Round 1
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  • What he brings: Winston is one of the best prospects we've evaluated the last 10 years at the skills that translate to the NFL level, including making pro-style reads, going through progressions and throwing with anticipatory accuracy. He is also a good on-field leader. The concern with him has to do with his off-field behavioral and maturity issues.

    How he fits: New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter does an excellent job of adapting his scheme to his personnel, and he knows how to make in-game -- as well as week-to-week -- adjustments. He will put Winston in position to succeed without asking too much of him early, but he prefers to run an up-tempo, no-huddle offense, so he will likely move toward that once Winston gets acclimated to the offense and his teammates. There's a lot to like from the personnel standpoint, as well. Wide receiver Mike Evans is a big target who wins 50-50 balls, much like Kelvin Benjamin did for Winston in 2013, plus tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a talented receiver whom Koetter is expected to feature. Seferian-Jenkins gives Winston a potential playmaker over the middle.

  • What he brings: Mariota has prototypical size, outstanding intangibles and football intelligence, and rare athleticism for a QB. He has a strong arm, a quick release, and he is very accurate when throwing on the run. His ability to improve his accuracy and overall efficiency on throws that require anticipation - as he transitions from Oregon's up-tempo spread system to an NFL offense -- will be critical to his success.

    How he fits: Mariota doesn't fit the mold of prototypical pocket passers -- such as Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger -- with whom head coach Ken Whisenhunt has had past success. Whisenhunt will have to adapt his philosophies toward Mariota's dual-threat skill set early on by consistently using his mobility and changing the launch point as he develops as a pocket passer. The best-case scenario is if Tennessee is able to get quality play from second-year quarterback Zach Mettenberger early on, providing Mariota some time to sit, watch and hone his craft.

  • What he brings: Fowler is the best all-around edge defender in this draft class. He doesn't have the elite first-step quickness of Shane Ray or Vic Beasley, but he's a smoother all-around athlete and has more power as a pass-rusher. He does a good job setting the edge against the run, has a good motor and is versatile enough to play either on the line or in space as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

    How he fits: Fowler will be used as the LEO within head coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Bob Babich's hybrid system. He will be asked to play multiple roles both from a two- and three-point stance. Fowler has shown the versatility to fill this role both defending the run and adding a pass-rushing presence off the edge.

  • What he brings: Cooper is as polished a receiver as you'll see coming out of the college game, with outstanding separation skills and route-running savvy. He suffers from the occasional focus drop but for the most part has excellent ball skills, and he's a good runner after the catch. He's something of a cross between Jordy Nelson and Roddy White.

    How he fits: After failing to have a 700-yard receiver last year, the Raiders fill a need while also getting strong value here. Cooper will immediately provide second-year QB Derek Carr with a reliable option who can both create separation underneath and offer vertical capabilities within offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's system that implements a lot of play-action.

  • What he brings: He has below-average length for an NFL tackle, which raises questions as to whether he'll be able to hold up against speed rushers. But we wouldn't count out his chances of making it as an NFL tackle, and at worst he projects as an excellent guard. He has very good strength and quickness, and he's the toughest offensive lineman in the 2015 class. He's a tone-setter with a nasty disposition.

    How he fits: Washington had one of the worst offensive lines in the league last year, so it has done well to add one of the best offensive line coaches in the league in Bill Callahan and the best offensive linemen in the draft in Scherff. It's a little unclear where Scherff will line up, considering guard is a pressing need and 2014 third-round pick Morgan Moses struggled at right tackle last year, but Scherff should be a day-one starter regardless of where he plays.

  • What he brings: The best all-around defender in this class, Williams' ideal position fit is as a 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 front, but he has the versatility to create mismatches at multiple spots along the D-line. He is an outstanding run defender who also has good quickness, strength and a variety of moves as a pass-rusher. He has a good motor and plays with an edge.

    How he fits: Williams is strictly a value pick here, he's our top-rated defensive prospect. He adds immediate depth as a 5-technique behind Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, who has been on the trading block. Williams also has the versatility to line up in multiple spots along the defensive line, giving first-year head coach Todd Bowles the flexibility to jump into a four-man front when necessary.

  • What he brings: White still needs more refining as a route runner, but he can create late separation with his size and strength and has very good straight-line speed for a player 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. He struggled to catch the ball at times in 2013 but displayed outstanding ball skills last season. His best trait is his ability to win one-on-one battles vertically and in the red zone.

    How he fits: New offensive coordinator Adam Gase's timing offense requires precise route runners -- and that's one area in which White needs to improve -- but he fills the void created by trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets. Similar to Marshall, White will provide a downfield matchup problem with his size, strength and ability to create late separation, and combined with Alshon Jeffery continue to provide big play-ability outside the hashes for Jay Cutler.

  • What he brings: He was an incredibly productive college player who then blew the doors off the combine with an outstanding workout. His first-step quickness as a pass-rusher is elite, he's a sideline-to-sideline run defender and he has playmaking instincts. But the complete lack of a power element to his game is a major concern.

    How he fits: Beasley will be used in the hybrid LEO role within head coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Richard Smith's hybrid base 4-3 scheme. Beasley will play in both a two- and three-point stance. where Smith will look to get him one-on-one matchups in passing situations to help improve a pass-rush that was tied for 30th in the league with 22 sacks.

  • What he brings: He has outstanding size and length for the position to go with very good power along with good quickness for his size. He has some work to do on his hand placement and technique, but overall he's an effective blocker with excellent toughness and intangibles. He's most likely a right tackle in the NFL but could develop into a left.

    How he fits: Second-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system requires a quality run/pass balance. Flowers is one of the better inline blocking tackles in this class and immediately upgrades the New York's size and power on the front line. Flowers will potentially start his career inside at guard before making the transition outside as either a right or left tackle.

  • What he brings: Durability is a concern with Gurley, as he's coming off of a torn ACL. But if he can stay healthy he could wind up as one of the best players in this entire class. He's a downhill runner with elite power and balance to go with outstanding breakaway speed. The most underrated part of his game is his pass-catching ability - he has very good hands and is quick to accelerate upfield after the catch.

    How he fits: Gurley is strictly a value pick here. Having played against Marshawn Lynch twice a year, coach Jeff Fisher knows what having a dynamic, big-play runner like Gurley can do for an offense. While Gurley likely won't be fully healthy until the second half of the 2015 season, he will provide a workhorse for first-year offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, who holds a run-to-set-up-the-pass philosophy.

  • What he brings: He has some tightness in his movement skills in coverage, but he makes up for it with elite top-end speed and excellent technique. He played most of his snaps in press-man coverage at Michigan State, and is likely best-suited for a similar role or Cover 2 in the NFL. He's aggressive and physical in run support.

    How he fits: Head coach Mike Zimmer and defensive coordinator George Edwards run aggressive man schemes and value physical press corners with the ability to reroute receivers, making Wayne an excellent fit here. He has all the tools and the technique to push aging free-agent signing Terrence Newman for a starting role on the outside and develop into an ideal complement to 2013 first-round pick Xavier Rhodes.

  • What he brings: He's a prototypical two-gap nose tackle with a thick frame and excellent power. He commands double teams and makes plays against the run, and is an improving pass-rusher who can push the pocket and is light on his feet for a 339-pound nose tackle. He plays with an edge and good effort and stamina for a guy his size.

    How he fits: Shelton adds size and depth to the interior defensive line and is arguably the best run-stopping defensive lineman in this class. He is insurance for DT Phil Taylor, who is coming off of knee surgery and entering a contract year. Shelton is a quality fit in defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil's hybrid scheme and should immediately help a Browns run defense that allowed a league-high 141.6 yards per game.

  • What he brings: He has all the physical tools to be a successful NFL left tackle, with good length and upper-body strength to go with quick feet. He's a very good run-blocker with good power and a quick first step, and he generally shows good recognition skills. We would have liked to have seen more of a nasty side from him at Stanford.

    How he fits: Offensive tackle doesn't appear to be a pressing need at first glance, but left tackle Terron Armstead has had some problems staying healthy and Peat is an excellent value at this point. The Saints could also kick Peat or one of their other tackles inside to guard, where they have a pressing need.
  • What he brings: He doesn't have elite quickness and struggles to separate from coverage on quick-hitting routes, but he's a legitimate vertical threat because he can create late separation with his good top-end speed, length, body control and leaping ability. He has good overall ball skills and was very productive at Louisville, particularly on deep routes.

    How he fits: The Dolphins fill a need here and continue to add weapons, attempting to aid the development of QB Ryan Tannehill. Parker provides a wide catch radius and big-play target outside the hashes next to WRs Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills, who will likely line up in the slot.

  • What he brings: Gordon possesses excellent vision and patience as a runner, then does a great job of quickly accelerating through the hole once it opens, and watching the second level to exploit cutback lanes. He'll win most foot races once he's in the open field. He needs to improve his ball security as well as his pass-protection and pass-catching abilities.

    How he fits: The Chargers were battered by injuries at running back last year, including Ryan Matthews (who is now with Philadelphia). Gordon provides a major upgrade over Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver and has the skill set to fit within both a zone- and man-blocking system, which first-year offensive coordinator Frank Reich will utilize.

  • What he brings: He has the best movement skills of any cornerback in this class, holding up well in press-man, off-man and zone coverages. He can get out-muscled by bigger receivers at times and have trouble getting off blocks in run defense due to his lean frame, so he could afford to get stronger.

    How he fits: Johnson will add depth behind Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph on the outside. He is a strong fit here with the versatility to line up in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's scheme, which requires cornerbacks to line up in multiple roles, including both zone and man technique.

  • What he brings: He is an outstanding run defender with his elite combination of size, length and power. He didn't produce much as a pass-rusher but offers good upside in that area, and he was much more disruptive at moving quarterbacks off their spots than his low sack totals would indicate. His motor was a little up and down at Oregon.

    How he fits: Justin Smith's decision whether or not to retire will have a big impact here. The 49ers also signed Darnell Dockett, and 2013 second-round pick Tank Carradine could take the next step this year. However, the 34-year-old Dockett is coming off a season-ending ACL injury, and Carradine, who sat out his rookie season recovering from his own ACL injury, played in only nine games last year. In addition, Armstead's ability to anchor against the run at 5-technique and reduce inside to rush the passer makes him a good fit for new defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, who values versatility.

  • What he brings: His behavioral history is a major concern. He was dismissed from the UW football program in 2014 after several incidents including run-ins with coaches. But based purely on the tape he might be the best cornerback in this class, with very good athletic ability, size strength and playmaking instincts. He's best in press coverage.

    How he fits: This is strictly a value pick here. Coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey felt the risk was worth the reward regarding Peters' character concerns. Peters is a perfect fit in defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's system that utilizes a heavy dose of press-man technique. Peters is a projection pick who fills the potential void of CB Sean Smith, who is entering a contract year.

  • What he brings: Erving excelled at center after moving over from left tackle midway through the 2014 season. He's a great athlete for the center position with his length and quickness, and his versatility to play multiple spots along the line is a huge asset. He's a good run-blocker but even better in pass protection.

    How he fits: Erving adds depth and, most importantly, versatility along the offensive line. He will likely start his career at right guard next to OC Alex Mack and OG Joel Bitonio, giving the Browns one of the better offensive lines in the league. This also is in an attempt to continue to enhance the run game and take pressure off of QB Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel, whoever starts behind center.

  • What he brings: He doesn't have elite explosiveness, but he's a smooth and sudden athlete with good route-running ability to gain separation from coverage. He'll never be a big-play threat on contested catch situations, but he's a quick and decisive runner after the catch and as a returner. He has the versatility to fill multiple roles in an offense.

    How he fits: The Eagles fill one of their most pressing needs with this pick, and though Agholor is the No. 2 receiver left on our board at this point, he's a safer pick than UCF's Breshad Perriman. Agholor's ability to line up on the outside, work out of the slot and even work out of the backfield will make it easier for Chip Kelly to create favorable matchups without having to make substitutions. He also bolsters an already strong Eagles return game.
  • What he brings: Ogbuehi is recovering from a torn ACL, but he has very good natural tools for the offensive tackle position. He has an outstanding combination of length and quickness, including excellent mobility as a zone blocker, and he has very good awareness.

    How he fits: Ogbuehi is a pick for the future, as LT Andrew Whitworth will turn 34 this season and both he and RT Andre Smith are entering contract years. This is ideal scenario for Ogbuehi, who doesn't have to play right away this season and can be patient rehabbing his knee injury.

  • What he brings: Dupree is an elite athlete who has great range against the run and the ability to drop in coverage as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He offers upside as a pass-rusher due to his raw tools, but he needs to add polish in terms of his moves and finishing ability. He also needs to get more consistent at the point of attack.

    How he fits: With Jarvis Jones off to a slow start to his career and James Harrison already 37 years old, the Steelers fill value and need here with Dupree at outside linebacker in Keith Butler's 3-4 scheme. The Steelers are hoping Dupree can help inject a pass-rushing presence off the edge for a Pittsburgh team that notched just 33 sacks last year, its lowest total since 1989.

  • What he brings: He's a relentless pass-rusher with elite first-step quickness, snap anticipation and overall instincts. His range against the run is outstanding, and he does a great job of locating the ball. The concerns we have with him are the lack of a significant power element in his game, the fact that he'll struggle against bigger, stronger OTs, and his lack of experience dropping in coverage.

    How he fits: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips inherited two of the best edge rushers in business in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware (whom he coached in Dallas). However, Miller is scheduled to hit free agency following the 2015 season, and Ware, who turns 33 in July, underwent elbow surgery last year. If Ray can get and stay healthy, stay out of trouble off the field and develop into a productive pass-rusher as expected, it will have been worth it to trade up and get him.

  • What he brings: He might have the best movement skills of any offensive tackle in this class, and he's best-suited for a team that runs a zone-blocking scheme that takes advantage of that quickness and athleticism and masks his lack of ideal power, particularly as a run-blocker.

    How he fits: This is an intriguing pick considering Arizona allowed just 28 sacks last year, the team's fewest since 2009 (26). Plus, the Cardinals need to improve their ground game and upgrade over right offensive tackle Bobby Massie. Humphries is a left tackle who is better in pass protection than he is run blocking, so it will be interesting to see of the Cardinals move Jared Veldheer to the right side. Humphries isn't a bad value at this point, though, and the Cardinals needed to address an offense that finished 24th in scoring last year.

  • What he brings: He's a tremendously versatile player after playing linebacker, safety and even some running back at Washington. He lacks ideal size as a linebacker but is an excellent mover in space who can cover sideline to sideline against the run. He's also a good tackler and has above-average man-to-man coverage skills against running backs and tight ends.

    How he fits: Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott can play Thompson at linebacker when he goes to his nickel package, as he often does, and line up Thompson at safety in run-heavy situations. Thompson should also strengthen Carolina's special teams, and he could fill in at running back in an emergency. However, Carolina has more pressing needs, and Thompson doesn't have a natural position fit at the NFL level, making him significant reach at this point.
  • What he brings: On the one hand, Perriman is an outstanding big-play threat with his combination of size and speed, and he brought down a lot of really difficult catches on 50-50 balls. On the other hand, his 14 percent college drop percentage is a major red flag when combined with the issues he had catching some routine passes on tape. The upside is there with him, but so is the risk.

    How he fits: After losing Torrey Smith to San Francisco, the Ravens were in dire need of finding a big-play, vertical threat on the outside. Perriman fits the bill, as his size-and-speed combination tailor very well with QB Joe Flacco's arm under first-year offensive coordinator Mark Trestman, who likes to dial up plenty of vertical shots off of play-action.
  • What he brings: His elite athleticism was on display at the combine with his ridiculous broad and vertical jump results. His anticipation and recognition skills are just average, but his size, fluidity and range make up for it. There are a lot of tools to work with here. He could play either corner or free safety at the next level.

    How he fits: Dallas fills one of its most pressing needs and adds a player who fits its scheme in Jones, who is a good value at this point. Jones has the size and range to excel in defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's Cover 2 looks, in addition to the fluidity to hold up when Marinelli mixes in man looks.
  • What he brings: He started all 52 games of his career at right guard. So if you're drafting Tomlinson, you're drafting a right guard. He's not a great athlete but is the best of this year's guard class, and he's a very powerful run-blocker with road-grader capabilities.

    How he fits: The Lions have a pressing need at guard, and Tomlinson, who is the best pure guard on our board, is a plug-and-play starter. Still, it's hard to be overly complimentary about this pick. Taking Tomlinson, who projected as a late-second-round pick based on our evaluation, this early is a reach. It's also somewhat surprising they didn't address the defensive tackle position, considering that it's also a need and Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown was still on the board.
  • What he brings: Dorsett is one of the fastest receivers in this class with elite acceleration off the line, very good quickness in and out of breaks, the rare ability to accelerate off of cuts and the top-end speed to out-run most defenders. He's also a very natural pass-catcher. He needs to refine his route-running technique.

    How he fits: After adding WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore in free agency, general manager Ryan Grigson continues to surround Andrew Luck with weapons. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton now has a pair of speedsters on the perimeter in Dorsett and T.Y. Hilton -- and both can also line up in the slot. Dorsett also eases concerns over the potential loss of Hilton, who is entering a contract year and might not be able to be retained with Luck's big contract looming.

  • What he brings: He is the best pure coverage safety in this draft, and he could split time between free safety and nickel corner in the NFL. He has the quickness to hold up on underneath routes and the deep speed to recover from a missed step. He's a playmaker. His range and effort in run support are very good, but he needs to improve against the run overall.

    How he fits: Safety isn't a pressing need, but Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers runs a lot of sub packages and Randall is a tweener safety/corner who projects best at nickelback. He adds much-needed depth to a secondary that lost corners Tramon Williams and Davon House this offseason.

  • What he brings: His recognition skills are a work in progress, as is his technique. But he has very good pop as a tackler and rare straight-line speed for his size that allows him to make a lot of plays outside the tackle box and when tracking down ball carriers from behind.

    How he fits: New Orleans had to strengthen the defensive front after finishing 29th in rushing defense last year, and playing the run is what Anthony does best. The Saints traded for Dannell Ellerbe, but he's not an upgrade over Curtis Lofton, whom the Saints made a cap casualty (plus Ellerbe and David Hawthorne both had to take pay cuts). With that in mind, the expectation should be that Anthony is a Week 1 starter.

  • What he brings: He is very stout against the run, with good power and technique, and he has the versatility to play multiple roles in multiple defensive fronts. He also plays with very good effort. He's just an average pass-rusher at this point, as he lacks the ideal first-step quickness to penetrate gaps and need to rely upon his power.

    How he fits: The Patriots were very fortunate to have Brown fall to them at 32. With longtime NT Vince Wilfork departing for Houston via free agency and 2014 first-round pick Dominique Easley coming off of another knee injury, Brown helps solidify a big need on the interior, while also being a strong fit as New England continues to transitions to a primary base 4-3 front.