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

  1. Chicago Bears: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    The Bears need a cornerback to go with Kyle Fuller. However, I'm not sure that Ekpre-Olomu will meet the size that Phil Emery and Mel Tucker want in their cornerbacks. Thus, I could easily end up changing the pick, but Ekpre-Olomu could have the best cover skills of any cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    I could see Ekpre-Olomu going lower as 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 to open 2014, 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 mixed outings against Washington State and Arizona. In 2014, he has two interceptions, three passes broken up and 20 tackles.

    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.

    Pick change; previously Shawn Oakman, DE


  2. Cleveland Browns: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
    The Browns could use another option to go with Josh Gordon, Terrance West and Jordan Cameron. That would give whomever is Cleveland's quarterback a plethora of weapons to make his job easier. With Gordon's lack of reliability, another No. 1 receiver makes a ton of sense.

    Montgomery has 37 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. He has 14 carries for 76 yards with a touchdown on the ground. Montgomery's averaged 19 yards per punt return and 29 yards per kick return.

    In speaking with an NFL general manager recently, he named Montgomery as one of the players who impressed him the most from Week 2 of college football. Montgomery was a problem for USC's defense as he had nine receptions for 83 yards. In the third quarter, Montgomery had an excellent punt return of 44 yards and a kick return of 31 yards. He had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 44-yard touchdown reception on a wide receiver screen in the 2014 season opener. Montgomery had an ugly game against Notre Dame as he struggled to catch a wet ball. Still, the senior is a fast, tough receiver with size.

    Montgomery (6-2, 215) has been a contributor for Stanford since his freshman season. His best year came as a junior in 2013 when he caught 61 passes for 958 yards with 10 touchdowns. Montgomery could have produced more if Kevin Hogan had played more consistently. In 2012, Montgomery totaled 26 catches for 213 yards after recording 24 receptions for 350 yards with two scores as a freshman in 2011. He has some speed to go along with his size. Montgomery also is dangerous kick returner.

    Pick change; previously Landon Collins, S


  3. Detroit Lions: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
    The Lions didn't upgrade their secondary over the offseason. Detroit should use early-round picks for a cover corner and a difference-maker at safety given the potent passing attacks of the NFC North.

    In 2014, Peters has three interceptions, three passes broken up and 14 tackles. He had a standout game going against Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery. Peters played Montgomery well to force incompletions and grabbed an interception. Peters showed the size and strength to battle bigger receivers with the speed to run with Montgomery and not allow separation.

    In 2013, Peters recorded 55 tackles with five interceptions, one forced fumble and nine passes broken up. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder had some clutch games against Stanford and Oregon State. The prior season, he snagged two interceptions for Washington.


  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
    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, Darby has 14 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.

    Pick change; previously P.J. Williams, CB




  5. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
    San Francisco doesn't have a lot of needs, but the organization could add some cornerback depth.

    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 three passes broken up and 20 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 also contributed some stops in run defense with five tackles.


  6. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
    The Ravens signed a short-term solution in Steve Smith, but they need to give Joe Flacco some long-term weapons at wide receiver.

    After posting modest production as a junior, White has broken out as a senior. He has 61 receptions for 888 yards with five touchdowns. By the end of the third game, White had surpassed his 2013 totals of 35 receptions for 507 yards with five touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has good size to him.

    Pick change; previously Ty Montgomery, WR


  7. New England Patriots: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    The Patriots may not keep Stevan Ridley and need to upgrade their weapons on offense.

    Halfway through the season, Gordon became the first back in the nation to cross the 1,000-yard mark. He's averaged 7.9 yards per carry for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns in only six games. Gordon has six receptions for 27 yards and a score, too. His amazing speed 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 has a rare combination of being fast while having quality size. The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder has blazing speed to be a threat to score on any carry. He illustrated in the 2014 season opener that he is a play-maker with his speed providing a mismatch against LSU's speedy SEC defense. Gordon finished with 140 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown against the Tigers. He ripped off a 63-yard run to open the third quarter, but only received two more carries as he dealt with a hip injury.

    Gordon was one of the most explosive backs in the nation in 2013. The lightning-fast redshirt sophomore 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. While Gordon didn't get a lot of opportunities, 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.


  8. Carolina Panthers: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    If all the top offensive tackles are off the board, the Panthers could turn to their weak secondary. They still need a replacement for Chris Gamble.

    In 2014, Collins has 15 tackles and three 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.






  9. San Diego Chargers: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
    The Chargers have gotten good play out of Brandon Flowers, but he isn't signed long term. They could use another corner to pair with Jason Verrett.

    So far in 2014, Williams has five passes broken up, one interception, one forced fumble and 21 tackles. He had a mixed outing against Clemson. In the season opener, Williams had a solid game against Oklahoma State, including a critical forced fumble in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot, 190-pounder had an excellent debut as a starter in 2013. He was the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game as he had seven tackles and a critical fourth-quarter interception that helped spark Florida State's comeback win. The first-year starter totaled 35 tackles with seven passes broken up and three interceptions for the season.

    Pick change; previously Ronald Darby, CB


  10. Cincinnati Bengals: Erik Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
    Cincinnati neglected the linebacker position last offseason and could let Rey Maualuga leave in free agency after this year. The Bengals could land an upgrade for the inconsistent Maualuga.

    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 68 tackles with three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one pass broken up, one interception and one sack.

    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.

    Pick change; previously Markus Golden, DE


  11. Green Bay Packers: La'el Collins, OT, LSU
    Green Bay is weak at offensive tackle. Bryan Bulaga is a good player, but he lacks durability. Injuries have been a killer for Derek Sherrod as well.

    Thus far in 2014, Collins has played well while taking on mostly easy opponents. Against Florida, Collins 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 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. Returing to LSU for the 2014 season was a good decision on his part.

    Pick change; previously Erik Kendricks, OLB


  12. Dallas Cowboys: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Cowboys grab an edge rusher to pair with Demarcus Lawrence.

    In 2014, Golden has recorded four sacks, one pass batted, 35 tackles and eight tackles for a loss. 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 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 Malcom Brown, DT




  13. Arizona Cardinals: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
    As Walt said in his mock, the Cardinals could upgrade their edge rushers with John Abraham nearing the end of a great career.

    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 the junior added strength. 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, Calhoun has 18 tackles with five tackles for a loss and four 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.


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

    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. In 2014, he's totaled 51 tackles with four tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble for the year.

    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.


  15. Indianapolis Colts: Jalen Mills, S/CB, LSU
    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. Carter could be that tandem partner for Davis. The Colts also could use an upgrade at safety, so the best defensive back available makes a lot of sense for Indianapolis.

    In the 2014 season opener against Wisconsin, Mills played well with an interception and four tackles. He has 28 tackles with three passes broken up and an interception this year.

    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.


  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. 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. Shelton is one of the nation's leaders in sacks with seven. He has 49 tackles and 9.5 tackles for a loss, too. 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.




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