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2015 NFL Draft: Day 2 Mock Draft Update

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Nebraska edge defender Randy Gregory should be one of the first players off the board in Round 2. (Photo: Jake Roth — USA Today Sports)

Nebraska edge defender Randy Gregory should be one of the first players off the board in Round 2. (Photo: Jake Roth — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The biggest surprise of the first round of the 2015 NFL draft is that it really wasn’t all that surprising at all. As most draft prognosticators expected going in, the top three picks off the board were Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Florida edge defender Dante Fowler.

All in all, I correctly projected nine of the first 18 picks in my own pre-draft, seven-round mock before closing out my first-round projection with nine of 10 players who are all still on the board heading into Day 2.

Momentum is clearly not on my side as I now re-examine my projections for the rest of the draft, but nonetheless, I have compiled an updated look at how Rounds 2 and 3 of the draft could play out, taking into account both my original predictions but also how the draft has played out so far and which players are still available with Thursday of the draft in the books and Friday of the draft on the horizon.

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Dan Hope’s Final 2015 NFL Mock Draft

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Barring a stunning turn of events, Jameis Winston is set to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. (Photo: Phil Sears — USA Today Sports)

Barring a stunning turn of events, Jameis Winston is set to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. (Photo: Phil Sears — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The wait is finally over. After months of speculation about how the 2015 NFL draft will play out, the pieces will begin falling into place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, when the first round begins.

If the pre-draft rumor mill is any indication, we are in for another draft full of surprises and unpredictability (per usual). While Jameis Winston is widely presumed to be the player the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will draft at No. 1 overall on Thursday night, the Tennessee Titans’ intentions for the No. 2 overall pick—perhaps selecting Marcus Mariota, perhaps selecting a non-quarterback or possibly trading down—remain unclear.

Ultimately, we will find out what happens at No. 2, and what other moves shake up the first round, in less than 24 hours from the time of this post’s publication. Nonetheless, I have taken my final shot at projecting how the top picks in the draft will play out.

These projections are a reflection of what I think will happen in the draft, and not necessarily a reflection of what players I would select at each respective pick. To see which players I would take first in this year’s draft, check out my Top 100 Prospects board.

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2015 NFL Combine Notebook, Day 2: OL/TE Bench Press, QB/RB/WR Weigh-in

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
One of the biggest, longest and strongest offensive linemen at the combine, Miami's Ereck Flowers might be solidifying himself as a first-round pick. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

One of the biggest, longest and strongest offensive linemen at the combine, Miami’s Ereck Flowers might be solidifying himself as a first-round pick. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While the on-field workouts have yet to begin at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, the event is already well underway with interviews, medical evaluations, measurements and as of Thursday, the bench press.

The interviews and medicals might truly be the most important aspects of the combine as a whole, but those of us not employed by NFL teams receive little information on what happens behind closed doors. We can, however, utilize the measurements and workout results to see how the top prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft stack up against one another.

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25 Standouts, 15 Disappointments from the 2015 Senior Bowl

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Clive Walford was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Clive Walford was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Three days of practices and Saturday’s game later, the 2015 Senior Bowl is complete. More than 100 NFL draft hopefuls, including a number of players with a real chance to be first-round picks, participated in this year’s event in an effort to improve their draft stocks.

While the practices are considered to be more important than the game—and all the Senior Bowl activities still are not considered to be as important as what a player showed in his college career—this past week in Mobile will have a real effect on who goes where and when in the draft this April.

In the following rundown, we take a look at which players had the best and worst weeks in Mobile. Note that the following rankings are not a ranking of the order in which these players should be drafted—they are simply indicative of which players helped or hurt themselves the most with their performances at the Senior Bowl.

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2015 Senior Bowl Day 3 Report: Practice Notes and Player Quotes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Thursday was the final day of practices in front of NFL scouts for the 2015 Senior Bowl teams. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Thursday was the final day of practices in front of NFL scouts for the 2015 Senior Bowl teams. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The North and South teams returned to Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Thursday for one final day of Senior Bowl practice, and essentially the players’ final chances to make a good impression or change negative perceptions about them, as most NFL scouts, coaches and personnel executives will have left town long before the game is played on Saturday.

Many of Thursday’s standouts, including USC linebacker Hayes Pullard and Miami tight end Clive Walford, had already performed well on Tuesday and Wednesday and simply furthered their draft stock rises by capping off fantastic weeks. On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson and East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden were among those who failed to take advantage of their opportunities to elevate their draft stocks.

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