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). Flowers could go as high as No. 9, so this is a value pick, for sure.

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    Pick change; previously D.J. Humphries, OT

  2. Kansas City Chiefs: La’el Collins, G/OT, 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 La’el Collins, who could easily go as high as No. 12.

  3. Cleveland Browns: D.J. Humphries, OT/G, Florida
    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 D.J. Humphries, who has generated a ton of buzz lately.

    Pick change; previously Andrus Peat, OT



  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    Jeremy Maclin surprised everyone by signing with the Chiefs (i.e. sabotaging his career). The Eagles will probably take a receiver in the first three rounds, and Chip Kelly is very familiar with this Pac-12 receiver. I went back and forth between Jaelen Strong and Nelson Agholor. If you didn’t see it, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com wrote a great article about why he thinks Agholor will be Philadelphia’s selection. I went with Strong because I have him higher on my board, but I could definitely see this pick being Agholor.

  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.

  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.

  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.



  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 has signed elsewhere, while Steve Smith, who turns 36 in May, won’t be around for very long.

  11. Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
    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.

    Marcus Peters has some character issues, as he was dismissed from his college team this past season. However, the Cowboys don’t appear to care about off-the-field stuff anymore, so perhaps they’ll take a chance on Peters’ incredible talent.

    Pick change; previously Ronald Darby, CB

  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, Cowboys, 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.

  15. New Orleans Saints: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
    Phillip Dorsett makes his first-round debut. We’ve spoken to one team selecting in the middle of the second round that loves Dorsett, and they now believe that he won’t make it to their pick. Also, Tony Pauline reported that Sean Payton was overheard gushing about Dorsett, remarking how well the Miami receiver would fit into his offense.

  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.



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