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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Lance Zierlein

    Full Analysis

    February 5, 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 Bucs 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. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      This decision could come down to Ray or Randy Gregory. Ray has the type of intensity that feels more like Gus Bradley's style than Gregory.
    4. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      Cooper would be the perfect gift for Derek Carr, who showed promise last season with lesser talent at wide receiver.
    5. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      Jay Gruden understands the value of a good offensive line, and the Redskins could plug Scherff in at right tackle or guard.
    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. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      With Vic Fangio as the new defensive coordinator, the Bears could take Shelton to plug in as the anchor of their new 3-4.
    8. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      The Falcons have tried to figure out their edge-rushing issues for a few years, and Gregory would help address those issues.
    9. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      The Giants could reach for a tackle in this spot, but with the Cowboys and Eagles in their division, Collins becomes the priority.
    10. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      Right tackle Joe Barksdale could be gone. Collins could replace him or move inside to right guard. Collins has the mean that Jeff Fisher loves.
    11. T.J. Clemmings

      OT

      Pittsburgh

      Despite his lackluster Senior Bowl week, Clemmings has rare physical traits and could be the starting left tackle within a year.
    12. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      Cleveland passed on an opportunity to take Sammy Watkins last year, but it might have to go wide receiver here with Josh Gordon gone again.
    13. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      The Saints have a need at cornerback, but nothing improves the secondary quite like a disruptive defensive front and Fowler can bring that to the table.
    14. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      Ryan Tannehill has never been able to gel with Mike Wallace quite like the Dolphins had hoped. Parker gives Miami a playmaker with good size.
    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. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      The Texans are hoping that Jadeveon Clowney comes back at full strength, but they still need help on the other side and Dupree is a supreme athlete.
    17. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      The Chargers are unsettled and small at cornerback. Waynes adds height to a unit that could be hit hard by free agency.
    18. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      The Chiefs still need to find the right tackle combination, and Peat is a run blocker with nimble feet for a big man who can play on the right or left side.
    19. Jordan Phillips

      NT

      Oklahoma

      Phillips is a massive nose tackle with the potential to shut down the running game. Phillips lacks consistency, but Mike Pettine will likely see the high ceiling.
    20. Jalen Collins

      CB

      LSU

      The Eagles know Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham are going to be issues within the division, and finding a cornerback with size and speed matters.
    21. Shaq Thompson

      OLB

      Washington

      The Bengals need more speed at the linebacker position, and Thompson provides rare speed and versatility for the position.
    22. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      The Steelers always are looking to fortify their defensive front, and Beasley offers an outstanding edge presence as a pass rusher.
    23. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      Currently, there are too many questions about the Lions' defensive line pending potential free-agent departures. Brown is a disruptive, ascending talent inside.
    24. Benardrick McKinney

      ILB

      Mississippi St.

      Arizona has leaned heavily on its defense over the last few years, but the Cardinals need help across the defensive front. McKinney is a big, physical fit.
    25. Cedric Ogbuehi

      OT

      Texas A&M

      The Panthers have to find help up front and based on the estimated time-table for ACL recovery, Ogbuehi could be back to start the season.
    26. Carl Davis

      DT

      Iowa

      There is no guarantee that Haloti Ngata will be back in Baltimore, and Davis has the size the Ravens covet. Regardless, Baltimore needs defensive line help.
    27. Michael Bennett

      DT

      Ohio St.

      Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli looks for one-gappers who can play upfield and can rush the passer. That is exactly what Bennett can do.
    28. Maxx Williams

      TE

      Minnesota

      Never underestimate the importance of a talented tight end in Gary Kubiak's offense. With Julius Thomas' contract unsettled, Williams would fit the bill.
    29. Paul Dawson

      ILB

      TCU

      Dawson was the most complete playmaking linebacker in college last season, and he plays the game the way that Chuck Pagano loves.
    30. P.J. Williams

      CB

      Florida St.

      Williams can come up and support the run, and has the man-to-man cover ability to be left on an island down the road.
    31. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      Goldman is not as dynamic a pass rusher as teams might like, but he would give Seattle a run-stopping force inside to go with the team's dangerous pass rush.
    32. Devin Funchess

      WR

      Michigan

      In Bill Belichick's never-ending quest to create mismatches for defenses around the league, Funchess would be a difficult draw for opponents to figure out as a move tight end.
  4. Bucky Brooks

    Full Analysis

    January 19, 2015

    1. Jameis Winston

      QB

      Florida St.

      Winston is the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft. He is a nice fit in Dirk Koetter’s quick-rhythm passing game.
    2. Leonard Williams

      DE

      USC

      Williams is a dominant defender capable of playing anywhere along the defensive front.
    3. Randy Gregory

      OLB

      Nebraska

      Gus Bradley would love to have an athletic freak to use as a hybrid playmaker in the Jaguars’ defense.
    4. Shane Ray

      DE

      Missouri

      Ray is an energetic pass rusher with a knack for getting to the quarterback off the edge.
    5. Landon Collins

      SS

      Alabama

      Collins is a ball hawk with the instincts and awareness to shut down the middle of the field.
    6. Amari Cooper

      WR

      Alabama

      The Jets need to add an explosive weapon to the passing game. Cooper is a classic WR1 with speed, burst and ball skills to dominate on the perimeter.
    7. Shaq Thompson

      OLB

      Washington

      Thompson would be the ideal replacement for Lance Briggs at the WILL linebacker spot in a 4-3 defense.
    8. Vic Beasley

      OLB

      Clemson

      Beasley would give the Falcons an explosive rusher to upgrade their sagging defense.
    9. Brandon Scherff

      OG

      Iowa

      The Giants want to upgrade their offensive line with big, physical bodies on the edges. Scherff is a sound technician with strength to handle aggressive edge rushers.
    10. Marcus Peters

      CB

      Washington

      Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams love athletic cover corners with swagger and attitude.
    11. T.J. Clemmings

      OT

      Pittsburgh

      Surrounding Bridgewater with another athletic pass protector would foster his development as a polished pocket passer.
    12. Danny Shelton

      NT

      Washington

      Mike Pettine’s affinity for defensive players makes the addition of a rock-solid defensive tackle a sensible pick for the Browns.
    13. Dante Fowler, Jr.

      OLB

      Florida

      Rob Ryan could tap into Fowler’s versatility as an edge rusher to help solve the Saints’ defensive woes.
    14. Trae Waynes

      CB

      Michigan St.

      The Dolphins need a complementary cover corner to fill out a secondary that features a stud in Brent Grimes.
    15. Kevin White

      WR

      West Virginia

      The 49ers’ receiving corps is loaded with big-bodied pass catchers, but the lack of speed could make White the ideal fit at this point.
    16. DeVante Parker

      WR

      Louisville

      With Andre Johnson nearing the end of his career, the Texans could opt for the sure-handed Parker as a successor.
    17. Eddie Goldman

      DT

      Florida St.

      The Florida State standout would give the Chargers a hulking presence in the middle.
    18. Marcus Mariota

      QB

      Oregon

      Given Andy Reid’s reputation for developing quarterbacks, Kansas City would be the ideal spot for Mariota to grow into a franchise player.
    19. Jaelen Strong

      WR

      Arizona State

      The Browns need to upgrade the receiving corps to give Johnny Manziel any chance of succeeding as the franchise quarterback.
    20. Kevin Johnson

      CB

      Wake Forest

      The Eagles need to shore up a secondary that surrendered too many big plays in the passing game.
    21. Andrus Peat

      OT

      Stanford

      It’s time for the Bengals to think about grooming a replacement for Andrew Whitworth. Peat is a technical marvel with outstanding feet and agility.
    22. Malcom Brown

      DT

      Texas

      The defense hasn’t been the same without Casey Hampton. Brown is a rugged defensive tackle capable of owning the middle of the line.
    23. Michael Bennett

      DT

      Ohio St.

      With Ndamukong Suh set to hit the free-agent market, the Lions need to find a suitable replacement along the line.
    24. Benardrick McKinney

      ILB

      Mississippi St.

      Replacing Larry Foote with a young, athletic tackling machine would keep the Cardinals’ defense plugging along at a high level.
    25. La'el Collins

      OT

      LSU

      It’s time for GM Dave Gettleman to upgrade the protection around Cam Newton.
    26. Melvin Gordon

      RB

      Wisconsin

      Gordon is a one-cut runner with the speed, quickness and burst to thrive in the Ravens’ zone-based running game.
    27. Bud Dupree

      OLB

      Kentucky

      The Cowboys desperately need a legitimate pass rushing threat off the edge.
    28. Devin Funchess

      WR

      Michigan

      The possible departures of Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas could lead John Elway to take the Michigan standout.
    29. Dorial Green-Beckham

      WR

      Missouri

      Character concerns could make this a dicey pick, but Green-Beckham would give Andrew Luck a dynamic WR1 to target.
    30. Jordan Phillips

      NT

      Oklahoma

      The Packers need to shore up their interior with a beefy playmaker like Phillips.
    31. Todd Gurley

      RB

      Georgia

      The Seahawks could use a luxury pick on a Marshawn Lynch clone in Gurley. Although he could need a redshirt year to get fully healthy, the Georgia star could give Pete Carroll the power runner he covets to pound the ball between the tackles.
    32. Arik Armstead

      DT

      Oregon

      Armstead is a solid edge player adept at the playing the run or pursuing the quarterback off the corner.

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