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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Predictions for All 32 Teams

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2014

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) catches the ball and runs for a touchdown against Florida in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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The NFL regular season is just beginning to heat up, but many football fans who support franchises out of contention already have turned their attention to the 2015 draft.

Football fans are already breaking down the needs for their favorite teams and trying to decipher which prospects will fill those voids. Mock drafts can help make this process easier.

Here are the latest projected picks for all 32 NFL teams.

1. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

The Oakland Raiders have found a gem in quarterback Derek Carr. With the desire to make sure Carr truly is the quarterback of the future, adding a gifted wide receiver like Alabama’s Amari Cooper would give him ample opportunities to succeed.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

As the Jacksonville Jaguars continue the bottom-up franchise rebuild, getting back to basics must be the organization’s mantra. Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory would be a smart addition to the defensive line.

3. New York Jets: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

It has become clear that Geno Smith is not the quarterback of the future for the New York Jets. Controversy has surrounded former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, but the Florida State star knows how to win and would embrace playing under the bright lights of New York City.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Whether head coach Lovie Smith wants to admit it or not, neither Josh McCown nor Mike Glennon is the quarterback of the future for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is still available at No. 4, this should be a no-brainer.

If the New York Jets select Mariota, Tampa Bay should select Winston.

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5. Tennessee Titans: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

One of the biggest issues for the Tennessee Titans this season has been the inability to establish a consistent pass rush. The best pass-rushing outside linebacker in this year’s draft is Clemson’s Vic Beasley. Tennessee would once again have a game changer on defense.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

Another team who has struggled mightily because of a lackluster pass rush is the Atlanta Falcons. Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman can get after the quarterback and stuff the run when needed, two improvements Atlanta desperately needs.

7. Washington Redskins: Landon Collins, S, Alabama

There is bound to be offseason controversy for the Washington Redskins, because that has become the standard, but selecting a safety like Alabama’s Landon Collins would be a fundamental upgrade to the secondary.

8. St. Louis Rams: Leonard Williams, DT, USC

USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams is arguably the best player at his position, but teams filling needs will drop him to the St. Louis Rams at No. 8 overall. Williams will be a perfect fit clogging up the middle of Jeff Fisher’s defense.

9. Chicago Bears: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

With the Chicago Bears shuffling the offensive line, it is obvious that the need for a true anchor is still there. The best offensive lineman in the 2015 draft is Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, and his presence would give quarterback Jay Cutler the time in the pocket to make big plays.

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10. Carolina Panthers: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has emerged as a star for the Carolina Panthers in his rookie season, but the lack of depth at the position has plagued the team. An answer to the lack of a true No. 2 receiver would be drafting Dorial Green-Beckham of Oklahoma.

11. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

One of the glaring needs of the New York Giants is on the offensive line. A perfect fit would be Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff. With Eli Manning having the proper time to make plays, New York would be much better.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has played well in his rookie season, but he needs more time in the pocket. One possible option would be selecting Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat as a long-term answer along the line.

13. Houston Texans: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

The Houston Texans have the pass rush covered with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, but the secondary has been abysmal. The team needs a change of mentality at cornerback, and Michigan State’s Trae Waynes would bring a hard-nose style.

14. San Francisco 49ers: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri

The absence of Aldon Smith exposed the lack of pass-rushing depth for the San Francisco 49ers this season. With San Francisco looking for a player who can step in right away and make an impact, outside linebacker Shane Ray of Missouri would be an ideal fit.

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15. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

The New Orleans Saints have been a disappointment this season, and the biggest area of need is the secondary. The need for a coverage corner who can make plays on the ball should result in the franchise taking cornerback Marcus Peters of Washington.

16. San Diego Chargers: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

The San Diego Chargers can’t maintain a consistent pass rush this season, and the struggle has been a major contributing factor to the recent string of losses. If San Diego is looking for an outside linebacker who can get after the quarterback, Washington’s Shaq Thompson should be a top target.

17. Cleveland Browns (from BUF): Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Ben Tate, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have all been serviceable for the Cleveland Browns this season, but the offensive unit needs a powerful running back who can put the team on his back. If Georgia’s Todd Gurley falls to No. 17, the team will have a franchise back.

18. Cleveland Browns: Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

Injuries and suspensions have created a void at key offensive playmaker positions. After stealing Gurley with the previous pick, the Cleveland Browns should select a versatile player like big Michigan receiver Devin Funchess.

19. Seattle Seahawks: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

The Seattle Seahawks need wide receivers. Percy Harvin was traded and Golden Tate left via free agency, leaving a void that the team has yet to fill. One playmaker who fits Seattle’s mindset is West Virginia receiver Kevin White.

Sep 27, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Colorado State Rams offensive linesman Ty Sambrailo (51) prepares to block against Boston College during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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20. Green Bay Packers: Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State

Protecting Aaron Rodgers should continue to be the Green Bay Packers' top offseason priority. Versatility will be key in a first-round selection, and Colorado State tackle Ty Sambrailo can play anywhere on the offensive line.

21. Miami Dolphins: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

There are several areas of fundamental need for the Miami Dolphins, but the franchise must retool in the trenches. If the team doesn’t take an offensive lineman, adding Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman would be a major upgrade as well.

22. Kansas City Chiefs: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

With Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe’s future with the team unclear, the franchise will have to look for a long-term replacement. Head coach Andy Reid needs a target who can take advantage of the West Coast offense, and Louisville’s DeVante Parker would be a schematic fit.

23. Indianapolis Colts: Bud Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky

One of the biggest weaknesses for the Indianapolis Colts is the lack of a consistent pass rush. Veteran outside linebacker Robert Mathis should be back next season, but the franchise needs a long-term answer. Kentucky’s Bud Dupree would be an ideal fit.

24. Baltimore Ravens: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

The Ray Rice saga has left a void at the running back position for the Baltimore Ravens. Simply put, the best running back available at No. 24 overall would be Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska. The team would fill a need with a gifted player.

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25. Pittsburgh Steelers: PJ Williams, CB, Florida State

The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the best offensive units in the NFL this season, but the aging defense continues to be a huge issue. The secondary has been the area of the most struggle, and the franchise should add Florida State cornerback PJ Williams in the first round.

26. Dallas Cowboys: Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida

The loss of DeMarcus Ware has hurt the Dallas Cowboys pass rush, but adding a player like Florida’s Dante Fowler would fill the need. Whether this is a flashy enough move for Jerry Jones remains to be seen, though.

27. Cincinnati Bengals: Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

As well as Rey Maualuga has played at times, the Cincinnati Bengals should be looking for a long-term replacement at the linebacker position. If Mississippi State defensive leader Benardrick McKinney slips to the latter stages of the first round, Cincinnati should make the pick.

28. Detroit Lions: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

The emergence of Golden Tate has been a welcomed addition for the Detroit Lions, but the injuries to Calvin Johnson are starting to add up. Drafting wide receiver Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong as a viable No. 3 would give Detroit legitimate depth.

29. Philadelphia Eagles: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

There are several needs on the Philadelphia Eagles roster, but the secondary has been destroyed by opposing offensive units. A hard-nosed cornerback like Stanford’s Alex Carter is exactly what the team needs.

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30. Denver Broncos: La'el Collins, OT, LSU

Just like Green Bay, protecting Peyton Manning is priority No. 1 for the Denver Broncos. Adding an offensive lineman like LSU tackle La'el Collins would be both a short-term improvement and a long-term building block. Collins could start on the right side and eventually move to left tackle.

31. New England Patriots: A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina

After the New England Patriots traded guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay, the need through the middle of the offensive line was obvious. South Carolina guard A.J. Cann could step in immediately and be an instant upgrade.

32. Arizona Cardinals: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

The Arizona Cardinals have an elite running back with Andre Ellington, but his size and durability could become an issue as his career wears on. Drafting a game changer like Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin could give the team a legitimate one-two punch.

*Stats via ESPN.com. Draft order based on current standings.

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