The following mock draft was completed by Ryan Thyer (@bignoahd05) and Chad Ronnebaum (@Gofins4SB). Ryan made all the odd numbered picks, and Chad made all the even numbered picks (Chad was especially excited to make all the picks for the Jets and Patriots).
We need to preface this mock draft by noting that free agency will play a big role in what picks are made in the real draft. We will have another draft once free agency has a chance to settle in, as team needs will change dramatically for some teams. We can also expect some trades during the actual NFL draft, especially since we feel there are several spots in the top 10 where trades make sense if one of the two top quarterbacks starts to fall.
So with that in mind, here is our first 2015 NFL Mock Draft.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston – QB Florida State
Tampa needs a quarterback and now they will cross their fingers and hope he stays out of trouble.
2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota – QB Oregon
With this pick, the Titans signal the end of Zach Metternberger’s brief time as quarterback.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams – DE USC
The Jaguars were elated to see the Titans take Mariota and they add a good piece to a young defense.
4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper – WR Alabama
The Raiders have their quarterback and it's time to start adding some weapons.
5. Washington Redskins: Randy Gregory – OLB Nebraska
The Redskins need to put pressure on the quarterback, and they hope Gregory is the answer.
6. New York Jets: DeVante Parker – WR Louisville
A weapon on the outside, but the Jets still have no quarterback to throw to him.
7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton – DT Washington
Shelton is a good start to shoring up the run defense.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Dante Fowler – DE Florida
Another team that is in dire need of a pass rush adds a young rusher.
9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff – OT Iowa
Needs work in the pass game, but instantly makes the run game stronger.
10. St. Louis Rams: Ereck Flowers – OT Miami
Jeff Fisher wants to run the ball, and building the offensive line is key.
11. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin White – WR West Virginia
Teddy Bridgewater and Minnesota’s offense need playmakers – White and Charles Johnson help him. Greg Jennings and Cordaralle Patterson do not.
12. Cleveland Browns: La’el Collins – OT LSU
Looking to improve line play, the Browns select a big tackle to help the ground game.
13. New Orleans Saints: Bud Dupree – DE/OLB Kentucky
Another team in need of a pass rush, and they go with this Dupree over the other obvious need at DB.
14. Miami Dolphins: Trae Waynes – CB Michigan State
A piece for the secondary – Waynes is good in man to man coverage but also has the tools to learn zone coverage.
15. San Francisco 49ers: Shane Ray – DE/OLB Missouri
Maybe not a huge need for the Niners, but they are quick to jump on a player that was projected to go higher – someone quick to help pressure Russell Wilson helps the defense.
16. Houston Texans: Melvin Gordon – RB Wisconsin
Arian Foster has missed games and is getting older, and the Texans find his replacement.
17. San Diego Chargers: DJ Humphries – OT Florida
Build the line or get a cornerback? The Chargers build the line with a big physical tackle.
18. Kansas City Chiefs: Andrus Peat – OT Stanford
Looking to help protect Alex Smith and get more yards for Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs pass up obvious need at WR and go with big tackle.
19. Cleveland Browns: Dorial Green-Beckham – WR Missouri
With Josh Gordon gone for the year, the Browns replace one talented and troubled wide receiver with another.
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Vic Beasley – DE/OLB Clemson
With current questions with their own pass rushers, the Eagles grab a guy who is quick off the edge and someone who can make an immediate impact.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Landon Collins – S Alabama
A disciplined safety that should start right away.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Collins – DB LSU
Pittsburgh would have loved to get Landon Collins here, but will be happy with a cornerback in Jalen Collins.
23. Detroit Lions: Malcolm Brown - DT Texas
This pick will 100% depend on what happens with Ndamukong Suh. If Suh, stays this would be a defensive back.
24. Arizona Cardinals: Erick Kendricks – LB UCLA
Can start right away on the inside as he's great in pass coverage. The Cardinals were not good against tight ends in 2014.
25. Carolina Panthers: TJ Clemmings – OT Pittsburgh
A physical presence on the line is needed to help the run game.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Breshad Perriman – WR UCF
Steve Smith is not getting younger and Torrey Smith may be gone. Help is needed at the wide receiver position.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Peters – DB Washington
Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne are not getting it done in Dallas. Peters is extremely talented, but will character issues hold him back? The Cowboys are used to handling tough personalities so they should be able to handle him too.
28. Denver Broncos: Shaq Thompson – LB Washington
Not really sure he has one spot to play but Demarcus Ware is not getting any younger. Can they groom Thompson for his spot? Thompson is a hybrid type player and can model his career after Von Miller. Imagine two of them in Denver?
29. Indianapolis Colts: Todd Gurley – RB Georgia
How good could Andrew Luck really be if teams were scared of the Colts running game? Gurley needs to improve as a pass catcher to be a three down back.
30. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Phillips – DT Oklahoma
Wih the ability to take on two blockers at a time, he should help the rush defense.
31. Seattle Seahawks: Maxx Williams – TE Minnesota
With almost no production, and no threat from the TE position, the Seahawks can open up space for receivers with this pick.
32. New England Patriots: Carl Davis – DT Iowa
The Patriots use the last pick of the first round to draft the eventual replacement of Vince Wilfork in the middle of the defensive line.
This was compiled by Ryan Thyer and Chad Ronnebaum. Follow them on Twitter: @BigNoahD05 and @GoFins4SB