2015 NFL Mock Drafts

Will Brinson
By Will Brinson
CBSSports.com NFL Writer

Go big or go home. There’s nothing I love more than a good trade rumor before draft season even really gets going. It makes mock drafts more interesting. Lord knows there aren’t enough for you to read.

And regardless of how weird the rumor — or mock trade! — may be, it’s really not as insane as the things that happen once the clock actually starts counting down. Plus, if I get these out of my system now it’ll mean I will do way less stupid things when my final mock draft lands in early May.

With that in mind, you wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts. And let’s do so by sending Philip Rivers and the No. 17 overall pick to the Titans in exchange for the Titans sending their No. 2 overall pick and their second-round pick to the Chargers.

It's arguably not enough given how good Rivers is, but Tennessee has to pay him a TON of money ($100 million plus), the Chargers can’t keep him around and San Diego is potentially getting five years of control of their next franchise quarterback. Plus that second rounder isn’t anything to sneeze about, it’s a top-40 pick. 

Initially I felt like the Chargers might be giving up too much considering they were parting with Rivers, but colleague Ryan Wilson thinks the Titans aren’t getting enough in exchange. If everyone hates a deal you know it’s fair. Got better trade parameters? By all means leave them in the comments or tweet me @WillBrinson.

I can’t stress this enough: It’s a massive longshot for this to happen between now and May 5. I don’t think it will. But there are concerns about Rivers future in San Diego and Tennessee is a natural fit (he knows the coach, he’s not far from his hometown, they need a quarterback). 

NFL Mock Draft - 03/23/2015
Round 1
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: The most pro-ready guy in a spot where they desperately need a quarterback. It makes too much sense.
2. San Diego Chargers (Mock Trade with Tennessee)

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Draft-day shocker! The Chargers and Tom Telesco go bold and move up for the Duck. No one walks away from this deal unhappy with both teams getting a quarterback.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California: Jags GM Dave Caldwell's in a great position here still, with the ability to trade down if someone wants a pass rusher or just stand pat and take the best player in the draft. Williams fills a need and is a superb athletic specimen.
4. Oakland Raiders

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: The big body burner only has a single year of great film but he's an all-around dynamic athlete and high-end talent. It might feel like the most Raiders thing to grab the really fast wideout but this is a great nab for Reggie McKenzie to pair with Derek Carr.
5. Washington Redskins

Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida: Washington's pass rush has to improve and new GM Scot McCloughan can make his mark early by grabbing the versatile pass rusher to play opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
6. New York Jets

Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: This might be an ideal landing spot for the combine freak. The Jets don't need a pass rusher like Beasley, but they've got to think about replacing Quinton Coples and given Beasley's strength ? speed, so much scary speed ? Todd Bowles could uncork him on defenses out of the gate.
7. Chicago Bears

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: After dealing Brandon Marshall to the Jets, Chicago needs to reload on offense and Cooper sitting there as a polished, top-10 option to help Jay Cutler is a big plus. The bigger need is obviously defense.
8. Atlanta Falcons

Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: Atlanta did some work on their defense in the offseason but not nearly enough to get where Dan Quinn needs, particularly in terms of pass rush. Gregory gives him a LEO-type guy to use as he rebuilds Atlanta's D.
9. New York Giants

Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: li Manning's sack total was down in 2014 but he still got put on his back 28 times last year. The Giants need more protection and add a big body in Scherff to improve the line and keep ramping up a potentially potent offense.
10. St. Louis Rams

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: Jeff Fisher nabs an offensive lineman in the first round for just the second time in his coaching career, but the second year in a row. He might not have a choice after shuttling Jake Long out of town ? Peat's a huge dude who can play left or right tackle depending on how far along Greg Robinson is by the time the season starts and at least give the Rams some options.
11. Minnesota Vikings

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri: Can't ever have enough pass rushers, right? The Vikings have other needs ? and it remains to be seen how the Adrian Peterson situation plays out ? but giving Mike Zimmer more weapons on defense is always a smart thing.
12. Cleveland Browns

Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: Also more needs here (HELLO WIDE RECEIVER). But the Browns get great value by grabbing the massively built Shelton, who wowed at the combine with his athleticism. Plugging him onto the defensive line will help free up Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo to rush the passer while improving the Browns defense against the run.
13. New Orleans Saints

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: The Saints continue re-tooling their team by adding another cornerback with their first first-round pick. You've got to have a stud in the defensive backfield when your division features Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson, Julio Jones/Roddy White and Kelvin Benjamin. With Brandon Browner and Keenan Lewis already there the Saints can bring Waynes in slowly.
14. Miami Dolphins

Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fla.): They're really thin up front and the oddly built (Flowers is not as ?big? as a lineman; looks more like a giant tight end) Flowers can give them some tenacity and muscle on the offensive line to protect Ryan Tannehill.
15. San Francisco 49ers

Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon: Let's project this pick assuming Justin Smith also retires, leaving the backbone of the 49ers defense quite bare. In that fairly likely hypothetical, Armstead could be a potential-oozing 3-4 DE replacement.
16. Houston Texans

DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: The departure of Andre Johnson to Indianapolis creates a hole in the receiver corps that, no offense to Cecil Shorts, needs to be filled. Parker is a steal this late in the draft.
17. Tennessee Titans (Mock Trade with San Diego)

La'el Collins, OT, LSU: With Rivers in the fold, protection is key. Michael Oher is gone and Michael Roos retired, creating a need to add at the tackle position. Grabbing the thick-bodied Collins helps immediately improve the depth and talent on the Titans line.
18. Kansas City Chiefs

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma: Andy Reid and John Dorsey take a gamble on a hyper-talented but oft-troubled wide receiver and grab DBG in the first round to pair with the newly-acquired Jeremy Maclin. Suddenly this offense, with Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce is starting to take some shape.
19. Cleveland Browns (Mock Trade with Buffalo)

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: They bolstered the wide receiver corps in free agency by adding Dwayne Bowe but still need more talent at the position.
20. Philadelphia Eagles

Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: hip Kelly's reworking his defense this offseason but needs to improve at the safety position. Collins is easily the best guy on the board for them there.
21. Cincinnati Bengals

Malcom Brown, DT, Texas: Could easily see the Bengals going offensive line here to prepare for life after Andrew Whitworth but instead they'll take Brown, who fell further than they expected here.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers

Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky: This might be further than the freakish combine beast will actually fall, but if he does the Steelers have to consider bringing in more pass rushers. Because Dick LeBeau or no Dick LeBeau you can't have enough pass-rushing outside linebackers. Corner's also a big consideration here.
23. Detroit Lions

Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: Curious to see what the Lions do with their overhaul on the defensive line. Haloti Ngata in and Nick Fairley/Ndamukong Suh out ? they could quickly rebuild it into another dominant unit by nabbing one of the big bodies in this class.
24. Arizona Cardinals

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: If Adrian Peterson isn't an option because the Vikings won't release him (which they're saying publicly/to his agent), the Cards can always improve on the ground through the draft. Going with a running back in the first round seems taboo these days but Gurley is a transcendent talent. ACL injuries are far from routine but they're not nearly as problematic as they used to be.
25. Carolina Panthers

T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: It's hard to imagine Dave Gettleman not using an early pick on a lineman. He'll take the best player available regardless but Clemmings is a nice marriage of both in the first round. There's an ample number of impressive tackles in this first round; it would be a good time to score protection for Cam Newton.
26. Baltimore Ravens

Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest: Really could see Ozzie Newsome going CB-WR in the first two rounds (or WR-CB depending on how things shake out) in much the same way he did for Jimmy Smith and Torrey Smith. Improving the secondary and finding another future WR1 are a couple big items on his to-do list.
27. Dallas Cowboys

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: The Cards dashed Dallas' hopes, but they can settle on having to take Gordon. He's not a bruising monster but he had 17 runs of 40 or more yards last year with Wisconsin and his home-run threat ability would pair nicely with Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden. Hitting wide-open holes created by Dallas line could be gold here.
28. Denver Broncos

D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida: Adding another tackle to pair with Ryan Clady gives the Broncos a pair of bookends to protect whoever their quarterback is.
29. Indianapolis Colts

Cameron Erving, C, Florida State: Versatile offensive lineman isn't necessarily the most physical fella but his ability to play in multiple spots makes him a huge addition to a line in need of depth for purposes of protecting Andrew Luck.
30. Green Bay Packers

Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: The loss of Tramon Williams means the Packers need some more bodies in the defensive backfield. A ball-hawking, shutdown corner with off-field issues, Peters could be a steal here for Ted Thompson.
31. New Orleans Saints (Mock Trade with Seattle)

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota: Trade Jimmy Graham and use the pick to draft a potential replacement? Yes please. Josh Hill's on the roster and the Saints clearly like him, but additional options at tight end won't hurt Drew Brees much at all.
32. New England Patriots

Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia: High-end athlete with tons of athleticism and upside sounds about right for the Patriots (assuming there's no trade back here, which is always a distinct possibility).

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