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2015 NFL Draft: Schools likely to have multiple first-round picks

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As with most years, the 2015 NFL Draft will give a handful of schools a chance to tout multiple first-round picks. Using NFL.com's latest mock drafts as a guide, CFB 24/7 has identified nine such schools who are candidates in this year's draft, including three of the four teams that made the College Football Playoff last season. Here is a breakdown of those schools.


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One thing to note: Depending on how you look at it, Missouri and Oklahoma also could have two first-rounders. Mizzou DE/OLB Shane Ray is a first-round lock, and Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips is a possibility to go in the first round. The other first-rounder for each school? That depends on how you classify WR Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham played two seasons for Missouri, then was dismissed from school; he enrolled at Oklahoma last summer but never played a down for the Sooners, then decided to turn pro.

Alabama


The players: S Landon Collins and WR Amari Cooper
The skinny: Collins is considered the only safety worthy of a first-round selection. Cooper is one of the top three receivers available, and each should be gone in the first 20 picks.
The history: Alabama has had multiple first-round selections in each of the past five drafts, the longest such streak in NFL draft history. The Tide is a lock to increase that to six.

Clemson


The players: LB Stephone Anthony and DE/OLB Vic Beasley
The skinny: Beasley is a first-round lock and has a chance to be the first edge rusher off the board. Anthony would be a first-round shocker, but he is a fast riser on most draft boards and will be considered by a team looking for an inside linebacker.
The history: Clemson hasn't had multiple first-round picks since 1982, with DE Jeff Bryant and WR Perry Tuttle, who were key players on the Tigers' 1981 national title team.


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Florida


The players: DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr. and OT D.J. Humphries
The skinny: Fowler might be the first edge rusher off the board. Humphries had an inconsistent college career, but is skyrocketing up draft boards and he could be the first tackle selected.
The history: This should be the third time in the past six drafts that the Gators have had at least two first-round selections; in the other instances, the players were recruited by Urban Meyer, while Fowler and Humphries were Will Muschamp recruits.

Florida State


The players: C Cameron Erving, DT Eddie Goldman, CB P.J. Williams and QB Jameis Winston
The skinny: Winston obviously is a first-round lock, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Erving, Goldman and Williams go in the final 10 or so picks in the round. Winston is the current frontrunner to go first overall. Erving moved from left tackle to center in mid-November and is the best center available. Goldman is a run-stuffing machine. Williams has good size (6-foot-0, 194 pounds) and speed for a press-man corner.
The history: FSU had three first-round picks in the 2013 draft, which was the first time since 2006 that the Seminoles had multiple first-rounders. Winston is going to be the third Seminoles quarterback drafted in the first round in the past five drafts, following Christian Ponder (2011) and E.J. Manuel (2013).

Iowa


The players: DT Carl Davis and OT Brandon Scherff
The skinny: Scherff is a first-round lock, either at tackle or guard. Davis would be a surprise first-round pick, but defensive tackles with his size (6-4 5/8, 320) and skill set are relatively rare.
The history: Iowa hasn't had multiple first-round picks since 1997, with CB Tom Knight and OT Ross Verba. Scherff is going to be the third Iowa offensive lineman to go in the first round in the past five years, following Riley Reiff (2013) and Bryan Bulaga (2010).

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LSU


The players: CB Jalen Collins and OT La'el Collins
The skinny: The Collinses, who are not related, had strong combines and improved their draft stock. La'el looks to be a first-round lock, though some analysts see him as a guard at the next level. Jalen has a big upside thanks to his size (6-1 1/2, 203) and speed combination.
The history: This would be the third time in four years that LSU has had multiple first-round selections.

Miami


The players: OT Ereck Flowers and LB Denzel Perryman
The skinny: It would be a bigger surprise if both go in the first round than if neither go in the first round. Flowers has the best chance of the two to be a first-rounder; while he played left tackle for the Hurricanes, he might fit best on the right side in the NFL. Perryman's lack of height (5-10¾) is a literal shortcoming for some teams, but the guy is a big hitter with good instincts.
The history: Miami last had multiple first-rounders in 2007 and hasn't had a first-rounder at all since 2008. The Hurricanes had at least four first-rounders in each draft from 2001-04, and had 19 players selected in the first round in those four drafts.

Oregon


The players: DT Arik Armstead and QB Marcus Mariota
The skinny: Mariota is one of the most accomplished college players of the past decade and is expected to go in the top 10. Armstead seems a lock to go in the first half of the first round because of his potential.
The history: This will be the second time in three years that the Ducks have had multiple first-rounders; it also happened in 2013, when Dion Jordan and Kyle Long were top-20 picks.

Washington


The players: CB Marcus Peters, DT Danny Shelton and LB Shaq Thompson
The skinny: Shelton is a lock to go in the first round. Peters is seen as a gamble by some because of off-field issues, but he might be the most talented corner available. Thompson's versatility -- he also played running back for the Huskies and is seen by some as a safety at the next level -- is both a blessing ("He can play everywhere!") and a curse ("Where does he fit best?").
The history: Forget multiple first-rounders -- Washington had had just two first-round picks total in the past 10 drafts: QB Jake Locker in 2011 and CB Desmond Trufant in 2013. The last time the Huskies had multiple first-rounders in the same draft was 1995, with RB Napoleon Kaufman and TE Mark Bruener.

History lesson


Here is a look at schools that have had multiple draft picks in the past five drafts:

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2014
» Alabama: C.J. Mosley (17), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21)
» Auburn: Greg Robinson (2), Dee Ford (23)
» Louisville: Calvin Pryor (18), Marcus Smith (26), Teddy Bridgewater (32)
» Ohio State: Ryan Shazier (15), Bradley Roby (31)
» Texas A&M: Jake Matthews (6), Mike Evans (7), Johnny Manziel (22)

2013
» Alabama: Dee Milliner (9), Chance Warmack (10), D.J. Fluker (11)
» Florida: Sharrif Floyd (23), Matt Elam (32)
» Florida State: E.J. Manuel (16), Bjorn Werner (24), Xavier Rhodes (25)
» Georgia: Jarvis Jones (17), Alec Ogletree (30)
» LSU: Barkevious Mingo (6), Eric Reid (18)
» North Carolina: Jonathan Cooper (7), Sylvester Williams (28)
» Oregon: Dion Jordan (3), Kyle Long (20)

2012
» Alabama: Trent Richardson (3), Mark Barron (7), Dre Kirkpatrick (17), Dont'a Hightower (25)
» Baylor: Robert Griffin III (2), Kendall Wright (20)
» Boise State: Shea McClellin (19), Doug Martin (31)
» Illinois: Whitney Mercilus (26), A.J. Jenkins (30)
» LSU: Morris Claiborne (6), Michael Brockers (14)
» Notre Dame: Michael Floyd (13), Harrison Smith (29)
» Oklahoma State: Justin Blackmon (5), Brandon Weeden (22)
» South Carolina: Stephon Gilmore (10), Melvin Ingram (18)
» Stanford: Andrew Luck (1), David DeCastro (24)
» USC: Matt Kalil (4), Nick Perry (31)

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2011
» Alabama: Marcell Dareus (3), Julio Jones (6), James Carpenter (25), Mark Ingram (28)
» Auburn: Cam Newton (1), Nick Fairley (13)
» Baylor: Phil Taylor (21), Danny Watkins (23)
» Colorado: Nate Solder (17), Jimmy Smith (27)
» Missouri: Aldon Smith (7), Blaine Gabbert (10)
» Wisconsin: J.J. Watt (11), Gabe Carimi (29)

2010
» Alabama: Rolando McClain (8), Kareem Jackson (20)
» California: Tyson Alualu (10), jahvid Best (30)
» Florida: Joe Haden (7), Maurkice Pouncey (18), Tim Tebow (25) » Georgia Tech: Derrick Morgan (16), Demaryius Thomas (22)
» Oklahoma: Sam Bradford (1), Gerald McCoy (3), Trent Williams (4), Jermaine Gresham (21),
» Oklahoma State: Russell Okung (6), Dez Bryant (24)
» Rutgers: Anthony Davis (11), Devin McCourty (27)
» Tennessee: Eric Berry (5), Dan Williams (26)

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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