Draft season is here

With the 2014 season in the books, it's now time for NFL teams to get a closer look at the prospects up for consideration in the 2015 NFL Draft. See who our experts project to be first-round selections in their mock drafts.

Mock Draft Round 1

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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
Seattle Seahawks
32
New England Patriots
  1. Lance Zierlein

    Full Analysis

    March 3, 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 the Buccaneers to pass on.
    2. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      The combination of Jurrell Casey and Leonard Williams would be a formidable duo for Andrew Luck to deal with within the division.
    3. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      This decision could come down to Shane Ray or Dante Fowler, but Fowler has more size and the advantage of performing at the NFL Scouting Combine, when Ray sat out with an injury.
    4. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      Kevin White's impressive combine could be tempting, but Cooper is more of a sure thing and can keep the Raidersí momentum from last year's draft alive.
    5. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      Ray believes heíll be an outside linebacker at the next level, and the Redskins probably believe that. Whatever his position, he gets after the quarterback.
    6. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      There is a brand new regime in place for the Jets, and finding a new face of the franchise should be high on the priority list.
    7. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      The Bears have to get better in the trenches on both sides, but Vic Fangio's new 3-4 needs the right fits and Gregory is the best OLB on the board here.
    8. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Atlanta has been pushed around up front for far too long. Scherff would be a plug-and-play option at guard and would bolster the run game immediately.
    9. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      Peat has the ability to step in right away and win the left tackle spot, while improving the consistency and run-blocking effectiveness of the position.
    10. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      The Rams could easily choose to take an offensive lineman in this spot, but I don't know if St.Louis would be able to pass on the upside of Kevin White here.
    11. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      When Mike Zimmer was in Cincinnati, he was on a staff that didnít hesitate to draft big, athletic cornerbacks early. Waynes is fast and athletic.
    12. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      Teams never like to be forced into a need pick in Round 1, but the Browns might have to jump on Parker here for fear of missing out on Josh Gordon's replacement.
    13. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      The Saints are looking for pass-rush help, and Beasley can provide it. Beasley helped his cause by posting impressive numbers with more bulk at the combine.
    14. Jalen Collins

      CB

      LSU

      This could be a good trade-back spot for Miami. Collins has great size, speed and talent for the Dolphins to groom.
    15. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      Armstead would benefit greatly from learning behind Justin Smith, who turns 36 in September. Armstead is still green, but has immense potential.
    16. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      Collins could start right away at left guard, or replace Derek Newton at right tackle if he leaves via free agency. Collins would add toughness to the Texans' run game.
    17. T.J. Clemmings

      OT

      Pittsburgh

      This pick gives the Chargers more athleticism on the edge, and a chance to bump D.J. Fluker inside where he is free to mash away.
    18. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      Collins is likely the best available prospect on the board in this scenario, and falls to a team with a big need at safety.
    19. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      Shelton is a massive nose tackle with the potential to shut down the running game. Bud Dupree could be tough to pass up at this spot, but Shelton helps to solidify the middle.
    20. Kevin Johnson

      CB

      Wake Forest

      If the Eagles don't see value in taking a cornerback here, they could shock everyone with Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon as cheaper future replacements for LeSean McCoy.
    21. Ereck Flowers

      OT

      Miami

      The Bengals could move Flowers to guard or prepare him to take over for the overrated Andre Smith. Either way, someone mean comes to town.
    22. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      His outstanding combine could very well pull him off the board well before this slot, but if heís still available, his dynamic athleticism would be a huge get and great fit.
    23. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      If Ndamukong Suh ends up elsewhere -- which is likely -- Brown could step right into the Lions' defensive front as a penetrating, disruptive defender.
    24. Jordan Phillips

      NT

      Oklahoma

      The Cardinals have holes to fill in their front seven, and Phillips has outstanding upside and talent to be an instant part of the retooling up front.
    25. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      Humphries has been flying under the radar, but he would give Carolina a ready-made left tackle who pass-protects better than Ereck Flowers and Cedric Ogbuehi.
    26. Jaelen Strong

      WR

      Arizona State

      Strong showed off his outstanding athleticism at the combine, and the Ravens are in need of a true No. 1 WR to fit into their layered passing attack.
    27. Owamagbe Odighizuwa

      DE

      UCLA

      Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is all about explosiveness and disruption, and Odighizuwa has rare explosiveness for the position. Marinelli can work with him.
    28. Cedric Ogbuehi

      OT

      Texas A&M

      If there is one thing that Gary Kubiak puts a premium on, itís tackle play in his scheme. If Ogbuehi's medicals check out, he has a great shot at being a Bronco.
    29. Benardrick McKinney

      ILB

      Mississippi St.

      The Colts have to add some thump to their front seven, and at some point they must command the interior. McKinney is a big-bodied hitter inside.
    30. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      The Packers want to be dominant up front once again, and the best way to do that is with physically imposing, powerful linemen. Goldman is a block-eating machine.
    31. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      Gurley is the most talented runner in this draft, but needs time to heal his torn ACL. With few obvious needs, why not swing for the fences here?
    32. Breshad Perriman

      WR

      Central Florida

      I would love to go with a shocker here like Clemson NT Grady Jarrett -- because that is how Belichick rolls -- but I will stick with Perriman, who has a rare combination of size, long speed and short-area quickness.
  2. Bucky Brooks

    Full Analysis

    February 27, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      Winston impressed observers with his high football IQ and spectacular arm talent at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is an ideal fit for Dirk Koetter's vertical passing game.
    2. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      Dick LeBeau would welcome the presence of a young, athletic defender with exceptional hand skills and quickness. Williams can play multiple positions along the front line, giving the Titans a dominant defender to build around.
    3. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      The ex-Gator is a violent edge defender with a knack for creating chaos at the point of attack. He possesses the competitive spirit, nasty temperament and high football IQ that Gus Bradley desires in his defenders.
    4. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      There is nothing wrong with giving Derek Carr a big, fast playmaker on the outside. White is the WR1 the Raiders have needed since Tim Brown left years ago.
    5. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      New GM Scot McCloughan loves long, rangy athletes with speed and quickness. Gregory is a freakishly talented playmaker capable of rushing the passer or dropping into coverage as a 3-4 hybrid.
    6. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      New OC Chan Gailey's arrival paves the way for the team to develop Mariota as the franchise QB of the future. Gailey has experimented with the spread offense and zone-read concepts in the NFL, leading to an easier transition for Mariota.
    7. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      John Fox will make fixing the Bears' woeful defense a top priority. Beasley is a dynamic edge rusher with exceptional first-step quickness and closing speed.
    8. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      The Falcons desperately need pass rushers to compete in the NFC South. Ray fits the mold of the "Leo" defenders new head coach Dan Quinn employed with the Seattle Seahawks.
    9. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      GM Jerry Reese typically opts for big-bodied players in the first round. Shelton would fill a void at NT and give Steve Spagnuolo an athletic run stopper at the point of attack.
    10. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      The Rams would jump at the opportunity to land a true WR1 at this point of the draft. Cooper is the most pro-ready receiver in the draft, and his playmaking ability would help Sam Bradford get back on track in 2015.
    11. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Mike Zimmer wants to pair an athletic cornerback with Xavier Rhodes to blanket the passing games that dominate the NFC North. Waynes is an explosive athlete with sound bump-and-run skills.
    12. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      GM Ray Farmer could opt to bypass an obvious need at WR to fill the biggest void on the defense. Brown is a dominant run stuffer with pass-rush ability.
    13. Jalen Collins

      CB

      LSU

      The long, rangy cover corner has the physical tools to develop into an elite player on the edge. Collins could thrive as an eraser in Rob Ryan's defense.
    14. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      Adding an instinctive playmaker to the back end would help the Dolphins eliminate the big plays in the passing game.
    15. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      The 49ers need to get back to the physical brand of football that carried them to three consecutive NFC Championship Games. Collins is a rugged run blocker capable of playing offensive tackle or guard in a power-based run scheme.
    16. Ereck Flowers

      OT

      Miami

      Bill O'Brien wants to incorporate more power running schemes into the playbook, but needs a big body on the edge to do so. Flowers mauls defenders in the running game, yet displays enough athleticism to handle speed rushers off the edge.
    17. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      It's imperative for the Chargers to retool their interior line to ensure Philip Rivers stays upright in the pocket. Scherff is a stout blocker at the point of attack with the physicality and toughness to handle the massive DTs within the AFC West.
    18. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      The Chiefs have to find a WR1 to anchor the passing game. Parker is a polished playmaker with the size and length to thrive in Reid's version of the West Coast offense.
    19. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      The Browns could opt for a WR at this pick, but the team wants to play smashmouth football under Mike Pettine and needs to fortify the offensive line on the right side. Peat is a plug-and-play tackle capable of stepping into the lineup on Day 1.
    20. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      Chip Kelly typically avoids character risks on draft day, but Peters' talent and cover skills would upgrade the Eagles' suspect secondary.
    21. T.J. Clemmings

      OT

      Pittsburgh

      It's time to groom a successor for Andrew Whitworth at left tackle. Clemmings has all of the physical tools to play the marquee spot on the line, but might need a redshirt year before he is ready to assume a starting job.
    22. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      The Steelers desperately need a pass rusher to emerge after striking out on Jarvis Jones a few years ago. Dupree is a workout warrior with intriguing pass-rush skills.
    23. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      The potential loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley could force GM Martin Mayhew to pluck an athletic defensive tackle with size and strength.
    24. Eli Harold

      OLB

      Virginia

      The underrated pass rusher has the speed, athleticism and burst to develop into a double-digit sack artist as a pro.
    25. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      The Panthers need to secure the edges of the offensive line to help Cam Newton improve his performance from the pocket. Humphries is a developmental prospect with the length and athleticism to succeed at offensive tackle.
    26. Dorial Green-Beckham

      WR

      Missouri

      The Ravens have struck gold in the first round over the years by taking calculated gambles on blue-chip talents. Green-Beckham has some character concerns that need to be addressed, but he has the physical tools to be an elite receiver early in his career.
    27. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      The Cowboys' offensive line will help an explosive runner like Gordon churn out 1,200 yards annually. The ex-Badger would be a nice replacement if Demarco Murray leaves as a free agent.
    28. Jordan Phillips

      NT

      Oklahoma

      Wade Phillips could encourage John Elway to look for an active nose tackle with exceptional first-step quickness to serve as the centerpiece of his 3-4 scheme. Jordan Phillips has impressive physical tools and is capable of playing as a three-down interior defender as a pro.
    29. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      The Colts must improve their defense to seriously compete with the elite teams in the AFC. Armstead is a long, rangy defensive end capable of occupying multiple blockers at the point of attack.
    30. Benardrick McKinney

      ILB

      Mississippi St.

      Despite Clay Matthews' success as an ILB, the Packers would like their top defender to return to his natural position as an edge rusher. McKinney is a rugged tackling machine with terrific instincts and awareness.
    31. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      Pete Carroll could fall in love with the prospect of adding Gurley to the Seahawks' backfield as Marshawn Lynch's understudy or replacement.
    32. Cameron Erving

      C

      Florida St.

      The ex-Seminole is a versatile blocker capable of playing any spot along the line. That flexibility makes him an attractive option for the Patriots at the bottom of the first round.
  3. Charles Davis

    Full Analysis

    February 25, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      I have opined that Marcus Mariota would fit nicely here as well, but all signs point to Winston being the choice and it makes sense.
    2. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      Williams is my top-rated player in the draft. The Titans are happy to get him.
    3. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      The Jaguars surprised most everybody with the quarterback selection of Blake Bortles last year. They opt for a terrific pass rusher in 2015.
    4. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      It's hard for the Raiders to go wrong here, but they choose an explosive wide receiver to help young quarterback Derek Carr. Alabama WR Amari Cooper is also a possibility here.
    5. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      Another pass rusher comes off the board. Gregory will add weight and keep his speed.
    6. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      If new head coach Todd Bowles is not satisfied that Geno Smith is the answer at quarterback, then Mariota is the choice. If not, look for a cornerback such as Trae Waynes here.
    7. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      A foot injury at the combine did not allow Ray to show his full wares, but he's explosive off the ball.
    8. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      Beasley put on a show at the combine, and the Falcons desperately need to add a pass rusher.
    9. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      Humphries is a riser, and right now I believe he's the best left tackle in the draft.
    10. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      The Rams had hoped that one of the two top quarterbacks slipped, but happy to add the top-rated cornerback.
    11. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Scherff can start his NFL career at either guard or tackle.
    12. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      Cooper is smooth and has big-time versatility.
    13. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      If any team would go off script to add another offensive weapon, it's New Orleans. Parker is a tremendous prospect.
    14. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      The Dolphins continue to fortify their offensive line.
    15. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      With new head coach Jim Tomsula, the 49ers will still be a power team, and Shelton is definitely a power player.
    16. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      Gordon fits the versatility of head coach Bill O'Brien's offense. A wide receiver could also be the call here, too.
    17. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      Brown can really push the pocket as a nose tackle/defensive tackle.
    18. Devin Smith

      WR

      Ohio St.

      Wide receiver is a position of need for Kansas City, and it will have choices. Dorial Green-Beckham will also be under consideration, but his struggles off the field at Missouri might dissuade the Chiefs' brass.
    19. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      Dupree shows flashes of big-time ability. Browns head coach Mike Pettine and his staff will work on getting that out of Dupree consistently.
    20. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      Collins is strong, physical and well-schooled in pro defenses.
    21. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      Peters is a talented player who will help the Bengals deal with the skilled wide receivers in the AFC North.
    22. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      This pick could easily be a cornerback, but Goldman provides bulk inside in the run-heavy AFC North.
    23. Jordan Phillips

      NT

      Oklahoma

      The Lions' defensive tackle position is in flux due to free agency.
    24. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      Armstead resembles Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell and would provide depth and length along the defensive front.
    25. Jalen Collins

      CB

      LSU

      Collins did not start a lot of games in college, but his length and athleticism create excellent potential.
    26. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      Without the knee injury suffered late last season, Gurley would be long gone. The Ravens can be patient due to the emergence of Justin Forsett.
    27. Denzel Perryman

      ILB

      Miami

      Perryman did not run as well as expected at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he's a player and a striking hitter.
    28. Benardrick McKinney

      ILB

      Mississippi St.

      McKinney is a big, versatile linebacker who fits the Broncos' needs. Denver could also opt for offense with this piece and select a wide receiver.
    29. T.J. Clemmings

      OT

      Pittsburgh

      Clemmings has left tackle talent despite playing right tackle in college. His best football is ahead of him after having played only two years on offensive line in college.
    30. Stephone Anthony

      ILB

      Clemson

      Anthony's performance at the combine increased my conviction in his talent and potential.
    31. Jaelen Strong

      WR

      Arizona State

      The Seahawks saw what a big-bodied wide receiver can do to defenses in the Super Bowl with the surprise play of Chris Matthews. Strong can go get it.
    32. Eli Harold

      OLB

      Virginia

      Harold is a prospect who can play a variety of spots in the Patriots' versatile defense.
  4. Daniel Jeremiah

    Full Analysis

    February 25, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      I still believe Marcus Mariota is in play for this pick, but I'm going to stick with Winston.
    2. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      The Titans need more impact defenders and Williams is a special player.
    3. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      The Jaguars need to upgrade the offensive line, but there isn't a candidate worthy of the third overall pick. Adding Fowler would juice up an already solid pass rush.
    4. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      Flip a coin, Amari Cooper or White; can't go wrong with either player.
    5. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      Washington needs to replace Brian Orakpo and Ray is a dynamic pass rusher.
    6. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      The Jets could easily go quarterback here, but in this scenario I have them upgrading the cornerback position. New head coach Todd Bowles loves to blitz and he can't with the current lack of talent at the corner spot.
    7. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      The Bears could look at a number of positions on the defensive side of the ball. They need help everywhere.
    8. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      Gregory needs to add some weight, but he has special tools as a pass rusher. This would be a huge upgrade for the Falcons.
    9. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      The Giants could look to upgrade the offensive line, but Brown is a player who is generating a lot of buzz in personnel circles.
    10. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      The Rams can't rely on Sam Bradford to stay healthy, and Mariota would be a great fit with their current offensive personnel.
    11. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      Cooper would be a steal for the Vikings and their young franchise quarterback.
    12. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      Shelton is an ideal fit in the physical AFC North.
    13. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      Collins has the tools to be a functional starting offensive tackle, but he has Pro Bowl potential at guard.
    14. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      Miami has other more pressing needs, but pairing Parker with Jarvis Landry and Ryan Tannehill would be pretty tempting.
    15. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Out goes Mike Iupati, in comes Scherff.
    16. Jalen Collins

      CB

      LSU

      Houston could look at an offensive tackle here, but instead looks to add more talent to the secondary.
    17. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      Gurley could end up being the best player in this entire draft class, and he would take some of the pressure away from Philip Rivers.
    18. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      Andy Reid will address the receiver position in a later round, and instead picks up the top safety in the draft class.
    19. Jaelen Strong

      WR

      Arizona State

      Strong answered all questions about his speed with a fantastic 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. His ball skills are excellent.
    20. Byron Jones

      CB

      Connecticut

      Jones put on a show in Indy, but he's much more than a workout warrior. He was a four-year starter at UConn with toughness and smarts. That fits the Chip Kelly profile.
    21. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      The Bengals love players with size along the defensive front, and Armstead is a giant with powerful hands and quick feet.
    22. Eli Harold

      OLB

      Virginia

      The Steelers could upgrade the secondary or offensive line here, but they also need to address the pass rush. Harold is a perfect fit.
    23. D.J. Humphries

      OT

      Florida

      Humphries is arguably the top talent at the tackle position in this draft class. He could hold down the left tackle position, and allow the Lions to kick Riley Reiff over to right tackle or inside to guard.
    24. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      Goldman has outstanding size and strength. The Cardinals need to add more youth along their defensive front.
    25. T.J. Clemmings

      OT

      Pittsburgh

      Protecting Cam Newton must be the top priority this offseason.
    26. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      Justin Forsett had an outstanding season, but he's not under contract for next season. Gordon would represent an upgrade, should Forsett depart for another squad.
    27. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      Dupree hasn't put it all together yet, but his upside as a pass rusher is sky high.
    28. Jordan Phillips

      NT

      Oklahoma

      Denver could have several holes to plug following free agency. Phillips is a stout run defender with some upside as a pass rusher.
    29. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      The Colts need to lower the number of hits Andrew Luck has suffered over the last few seasons. Peat has some rough moments on tape, but he has excellent size, quickness and intelligence.
    30. Ereck Flowers

      OT

      Miami

      Flowers needs to clean up some pass-pro technique with his hands, but he is a people mover in the run game.
    31. Dorial Green-Beckham

      WR

      Missouri

      The Seahawks were a play away from winning consecutive Super Bowls. Green-Beckham is a play-making machine. If he passes the character tests, this would be a great value selection.
    32. Carl Davis

      DT

      Iowa

      Davis had an outstanding Senior Bowl week, and his mix of size, quickness and versatility would be very appealing to the Patriots.

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