2015 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers Draft Jameis Winston No. 1 Overall, While Many May Look To Trade Up For Marcus Mariota

The 2015 NFL Draft is still a few months away, as the NFL Scouting Combine has yet to even take place. That still has not prevented anyone from chiming in with their own two cents and creating a mock draft. In fact, many have been updating their own versions for the past few months. While I refuse to stoop to that level simply to inflate ratings, I will release my first mock draft for 2015 after being snowed in for what has seemingly been three straight weeks. Why not, right? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been on the clock since the end of last season, and current signs point to the Bucs taking Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick. If that is the case, look for many teams to look to trade up with a team in the top five to draft Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota. Depending on interest, the last two Heisman Trophy winners could become the top two picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.

But, at least for the purposes of this mock draft, I will not attempt to predict any deals. I will simply lay out the first 32 picks of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Obviously, I reserve the right to change my mind, early and often.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State Seminoles
2. Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon Ducks
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide
4. Oakland Raiders – DaVante Parker, WR, Louisville Cardinals
5. Washington Redskins – Leonard Williams, DT, USC Trojans
6. New York Jets – Randy Gregory, DE,┬áNebraska Cornhuskers
7. Chicago Bears – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa Hawkeyes
8. Atlanta Falcons – Vic Baesley, LB, Clemson Tigers
9. New York Giants – Dante Fowler, LB, Florida Gators
10. St. Louis Rams – La’el Collins, OT, LSU Tigers
11. Minnesota Vikings – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington Huskies
12. Cleveland Browns – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia Mountaineers
13. New Orleans Saints – Shane Ray, DE, Missouri Tigers
14. Miami Dolphins – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford Cardinal
15. San Francisco 49ers – Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington Huskies
16. Houston Texans – Landon Collins, SS, Alabama Crimson Tide
17. San Diego Chargers – Alvin Dupree, DT, Kentucky Wildcats
18. Kansas City Chiefs – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State Seminoles
19. Cleveland Browns – Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas Longhorns
20. Philadelphia Eagles – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State Spartans
21. Cincinnati Bengals – T.J. Cummings, OT, Pittsburgh Panthers
22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
23. Detroit Lions – Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon Ducks
24. Arizona Cardinals – Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)
25. Carolina Panthers – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State Sun Devils
26. Baltimore Ravens – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Huskies
27. Dallas Cowboys – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Bulldogs
28. Denver Broncos – Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota Golden Gophers
29. Indianapolis Colts – Carl Davis, DT, Iowa Hawkeyes
30. Green Bay Packers – Bernardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State Bulldogs
31. Seattle Seahawks – Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn Tigers
32. New England Patriots – Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma Sooners

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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.