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The 2015 NFL draft class will be remembered, and judged, on the careers of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Already, folks want to compare this class to the Peyton Manning vs. Ryan Leaf group—or Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III—but the 2015 draft is about more than just the quarterbacks. 

This is the year of the edge-rusher, and with six players at the position holding a first-round grade, that label is warranted. But how about the wide receivers? Five prospects there could see the first round. The same goes for the cornerback class, where five more players have a first-round grade. And we can't forget the running backs. Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon are set to break the trend of waiting to select a ball-carrier until Day 2. 

All in all, the 2015 draft class is a good one. It's not great—not like 2014—but when comparing it to 2013, 2012 and 2011, the talent level is solid. If the two superstar prospects at quarterback play more like Eli Manning and Philip Rivers and less like Leaf, this group could be remembered for quite some time.

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If the draft season is like a football game, well, we're in the two-minute drill. 

Just three days from now we'll be getting started on Day 1 of the 2015 NFL draft. The long wait is over. Soon we'll know the landing spots for Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, and we'll be ready to do post-draft grades and start talking about 2016. But for now, let's focus on the 2015 draft for one more week. 


— In case you missed it, I reported Monday that multiple NFL teams want to draft Dorial Green-Beckham in the first round, but ownership has squashed those plans. In fact, one high-level source of a top-15 team told me this weekend they were flat-out told "no" by ownership about drafting Green-Beckham in the first round.

— The Oakland Raiders are a wild card in the first round, and sources with the team tell me coaches in Oakland have fallen in love with Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. If he's on the board with pick No. 4, he could be a surprise option over USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams.

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By the time you read this article, there will be just 12 days separating us from the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. All of your hopes and dreams for that final piece in a Super Bowl puzzle or that one player who can start a rebuild and change a franchise will come down to the decision of a general manager or head coach (or a homeless guy if you're a Browns fan).

Where is each team leaning as we enter the final days? We'll get into that and look at an updated Big Board with final grades.


— Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Jameis Winston has been sued over a December 2012 sexual assault allegation. How will this affect his stock two weeks before the draft? I reached out to six scouts and general managers and asked them, "Would you draft Jameis at No. 1?" Each of them replied with affirmatives. This lawsuit, stemming from the original allegation that Winston has been cleared of twice, is not new information. 

— Expect to hear that the Cleveland Browns haven't worked out quarterback Marcus Mariota, even though myself and others have reported their interest in the former Oregon quarterback. But here's something to remember: The Browns hired Mariota's pre-combine quarterback coach Kevin O'Connell for the same job. They don't need a private workout or visit when they have intimate knowledge of his abilities. 

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Three weeks are all that separate us from the 2015 NFL draft, and as April 30 gets closer, the first round starts to come into better focus. However, no draft in recent memory has been as unclear leading up to the first day.

Who will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft? Right now, no one knows, but it's the move that will dictate the rest of the first round. With draft boards largely set and private visits closing up, here's an update on all things NFL draft.


— The Philadelphia Eagles are a mystery now that Chip Kelly runs the draft room, but team sources tell me they love USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

— Two linebackers in this draft class are getting looks at fullback: Houston Bates (Louisiana Tech) and Jeff Luc (Cincinnati). Bruce Miller of the San Francisco 49ers made a similar move coming out of college.

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There are just 27 days separating us from the 2015 NFL draft, which means the silly season is about to heat up. Smokescreens, misdirection and flat-out lies will be coming out of NFL front offices, but hidden in there is truth, too. What are team sources saying? That's covered in a "What I'm Hearing" mock draft. 

Ready for news, notes, rumors and more? It's all covered here.


— High-level sources with the San Francisco 49ers have told me the team is "in love" with wide receiver Amari Cooper from Alabama and will inquire as to trading up to draft him should he slip past the Oakland Raiders at No. 4 overall.

— Four well-placed sources believe the No. 2 pick will be Marcus Mariota—what's up for debate is who will hold the pick. According to these same sources, the Titans will be shopping the pick.

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We are 33 days away from the 2015 NFL draft, and that means it's getting serious in the world of scouting and team building.

Pro days, private workouts and final grades are being assigned to players across the NFL—and at Bleacher Report we're doing the same thing. As part of an upcoming NFL Draft 400 series—scouting, grading and ranking the top 400 players in the class—notes are changing daily. The repercussion of that is a lot of movement up and down the board as the draft nears.

Who is moving up, who is moving down and how does the top 50 look today? Find out below.


— Nebraska edge-rusher Randy Gregory admitted to a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine. How does that affect his draft stock? On my board, it won't move Gregory from his spot at No. 7 overall, and one college scouting director I reached out to said it won't change him on his board either. "Everyone already knew this was an issue," he told me. There were rumors dating back to August about Gregory and marijuana, so teams were prepared for this news to break.

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The NFL released 32 compensatory picks Monday evening—meaning we now know the full order for the 2015 draft. 

With free agency, trades and now compensatory picks coming into focus, the draft is starting to line up. Of course we can't know yet which teams will be willing to trade picks to move up or down the board, but team needs and player value are becoming much more solid. And with that, it's time for a complete mock draft.

Pick by pick, here's how the 2015 NFL draft looks five weeks out. This is a look not at what I would do as general manager of each team, per se, but what I'm hearing and predicting will happen based on needs, player value and holes expected to be filled between now and April 30.

The first round of the NFL draft is still a long time away, but here's an educated guess at what will happen when Commissioner Roger Goodell walks to the podium in Chicago.

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If you haven't been able to keep up with the fast-paced NFL offseason, don't worry, you are not alone. But that's why the Scouting Notebook exists—to keep you up to date on everything that's happening in the NFL and how it relates to the draft. That means a new mock draft again this week, but first a ton of news and notes.


—Who are NFL teams eyeing most? I had one team picking in the middle of the first round ask how far, realistically, wide receiver Amari Cooper could fall in the first round. My answer: no later than No. 11 to Minnesota, and even that would be a shock.

—Multiple area scouts remarked to me about Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson, and how he's solidly put himself into the first-round conversation with a great combine and pro day. I did hear from one team, though, that doesn't like Johnson as much because their general manager saw him live during the season and questioned his slight frame. 

—Speaking of Johnson, I'm told by a league source that he has visits lined up with the San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.

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The new year is here in the NFL, and with it came a flurry of trades, signings and cuts. How do free-agent signings, salary-cap cuts and trades affect the NFL draft? The entire landscape has changed, and clarity is coming to team needs.


— The Oregon pro day was Thursday, and by what was shown on NFL Network, quarterback Marcus Mariota did not have a good outing. I'm not one to put much emphasis on a pro day (see: Bridgewater, Theodore), but when there are concerns on tape and those same concerns pop up in a workout, it's validation. There's a rule in scouting about not counting something twice, though, and a poor throwing workout from Mariota that echoes issues on film won't hurt his stock in my eyes.

— The San Francisco 49ers have seen a player exodus as of late, leaving them with big needs at many spots. In talking to team sources, I'm told offensive guard and cornerback are the big needs likely to be addressed in the draft.

— One player the 49ers may target at cornerback is Florida State's Ronald Darby. I'm told by multiple scouts that he ranks as the No. 2 cornerback in the draft, behind only Marcus Peters, and could be drafted in the teens.

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The combine is in the books. Pro days are here, and free agency is just days away. What's happening in the world of the NFL draft? Let's get caught up.


— Who made the most money at the combine? In seven responses to the text I sent out, they all said UConn cornerback Byron Jones. His 12'3" broad jump is the best I've ever seen, but he also scored well in the vertical jump (44 ½"), three-cone drill (6.78 seconds), 20-yard-shuttle (3.94 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (10.98 seconds). That's the type of performance that opens eyes.

— Missouri edge-rusher Shane Ray had a foot injury that kept him out of the combine (at the command of doctors; he wanted to perform, I'm told), but he'll do everything at his March 19 Missouri pro day. I'm told by sources close to Ray that he could realistically run in the 4.4 range.

— Cornerback Marcus Peters is a top-10 player on my board, but he comes with off-field questions. He'll work out at Washington's pro day (a good sign after being kicked out of school), and scouts in the room for his interviews at the combine told me he did very well. Expect Peters to make many official team visits to further clear up character concerns.