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

  1. New Orleans Saints: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
    Mark Ingram hasn't been the bell-cow back the Saints thought they were getting, and he could easily be allowed to leave in free agency after this season. Meanwhile, Darren Sproles is gone, while Pierre Thomas turns 30 later this year. New Orleans will need a long-term running back to help Drew Brees.

    So far in 2014, Yeldon has run for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries (5.8 average). In 2013, he 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 explosiveness. He ripped off a number of big gains in 2012 with mismatch speed. 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, but didn't look that heavy as a freshman.

    Pick change; previously Mike Davis, RB


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

    The 6-foot-4, 256-pounder 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 (6-5, 256) added strength. He also needs to add to his repertoire of pass-rushing moves. Calhoun's game against Oregon was disappointing, but he had a sack in the 2014 season opener.

    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, DE


  3. Detroit Lions: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    The Lions didn't upgrade their terrible secondary this offseason, and that could be their Achilles heel again in 2014. Detroit should use a premium pick in the 2015 NFL Draft for a cover corner given the potent passing attacks of the Lions' division.

    I would have Ekpre-Olomu going higher, but I think teams are going to ding him for his height. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder is a good cover corner, but if he checks in shorter than his listed measurements, it could hurt him significantly.

    Against Michigan State, Ekpre-Olomu had good coverage throughout the game. In the second half, he made a highlight-reel diving interception. It was a huge play for Oregon. Ekpre-Olomu had 11 tackles, one interception and one pass broken up on the season.

    Ekpre-Olomu started the 2013 season strongly before having some struggles against Colorado. He bounced back with a quality game versus Washington. Ekpre-Olomu was phenomenal against Oregon State and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. He showed the movement skills, speed and agility to prevent a small, speedy receiver like Cooks from gaining separation. Ekpre-Olomu had 84 tackles, three interceptions, six passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2013. There is no doubt that he has good instincts.

    Ekpre-Olomu worked his way into a starting role in 2012 and had an impressive season. He totaled 63 tackles with four interceptions, six forced fumbles and 16 passes defensed.


  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Mills, S/CB, LSU
    Cornerback and safety could be issues for the Eagles this coming season. None of Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams or Nolan Carroll is a true No. 1 corner, while Brandon Boykin and Jaylen Watkins are better as nickels. Plus, neither Nate Allen nor Malcolm Jenkins can be viewed as the long-term answer at safety. Taking the best defensive back available makes sense for Philadelphia.

    In the 2014 season opener against Wisconsin, Mills played well with an interception and four tackles. He has eight tackles with one pass broken up and an interception this season.

    Mills had 67 tackles, three passes broken up, three sacks and three interceptions in 2013. The fact that he switched from corner to safety late last season makes him an ideal free safety candidate to help defend slot receivers and tight ends.

    The 6-foot, 194-pounder flashed some serious potential in 2012 when he was named a First-Team Freshman All-American by numerous media outlets. Mills won a starting job opposite Tharold Simon and was impressive in SEC action. Mills contributed 57 tackles, two interceptions and five passes broken up that year.

    Pick change; previously Cody Prewitt, S




  5. Tennessee Titans: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Titans grab an edge rusher for their new 3-4 defense.

    In 2014, Golden has four sacks, one pass batted, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 21 tackles. 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 for teammate Shane Ray to have massive performance.

    With the way that Golden and Ray have played in the early going, 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. It wouldn't be surprising if he improves his production as a full-time starter. Golden started out in the junior college ranks.

    Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE


  6. Washington Redskins: Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss
    The Redskins need safety help badly. Brandon Meriweather turns 31 after the season, and they don't have much behind him.

    Against Boise State to open 2014, Prewitt totaled eight tackles with an interception and was very impressive. He has 14 tackles and the interception thus far.

    Prewitt had an excellent 2013 season and was a First-Team All-American selection by some media outlets. The SEC coaches made him a First-Team all-conference selection. The junior totaled 71 tackles with six interceptions, seven passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He had a big-time presence for the Rebels. Prewitt (6-2, 212) has good size and showed improved instincts and ball skills from his first season as a starter.

    In 2012, Prewitt had 80 tackles with two picks, four passes batted and two forced fumbles as a sophomore. If the senior's play in 2014 is consistent with his 2013 performance, he could be a Thursday night pick.

    Pick change; previously Denzel Perryman, ILB


  7. Indianapolis Colts: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
    The Colts have Greg Toler starting on the other side from Vontae Davis, so Indianapolis, obviously, needs a long-term starter to pair with Davis. The Colts also could use help at safety. Mills could fill one of those spots. LaRon Landry turns 30 this season and has a big contract along with durability issues.

    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.

    Carter has a pass breakup and nine 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. Carter contributed some stops in run defense with five tackles.

    Pick change; previously Jalen Mills, S


  8. Carolina Panthers: La'el Collins, OT, LSU
    I'm skeptical of Byron Bell at left tackle. I think the Panthers would be better off drafting a first-round blind-side protector for Cam Newton and putting Bell back on the right side.

    Thus far in 2014, Collins has played well while taking on easy opponents. He 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.

    Collins has some road-grading potential, but needs to continue to improve his pass protection. He made a good decision to return to LSU.




  9. Arizona Cardinals: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
    The Cardinals need to upgrade their edge rushers, plus John Abraham is nearing the end of a great career.

    Beasley had an underwhelming start to this season against Georgia. He did record a sack with three tackles - two of them being for a loss - but struggled in run defense. In 2014, the senior has two sacks thus far.

    Beasley was a tremendous pass-rusher for Clemson in 2013 with 13 sacks. He also picked up 23 tackles for a loss, 41 tackles, six passes batted, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. After dominating the early part of 2013, Beasley was clamped down by Florida State as the Seminoles blew out Clemson. In 2012, he had 14 tackles with eight sacks and a forced fumble.

    The 6-foot-2 Beasley weighs in the 230s. He is strong for his weight, but he is still very undersized for the NFL and that could cause him to slide some on draft day. There is no doubt that he won't be able to stay at defensive end. Beasley could play in a 3-4 defense and be moved around. His best fit may come as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 and play in a similar style to Broncos linebacker Von Miller.


  10. San Diego Chargers: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
    The Chargers grab a bookend tackle to pair with D.J. Fluker. King Dunlap played surprisingly well in 2013, but San Dieog could use a long-term solution in a division that has talented young pass-rushers like Von Miller, Justin Houston and Khalil Mack.

    Scherff was one of the top tackles in the Big Ten in 2013 and is a road-grading run blocker. Iowa has produced a lot of good NFL prospects on the offensive line, and Scherff is the latest Hawkeye to be an early-round prospect.

    The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder could fit as a power-man or zone blocker. Scherff has the feet and agility to move well as a pass-protector. He is very good in the ground game, too. Scherff has tremendous power with the ability to drive block defenders off the ball. The fact that the senior returned to school for 2014 to possibly improve gave him a much better shot at being a first-round pick.


  11. Cincinnati Bengals: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
    Cincinnati neglected the linebacker position this offseason and could let Rey Maualuga leave in free agency after this year. The Bengals could land an upgrade for the inconsistent Maualuga.

    Perryman is a quick and physical linebacker. Against Louisville in the 2014 opener, the 6-foot, 243-pounder totaled 12 tackles with three tackles for a loss and a sack. He made a number of clutch plays for Miami, including a number of tackles for a loss on multiple third-and-1 plays. The senior has totaled 25 tackles with four tackles for a loss so far in 2014.

    Perryman was excellent for the Hurricanes in the early going of 2013. He had a monstrous game against Florida with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. The junior totaled 108 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack and three passes broken up for the year. He recorded 11 tackles against Florida State and 15 against Virginia Tech. 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.

    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.

    Pick change; previously Noah Spence, DE


  12. Green Bay Packers: Erik Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
    Green Bay is weak at inside linebacker. A.J. Hawk is declining, and Brad Smith isn't much better. I think Carl Bradford was a great pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and could develop into a nice player, but the Packers need a difference-maker at linebacker to chase down Colin Kaepernick and/or Russell Wilson in January.

    Kendricks was all over the field against Virginia to open 2014. The big plays he made led to 14 points from the Bruins' defense. Kendricks stripped a receiver of the ball deep in UCLA territory, and a teammate scooped up the fumble to return it for a touchdown. While the quarterback was flooded with defenders on the next drive, Kendricks had tight coverage on the running back and was able to undercut the throw to pick it off and run 37 yards to take it to the house. Kendricks totaled 16 tackles, two passes broken up, the forced fumble and the interception against Virginia. In 2014, he has 37 tackles.

    Kendricks (6-0, 228) played well in 2013 with 105 tackles, four tackles for a loss and an interception. He is an instinctive defender who can defend sideline to sideline. Kendricks 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.




  13. New England Patriots: Devin Funchess, TE/WR, Michigan
    The Patriots could use another receiving weapon for Tom Brady. Funchess could be developed to fill the swiss-army knife role that Aaron Hernandez played.

    Funchess (6-5, 230) is a bit of a wide receiver and tight end tweener. After a 2013 great season at tight end, Funchess was moved to wide out for 2014. He has 16 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns so far this year.

    As a tight end, Funchess is a dangerous receiving weapon who would need to get stronger and improve his blocking to be a three-down tight end for the NFL, but he would be more valuable there. Funchess had an excellent 2013 season with 49 receptions for 748 yards and six touchdowns playing tight end. He had 15 catches for 234 yards and five scores as a freshman tight end. The junior may not have the speed to separate from NFL cornerbacks if he's playing wide receiver.


  14. San Francisco 49ers: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
    San Francisco doesn't have a lot of needs, but the organization could add some cornerback depth.

    In 2014, Darby has six tackles with a pass broken up. He was solid against Oklahoma State in the season opener. 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.


  15. Denver Broncos: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
    There isn't a great fit here from a talent and need perspective, but Denver could consider more help for its defensive line. Brown is versatile and has shown serious pass-rushing skills. Having a steady rotation of pass-rushers makes sense for a team that is consistently playing with a lead.

    For the second-straight season, Texas was dominated by BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. However, one Longhorns defender showed up and competed to try to change that. Brown had an excellent game with three sacks (two solo, two half sacks), 11 tackles and a forced fumble. It was a breakout performance for the senior, and perhaps Charlie Strong's new staff is capable of getting Brown to peak in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder has the size for the NFL.

    Through three games, Brown has totaled 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for a loss, 18 tackles and one forced fumble. He has been tough to block with a good motor. If Brown continues to play like he did against BYU, his draft stock could skyrocket.

    Pick change; previously Laken Tomlinson, G


  16. Seattle Seahawks: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
    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 and on the inside. Kevin Williams won't play forever, and Brandon Mebane isn't a young player either.

    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. Well, 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. Through three games this year, Shelton has been a man on fire. He has totaled 15 tackles with six sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss. Shelton leads the nation in sacks. The 6-foot-2, 339-pounder is a big, disruptive tackle who has a surprising burst.

    Shelton turned in 59 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2013. 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 Cedric Reed, DE




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