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Charlie Campbell's 2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Picks 1-16

  1. Detroit Lions: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
    The Lions could use a corner to pair with Darius Slay. Rashean Mathis isn't a long-term answer.

    In 2014, Waynes (6-1, 182) has been very reliable for Michigan State. He impressed against Oregon and Michigan's Devin Funchess, and hasn't had an ugly game this season. Waynes has totaled seven passes broken up, two interceptions and 40 tackles. He is reliable not to allow separation in coverage and has illustrated the ability to be a press-man corner. Waynes is quick and physical. He needs to develop his off-man coverage though.

    While Darqueze Dennard received all the headlines in 2013, Waynes also had an excellent season for Michigan State as an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media. He totaled 50 tackles with five deflections and three interceptions. Waynes ended the year on a high note with good games against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

    Pick change; previously Jalen Collins, CB


  2. Baltimore Ravens: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
    The Ravens need help at cornerback, wide receiver and running back. Ozzie Newsome has been more inclined to draft for the defense in the first round.

    In 2014, Darby has 34 tackles with four passes broken up and has a solid contributor on special teams as well. He was solid against Oklahoma State in the season opener. Darby is a fast cover corner who is put together well. He is skilled at not allowing separation.

    Darby played well as a cover corner in the Seminoles' secondary last year following Xavier Rhodes' departure to the NFL. Darby (5-11, 189) had four passes broken up and two interceptions in 2013. He impressed in 2012 with eight passes broken up, 22 tackles and a forced fumble. Darby has natural cover-corner skills.


  3. San Diego Chargers: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
    King Dunlap has played surprisingly well for San Diego, but the Chargers could use a long-term answer to pair with D.J. Fluker.

    The 6-foot-6, 324-pounder has an excellent combination of size, strength, quickness and athleticism. Flowers doesn't get a lot of publicity, but don't be surprised if he becomes a hot prospect. Flowers has played really well in 2014. After missing a few games because of a torn meniscus, he came back in impressive fashion against Florida State. In other outings, Flowers also had an impressive game against Nebraska taking on Randy Gregory. He has been a very consistent run-blocker for Duke Johnson and pass-protector.

    In 2013 as a sophomore, Flowers took the left tackle job from Seantrel Henderson. In his true freshman season, Flowers was a backup who started four games.

    Pick change; previously Brandon Scherff, OT


  4. San Francisco 49ers: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    The 49ers could use more young receiving talent given the age of Anquan Boldin and the hazy future of Michael Crabtree in San Francisco.

    Strong (6-3, 215) has quickness to go with his excellent size. This season, he has 71 receptions for 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns. In three of his games, Strong totaled more than 140 yards receiving, plus he played well against Stanford while seeing bracket coverage. Strong is tremendous on back-shoulder receptions, which are a very popular route in NFL offenses these days. He is excellent at using his size/strength advantage to block out the defenders for completions.

    Strong was a beast for Arizona State in 2013 - his first season of playing time. He had six 100-yard games in a year that was highlighted by a 12-reception, 168-yard performance against Stanford. In 2013, Strong amassed 75 receptions for 1,122 yards with seven scores while playing injured.




  5. Atlanta Falcons: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
    Atlanta has strengthened its defensive line with bigger and more physical players, but the team still needs to improve its edge rushers.

    The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Calhoun needs to add some weight for the NFL if he's going to remain a defensive end, but he's young and has plenty of time to do it. It would help if Calhoun added strength, too. He also needs to add to his repertoire of pass-rushing moves. Calhoun's game against Oregon was disappointing, but he came alive versus Nebraska after a slow start. In 2014, the junior has 33 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks.

    Calhoun was one of the top players on Michigan State's superb defense in 2013. For the year, he recorded 37 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

    Pick change; previously Dante Fowler, OLB


  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
    The Steelers could use an upgrade at nose tackle. Shelton would be a perfect fit for Pittsburgh.

    Shelton is one of the nation's leaders in sacks for a defensive tackle with 8.5. He has 84 tackles and 16 tackles for a loss, too. The 6-foot-2, 339-pounder is a big, disruptive tackle who has a surprising burst.

    Shelton recorded 12 tackles with three tackles for a loss and two sacks to open this season. He was unblockable for Hawaii's offensive linemen. Incredibly, Shelton took his game to another level against Eastern Washington as he had four sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss and eight solo tackles. Shelton has been a man on fire and incredibly productive.

    In 2013, Shelton turned in 59 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks. He had an excellent bowl game against BYU with seven tackles and a lot of disruption at the point of attack. In 2012, Shelton recorded 45 tackles, .5 sacks and four tackles for a loss.

    Pick change; previously Markus Golden, OLB


  7. Seattle Seahawks: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
    The Seahawks lost some veteran defensive linemen last offseason, and that could repeat itself with Cliff Avril entering free agency. Seattle could use some young talent to rotate on the line, especially on the inside. Kevin Williams won't play forever while Brandon Mebane isn't a young player and he'll be coming off a season-ending injury. Young talent is needed for Seattle and a heavy lineman could fill the Red Bryant role.

    Goldman has 29 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks and a forced fumble in 2014. He came up with some huge plays that led to Florida State beating Clemson. Goldman is a wrecking ball at the line of scrimmage for the Seminoles. The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder looks like a starting candidate at nose tackle for a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.

    Pick change; previously Danny Shelton, DT


  8. Kansas City Chiefs: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
    The Chiefs lack talent on the offensive line. They need upgrades at guard and tackle. Ogbuehi could fill one of the spots.

    For the NFL, Ogbuehi needs to get stronger and improve his ability to sustain blocks. Strength is the one thing he lacks. Ogbuehi has superb feet, quickness, knee bend and agility. He is a fantastic athlete to be a left tackle, but has to get stronger.

    To start 2014, Ogbuehi looked great at left tackle in his senior-year debut against South Carolina and played at a high level until the opponents weren't cupcakes. He gave up three sacks against Mississippi State, including one to Bernardrick McKinney. Against Ole Miss, Ogbuehi was beaten for a sack by an undersized redshirt freshman and a hit on quarterback Kenny Hill that led to a 75-yard pick-six for Cody Prewitt. Ogbuehi's slump continued with two more sacks allowed and other pressures against Alabama. The Aggies moved him back to right tackle against Auburn, where he looked much better. He was beaten for a sack by Missouri's Markus Golden, but generally held his own against the Tigers' talented edge rushers.

    Ogbuehi (6-5, 300) had an excellent 2012 season blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. With Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews at the tackle positions, Ogbuehi played inside at guard. He excelled in pass and run blocking. Ogbuehi spent 2013 at right tackle with Joeckel in the NFL and Matthews having taken over the left side. Ogbuehi played well as he was a good run-blocker and a dependable pass-protector.






  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Bengals have struggled to rush the passer this season and haven't had a player step up on the other side from Carlos Dunlap. Adding another edge rusher is the obvious need for Cincinnati.

    In 2014, Golden has recorded 8.5 sacks, 59 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and one forced fumble. He dominated in the game against Toledo and showed great speed off the edge. Central Florida sent tons of double-teams his direction, yet he still recorded 1.5 sacks while opening things up for teammate Shane Ray to have a massive performance. Golden has been banged up, but has still made his presence felt.

    With the way that Golden and Ray have played in 2014, Missouri hasn't missed Michael Sam and Kony Ealy. In 2013, the redshirt junior Golden had a solid debut for Missouri with 55 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.

    Golden (6-3, 260) has speed off the edge with some size to him. He started out in the junior college ranks.

    Pick change; previously Ereck Flowers, OT


  10. Dallas Cowboys: Eli Harold, OLB/DE, Virginia
    The Cowboys grab an edge rusher to pair with Demarcus Lawrence. Rod Marinelli could use more ends who can get after he quarterback.

    Harold has been very impressive in 2014. He's totaled 51 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, a forced fumble, one interception and pass batted. The junior had strong showings against UCLA, Louisville, North Carolina, and Miami.

    Harold (6-4, 250) made a big impact as an edge rusher for Virginia in 2013. The first-year starter totaled 8.5 sacks with 15 tackles for a loss, 51 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass broken up. His season was highlighted by a three-sack game against rival Virginia Tech. Harold is a fast and athletic edge rusher, but probably will have to move to 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL unless he can add a significant amount of weight.

    Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE


  11. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    The Eagles clearly didn't do enough to address their secondary last offseason, and they'll have to do something about that with some long-term solutions next year. Philadelphia needs help at both corner and safety.

    In 2014, Collins has 31 tackles and seven passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is a long corner who has some athleticism.

    Collins was a 2012 Freshman All-SEC selection by the conference's coaches. He totaled 30 tackles and two interceptions. As a sophomore, Collins started two games. He had 22 tackles with two passes broken up in 2013.

    Collins possesses the skill set to become a good starter. LSU has been a factory for elite defensive backs, so Collins will have to earn his playing time.

    Pick change; previously Alex Carter, CB


  12. Denver Broncos: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
    The Broncos could use a more steady presence at middle linebacker.

    Perryman is a quick and physical linebacker. The 6-foot, 243-pounder provides a lot of good down-and-distance situations for his defense with his prowess to stop the run. Not only is Perryman strong against the run, but he has shown well in pass coverage. Perryman covers a lot of ground and does a nice job of covering receivers who come into his zone. He looks like he has three-down ability for the NFL. In 2014, Perryman has 96 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, four passes batted and an interception.

    Perryman was excellent for the Hurricanes in 2013. The junior totaled 108 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack and three passes broken up for the year. Perryman notched 64 tackles with six tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, one forced fumble and an interception returned 41 yards for a touchdown in 2012.




  13. New England Patriots: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
    The Patriots could use a feature running back as Steven Ridley is entering free agency and coming off a serious knee injury.

    In 2014, Yeldon has averaged 5.0 yards per carry for 758 yards with six touchdowns. He has 11 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. Yeldon had ball-security issues in 2013, while he looks better as a junior, they haven't gone away completely.

    In 2013, Yeldon averaged six yards per carry for 1,235 yards with 14 touchdowns. The sophomore chipped in 18 catches for 160 yards, too. Yeldon received only 175 carries in 2012, but totaled 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns. The freshman caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a score.

    While Eddie Lacy was a large downhill runner, Yeldon showed some speed. He ripped off a number of big gains in 2012. Yeldon's first-step quickness didn't look as good in 2013 after he gained some muscle. Yeldon is now listed at 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds.


  14. Arizona Cardinals: Erik Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
    Larry Foote, 34, isn't a long-term starter, and the Cardinals can't rely on Daryl Washington to avoid getting suspended. Adding a linebacker to pair with Kevin Minter could be a good idea.

    Kendricks has 128 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, two sacks, two passes broken up, three interceptions and one force fumble. He is an instinctive player who can defend sideline to sideline with great speed. Kendricks is very good in pass coverage as he covers a lot of ground and can match up in single coverage. He had impressive games against Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Arizona State and USC.

    Kendricks (6-0, 228) played well in 2013 with 105 tackles, four tackles for a loss and an interception. He had a breakout 2012 season in which he led the Pac-12 in tackles. Kendricks totaled 149 tackles with six tackles for a loss, two sacks, four passes broken up, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick that year. He is the younger brother of Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

    Pick change; previously Eli Harold, OLB


  15. Indianapolis Colts: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
    The Colts land a cornerback to pair with Vontae Davis.

    Carter has seven passes broken up, one interception and 33 tackles thus far in 2014. He played well against USC and held his own against Trojans wide receiver Nelson Agholar. Carter didn't pitch a shutout, but Stanford didn't have Carter following Agholar around the field. Against Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong, Carter wasn't beaten badly, but he didn't prevent Strong from contributing. Carter had a mixed game against Oregon, but did manage to pick off Marcus Mariota, which is a very rare feat.

    Carter (6-0, 200) played well for the Cardinal in 2013. The sophomore showed the ability to execute man and zone coverage. He totaled 59 tackles with eight passes broken up and an interception for the year. Carter took over a starting role in 2012. The freshman recorded 46 tackles with three forced fumbles in eight starts. Carter also has some physicality to him.

    Pick change; previously P.J. Williams, CB


  16. Green Bay Packers: La'el Collins, OT, LSU
    The Packers' offensive linemen have been the walking wounded in recent years. Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod have had major issues staying healthy. Bulaga is a good player, but Green Bay needs some reliable blockers for Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay could use some stability at tackle.

    Collins has played extremely well in 2014. Versus Florida, he had a quality outing and handled himself well going against Dante Fowler, but Collins got away with some holds and face-masks that should have been called. Collins has some road-grading potential, but needs to continue to improve his pass protection.

    Collins was very good in 2013 as the left tackle protecting the blind side of Zach Mettenberger. LSU has had a lot of success running behind Collins, too. The 6-foot-5, 321-pounder was an impressive power run-blocker in 2012 and helped the Tigers' stable of backs move the ball. He started 13 games at left guard and was an honorable mention All-SEC selection.

    Pick change; previously Erik Kendricks, OLB




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