BR First-Round Mock Draft

In celebration of draft week, we’re kicking off our coverage with a full first-round mock draft. Aaron Leming projects picks for all 32 teams in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

There’s little mystery as to what the Buccaneers are doing with this pick. All the attempts for the media to grow the villain will have no effect on a team that knows everything there is to know about the top prospect in the draft.

2) Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Let’s face it, the Titans need a quarterback and even for as much “selling” as they have been doing, it would serve them will to grab Mariota instead of trading down. Mariota needs much more development in a pro-style offense than Winston but his upside may be higher in the long run.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler, OLB/DE, Florida

There’s been a lot of talk about what the Jaguars will do with this pick but ultimately Fowler is the perfect fit Gus Bradley’s LEO role. Although Fowler is likely to be the pick, don’t underestimate the probability of them going offense with Amari Cooper.

4) Oakland Raiders: Leonard Williams, DT, USC

While the recent signing of Michael Crabtree isn’t a guarantee that they won’t go receiver, Williams sliding to number four is a dream scenario for both sides. Williams can play the glorified three-technique position and the Raiders get one of the best prospects in the draft side by side with Dan Williams.

5) Washington Redskins: Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

According to a source close to the team, the Redskins have Ray rated as their top edge rusher. While most don’t agree, these pass rushers may come down to personal preference over consensus rankings. The Redskins continue to bolster a once-rough defensive unit.

6) New York Jets: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

The jets have multiple needs and could opt to add another receiver like Cooper but with Beasley still on the board, new head coach Todd Bowles will continue to bolster his defensive unit.

7) Chicago Bears: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

The theme of the offseason has been defense, especially after the abysmal product they put out the past two years. First-year general manager Ryan Pace vowed to go best player available and Cooper is just that, especially after trading away Brandon Marshall, as well as Alshon Jeffery entering a contract year.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

This is where some of you will hit the exit button. Most Falcons fans are pounding the table for a defensive piece but Gurley has become a much hotter commodity since his medical re-check. Multiple sources throughout the past week have said Gurley could go top 10 and staying in the state of Georgia makes perfect sense here.

9) New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT/OG, Iowa

The Giants will take a page from the Cowboys’ book and take the first offensive lineman off the board. Scherff projects best as a guard, a position some say lacks value in the Top 10, but this mauler might become one of the best interior linemen in the game in a short time.

10) St. Louis Rams: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami

Offensive tackle is another position of preference over a true consensus No. 1. Flowers may be the best fit, especially on the left side where last year’s third overall pick, Greg Robinson, struggled. Flowers can play either side and may even be able to slide inside.

11) Minnesota Vikings: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

The Vikings last year realized Cordarrelle Patterson simply isn’t going to be a No. 1 target. In this draft, Teddy Bridgewater gets his guy. Parker may be the best receiver in this class down the road and the Vikings get great value with this pick.

12) Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

Shelton has been rumored to be the Browns’ top target for quite some time and after letting Ahtyba Rubin walk, the shoe fits well. The 330-pound nose tackle can be a three-down player with very little issue and is an underrated pass rusher.

13) New Orleans Saints: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

There are serious concerns as to whether or not Gregory can stay out of trouble, but he’s worth the gamble here. He was once seen as a Top 3 overall pick and presents great value in the middle portion of the first round.

14) Miami Dolphins: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

Rumors have been floating that the Dolphins want to trade up into the top 10 for a receiver. With such an unpredictable first round, White falls right into their laps without trading away additional picks. Ryan Tannehill gets his top target.

15) San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon

The 49ers have had one of the more unfortunate offseasons this league has ever seen. Jim Harbaugh, Vic Fangio, and Greg Roman are gone from the coaching staff, this coupled with losing both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement. Armstead has J.J. Watt upside but is a large gamble due to limited production for the Ducks.

16) Houston Texans: Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

This pick could go multiple ways but after losing Brooks Reed, as well as injuries clouding Jadeveon Clowney’s potential impact, Dupree makes a ton of sense.

17) San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

The Chargers have two large needs, running back and offensive line. With good top-end depth at the offensive line position, the Chargers can afford to attack running back. Gordon may not be their top choice but his production is next to none and they need to replace Ryan Matthews.

18) Kansas City Chiefs: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

The offensive line is a large need for the Chiefs and with great value still on the board, protecting Alex Smith becomes priority No. 1. Humphries has been flying up draft boards and will land with the Chiefs as a good fit.

19) Cleveland Browns: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida

Losing Josh Gordon to another suspension was a huge blow but with Perriman’s high ceiling, the Browns will make their second quality selection of the opening round. With sub-4.3 speed, the only question is his drop rate, which was more than 14 percent.

20) Philadelphia Eagles: Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Once projected as a Top 10 pick, Collins showed that his best fit is going to be in the box. The Eagles have been searching for safety help all year but like most teams, they lost out in a very shallow free-agent pool. With the top safety still on the board, this pick is almost a no-brainer.

21) Cincinnati Bengals: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Peat may be one of the more debated prospects in the opening rounds. Some see him as a Top 10 pick and other don’t see him worthy of a first round selection. Overall, his measurables will net him a nice draft position and the Bengals will improve their offensive line.

22) Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Most have Trae Waynes as the first corner off the board but Peters jumps out on tape much more than any other defensive back in this class. Due to character concerns, Peters will have to wait until the tail end of the opening round but don’t be fooled, he’s a top talent.

23) Detroit Lions: Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson

After once possessing the most feared defensive tackle unit in the league, the Lions are now lacking in that department. Some may view Jarrett as a reach but he’s an ideal three-technique candidate and presents good “sleeper” value.

24) Arizona Cardinals: Eli Harold, OLB, Viriginia

The Cardinals have lost many talented pieces of their defense over the past two offseasons and now they lose their defensive coordinator. Harold is another candidate to be labeled a reach but outside linebacker is a large need.

25) Carolina Panthers: La’el Collins, OT, LSU

Protect Cam Newton. That is about as black and white as it gets. The former first overall pick has seen his fair share of bumps and bruises over the past two seasons due to a lackluster line. That worry dissipates with this pick.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

After losing Torrey Smith, the Ravens are in serious need of help at the receiver position. Jaelen Strong is still on the board but the upside and speed element that comes with Agholor may end up being the selling point for this decision.

27) Dallas Cowboys: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Trae Waynes coming close to falling out of the first round? The simple answer is yes. The Cowboys need secondary help, especially with former first rounder Morris Claiborne simply not panning out.

28) Denver Broncos: Cam Irving, OL, Florida State

The versatility of Irving will be a large selling point for a team that needs to keep Peyton Manning protected. He can play any position on the line but should see time at either center or right tackle.

29) Indianapolis Colts: DeMarius Randall, FS, Arizona State

With a lack of top options at the safety position, Randall will sneak his way into the first round with a monumental leap up the draft boards. If the team chooses to go in a different direction, defensive tackle could be an option.

30) Green Bay Packers: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

The rich get richer. The Packers have built through the draft so well over the past few years that they have set themselves up to simply address needs through the draft. Kendricks may lack ideal size but is far and away the best inside linebacker in this class.

31) (From Seattle Seahawks) New Orleans Saints: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

The Saints acquired this pick by trading away Jimmy Graham and will use it on a defensive tackle that somehow slipped down the board. Brown is arguably the third best defensive lineman in this class but need pushes him down.

32) New England Patriots: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut

Typical Patriots pick here. After losing Darrelle Revis, the team is in desperate need for a top cornerback and landing the athletic freak in Jones is just what the doctor ordered.

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Aaron Leming has years of salary cap knowledge and has written for Rant Sports, Bears Draft On Tap, and Cover 32. He is a regular contributor to Bear Report.

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