Here is my Pre-Draft 2015 NFL Mock Draft. It will be followed by a my updates heading into the NFL Draft on April 30th.
This is not a mock draft where I substitute my judgement for that of the teams. Instead, I research the opinions of those who most closely know teams, NFL scouts, insiders and beat writers from all of the NFL cities, and try to make the most educated prediction as to which way each team will go in the draft.
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33. Tennessee Titans - Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri:
While the Titans have a nice collection of solid receivers, a big go-to receiver like Dorial Green-Beckham could be a game changer, off the field issues aside.
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - T.J. Clemmings, T, Pittsburgh:
In addition to quarterback, the area where Tampa Bay could most stand to upgrade is on their offensive line. T.J. Clemmings of Pittsburgh ultimately projects as a starter at tackle on the left side, which is the position of biggest concern on the Buccaneers' line.
35. Oakland Raiders - Mario Edwards, Jr. Florida State:
A big defensive lineman like Mario Edwards, Jr. of Florida State would give the Raiders some valuable flexibility, as he has the versatility to move around the defensive line and exploit the weaknesses of their opponents' offensive lines.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars - Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana:
Everyone except for Denard Robinson seems to realize that he and Toby Gerhart are not viable starting running backs. While Melvin Gordon got all of the hype, many Big Ten insiders consider Tevin Coleman of Indiana the better pro prospect, and that's not a knock on Gordon.
37. New York Jets - Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor:
The Jets desperately need a franchise quarterback. While he has a first round arm, Bryce Petty is probably more of a second round investment coming out of a non-pro style system at Baylor.
38. Washington Redskins - Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia:
Washington could use a pass rush specialist to replace Brian Orakpo. Eli Harold of Virginia would be an ideal fit at outside linebacker in their modified 3-4 scheme.
39. Chicago Bears - Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State:
While the Bears may draft for talent in the first round, they have to address some needs in the second round and beyond. They have no bigger need than stopping the run, and Eddie Goldman of Florida State could plug the center as the nose tackle in their new 3-4 defensive scheme.
40. New York Giants - Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State:
The Giants need to improve their once feared pass rush, and Preston Smith of Mississippi State is a strong defensive end much in the mold of Justin Tuck.
41. St. Louis Rams - Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon:
After bypassing the top offensive linemen in the first round, the Rams are in desperate need of help on their offensive line. They better pray that somebody like Jake Fisher is still available when they pick in the second.
42. Atlanta Falcons - Donovan Smith, T, Penn State:
Atlanta is looking at upgrading their tackles, and may even take one in the first round. In the event that they don't, Donovan Smith of Penn State would be a solid bookend opposite Jake Matthews.
43. Cleveland Browns - Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State:
With Josh Gordon suspended, the Browns need to re-stock their receiving corps. Devin Smith of Ohio State is not only a speed wide receiver who can take the top off of opposing defenses, but he's got fantastic ball skills as well.
44. New Orleans Saints - Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah:
A high motor 'tweener like Nate Orchard of Utah would be an ideal fit in New Orleans as Rob Ryan and the Saints transition from a 3-4 to more of a hybrid defense.
45. Minnesota Vikings - Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State:
Adrian Peterson is not likely going anywhere, as Minnesota is one of the few teams able to cover his $12 million salary cap hit, and no team in their right mind would give up a first round pick for a 30-year old running back with bad knees that hasn't played in a year. With that said, the Vikings still need to find a running back to serve as Peterson's successor, or as a backup plan in case he holds out.
The 49'ers could have withstood the retirement of Patrick Willis had Chris Borland not also unexpectedly retired after his rookie season. Eric Kendricks of UCLA would give San Francisco an athletic partner to compliment Navarro Bowman at inside linebacker.
47. Miami Dolphins - P. J. Williams, CB, Florida State:
Despite signing Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins still have weaknesses at nearly every level of their defense. If a top notch cover corner like P.J. Williams is still available when they pick in the second round, it would be a no-brainer, even in spite of concerns about his alcohol abuse.
48. San Diego Chargers - Bernardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State:
Looking to upgrade their defense, the Chargers are rumored to have a strong interest in linebacker Benardrick McKinney of Mississippi State.
Playing low scoring ball control football with Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs can't afford to have many weaknesses on defense. Paul Dawson of TCU would upgrade a position of need for the Chiefs like linebacker.
50. Buffalo Bills - Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA:
With E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel currently the only options at quarterback for the Bills, Rex Ryan is in no better position as coach in Buffalo than he was with the Jets. While Manuel or Cassel might be able to buy the team a year or so of mediocre football, the Bills desperately need to find a quarterback to develop as a long term starter.
51. Houston Texans - Landon Collins, S, Alabama:
By adding Landon Collins to Kevin Johnson, the Texans would be upgrading 50 percent of their secondary.
52. Philadelphia Eagles - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU:
On the bright side for Chip Kelly, by missing out on Marcus Mariota the Eagles still have draft picks to address the multiple needs that that the team has, such as cornerback.
53. Cincinnati Bengals - Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA:
The Bengals need a base defensive end to help them contain the run. Owamagbe Odighizuwa of UCLA would be an ideal fit, allowing the undersized Michael Johnson to be used only on passing downs.
54. Detroit Lions - Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State:
At some point in the draft the Lions will need to draft a defensive tackle who can immediately step in and play. Michael Bennett is a bit underrated given his on the field production against some elite competition at Ohio State, and the Lions are thought to be very high on him, as they are Xavier Cooper of Washington State.
The Cardinals' defense has taken some huge hits during the offseason with key losses at defensive end, nose tackle and cornerback. Ronald Darby of Florida State is an under the radar, but top talent at corner, who would eventually help lock down the Cardinals' secondary playing opposite of Patrick Peterson.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers - Eric Rowe, CB, Utah:
The Steelers would be wise to address their secondary, and Eric Rowe of Utah has the talent and the character that the Rooney family is looking for.
57. Carolina Panthers - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State:
The Panthers need to give Cam Newton another weapon, and Jaelen Strong would provide him with another big target opposite of Kelvin Benjamin.
58. Baltimore Ravens - Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota:
Whether it's at wide receiver or tight end, the Ravens desperately need another target for Joe Flacco. Late in the second round, Maxx Williams would be a value pick who would finally give the team another go-to tight end in the mold of Shannon Sharpe and Todd Heap.
59. Denver Broncos - Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma:
The Broncos need a space eating nose tackle to replace "Porkchop" Womack, and Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma would be an ideal fit.
60. Dallas Cowboys - Carl Davis, DT, Iowa:
Dallas has needs across the board on defense, but perhaps none more glaring than on the interior of their defensive line. Carl Davis of Iowa is talented but raw, which could make Rod Marinelli earn his reputation as a defensive line talent developer and “leader of men.”
61. Indianapolis Colts - Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska:
The Colts need to upgrade and add depth to their pass rush, and while there are many off the field concerns swirling around Randy Gregory right now, landing a top ten talent late in the second round may be too tempting to pass up.
62. Green Bay Packers - Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami:
The Packers need to get more athletic at middle linebacker, and Denzel Perryman of Miami would fit that bill.
63. Seattle Seahawks - La'el Collins, T, LSU:
If La'el Collins isn't selected early in this year's draft, and hypothetically assuming that he didn't have his pregnant ex-girlfriend murdered, I would sit this season out and re-enter the 2016 draft rather than sign a late round rookie contract. If Seattle is willing to gamble, and it would be a huge gamble, Collins could fill a huge need at guard.
64. New England Patriots - A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina:
The Patriots played a huge hole on their offensive line last season after trading Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay. They are said to be very interested in A.J. Cann of South Carolina, and they have plenty of ammunition in terms of picks if they feel like they need to move up to get him.