2015 NFL Mock Draft: Identifying Ideal Picks for Every 1st-Round Team

February 28, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When the college football season ended, NFL draft season officially began.
The whole process grows tiring the closer it gets to late April/early May. January through March is the sweet spot because fans can see which prospects are improving or hurting their stock at the Senior Bowl and scouting combine.
It's also early enough that the constant sniping from anonymous coaches and scouts doesn't dominate the discussion.
A lot can change between now and April 30, but this is an early look at how the first round might unfold.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Jameis Winston is beginning to creep into the No. 1 spot on a few experts' boards. In terms of pure passing ability, he's arguably better than Marcus Mariota, and the transition to an NFL-style offense won't be as rough.
However, Mariota is more than just a product of his system. He's a strong thrower with impressive accuracy. Plus, Derek Carr seamlessly made the transition fr...

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