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2015 NFL Mock Draft Post Free Agency

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The first round looks a little different every year after the first few waves of free agent signings.

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State (Scouting report)

The Bucs have to take a quarterback here.  The Josh McCown experiment failed miserably and Mike Glennon isn't getting anyone excited in Tampa.  In steps the lightning rod that is Jameis Winston.  Jameis may not have a squeaky clean record like others, but he's ready for the NFL.  He impressed scouts and coaches with his football knowledge at the combine and appears to be a lock to land in Tampa.

2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (Scouting report)

The Titans hold the key to this draft.  With the Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo signings, this pick has essentially been narrowed down to Leonard Williams or Marcus Mariota, barring a trade.  The Titans have been all over the place when speaking publicly about the quarterback position to this point, but now you're starting to see some private workouts popping up with both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.  It could very well just be Ruston Webster doing his due diligence and simply selling the number two pick, but for now I'm buying into the Mariota hype.

He's the type of guy that you want to be the face of your franchise.  By all accounts he's been a model citizen at Oregon.  He's accurate and has great athletic ability, but will need some time to adjust to a true pro style offense.  Patience will be the key to Mariota's success.  Trevor Newsome made a great case for the Titans taking Mariota earlier this week.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Vic Beasley, EDGE, Clemson (Scouting report)

Simply put, Beasley is the most disruptive pass rusher in this class.  His burst and first step are truly elite and his array of pass rushing moves are impressive to say the least.  He destroyed the combine last month, solidifying himself as a top ten guy in this class.  The Jaguars have needed a true "LEO" for some time now and would love to add one at pick three.

4. Oakland Raiders: Leonard Williams, DL, USC (Scouting report)

The Raiders can't pass on Williams.  This is a dream scenario.  Williams will slide into a defensive tackle role and create a great defensive core along with Khalil Mack.  There seems to be some mutual interest in both of these parties, as Williams confessed his love for the Raiders on Instagram back in December.

5. Washington Redskins: Dante Fowler, EDGE, Florida (Scouting report)

Time to replace the Brian Orakpo.  Fowler wasn't overly productive at Florida, but the film suggests that the athletic ability is there.  He is still learning, but he has a lot to work with.  He's a versatile piece that can disrupt in a number of different ways.

6. New York Jets: Randy Gregory, EDGE, Nebraska (Scouting report)

The Jets could have a lethal combination on defense if they can land an edge rusher.  Adding Revis will lock down one side of the field once again.  They already have a great combination of interior guys in Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, but have a missing piece on the edge.  Gregory fits in perfectly here.  He's long, he can bend and has uncapped potential.

7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton, NT, Washington (Scouting report)

The Bears will make the move to a 3-4 front this season and currently do not have a nose tackle on their roster.  Adding Shelton makes too much sense here.  Shelton will be the anchor of the front seven for years to come.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Shane Ray, EDGE, Missouri (Scouting report)

The Falcons have needed pass rushing help for the past few years, but haven't been able to find it quite yet.  They miss out on the top three edge guys here, but still land Shane Ray.  Ray doesn't have the athletic ability of the top three guys, but he's more of a technician.  He uses his hands very well and could fit in nicely to the Falcons' front that desperately needs more pass rushers.

9. New York Giants: La'el Collins, OT, LSU (Scouting report)

The Giants already have a potent passing game after the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr., so it's time to get Eli Manning some protection.  Collins is a very good athlete and can play inside or out.  He's probably going to find his home at the right tackle spot.

10. St. Louis Rams: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia (Scouting report)

The Rams are set to roll into their future with Nick Foles at the helm, so we might as well give him more weapons.  Adding Kevin White would give the Rams an awesome core of young talent.  They seem to have revived Kenny Britt's career, while Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens seem to be coming along nicely.  Adding White would give them a true vertical threat.  White can really go get it and would provide Nick Foles with a dangerous red zone threat.

11. Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa (Scouting report)

The Vikings are supposedly working to trade away Adrian Peterson, but it's just too early to take a running back here.  Instead, the Vikings add the mauling Brandon Scherff.  He may be best served to kick inside, but he's going to instantly upgrade your run game.

12. Cleveland Browns: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (Scouting report)

The Browns get a big steal here.  Amari Cooper is my personal number one receiver and would be a big get for the Browns and whoever they roll out at quarterback in 2015.  Cooper isn't a massive guy, but he beats you on the ground with his routes.  He's going to be a very productive player in this league.

13. New Orleans Saints: Bud Dupree, EDGE, Kentucky

The Saints appear to be set upon building their defense after trading Jimmy Graham.  Adding a player like Bud Dupree here would be a great pairing with Junior Galette, if they don't trade him away.  Dupree isn't quite there yet, but he's got all of the goods to be a massive edge presence. His first step may be the best in this class.

14. Miami Dolphins: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (Scouting report)

The Dolphins have sacrificed a lot to land Ndamukong Suh.  They have a lot of holes to fill on the roster now, but I'm sure that they aren't complaining.  Offensively, they must help out their young quarterback.  They are left with Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills, but still need that guy to win you a jump ball or two.  Parker is that exact guy.  He caught jump ball after jump ball from Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville.  He will be Ryan Tannehill's new best friend.

15. San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon

The 49ers sure crumbled quickly, didn't they?  Just one year ago it appeared that this franchise was headed for a dynasty, now I'm not really sure what to make out of them.  Time to rebuild that defense.  I'll start by giving them the athletic freak that is Arik Armstead.  He's a guy that doesn't really know how to play the game yet, but if he figures it out the sky is the limit.  He'll fill the shoes that Justin Smith left.

16. Houston Texans: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

It's hard to replace Andre Johnson, but the Texans certainly have options in this class.  Dorial Green-Beckham's story has been well documented to this point, but it seems like he's going to be first round pick despite everything else.  He's a massive receiver with big time potential, as long as he can keep his head on straight.  Green-Beckham and DeAndre Hopkins would be a potent combination.

17. San Diego Chargers: Andrus Peat, LT, Stanford (Scouting report)

The departure of King Dunlap leaves the Chargers without a left tackle to protect Phillip Rivers.  Andrus Peat is a guy with all of the tools that can step in a play from day one.  If they Chargers can toughen him up a bit and find a mean streak in him, they'll have a stud for years to come.

18. Kansas City Chiefs: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami

Eric Fisher has gotten off to a rocky start after being the number one overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.  I'm looking for the Chiefs to come up with a backup plan just in case Fisher doesn't pan out.  Flowers provides them with a massive body, ready to step over to the left side if needed.  He can be plugged in on the right side right away.

19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo): Malcolm Brown, DL, Texas

The Browns need an injection of talent along that defensive line.  They've added Randy Starks already, but taking Malcolm Brown could really send that front seven over the top.  Brown is a run stuffer that would blossom in Mike Pettine's defensive system.

20. Philadelphia Eagles: Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

The Eagle's strong safety depth chart consists of Earl Wolff and Chris Prosinski.  Collins is an in-the-box safety that will instantly improve a team's run defense.  He's questionable in coverage at times, but will specialize against the run.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Shaq Thompson, OLB/SS, Washington

Thompson can fit in a number of different roles.  The Bengals have a need at the linebacker spot, which is where Thompson apparently prefers to play.  He could slide into an OLB role playing alongside Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga.  NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock prefers Thompson at strong safety, according to his positional rankings.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

The Steelers need a makeover on defense.  The Dick Lebeau era is over, along with all of those pieces that made that defense so special.  The best player left on the board at this point is Waynes.  He fits a need within this roster, following the departure of Ike Taylor.  Waynes solidified his day one stock by running a blazing 4.3 at the combine last month.

23. Detroit Lions: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

The Lions lost nearly everything out of their interior defensive line via free agency.  They came back and added Haloti Ngata, but still need to add another starter.  Goldman fits that bill here.  He's a run plugger that can fill at least some of the void that Ndamukong Suh left.

24. Arizona Cardinals: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota (Scouting report)

This is a bit of a luxury pick, but why not? The Cardinals are thin at tight end and have an opportunity to grab a difference maker here.  An offense consisting of Fitzgerald, Floyd and Maxx Williams would offer plenty of options for Carson Palmer.  It would give the Cardinals an added dimension of a tight end threat that they haven't had for a long time.

25. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

Cam Newton had zero protection last year.  If the Panthers ever want him to take the next step as an NFL Quarterback,  they must get him some time in the pocket.  It's as simple as that.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

After losing Torrey Smith to the 49ers, the Ravens will have to add another pass catcher.  Devin Smith offers a similar skillset to Torrey and would immediately step in and fill that role nicely.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (Scouting report)

The Cowboys could go a number of different ways here, but this just seems like a Jerry Jones pick.  Gurley is a monster when healthy and the Cowboys will have to add a runner fairly early in this draft after losing DeMarco Murray.  Gurley is a tough one to slot because of the injuries, but I don't think Jerry could resist making this pick if he's still on the board.

28. Denver Broncos: Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma

The Broncos will switch to a 3-4 base look with new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.  They don't really have a true nose tackle on their roster, so look for Elway and company to grab a true plugger with one of their first few picks.  The 6'6, 335 pounder from Oklahoma makes a lot of sense here.  If Wade Phillips can keep his motor going, Phillips could develop into a star.

29. Indianapolis Colts: Cam Erving, OL, Florida State

It seems like we mock a offensive lineman to the Colts every year, but that is really the only remaining piece to this offensive puzzle.  The Colts were aggressive in aquiring Andre Johnson and Duron Carter, so that likely eliminates their receiver need.  Now they just need some time for Andrew Luck to get through his reads.  Erving is a versatile lineman that has experience inside and out.  The Colts should be able to plug him in at any of the five spots among the line.

30. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

The Packers just lost Tramon Williams to the Jaguars in free agency and will need more depth entering next season.  Peters is a can't miss talent with some off the field issues, but he's a risk worth taking simply because of his talent.  Some analysts have called Peters a top ten talent.

31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle): Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

The Saints have already added a pass rusher in this draft, so now it's time to address the secondary.  The Saints need a lot of pieces on defense and have already added one press corner in Brandon Browner.  Why not add another?  Collins is a long, press man corner that could fit into the defensive mold that the Saints seem to be building towards.

32. New England Patriots: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

The defending champs lost both Darrell Revis and Brandon Browner via free agency.  Luckily, they are in the sweet spot to take a corner.  There's a pack of guys that are in this range worth taking such as Kevin Johnson, Quentin Rollins and P.J. Williams.  Darby seems to be generating some buzz as of late.  There's some off the field issues there, but Darby is fluid and can really run.  The Patriots have to retool that secondary quickly.