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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Edition 5

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston, QB
While many players are shooting up and down and all over the place on draft boards, one pick remains a constant: Winston to Tampa. The Bucs are clearly going to take a quarterback, letting Josh McCown walk was only further confirmation, and the front office loves the former Florida State signal-caller. Unless something completely changes between now and draft day in a month, Winston is sticking at No. 1.
Previous Selection: Jameis Winston, QB
Other Possibility: Marcus Mariota, QB
2. Tennessee Titans Leonard Williams, DL
Tennessee has done very little in free agency and while they will most likely be intrigued by Marcus Mariota here, they desperately need to fix their porous front seven. Williams is by far the best defensive player in a draft stocked with great pass rushers. He will give the Titans a dominant pass rusher in the heart of their defense for years to come, something that certainly doesn't come available often.
Previous Selection: Leonard Williams, DL
Other Possibility: Marcus Mariota, QB
3. Jacksonville Jaguars Dante Fowler, DE/LB
It is looking more and more likely by the passing day that Dante Fowler will stay in the state of Florida after dominating with the Gators throughout his collegiate days. The Jaguars still need a franchise pass rusher to anchor their defense and while he is still somewhat raw, Fowler has all the tools to be just that.
Previous Selection: Randy Gregory, DE
Other Possibility: Randy Gregory, DE
4. Oakland Raiders Kevin White, WR

Kevin White
White has only further impressed scouts following a great showing at the Combine last month. The West Virginia product has blazing speed, soft hands and great size and could become a great deep threat. That would certainly help Oakland with Derek Carr's huge arm, and give the Raiders a dynamic passing game.Previous Selection: Kevin White, WR
Other Possibility: Amari Cooper, WR
5. Washington Redskins Vic Beasley, DE/LB
The Redskins suffered a tough loss this free agency when Brian Orakpo ditched to Tennessee, but they can possibly even upgrade the position by drafting the quick-rising Beasley out of Clemson. Beasley could fill needs at either end or outside linebacker and adds great experience and an aggressive sacking mentality to either slot.
Previous Selection: Dante Fowler, DE/LB
Other Possibility: Randy Gregory, DE
6. New York Jets Marcus Mariota, QB
While the Redskins are apparently eyeing Mariota as a replacement for RG3 and he could easily go to either Tampa or Tennessee, it is also extremely likely Mariota ends up a Jet. New York has fixed their secondary problems with the signings of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, now they must fix an even more pressing need: quarterback. Geno Smith might still have something left in the tank, but prospects like Mariota don't drop to six very often.
Previous Selection: Marcus Mariota, QB
Other Possibility: Brandon Scherff, OT
7. Chicago Bears Amari Cooper, WR
It certainly did have some great moments, but the Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall experiment failed miserably and Marshall is now off in New York. Cutler's future is uncertain in Chicago but even so, the Bears need another receiver who could become their No. 1 or complement Alshon Jeffery. Cooper would be an ideal option, the Alabama product has all the tools; speed, size and hands, to be a solid weapon at the next level.
Previous Selection: Danny Shelton, DT
Other Possibility: Danny Shelton, DT
8. Atlanta Falcons Randy Gregory, DE
Gregory had a relative poor performance at the Combine and despite a strong Pro Day performance, he is dropping, while Fowler is shooting up boards. Even if the stud end does drop, he wouldn't slip past Atlanta, who clearly needs some pass rushing help.
Previous Selection: Shane Ray, DE/LB
Other Possibility: Shane Ray, DE/LB
9. New York Giants Brandon Scherff, OT
The Giants have some long term issues on their offensive line. It has been a poor unit and outside of young Justin Pugh, it has little long term potential. Drafting Scherff would be a nice solution, the former Iowa Hawkeye could grow as a backup for a couple years before becoming a starter and he also has the versatility to contribute at a number of different positions.
Previous Selection: Brandon Scherff, OT
Other Possibility: Shane Ray, DE/LB
10. St. Louis Rams La'El Collins, OT
A new quarterback is behind center in St. Louis; now the Rams have to do something with him they never did to Sam Bradford: protect him. The Rams' O-Line is a mess, but drafting Collins would be a major help. While Collins has fluctuated up my draft board quite a bit, he is still a Top 10 talent who adds leadership and experience to the St. Louis line.
Previous Selection: Andrus Peat, OT
Other Possibility: T.J. Clemmings, OT
11. Minnesota Vikings Trae Waynes, CB
Minnesota's acquiring of Mike Wallace solved their terrible receiver situation for right now, but the Vikings still have other holes, especially at cornerback where they lack a long term option next to Xavier Rhodes. Waynes has only confirmed that he is the top corner in this year's draft, with a strong, sturdy 6'1" frame and blazing speed.
Previous Selection: Amari Cooper, WR
Other Possibility: Landon Collins, S
12. Cleveland Browns Danny Shelton, DT
The Browns need some serious help against the run, and that solution could come in Washington prospect Danny Shelton. Phil Taylor's health is a concern and Ahtyba Rubin is off to Seattle, so picking up Shelton, who could be a steal here, would be ideal for Cleveland.
Previous Selection: DeVante Parker, WR
Other Possibility: DeVante Parker, WR
13. New Orleans Saints Shane Ray, DE/LB
A sack machine at Missouri, Ray has the talent to go Top 5 but it is possible that he could drop as while. Although he has a very quick first step and is a great athlete, he has had relatively unspectacular showings at both the Combine and in his Pro Day. If he does drop, he could be a great pickup for the Saints, who desperately need another pass rusher.
Previous Selection: Bud Dupree, DE
Other Possibility: Bud Dupree, DE
14. Miami Dolphins DeVante Parker, WR
The trading of Mike Wallace to Minnesota and the cutting of Brian Hartline has made it clear in Miami that the 'Fins are looking for a new top target for young QB Ryan Tannehill. The answer should come in the form of Parker, who has the explosiveness of Wallace mixed with the reliability of Hartline.
Previous Selection: Marcus Peters, CB
Other Possibility: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR
15. San Francisco 49ers Dorial Green-Beckham, WR
While holes have opened up on the Niners' defense with the retirements of Chris Borland and Patrick Willis, the Niners still have seriously worrying holes offensively, mainly at the receiver position. Dorial Green-Beckham continues to impress scouts and would give San Francisco a dynamic target for Colin Kaepernick to play with for years to come.
Previous Selection: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR
Other Possibility: Eric Kendricks, LB
16. Houston Texans Malcolm Brown, DT
The Texans have done nothing so far this offseason to fix their problems in the heart of their defensive line, so they will have to fix the issue in the Draft. Malcolm Brown has all the physical tools to be a dominant tackle for a long time, and he also possesses the versatility to possibly move along the unit, and spend time at end.
Previous Selection: Vic Beasley, DE/LB
Other Possibility: Jaelen Strong, WR
17. San Diego Chargers Melvin Gordon, RB
Ryan Matthews is off to Philadelphia, leaving the running back position wide open for San Diego. The question for the Chargers is to go with Todd Gurley or Gordon, a blazing quick talent from Wisconsin. While Gurley is scary when healthy Gordon is less risky and fits San Diego's up-tempo scheme better.
Previous Selection: T.J. Clemmings, OT
Other Possibility: Todd Gurley, RB
18. Kansas City Chiefs Andrus Peat, OT
They may have some holes in their secondary still and may need some more wide receiver help, but Kansas City has an even more pressing need on their offensive line that they have done nothing to address in free agency. Peat would be somewhat of a steal here at 18, and would make it very tough for Andy Reid and the Chiefs to pass on him.
Previous Selection: Landon Collins, S
Other Possibility: Landon Collins, S
19. Cleveland Browns Arik Armstead, DL
Already upgrading their defensive tackle position, Cleveland should continue to upgrade their front seven with Arik Armstead, a beast from Oregon. Armstead can play all across the line and could line up as the opposite of Desmond Bryant in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme. Although he is still somewhat raw and will need some time to further develop, Armstead's impressive size and strength mean he could be scary good in a few years.
Previous Selection: Malcolm Brown, DT
Other Possibility: Bud Dupree, DE
20. Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Collins, CB
The Eagles have had a crazy offseason and while they have signed former Seahawk Byron Maxwell, they still need help in their secondary. Collins is a superb athlete who has the potential to grow into a lockdown cornerback for Philadelphia for a long time.
Previous Selection: Trae Waynes, CB
Other Possibility: Brett Hundley, QB
21. Cincinnati Bengals T.J. Clemmings, OT
The Bengals have next to no long term solutions at tackle and they obviously want to protect Andy Dalton going forward, obviously assuming he is their franchise quarterback. Clemmings has the size and talent to go even higher, and he could be a real steal here at the 21 spot.
Previous Selection: Shaq Thompson, LB
Other Possibility: Eddie Goldman, DT
22. Pittsburgh Steelers Landon Collins, S
If Collins, an excellent safety from Alabama with impressive range, does slip all the way to Pittsburgh at 22, the Steelers would be getting an absolute steal at a need position. Troy Polamulu's superb career has essentially come to a close, and Pittsburgh should be searching for a long term alternative.
Previous Selection: Jalen Collins, CB
Other Possibility: Kevin Johnson, CB
23. Detroit Lions Eddie Goldman, DT
While the Lions did trade for Haloti Ngata following the departures of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, they still could be searching for another defensive tackle, especially with one as talented as Goldman on the board. Goldman is extremely powerful and is still growing; him and Ngata could soon be an upgrade over Suh and Fairley.
Previous Selection: Eddie Goldman, DT
Other Possibility: Ereck Flowers, OT
24. Arizona Cardinals Eric Kendricks, LB
The signing of Sean Weatherspoon by the Cardinals helped somewhat solve their linebacker problems, but while Weatherspoon is crazy talented, he was always injured in Atlanta. Kendricks is younger, healthier and possesses great size and instincts.
Previous Selection: Eli Harold, DE/LB
Other Possibility: Eli Harold, DE/LB
25. Carolina Panthers D.J. Humphries, OT
The Panthers signing of Michael Oher did add some depth and experience to their offensive line but they still need a future at the tackle position. Humphries has been climbing draft boards for a while now and he has the strength, size and impressive athleticism to be a dominant tackle for Carolina.
Previous Selection: La'El Collins, OT
Other Possibility: Ereck Flowers, OT
26. Baltimore Ravens Jaelen Strong, WR
Gone is Torrey Smith, and Baltimore's current top target, Steve Smith, is 36 this May. Needless to say, the Ravens need to address the receiver position. Strong has the chance to shoot up boards, with good size and good hands, and if he does fall to the Ravens here, Baltimore would be getting quite a steal.
Previous Selection: Todd Gurley, RB
Other Possibility: Carl Davis, DT
27. Dallas Cowboys Marcus Peters, CB
The Cowboys have never been ones to shy away from players with off-field concerns for on-the-field talent, and Peters would certainly not be an exception. Despite his dismissal from Washington earlier this year, Peters is still a top-tier cornerback prospect. He has the size, the athleticism and the range to be a shutdown corner for a Dallas defense that needs it.
Previous Selection: Arik Armstead, DL
Other Possibility: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE
28. Denver Broncos Maxx Williams, TE
Julius Thomas is now a Jacksonville Jaguar, but the Broncos were smart not trying to overpay to bring him back. Maxx Williams is the best tight end prospect in the draft this year. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher has receiver's hands and speed and is also an underrated blocker. The Broncos could soon get an upgrade at the position with Williams.
Previous Selection: Cam Erving, OL
Other Possibility: Ereck Flowers, OT
Bud Dupree

29. Indianapolis Colts Bud Dupree, DE
Label this under "Steal". Dupree is a legit Top 10 prospect but he could easily drop if he doesn't taken by New Orleans because after that, the need for a true defensive end goes way down. The Colts would love another pass rusher who has excellent versatility and selecting Dupree here would be a huge get in Indy.
Previous Selection: Melvin Gordon, RB
Other Possibility: Alex Carter, CB
30. Green Bay Packers Jordan Phillips, DT
The future of the interior of Green Bay's defensive line is a question. B.J. Raji is still a free agent heading weeks into free agency and Letroy Guion probably won't return. Phillips was a solid contributor at Oklahoma and is deceptively quick. He will add a superb run stopper in the heart of the Packer's D-Line.
Previous Selection: Quentin Rollins, CB
Other Possibility: Kevin Johnson, CB
31. New Orleans Saints Ereck Flowers, OT
Using a pick acquired in the Jimmy Graham deal with Seattle, New Orleans should look to help out their offensive line which still has some holes, especially with disappointing Ben Grubbs traded away. Flowers has the raw talent to be a stud and the Saints wouldn't mind having a young linemen with some versatility.
Previous Selection: Seahawks selected WR Phillip Dorsett
Other Possibility: Paul Dawson, LB
32. New England Patriots Alex Carter, CB
The return of Darrelle Revis to New York will not only challenge the Pats' offense twice a year, it also cripples their cornerback position. New England would love if Marcus Peters could drop here, but there are still some solid options if he doesn't. Carter is a solid all-around cornerback with good upside and seems to fit the Pats.
Previous Selection: Devin Smith, WR
Other Possibility: Carl Davis, DT

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