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

  1. San Diego Chargers: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
    The Chargers grab a cornerback to pair with Jason Verrett. Brandon Flowers has played well, but they only signed him to a 1-year contract.

    Waynes (6-1, 182) has been very reliable for Michigan State in 2014. He impressed against Oregon and Michigan's Devin Funchess, and hasn't had an ugly game this season. Waynes has totaled nine passes broken up, three interceptions and 44 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 Tyler Sambrailo, OT


  2. Cleveland Browns: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
    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 potential No. 1 receiver makes a ton of sense.

    Auburn has struggled to pass the ball consistently in 2014, and Coates recorded only 30 receptions for 717 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season. He did light up Alabma (5-206) though. If Coates played in a different offense, he easily would produce a lot more. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder is a play-maker who has the speed to stretch a defense vertically.

    In 2013, Coates caught 42 passes 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 DeVante Parker, WR


  3. Kansas City Chiefs: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
    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.

    After posting modest production as a junior, White has exploded as a senior. He has been one of college football's best receivers in 2014. White has 102 receptions for 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns. By the end of the third game, he had surpassed his 2013 totals of 35 receptions for 507 yards with five touchdowns.

    The 6-foot-3, 210-pound White has a unique combination with size and speed. He consistently gets separation and can make contested catches with the strength to outfight defensive backs for the ball.


  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 37 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.




  5. New Orleans Saints: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    The Saints need upgrades at cornerback and linebacker. Adding a big physical corner to go one the other side from Keenan Lewis would make sense.

    Collins has 33 tackles, nine passes broken up and an interception in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is a long corner who has some athleticism. Sources say that he runs well and could be a star of the Combine.

    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 has to earn his playing time.

    Pick change; previously Shane Ray, OLB


  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB/DE, Florida
    The Steelers need to improve their edge rush and ability to get after the quarterback. Jason Worlids is nothing special, while the jury is still out on Jarvis Jones. Even if Jones pans out, Pittsburgh could use a rusher on the other side.

    Fowler has 57 tackles with 5.5 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and a forced fumble in 2014. He has been extremely disruptive and made a big presence behind the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is fast and physical. He has a lot of upside for the NFL. Fowler could play defensive end or stay as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

    Fowler was excellent for the Gators in 2013. He racked up 50 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one pass batted and three forced fumbles for the season. Fowler was a First-Team All-SEC Freshman-Team selection in 2012 even though he was a backup. Fowler recorded 47 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks that year.

    Pick change; previously Markus Golden, DE


  7. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
    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.

    Johnson recorded 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 has been very reliable over the past three years. In 2013, he totaled 58 tackles with three interceptions and 12 passes broken up. Johnson had almost identical numbers as a sophomore except for three more passes broken up.

    Sources have indicated 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-pound Johnson is a good cover corner who needs to add weight for the NFL. He has 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 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB


  8. Dallas Cowboys: Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon
    The Cowboys grab a lineman who can work inside and outside. Rod Marinelli could use more ends who can get after he quarterback and Jerry Jones likes lineman with size.

    Armstead is similar to former Duck Dion Jordon. Both have big athletic skill sets, but have had injruies and never put up big production in college. Armstead started the 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. He has 33 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 Shilique Calhoun, DE






  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
    The Bengals have missed Michael Johnson this season and need an edge rusher to go on the other side from Carlos Dunlap.

    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 some functional strength as well. He also needs to add to his repertoire of pass-rushing moves. After a slow start, Calhoun started playing better. The junior speed rusher has 37 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks this season.

    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 Erik Kendricks, OLB


  10. Detroit Lions: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
    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 on Day 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft as Mario Edwards Jr., Malcom Brown, and Michael Bennett are all good fits.

    Shelton is one of the nation's leaders in sacks for a defensive tackle with nine. He has 88 tackles and 16.5 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. Shelton recorded 45 tackles, .5 sacks and four tackles for a loss in 2012.

    Pick change; previously Eddie Goldman, DT


  11. Arizona Cardinals: Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
    The Cardinals grab a pass-rusher to replace John Abraham and pair with Alex Okafor.

    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.


  12. 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 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 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




  13. 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 102 tackles with 8.5 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.


  14. New England Patriots: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    Danny Amendola hasn't worked out, while the Patriots' young wideouts haven't proven to be long-term answers. New England could use more weapons for Tom Brady. Strong (6-3, 215) has quickness to go with his excellent size. He has 75 receptions for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. 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 T.J. Yeldon, RB


  15. Indianapolis Colts: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    You know you lack pass rush when Erik Walden is leading your team in sacks when the regular season is almost over. Bjoern Werner is improving, but the Colts could use a pass-rusher on the other side.

    Golden has recorded 8.5 sacks, 68 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and two forced fumbles in 2014. 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 Trae Waynes, CB


  16. Green Bay Packers: Erik Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
    The Packers could use a fast sideline-to-sideline linebacker. Kendricks would be a real upgrade over A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones.

    Kendricks has 139 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two passes broken up, three interceptions and one force fumble this year. 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.

    Pick change; previously Jalen Collins, CB




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