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

  1. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    The Chargers need a feature running back. Ryan Mathews is injury-prone and entering free agency. San Diego was led on the ground by Brandon Oliver in 2014, but he's a backup runner rather than a starter. Adding a running threat would make Philip Rivers' job easier as he ages.

    Gordon has a rare combination of being fast while having quality size. The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder has dangerous speed to be a threat to score on any carry. In 2014, he averaged 7.5 yards per carry for 2,587 yards with 29 touchdowns. Gordon had 19 receptions for 153 yards and three scores, too. His superb quickness had him tied for the FBS record in career average in yards per carry with stellar mark of 8.26 yards per carry after the Bowling Green game (13-253).

    Gordon was one of the most explosive backs in the nation in 2013. He brought an explosive element to the Badgers' backfield that Montee Ball never provided during his great college career. For the year, Gordon averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,609 yards on only 206 carries and 12 touchdowns. The Kenosha, Wisconsin product stood out while backing up Montee Ball and James White in 2012. He made the most of his limited chances while averaging 10 yards per carry. Gordon ran for 621 yards and three touchdowns on only 62 carries.


  2. Kansas City Chiefs: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
    The Chiefs need to give Alex Smith more receiving weapons to work with. The lack of receiving talent has to be driving Andy Reid crazy.

    Auburn struggled to pass the ball consistently in 2014, and Coates recorded only 34 receptions for 741 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season. He did light up Alabama (5-206) though. If Coates had played in a different offense, he easily would have produced a lot more. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder is a play-maker who has the speed to stretch a defense vertically. At the Senior Bowl, he showed the potential to run some underneath routes and use his size to move the chains in the short to intermediate part of the field.

    Coates caught 42 passes in 2013 for 902 yards (22 average) with seven touchdowns. With defenses focused on stopping Auburn's rushing attack, he made them pay downfield.

    Pick change; previously Jaelen Strong, WR


  3. Cleveland Browns: Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
    Barkevious Mingo was a pick of the prior regime and hasn't produced many sacks (2 in 2014). Meanwhile, Jabaal Sheard could be let go. Paul Kruger played well in 2014, but the Browns could use another rusher on the other side.

    Dupree recorded 74 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, one interception, one pass batted and two forced fumbles in 2014. He was much more disruptive than the numbers illustrate. Dupree (6-4, 267) is fast, strong and physical on the edge. He has the flexibility to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense or 3-4 outside linebacker.

    Dupree played well in 2013 and was a nice weapon in Mark Stoops' defense. Dupree recorded 61 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one pass broken up and seven sacks. He was disruptive off the edge. As a sophomore, Dupree totaled 91 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and a pass batted.

    Pick change; previously Vic Beasley, OLB


  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
    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 for 2015. Philadelphia needs help at both corner and safety.

    The Crimson Tide has been a talent factory for defensive backs for the NFL, and Collins is the program's 2015 model. He totaled 103 tackles with seven passes broken up and three interceptions in 2014. Collins had monster games against Florida and West Virginia, but Ole Miss picked on him repeatedly and burned him for two touchdowns. Auburn had success throwing at Collins as well. Those outings illustrate that Collins (6-0, 215) is a physical strong safety who is good in the box and the short part of the field. He isn't a one-on-one pass-coverage safety.

    In 2013, Collins recorded 70 tackles with four tackles for a loss, six passes broken up, one interception and two forced fumbles.




  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon
    The Bengals recorded only 20 sacks in the regular season with Carlos Dunlap totaling eight. None of the team's other defensive ends even recorded two sacks on the season. Cincinnati needs to grab another edge rusher to go on the other side from Dunlap. Wallace Gilberry (1.5 sacks), Robert Geathers (1 sack) and Margus Hunt (1 sack) didn't get the job done.

    Armstead is similar to former Duck Dion Jordon. Both have big athletic skill sets, but have had injuries and never put up big production in college. Armstead started the 2014 season in a strong fashion. He had 10 tackles with four for a loss and one sack across the first four games. To open October, Armstead injured his ankle against Arizona, and for some time, he was in and out of the lineup. Armstead played in the final five games of the regular season. He totaled 37 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks in 2014.

    The 6-foot-8, 290-pounder has a rare combination of size and speed. In 2013, he played in all of Oregon's games and had five starts. The sophomore totaled 15 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack for the year. In 2012, he came off the bench to make 26 tackles with two tackles for a loss and .5 sacks.

    Pick change; previously Alvin Dupree, DE


  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    The Steelers have a big need at cornerback, plus there are rumblings that Troy Polamalu could be done in Pittsburgh. Adding some secondary help makes sense for the Steelers.

    Collins totaled 38 tackles, nine passes broken up and an interception in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is a long corner who has some athleticism and is extremely fast. Sources say that he times well and could be a star of the Combine. While he doesn't always play up to his skill set, Collins showed his surprising speed when he chased down Melvin Gordon on a long run in the 2014 season opener.

    Big cornerbacks who can run like Collins are tough to find. However, he needs development in playing the ball and improving his ball skills.

    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 he had to earn his playing time.

    Pick change; previously Eddie Goldman, DT


  7. Detroit Lions: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
    The Lions will probably keep Ndamukong Suh and let Nick Fairley leave in free agency. Thus, the team needs another starting tackle. Detroit could land one of the top tackles in the first round, or Martin Mayhew could target some good players in the 2015 NFL Draft as Mario Edwards Jr., Malcom Brown, and Eddie Goldman are all good fits.

    Goldman totaled 35 tackles, eight 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 was 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 Malcom Brown, DT


  8. Arizona Cardinals: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
    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, plus it would help fix the run defense that was breaking down late in the season.

    McKinney had 71 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and four passes broken up in 2014. One of those sacks came when he beat Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi off the edge. McKinney was a big-time presence in the Bulldogs' defense and has shown the ability to be a three-down starter who can drop into pass coverage or rush the quarterback.

    McKinney (6-5, 235) notched 70 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in 2013. He is an intriguing athlete who has a lot of upside. As a freshman in 2012, McKinney recorded 102 tackles. He was impressive against Texas A&M and has a lot of speed to go with his size.

    Pick change; previously Markus Golden, DE






  9. Carolina Panthers: La'el Collins, OT/G, LSU
    This is a bit of a reach, but the Panthers have to upgrade their offensive line. David Gettleman has shown an inclination to draft for need and take players who have size and physicality. Collins fits the mold.

    Collins was solid in 2014, but not as good as his junior year. He has some potential and flashes heavy hands, but needs to learn technique as he didn't get a lot of movement in the ground game as a senior. For the NFL, Collins would probably be better at guard or right tackle - at least to start out his career - and then his team can see if he develops into a left tackle. Collins had a quality outing versus Florida and handled himself well going against Dante Fowler, but Collins got away with some holds and face-masks that should have been called.

    Collins was very good in 2013 - better than his senior year - as the left tackle protecting the blind side of Zach Mettenberger. LSU 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 Kevin Johnson, CB


  10. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
    The Ravens need help at cornerback, wide receiver and running back. Ozzie Newsome has taken advantage of elite talents falling to Baltimore in the past. Newsome has been more inclined to draft for the defense in the first round.

    Johnson collected 43 tackles with six passes broken up and one interception in 2014. While those numbers aren't huge, teams avoided the senior and threw elsewhere. Johnson was very reliable over the past three years. Johnson totaled 58 tackles with three interceptions and 12 passes broken up in 2013. He had almost identical numbers as a sophomore except for three more passes broken up.

    In speaking with sources, Johnson is grading out as a possible late first-round or second-round pick. Some teams have him in Round 2 just because of concerns about his size. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is a good cover corner who needs to add weight for the NFL. He has the length and athleticism to cover big receivers along the sideline. If Johnson can add weight in the lead up to the 2015 NFL Draft, that could help him to be a Thursday night pick.

    Pick change; previously Ronald Darby, CB


  11. Dallas Cowboys: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
    The Cowboys can start to build up their defensive line to match their strength on the other side of the ball. Rod Marinelli could use more ends and tackles who can get after the quarterback.

    Brown had 6.5 sacks, 71 tackles, 13 for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles in 2014. He was tough to block with a good motor. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder possesses the size and speed for the NFL. Brown has speed to close on the quarterback to go along with size to shed blocks.

    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 2.5 sacks, 11 tackles and a forced fumble. It was a breakout performance for the senior.

    Pick change; previously Arik Armstead, DE


  12. Denver Broncos: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
    The Broncos grab an improvement at inside linebacker. In speaking with Perryman at the Senior Bowl, he mentioned Denver as one of the teams showing the most interest in him.



    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. Perryman recorded 110 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, five passes batted and an interception in 2014.

    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. Indianapolis Colts: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
    The Colts have Greg Toler starting on the other side from Vontae Davis, so obviously Indianapolis needs a long-term starter to pair with Davis.

    In 2014, Darby had 43 tackles with four passes broken up and was a solid contributor on special teams as well. Darby is a fast cover corner who is put together well. He is skilled at not allowing separation and running the routes with receivers.

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

    Pick change; previously Eli Harold, OLB


  14. Green Bay Packers: Erik Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
    The Packers could stand to improve their inside linebackers. Green Bay could use a fast linebacker in the middle of the field.

    Kendricks totaled 149 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, two passes broken up, three interceptions and one forced fumble in 2014. 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 turned in 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.


  15. New England Patriots: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    The Patriots grab a weapon for Tom Brady. It's amazing what he has been able to do with their crop of receivers.

    Strong (6-3, 215) has quickness to go with his excellent size. He recorded 82 receptions for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. 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.

    Pick change; previously Sammie Coates, WR


  16. Seattle Seahawks: Mario Edwards Jr., DT, Florida State
    The Seahawks could stand to the inside of their defensive line and grab a tackle to pair with Jordan Hill.

    Edwards recorded 44 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks, four passes batted and two forced fumbles in 2014. He was disruptive for the Seminoles. The 6-foot-3, 294-pounder has a nice combination of power, speed and athleticism. His NFL future is inside at defensive tackle.

    Edwards played well for Florida State in 2013. The first-year starter totaled 28 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown - against Clemson. Edwards was tough in the National Championship Game with three tackles for a loss and a sack.




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