Seattle Seahawks

2015 NFL mock draft: First round as predicted by Seahawks writer Gregg Bell

Buccaneers Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St. Why not go all-in on the gamble for local talent over red flags? Tampa Bay doesn’t have much more to lose so they take Winston, above.
Titans Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon No way Zach Mettenberger is Tennessee’s long-term franchise QB … is he?
Jaguars Leonard Williams, DE, USC Gus Bradley spent his first two drafts focused on offense. Time for the best defensive talent at a premium position.
Raiders Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama As long as there’s a Davis (now Mark) owning this team, the infatuation with deep-running receivers will remain.
Redskins Danny Shelton, DT, Washington RGIII? Another QB? None of that will matter until a massive overhaul of a dreadful defense happens — starting here.
Jets Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida QB is their first need, but the two guys they’d want here will be long gone. Pass rush is need No. 2.
Bears Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson Former 49ers coordinator Vic Fangio arrives to implement a 3-4 defense for John Fox. Beasley rips it off the edge.
Falcons Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon If head man Dan Quinn doesn’t start his new regime with defense, what was he doing in Seattle these past two seasons?
Giants Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska Considered draft’s best pass rusher. Boneheaded marijuana positive test at combine will scare off some, but not needy NY.
Rams Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford Their D-line is stacked. So time to protect their latest heir to Sam Bradford at QB.
Vikings Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin A reach? Not if Adrian Peterson has indeed played his last game for Minnesota.
Browns DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville Josh Gordon’s latest suspension = big need for immediate help at WR. Teddy Bridgewater will lobby for Vikes to take him first, though.
Saints Brandon Scherff, OT/G, Iowa Saints offensive line got ransacked last year. Scherff can play all over.
Dolphins Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State Miami will love his size covering receivers while trying to keep its in-flux offense in low-scoring games.
49ers Shane Ray, DE, Missouri Age has caught up to San Francisco’s defensive line. Ray will instantly make Niners fresher, faster up front.
Texans Kevin White, WR, West Virginia When one of your best passing targets is league defensive MVP J.J. Watt, it’s time to get a top-line receiver.
Chargers La’el Collins, OT/G, LSU Does San Diego get help on its defensive line here instead?
Chiefs Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State K.C. doesn’t remember who its last WR to catch a TD pass was. Strong was a star at the combine, so his secret is out.
Browns(from Bills) Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas Why a consensus All-American DT? Cleveland was last in stopping the run last season (142 yds per game allowed).
Eagles Marcus Peters, CB, Washington If anyone says they know what Chip Kelly will do with this pick they are lying, but covering people remains an issue.
Bengals Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami Both of their starting tackles become free agents after this season.
Steelers Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio) Pittsburgh’s defense is older than its bridges and rivers. So Steelers turn to QB Ben Roethlisberger’s former school for help.
Lions Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma Ndamukong Suh’s exit leaves a mammoth hole in Detroit’s front. A 6-foot-6, 335-pounder with athleticism of a RB will do.
Cardinals Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky Some say RB here, but Arizona’s defense and pass rush were not the same last season.
Panthers T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt If they don’t draft a stout blocker here, quarterback Cam Newton may quit.
Ravens D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida Stock has shot waaaaay up since the combine.
Cowboys Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia DeMarco Murray’s departure sways Jerry Jones to take the biggest risk of the draft so far. Gurley’s yet to play since major knee surgery.
Broncos Cameron Erving, OT/G, Florida State As long as Peyton Manning’s there, protecting him will be priority No. 1.
Colts Landon Collins, SS, Alabama Run stopper supreme some liken to Kam Chancellor.
Packers Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA Green Bay’s middle has softened, and A.J. Hawk is now gone to Cincinnati. Kendricks is this draft’s top-rated inside LB.
Saints(from Seahawks) Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State Seahawks will gladly call Jimmy Graham their first-round pick. Saints will gladly improve their horrid defense.
Patriots Carl Davis, DT, Iowa Need a replacement for DT Vince Wilfork.

gregg.bell@thenewstribune.com

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