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2015 NFL DRAFT
Senior NFL Columnist

Forget future, here's how teams in Round 1 should fix holes now

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We all do mock drafts trying to figure out who teams will take.

What about one with players the teams should take?

I love doing that, playing general manager for all 32 teams, trying to plug in this year's first round.

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As I went through and did the first round, I did so without including a single quarterback, which is weird considering how much of a quarterback guy I am.

I believe the quarterback is now 70 percent of the game in the NFL, but I don't think any of the quarterbacks in this class are worth a first-round pick in the current spots.

That doesn't mean a quarterback-needy team shouldn't trade back into the first round to get one.

For this should-take mock, I left them out.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. It's safe. It's a need. And it makes too much sense.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ezekiel Ansah, DE-OLB, BYU. This kid will be special. Just needs a little work on his technique. The Jaguars haven't had an elite rusher since Tony Brackens.

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida. I see a young, fast, explosive player. They need a dominant inside player in the worst way. It fits.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon. Speed is badly needed in their new hybrid defense, which is why Jordan would be a great fit. He would reunite with former college coach Chip Kelly.

5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan. They get a local replacement for Jeff Backus. Fisher has a chance to be special.

6. Cleveland Browns: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State. I like him more than the other corners and he could team with Joe Haden, a former Gator, to make a nice combo.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma. They can get a nice blind-side protector for Carson Palmer. Can you imagine Arizona with a good line?

8. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina. Have you taken a look at their guards? They need help inside in the worst way to get that running game going.

9. New York Jets: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia. This is a team that needs playmakers. Austin has a chance to be special.

10. Tennessee Titans: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU. They have to get some pass-rush help. Mingo has a chance to be a 10-sack player in a year or two.

11. San Diego Chargers: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State. Yes, this is high for him. But he is raw and has a chance to be special.

12. Miami Dolphins: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama. He would fill a major need for a defense that has problems in the secondary. There are injury concerns.

13. N.Y. Jets (from Tampa Bay): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. He would give Rex Ryan a player a lot like Haloti Ngata, who he had in Baltimore.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri. They have to get better inside. This kid might end up as good as any of the tackles in this draft.

15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas. They have to get better in the back end of their secondary. Too many missed tackles and Roman Harper struggles in coverage.

16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama. I am not big on drafting guards, but they could put him next to Jake Long and have a nasty left side.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Eiffert, TE, Notre Dame. Heath Miller is coming off ACL surgery and they need a tight end who can catch to be an effective offense.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina. He is a big, powerful player and they need that in the middle of their defense with the move to the 4-3.

19. New York Giants: D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama. How much longer must they endure issues at right tackle? Getting big people is important to protecting Eli Manning.

20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State. He can run and he can tackle. The Bears need to add some youth at an important position in their defense.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU. The Bengals have a good defense, but they have problems at times on the back end. This kid has range and he can tackle.

22. St. Louis: Eric Reid, S, LSU. Take a look at their starters on the back end. They have problems.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Cornellius 'Tank' Carradine, DE, Florida State. He is coming off ACL surgery, but he is a power end who can help when Jared Allen is done.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Travis Fredrick, C-G, Wisconsin. He has played guard and center and they need help at both spots. They can't play with Samson Satele again.

25. Minnesota: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston. He is big and athletic and has shown he has bounced back from severe internal injuries from a practice mishap last fall.

26. Green Bay Packers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama. They have to get better in the middle of their defense. This kid had a nice season for Alabama and would help a lot.

27. Houston Texans: Cordarrelle Paterson, WR, Tennessee. He is big and can run. I know there are some character concerns, but Andre Johnson will help with that.

28. Denver Broncos: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. They need help getting to the quarterback, so he is worth it here in this spot.

29. New England Patriots: Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi. He is a former defensive back who has bulked up to 250 pounds and now can rush the passer. The Patriots love these types of athletes.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State. They have a huge hole in the secondary, and this would help close it. He is a feisty cover corner.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA. He would be a perfect fit in their 3-4 scheme. Justin Smith isn't a kid anymore.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech. He transferred from Tennessee with a lot of issues, but he is a good player. The Ravens aren't afraid of taking chances on character concerns.


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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