For the first time since 1964 the NFL draft will not be held in New York City, instead the NFL and their fans will head to the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. In MFST’s first mock draft of the season, pass rushers and offensive lineman are the most drafted positions in round one, which comes as no surprise, this draft class is loaded with talent on both lines, along with wide receivers and running backs.

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Which prospect will your team select….

Round 1 NFL Mock DraftDan SchalkDustin Brown
TampaBayBuccaneers2Jameis Winston-QB
Winston is far and away the best quarterback in the draft. He is a proven winner (26-1 record at Florida State) and will instantly turn the Bucs into a potential playoff team in a sub-par NFC South.
Jameis Winston-QB
Winston has shown his abilities as a QB in the NFL Scouting Combine. While he had a couple of inconsistent first-halves of games in 2014, he has a strong arm and should fit in well in Tampa.
Tennessee_TitansLeonard Williams-DE
There has been chatter that the Titans will select Mariota, but I don't buy it. Williams is the best defensive player and will be a force in the NFL for years to come.
Marcus Mariota-QB
Mariota was hoping for a better showing at the combine, but let's face it, the Titans need to draft him because he is an upgrade over Zach Mettenberger. Their are questions about his under-center play, but Mariota is the most athletic quarterback in the draft.
Jacksonville_Jaguars_2013cDanny Shelton-DT
Shelton, like Williams will be a force for many years, and defensive minded coach Gus Bradley knows how important a great defensive line is.
Brandon Scherff-OT
This is not going to be a popular pick, but the Jags offensive line struggled to keep QB Blake Bortles on his feet in 2014. Scherff will fit in on this o-line, and brings a big frame to the Jags.
98704Amari Cooper-WR
The Raiders need to put play-makers around their young franchise quarterback Derek Carr. Cooper is a more polished than Kevin White and should be the pick.
Amari Cooper-WR
Cooper is the best wide receiver in the draft, and he provides a big body with great hands. His speed will cause problems for the other teams in the AFC West, and QB Derek Carr will be thanking management for this draft selection.
WashingtonRedskins2Dante Fowler Jr.-DE
Fowler can go anywhere from pick three to twenty, and whichever team that drafts him will need to develop his physical abilities. The Redskins will attempt to do that.
Leonard Williams-DE
The Redskins lost Brian Orakpo, who signed with the Tennessee Titans, and they need help on the defensive line. Williams is probably the best d-line player in the draft, and he will help the Redskins struggling defense.
New_York_Jets2Marcus Mariota-QB
Mariota could be drafted before this spot if a team wants to mortgage their future for him. I do not think a team will do that, however I do NOT think Mariota sticks with the Jets. A team like the Chargers could move up to this spot for their QB of the future.
Vic Beasley-OLB
Beasley is a brute at linebacker, and he tends to play angry. He is a big hitter with explosive athleticism, but he needs to add some weight and strength in his legs. HC Todd Bowles will be salivating if Beasley is still on the board, and expect the Jets to make this selection.
ChicagoBearsKevin White-WR
The Bears traded away Brandon Marshall to the Jets and need to put a weapon opposite Alshon Jeffery. Kevin White is your man Bears fans.
Shane Ray-DE/OLB
While Chicago could use help at wide receiver, I think they go with Ray here. Having him start opposite of DE Jared Allen, they would be able to pressure the above average to great quarterbacks in the NFC North.
Atlanta_FalconsShane Ray-DE/OLB
Ray is one of my favorite players in this draft, the way he combines his violent play with a fierce pass-rush. The Falcons desperately need a player like Ray.
Dante Fowler Jr.-DE
Fowler is a monster and would help the Falcons defensive line, especially since Osi Umenyiora left. He is a very athletic pass rusher, but has a hard time staying on the field at times due to injuries. He's a tough, athletic specimen that should lessen the need for Atlanta to pump in artificial crowd noise.
New_York_GiantsAndrus Peat-OT
The Giants need o-line help badly, and Peat is my #1 ranked OT. Many "Experts" have Scherff here, but I do not see the talent worthy of a top ten pick.
Landon Collins-SS
The Giants need to address their gaping hole at safety, hence this selection being made here. Collins is the best safety on the board, and will make his presence felt for the Giants defense.
St_Louis_RamsLa'el Collins-OT
The Rams cut Jake Long this past offseason and need to protect whoever will line up at QB for them. Collins potential gets his name called before other highly ranked OT's.
Trae Waynes-CB
The Rams have a decent offense, with the addition of QB Nick Foles, but there defensive backfield struggled last season. Waynes has been jumping up the draft board, and the Rams could use his size and speed to help shutdown the weak quarterbacks on other NFC West teams. He does tend to hold when he gets beat, but that rarely happens.
Minnesota_Vikings_2013_02DeVante Parker-WR
What is better than re-uniting your franchise QB (Bridgewater) with his favorite college receiver. The Vikings need a great WR, and they got their man.
Todd Gurley-RB
What better way to put pressure on Adrian Peterson than to bring in a stud running back. If the Vikings decide to get rid of Peterson, then Gurley can come in and be a bruiser. He's coming off of knee surgery, but he would fit in well with this offense, especially if Peterson sticks around.
ClevelandBrownsRandy Gregory-DE/OLB
Gregory falls outside the top ten due to his failed drug test at the combine. The Browns get a freak athlete that they can hopefully develop into a pro-bowl player. Just don't introduce him to Johnny Football.
Kevin White-WR
Call me crazy for having White fall this far in the first round, but there are so many team needs that should be addressed by teams ahead of Cleveland. White is not the No. 2 wide receiver in the draft, he is the No. 1B behind Amari Cooper. He has size, strength, and soft hands, and would help fill the gap left by WR Josh Gordon and his suspension.
New_Orleans_Saints4Vic Beasley-OLB
The Saints defense was painfully bad last year, and Beasley gives coordinator Rob Ryan with a player that can wreak havoc for opposing quarterbacks.
Randy Gregory-DE/OLB
You can thank his NFL Combine positive test for dropping him slightly, but the Saints couldn't be happier. Gregory is a beast on the edge, and the Saints need help pressuring the athletic quarterbacks in the NFC South. One man's loss is another team's gain.
Miami_DolphinsTrae Waynes-CB
The Dolphins need a shut-down corner and Waynes is the best in the draft. If Waynes lasts this long, the Dolphins will scoop him up.
Devante Parker-WR
This is a sexy pick for the Dolphins, who lost Hartline and Wallace this offseason. Parker is not the strongest receiver, but he has great body control and plays well when covered.
San_Francisco_49ers_PHelmetDorial Green-Beckham-WR
The 49ers need to put some weapons around Kaepernick, especially with the losses of Gore, Stevie Johnson, and likely Michael Crabtree. DGB, while he comes with off-the-field baggage, he can be a number one receiver for Kap.
Arik Armstead-DT
There are so many needs for the 49ers, but with the unknown status of Justin Smith I think they go defensive line here. He can be inconsistent at times when pass rushing, but he should be able to become a monster with the help of Coach Tomsula.
HoustonTexans2Jaelen Strong-WR
The Texans need to replace Andre Johnson. Cecil Shorts was a solid free-agent pickup, but Jaelen Strong is a physical specimen that could develop into Andre Johnson2.0
La'el Collins-OT
The Texans defense played out of their mind in 2014, but they struggled on offense. Collins will provide help on the offensive line, and should help open some bigger holes for Arian Foster, while providing decent pass protection.
SanDiegoChargersBrandon Scherff-OT
If the Chargers stay put at this spot I think they will try and protect Philip Rivers with an offensive lineman. Rumors are rampant that San Diego will go RB, but they have other pressing needs.
Jalen Collins-CB
There have been questions surrounding Collins character and the true reasons as to why he didn't start very much, but he is a solid athlete. With Brandon Flowers signing a one-year deal, this would provide the Chargers the ability to develop and mold Collins, if needed.
Kansas_City_ChiefsLandon Collins-S
Eric Berry is bravely fighting cancer, but the Chiefs have to still play every Sunday, so Collins is the pick. He can come in day one and command respect on an underrated defense.
Jaelen Strong-WR
This is a wild card pick for the Chiefs, but Strong is more than capable of filling Dwayne Bowe's departure in KC. He's 6'4" and knows how to use his body, but doesn't accelerate very quick. He reminds me of Keyshawn Johnson, and will be a great fit as a possession receiver in the NFL.
ClevelandBrowns
(Via Buffalo)
Breshad Perriman-WR
Perriman is climbing draft boards and the Browns need to plan for the Josh Gordon year-long suspension. It starts with one of their two first round picks.
Bernardrick McKinney-ILB
I like this kid from Mississippi State. SEC football provides the ability to watch some of the best defensive players in the country and McKinney is no exception. He can plug the hole, fight off blocks, and cover a tight end running a seam route. He is athletic, and knows how to effectively use his athleticism. He fits the Browns defense perfectly.
Philadelphia_EaglesMarcus Peters-CB
The Eagles have struggled in the secondary since Chip Kelly has been coach. He knows Peters well from his Oregon days (Peters played for rival Washington) and knows how talented he is, even though he is a head-case.
Gerod Holliman-FS
The Eagles secondary suffered last year, but they were able to stay in games due to their offense. I know there have been talks of the Eagles trading up for Mariota, but they would have to give up too much in order to do so. Holliman had 14 interceptions in 2014, and is a ball hawk. He often is compared by scouts as a Jarius Byrd style player, but I think he has a football IQ that is more in line with the likes of Ed Reed.
Cincinnati_BengalsMalcom Brown-DT
The Bengals could use an up-and-coming interior lineman alongside Geno Atkins. Brown will pair nicely in Cincinnati.
Kevin Johnson-CB
The defensive players continue to fly off the board, and the 21st pick is no different. The Bengals defense can be dynamite, but a player like Kevin Johnson would help a lot. He excels in man coverage and can jump out of the building, but he has a thin build which might cause problems in the NFL. He likes to hit, and isn't afraid to draw a flag if it is warranted. He thrives on fear though the hit.
Pittsburgh_SteelersAlvin "Bud" Dupree-OLB
The Steelers are known for having superior edge-rush OLB's and Dupree will be no different. A physical freak, he will need to be groomed at the next level.
Danny Shelton-DT
This guy is a behemoth! He stands at 6'2" and 339 pounds, and can fill the gap. He's a hard-nosed player that would fit into the Steelers defensive game plan of smash-mouth football. He can be inconsistent, and quits at times if he is blocked, but he can stop the run and could cause plays to have to move to the edge.
DetroitLionsTJ Clemmings-OT
The Lions need offensive line help and Clemmings could be the best o-lineman in the draft. Still learning the position Clemmings is raw, but can develop into a special player.
Malcom Brown-DT
Brown's name has bounced around the draft board like he's involved in a game of Plinko. Some have him high, some have him a lot lower, but he goes to Detroit with this pick. He is a physical player with excellent football instincts that has tremendous upside. He could add more muscle to help his power, and needs to work on a secondary pass rush move, but again, he has great upside. Add to that, the loss of Suh from the Lions defensive line, and this is a pick they need to make.
ArizonaCardinals2Todd Gurley-RB
If Gurley's medical exams pass I expect his name to be called first of all RBs, due to his versatility. Gurley could pair nicely with Andre Ellington is Bruce Arians system.
Alvin "Bud" Dupree-OLB
This guy is the perfect example of a linebacker. He hits hard and likes it, can cover in zone and blitz on play-action, and he can jump (42-inch vertical). Arizona likes to use athletic players on offense and defense, and Dupree is exactly that. His instincts are slower than some of the linebackers in the draft, but he is solid otherwise. Ask SEC offenses if you doubt what I am telling you; they will agree 100%.
CarolinaPanthers2012Ereck Flowers-OT
The Panthers offensive line was terrible at times last season, and they cannot afford an injury to Cam Newton. Whichever tackle is highest on their board will be the pick.
Andrus Peat-OT
He went to Stanford, and has a high football IQ. Carolina needs to protect QB Cam Newton better than they did in 2014, and Peat is a great fit. He can run block and pass block, and he understands the playbook when it comes to blocking schemes. Wide rushers can pose problems for him and the NFL is full of them, but he should adjust just fine.
BaltimoreRavensEddie Goldman-DT
The Ravens traded away Haloti Ngata to the Lions in the offseason, and have a need on the interior of their defensive line. Goldman is your prototypical run-stuffer and Ozzie Newsome has shown his love for those guys in the draft.
Melvin Gordon-RB
Gordon almost broke the NCAA rushing record last year, and it was not a fluke. He runs hard and has good vision, and he can kick on the afterburners when he hits the outside. The Ravens re-signed RB Justin Forsett, so this would give Gordon the ability to ease into the NFL pace. It also provides the Ravens a solid running back, who just needs to work on running through the interior holes that the Ravens o-line can provide.
Dallas_Cowboys2Jalen Collins-CB
The Cowboys have started to build-up their defense to match their offensive fire-power. In a pass-happy NFL CBs are needed. The Cowboys have an expensive Brandon Carr who will probably be asked to take a pay-cut, Morris Claiborne coming off a season-ending knee surgery, and there best corner Orlando Scandrick plays best in the slot.
Eddie Goldman-DT
He's a bull-rusher that likes to abuse offensive linemen with his arms and hands. Dallas needs some help on their defensive line, and Goldman could be a part of that equation. He is labeled as an incomplete player, but has the capability of being a force on the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys.
Denver_Broncos2DJ Humphries-OT
Peyton Manning only has a few year's left, tops and protecting him needs to be the Broncos #1 priority. Humphries can play guard or tackle, but wherever he lines up he can keep Manning off of his back.
Denzel Perryman-ILB
Perryman is a linebacker that likes to make offensive players cry with his enormous hits. He is very physical, but his downfall is in his coverage abilities. He is below-average when it comes to man coverage, and he tends to have trouble when it comes to open space. That being said, his physical play is something that the Broncos defense needs.
IndianapolisColtsArik Armstead-DT
Armstead will stop the revolving door of DTs Chuck Pagano has used during his tenure. The Colts could go inside linebacker with a guy like Bernardrick McKinney as well.
Eric Kendrick-ILB
This UCLA product likes to roam sideline to sideline in coverage or in pursuit. He didn't have much of an effect on stopping runners in the backfield or when blitzing, but the Colts don't necessarily need a linebacker that can do that. His size is also a concern, but it all depends on the scheme that he is used in.
GreenBayPackersErick Kendricks-ILB
The Packers also need linebacker help, especially with the loss of AJ Hawk in the offseason. Kendricks has a nose for the ball and can immediately start on the Packers defense.
Maxx Williams-TE
This UCLA product likes to roam sideline to sideline in coverage or in pursuit. He didn't have much of an effect on stopping runners in the backfield or when blitzing, but the Colts don't necessarily need a linebacker that can do that. His size is also a concern, but it all depends on the scheme that he is used in.
New_Orleans_Saints4
(via Seattle)
Clive Walford-TE
The Saints traded away Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks and need to replace him. Walford fits the bill as both a superior receiver and decent blocker. Most have Maxx Williams rated higher, but total package Walford has him beat.
PJ Williams-CB
Williams games reminds me of Darrelle Revis, he can be left alone on an island, great man to man coverage skills. He also enjoys the art of trash talking and exudes confidence in his play. Rob Ryan would love this kid.
New_England_PatriotsCarl Davis-DT
With Vince Wilfork gone, the Patriots need a clog in the middle of their defensive line and Carl Davis will provide that.
Dorial Green-Beckham-WR
The Patriots never seem to struggle on offense, but adding a playmaker of Green-Beckham's caliber wouldn't hurt. Tom Brady will be trying to get a high five after every play with DGB as his receiver. The only issue would be having to face the AFC East defenses, and Brady isn't getting any younger. DGB looks as if he was created right next to Captain America, and he plays like it.

 

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