2015 First Round NFL Mock Draft

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston; QB, Florida State

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a lot of big names lined up under center for them during their tenure as an NFL team. However, none have ever really been a franchise quarterback. They look to snag their first in franchise history with Jameis Winston. His dynamic skill set and unlimited potential could give them just such a quarterback.

2. Tennessee Titans – Leonard Williams; DE, USC

Easily the best defensive player in the draft and possibly the best player in this year’s draft. The Tennessee Titans stick with Zach Mettenberger and go for defensive help in the first round.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dante Fowler Jr.; DE, Florida

4. Oakland Raiders – Kevin White; WR, West Virginia

5. Washington Redskins – Vic Beasley; OLB, Clemson

6. New York Jets – Marcus Mariota; QB, Oregon

The Jets luck out and get their guy here based on the fact that the three teams choosing before them have all spent a high-round draft pick on a quarterback in the past three years. The Jets are a QB short of becoming contenders. If Mariota can step in and be successful quickly, the Jets could be a fun team to watch.

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7. Chicago Bears – Trae Waynes; CB, Michigan State

8. Atlanta Falcons – Brandon Scherff; OL, Iowa

The Falcons haven’t produced a 1,000 yard rusher since Michael Turner in 2011, Matt Ryan was also sacked 31 times last year, and 75 times over the past two seasons. Atlanta takes the best offensive lineman in the draft with the 8th pick.

9. New York Giants – Amari Cooper; WR, Alabama

It may sound crazy to see the Giants go wide receiver in the first round in back to back years. There are, however, question marks with Victor Cruz’s knee and there isn’t any player that has shown anything more than flashes of talent behind him and last year’s Rookie of the Year, Odell Beckham Jr. Jerry Reese says he will always pick the most talented player at the time of drafting. Taking SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Amari Cooper could give the Giants the most dangerous passing attack in the NFL.

10. St. Louis Rams – T.J. Clemmings; OT, Pittsburgh

11. Minnesota Vikings – Alvin “Bud” Dupree; DE, Kentucky

12. Cleveland Browns – Devante Parker; WR, Louisville

13. New Orleans Saints – Arik Armstead; DE, Oregon

14. Miami Dolphins – Melvin Gordon; RB, Wisconsin

Offensive question marks are everywhere on this Dolphins team. They seem to be just a few pieces away from putting it all together each year. Lamar Miller showed some signs of being able to carry the load last year but was inconsistent. Gordon, who took only three quarters of a game last season to set the FBS single game rushing record,  could tie up some of the loose ends.

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15. San Francisco 49ers – Malcom Brown; DT, Texas

16. Houston Texans – Jalen Collins; CB, LSU

17. San Diego Chargers – Todd Gurley; RB, Georgia

18. Kansas City Chiefs – Jake Fisher; OT, Oregon

19. Cleveland Browns – Shaq Thompson; LB, Washington

20. Philadelphia Eagles – Jaelen Strong; WR, Arizona State

The Eagles have lost their number one receiver in the offseason two years in a row. The enigmatic Chip Kelly has pieced together the majority of his offense this year, he just needs someone to open up the back end of the field. A big receiver who can play outside or run the slot is exactly the kind of guy for Kelly’s wild offense.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – La’el Collins; OT, LSU

22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Landon Collins; SS, Alabama

23. Detroit Lions – Andrus Peat; OT, Stanford

24. Arizona Cardinals – Kevin Johnson; CB, Wake Forest

25. Carolina Panthers – Breshad Perriman; WR, UCF

26. Baltimore Ravens – Eddie Goldman; DT, Florida State

27. Dallas Cowboys – Owamagbe Odighizuwa; DE, UCLA

Dallas signed Greg Hardy to a one-year deal in hopes of shoring up the hole that was left when Demarcus Ware left last season. Hardy’s one year contract will only be for six regular season games, and the Cowboys can play Odighizuwa in the same OLB position that Ware left vacant. Though he may not be the pass rusher that Ware was, he is equally as athletic and has proven to  be one of the best run defenders in the draft.

28. Denver Broncos – Ereck Flowers; OT, Miami

Denver is going all-in this year with Peyton Manning. In order to be successful they need to keep him on his feet and run the ball better than they did last year. Flowers who has played both sides at tackle and dominated the run game throughout his collegiate career could resolve a lot of issues with the vacancies this year.

29. Indianapolis Colts – Marcus Peters; CB, Washington

30. Green Bay Packers – Jordan Phillips; DT, Oklahoma

31. New Orleans Saints – Carl Davis; DT, Iowa

32. New England Patriots – Byron Jones; CB, Connecticut

The Patriots need to replace the hole left when Darrelle Revis went back to the Jets. So having a shut-down cover- corner, who is a reliable tackler, fall all the way to them at 32 is a blessing.

About the author: Matthew Palmateer