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

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  1. San Diego Chargers: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
    I’d say San Diego’s No. 1 priority is protecting Philip Rivers, but there have been rumors that the front office could trade Rivers if it can somehow land Marcus Mariota. That could happen, and if it does, the Chargers’ top priority would be finding adequate blocking for Mariota.

    Offensive tackle is definitely in play at No. 17, as the Ereck Flowers selection would mean that one of King Dunlap or D.J. Fluker would move inside (probably the former).

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  2. Kansas City Chiefs: D.J. Humphries, OT/G, Florida
    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 pre-draft riser in D.J. Humphries, who is now projected to be taken in this area.

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

  3. Cleveland Browns: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
    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 Andrus Peat, whose stock has dropped enough that he could slip to No. 19 (or No. 25 like in the previous update).

    Pick change; previously Ereck Flowers, OT



  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 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 corners.

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
    Boom. Randy Gregory drops to No. 21, and it’s not just because of the positive marijuana test. There are other concerns with Gregory that could potentially cause him to slip out of the first round. I’d have to imagine, however, that the Bengals would consider him at this juncture. Marvin Lewis is all about giving players second chances, and Gregory makes sense in terms of a needs perspective. Cincinnati re-signed Michael Johnson this offseason, but the agreement can be just a short-term deal if Johnson doesn’t get his act together. The Bengals have to improve their pass rush, so Gregory will be insurance in case Johnson continues to disappoint.

    Pick change; previously Eddie Goldman, DT

  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: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    Reggie Bush was released earlier in the offseason, so the Lions will need to find someone to split the load with Joique Bell. Detroit’s front office typically likes picking the top player available, and Melvin Gordon could fit that description, as he has drawn comparisons to Jamaal Charles.

  8. Arizona Cardinals: Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma
    The Cardinals have lost a number of talented defensive players over the past couple of years. One is nose tackle Dan Williams, who signed with the Raiders. His departure leaves a huge hole at nose tackle, so Arizona could target Jordan Phillips with this selection. It could be argued that Phillips is the best player available here.

    Pick change; previously Eric Kendricks, ILB

  9. Carolina Panthers: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    The Panthers likely will select the top available player from the tackle or receiver position in the first few rounds. Those are their two big areas of need. They have to find someone to draw attention away from Kelvin Benjamin. Jaelen Strong, who has great upside and athleticism, could potentially go as high as No. 20 to Philadelphia.

    Pick change; previously Andrus Peat, 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: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
    The Cowboys desperately need help at cornerback. Morris Claiborne has been a huge disappointment, while Brandon Carr is extremely overpaid. Dallas could target a potential upgrade at the end of the first round.

  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.



  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.

  14. Green Bay Packers: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
    The Packers will be extremely fortunate if Eric Kendricks drops to them at No. 30. Kendricks, the top inside linebacker in this class by a wide margin, would fill a huge need, as he would allow Clay Matthews to play on the edge in 2015. Kendricks could be chosen by the Chiefs, Browns, Cardinals, Broncos and Colts, so as with Ryan Shazier last year, Green Bay could miss out on the top player who would address its biggest hole.

    Pick change; previously Jordan Phillips, NT

  15. New Orleans Saints: Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia
    The Saints have so many defensive issues, so there’s a good chance they spend both of their opening-round selections on that side of the ball. They already addressed their defensive line, but outside linebacker is a much bigger need. If Alvin Dupree is chosen prior to No. 13, however, New Orleans will have to wait until this juncture to take an edge rusher.

    Pick change; previously Maxx Williams, TE

  16. New England Patriots: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
    A receiver like Devin Smith is still in play for the Patriots, but they may have a tough time passing on a defensive tackle as talented as Eddie Goldman dropping to them at No. 32. Considering Vince Wilfork’s departure, and the fact that New England has other players at the position set to hit free agency next spring, Goldman makes a ton of sense if he’s available.

    Pick change; previously Devin Smith, WR



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