2015 NFL mock draft: Running backs going in first round

The first half of this mock draft was posted on Wednesday. If you missed it, you need to straighten out your priorities. I’ll bail you out though, with a link here.

Here is the second half of the first round, picks 17-32:

17. San Diego Chargers – Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia

San Diego upgraded the offensive line and re-signed Brandon Flowers in free agency, but still need a pass-rusher. Harold certainly fits the bill.

18. Kansas City Chiefs – La’el Collins, OT, LSU

The Chiefs have an ascending roster but a lousy offensive line. Collins gives the Chiefs somebody to plug-and-play at right tackle, allowing Jeff Allen to stay at left guard.

19. Cleveland Browns – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

The pick of Green-Beckham just screams Cleveland. The Browns love to take chances on talented players with troubles off the field, and they do it again here.

20. New York Jets – Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

General manager Mike Maccagnan has been upgrading the secondary all offseason, and finishes the job with Collins to play behind Darrelle Revis.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

With Terence Newman gone and Dre Kirkpatrick underwhelming, Peters would be an immediate upgrade for Marvin Lewis in the defensive backfield.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

Pittburgh must fix the secondary and Collins is a potential answer. The Steelers have no cap room, so they must knock the draft out of the park.

23. Detroit Lions – Cameron Erving, C, Florida State

With Dominic Raiola retiring, Detroit must shore up the interior of the offensive line. Erving is the best center in the draft.

24. Arizona Cardinals – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Gordon gives the Cardinals a dynamic running back to round off the offense. Look for Bruce Arians to make the move.

25. Carolina Panthers – D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

Carolina needs a better offensive line, and Humphries represents an athlete who can immediately impress.

26. Baltimore Ravens – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

With Justin Forsett likely leaving, Gurley gives Baltimore a back who could go onto stardom. The only concern is the rehab of Gurley’s torn ACL.

27. Dallas Cowboys – Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

Armstead is a terrific athlete who would fit what Dallas is trying to do along the defensive line.

28. Denver Broncos – Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma

Denver is making the transition to a 3-4 defense and needs a nose tackle. Phillips is raw but could be a steal.

29. Indianapolis Colts – Bernardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State

The Colts must upgrade the defense, and McKinney would be a nice fit alongside Jurrell Freeman.

30. Green Bay Packers – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

The Packers play multiple fronts and Goldman makes sense in either scheme. Look for Green Bay to go defense here.

31. New Orleans Saints (acquired from Seattle Seahawks) – Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

The Saints dealt away Jimmy Graham but can replace some of his production by taking the best tight end in the draft.

32. New England Patriots – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

Johnson is a solid corner who can upgrade New England’s secondary, which suddenly has needs following the departure of Darrelle Revis.

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