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Mock draft, version 1.0: Jaguars select …


JACKSONVILLE – It's early. Really early.

At the same time, the nature of the NFL offseason is it's never too early to throw out and/or take a stab and/or throw a dart at mock draft, so here we go …

Throwing, stabbing and darting.

This is version 1.0 of the 2015 mock draft. It isn't to be confused with the countless other mock drafts out there, and it's certainly not to be confused with the real 2015 NFL Draft that will take place in Chicago, Illinois, April 30-May 2.

It's also certainly not to be taken overly seriously.

It is absolutely, positively for entertainment purposes only and with that in mind, we'll get started with the idea that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will go No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That's the idea because that appears to be the consensus right now – two-and-a-half months out – and it makes sense because many observers now see Winston as the more pro-friendly quarterback between he and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

We'll assume, too, for these purposes that the Tennessee Titans also worry about Mariota's ability to adapt to NFL offenses. Assuming that, we'll project Southern California defensive tackle/end Leonard Williams at No. 2 overall to Tennessee.

That brings us to the Jaguars at No. 3 overall.

With the combine still a few days away, most observers have Williams as the best non-quarterback available. So, if Williams was there at No. 3, we'd project him to the Jaguars.

Because he's not, we'll go with Nebraska defensive end/outside linebacker Randy Gregory.

We project him there not because of any public statement or even any public hinting on the matter from Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell, who isn't like to state or hint anything of the kind anytime soon – certainly not publicly.

We project Gregory there because the feeling here is pass rusher/defensive end makes sense for the Jaguars at this stage of the building process. Right now, before the combine, many observers rank Gregory atop the list of draft-eligible pass rushers.

Will that hold after the combine? Stay tuned.

There's a long, long way to go.

Here's v1.0 of the 2015 mock draft:

Selection. Team| Player, Position, School

1.Tampa Bay | Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

2.Tennessee | Leonard Williams, DE/DT, Southern California

3.Jacksonville |Randy Gregory, DE/LB, Nebraska

4.Oakland | Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

5.Washington | Shane Ray, DE/LB, Missouri

6.New York Jets | Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

7.Chicago | Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida

8.Atlanta | Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

9.New York Giants | Landon Collins, S, Alabama

10.St. Louis | La'el Collins, OT, Louisiana State

11.Minnesota | Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

12.Cleveland| Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

13.New Orleans | Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

14.Miami | Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

15.San Francisco | Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

16.Houston | Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

17.San Diego | Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

18.Kansas City| Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

19.Cleveland | Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

20.Philadelphia | T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

21.Cincinnati | Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

22.Pittsburgh | Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

23.Detroit | Melvin Gordon ,RB, Wisconsin

24.Arizona |Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

25.Carolina | Devante Parker, WR, Louisville

26.Baltimore | Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

27.Dallas | Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

28.Denver | Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

29.Indianapolis | Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

30.Green Bay | Bernardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State

31.Seattle | Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

32.New England | Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

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