15 things you didn't know about the 2015 NFL Draft

The 2015 NFL Draft is just 15 days away. Here are 15 things you probably didn't know about it:

1. Sweet home Chicago: The draft is being held in Chicago after spending decades in New York, but it's not the first time the draft has been held in the Windy City. The last time was 1964, and the Bears took a guy named Dick Butkus No. 3 overall. His reaction? Classic Butkus.



2. Alabama pipeline:Amari Cooper and Landon Collins should give Alabama a six-year run of at least two first-round picks, a run which began with Rolando McClain and Kareem Jackson in 2010. Cooper and Collins would make 17 first-round picks from Alabama during that stretch, bested only by Miami's four-year run of 19 first-rounders from 2001-2004.

3. Name game: Three players with the same last name have a good chance to be chosen in the first round: LSU teammates La'el Collins and Jalen Collins, and Alabama safety Landon Collins. The last time it happened? Way back in ... well, not too far back. Aldon Smith, Tyron Smith and Jimmy Smith got first-round calls in 2011.

4. Third time's the charm? The Cleveland Browns have two first-round picks for the third time in the last four drafts. This year's pair of Browns first-rounders, by default, will almost have to be an improvement. The 2012 pair? Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. And last year it was Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel. Ouch.

5. Track speed: The draft's top running back prospect, Georgia's Todd Gurley, went worldwide long before he became a presumptive first-round draft pick. In high school, Gurley's track exploits earned him a spot on Team USA for the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships in Europe, as a hurdler. His personal-best time in the 110-hurdles: 13.88.

6. Two-sport star: Gurley isn't the only draft-worthy running back with a background in another sport. Boise State's Jay Ajayi has an extensive background in soccer and at one time had designs on playing for the Nigerian national team.

7. FSU draft party: Florida State could threaten the draft record for most picks from one school in the first three rounds (Tennessee had eight in 2000). The Seminoles' draft party includes Jameis Winston, Cam Erving, Eddie Goldman, Ronald Darby, P.J. Williams, Tre' Jackson, Mario Edwards, Jr., Nick O'Leary and Rashad Greene.

8. Bad advice? The official feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board in January on no fewer than two possible first-round picks -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins and Florida tackle D.J. Humphries -- was to stay in school.

9. Drought relief: Kentucky pass rusher Bud Dupree and Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong could snap droughts of 12 years for their respective schools without producing a first-round pick. In 2003, Kentucky's Dewayne Robertson and ASU's Terrell Suggs went in Round 1. Since then? Zip for both schools.

10. Familiar scenario: If Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are the first two picks, it will be the sixth time quarterbacks have gone 1-2 in the draft since 1970. The others: 1971 (1. Jim Plunkett, 2. Archie Manning), 1993 (1. Drew Bledsoe, 2. Rick Mirer), 1998 (1. Peyton Manning, 2. Ryan Leaf), 1999 (1. Tim Couch, 2. Donovan McNabb), and 2012 (1. Andrew Luck, 2. Robert Griffin III).

11. Big Easy QB? Speaking of Archie Manning, he's the last (and only) quarterback the New Orleans Saints have ever drafted in the first round. Could Marcus Mariota be the second? If he falls that far, the time could be right to draft Drew Brees' successor.

12. Continuing trend: The Big Ten Conference is known for producing some stout offensive linemen, and Outland Trophy winner Brandon Scherff of Iowa is the next in line. A long line. He should make six straight drafts in which a Big Ten offensive lineman has been picked in Round 1.

13. Against the odds: It's been 10 years since a wide receiver from a school outside the Power Five conferences (or Notre Dame) got a first-round call (the Falcons picked Roddy White of UAB in 2005). UCF's Breshad Perriman could possibly put an end to that drought.

14. Brotherly love: Plenty of names on the 2015 draft board have family connections to the NFL -- you've probably heard UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks is the younger brother of Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, for instance. Here's one you likely haven't heard about: Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs is the younger brother of 12-year NFL veteran Quentin Jammer, who finished his career with the Denver Broncos in 2013.

15. Deja vu: The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only team drafting in the same slot in 2015 as it did last year (No. 3).

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter *@ChaseGoodbread.*

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