2015 NFL Media analyst mock drafts

NFL Media analyst projections for the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft:

Mock Draft Round 1

1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2
Tennessee Titans
3
Jacksonville Jaguars
4
Oakland Raiders
5
Washington Redskins
6
New York Jets
7
Chicago Bears
8
Atlanta Falcons
9
New York Giants
10
St. Louis Rams
11
Minnesota Vikings
12
Cleveland Browns
13
New Orleans Saints
14
Miami Dolphins
15
San Francisco 49ers
16
Houston Texans
17
San Diego Chargers
18
Kansas City Chiefs
19
Cleveland Browns
20
Philadelphia Eagles
21
Cincinnati Bengals
22
Pittsburgh Steelers
23
Detroit Lions
24
Arizona Cardinals
25
Carolina Panthers
26
Baltimore Ravens
27
Dallas Cowboys
28
Denver Broncos
29
Indianapolis Colts
30
Green Bay Packers
31
New Orleans Saints
32
New England Patriots
  1. Daniel Jeremiah

    Full Analysis

    April 20, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      The Bucs land their franchise quarterback.
    2. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      I think Mariota will get picked here, but I'm not sure which team will be making the selection.
    3. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      Fowler would upgrade the edge rush in Jacksonville.
    4. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      Williams and Khalil Mack would be a dynamic combination.
    5. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      Beasley is the most explosive edge rusher in the draft.
    6. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      Dupree is very raw, but he has double-digit sack potential.
    7. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      Taking the top receiver is tempting, but the Bears address their defensive front.
    8. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      The Falcons' No. 1 priority is upgrading the pass rush.
    9. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      This isn't a big need, but Cooper might be too tempting to pass up here.
    10. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      The Rams take the most physical blocker for the second year in a row.
    11. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      This could be a cornerback, but adding another weapon for Teddy Bridgewater isn't a bad way to go.
    12. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      Parker would give the Browns a true No. 1 wideout.
    13. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      Collins would be a great replacement for Ben Grubbs.
    14. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Waynes would fit nicely with the other new additions in Miami.
    15. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      Armstead can dominate vs. the run and has some upside as a pass rusher.
    16. Nelson Agholor

      WR

      USC

      Several teams believe Agholor is the second-best route runner in the draft.
    17. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      The Chargers can't afford to pass on the top running back in the draft.
    18. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      Brown should be a three-down player right away for the Chiefs.
    19. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      Goldman is a dominant run defender and would be a nice fit in Mike Pettine's scheme.
    20. Breshad Perriman

      WR

      Central Florida

      Perriman is one of the most polarizing players in the draft.
    21. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      Collins has the versatility to play safety as well as nickel linebacker.
    22. Byron Jones

      CB

      Connecticut

      The Steelers need to upgrade their secondary, and Jones is much more than a workout wonder.
    23. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      Humphries is an excellent athlete and has the ability to be a fixture at left tackle for the Lions.
    24. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      Gregory slides because of off-field concerns, but he might be too tempting for the Cardinals to pass up.
    25. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      The Panthers are desperate for O-line help.
    26. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      Gordon could put up monster numbers behind the Ravens' offensive line.
    27. Kevin Johnson

      CB

      Wake Forest

      After missing out on the top two runners, the Cowboys land some help at cornerback.
    28. Cameron Erving

      C

      Florida St.

      Erving is a perfect fit in the Broncos' offensive scheme.
    29. Ereck Flowers

      OT

      Miami

      Flowers can come in and start right away at right tackle.
    30. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      The Packers could go inside linebacker here, but opt to take arguably the most talented cornerback in the draft.
    31. Phillip Dorsett

      WR

      Miami

      I'd love to see what Sean Payton could do with Dorsett and Brandin Cooks.
    32. Laken Tomlinson

      OG

      Duke

      The Patriots don't care about flash, and Tomlinson is one of the safest players in the draft.
  2. Charles Davis

    Full Analysis

    April 27, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      My top-ranked QB. Despite all the issues that surround him off the field, the Buccaneers feel good about their background checks and will make him their latest franchise QB.
    2. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      Might not be “pro-ready” right now, but I strongly believe he will be an excellent pro. This selection has the feel of being a place-holder for a team wanting move up for the Heisman Trophy winner. San Diego? Cleveland? A surprise team?
    3. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      This has been a spot where Florida OLB Dante Fowler has been inked for awhile, but if the best defender in the draft is available, the Jags will take him. A top WR here could be a wildcard.
    4. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      The Raiders have their pick of top receivers here. My hunch is they opt for the most polished one of a very talented group to help second-year QB Derek Carr. Expect immediate impact.
    5. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      Edge rusher is a definite need in the nation’s capital, and Fowler leads most people’s rankings at the position. He will be a nice replacement for Brian Orakpo.
    6. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      1. Despite the recent reports of a foot injury, Ray goes here, and helps fortify a defense that is already imposing.
    7. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      West Virginia WR Kevin White is a very tempting target here, but the Bears are beyond tired of struggling on defense, and Shelton is a BIG addition that will help set a new tone in the Windy City.
    8. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      A productive edge rusher from a nearby college to an Atlanta team with a screaming need for exactly that type of player. I still would not be surprised if -- wait for it -- RB Todd Gurley’s name is called and shakes up the first round.
    9. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Scherff is a talented player who excelled at LT in college, but I believe he will do the same at guard in the NFL.
    10. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      The Rams, who need to get better up front, can plug Peat in at LT and be flexible with Greg Robinson, last year’s first-round OL.
    11. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      My top-ranked WR comes off the board here, and immediately helps second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater. Louisville WR Devante Parker will be a consideration, as will CB Trae Waynes.
    12. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      The first of two picks for the Browns (who could make a big move up for Mariota). Parker is a big-play WR that fills a strong need.
    13. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      Dupree is talented, but inconsistent. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will accept the challenge. Could be a future Pro Bowl player.
    14. Nelson Agholor

      WR

      USC

      His name has been heard more and more in recent weeks, and the Dolphins are seeking a playmaker on the perimeter. His ability to return punts is a nice bonus for a team seeking big plays.
    15. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      The 49ers will use his considerable athleticism and power to fit into a physical culture, and cushion the potential loss of all-pro DT Justin Smith.
    16. Breshad Perriman

      WR

      Central Florida

      Bill O’Brien got to see Perriman’s talents up close while at Penn St. in a loss to UCF. The Texans add needed dose of speed on the perimeter. Bolder selection: Phillip Dorsett from Miami.
    17. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      Minus the knee injury, this is a top-5 player. Still my top RB, he finds a great home in San Diego. Chargers will be fortunate if he lasts this long.
    18. Cameron Erving

      C

      Florida St.

      Position changes are often scary for players, but the mid-season move from LT has paid off handsomely for the FSU star. Could be in the mold of the Pouncey brothers.
    19. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      A second straight year with two first-round picks for Cleveland, the Browns use this one to help shore up their defensive line. Brown was an absolute force in 2014 at Texas.
    20. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Dropping lower than expected, the Eagles are delighted to add Waynes to a defense that needs an infusion of speed.
    21. Dorial Green-Beckham

      WR

      Missouri

      Cincinnati is a place that players with checkered pasts have found a home, and often flourished. Four straight losses in the first game of the playoffs leads the Bengals to take another chance.
    22. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      The Steelers need to upgrade this position, and fast. Peters has had his issues off the field, but Mike Tomlin will find a way to get the best out of this considerable talent.
    23. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      The Lions DT strength has been depleted with the loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. The addition of Haloti Ngata eases things a bit, but Goldman provides a powerful running mate.
    24. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      My top-ranked LT in the draft, Humphries helps keep Carson Palmer healthier, and it was the loss of Palmer down the stretch that likely cost Arizona a playoff run.
    25. Ereck Flowers

      OT

      Miami

      Flowers is versatile and plays with power and speed. He can become the answer to the 2014 loss of longtime LT in Carolina Jordan Gross.
    26. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      Yes, Justin Forsett had a career year last season, but with the second-best RB available, the Ravens take him, and don’t look back. In the process, they might ace out Dallas for the talented back.
    27. Kevin Johnson

      CB

      Wake Forest

      Top two RBs are off the board and the best DTs are as well, so the Cowboys take a smooth, aggressive corner to deal with the Odell Beckhams of the NFC East.
    28. T.J. Clemmings

      OT

      Pittsburgh

      Clemmings has the skills to play LT but has only played on the OL for two years. His selection allows Broncos OL to get back to their natural spots, and helps Peyton Manning make one last push for a title.
    29. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      The Colts seek to shore up things in the secondary, and while rangier than people think, Collins does his best work closer to the line of scrimmage -- something that fits a need.
    30. Eric Kendricks

      ILB

      UCLA

      The Packers will also strongly look at the CB position, as the bulk of their needs are on defense. Kendricks, my No. 2 ILB, can run, cover and hit, and he puts Clay Matthews back at OLB full-time.
    31. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      The Saints keep this pick in-state. They take a college LT and make him a powerful guard to help tamp down the middle pressure on Drew Brees.
    32. Devin Smith

      WR

      Ohio St.

      Typically the Patriots go big here (if they don’t trade back), but Tom Brady would love a WR that can really stretch the field. Safety could be a possibility, too (Landon Collins or Damarious Randall).
  3. Charley Casserly

    Full Analysis

    April 27, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      Winston is better than Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton at the same point in their careers.
    2. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      I would take Mariota and let him compete with Zach Mettenberger for the QB position.
    3. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      Will it be filling a need (Fowler) or best player available (Leonard Williams or Amari Cooper) for the Jaguars? Vic Beasley could be a surprise selection here.
    4. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      This would be a hard decision with Leonard Williams on the board.
    5. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      Scot McCloughan bypasses the need of an outside linebacker for the best defensive player in the draft.
    6. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      The Jets get the second best pass rusher in the draft, whomever they think it is.
    7. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Bears get a bookend corner to go with Kyle Fuller.
    8. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      Shane Ray and Randy Gregory are slipping. Dupree is next in line of the pass rushers.
    9. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Jerry Reese will take the best player regardless of position, but I'm giving them the consensus best offensive lineman.
    10. Ereck Flowers

      OT

      Miami

      Andrus Peat is a possibility, but Flowers fits their right tackle need better.
    11. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      Cornerback is a consideration (Marcus Peters), but the Vikings reunite Teddy Bridgewater with his wide receiver from college.
    12. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      Ray Farmer passed on wide receivers high in last year's draft; will he take one now?
    13. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      Ray fits the need. Does he pass the physical with his toe questions?
    14. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      You need cornerbacks to beat the Patriots. Mike Tannenbaum likes to trade up. I would watch for that.
    15. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      Armstead fits the team's 3-4 defense perfectly.
    16. Nelson Agholor

      WR

      USC

      The Texans want a wide receiver or cornerback. Look for a trade-up here to get one.
    17. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      The best player in the draft falls to No. 17 because of his knee injury.
    18. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      Andy Reid loves to be strong at the offensive tackle position.
    19. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      Shelton falls into the Browns' lap. He helps the run defense immediately.
    20. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      Collins fills a major need, but look for Chip Kelly to surprise us here. Nelson Agholor is gone in this mock, but if he isn't on draft day, that could be a name to watch.
    21. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      The Bengals' defensive tackle play fell off last year. Offensive tackle is a strong consideration, too.
    22. Kevin Johnson

      CB

      Wake Forest

      The Steelers need a cornerback and outside linebacker. Johnson is the highest-rated player in that position group. Eli Harold is a sleeper here.
    23. Jordan Phillips

      NT

      Oklahoma

      Haloti Ngata is not enough. The Lions need another defensive tackle.
    24. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      If Todd Gurley is still available here, it would not surprise me if the Cardinals took him.
    25. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      Offensive tackle is a major need. Michael Oher does not answer the Panthers' left tackle problems. Melvin Gordon has to be a consideration here.
    26. Phillip Dorsett

      WR

      Miami

      Dorsett is an explosive player at a need position; he's the same size as T.Y. Hilton. However, I could see them trading back here.
    27. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      There is a good chance Gordon could be gone by now. A trade-up to get him is possible.
    28. Cameron Erving

      C

      Florida St.

      Right tackle is a major need. Erving can also play center.
    29. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      They need to stop the run to beat the Patriots.
    30. Byron Jones

      CB

      Connecticut

      The Packers lost Tramon Williams and Davon House in free agency this offseason.
    31. Jaelen Strong

      WR

      Arizona State

      The Saints need a wide receiver with size.
    32. Cedric Ogbuehi

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Projected trade to Buccaneers
      The Buccaneers trade up to beat the Titans, who hold the first pick of the second round, to an offensive tackle.
  4. Lance Zierlein

    Full Analysis

    April 22, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      Winston has warts to be sure, but pairing him with Mike Evans could ultimately prove to be too enticing for Bucs to pass on.
    2. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      Might be the right draft spot, but a different team here if the Titans find a club willing to make this jump in a trade-up.
    3. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      Dante Fowler said he would be shocked if he's not the third pick, but if Leonard Williams is available, all bets are off.
    4. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      Ultimately, the Raiders opt for the safe wide receiver selection to help Derek Carr and the offense, passing on an edge rusher.
    5. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      Might be an easy decision for the Redskins, as they would get their hands on one of the most talented players in the draft.
    6. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      Way too high for my tastes, but Dupree has the athletic traits that make sense in Todd Bowles' defense, and he has better size than Vic Beasley.
    7. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      Chicago's transition to a 3-4 defense could use a nose tackle and an edge rusher, but White's traits and talent will be tough to pass on.
    8. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      The Falcons need to find a pass rusher in the worst way and Beasley gives them legitimate burst off the corner.
    9. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      The Giants want to get back to dominating their opponents up front and Shelton is by far the most dominant run-stuffer in this draft.
    10. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      Rams could go with Brandon Scherff or Peat here, but Peat gives them a fail-safe at left tackle in case Greg Robinson has to move inside or to the right side.
    11. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Perfect match. The Vikings would likely race this pick to the podium if it works out that Scherff is available.
    12. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      Cleveland Browns, meet your new top dawg at wide receiver. He makes big plays and you will love the way he competes for the ball.
    13. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      Some project Gregory to slide all the way out of the first round, but the Saints need another pass rusher and Gregory might not slide as far as some think.
    14. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      Dolphins are looking for better guard play to help establish a more physical presence up front. Collins is as physical as any lineman in this draft.
    15. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      We know the 49ers need inside linebacker help, but this isn't the spot for that pick. Armstead is the future replacement for Justin Smith.
    16. Breshad Perriman

      WR

      Central Florida

      Perriman won't step in and replace Andre Johnson right away, but he has the type of ceiling, with his size and speed, that will get him drafted early on.
    17. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon would be an easy fill-in here, but Humphries has the talent and toughness that San Diego covets up front.
    18. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Big cornerback with lockdown potential. Based on the board, it might be tough for the Chiefs to pass on the top CB in this draft if he's available.
    19. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      This feels too rich for a run-stuffer who is unlikely to play on passing downs, but his physicality against the run cannot be undersold.
    20. Phillip Dorsett

      WR

      Miami

      Dorsett might be the toughest player to account for in space in this entire draft and Chip Kelly understands how to create space for his weapons.
    21. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      Concerns over the health of Ray's foot could cause him to slide a little bit in this draft. A chance to nab him would be hard for the Bengals, who need pass-rush help, to pass up.
    22. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      Many around the league believe Pittsburgh will grab a receiver as insurance against Antonio Brown's contract demands, but we'll stick with a pressing need.
    23. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      Detroit has its work cut out in replacing the interior pressure created by Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Haloti Ngata helps, but Brown offers a core player for the future.
    24. Kevin Johnson

      CB

      Wake Forest

      The Cardinals could use a running back or a pass rusher, but Johnson is an accomplished man defender and bolsters the Cards' secondary.
    25. Cedric Ogbuehi

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Personnel men tell me Ogbuehi's ACL tear doesn't worry them and that he'll be a first-round pick. Carolina happens to need an athletic tackle.
    26. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      Ozzie Newsome took Jamal Lewis with the fifth overall pick 15 years ago. Gurley or Gordon could once again tempt Newsome to look RB in Round 1.
    27. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      DeMarco Murray's production worked wonders for Tony Romo and the Dallas offense. Gordon allows Dallas to continue along that same path.
    28. Jake Fisher

      OT

      Oregon

      While I don't have him graded this high, Fisher is a scheme fit for Gary Kubiak and offers a higher floor than the tackles who might be available here.
    29. Ereck Flowers

      OT

      Miami

      Mauler and brawler who loves to fire out and hit people. Flowers is a work in progress as a pass blocker, but Colts could start him inside at right guard from Day 1.
    30. Jalen Collins

      CB

      LSU

      The Packers could use an ILB or DL, but this might be too early to address those spots, and Ted Thompson loves CBs with speed and length. Collins has both.
    31. Nelson Agholor

      WR

      USC

      Rumors are hot and heavy that Agholor will be gone by the 31st pick, but if he's still on the board here, the Saints get another much-needed toy for Drew Brees and the offense.
    32. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      This just in: Bill Belichick has an affinity for Nick Saban-coached players. Collins is a card-carrying tough guy and Belichick's type of safety.
  5. Bucky Brooks

    Full Analysis

    April 23, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner is an ideal fit for Dirk Koetter’s offense.
    2. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      Williams would give Dick LeBeau the disruptive playmaker he needs to reshape the Titans’ woeful defense.
    3. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      Beasley’s speed and athleticism could make him a dominant force as the “Leo” in the Jaguars’ defense.
    4. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      Derek Carr would love to have a polished No. 1 WR like Cooper to target on the perimeter.
    5. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      Fowler steps in to replace Brian Orakpo as the rugged edge rusher in the Redskins’ 3-4.
    6. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      Todd Bowles’ defensive background could prompt the Jets to fall in love with one of the top pass rushers in the draft.
    7. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      White would team with Alshon Jeffery to give the Bears an impressive 1-2 punch on the perimeter.
    8. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      The Falcons would love to add a pass rusher, but adding a hard-nosed blocker like Collins would help alter the offense’s “soft” reputation.
    9. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      The G-Men are at their best when attacking offenses with a deep and talented D-Line rotation. Shelton could be a monster in the middle of the Giants’ defensive line.
    10. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      Jeff Fisher is not afraid to hand his offense to a mobile quarterback (see Steve McNair and Vince Young), which is why Mariota could be a good fit in St. Louis.
    11. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Mike Zimmer wants a young, athletic defensive back to pair with Xavier Rhodes in the back end.
    12. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Scherff’s physical playing style and nasty demeanor would enhance an offensive line that’s already considered one of the best in football.
    13. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      Sean Payton wants to build a championship-caliber defense in New Orleans. Dupree is an explosive athlete with the rush skills to shine in Rob Ryan’s aggressive scheme.
    14. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      After jettisoning Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace during the offseason, the Dolphins need to acquire a big-bodied No. 1 WR to help Ryan Tannehill thrive in the pocket.
    15. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      Justin Smith is in the late stages of his career and the 49ers need to groom a replacement at the position.
    16. Kevin Johnson

      CB

      Wake Forest

      Johnson isn’t a splashy player, but the Texans need a technically sound cover corner to eventually replace Johnathan Joseph on the island.
    17. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      The loss of Ryan Mathews could prompt the Chargers to make running back a top priority on draft day.
    18. Nelson Agholor

      WR

      USC

      Agholor is a polished pass-catcher capable of putting up big numbers as a sidekick to Jeremy Maclin in Andy Reid’s offense.
    19. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      The Browns need a rugged interior defender to solidify the run defense. Brown is a run-stopping specialist with enough athleticism to contribute as a pass rusher.
    20. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      The Eagles’ leaky pass defense allowed too many big plays down the middle of the field. Collins is an instinctive ballhawk with a feel for making plays on the ball.
    21. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      The Bengals need to identify the left tackle of the future with Andrew Whitworth’s career winding down. Peat is a natural blindside protector with the footwork, balance and body control to hold down the position for a decade.
    22. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      Ike Taylor’s retirement and Cortez Allen’s shaky play could prompt Mike Tomlin to go after the most talented cornerback in the draft, despite concerns about his prickly personality.
    23. Jordan Phillips

      NT

      Oklahoma

      The loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley could lead the Lions to take a chance on the ultra-athletic Phillips.
    24. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      Instead of flirting with an aging back like Adrian Peterson, the Cardinals could target the top running back in the draft, despite his ACL injury. If Gurley returns to form, he would give the Cardinals a Marshawn Lynch-like runner to build around in the backfield.
    25. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin are certainly not long-term solutions on the edges. Humphries is a natural left tackle, but will need some time to refine his technique.
    26. Devin Smith

      WR

      Ohio St.

      Without Torrey Smith on the perimeter, the Ravens lack a young, homerun hitter in the passing game. Smith is a big-play specialist with the speed to blow the top off of coverage.
    27. Jalen Collins

      CB

      LSU

      The Cowboys need a long, rangy corner to play the sticky man coverage that is a staple of the defensive game plan under Rod Marinelli.
    28. T.J. Clemmings

      OT

      Pittsburgh

      Gary Kubiak’s zone-based running game requires athletic offensive tackles with excellent movement skills, and Clemmings fits the bill.
    29. Damarious Randall

      FS

      Arizona State

      The lack of quality safeties in the 2015 class could prompt Chuck Pagano to pull the trigger early on the versatile safety from Arizona State.
    30. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      Ted Thompson always nabs the best player available, regardless of team need. Gregory is a top-10 talent with baggage, but he could be the perfect replacement for Julius Peppers down the road.
    31. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      Adding another big body to the defensive line would help shore up the Saints’ defensive woes at the point of attack.
    32. Cameron Erving

      C

      Florida St.

      The Patriots love versatile players with high football IQs. Erving is a standout interior blocker capable of playing three positions along the line.
  6. Brian Baldinger

    Full Analysis

    April 24, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      After four months of observing this talented player under a microscope, the Bucs are ready to make him the centerpiece of the franchise.
    2. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      It'll be Fowler or Leonard Williams here over Marcus Mariota. Fowler is the choice because he fits better in the Titans' base 3-4 scheme.
    3. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      The Jags have a lot of needs. Williams is too good and too clean a prospect to pass on.
    4. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      The Raiders will jump on Fowler or Williams if either is still on the board, but they'll be quite happy with White.
    5. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      Brian Orakpo's departure left a glaring hole at ROLB. New GM Scot McCloughan's first draft pick will be a fine complement to Ryan Kerrigan.
    6. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      Gurley is the most talented player in the draft and has been medically cleared. That makes it easier for them to pass on Marcus Mariota. He's a great fit and fills a need.
    7. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      John Fox's first pick with Carolina was Julius Peppers; his first pick with Denver was Von Miller. Now in Chicago, he'll go defense again with Shelton.
    8. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      Scott Pioli helped build the Chiefs' defense by drafting Justin Houston. Dupree begins the transformation of the league's worst defense.
    9. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      With Peat at right tackle, and Justin Pugh moving inside to right guard, where he belongs, Eli Manning gets more time to find Odell Beckham Jr. for dynamic plays.
    10. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      Collins moves inside to guard, and new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti gives his QB better protection and a chance to create more big plays.
    11. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      Cooper is too good a talent for the Vikings to pass on, and he'll give Teddy Bridgewater a true weapon as he develops in his second season.
    12. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      Projected trade to Eagles
      Once Mariota slides past the Jets, the Eagles will get on the phone to deal up and acquire their perfect match.
    13. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      I'm not as high on Beasley as some, but Rob Ryan will love working with this lightning fast OLB.
    14. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      The Dolphins need a corner who can lock up and play press man coverage.
    15. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Out goes Mike Iupati, in comes Scherff at left guard. There's a new regime in 49ers land, but the style of football Jim Harbaugh started won't change much.
    16. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      With Andre Johnson's departure, Parker will get a chance to carry the baton at WR for the next era.
    17. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      It's time for the Chargers to address the RB position after losing Ryan Mathews and dealing with injuries in the backfield last season.
    18. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      Three years ago, the Chiefs gambled on Dontari Poe, and it paid off. Andy Reid likes big people, and Armstead's upside is too tantalizing to pass up.
    19. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      The Browns have to get better in the trenches after injuries depleted their defensive line a year ago.
    20. Jaelen Strong

      WR

      Arizona State

      Projected trade to Browns
      After trading down from the No. 12 pick, the Browns grab Strong and begin to move on from Josh Gordon with young, talented players. Strong can become a go-to receiver for a long time.
    21. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      The Bengals draft toughness and big hitters. Collins understands NFL coverages and adds youth to a team that likes to play three safeties.
    22. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      The Steelers desperately need to add young talent to a secondary that lost Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor to retirement.
    23. Ereck Flowers

      OT

      Miami

      If Flowers can take to good coaching and correct some of his flaws, he could eventually protect Matthew Stafford's blind side.
    24. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      Bruce Arians took a chance on Tyrann Mathieu two years ago, and it worked out well. Gregory's red flags are real, but he could become the best pass rusher from this draft.
    25. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      Humphries is only 20 but has the best feet of any OL in the draft. When he gets stronger he could become Cam Newton's best friend.
    26. Kevin Johnson

      CB

      Wake Forest

      There's value here as the run on cornerbacks continues, and the Ravens desperately need to upgrade the position.
    27. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      The Cowboys have finally figured out that games are won in the trenches. Goldman will have Rod Marinelli drooling as the defense continues to upgrade.
    28. Cameron Erving

      C

      Florida St.

      Gary Kubiak loves a talented, athletic offensive line to execute his zone run scheme. Erving can play anywhere on the offensive line, but leave him at center, and Peyton could be his mentor.
    29. Eli Harold

      OLB

      Virginia

      Trent Cole and Robert Mathis are well into their 30s. The Colts need some young, fresh legs that can rush the QB.
    30. Jalen Collins

      CB

      LSU

      Collins is a big corner who shows promise in press man coverage. The Packers will reload after seeing three dependable veteran CBs leave in free agency.
    31. Maxx Williams

      TE

      Minnesota

      Jimmy Graham won't be easy to replace, but Williams' abilities should help mitigate the loss.
    32. Preston Smith

      DE

      Mississippi St.

      Defensive end is far from the Pats' biggest need, but Smith's touhgness will remind Bill Belichick of what a nightmare the Seahawks' Michael Bennett was for them in the Super Bowl.

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