NFL Draft 2015: 1st-Round Mock Draft Based on Early Pro Day Results

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 8, 2015

Nebraska defensive lineman Randy Gregory runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Throughout the offseason, prospects have multiple chances to impress NFL scouts, coaches and executives before the draft commences. The scouting combine already provided a grandiose stage for 300-plus draft hopefuls to showcase their skill sets, and while individual workouts at pro days may not demand the same kind of hype, they come with just as much significance.

Some prospects weren't able to work out at the combine due to injury. Others participated, but they didn't live up to expectations. Many did deliver impressive showings in Indianapolis; however, NFL franchises may be concerned they were flukes. Pro days will help prospects in all of these scenarios.

Over the next month, pro days will take place at schools around the nation, and draft boards will be altered as a result. Here's an updated look at how the first round of the draft may shake out after some of the earlier workouts.

Updated 2015 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round
PickTeamSelection
1Tampa Bay BuccaneersJameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2Tennessee TitansLeonard Williams, DT, USC
3Jacksonville JaguarsDante Fowler, OLB, Florida
4Oakland RaidersKevin White, WR, West Virginia
5Washington RedskinsRandy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
6New York JetsMarcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
7Chicago BearsDanny Shelton, DT, Washington
8Atlanta FalconsShane Ray, DE, Missouri
9New York GiantsBrandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
10St. Louis RamsAmari Cooper, WR, Alabama
11Minnesota VikingsDeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
12Cleveland BrownsVic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
13New Orleans SaintsTrae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
14Miami DolphinsLa'el Collins, OT, LSU
15San Francisco 49ersJalen Collins, CB, LSU
16Houston TexansLandon Collins, S, Alabama
17San Diego ChargersMalcom Brown, DT, Texas
18Kansas City ChiefsJaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
19Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
20Philadelphia EaglesMarcus Peters, CB, Washington
21Cincinnati BengalsBud Dupree, DE, Kentucky
22Pittsburgh SteelersJordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
23Detroit LionsEddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
24Arizona CardinalsArik Armstead, DT, Oregon
25Carolina PanthersAndrus Peat, OT, Stanford
26Baltimore RavensMelvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
27Dallas CowboysBenardrick McKinney, ILB, Miss St
28Denver BroncosMaxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
29Indianapolis ColtsTodd Gurley, RB,Georgia
30Green Bay PackersEric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
31Seattle SeahawksDorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
32New England PatriotsCameron Erving, C, Florida State

Analyzing Early Pro Days

Only a small amount of schools have already hosted NFL personnel at their respective pro days, but some of those workouts included prospects who may be selected in the draft's first round. Rest assured, their every movement was watched by a contingent of scouts and coaches from around the league.

Here's a look at the early workout results from players who boast first-round grades.

5. Washington Redskins: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22: Defensive lineman Randy Gregory of Nebraska competes during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The big surprise at the combine was the size of Randy Gregory, who measured in at 6'5" and only 235 pounds—much lighter than was expected. According to Bryan Fischer of NFL.com, Gregory boosted his weight up to 238 pounds at Nebraska's pro day, and while he stood on most of his impressive combine numbers, he did run an 11.81-second 60-yard shuttle and a 6.79-second three-cone drill.

12. Cleveland Browns: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

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)
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The 6'3", 246-pound Vic Beasley was simply stellar at the combine, earning top-performer honors in every single drill. He stood on those numbers at his pro day but did participate in positional workouts. Beasley showed great movement during those drills, looking extremely quick and fluid. After two strong showings, he may generate some interest within the top 10.

18. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Julio Cortez/Associated Press

Jaelen Strong, the 6'2", 217-pound standout from Arizona State, is one of several wide receivers boasting a first-round grade this year. He stood on his combine numbers but did run a 4.19-second 20-yard shuttle and 7.33-second three-cone drill. Strong already displayed soft hands and athleticism at the combine, and he did it once again at his pro day, catching absolutely everything that came in his direction.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State

Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney measured in at 6'4" and 246 pounds at the combine, where he put on a solid showing, finishing as a top performer in the vertical jump. He decided to stand on those numbers at his pro day, but he did participate in positional drills. While McKinney displayed a lack of great agility, he showcased his length and athleticism.

28. Denver Broncos: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Feb 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Maxx Williams catches a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports

Like most first-round hopefuls, Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams stood on his numbers from the combine but did participate in positional drills during his pro day. The 6'4", 249-pound pass-catcher looked very smooth in his routes and displayed the same soft hands he showed at the combine. He proved his performance in Indianapolis wasn't a fluke and helped his draft position in the process.

All combine numbers courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker. All pro day numbers via NFL.com.

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