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2015 NFL Draft: Way-Too-Early First-Round Mock Draft

An Early First-Round Mock of the 2015 NFL Draft

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Yes, I know the 2014 NFL Draft just ended. While it shames me (not really) to have a 2015 NFL Draft mock already ready to go, it gives us a glimpse at what the college football landscape looks like heading into the season while offering readers a few names to watch. Just think of it as a primer for the upcoming college football season.

Plus, who cares? Mock drafts are fun, so just deal with it and enjoy.

1. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

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1. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

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Don’t trick yourself into thinking Zach Mettenberger is the answer for the Titans. They’re going to need another quarterback moving forward, and Mariota is their best option if they want to contend in 2015.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

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2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Andrus Peat
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Now that they have their franchise quarterback, the Jaguars need to protect him. They already have one top tackle in Luke Joeckel, and should give Blake Bortles another body guard with the elite Peat.

3. Cleveland Browns: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

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3. Cleveland Browns: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Amari Cooper
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With so much uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon’s future, the Browns will want to consider upgrading at wide receiver. Johnny Manziel needs weapons, and Cooper is an explosive pass-catcher.

4. Cleveland Browns (via BUF): Leonard Williams, DT, USC

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4. Cleveland Browns (via BUF): Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Leonard Williams
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There aren’t many defensive tackles in the world with the athleticism and explosiveness that Williams possesses. With their second first-round pick, the Browns can’t afford to pass on that type of talent.

5. Oakland Raiders: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Cedric Ogbuehi
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5. Oakland Raiders: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Cedric Ogbuehi
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The Raiders failed to address the left tackle position during the 2014 NFL Draft, and can’t afford to ignore the spot again, Donald Penn isn’t the longer-term answer, but Ogbuehi would be.

6. Washington Redskins: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
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6. Washington Redskins: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
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Unless the Redskins plan on depending on DeAngelo Hall forever, they need to find a young, capable cornerback. Ekpre-Olomu is one of the best prospects in recent history.

7. New York Jets: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

Brandon Scherff
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7. New York Jets: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

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If the Jets think Breno Giacomini is the answer at right tackle, they’ve got another thing coming. Scherff would be a significant upgrade with the potential to take over at left tackle when the time comes.

8. Miami Dolphins: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

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8. Miami Dolphins: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

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The Dolphins are a year or two away from having serious issues at cornerback. Instead of letting it get to that, though, they should draft Collins, who offers plenty of upside on the edge.

9. Minnesota Vikings: Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

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9. Minnesota Vikings: Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

Landon Collins
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It’s time the Vikings find a legitimate starter at strong safety. Jamarca Sanford has held his own as of late, but Collins would give them a dynamic difference-maker on the backend.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

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10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

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After avoiding the quarterback position during the 2014 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers need to find a capable replacement for when McCown’s contract is up. Hundley would be a welcomed addition.

11. Detroit Lions: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

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11. Detroit Lions: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

Nelson Agholor
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The Lions missed on Sammy Watkins, and barely even addressed the receiver spot this past weekend. With that in mind, they must target an electric pass-catcher like Agholor early in 2015.

12. Dallas Cowboys: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

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12. Dallas Cowboys: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

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Even after addressing the defensive line this weekend, it still won’t be enough. The Cowboys need more edge rushers, and that’s why the uber-athletic Gregory is a great fit in Dallas.

13. New York Giants: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (FL)

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13. New York Giants: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (FL)

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For years, the Giants have been ignoring the linebacker position. They never spend early-round picks at the position, but should make a change and bring in the explosive Perryman to lead their defense.

14. Cincinnati Bengals: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

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14. Cincinnati Bengals: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Jameis Winston
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It’s become clear that Andy Dalton will never get the Bengals over the hump. That’s why they should use their first-rounder to target a quarterback like Winston, who can step in and start from Day 1.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

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15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

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After spending their last two first-rounders on linebackers, the Steelers could complete their collection with Beasley, who can bend the edge and rush the passer with the best of them.

16. Houston Texans: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

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16. Houston Texans: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

Bryce Petty
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Unless Tom Savage miraculously develops into a stud, the Texans need to add a more reliable quarterback to the mix. Not only does Petty have an outstanding arm, but he’s a terrific athlete as well.

17. Kansas City Chiefs: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

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17. Kansas City Chiefs: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

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The Chiefs failed to address the receiving corps during the 2014 NFL Draft, which is why targeting a pass-catcher early is a must. Montgomery is explosive after the catch, and would complement Dwayne Bowe nicely.

18. St. Louis Rams: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Jaelen Strong
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18. St. Louis Rams: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Jaelen Strong
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The Rams chose not to draft a receiver with one of their two 2014 first-rounders, which leaves them without a legitimate No. 1 option. Strong, however, can be the go-to guy for whoever is under center.

19. Green Bay Packers: Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan

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19. Green Bay Packers: Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan

Devin Funchess
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Unless their satisfied with Andrew Quarless as their starter, the Packers must find a different option at tight end. Richard Rodgers offers some intrigue, but Funchess would be a Day 1 starter in Green Bay.

20. Atlanta Falcons: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

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20. Atlanta Falcons: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

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After missing out on Jadeveon Clowney, the Falcons will be hoping to find their next elite edge rusher in 2015. Calhoun has to take some big steps this upcoming season, but has first-round potential.

21. Indianapolis Colts: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

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21. Indianapolis Colts: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

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Heading into this season, the Colts desperately need some help along the defensive front. Bennett still has plenty of potential left to be unlocked, and could be a solid fit for their 3-4 front.

22. Arizona Cardinals: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

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22. Arizona Cardinals: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

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There’s no denying that Andre Ellington is talented, but he can’t handle a full load. Splitting touches with Gurley would give the Cardinals a dynamic duo in the backfield and one of the NFL’s top running games.

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

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23. Philadelphia Eagles: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

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Chip Kelly loves physical specimens, and Oakman is definitely an intriguing one. With ridiculous size and plus athleticism, the Baylor product could easily develop into a monster for the Eagles.

24. Carolina Panthers: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

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24. Carolina Panthers: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

P.J. Williams
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Apart from Antoine Cason, the Panthers are questionable at best when it comes to their cornerbacks. They need a significant upgrade, and Williams has the tools to be an early contributor.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

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25. Baltimore Ravens: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon
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With the whole Ray Rice situation going up in flames, the Ravens might want to consider a new option for the starting running back spot. Gordon would be an excellent replacement, and he’s a model citizen.

26. San Francisco 49ers: Benardrick McKinney, OLB, Mississippi State

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26. San Francisco 49ers: Benardrick McKinney, OLB, Mississippi State

Benardrick McKinnon
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Depending on how the Aldon Smith situation plays out, the 49ers could soon be looking for a new outside linebacker. Benardrick is an exciting edge rusher who can get the San Fran defense back on track.

27. New Orleans Saints: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Trae Waynes
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27. New Orleans Saints: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Trae Waynes
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Age and ineptitude is quickly becoming an issue at cornerback for the Saints. Adding a young, physical cornerback like Waynes would go a long way towards fixing that issue.

28. San Diego Chargers: Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

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28. San Diego Chargers: Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

Donovan Smith
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While D.J. Fluker certainly has a promising future in San Diego, King Dunlap isn’t going to be around forever. The Chargers need a replacement in place, and Smith has the physicality to warrant this pick.

29. New England Patriots: Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame

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29. New England Patriots: Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame

Ben Koyack
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During the 2014 NFL Draft, the Patriots failed to address the tight end position, which is quickly becoming a sore thumb. Koyack is headed for a big year, and should be a consideration at this point.

30. Chicago Bears: Mario Edwards Jr., DT, Florida State

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30. Chicago Bears: Mario Edwards Jr., DT, Florida State

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Even after adding Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton, the Bears could still use some more help at defensive tackle. Edwards has the physical tools to dominate as a three-technique in Chicago.

31. Denver Broncos: Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia

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31. Denver Broncos: Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia

Ramik Wilson
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Trust me when I say that Lamin Barrow isn’t the answer to their middle linebacker woes. The Broncos are looking for a top-tier talent moving forward, and Wilson is the dominant presence they’d love to have.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Tre’ Jackson, G, Florida State

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32. Seattle Seahawks: Tre’ Jackson, G, Florida State

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No team values depth more than the Seahawks. At this point, Jackson is the best player available, and would immediately bolster their depth and versatility with an opportunity to push for a starting job.

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