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

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  1. San Diego Chargers: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
    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 Andrus Peat selection would mean that one of King Dunlap or D.J. Fluker would move inside (probably the former).


    1. Todd Gurley, RB - This is probably the latest Gurley will fall. We've spoken to a team that views Gurley as the next Jim Brown, so it's difficult to imagine him falling past No. 17.

    2. Other Tackles - All of the other tackles, including Ereck Flowers and D.J. Humphries, are in play here.

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  2. Kansas City Chiefs: Cameron Erving, OT/G/C, Florida State
    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 replacement for Rodney Hudson at center in Cameron Erving.


    1. Tackles - As with the Chargers, the Chiefs could select one of many tackles with their first-round choice.

    2. Kevin Johnson, CB - Johnson has been shooting up draft boards recently, and he could be picked here. The Chiefs could address the cornerback position.

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

  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.


    1. Other Tackles - Once again, there are tons of tackles available in this area, and these teams really could take any of them.

    2. Arik Armstead, DE/DT - This spot makes sense for Armstead, who might be one of the better players available. He would fill a big need on the defensive line.

  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
    The Eagles are obviously looking for a cornerback to help their putrid secondary. They signed Byron Maxwell, but they still need one more upgrade at the position.

    The most athletic player in the entire 2015 NFL Draft per the SPARQ formula, Byron Jones will undoubtedly interest the Eagles, who would love to land a cornerback like him. And yes, Jones could go this early. He already had good tape, so he's not just a workout warrior. The athleticism he displayed at the NFL Combine could push him into Thursday.


    1. Nelson Agholor or Jaelen Strong, WR - I mocked Agholor here last week. The Eagles have shown a ton of interest in him. Strong is another receiver Philadelphia could choose in the first round.

    2. Damarious Randall, S - The Eagles would prefer Damarious Randall over Landon Collins because of his athleticism. The fact that he played in the Pac-12 also helps.

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
    The Bengals don't always draft players with character issues; in fact, they haven't done that recently. However, they haven't been reluctant to take troubled players in the past, and given that they're incapable of getting out of the first round, perhaps they'll take a chance on this sort of mega talent.

    Dorial Green-Beckham would be a top-10 lock if he happened to be clean off the field. He would be a terrific No. 2 target for Andy Dalton, and he would definitely draw attention away from A.J. Green.


    1. Randy Gregory, DE/OLB - I've listed Gregory here in recent updates. He makes sense as the best player available and someone who could bolster the pass rush.

    2. D.J. Hunphries or Jake Fisher, OT - It's been rumored that the Bengals will take a tackle so they'll have a successor for Andrew Whitworth.

  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
    It always seems like a talented prospect falls to the Steelers every April, and that could be Shane Ray this year. Pittsburgh is usually reluctant to select a conversion player in the first round, but Ray is too talented for the front office not to consider him. He would also fill a huge need as an edge rusher, as the Steelers desperately need to improve their ability to get to the quarterback.

    Ray's issues are documented, as he was arrested for possession recently. However, the Steelers took another troubled player a few years ago when they spent a second-round pick on Mike Adams. They checked Adams out, and they were content with what they saw. Perhaps history will repeat itself.


    1. Kevin Johnson or Byron Jones, CB - The Steelers haven't selected a cornerback in the first round in a very long time, but the trend could break this year because they desperately need one. Either Kevin Johnson or Byron Jones would fit perfectly into their defense.

    2. Landon Collins, S - I listed Collins here for a long time. I still think he's an option with Troy Polamalu gone.

    Pick change; previously Randy Gregory, DE/OLB

  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.


    1. Malcom Brown, DT - I was very close to mocking Brown to the Lions. It's close to 50-50 for me between him and Gordon.

    2. D.J. Humphries, OT - OK, maybe 34-33-33. Humphries is a strong option here as well; the Lions have to upgrade the right tackle position.

  8. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
    Many teams select the top players available on their board. The Cardinals, however, take a look at their greatest need. That would be the inside linebacker position. They haven't been able to stop tight ends because of this hole for years, and now they have to deal with Jimmy Graham. Arizona may select the top inside linebacker in this class at No. 24.


    1. Shane Ray, DE/OLB - The Cardinals have needed a pass-rusher on the exterior for quite some time. Perhaps they'll find an answer in Shane Ray, who was once a projected top-10 pick before a disastrous draft preseason.

    2. Melvin Gordon, RB - Here's another landing spot for Gordon, who could take over as Arizona's lead back.

    Pick change; previously Shane Ray, DE/OLB

  9. Carolina Panthers: Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
    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. Jake Fisher's stock has risen lately, and it sounds like the athletic tackle will sneak into the first round.


    1. Shaq Thompson, LB - The Panthers have shown lots of interest in Thompson, but perhaps they can secure him later...

    2. Breshad Perriman or Jaelen Strong, WRs - Carolina could also select a wideout at No. 25 overall. The team desperately needs someone across from Kelvin Benjamin.

    Pick change; previously Shaq Thompson, LB

  10. Baltimore Ravens: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
    The Ravens took a chance on a troubled cornerback in the first round a few years ago. That was Jimmy Smith, and he just received a big extension. Perhaps Ozzie Newsome will hope for similar luck with Marcus Peters, who would be long gone if he didn't have character concerns.


    1. Melvin Gordon, RB - I think Gordon will be the pick if he makes to the Ravens. It's a bit of a long shot that he'll be here, however.

    2. Malcom Brown or Eddie Goldman, DE/DT - The Ravens lost Haloti Ngata, so Baltimore could look to find a replacement early in the 2015 NFL Draft.

  11. Dallas Cowboys: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
    There have been reports that Randy Gregory will be chosen in the top 10. Based on what teams know about him, I would find that crazy. It's more likely that he drops this far, and if he does, Dallas will take him, from what I'm hearing. Defensive end is a need in the wake of Greg Hardy's 10-game suspension, and given the status of Jerry Jones and Tony Romo, the Cowboys have to be willing to take more risks.


    1. Marcus Peters, Jalen Collins or Byron Jones, CB - Here are cornerback options for the Cowboys, who really need to get the position fixed.

    2. Melvin Gordon, RB - The Cowboys also want a talented running back to replace DeMarco Murray, but they may have to trade up for Gordon.

    Pick change; previously Jalen Collins, CB

  12. Denver Broncos: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
    The Broncos were fine with allowing Terrance Knighton to walk because he didn't fit Wade Phillips' scheme very well. Phillips prefers smaller nose tackles, a la Jay Ratliff in Dallas. Malcom Brown would fit the bill, and he was highly productive in college, which John Elway thinks is important.


    1. Cameron Erving, C/G/OT - Peyton Manning was playing on one leg to close out the season. His pass protection wasn't very good, and it's now worse in the wake of Orlando Franklin's departure. The Broncos would be smart to bolster in the interior of their offensive line so that Manning isn't banged around very much this upcoming season.

    2. Eric Kendricks, ILB - Inside linebacker is currently a problem area for Denver and its new 3-4 defense, so the top player at the position will definitely be considered.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Erving, C

  13. Indianapolis Colts: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
    The Colts don't exactly have the league's best safety corps, as Dwight Lowery is just mediocre, while Mike Adams recently turned 34. They can certainly do better on the back end of their defense. Landon Collins, once projected to go in the top 10, might be seen as a steal here.


    1. Jordan Phillips, NT - Indianapolis' nose tackle position isn't awful, but it's far from ideal. Phillips is definitely in the mix at No. 29.

    2. Cameron Erving, C/G/OT - I listed Erving here for a long time. He would provide a big upgrade on a shaky offensive line.

  14. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami
    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 is off the board in this update, however, but that won't prevent the Packers from addressing their biggest hole.


    1. Eric Kendricks, ILB - I'll be shocked if Kendricks falls to No. 30 and isn't the pick.

    2. Kevin Johnson or Byron Jones, CB - The Packers would have to move up for Johnson, but they could land Jones here. They like tall corners, and they definitely need one after losing many players at the position this offseason.

  15. New Orleans Saints: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
    We've spoken to one team selecting in the middle of the second round that loves Phillip 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. I wouldn't even be surprised if he's chosen in the top 20.


    1. Maxx Williams, TE - Williams will probably be chosen in the second round, but the Saints could target him here, given that they lost Jimmy Graham this offseason.

    2. Eli Harold, Preston Smith or Owa Odighizuwa, DE/OLB - If the Saints missed on an edge rusher at No. 13 overall, they could select one at this juncture.

  16. New England Patriots: Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia
    I've had Devin Smith and Eddie Goldman going here, and I still think they are real options. However, I like Eli Harold as an option more. Harold fits what Bill Belichick looks for in a prospect. He can play numerous positions, so Belichick will love his versatility. Harold also ran an outstanding 3-cone time, which Belichick places a high emphasis on.


    1. Devin Smith, WR - Smith is an Urban Meyer player, so if Meyer tells Bill Belichick to draft him, the Hoodied One might just do it. It's not like the Patriots don't need a receiver.

    2. Eddie Goldman, DT - Another Seminole makes sense here, as the Patriots lost Vince Wilfork this offseason.

    Pick change; previously Eddie Goldman, DT

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