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

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  1. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    Ryan Mathews has left for Philadelphia, while Branden Oliver cooled off toward the end of the season following a hot start. With Mathews gone, the Chargers will have to find someone to complement Oliver. Melvin Gordon, who has drawn comparisons to Jamaal Charles, seems like an obvious pick at this juncture. He’s the successor to LaDainian Tomlinson that San Diego has been searching for.

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  2. Kansas City Chiefs: La’el Collins, OT/G, LSU
    The Chiefs had pass protection issues this past season – only six teams surrendered more sacks – and I doubt Andy Reid will pass on an offensive lineman in the first couple of rounds. Reid loves drafting linemen, and he’s getting a bit of steal at No. 18 with La’el Collins, who could go as high as the 12th spot to the Browns.

  3. Cleveland Browns: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
    The Browns have expressed a desire to fortify their offensive and defensive lines, so they can take care of the former with this selection. The front office wanted to upgrade Mitchell Schwartz last year, with plans to move him inside. Here’s a potential new starter in Ereck Flowers, who could easily go as high as No. 10 to the Rams.



  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    There’s a chance the Eagles will move up for Marcus Mariota, especially if he slips past the second-overall pick. Moving from No. 20 to No. 2 would cost too much under normal circumstances, but perhaps Tennessee really covets Sam Bradford. I still say the Eagles probably stay put, but I won’t dismiss the possibility of a trade, despite what Chip Kelly said about mortgaging the future.

    Jalen Collins, who looked great at the NFL Combine, is the type of impressive, tall athlete that Kelly likes having in his defense. The Eagles are obviously looking for a cornerback, as the top two players in the NFL Mock Draft Consensus Selections are all corners.

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Humphries, OT/G, Florida
    The Bengals will be interested in a left tackle prospect in the first couple of rounds. Andrew Whitworth, a 33-year-old entering his contract season, can be moved inside to guard to fill a need there. D.J. Humphries is a nice value choice at No. 21, as his stock has risen recently.

    Pick change; previously Andrus Peat, OT

  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
    It always seems like a talented prospect falls to the Steelers every April, and that could be Landon Collins this year. Some are down on Collins, so he could slip. Pittsburgh will be happy if he does; Michael Mitchell proved to be a disappointment last year, while Troy Polamalu is being pushed into retirement.



  7. Detroit Lions: Eddie Goldman, DE/DT, Florida State
    The Lions suddenly need to look at defensive tackles. Both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are both gone, leaving the team with a massive void at the position. Fortunately for Detroit, a replacement is bound to be available at No. 23 overall.

  8. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
    The Cardinals have had major issues covering tight ends the past two years. The main problem in this regard this past season was the inside linebacker position. Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington were both missed. Sean Weatherspoon signed with Arizona, but he can’t be counted on to stay healthy. Eric Kendricks is a solid choice at this juncture; he’s the top consensus inside linebacker, and the only player at his position basically guaranteed a spot in the first round.

  9. Carolina Panthers: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
    The Panthers couldn’t block for Cam Newton whatsoever early in the season. The offensive line was able to gel late in the year, but there are still some glaring holes there, particularly at both tackle positions.

    Pick change; previously D.J. Humphries, OT



  10. Baltimore Ravens: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
    The Ravens will be looking for an offensive weapon with one of their first couple of draft picks. The receiver position needs help; Torrey Smith is an impending free agent, while Steve Smith, who turns 36 in May, won’t be around for very long.

  11. Dallas Cowboys: Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia
    The Cowboys couldn’t get any pressure on Colt McCoy in an embarrassing Monday night defeat. 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.

  12. Denver Broncos: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB, UCLA
    The Broncos are switching to a 3-4 defense under Wade Phillips, so one of the positions they’ll need to address is outside linebacker. They have Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware slated to start there, but they don’t have much depth behind them. Besides, counting on a 33-year-old Ware to be productive for the entire season would be a mistake.

    Pick change; previously Markus Golden, DE/OLB



  13. Indianapolis Colts: Cameron Erving, OT/G/C, Florida State
    The Colts made some nice additions to their roster this offseason, but one area that they’ve mostly neglected is the offensive line. Andrew Luck needs better protection at multiple positions, so picking a talented lineman who can play different spots would be a solid move.

    Pick change; previously Arik Armstead, DE/DT

  14. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma
    Both B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion are free agents. At least one won’t be back, which means the Packers will need another big body up front. With no inside linebackers worth taking here, Green Bay could go with one of the top players on its board.

  15. New Orleans Saints: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Saints had major defensive issues this past season. Some of their players couldn’t tackle whatsoever. They’ll almost certainly take the best defensive player available with one of their opening-round selections. They absolutely have to bolster the pass rush.

    Pick change; previously Jaelen Strong, WR (SEA)

  16. New England Patriots: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
    The Patriots were unstoppable on offense for the most part during their Super Bowl run, but they still need to find some help for Tom Brady in the receiving corps. Relying on the likes of Brandon LaFell doesn’t sound like a good proposition for the long term, and they missed out on signing Stevie Johnson.



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