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NFL Mock Draft 5.0: San Diego Chargers Trade for No. 2 Pick

Officially, the clock isn't ticking for any team just yet, but it is on the amount of time fans have to wait until the start of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday.

All month long, Brendan Cassidy has been releasing his own mock drafts, predicting each pick and any potential trades in the first round. On Monday, Cassidy appeared on Football Nation's "Monday Morning Huddle", in order to help host Dave Holcomb break down the entire NFL Draft.

For this mock draft, both Cassidy and Holcomb decided to collaborate, alternating picks through the first 32 picks. Cassidy took the odd numbered picks, and Holcomb had the even numbers selections.

There was also two trades, one of which was the San Diego Chargers sending five-time Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers to the Tennessee Titans for the No. 2 overall pick. Find out the other trade and all 32 first-round picks below.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14): Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Florida State

Winston is the best quarterback in this draft class and fills a huge need for the Buccaneers. It would be a major draft day shocker if the Buccaneers go somewhere else with the first overall pick.

TRADE: Titans trade first round pick (second overall) and fifth round pick to the Chargers for quarterback Philip Rivers and first round pick (17th overall)

2. San Diego Chargers (9-7): Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Oregon

Mariota has perhaps the biggest upside in the draft, especially at the quarterback position. Unlike Winston, there is no off the field risk, Mariota solves the Chargers quarterback issue after trading away Rivers, and it gives the franchise an identifiable player for its move to LA.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13): Leonard Williams, Defensive End, USC

The Jaguars get the best player in this draft at third overall. Fowler would fill more of a need as a pass rushing specialist, however, Williams' talent is too much for Gus Bradley to pass up. He will be a true difference maker at the next level.

4. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Derek Carr showed promise as a rookie quarterback with very little help. The Raiders land the best receiver in the draft in hopes of building the next great passing duo in the league.

5. Washington (4-12): Dante Fowler Jr., Outside Linebacker, Florida

The Redskins fill a huge need by getting an edge rusher in Fowler. Fowler is considered by most as the top pass rusher in this draft and can make an immediate impact as a rookie.

6. New York Jets (4-12): Trae Waynes, Cornerback, Michigan St.

Todd Bowles goes defense with his first pick as head coach and gets a team need at cornerback to solidify the side opposite Darrelle Revis.

7. Chicago Bears (5-11): Danny Shelton, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Bears have been one of the worst teams at stopping the run the last few years. Enter Shelton who is a massive defensive tackle that will plug the middle of the field in Chicago's new 3-4 defense.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-10): Vic Beasley, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

The Falcons finished 30th in the league with 22 sacks last season. New head coach Dan Quinn upgrades the pass rush with one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft.

9. New York Giants (6-10): Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia

Wide receiver isn't the biggest need of the Giants, but the value of Kevin White at ninth overall is too much to pass up. White has a rare combination of speed and size that will make him a formidable receiver at the next level.

10. St. Louis Rams (6-10): Brandon Scherff, Iowa, Offensive Guard/Tackle

The Rams get perhaps the best and most versatile offensive lineman in the draft, which is great value at No. 10, to protect Jeff Fisher's new quarterback, Nick Foles.

11. Minnesota Vikings (7-9): Todd Gurley, Running Back, Georgia

One of the biggest surprises of the draft, the Vikings take Gurley with their first round pick. Could the writing be on the wall for long time Vikings star Adrian Peterson?

12. Cleveland Browns (7-9): DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver, Louisville

Cleveland fills its biggest need on offense, signaling the franchise is finally giving up on the always suspended wideout Josh Gordon.

13. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Bud Dupree, Linebacker, Kentucky

The Saints improve their below average defense by getting one of the top pass rushers in this draft. Dupree would give them a much needed threat to get to the quarterback.

14. Miami Dolphins (8-8): T.J. Clemmings, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

The Dolphins continue to provide more protection for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been sacked 104 times in the last two seasons.

15. San Francisco 49ers (8-8): Arik Armstead, Defensive End, Oregon

The 49ers add an infusion of talent to a depleted defense. Armstead is extremely talented and versatile and could make an immediate impact as a rookie.

16. Houston Texans: (9-7): Jaelen Strong, Wide Receiver, Arizona St.

With the franchise's all-time best receiver, Andre Johnson, leaving for division rival Indianapolis, the Texans draft Strong to line up opposite of up-and-coming receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

17. Tennessee Titans (from San Diego) (2-14): Breshad Perriman, Wide Receiver, UCF

The Titans secured their franchise quarterback with their blockbuster trade earlier in the draft. They now get Rivers a much needed weapon in Perriman who is the fastest wide receiver in this draft.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7): La'El Collins, Offensive Tackle, LSU

The Chiefs upgrade their offense line, which regressed last season after being one of the best in the NFL two years ago when Kansas City won 11 games.

19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) (7-9): Randy Gregory, Outside Linebacker, Nebraska

Gregory is one of the most talented players in the draft, yet drops to character issues. He can make an immediate impact for the Browns young up-and-coming defense.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Phillip Dorsett, Wide Receiver, Miami

With the Eagles staying put and not trading up to draft Mariota, Philadelphia desperately needs to upgrade their receiving core or its the Rams all over again for Sam Bradford. Dorsett is a nice start to coach Chip Kelly rebuilding his outside weapons.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1): Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle, Stanford

The Bengals could use an infusion of young talent on their offensive line. Peat is very raw, however, if groomed properly could become one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL. Very boom or bust pick.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): Landon Collins, Safety, Alabama

There will never be another Troy Polamalu, but Collins is the best safety available and is a great value pick at No. 22. Similar to Polamalu, Collins is a tone-setter who tackles well and will really help out a depleted Steelers secondary.

23. Detroit Lions (11-5): Malcom Brown, Defensive Tackle, Texas

After losing both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency, the Lions need to address the defensive tackle position. Brown is one of the top defensive tackles in this draft and would most likely start as a rookie alongside veteran Haloti Ngata.

24. Arizona Cardinals (11-5): Melvin Gordon, Running Back, Wisconsin

A lack of running game, mostly due to Andre Ellington's injury, helped lead to the Cardinals demise in the second half last season. Gordon is a playmaker that will complement Ellington well.

25. Carolina Panthers (7-8-1): D.J. Humphries, Offensive Tackle, Florida

The Panthers solidify their offensive line by grabbing Humphries. Humphries will add some youth and talent to a line to help protect franchise quarterback Cam Newton.

26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Shane Ray, Defensive End, Missouri

The Ravens might get the steal of the draft as Ray hasn't slipped past the first half of the first round in most mock drafts. Ray gives the Ravens yet another dominant pass rusher.

TRADE: Cowboys trade their first-round pick (27th overall) to the Vikings for running back Adrian Peterson and sixth-round pick

27. Minnesota Vikings (7-9): Marcus Peters, Cornerback, Washington

The Vikings make the blockbuster trade and shed Peterson's monster salary in the process. After having already addressed the running back position with Todd Gurley, the Vikings turn to the cornerback position. Peters is extremely talented, who is dropping due to character concerns. He and Rhodes would form one of the top young cornerback duos in the league.

28. Denver Broncos (12-4): Ereck Flowers, Offensive Tackle, Miami

Offensive line was an issue for the Broncos in the second half of last season and tackle Orlando Franklin left in free agency, so Flowers fills a need and gives the unit youth. The Broncos are going to have to protect Peyton Manning better than they did last season if they are going to go on a Super Bowl run.

29. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Eric Kendricks, Inside Linebacker, UCLA

The Colts have an elite offense, yet struggle on the defensive side of the ball. Kendrick fills a big need while offering great value at 29th overall. He is a playmaker who excels in pass coverage.

30. Green Bay Packers (12-4): Paul Dawson, Inside Linebacker, TCU

The Packers were hoping to land Kendricks, but he went right before their selection to the Colts. Green Bay still goes with an inside linebacker, though, in order to allow linebacker Clay Matthews to return to his natural position on the ouside.

31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) (7-9): Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver, USC

After losing two of their top targets during the offseason in Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, the Saints will be looking to add a capable receiver to line up across from Brandin Cooks. Agholor is a polished receiver who could make a big impact in Sean Payton's offense as a rookie.

32. New England Patriots (12-4): Jalen Collins, Cornerback, LSU

The Patriots replaced the departed Darrelle Revis with the immensely talented Collins. He is a work in progress, but Collins has the physical traits to be a starting cornerback at the next level.


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