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2015 NFL mock draft: Projecting the entire first round (free agency edition)

Our new 2015 NFL mock draft presents a post-free agency scenario where the Detroit Lions end up selecting an offensive guard. Check it out.

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We're almost a month away from the NFL Draft, and I have to say, it couldn't come any sooner for me. Here is my free agency edition mock draft scenario:

Team Selection Position School Reason Previous Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston QB Florida State It's looking more and more likely that, unless the Buccaneers trade out of the No. 1 spot, Winston is going to be their guy. He is simply the most pro-ready QB prospect out there, and I believe Tampa Bay will look past the character concerns. Jameis Winston
2 Tennessee Titans Leonard Williams DT USC Williams is regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect in this year's draft by nearly every NFL Draft pundit. It appears as though the Titans feel confident in QB Zach Mettenberger's ability moving forward, so adding Williams to strengthen their D-line makes a lot of sense here. Marcus Mariota
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Dante Fowler DE Florida The Jaguars already went after OT Jermey Parnell in free agency, so going after the best player available would be the smart move here. Fowler is the best edge rusher on the board and would be a great addition to Jacksonville's mediocre pass rush. Leonard Williams
4 Oakland Raiders Kevin White WR West Virginia Oakland has had an eventful free agency, already signing 10 players who weren't on the roster last year. However, they still have a huge need at wide receiver, and White is my No. 1 WR in the draft. Dante Fowler
5 Washington Redskins Vic Beasley OLB Clemson Beasley really impressed during the NFL Combine and is one of the top edge rushers in this class. With Brian Orakpo departing to Tennessee, the Redskins could use some pass-rushing depth, and Beasley would be a nice addition. T.J. Clemmings
6 New York Jets Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Sadly enough, there have been reports speculating that journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick may start over Geno Smith next season. Mariota would be the best of this bunch and could provide a much-needed spark for the Jets. Kevin White
7 Chicago Bears Danny Shelton NT Washington With the Bears moving to a 3-4, they're going to need a true nose tackle. Shelton is the only NT worth selecting this early, and this pick makes too much sense for Chicago. Vic Beasley
8 Atlanta Falcons Brandon Scherff OT/OG Iowa Before the start of free agency, the No. 1 need for Atlanta was to grab a pass rusher. They've already signed Adrian Clayborn, Brooks Reed and O'Brien Schofield, and may look to patch things up on the O-line via the draft. Scherff has a mean streak and will provide a ton of tenacity on a team that struggled to get any push in the run game last year. Randy Gregory
9 New York Giants T.J. Clemmings OT Pittsburgh The Giants struggled to protect Eli Manning last year and have yet to address their O-line through free agency. Clemmings is my top OT this year and can compete for the starting right tackle job or even move inside. Brandon Scherff
10 St. Louis Rams La'el Collins OT/OG LSU This pick stays the same due to the possibility of the Rams losing three of their OTs via free agency. Collins can play almost any position on the line and will contribute right away. La'el Collins
11 Minnesota Vikings Amari Cooper WR Alabama Despite already trading for Mike Wallace, the Vikings would be ecstatic to see Cooper's name still on the board and shouldn't hesitate to add another weapon for Teddy Bridgewater. That's a potentially scary offense. Shane Ray
12 Cleveland Browns Randy Gregory DE Nebraska Gregory is the best player available and can help out Cleveland's pass rush with Jabaal Sheard's departure. Danny Shelton
13 New Orleans Saints Trae Waynes CB Michigan State I've kept the same pick for the Saints three mocks in a row, but this just makes too much sense. Waynes isn't my top CB, but his combine performance will likely cause someone to reach for him. The Saints have already signed former Patriot Brandon Browner, but they still need some help after losing a couple of corners through free agency. Trae Waynes
14 Miami Dolphins Andrus Peat OT Stanford The only bright spot on Miami's O-line last year was left tackle Branden Albert, who missed the second half last season due to a knee injury. The rest of the line needs a ton of help, and before Peat fully develops, he'll likely compete for the starting RT spot or possibly even play guard. Ereck Flowers
15 San Francisco 49ers Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA After the shocking news involving Chris Borland's premature retirement, the 49ers are even more desperate to add an inside linebacker. Kendricks may be considered a slight reach, but he's a really great linebacker who can play the pass and stop the run. Amari Cooper
16 Houston Texans DeVante Parker WR Louisville The Texans are without receiver Andre Johnson, and signing Cecil Shorts isn't enough. Parker is the top receiver on the board, and his talent level isn't far off from guys like Cooper and White. DeVante Parker
17 San Diego Chargers Todd Gurley RB Georgia San Diego has a gaping hole at running back, and they have yet to address the position through free agency. Gurley is by far the most talented RB in this draft, and although he may not see the field immediately, it's a great investment for their future. Andrus Peat
18 Kansas City Chiefs D.J. Humphries OT Florida The Chiefs had issues keeping QB Alex Smith upright all year long, and Humphries is one of the best pure tackle prospects in this year's draft. Dorial Green-Beckham
19 Cleveland Browns Eddie Goldman NT Florida State I believe Goldman is a better fit in a 3-4 defense as a nose tackle than in a 4-3. The Browns have needs all over their D-line, and Goldman will immediately help make an impact as a gap-filling run stuffer. Jordan Phillips
20 Philadelphia Eagles Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest The Eagles need to prevent guys like Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr. and DeSean Jackson from torching their secondary, so adding a lengthy and athletic corner like Johnson would be huge for them. Marcus Peters
21 Cincinnati Bengals Eric Rowe CB Utah The Bengals could use some extra bodies in their secondary, and Rowe can play multiple positions. His stock continues to rise after an impressive combine performance, and this is a great get for Cincinnati. Eric Rowe
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Landon Collins SS Alabama Once again, the Steelers are gifted Collins, who many believe is a top 10-15 prospect in the draft. Troy Polamalu hasn't been much of a reliable option for Pittsburgh as of late, and the Steelers could choose to move Collins around and have him serve as a linebacker, if need be. Landon Collins
23 Detroit Lions Cameron Erving C/OG Florida State The Lions have somewhat addressed their need at defensive tackle by trading for Haloti Ngata and signing Tyrunn Walker. However, they still have a glaring need at left guard, and it appears they may settle with bringing back Rob Sims. I can't imagine that the Lions will be happy to run with the same starters as last year, and I think pulling the trigger on Erving would do wonders for their interior line. Quinten Rollins
24 Arizona Cardinals Shane Ray DE Missouri I honestly don't believe this is too much of a slide for Ray. His lack of athleticism may scare away some teams, but he's still a first-round talent at a huge position of need for most teams. The Cardinals get good value toward the end of the first round. Alvin Dupree
25 Carolina Panthers Alvin Dupree DE Kentucky The Panthers could use some help off the edge opposite of Charles Johnson. Dupree is the top pass-rushing prospect left on the board, and Carolina is lucky to see him fall into their lap. Owamagbe Odighizuwa
26 Baltimore Ravens Dorial Green-Beckham WR Missouri With the departures of Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, the Ravens have a huge need at wide receiver, and despite his concerns off the field, Green-Beckham is an extremely talented player with an enormous catch radius for Joe Flacco to target. Melvin Gordon
27 Dallas Cowboys Malcom Brown DT Texas The Cowboys add some depth to their defensive interior with Henry Melton leaving for Tampa Bay. Brown is very raw but can serve as a rotational guy before he fully develops. Kevin Johnson
28 Denver Broncos Owamagbe Odighizuwa OLB/DE UCLA Now that Wade Phillips and his 3-4 defense are in town, the Broncos are going to need to add some depth behind guys like DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. Odighizuwa is a powerful pass rusher who could end up seeing some time as an outside linebacker and also as a defensive end in the 5-technique. Eli Harold
29 Indianapolis Colts Ereck Flowers OT/OG Miami (FL) The Colts have made plenty of moves during free agency, but have neglected to bolster their offensive line for the most part. Flowers is the strongest O-lineman in this draft and will bring some much-needed tenacity to the Colts. Eric Kendricks
30 Green Bay Packers Jordan Phillips NT Oklahoma The Packers have yet to re-sign either Letroy Guion or B.J. Raji. Phillips could be a nice replacement at nose tackle if they're unable to reach terms with either player. Paul Dawson
31 New Orleans Saints Maxx Williams TE Minnesota Only makes sense for the Saints to use this pick to replace Jimmy Graham, right? Williams is definitely no Jimmy Graham, but he is a talented tight end nonetheless. Maxx Williams
32 New England Patriots Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State Sticking with the same pick here for the Pats. Strong has his struggles with separation, but when you have a QB like Tom Brady to work on timing routes with, you're in pretty good shape. Jaelen Strong

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