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2015 NFL Mock Draft Roundup following declaration deadline

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Most NFL mock drafts have Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota on top.

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We now know who will be eligible to be selected in the 2015 NFL draft. That's because the January 15th deadline has come and gone, and so too has the 72-hour window players get to withdraw their names after that initial deadline.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, 76 players have applied for the draft, and 10 players who will be graduating but who have remaining eligibility also applied. There were six official first-round evaluations this year, and all six players declared. Florio also reports that of the 20 second-round evaluations the draft advisory board issued, 14 entered the draft.

Needless to say, the majority of the top underclassmen declared for this year's draft, as has been the case most years. The first three picks of the draft could very well be underclassmen, with Florida State QB Jameis Winston, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and USC DL Leonard Williams likely to hear their names called.

Most mock drafts have those three in the top five picks. Here is a roundup of what the latest mock drafts are projecting.

Daniel Jeremiah,

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Winston has some immaturity and off-field issues but he has ideal size, arm strength and touch. He's ready to play Day 1.

2. Tennessee Titans -- Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
Gregory is tall, long and explosive. The Titans could take a QB here but could also opt to add more punch to their pass rush.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida
Fowler has an explosive burst, strong hands and he plays with fanatical effort. He'll be a great fit for Gus Bradley's defense.

4. Oakland Raiders -- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
The Raiders need to surround their young QB with weapons. White is complete receiver and his competitiveness is off the charts.

5. Washington Redskins -- Leonard Williams, DE, USC
The Redskins need help in several areas and Williams would be a steal at this spot. He can dominate against both the run and pass.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler

1. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon:

The last time Tampa had the rights to the No. 1 overall pick, the franchise drafted a quarterback (Vinny Testaverde,1987) and it seems likely that the Buccaneers will go a similar direction with the top pick this spring. Mariota will need to transition to a pro-style offense, but all the traits are there for him to develop into a long-term starter in Tampa.

2. TENNESSEE TITANS - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State:

Despite reports that Tennessee is happy with Zach Mettenberger as the starting quarterback moving forward, it will be tough for the Titans to pass up Winston with this pick. There are maturity questions, but his ability on the football field is so impressive for a 20-year old, which is why I think a team will roll the dice on him very early.

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS - Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California:

Jacksonville has drafted offense in the top-five (OT Luke Joeckel, QB Blake Bortles) in the first two years of the David Caldwell era, so the Jaguars' focus turns to defense this year. Williams has terrific movement skills and natural power to be a disruptive force, inside or outside, in Gus Bradley's scheme.

4. OAKLAND RAIDERS - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama:

Last year's second-round pick Derek Carr has done more than enough as a rookie to earn another year as the Raiders' starter, but he needs help, especially at receiver. Cooper doesn't have the size or speed of pass-catchers usually found in the top five, but he knows how to do the two most important things at the position: get open and finish catches.

5. WASHINGTON REDSKINS - Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska:

The Redskins are a mess right now and could go in several directions with this pick, but with Brian Orakpo set to hit free agency, a pass rusher could be high on their wish list. Gregory's functional strength is a question mark, but his hand use, burst and easy change of direction skills are enticing.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang

1. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California:

The Bucs could very well roll the dice on one of the quarterbacks but without a sure franchise passer available, don't be surprised if defensive-minded head coach Lovie Smith pushes for Williams, who could team with Gerald McCoy and Michael Johnson to give Tampa a fearsome front. The 6-5, 290-pound Williams has been my personal top-rated player since October. He is a physical mismatch too quick for interior linemen and too powerful for offensive tackles.

2. TENNESSEE TITANS - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State:

If GM Ruston Webster can work past the off-field issues during pre-draft meetings, the Titans are in need of a long-term solution and Winston has all of the physical tools and on-field leadership traits to warrant a selection this high.

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS - Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska:

The Jaguars' record isn't pretty but head coach Gus Bradley's infectious enthusiasm, a hard-hitting defense and talented rookie quarterback Blake Bortles have this franchise on the upswing. Gregory is well-suited to starring in Bradley's hybrid 4-3 alignment at the LEO defensive end, as he's long (6-5, 242 pounds), explosive and passionate against both the run and pass.

4. OAKLAND RAIDERS - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama:

Derek Carr showed flashes as a rookie of being the young signal-caller capable of turning this franchise around. Adding another weapon for him would be a logical choice, with Cooper ranking as one of the easier projections to the NFL due to his sharp route-running, soft hands and terrific acceleration.

5. WASHINGTON REDSKINS - Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa:

Jay Gruden's success as the play-caller in Cincinnati came with one of the league's biggest offensive lines. He inherited one of the smallest in Washington and there is no question that upgrading the talent there will be an offseason priority. Not everyone sees Scherff (or any offensive lineman this year) as a top 10 talent, but he plays with the grit and physicality Washington is lacking and would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle., Chris Burke

1 MARCUS MARIOTA, QB RS Junior, Oregon

A lot of minds are made up already on Mariota, for better or worse, and that may include some NFL front-office folks. Mariota's detractors no doubt noticed him putting the ball on the deck in Monday's title game (something he does too often) or overthrowing Evan Baylis on a third down to cost the Ducks a touchdown.

The pro-Mariota crowd will point to the number of plays that came from him moving the pocket, all while keeping his eyes downfield, as well as the times he made rapid work of his progressions.

The current scouting report lies somewhere in between, though certainly closer to the positive end of the spectrum. He remains the No. 1 pick here because of the near-complete package of pure talent coupled with his advancements as a passer and a leader.

One more note to remember here: Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich spent eight years as quarterbacks coach for the Bucs' new offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter. Tampa Bay will get a very detailed breakdown of Mariota's pros and cons.

2 RANDY GREGORY, DE/OLB RS Junior, Nebraska

If you have read any of our more recent mocks, a lot of the top-10 picks will look familiar. A pass-rusher remains one of Tennessee's glaring needs headed into the offseason, and Gregory's athleticism and versatility would provide just that. Gregory has drawn some mixed reviews himself, with Mel Kiper Jr. noting Gregory could "slide a bit."

Maybe, but the 22-year-old Cornhusker is just scratching the surface on his potential. Once he refines his game, he could be close to unstoppable.


One of the main reasons Ndamukong Suh is on the verge of a massive, perhaps record-setting deal is that dominant interior defensive linemen are rather rare. Williams could join 2014 draft pick Aaron Donald in wasting no time joining the NFL's elite at that position. Better yet, Williams can line up at a number of spots, so Gus Bradley would maintain his desired flexibility up front.

4 AMARI COOPER, WR Junior, Alabama

It's tough to narrow down the options Oakland may have, three months away from the draft. Aside from trying to trade back, the two likeliest should be: 1.) Nabbing whichever prospect sits atop their board at receiver; or 2.) Continuing to stockpile young defensive talent by drafting an edge-rusher. Cooper remains the pick at this spot for the time being, thanks to his immediate plug-and-play potential.


In a draft class swimming with pass-rushing talent, Washington could nab one of the better prospects, particularly if Brian Orakpo's D.C. days are done. Scherff is the choice at No. 5 instead due to Washington's dire need along a porous offensive line. The Iowa mauler might be best off at right tackle or guard, but he could provide help anywhere outside of center.

Dan Kadar, SB Nation's Mocking the Draft

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DE/DT, Southern California

4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

5. Washington: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Walter Football

1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

2 Tennessee Titans: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

3 Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC

4 Oakland Raiders: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska

5 Washington Redskins: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri