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2015 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Round 5 added.
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    *** 2015 NFL Mock Draft (5 rounds) updated Feb. 26. This NFL Mock Draft will be updated at least once per week (Tuesday afternoons and other times for important events.). Check out old versions of this 2015 NFL Mock Draft in the archived mock draft section. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    The Buccaneers will definitely be taking a quarterback; that much is obvious. We reported several months ago that Tampa was more than willing to move up for a quarterback, but that's not necessary now that the Buccaneers own the top selection. Thus, all speculation of them moving down is pretty pointless.

    It's not a matter of what position Tampa addresses, but rather which quarterback it takes. Jameis Winston was the favorite heading into the NFL Combine. Charlie Campbell reported that the Buccaneers currently prefer Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota, and then he wrote that the Buccaneers' ownership is comfortable with Winston, while the front office has him rated higher than Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford coming out of school.

    Winston only helped himself in Indianapolis. In addition to throwing some terrific passes in the field drills, he also impressed in the interviews, prompting one personnel man to compare his football IQ to Peyton Manning's. Winston is a near-lock to go No. 1 at this point.

  2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
    Both Chris Mortensen and Jim Wyatt have reported that Tennessee is set to go "all in" with Zach Mettenberger next season. While that's definitely accurate right now, things may change once the Titans' front office gets to know Marcus Mariota. Plus, that report may have come from the coaching staff, which is more than likely to back its current player.

    I feel more confident about mocking Mariota to the Titans than Jameis Winston, given ownership's emphasis on character. Mariota isn't an ideal fit for Ken Whisenhunt's offense, but there have been many examples of coaches taking talent over system fits in the past. Take Andy Reid drafting Donovan McNabb, for example. The need for a franchise signal-caller trumps everything.

    Mariota helped himself at the NFL Combine, impressing teams in the interviews and looking great in the field drills. Fifty percent of mock drafts have the Titans picking Leonard Williams, per our mock draft consensus report, but that number should decrease soon.

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC
    The Jaguars need offensive line help much more than another player on the defensive front, but reaching for an inferior prospect to fill a hole would not be wise, and it's something teams usually don't do anyway. It would be in Jacksonville's best interest to trade down, but that may not be possible.

    Leonard Williams is the top prospect on the board, and the Jaguars will not pass on him if he's available. He'll improve an area of strength; he'll make the pass rush that much better, which could mask some of the liabilities in the back seven. Williams would serve the Michael Bennett role in Gus Bradley's defense.

  4. Oakland Raiders: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
    The Raiders would love to land Leonard Williams. He would fill a huge need, and as Charlie Campbell reported a couple of months ago, Williams told Oakland that he would love to play for them. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they won one too many games at the end of the season. Perhaps they'd be willing to swap picks with the Jaguars; that way, Jacksonville could obtain its edge rusher without passing up a superior prospect.

    If Oakland stays put, it'll strongly consider Kevin White, who had a phenomenal performance at the NFL Combine. There was some debate as to whether White or Amari Cooper happened to be the No. 1 receiver in this class prior to the NFL Combine, but White is firmly at the top of the list right now.

    Pick change; previously Randy Gregory, DE/OLB

  5. Washington Redskins: Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
    The Redskins are not filling a primary need at all. Brian Orakpo is heading for free agency, but they still have Ryan Kerrigan and 2014 second-rounder Trent Murphy. However, Dante Fowler, in the wake of his strong showing at the NFL Combine, is the best player on the board, so I don't think Washington will be able to pass on him, given how this mock draft has played out with Ronnie Stanley headed back to school. Besides, the Redskins can rotate three talented pass-rushers, and Fowler will give them depth at a key position.

    Pick change; previously Shane Ray, DE/OLB

  6. New York Jets: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
    The poor Jets missed out on Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, though in the scenario in which I have Tennessee passing on Mariota, I have New York taking him. If the Jets don't trade up for either, perhaps they'll target Brett Hundley in the second round. In the meantime, they can take one of the top prospects on the board, and that would be Amari Cooper.

    Cooper is now the No. 2 receiver in this class, but he still had a strong showing at the NFL Combine. He'll provide a big upgrade in the receiving corps; the unreliable Percy Harvin may not be on the team next year with John Idzik gone. Speaking of Idzik, I have all the coach and GM firing grades here.

  7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
    The Bears are moving to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Vic Fangio. They'll need many pieces for this scheme, as their defense currently has next to no talent. One big hole happens to be at the nose tackle position, as Chicago lacks a monstrous lineman to clog running lanes. Danny Shelton, who has drawn comparisons to Haloti Ngata, can fill that void.

  8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
    The Falcons are in a good spot. There are plenty of elite pass-rushers in this class, so there's a very good chance that one of the players they covet will fall to them at No. 8. Atlanta will almost certainly be taking one of the edge rushers with this selection, given its huge need at the position. The front office desperately needs to fix its woeful defense.

    Vic Beasley could be Atlanta's target if Dante Fowler is off the board. Beasley stole the show at the 2015 NFL Combine, posting terrific numbers in the bench press and 40-yard dash. Head coach Dan Quinn was part of teams that drafted Von Miller and Bruce Irvin into his scheme, so Beasley makes a ton of sense.

    Pick change; previously Dante Fowler, DE/OLB

  9. New York Giants: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
    The Giants typically take the top player on their board, and I have to imagine Randy Gregory would fit that description in this scenario. Gregory was considered an option for the Titans at No. 2 overall prior to the NFL Combine, but he weighed in at 235 pounds, prompting many to question whether he could play in a 4-3 defense.

    I don't think general manager Jerry Reese will care about what happened to Gregory in Indianapolis. Gregory reportedly was sick prior to the NFL Combine, which could account for his weight loss. He has the length and athleticism that Reese likes out of his pass-rushers, so I can't see the Giants passing on him if he's available at No. 9 overall.

    Pick change; previously Erick Flowers, OT

  10. St. Louis Rams: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
    The Rams still have some holes on their offensive line. Jake Long's health is a serious concern, so there's a void at the guard spot that Greg Robinson previously occupied. Meanwhile, right tackle Joseph Barksdale is set to hit free agency this spring. Here's a solution for either dilemma.

    Check out the NFL Draft Rumor Mill, where Charlie reported two months ago that Flowers has received top-20 grades.

    Pick change; previously Brandon Scherff, G/OT

  11. Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Scherff, OT/G, Iowa
    Matt Kalil was a human turnstile this past year, but he dealt with an injury. He'll almost definitely get one more chance next season. Brandon Scherff could be drafted as insurance, though. In the meantime, Scherff can take over at the left guard position, which has been problematic for quite some time.

    Pick change; previously DeVante Parker, WR

  12. Cleveland Browns: La'el Collins, OT/G, LSU
    The Browns have expressed a desire to fortify their offensive and defensive lines, so they can take care of the former with this selection. The front office wanted to upgrade Mitchell Schwartz last year, with plans to move him inside. Here's a potential new starter in La'el Collins, who put on an impressive performance at the NFL Combine. The Browns actually told Collins that they have him ranked as their top right tackle, as you can see in our NFL Draft Rumors page.

    Pick change; previously Andrus Peat, OT

  13. New Orleans Saints: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Saints had major defensive issues this past season. Some of their players couldn't tackle whatsoever. They'll almost certainly take the best defensive player available.

    Shane Ray was hurt at the NFL Combine, so he wasn't able to improve his draft stock like Dante Fowler or Vic Beasley, so he has fallen a bit out of circumstance. The Saints will be pleased to take him here as the top prospect available.

    Pick change; previously Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB

  14. Miami Dolphins: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
    It would be a mistake for the Dolphins to go into the 2015 season with Cortland Finnegan as a starter for another year. They really have nothing outside of Brent Grimes at the cornerback position, as the players they drafted back in 2013 (Will Davis, Jamar Taylor) haven't developed. And besides, Grimes, 32 in July, will have to be replaced soon.

    Trae Waynes was the most impressive cornerback at the NFL Combine, and he could sneak into the top 10. The problem for him is that there are so many blue-chip edge rushers available, so that could push him down into the 14th spot. It wouldn't surprise me if Waynes went as high as No. 6 to the Jets, however.

  15. San Francisco 49ers: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
    The 49ers are really hurting for receiving help. Michael Crabtree, a huge disappointment this past year, will probably be gone this offseason. Anquan Boldin played well, but he can't possibly perform at a high level much longer. Stevie Johnson proved to be a bust. Receiver is one of the positions San Francisco will be targeting at No. 15.

    DeVante Parker looked good at the NFL Combine, but he wasn't nearly as impressive as Kevin White. Amari Cooper is also still rated ahead of him, so Parker will likely be the third receiver off the board.

  16. Houston Texans: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
    Todd Gurley to the Texans!? Don't they have Arian Foster? Sure, but Foster is usually banged up, and Todd Gurley, despite his injury, would be too good for Houston to pass up at No. 16. The Texans don't have a quarterback, and it doesn't look like they'll be able to get one this offseason, so they better make sure they can run the hell out of the ball. Foster is too injury-prone and unreliable, so having Gurley in the backfield to split the carries would solidify that aspect of Houston's offense.

    Gurley obviously couldn't perform at the NFL Combine, but he did check out positively in the medical. He's ahead of schedule, and many of the teams are reportedly pleased with his progress. He could end up being a steal here, as he would be the favorite to go sixth overall to the Jets if he were healthy.

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