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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Consensus mock draft with trades

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Let's explore something new this week, as Raptor and Invictus collaborate to provide you with a mock draft that includes some trade ideas.

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It's mock draft time! As we all know, mocks are more about fun and trying to predict what's impossible. It's an exercise in futility but also help you get accustomed to how different teams think and what type of prospects teams other than the Giants might try and pick.

With that in mind, let's remember that in order to get these prospects, teams will have to trade assets to nab them. So let's try that in this exercise. This was a consensus for each pick between 'Invictus' and 'Raptor', so read on and let us know what you think!

1)

Jameis Winston, QB, FSU I think any mock draft should just slot Winston in for the Bucs. All signs certainly seem to be pointing that way.

2)

trade

The Titans trade the No. 2 overall pick to the Eagles, who select Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon The first and biggest trade. It's no secret that this trade could be in the works. If the price is reasonable, I think the Eagles will pull the trigger. In this case, two first-ounders, a second-rounder, Sam Bradford, and star ILB Mychal Kendricks will net Tennessee a QB, a foundational piece for their 3-4 defense, and multiple picks to help speed up their build. The Eagles get their franchise QB in Marcus Mariota.

3)

Vic Beasley, EDGE, Clemson I'm not a huge fan of Beasley and think this is a bit high for him, but he's an ideal fit for the Jags' LEO position and would be devastating with that front wall they've built.

4)

Leonard Williams, DT, USC Khalil Mack and Leonard Williams on the same team should be illegal. The Raiders continue to build an imposing and violent defense to destroy the AFC West.

5)

trade

The Redskins trade the No. 5 overall pick to the Falcons,who select Dante Fowler Jr., EDGE, Florida Washington GM Scott McLoughan realizes where the Redskins are. They need picks and they need to reload from the failed RGIII trade. Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff is not scared to give up assets for an elite prospect. He did so with Julio Jones and does so again with Dante Fowler Jr., continuing to build that defense and giving new head coach Dan Quinn an angry and aggressive player.

6)

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford Not Brandon Scherff. Not La'el Collins. I think maybe I (IXI) have convinced Raptor that Peat will go higher than most think. Peat has the highest upside of them all, and slotting Peat into the right side could have more of an impact on the Jets than anybody else. Was also considering Amari Cooper.

7)

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Speaking of Cooper, he doesn't wait very long. The Bears realize that an elite talent has fallen and they pounce. Put him opposite Alshon Jeffery, and the erratic Jay Cutler has more weapons to overthrow.

8)

trade

The Falcons trade the No. 8 overall pick and 2016 second-round pick to the Redskins, who select La'el Collins, OL, LSU The Redskins fall a few spots and still get their guy. Plug in La'el Collins at right tackle, a perfect fit for the inside zone running style their offensive line is built for, and watch Alfred Morris rejoice.

9)

trade

The Giants trade the No. 9 overall pick to the Browns, who select Kevin White, WR, WVU I know what you're thinking. Why trade down when a perfectly awesome prospect like Kevin White falls. Well, in this case, the Giants had multiple offers but wanted to drop only a few spots because they had four guys they were seriously considering at this spot and wanted to confirm that at least one landed there. So they take smaller compensation (a third-round pick, which is still great, a top 100 pick in this draft can net you a starter) and let the Browns solve their gaping hole with a selection of Kevin White.

10)

Devante Parker, WR, Louisville All three elite wide receiver prospects fall in short order. Parker will stabilize that wide receiver corps, who currently have time bomb Kenny Britt, disappointment Tavon Austin, and underwhelming Stedman Bailey/Brian Quick. Nick Foles needs better weapons if he is to succeed.

11)

Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa Scherff's up! The Vikings opt to order some Scherff and Turf. They need an upgrade all along the offensive line, and the fact that the powerful OL from Iowa can play multiple positions appealed to them.

12)

trade

The Browns trade the #12 overall pick and their 2015 third-round pick to the Giants who select Alvin 'Bud'Dupree, DE, Kentucky The four prospects that the Giants were considering at No. 9 included Kevin White, Devante Parker, Randy Gregory, and Alvin Dupree. Two of the prospects fell prior to their spot and the Giants opted for the explosive Dupree. He has holes in his game, but he's an athletic freak, has tremendous upside, he's a team captain, and he apparently has killed it on his team interviews. The Giants believe that if they limit the amount of responsibilities that he has and let him be a pass rusher only at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, Dupree willl flourish opposite Jason Pierre-Paul.

13)

Shane Ray, EDGE, Mizzou Nobody has a better get off than Ray in this draft and it will be a welcome addition to a Saints team that seems to have gone all-in on rebuilding that defense.

14)

Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA A shocker? Maybe, but Kendricks is the one elite talent at inside linebacker. Try as I might, 'Invictus' doesn't seem all too many flaws in his game. Let him become the leader of that defense and watch them dominate.

15)

Danny Shelton, DL, Washington Shelton's 340-pound body in that San Francisco defense would be an awfully good fit. Assuming they go with the same 1-gap defense, he'd be a perfect fit.

16)

Randy Gregory, EDGE, Nebraska Gregory's fall ends here. The prospect of Randy Gregory, Jadeveon Clowney, and J.J. Watt on the same team is terrifying.

17)

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin The Chargers would certainly like to keep Philip Rivers as their QB, and he has been at his best with a "Do It All" back behind him. Gordon brings the same kind of dimensions as LaDanian Tomlinson.

18)

Jaelen Strong, WR, ASU The Chiefs' receivers didn't catch a single TD in 2014 ... Having a big, strong, fast receiver with terrific body control should help Alex Smith out a bit.

19)

trade

The Browns trade the 19th overall pick to the Cowboys, who select Malcom Brown, DT, Texas Jerry Jones is not afraid to make a big move to get that missing piece. Granted, their defense has more than a few missing pieces, but adding Greg Hardy and a big-time defensive tackle would go a long way to fixing the problems DeMarco Murray simply covered up.

20)

trade

The Eagles trade the No. 20 overall pick, 2015 second-round pick, 2016 first-round pick, QB Sam Bradford, and ILB Mychal Kendricks to the Titans, who select Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon In this scenario the Titans are going with Sam Bradford as their franchise quarterback. In that case, they absolutely need to protect him, especially in a division with J.J. Watt, Jadaveon Clowney, and Randy Gregory... On the same team. Fisher is a great technician at right tackle in addition to being an exceptional athlete. He should be a great bookend with Taylor Lewan.

21)

Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU Much like Shelton & Brown, Goldman is a big, wide-bodied DT who can move. Pairing that with Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson is an immediate ulcer for offensive coordinators.

22)

Landon Collins, SS, Alabama The Steelers look like they are in a legitimate rebuilding mode on defense. Collins is too good to let fall further and can replace Troy Polamalu as that X-factor safety.

23)

Trae Waynes, CB, MSU The Lions still have a nasty frontt seven and one of the most potentially potent offenses in the league. Now they get that potential shut-down corner they've needed for years.

24)

Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon The Cards defense is changing from last year. A ton. But the prospect of combining Armstead's upside with Calais Campbell is just too good to pass up.

25)

D.J Humphries, OT, Florida D.J.Humphries could be the best offensive tackle in this class, but with all of his tape being at 285 pounds, it could be easy for GMs to talk themselves out of drafting him. But even so, he's a definite upgrade over Michael Oher.

26)

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Justin Forsett made his way out of the friend-zone in Baltimore, but Gurley is just on another level. Healthy, he could be the steal of this draft.

27)

trade

The Cowboys trade the No. 27 overall pick and their 2015 third-round pick to the Browns, who select T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh The Browns finally get to make this pick and they use it to move Mitchel Schwartz inside to guard and take the ultra-high ceiling Clemmings. If this works out it upgrades two positions and maybe gives Cleveland the best OL in the league.

28)

Ereck Flowers, OT,  Miami The Broncos need a guard and a right tackle and Flowers could play both. He might be best used inside, but he'll get his shot at tackle first.

29)

Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Marcus Peters might be the best CB in the draft, but he has some significant baggage. However, the chance to pair him with Vontae Davis is too good to pass up.

30)

Shaq Thompson, ILB, Washington The Packers were probably hoping Kendricks would fall here, but with Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, and Aaron Rodgers putting pressure on offenses, Thompson's knack for game-changing plays could be huge here.

31)

trade

Bills trade 2015 second and fourth-round picks, and a 2016 third-round pick to select Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor Bryce Petty is looking more and more like the third QB in this draft, and the Bills could really use a starting QB. I can't seriously believe that E.J. Manuel or Josh McCown are "The Guy" in Buffalo. Not with the offensive weapons they've accumulated.

32)

Ronald Darby, DB, FSU This is a pure "Belichick" pick. Darby can start immediately at CB and be the best one on the team -- though he is no replacement for Revis. In a couple years he can move to safety when Belichick has used McCourty up.

We wouldn't just trade for a third-round pick and leave you hanging. Like Madden, we "sim'd to end" and provide you with a look at a possible seven-round mock for the Giants if the first round ended up like this. Enjoy!

1)

Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

See explanation above.

2)

Quentin Rollins, FS, Miami (Ohio)

The Giants seem to be content with Taylor, Berhe, and Gordon at safety, but they need more bodies. This former basketball player's was the MAC DPOY in his first year playing college football.

3)

Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

Smith is flying under the radar. He shouldn't. A powerful people mover with good enough feet to play in a ZBS, he'll jump in and compete for right tackle or either guard spot.

3)

Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

We wanted to add another play-maker in case Cruz can't come back and/or Rueben Randle leaves via free agency. Dorsett is a receiver who runs great routes, adjusts to the ball well, and just happens to be a rare athlete. He and Beckham together could frighten defenses out of blitzing.

4)

Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn

With the addition of Kenrick Ellis, the one thing the Giants lacked at DT is a penetrating three technique. Wright has an Aaron Donald like burst off the line of scrimmage and adding him here would present good value and a great need fit.

5)

Hayes Pullard, MLB, USC

When Spags was calling the defense in '07 and '08, his greatest asset was Antonio Pierce's mind. Like his former teammate Devon Kennard, Pullard brings sky-high football IQ, tremendous leadership, and the versatility to play WILL or MIKE.

6)

Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma

A developmental TE in the sixth round who can play special teams. Bell is long and could present a nice red zone threat.

7)

Kyle Emanuel, OLB, North Dakota St.

Quick feet, a strong closing burst, the ability to stack and shed blockers, non-stop motor and a work ethic to make Coughlin satisfied get him drafted, and would make him a very difficult cut.

7)

Andrew East, LS, Vanderbilt

The best long snapper in the draft, nabbing him with one of the last picks in the draft seemed worth it to provide DeOssie (who is coming off a down year) with some competition. You have to save money any way you can, and it could be time to move on from Zak.