2015 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine 1st-Round Predictions for Top Prospects

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22: Defensive lineman Vic Beasley of Clemson competes during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Oh, what a difference one week makes. For the prospects in the 2015 NFL draft, the grueling week of the NFL Scouting Combine was one of the biggest deciding factors for their future.

Some prospects shined and improved their stock on draft boards for several franchises. Others, however, went from tweeners in the first round to a second-round prospect.

With all of the shuffling taking place, it's time to re-evaluate where each player will fall in April. Here's a look at the latest first-round mock draft and an evaluation of several prospects who helped their draft stock at the combine.

2015 NFL Mock Draft
1Tampa Bay BuccaneersJameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2Tennessee TitansLeonard Williams, DT, USC
3Jacksonville JaguarsRandy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
4Oakland RaidersAmari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5Washington RedskinsVic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
6New York JetsMarcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
7Chicago BearsDanny Shelton, DT, Washington
8Atlanta FalconsShane Ray, DE, Missouri
9New York GiantsBrandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
10St. Louis RamsTrae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
11Minnesota VikingsAndrus Peat, OT, Stanford
12Cleveland BrownsKevin White, WR, West Virginia
13New Orleans SaintsDante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
14Miami DolphinsLa'el Collins, OT, LSU
15San Francisco 49ersDeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
16Houston TexansLandon Collins, SS, Alabama
17San Diego ChargersDorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
18Kansas City ChiefsJaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
19Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
20Philadelphia EaglesMarcus Peters, CB, Washington
21Cincinnati BengalsMalcom Brown, DT, Texas
22Pittsburgh SteelersP.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
23Detroit LionsOwamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
24Arizona CardinalsBenardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
25Carolina PanthersT.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
26Baltimore RavensMelvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
27Dallas CowboysAlvin "Bud" Dupree, DE, Kentucky
28Denver BroncosEddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
29Indianapolis ColtsTodd Gurley, RB, Georgia
30Green Bay PackersMaxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
31Seattle SeahawksDevin Funchess, WR, Michigan
32New England PatriotsEreck Flowers, OT, Miami
R. Cory Smith's Predictions

5. Washington Redskins: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson

The Washington Redskins simply need an identity. Offensively, they have struggled to find consistency. Now, the focus will be on improving defensively for the future.

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Vic Beasley, who torched his competition at the combine, will likely be the pick in the top five. Though this still seems slightly high for the former Clemson star, Washington will pull the trigger to bolster the intensity on defense.

NFL on CBS passed along a visual of just how explosive Beasley's 40-yard dash was:


Vic Beasley is about to become nightmare fuel for NFL QBs. http://t.co/vWhuQjzYPV http://t.co/VClYH0pSdH

Due to that 40 and his ridiculous numbers in several other drills, Bucky Brooks of NFL.com had high praise for the edge-rusher:

It's time to acknowledge that Beasley is one of the top pass-rushing prospects in the 2015 class. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he has silenced critics questioning his size, strength and power, capping off a fine week with a sensational on-field performance Sunday. ... Most importantly, he's packed on nearly 15 pounds since the end of the season without losing any speed or quickness, and he displayed more power than most evaluators expected prior to this event. Given Beasley's impressive athletic feats and his solid résumé as a pass rusher, his stock is shooting up after this week in Indy.

Others, like Dante Fowler and Shane Ray, showed up and showed out. However, it's Beasley scouts are raving about, and he can count on his name being called much higher than expected after his performance.

10. St. Louis Rams: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Defensive back Trae Waynes of Michigan State competes during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

He might not have moved up on my mock draft, but Trae Waynes solidified his spot as the top cornerback at the combine.

Many already believed Waynes would be the top overall corner in the draft, but a 4.31 40-yard dash and a vertical of 38 inches helped. Mel Kiper of ESPN noted that he believed Waynes should be at the top of draft boards, via ESPN College Football:

ESPN CollegeFootball @ESPNCFB

Michigan State's Trae Waynes, Mel Kiper's No. 1 CB in the draft, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds. http://t.co/64a88kbC4v

Sure, Byron Jones came away as the huge story with his vertical and broad jumps, but it will be Waynes who comes off the board first in the NFL draft.

With his combination of speed, quickness and athleticism, Waynes will make a perfect fit for the St. Louis Rams. That is, of course, if he doesn't get snatched up before the Rams get an opportunity.

12. Cleveland Browns: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

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On the heels of a sensational showing at the combine, Kevin White might be a top-10 pick. However, with the Cleveland Browns sitting at No. 12 and in desperate need of a receiver, I don't see him sliding any further than the Browns.

Some, like Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, have White being the first wide receiver off the board. The distance between Amari Cooper and White might have narrowed, but I didn't see anything from the combine that showed Cooper should be anything other than the top wideout in the class.

Miller noted that White's stock is much more than just his blazing 40-yard dash:

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Nah. His film does. RT @AustinNacht: You think Kevin White running a 4.3 makes him the sure #1 wideout?

After a season where nearly every first-round pick and even some second-rounders—looking at you, Jarvis Landry and Jordan Matthews—made an impact, White has the chance to live up to that billing.

Landing on a team like the Cleveland Browns or the Minnesota Vikings at No. 11 seems like a good opportunity. Both offenses need a star wideout, and White can certainly provide just that.

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