2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 17-32

Last update: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Round 4 posted.
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  1. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    Ryan Mathews is an impending free agent, while Branden Oliver cooled off following a hot start. If Mathews leaves, the Chargers will have to find someone to complement Oliver. Melvin Gordon, who is viewed as the next Jamaal Charles, would help Philip Rivers in the backfield.

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  2. Kansas City Chiefs: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
    Once again, zero touchdowns to wide receivers. The Chiefs obviously need help at wideout. Dwayne Bowe is just a No. 2 receiver masquerading as a top target, while none of the other receivers are very skilled, though Albert Wilson showed some promise at the end of the season. The Chiefs might be regretting passing on Kelvin Benjamin.

    Pick change; previously Jaelen Strong, WR

  3. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
    The Browns were atrocious against the run to close out the season. Part of the reason for that was incompetent play from the defensive line. It didn’t help that Phil Taylor, who struggled early, missed the second half of the year with a knee injury. He has literally been a huge disappointment. The same goes for Ahtyba Rubin.



  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
    I’ve had several Eagle fans ask me if trading up for Marcus Mariota is a possibility. It’s not. The Buccaneers actually wanted to move up to No. 1 before they had the first pick because they’re desperate for a franchise quarterback, so they’re not going to suddenly surrender the top choice. From what I’ve gathered, I don’t even think three first-rounders would get it done for Philadelphia. Thus, if the Buccaneers choose Mariota over Jameis Winston, it’s not happening.

    Here’s a more realistic option. The Eagles have a terrible group of corners, and Chip Kelly likes tall defenders like Trae Waynes.

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
    The Bengals’ pass rush was inconsistent this past year, as the team has missed Michael Johnson’s presence. Perhaps they’ll spend their first-round pick on a pass-rusher.

  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
    Cortez Allen was so bad against the Colts that he was actually trending on Twitter. Ike Taylor, meanwhile, was miserable in his return from injury. The Steelers are in desperate need of help at the cornerback position, and they’re getting a prospect who fits their scheme well.



  7. Detroit Lions: La’el Collins, OT/G, LSU
    The Lions are desperate for multiple upgrades on the offensive line; the offense sputtered this past season because the unit couldn’t protect Matthew Stafford. The right tackle spot, in particular, was a major issue.

    Pick change; previously Todd Gurley, RB

  8. Arizona Cardinals: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
    The Cardinals need a long-term pass-rusher across from Sam Acho; John Abraham will be a 37-year-old free agent next spring. I was surprised they didn’t draft an edge rusher this past May.

  9. Carolina Panthers: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
    The Panthers couldn’t block for Cam Newton whatsoever earlier in the season. The offensive line has been able to gel, but there are still some glaring holes there, particularly at both tackle positions.

    Pick change; previously La’el Collins, OT/G



  10. Baltimore Ravens: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
    It’s amazing that the Ravens have been able to maintain such a strong defense despite losing some future Hall of Famers. Their front seven is great, but their secondary is in shambles right now. They really need help at corner.

  11. Dallas Cowboys: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Cowboys couldn’t get any pressure on Colt McCoy in an embarrassing Monday night defeat. Eli Manning also had all the time he needed to find Odell Beckham. Mark Sanchez had a clean pocket on Thanksgiving. Aaron Rodgers had all the time he needed in the divisional round of the playoffs. That has to change. Several upgrades can be obtained on the defensive line.

    Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE

  12. Denver Broncos: Cameron Erving, OT/G/C, Florida State
    The Broncos have some issues on their offensive line that they need to address. That, as well as Peyton Manning’s decaying arm, was the reason for their downfall in the playoffs. Help at center is especially needed.

    Pick change; previously Cedric Ogbuhei, OT



  13. Indianapolis Colts: Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia
    The Colts have been putting some pressure on the quarterback this year (with some exceptions), thanks to Bjoern Werner emerging, but they could still use another top-notch pass-rusher, as Robert Mathis won’t be around much longer.

  14. Green Bay Packers: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
    There was utter outrage from Packer fans when I didn’t mock an inside linebacker to them in a recent update. The position will have to be addressed, as Clay Matthews playing there is just a temporary solution.

  15. New England Patriots: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
    There really isn’t an obvious choice for the Patriots at this spot, so I’m giving them one of the top players available. There currently isn’t a huge need for a defensive tackle, but Vince Wilfork, Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga will all be heading into their contract years by the 2016 season, so this is a selection for the future.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Erving, OT

  16. Seattle Seahawks: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
    The Seahawks need play-makers in their receiving corps. They love athletic players, so I have to believe that they’d consider Sammie Coates, who has loads of potential, at the end of the first round.



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