 49ers GM Trent Baalke attended UW's pro day April 2 where Peters, an Oakland native, starred. Fiery head coach Jim Tomsula might have the personality to maximize Peters' vast potential.
16. Houston Texans

(9-7)
Shane Ray, DE, Missouri: Should the Texans feel good about the recovery of last year's No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney from microfracture surgery, the team may elect to look elsewhere with this selection, as adding a pass catcher or defensive back would seem to make sense. A less-than-spectacular pro day has Ray's stock slipping and the Texans could see the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year as providing too much value at this point to pass up, especially given the loss of solid edge rusher Brooks Reed in free agency.
17. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: The Chargers seemed to pay extra attention to Gordon at his Pro Day and may see the Heisman Trophy finalist as the back best prepared to make an immediate impact in the NFL. Gordon's speed and underrated receiving skills could make him a perfect complement to an offense built around Philip Rivers.
18. Kansas City Chiefs

(9-7)
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU: The Chiefs have a strong cover corner in Sean Smith but could use reinforcements opposite him. Scouts love Collins' upside despite just 10 career starts at LSU.
19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)

(7-9)
La'el Collins, OT, LSU: The Browns feature one of the NFL's better offensive lines, but right tackle is a relative weak spot. Collins starred on the left side at LSU, but his power-based game projects better inside or at right tackle.
20. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut: Coach Chip Kelly has continued to travel across the country to watch cornerbacks even after his Eagles signed free agent Byron Maxwell to a massive free agent deal. Jones' stock continues to rise after terrific workouts at the Scouting Combine and his pro day.
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)
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest: New defensive coordinator Keith Butler inherits a unit that finished 27th in the NFL in pass coverage. None of the teams ranked worse made the playoffs. After heavy investments in the front seven over the past several years, the Steelers may turn to the secondary. Some believe that Johnson is the best cover corner in the draft.
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)
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: Arizona was running away with the NFC West last season before Carson Palmer tore his ACL. Protecting him with a star running back makes sense. The Cardinals showed interest in DeMarco Murray, and Adrian Peterson could also be in play. If not, Gurley would make a lot of sense.
25. Carolina Panthers

(7-8-1)
D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida: With the selection of Kelvin Benjamin and free agent addition of sure-handed veteran Jericho Cotchery last offseason, the Panthers addressed weapons for Cam Newton but failed to improve the offensive line protecting him. They won't make the same mistake this year. Humphries is a bit raw but is one of the few tackles in this class athletic enough to remain on the left side in the NFL.
26. Baltimore Ravens

(10-6)
Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF: Given the loss of Torrey Smith in free agency and the advancing age of Steve Smith, the Ravens will be in the market for receivers. Perriman has the explosiveness to replace Smith as a vertical threat and could emerge as a true No. 1 target if he eliminated some of the drops.
27. Dallas Cowboys

(12-4)
Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon: The Cowboys have clear needs along the defensive line and at running back and are likely to take the best available player among those positions here. With the top backs off the board, Dallas could bank on defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's ability to unlock Armstead's massive potential.
28. Denver Broncos

(12-4)
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: Coach Gary Kubiak's beloved West Coast Offense calls for athletic offensive linemen. They don't come much more athletic than Clemmings, a former defensive end who has steadily grown into a star the past two years at right tackle. Clemmings' broad shoulders, trim middle and light feet give him the traits teams look for in a traditional blind-side tackle but he remains, understandably, a bit raw. With Pro Bowler Ryan Clady already on the left side and relatively immobile Peyton Manning under center, the Broncos can bring along Clemmings slowly.
29. Indianapolis Colts

(11-5)
Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: Collins is the unquestioned top safety in 2015, but he is susceptible to a fall on draft day because he is better in run support than coverage. That would be music to the ears of the Colts, who need a physical presence like Collins in the secondary.
30. Green Bay Packers

(12-4)
Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma: The Packers allowed 157 rushing yards to Marshawn Lynch in the NFC Championship Game and finished the regular season ranked 23rd in the league in run defense. At 6-5, 329 pounds, Phillips has the length and strength to provide the Packers with depth all over the defensive line.
31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle)

(7-9)
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: With the need for another edge rusher satisfied with the No. 13 overall pick, the Saints can take advantage of this year's solid depth at cornerback here. Rowe's length and physicality could make him an ideal partner on the edge for Keenan Lewis.
32. New England Patriots

(12-4)
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: The Patriots would love to see the broad-shouldered, run-stuffing Goldman still on the board at No. 32 given the need to find a replacement for Vince Wilfork at nose guard.
Round 2
33. Tennessee Titans

(2-14)
Cameron Erving, C, Florida State: Erving's versatility makes sense for an offensive line still needing help at guard and right tackle.
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)
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA: Adding another pass rusher to complement sophomore star Khalil Mack would give the Raiders' defense some bite.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars

(3-13)
A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina: Whether at guard or center, Cann would provide some physicality and consistency inside for what has been one of the league's weaker offensive lines.
37. NY Jets

(4-12)
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (Fla.): With Mariota in the first and Dorsett here, New York would have the requisite "Jet fuel" to make Gailey's offense fly.
38. Washington Redskins

(4-12)
Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia: Adding another edge rusher to make up for the loss of free agent Brian Orakpo is a priority.
39. Chicago Bears

(5-11)
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon: The Bears hit big with former Duck Kyle Long and could see envision similar success with Fisher's similar combination of size, athleticism and surliness.
40. NY Giants

(6-10)
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: The early run on offensive linemen to start the second round continues as Reese and Co. may see Ogbuehi as a first round value who is only available here due to his ongoing recovery from a torn ACL.
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)
Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson: Doubling down on defensive linemen in the first two rounds could make Dan Quinn's first draft with the Falcons a high-flying success.
43. Cleveland Browns

(7-9)
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: Regardless of who is throwing the passes in Cleveland, the Browns still need help at receiver. The aptly-named Strong has the size, strength and aggression to emerge as a go-to target.
44. New Orleans Saints

(7-9)
Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California: Agholor won't be able to replace Graham and Stills on his own, but he's pro-ready and a playmaker in the receiving and return game.
45. Minnesota Vikings

(7-9)
Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke: Whether or not Adrian Peterson remains in purple shouldn't keep the Vikings from reinforcing the offensive line.
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)
Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA: While smaller than preferred, Kendricks' instincts and speed stand out in coverage, which the Dolphins could appreciate given that the AFC East still runs through Foxboro.
48. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: Call him a linebacker or a safety, Thompson's instincts and playmaking skills could be put to great use in San Diego's varied scheme.
49. Kansas City Chiefs

(9-7)
Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart: It won't take former offensive line coach Andy Reid long to address the Chiefs' holes up front. Marpet has the athleticism, tenacity and football I.Q. to step in and contribute at guard or center.
50. Buffalo Bills

(9-7)
Tre' Jackson, OG, Florida State: The gambles on dynamic skill position athletes LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin won't matter if the Bills aren't tougher at the point of attack.
51. Houston Texans

(9-7)
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: Smith's straight-line speed makes him an ideal complement in Bill O'Brien's offense to burgeoning primary receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
52. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: Sam Bradford has the quick mind, release and accuracy to succeed in Chip Kelly's scheme, but ideally the quarterback in this offense would be also be a terrific athlete - like Hundley. If selected here, Hundley could be afforded the time to properly develop.
53. Cincinnati Bengals

(10-5-1)
Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State: After ranking among the league's leaders the past three years in sacks, the Bengals dropped to dead last a season ago with 20. Down nearly 30 pounds from what he weighed last year for the Seminoles, Edwards, Jr. may prove a better pass rusher in the NFL than he was in college.
54. Detroit Lions

(11-5)
Carl Davis, DT, Iowa: With the need for a penetrating defensive tackle filled in the first round, the Lions could double up on the position with Davis, a stout run defender.
55. Arizona Cardinals

(11-5)
Nate Orchard, DE, Utah: Orchard isn't an elite athlete but comes with quite a toolbox of pass rush moves, potentially filling a huge need off the edge for the Cardinals.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers

(11-5)
P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State: Even with the addition of Wake Forest's Johnson in the first round, the Steelers might have a hard time passing up Williams, who comes with some off-field questions but also the physicality and closing speed to fit into the Steelers' scheme.
57. Carolina Panthers

(7-8-1)
Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU: Hunter isn't polished enough to be an ideal replacement for Greg Hardy, but he comes with exciting tools to develop.
58. Baltimore Ravens

(10-6)
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota: Owner Steve Bisciotti characterized tight end as a greater "need" than receiver. His club could be fortunate enough to upgrade at both positions should Williams still be on the board.
59. Denver Broncos

(12-4)
Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State: The Broncos have invested heavily along the defensive line in recent years but penetrating defensive tackles are always in demand.
60. Dallas Cowboys

(12-4)
Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State: 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)
Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State: Given the likelihood of shootouts with the Colts' dynamic offense, adding cover corners is always a sound strategy.
62. Green Bay Packers

(12-4)
Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson: The Packers won't wait long to address their lack of speed (and bodies) at inside linebacker given the jettisoning of prior starters AJ Hawk and Brad Jones.
63. Seattle Seahawks

(12-4)
Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon: One Duck for another? The Seahawks could see Grasu as a relatively easy replacement for former Oregon star Max Unger, a Pro Bowl center who was part of the trade that landed tight end Jimmy Graham.
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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