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2015 NFL First Round Mock Draft 2.0

Updated on March 13, 2015
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Buccaneers to take top Quarterback available

After the NFL Scouting Combine is complete, several of the quarterbacks had strong showings that did nothing to hurt their draft status. The top two at the quarterback position were especially impressive this year as they both proved they can make all the throws in the NFL. Tampa Bay's traditional offense that has the quarterback making reads from under center, makes Jameis Winston a great fit for them. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, Winston was able to help his draft status by answering questions about his baggage in a satisfactory manner. Winston also was able to put on display spectacular arm strength with a forty yard dash time that suggests he has at least average mobility at the quarterback position. Mariota was impressive as well, but with Winston as the better fit for Tampa, the former Oregon star may have to wait a few picks before he hears his name called.

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Jameis Winston

QB, Florida State University

6-4, 231 lbs.

After a strong showing at the NFL combine, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to commit to Jameis Winston as their franchise quarterback of the future by selecting him first overall. Winston has displayed great knowledge of play designs offensively, along with the ability to make every throw at the NFL level. Winston's willingness to stay in the pocket while taking snaps from under center, makes him a great fit in the traditional style of the Buccaneer's offense. At the combine Winston was able to answer any questions about his baggage to the satisfaction of most scouts present. This puts him in position to be selected first overall by Tampa Bay in this year's draft.

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2. Tennessee Titans

Pick: Leonard Williams

DT, University of Southern California

6-5, 298 lbs.

The Titans need an impact defender and the physical force that Leonard Williams provides is nearly exactly what Tennessee needs. Williams' flexibility along the defensive front should allow him to shift over to defensive end in order to complement Jurrell Casey. Some may view quarterback as one of the biggest needs for Tennessee, but with Zach Mettenberger with the team they are not in position to give up on him so quickly. Leonard Williams should help to give the Titans one of the fiercest front three in all of football this coming season.

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3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: La'el Collins

OT, Louisiana State University

6-5, 308 lbs.

With Jacksonville finding their potential quarterback of the future in Blake Bortles, they now need to find a way to give him adequate pass protection. Drafting the impact talent of La'el Collins to play left tackle would be a huge step in the right direction for Jacksonville in the 2015 draft. La'el Collins combination of lateral quickness and power should allow him to excel in both run blocking and pass protection at the NFL level.

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4. Oakland Raiders

Pick: Amari Cooper

WR, University of Alabama

6-1, 210 lbs.

The Raiders still have some needs defensively, but with Amari Cooper on the board with the fourth pick, the Raiders will draft this impact offensive talent at the wide receiver position. Derek Carr had a strong rookie season with the Raiders, but Oakland needs to provide their young quarterback with better weapons. After James Jones was able to produce with Carr throwing him passes last season, Amari Cooper could be the teammate needed to allow the Raiders' young quarterback to take his game to the next level.

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5. Washington Redskins

Pick: Marcus Mariota

QB, University of Oregon

6-4, 220 lbs.

The Washington Redskins may be preparing to move on without Robert Griffin after his tumultuous 2014 campaign. The Redskins have needs in the secondary on the defensive side, but the opportunity to draft a franchise quarterback may cause them to go in that direction with the fifth pick in the draft. None of the cornerbacks or safeties in the 2015 draft project to deserve a top five selection. Marcus Mariota shares enough similar skills to Robert Griffin, that the Redskins could make the transition quickly without much altering done to their offensive scheme. The possibility that the Redskins trade out of this position in the draft exists, but with Mariota likely to be on the board, Washington is a likely destination.

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6. New York Jets

Pick: Kevin White

WR, West Virginia University

6-3, 210 lbs.

During Rex Ryan's time as head coach with the Jets, the New York quarterbacks never had enough offensive weapons. That should change this year when the Jets are presented with the opportunity to draft Kevin White in the first round. White's speed, route running, catch radius and leaping ability are all above average to an elite level. Kevin White is exactly what the Jets need in order for Geno Smith to have success as their starting quarterback.

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7. Chicago Bears

Pick: Shane Ray

OLB, University of Missouri

6-3, 245 lbs.

With the Bears shifting a 3-4 defensive front, and in need of impact talent at the linebacker position, look for them to turn to Missouri's Shane Ray with their first pick. Ray played defensive end for Missouri, but his size makes him a better fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Ray's has excellent athleticism as an edge rusher that should allow him the versatility to play some pass coverage. With a high motor, Shane Ray is able to pursue and take down mobile quarterbacks after using a nice array of pass rush moves in order to get pressure.

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8. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Dante Fowler Jr.

DE, University of Florida

6-2, 261 lbs.

Dante Fowler is another player who fits at either defensive end or outside linebacker in a three front defense. With the Falcons employing a four front, Fowler will have the opportunity to play his preferred position of defensive end. Fowler has the impact talent that the Falcons have lacked since John Abraham last played with the team in 2012. Fowler should help to bolster a defensive unit that was among the worst in the league throughout a 2014 season in which Atlanta was able to remain competitive for a division title.

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9. New York Giants

Pick: Brandon Scherff

OT/OG, University of Iowa

6-5, 320 lbs.

The Giants have plenty of offensive talent at the skill positions right now, but last year showed their urgent need for offensive line help. As one of the best offensive line prospects in the draft, Brandon Scherff provides the versatility to play either tackle or guard along the Giants offensive front. As an excellent run blocker who can be a mauler in setting the edge, Brandon Scherff is a great fit for the Giants at the back end of the drafts top ten picks. Look for the Giants find more offensive line help throughout the draft, even if they take Scherff with their first pick.

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10. St. Louis Rams

Pick: T.J. Clemmings

OT, University of Pittsburgh

6-5, 308 lbs.

With Jake Long on his way out of St. Louis, the Rams will look for a strong replacement at left tackle in this draft class. T.J. Clemmings is the answer for St. Louis, with the athleticism to excel in every aspect of the game at the NFL level. With good feet and strong lateral mobility, Clemmings should be a great option to protect the blindside of Rams quarterbacks throughout the 2015 season. Clemmings should also help to boost the Rams running game when they decide to attack the left side of an opposing defense.

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11. Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Andrus Peat

OT, Stanford University

6-7, 312 lbs.

After a strong rookie season from Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings will look to bolster their front line with their first pick in the draft. Andrus Peat has the size and athleticism to stick at left tackle for whatever team decides to draft him. Peat's lateral quickness as a big man should allow him to be an excellent option to protect Bridgewater's blind side. The Vikings have needs at inside linebacker and wide receiver, but they will first address their most important need along the offensive front.

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12. Cleveland Browns

Pick: Danny Shelton

NT, University of Washington

6-2, 343 lbs.

The Browns need to improve along both the offensive and defensive fronts in the coming seasons if they hope to compete in the AFC North. Danny Shelton as a space eating athlete in the middle of the defensive line is a great fit to help Cleveland's defense return to dominance. Shelton's mobility may be limited, but for a man his size he can create enough of an interior pass rush to be a three down defensive linemen. The versatility and strength of nose tackle Danny Shelton makes him a great fit for the Browns with their first pick in the draft.

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13. New Orleans Saints

Pick: Randy Gregory

DE, University of Nebraska

6-6, 245 lbs.

After addressing their needs at cornerback, the New Orleans Saints will look to improve their pass rush with their first pick in the draft. Having the impact athleticism of Randy Gregory potentially falling to them outside the top 10, will be just the break the Saints need in order to once again put a strong defense on the field. Randy Gregory may need to add some weight if he wants to play defensive end in the NFL, but as of right now he has the size and length to be a disruptive force early on for whatever team decides to choose him in the first round of the 2015 draft.

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14. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Trae Waynes

CB, Michigan State University

6-1, 183 lbs.

The Dolphins need another starting cornerback to pair with Brent Grimes, and Trae Waynes it the answer for Miami with their first pick. Waynes has the speed to run with any receiver in the NFL on downfield pass routes. He also has the length and physicality to play press coverage in a disruptive manner at the line of scrimmage. Waynes' ability to turn and play the ball makes him the best cornerback prospect in this draft. If a true top notch cornerback emerges from this draft class, Trae Waynes is most likely to be that player.

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15. San Francisco 49ers

Pick: Vic Beasley

OLB, Clemson University

6-3, 246 lbs.

One of the 49ers top needs this offseason is a pass rusher at the linebacker position. With uncertainty surrounding Aldon Smith, the 49ers will take the impact talent of Vic Beasley if he is still on the board when they select in the first round. Beasley's size and skill set make him a perfect candidate to be an edge rusher at the outside linebacker position in the NFL. Beasley's experience at linebacker in college should allow him to transition nicely into playing coverage in the NFL when asked to do so.

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16. Houston Texans

Pick: Devante Parker

WR, University of Louisville

6-3, 209 lbs.

With Andre Johnson in the latter stages of his NFL career, the Texans will likely look for another great perimeter weapon to complement DeAndre Hopkins. Devante Parker from Louisville provides the Texans with just that as a first round draft pick. His excellent combination of size, speed and leaping ability make him a great candidate to become a star at the NFL level. With the Texans having some uncertainty at the quarterback position, they can make life easier for their signal caller by providing him with sufficient weapons.

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17. San Diego Chargers

Pick: Ereck Flowers

OT, University of Miami

6-5, 324 lbs.

The Chargers disappointing finish to the season put their offensive line woes fully on display, which should lead them to take a player like Ereck Flowers with their first pick in the draft. As a mauler at the tackle position, Flowers probably will be a right tackle at the NFL level, which is the side of the field where Justin Houston dominated the Chargers offensive line in the season finale. Flowers has enough athleticism to play well in pass protection, but run blocking will always be his strength.

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18. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Eric Kendricks

ILB, UCLA

6-0, 230 lbs.

After going all of last season without having a wide receiver catch a touchdown pass, the Chiefs could use a wide receiver with their first pick. With the best wide receiver's already off the board, Kansas City will take an impact talent at inside linebacker instead. The explosive ability of Eric Kendricks will help to strengthen the Chiefs run defense after this was the only weakness for one of the AFC's top defenses a season ago. Kendricks should help to make a pass coverage unit for Chiefs even better, as a player who can rush the passer along with playing strong coverage on running backs and tight ends.

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19. Cleveland Browns

Pick: Alvin Dupree

DE, University of Kentucky

6-4, 267 lbs.

The Browns could turn to the defensive side of the ball again with their second pick in the first round, with an impact defender like Alvin Dupree still on the board. If the Browns are able to get both Dupree and Shelton, they will once again have a dominant defensive front. Dupree's ability as an edge rusher will work to complement any interior pass that the Browns are able to generate. As a large defender with explosive ability, Dupree is also strong at the point of attack to set the edge against the opposing run game.

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20. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Landon Collins

SS, University of Alabama

6-0, 222 lbs.

The Eagles need some help in their secondary on the defensive side, and adding an intimidating defender like Collins would go a long way towards helping them establish defensive dominance once again. Collins is unlikely to provide the impact that Brian Dawkins did for so many years with the Eagles, but his ability as an enforcer in the secondary should free up Malcolm Jenkins to stay in downfield coverage. Collins' size allows him to play well in traffic close to the line of scrimmage, but he has plenty of athleticism to make plays in coverage downfield.

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21. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Eddie Goldman

DT, Florida State University

6-3, 320 lbs.

The Bengals have very few needs on either side of the ball, but they could use some help in the trenches to generate an interior pass rush. Eddie Goldman provides just that for the team that decides to draft him, and he has plenty of size and strength to hold his ground at the point of attack against the run. By adding a player like Eddie Goldman to their defensive line rotation, the Bengals could find a way to put together a full season of defensive dominance that matches the strong start they were able to get off to early last season.

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22. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: Jalen Collins

CB, Louisiana State University

6-1, 203 lbs.

The Steelers need youth and speed in the secondary, but they do not want to sacrifice size and strength in order to get it. This makes Jalen Collins a logical choice for them to take with their first pick, even though it has been quite some time since they drafted a defensive back in the first round. Collins has the size and physicality to play strong in run support, while excelling in press coverage. He also has the speed to keep up with just about any receiver who excels at getting open on downfield pass patterns.

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23. Detroit Lions

Pick: Malcolm Brown

DT, University of Texas

6-4, 320 lbs.

With both Ndomukong Suh and Nick Fairley set to become free agents, the Lions are likely to draft a replacement for one of them with their first pick. With a great space eating defender falling to them with the 23rd pick, it becomes likely that the Lions would take Malcolm Brown. The impact talent that Brown provides on the defensive side of the ball should work well to complement either Suh or Fairley next season, depending on which player Detroit decides to keep. With the defensive line being such a huge key to Detroit's defensive success, that is likely where the Lions will look with their first pick in the upcoming draft.

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24. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Shaq Thompson

OLB, University of Washington

6-2, 231 lbs.

With the Cardinals already having a great defense in place, adding another spectacular athlete should only serve to provide more depth. With Larry Foote getting older, the Cardinals could turn to Shaq Thompson to add to their linebacker rotation in an effort to replace him. Thompson has played many different positions throughout his playing career to this point, so he has the flexibility to play either inside or outside linebacker. Thompson's aggressive abilities against the opposing running game makes him a fit for the Cardinals, along with his athleticism in pass coverage.

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25. Carolina Panthers

Pick: Arik Armstead

DE, University of Oregon

6-7, 296 lbs.

The Carolina Panthers have plenty of needs even after winning their second straight division title, but Arik Armstead is their likely first round selection after losing Greg Hardy. Armstead is a fit in the Panthers four front, as his ability to create a pass rush from the edge should work well to complement the Panthers strong interior pass rush. With great size and strong technique, Armstead has regularly put on display his ability to set the edge along with holding up at the point of attack on running plays to the perimeter.

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26. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Marcus Peters

CB, University of Washington

6-0, 198 lbs.

When Jimmy Smith went down last season, the Ravens depth at the cornerback position was tested. With Smith's return they will have both their starting cornerbacks back in place, but using their first pick on Marcus Peters should help to provide them with the necessary depth. With excellent size and good instincts, Peters should excel at the cornerback position in the NFL. By focusing on defense with their first pick, Baltimore should be able to once again establish the dominant pass defense that allowed them to win an NFL title recently.

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27. Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Todd Gurley

RB, University of Georgia

6-1, 222 lbs.

With DeMarco Murray likely to leave as a free agent, the Cowboys will look to keep their strong running game in place by selecting Georgia star Todd Gurley. With Gurley not participating in the combine, team's will have to wait until his pro day in order to get the measurable. Gurley was able to put on a display of above average speed, along with a strong ability to change direction throughout his time played in 2014. With good size, Todd Gurley should be able to help the Cowboys make a smooth transition after moving on from DeMarco Murray.

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28. Denver Broncos

Pick: Dorial Green-Beckham

WR, University of Oklahoma

6-5, 225 lbs.

With Demaryius Thomas as a candidate to leave in free agency, the Broncos could draft a wide receiver with their first pick in the 2015 draft. Green-Beckham has the impact size and speed to help the Broncos offense in year one of his career in the NFL. Despite the baggage surrounding him, the Broncos strong system could help to provide Green-Beckham with the necessary discipline for him to have a successful NFL career. After running an above average time in the 40 yard dash, Dorial Green-Beckham likely solidified his status as a 2015 first round draft pick.

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29. Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Bernardrick McKinney

ILB, Mississippi State University

6-4, 249 lbs.

With the Colts needing to anchor their run defense, they will likely turn to Bernardick McKinney at inside linebacker with their first pick in 2015. McKinney has the size and speed to establish himself as a run stuffing force in the NFL. For a big man, McKinney is also a solid option in zone coverage, along with coverage on players close to the line of scrimmage. By adding this disruptive force on defense, the Colts will have the opportunity to establish the defensive identity they are looking for.

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30. Green Bay Packers

Pick: Jordan Phillips

DT, University of Oklahoma

6-6, 334 lbs.

With the Packers in need of improving their run defense, they could turn to Jordan Phillips with their first pick in 2015. The impact size and ability to fire off the football quickly would allow the Packers to start winning the line of scrimmage defensively with Phillips in their lineup on a regular basis. This big man has the ability to be a three down defensive linemen, but by adding him to their defensive line rotation, the Packers should be able to improve the areas of their defense that proved to be a weakness last season.

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31. Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Maxx Williams

THE, University of Minnesota

6-4, 250 lbs.

Seattle's slow start offensively in the Super Bowl was the result of their overall lack of impact talent in the passing game offensively. Maxx Williams may be just the player they need at the tight end position, with above average speed and spectacular leaping ability. Williams would help to provide Seattle with another red zone threat along with a possession receiver to keep drives alive on third down. Maxx Williams' willingness to block would also help to bolster the Seattle running game with him on the field as an every down player.

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32. New England Patriots

Pick: Jaelen Strong

WR, Arizona State University

6-3, 215 lbs.

On a very strong team in 2014, lack of size on the perimeter may have been the only weakness for this Patriots team offensively. By adding Jaelen Strong with their first pick in the 2015 draft, the Patriots would have the opportunity to add a player who could make an impact immediately for them. Last year's draft proved that impact talent can be found at receiver beyond just the first few players picked there, and this year's draft should prove to be no different.

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      Joshua Ruga 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Mark, all that goes away if the Browns find their franchise quarterback. Unfortunately Johnny Manziel was not the answer.

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      mark 2 years ago

      I am a Die Hard Browns Fan! I Bleed Brown and Orange! But am Tired of saying next year... I have my Whole Life! We have been a joke sense the Kosar era! But after last year's Draft and trading our fourth pick and passing up Watkins and then the garbage they drafted makes me sick! And do nothing in free agency while all Browns Fans watch all these other teams improve and all the 'Cap Space' we have also makes me sick! And to Think about all the other good players we could have had in last year's draft! I SAY BROWNS FANS NEED TO GO ON STRIKE! STOP BUYING TICKETS AND MAYBE THE WILL THINK ABOUT SPENDING SOME MONEY! AND MAYBE WE WILL SEE A WORTHY PRODUCT ON THE FIELD! The problem is there are too... many Die Hard Fans like Me.. that keeps filling the Stadium with garbage on the field! And saying maybe Next year! I feel bad for the pro bowl players on our team that are still here due to their contract! Maybe we need to stand in front of the Stadium with signs to get the point across! I'm done drinking the kool-aid and saying maybe Next year! Repost if you Agree? We need to get this strike going! Us Browns Fans should rally up in front of the Stadium and have our voices heard! And let the front office know we are off the kool-aid and demand results. With all the cap room we have? Them not using any of it! all it is doing is padding Haslam's pockets. While we keep spending our hard earned money on a losing team. We keep saying next year! While they keep stealing from us! because they know 'come hell or high water' we will fill that Stadium. Repost if you Agree and help get this going!

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      Joshua Ruga 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Larry. I hope you enjoyed it and liked the pick for your team.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow, you really put a lot of work into this. Wonderfully done.

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      Minny Fan 2 years ago

      Did any of these players work today breh?

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      Urc Berry 2 years ago

      I would be bummed out if the Chargers really did draft Flowers right before the Chiefs picked. Would love to see Flowers at RT.

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      Dylan 2 years ago

      Vikings gonna draft Ryan Leaf

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      Moe Lester 2 years ago

      Great article. Landon Collins would be a swell addition to the Eagles piss poor secondary. Roll Tide

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      Lennay Kekua 2 years ago

      I think the Vikings will win the Super Bowl if i'm honest

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      TT 2 years ago from Anywhere

      I completely agree. The depth on the defensive line is insane this year.

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      Joshua Ruga 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for commenting Urc, and nice list.

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      Breh 2 years ago

      Year after year the state of Iowa produces top notch O Lineman

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      Urc Berry 2 years ago

      Past Butkus winners. Has been a remarkably safe pick over the years.

      2014 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA

      2013 – C.J. Mosley, University of Alabama

      2012 – Manti The’o, University of Notre Dame

      2011 – Luke Kuechly, Boston College

      2010 – Von Miller, Texas A&M

      2009 – Rolando McClain, Alabama

      2008 – Aaron Curry, Wake Forest

      2007 – James Laurinaitis, Ohio State University

      2006 – Patrick Willis, Mississippi

      2005 – Paul Posluszny, Penn State

      2004 – Derrick Johnson, Texas

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      dogs 2 years ago

      go vikings

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      Joshua Ruga 2 years ago from New Jersey

      In my last mock draft I had them taking P.J. Williams, but after seeing his performance at the combine, I really think there is only 2 or 3 first round cornerbacks this year. I have three going ahead of the Cowboy's pick, but there will be some quality defensive linemen left on the board when Dallas picks. Michael Bennett from Ohio State being one of them.

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      TT 2 years ago from Anywhere

      I'm a Dallas fan. I have them taking DL or CB