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

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
    Barkevious Mingo does some things well, but he has failed to develop into a great pass-rusher. Jabaal Sheard, meanwhile, will be hitting free agency in March. With all that in mind, if Mingo continues to disappoint in terms of getting to the quarterback, the Browns will want to bring in someone who can accomplish that.

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  2. San Francisco 49ers: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    If the inconsistent Michael Crabtree leaves via free agency, the 49ers will definitely have to do something about the receiver position. They’d probably want an upgrade over Crabtree anyway, as he’s been a big disappointment this season. Anquan Boldin, meanwhile, won’t be able to do this much longer.

  3. Baltimore Ravens: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
    It’s amazing that the Ravens have been able to maintain such a strong defense despite losing some future Hall of Famers. Their front seven is great, but their secondary is in shambles right now. They really need help at corner.



  4. Dallas Cowboys: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
    Dallas’ defense was much better than anyone anticipated, but it’s finally being exposed. There are still some weaknesses that need to be addressed – particularly in the interior of the defensive line, where Nick Hayden needs to be upgraded.

    Pick change; previously Markus Golden, DE/OLB

  5. 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 – he has bounced back well from an injury that caused him to struggle – but they were one pick away from landing Khalil Mack, who has been great for the Raiders thus far. Here’s their new edge rusher.

  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
    Cortez Allen was so bad against the Colts that he was actually trending on Twitter. Ike Taylor, meanwhile, was miserable in his return from injury. The Steelers are in desperate need of help at the cornerback position, and they’re definitely getting one of the better players available.



  7. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
    Ryan Mathews is an impending free agent, while Branden Oliver has cooled off following a hot start. If Mathews leaves, the Chargers will have to find someone to complement Oliver. Melvin Gordon, who is viewed as the next Jamaal Charles, would help Philip Rivers in the backfield.

    Pick change; previously Ereck Flowers, OT

  8. Philadelphia Eagles: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    Chip Kelly likes tall defenders, but he’s also shown an affinity for his former Oregon players, so I wonder if he would pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. I say he would, as his former corner would fill a huge need in a shaky secondary.

  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
    The Bengals are very weak in their linebacking corps, as Rey Maualuga, Emmanuel Lamur and Vincent Rey have all struggled alongside/without Vontaze Burfict this season.



  10. Indianapolis Colts: Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
    The Colts have been putting some pressure on the quarterback this year (with some exceptions), thanks to Bjoern Werner emerging, but they could still use another top-notch pass-rusher, as Robert Mathis won’t be around much longer.

  11. Detroit Lions: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
    I was wondering where to put Todd Gurley, and I think this is a good spot. The Lions have taken the top player on their draft board before, and they could use some help at running back with Reggie Bush being phased out. Gurley provides major value here, as he was a top-10 prospect prior to his ACL tear.

    Pick change; previously Melvin Gordon, RB

  12. Arizona Cardinals: Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon
    The Cardinals will consider an upgrade to the defensive line, as Darnell Dockett won’t be around much longer.

    Pick change; previously Todd Gurley, RB



  13. Seattle Seahawks: Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
    There are a number of reasons why the Seahakws have underachieved this year (at least until recently). One is a lacking pass rush. It’ll only get worse in the offseason when Cliff Avril hits free agency. Alvin Dupree, who has been a monster this season, fits what Seattle looks for from an athleticism standpoint.

  14. Denver Broncos: Cedric Ogbuhei, OT, Texas A&M
    The Broncos have some issues on their offensive line that they need to address. That could be their downfall in the playoffs.

    Pick change; previously Benardrick McKinney, LB

  15. Green Bay Packers: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
    The Packers can take one of the better prospects available at this juncture, and that might be Kevin Johnson. The cornerback position will have to be addressed, as Matt Ryan exposed the group on Monday night. A couple of players at that position, including Tramon Williams, will be hitting free agency in March.

  16. New England Patriots: Cameron Erving, OT/G/C, Florida State
    Bill Belichick loves versatile offensive linemen, so he may fall in love with Cameron Erving, who can play all five positions up front. Erving has been stellar at center for Florida State, moving over from the tackle spot.



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