NFL Mock Draft 2015: 1st-Round Projections Based on Prospects' Pro-Day Results

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 20, 2015

MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 29:  Kevin White #11 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts to a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second quarterof the 56th annual Autozone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on December 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The outlook for the 2015 NFL draft has been shaken up by a frenzied free-agency period that featured a couple of blockbuster trades and saw top-tier veterans find new homes after signing some lucrative contracts.

While each one of those moves will surely have an impact on what each team does on draft day, another chain of draft-altering events have been quietly taking place in the background while free agency receives all the buzz—we're talking pro days.

Sure, pro days don't get the same amount of hype as the scouting combine, but they're just as important. They give NFL franchises one last up-close look at potential draft targets and could ultimately determine which direction a team goes when it's on the clock.

That said, here's a look at how the first round of the impending draft is likely to unfold based on recent offseason activity and the results of pro days across the nation.

Updated 2015 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round
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 VikingsVic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
12Cleveland BrownsDeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
13New Orleans SaintsTrae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
14Miami DolphinsT.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
15San Francisco 49ersJalen Collins, CB, LSU
16Houston TexansLa'el Collins, OT, LSU
17San Diego ChargersMalcom Brown, DT, Texas
18Kansas City ChiefsLandon Collins, S, Alabama
19Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
20Philadelphia EaglesJaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
21Cincinnati BengalsJordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
22Pittsburgh SteelersMarcus Peters, CB, Washington
23Detroit LionsEddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
24Arizona CardinalsBenardrick McKinney, ILB, Miss St
25Carolina PanthersAndrus Peat, OT, Stanford
26Baltimore RavensArik Armstead, DT, Oregon
27Dallas CowboysMelvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
28Denver BroncosMaxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
29Indianapolis ColtsTodd Gurley, RB, Georgia
30Green Bay PackersEric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
31New Orleans Saints (via Seattle)Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
32New England PatriotsCameron Erving, C, Florida State

Analyzing Notable Pro-Day Results

With the draft fast approaching, many of the nation's top schools have already completed their respective pro days. Assessing how draft hopefuls fared during workouts is an important part of the draft process, as strong showings can propel a prospect up draft boards and weaker performances come with an adverse effect.

As these offseason workouts continue, let's take a glance at some recent pro-day results from some first-round candidates.

4. Oakland Raiders: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

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The 6'3", 215-pound Kevin White put on a show at the scouting combine, and he was at it again during West Virginia's pro day. He showed good burst, clean cuts in his routes and soft hands that allowed him to catch everything thrown in his direction. White may have just solidified himself as the draft's No. 1 receiver, and that makes him a likely target for the Raiders at No. 4 overall.

6. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

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Reigning Heisman winner Marcus Mariota displayed his athletic ability at the combine, finishing as a top performer in every drill. However, questions surrounding his readiness to play in the NFL continued. The 6'4", 222-pound quarterback did well to quell those concerns at Oregon's pro day, taking snaps from under center and showing good footwork and a smooth throwing motion. Expect Mariota off the board at No. 6 overall.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

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Missouri's Shane Ray didn't participate at the scouting combine, and NFL franchises have been waiting with bated breath to see the athletic 6'3", 245-pound pass-rusher run the 40-yard dash. Unfortunately, his time of 4.68 seconds failed to impress. Still, his workout was just fine, and considering the speed he shows on his college tape, a bad 40 time won't break his status as a top-10 selection.

13. New Orleans Saints: 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)
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Trae Waynes impressed at the scouting combine with his blazing 4.31-second 40-yard dash, and he continued that trend at Michigan State's pro day. The 6'0", 186-pound corner ran a 4.19-second 20-yard shuttle and excelled during positional workouts, showcasing nice fluidity in his movements and good ball skills. Waynes' draft stock continues to improve, and he's nearing top-10 status.

19. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo Bills): Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

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The highly athletic Bud Dupree continues to intrigue NFL personnel. The 6'4", 269-pound outside linebacker displayed great speed and leaping ability at the combine, and he picked up right where he left off at Kentucky's pro day. Dupree ran a 4.47-second 20-yard shuttle and 7.49-second three-cone drill. With a great showing during positional drills as well, Dupree's draft stock continues to rise.

All pro-day results courtesy of NFL.com's pro-day tracker.