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

  1. San Diego Chargers: Cameron Erving, C/OT/G, Florida State
    Sources with the Chargers say that improving the interior of the offensive line is a priority this offseason. Orlando Franklin was a start, but San Diego could use a starting center as the organization went through five of them last year. This is a great fit with the Chargers' blocking scheme.

    Erving struggled at left tackle in the first half of 2014, but part of it could be attributed to Florida State's alignment not allowing him to have depth in his stance. Florida State moved Erving to center for the latter part of the season, and he really played well in the middle of the line. Sources say they view Erving more as a right tackle or guard, but he has a lot of flexibility due to his athleticism. Erving could play possibly any position on the offensive line on game days.

    Erving did a good job at protecting Jameis Winston in 2013. Erving also opened up a lot of holes in the ground game. The 6-foot-5, 313-pounder missed the 2010 season with a back injury. Erving then played defensive tackle in 2011 as a redshirt freshman backup. The Seminoles moved Erving to left tackle for 2012, and the sophomore ended up starting 14 games there.


  2. Kansas City Chiefs: La'el Collins, OT/G, LSU
    The Chiefs offensive line really struggled in 2014, and their edge protection missed Brandon Albert. If Kansas City drafts a left tackle, the team could move Eric Fisher to the right side, and that could be a better fit for him.

    Collins was solid in 2014, but not as good as his junior year. He has some potential and flashed 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-4, 305-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.


  3. Cleveland Browns: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
    The Browns could stand to improve their right tackle and guard situation. Peat could upgrade the right tackle spot for Cleveland.

    Peat was solid at protecting quarterback Kevin Hogan over the past two seasons. Peat also had success in the ground game. He is strong enough to be a downhill run-blocker and also is agile enough to block in a zone scheme. The 6-foot-7, 312-pounder has excellent size and athleticism with upside for the NFL. He needs to improve his bending and not reaching after defenders, but his size and length allow him to get away with it.

    Peat had a good game against USC in 2014. He did well in his plays against Leonard Williams and was generally rock solid minus a couple of snaps. Peat had a similar outing against Washington with generally a quality outing aside from a few plays. The Cardinal moved David Yankey inside to guard for 2013 because the coaches believed they had a star left tackle in Peat. Judging by Stanford's success over the last two seasons, that looks like it was the right call as Peat played very well.


  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    The Eagles let Jeremy Maclin leave in free agency, and Riley Cooper may not be around much longer. Adding another big receiver to pair with Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff makes sense. Strong seems like a Chip Kelly-type target.

    Strong (6-2, 217) 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.




  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
    The Bengals recorded only 20 sacks in the 2014 regular season with Carlos Dunlap totaling eight. 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, and they're all in danger of getting cut. Michael Johnson had 4.5 sacks with the Bucs in 2014 and only 3.5 in his final season with Cincinnati. Adding more talent up front makes sense for the Bengals.

    Gregory is hands down the best pass-rusher in the 2015 NFL Draft, in my opinion. However, I have him sliding because of off-the-field concerns. In 2014, Gregory totaled 56 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble, three passes broken up and one interception while missing three games (knee, concussion, ankle). He was a beast for Nebraska in 2013 - his first year on campus. The sophomore had just 10 starts, yet racked up 66 tackles with 19 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, one pass batted and an interception. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder should get even bigger over time.

    There is no doubt that Gregory is extremely fast. His lightning first-step gives him an advantage to turn the corner against tackles. Gregory also has natural agility to drop his hips and maneuver his body by blockers. On top of his speed, he has phenomenal hands for a player who doesn't have a lot of experience. Gregory is very adept at getting blockers' hands off of him and shedding their blocks. He is also physical when putting offensive players into the turf. Gregory has a relentless attitude and can make some plays through a second effort. He uses a spin move, swim move and bull rush effectively. Gregory also is really smart about when he deploys those moves. However, Gregory could stand to get stronger for the ground game.

    Pick change; previously Arik Armstead, DL


  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    The Steelers could miss out on the top edge rushers, so instead could target their next biggest need: pass coverage. Clearly, Pittsburgh needs to improve its cornerbacks. Collins fits with other corners the Steelers have drafted under Kevin Colbertt and Mike Tomlin.

    Collins totaled 38 tackles, nine passes broken up and an interception in 2014. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder is a long corner who has some athleticism and is fast. While Collins doesn't always play up to his skill set, he 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 Malcom Brown, DT


  7. Detroit Lions: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    The Lions dumped Reggie Bush and could use a running back to lead their ground attack. They had one of the worst running offenses in the NFL last year, and Gordon would change that immediately.

    Gordon has a rare combination of being fast while having quality size. The 6-foot-1, 215-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 2014 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.


  8. Arizona Cardinals: Eli Harold, OLB/DE, Virginia
    The Cardinals entered the offseason wanting to increase the speed, athleticism and pass rush of their inside and outside linebackers. Harold will help address that.

    Harold was very impressive in 2014. He totaled 54 tackles with 14.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, a forced fumble, one interception and two passes batted. The junior had strong showings against UCLA, Louisville, North Carolina and Miami.

    Harold (6-3, 247) 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 Jalen Collins, CB






  9. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
    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 the Panthers need to land a potential franchise left tackle for Cam Newton. Humphries could fit the mold.

    Sources say they've graded Humphries as "a one," aka a first-rounder, and will let their medical staff drop him down the board if they deem it warranted. I personally haven't gotten on the bandwagon about Humphries because he missed more games than he played the past two seasons, but Humphries is a rare athlete who could be a starting left tackle quickly in the NFL.

    Still, Humphries (6-5, 307) has a superb skill set with quickness, athleticism and length. He was a good run-blocker and reliable pass-protector for the Gators in 2014. He played well in 2013, but dealt with a lot of injuries the past two years. The medical concerns could knock Humphries down on draft day, and it probably would have made more sense for him to return to Florida for his senior year. However, Humphries has the athletic skill set to start at left tackle in the NFL.


  10. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
    If a quality receiver prospect isn't available, Baltimore could consider help for its cornerbacks or defensive line. The Ravens need a running mate for Jimmy Smith as their corners were a huge weakness last year. Plus, Ozzie Newsome has a tendency to draft for defense in the first round with skill position players on Day 2.

    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. He totaled 58 tackles with three interceptions and 12 passes broken up in 2013. Johnson 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, 188-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 Jordan Phillips, DT


  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. A three-technique who can collapse the pocket is essential in Marinelli's scheme.

    Brown collected 6.5 sacks, 71 tackles, 13 tackles 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 the agility to close on the quarterback to go along with the ability 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 Mario Edwards Jr., DL


  12. Denver Broncos: Eric Kendricks, OLB, UCLA
    The Broncos grab an improvement at inside linebacker. I could see Denver targeting Denzel Perryman, Bernardrick McKinney or Eric Kendricks with its first-round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

    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. Kendricks turned in impressive games against Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Arizona State and USC.

    Kendricks (6-0, 232) 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.




  13. Indianapolis Colts: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
    The Colts need to bolster the middle of their defense. Mike Adams played well last year, but he turns 34 later this month. Collins will help their run and pass defense in the middle of the field.

    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.


  14. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
    The Packers have moved on from B.J. Raji and could use a nose tackle to disrupt at the point of attack.

    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, 336-pounder looks like a starting candidate at nose tackle for a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. He is impossible to move in the ground game and is able to eat up double teams. Goldman has upside to develop and be one of the toughest interior defensive linemen in the NFL.


  15. New Orleans Saints: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
    Curtis Lofton was shown the door, and New Orleans needs a difference-maker in the middle of its defense. With his versatility, McKinney is a nice scheme fit for Rob Ryan as a movable chess piece.

    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 (6-4, 246) 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.


  16. New England Patriots: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
    The Patriots grab a replacement for Vince Wilfork.

    Phillips (6-5, 329) has a surprising burst for such a big lineman and uses his size to overwhelm offensive linemen. In 2014, Phillips had 39 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, two sacks, and one pass batted. The redshirt sophomore caused disruption at the point of attack and looks like an excellent candidate to play 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL. Phillips dealt with injuries that held him back in college, but he has a great and rare skill set.

    Pick change; previously Kevin Johnson, CB




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