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

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  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Darqueze Dennard, CB

    The Bengals lost Anthony Collins to the Buccaneers in free agency. A tackle would be an option at No. 24, but all of the first-round prospects at that position will be off the board.

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  2. Tennessee Titans: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Kony Ealy, DE/OLB

    The Titans will give Jake Locker another year. After all, he’s a former first-round pick, so he has the talent to succeed if coached properly. If, however, Ken Whisenhunt can’t get Locker to be consistent, Tennessee will consider a quarterback the following spring.

  3. St. Louis Rams: Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Greg Robinson, OT and Bradley Roby, CB

    The Rams were legitimately considering Khalil Mack, but they decided that they like Greg Robinson more. Chris Long will be a very expensive 30-year-old next spring, and Jeff Fisher believes that you can never have enough pass-rushers.

  4. Atlanta Falcons: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Jake Matthews, OT

    Steven Jackson was a disappointment last year. He was injured though, so he deserves a second chance. If he continues to struggle, however, the Falcons will look into upgrading the running back position during the following offseason, and they may just wait until the draft because it’ll be packed with prospects at this position.



  5. Baltimore Ravens: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Eric Ebron, TE

    The Ravens could be another team in the market for a running back. Ray Rice may not be around much longer because of off-the-field issues, so the 2014 season is a big one for Bernard Pierce. If he averages something close to 2.9 yards per carry again, Baltimore will need an upgrade.

  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Cody Latimer, WR

    One of the players the Eagles will be targeting at No. 22 is Kyle Fuller. Unfortunately for them, the Virginia Tech product probably won’t be available. Philadelphia may have to wait until next spring to obtain a top corner.

  7. Arizona Cardinals: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Blake Bortles, QB

    The Cardinals need a long-term pass-rusher across from Sam Acho. John Abraham will be a 37-year-old free agent next spring.

  8. Chicago Bears: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Kyle Fuller, CB/S

    The Bears need help all over their defense, including the cornerback position. Charles Tillman has been re-signed, but only to a 1-year deal, so a new starter will be needed across from Tim Jennings.



  9. Indianapolis Colts: La’El Collins, OT/G, LSU
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: None

    The Colts added some defensive players this offseason, but their top priority remains shielding Andrew Luck from opposing pass rushes. They have sketchy interior protection, so La’El Collins could start at guard and eventually work his way to one of the tackle positions.

  10. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Brandin Cooks, WR

    The Chargers desperately need cornerback help, but they could address other positions in the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.

  11. Green Bay Packers: Ray Drew, DE/DT, Georgia
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: C.J. Mosley, ILB

    The Packers, who are tired of losing to Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers, are looking to get quicker and more athletic on defense. Thus, they may consider someone like Ray Drew, who would be able to bolster the pass rush up front.

  12. New Orleans Saints: Jabari Hunt-Days, ILB, Georgia Tech
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Jason Verrett, CB

    David Hawthorne hasn’t played well for the Saints. If that trend continues, New Orleans may not wish to pay the $2.5 million roster bonus that he’s due in 2015. An inside linebacker will be an option in that case.



  13. New England Patriots: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Ra’Shede Hageman, DE/DT

    The Patriots are hurting at center. Ryan Wendell was awful this past season. He was retained, but he’ll only be a backup.

  14. Seattle Seahawks: Noah Spence, DE, Ohio State
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Joel Bitonio, OT/G/C

    The Seahawks might have the defensive end position at the top of their needs list entering the 2015 offseason. Chris Clemons is gone, while Cliff Avril will be an impending free agent.

  15. Denver Broncos: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Ryan Shazier, LB

    The Broncos are moving Orlando Franklin to guard in order to compensate for the loss of Zane Beadles. Chris Clark will take Franklin’s place, but that may not work out. If that’s the case, a first-round tackle would be in play next spring.

  16. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
    2014 NFL Mock Draft selection: Odell Beckham, WR

    The 49ers lost Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers in free agency this offseason, so there’s a big need at the cornerback position.



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