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Mike Mayock 2015 Mock Draft: Complete Results from NFL Network Draft Guru

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIApril 30, 2015

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock talks with reporters during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
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NFL Network expert Mike Mayock released his one and only mock draft on Wednesday, little more than 24 hours before the start of the 2015 draft's opening round.

With the importance placed on the quarterback position, it comes as little surprise that Mayock had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Jameis Winston first overall and Marcus Mariota going to the Tennessee Titans at No. 2 to start.

Here is a complete list of Mayock's mock:

Mike Mayock's 2015 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1
No. Pick Team Selection
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2 Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida
4 Oakland Raiders Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5 Washington Redskins Leonard Williams, DL, USC
6 New York Jets Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
7 Chicago Bears Trae Waynes, CB/S, Michigan State
8 Atlanta Falcons Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
9 New York Giants Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
10 St. Louis Rams Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Florida)
11 Minnesota Vikings DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
12 Cleveland Browns Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
13 New Orleans Saints Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
14 Miami Dolphins Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
15 San Francisco 49ers Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
16 Houston Texans Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
17 San Diego Chargers Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
18 Kansas City Chiefs Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
19 Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo) Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
20 Philadelphia Eagles Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
23 Detroit Lions Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
24 Arizona Cardinals D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
25 Carolina Panthers T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
26 Baltimore Ravens Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
27 Dallas Cowboys Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
28 Denver Broncos Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
29 Indianapolis Colts Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
30 Green Bay Packers Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (Florida)
31 New Orleans Saints (via Seattle) Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
32 New England Patriots Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
Source: NFL Media

Around The NFL noted how Mayock went back and forth about Mariota's final destination:

Around The NFL @AroundTheNFL

Mike Mayock has Mariota to Tennessee at 2. Kevin White at 6. Says on @nflnetwork he originally had Jets trading up to 2, changed mind.

Mayock elaborated on why he ultimately stuck with Mariota taking his talents to Tennessee:

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"If you're going to bet on a kid, you bet on an athlete who's smart as heck with a great work ethic." - Mayock on Mariota

In referencing and emphasizing those intangibles Mariota possesses, worth noting is how Mayock has made an effort to not fall into the trap of how highly he rated Johnny Manziel a year ago. Mayock has previously said he "overlooked" certain things about Manziel, mainly his off-field issues, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The reason Winston is a different case with regard to his checkered past is his experience in a pro-style offense at Florida State, whereas Manziel, like Mariota, came from a spread system.

Getting away from the potential difference-makers under center, Mayock seems to think quite highly of the offensive linemen in this class. Numerous playoff-caliber teams from last year create a run of offensive tackles toward the end of the first round in his mock.

There was little surprise to see so many pass-catchers off the board. Mayock's prior analysis of this year's crop of receivers was rather spot on, according to NFL Media's Jeff Darlington:

Jeff Darlington @JeffDarlington

I agree. Deep class! RT @NFLTotalAccess: "2014 WR Class was historically significant... This one will trail VERY closely behind." - Mayock

One most interesting choice Mayock made was Michigan State product Trae Waynes to the Chicago Bears at seventh overall. Greg Gabriel of CSN Chicago disagreed with Mayock's Bears pick:

Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson is the second player at his valuable position off the board for Mayock, projected to go to the Miami Dolphins. Omar Kelly of South Florida's Sun-Sentinel passed along some of Mayock's rationale:

Omar Kelly @OmarKelly

Mike Mayock predicts that the Dolphins will select Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson. Says he's "one of the cleanest players in the draft."

Speed-demon receiver Breshad Perriman goes to Houston opposite DeAndre Hopkins in Mayock's scenario. Perriman's alma mater, UCF, reacted to that selection:

UCF Knights @UCFKnights

@nflnetwork #valuepick

A couple of standout picks include running backs Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon being chosen inside the top 20 by the San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns, respectively.

The Chargers do need a feature back after bidding adieu to former first-round pick Ryan Mathews this offseason. Choosing Gurley would be a risk since he's coming off of a torn ACL, but he has all the makings of an NFL star.

Cleveland has two first-round choices and could opt to bolster the backfield, though it does have two promising young runners in Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West already in the fold.

Two players with transcendent talent but character concerns cap off Mayock's mock.

The New Orleans Saints supply QB Drew Brees with a much-needed weapon on the outside in Dorial Green-Beckham, while the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots add perhaps the most gifted pass-rusher in Nebraska's Randy Gregory.

No one can say for sure what will happen until Thursday's drama unfolds. Green-Beckham and Gregory would be two splash picks to cap off the first day of the draft, and they may find themselves in the perfect situations to succeed.

Tennessee could very well trade out of the second pick, as Mayock had initially thought of doing in the mock. ESPN insider Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that multiple teams have called to gauge what it would take for the Titans to move down.

Mariota and the Titans organization are the most significant factors at the top of the order. All the ramifications at play on that pick in particular figure to make this 2015 draft among the most exciting ever.