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

Last update: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.
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  1. Minnesota Vikings: Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
    The top players on the board don’t match Minnesota’s needs, so I’m giving them the best prospect available who makes sense for them. Brian Robison will turn 32 right after the 2015 NFL Draft, so a successor will be needed.

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  2. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
    The Falcons can’t be too upset with obtaining Jake Matthews at No. 6 overall this past May, but they were one pick away from landing Khalil Mack. Here’s their new edge rusher.

    Pick change; previously Melvin Gordon, RB

  3. Detroit Lions: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
    Both Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler had to be thrilled when the Lions selected Eric Ebron in the 2014 NFL Draft because they neglected their secondary once again. Perhaps that’ll change next spring.

  4. Carolina Panthers: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
    The Panthers didn’t want to reach for a left tackle at No. 28. The problem is that they didn’t address the position at all. They’re 2-0 right now, but they’re still having issues at both tackle spots.

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



  5. Baltimore Ravens: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
    I had the Ravens making this selection even before Ray Rice’s contract was terminated. Rice was in quick decline, while Bernard Pierce hasn’t shown the ability to stay healthy.

    Ozzie Newsome loves his Alabama players. He may take another one here to upgrade the running back position.

  6. Indianapolis Colts: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
    It’s disappointing the Colts weren’t able to address their secondary in the previous draft. They’ll have to fix that early in the 2015 NFL Draft.

  7. Philadelphia Eagles: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    Chip Kelly loves drafting Pac-12 players, especially if he used to coach them. However, unlike Josh Huff, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu wouldn’t be a reach at this juncture. Philadelphia needs secondary help.

  8. Arizona Cardinals: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    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.

    Pick change; previously Vic Beasley, DE/OLB



  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
    The Bengals don’t have very many needs, but they are especially weak at center, where rookie Russell Bodine has struggled thus far.

    Pick change; previously Noah Spence, DE

  10. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    Surprise, surprise: Ryan Mathews is hurt again. The Chargers need an every-down back they can actually count on, and they’re getting tremendous value near the end of the first round with Melvin Gordon.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Erving, OT

  11. Green Bay Packers: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
    Charlie Campbell reported about a month ago that the Packers were desperate to land Ryan Shazier in the 2014 NFL Draft to help contain Colin Kaepernick. Here’s a possible solution.

  12. New Orleans Saints: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    The Saints have had major defensive issues through two weeks. Some of their players can’t tackle whatsoever. Meanwhile, the corners, particularly Patrick Robinson, haven’t been able to cover anyone.

    Pick change; previously Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB



  13. New England Patriots: Cameron Erving, OT/G, Florida State
    The Patriots’ biggest weakness is the offensive line. The interior can’t block at all, so Bill Belichick may trade away his next-best blocker for another tight end he won’t use. If not, I’m sure he’ll look at an early-round blocker who can play multiple positions like Cameron Erving.

    Pick change; previously Devin Funchess, TE

  14. San Francisco 49ers: Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
    The 49ers don’t have any present glaring needs, but what if Michael Crabtree leaves via free agency after this season, Anquan Boldin declines, and Stevie Johnson continues to struggle? A receiver might be considered early again.

  15. Denver Broncos: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
    The Broncos have had issues at middle linebacker for quite some time, so perhaps they’ll finally put those to rest by spending a first-round pick on an upgrade.

    Pick change; previously Cedric Reed, DE/OLB

  16. Seattle Seahawks: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    Best player available who makes sense. The Seahawks look so much more dynamic on offense with Percy Harvin being healthy. Imagine how lethal the scoring attack would be with Harvin, Paul Richardson and a first-round receiver.



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