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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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