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17) San Diego Chargers: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The now Los Angeles Chargers selected Melvin Gordon out of Wisconsin after trading up to 15th. However, they address their running back need with Todd Gurley. The former Georgia running back falls into their lap without having to trade up. Although Gordon would have a stellar career for the Chargers, the opportunity to land the best running back in the class is too good to miss.

18) Kansas City Chiefs: Landon Collins, S, Alabama

With Marcus Peters already gone and the next best cornerback — Byron Jones — being snapped up by the Saints, the Kansas City Chiefs use this 2015 NFL Draft redraft to secure another playmaker in the secondary. Although he tore his Achilles last year, Landon Collins has been a consistent playmaker for both the New York Giants and Washington Football Team. An All-Rookie Team honoree in 2015, he followed that with a first-team All-Pro nomination in 2016.

19) Cleveland Browns: Mitch Morse, G, Missouri

After swapping Danny Shelton for Grady Jarrett with their initial first-round pick, there’s another position switch here. The Browns acquired the 19th overall pick from the Buffalo Bills following the Sammy Watkins trade.

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As with any redraft, there is a quarterback need for the Browns, and there was a temptation to give them Marcus Mariota here. However, they stuck with addressing the offensive line instead. Although he was drafted as a guard out of Missouri, Mitch Morse would go on to be one of the best centers in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

20) Philadelphia Eagles: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas

If the Philadelphia Eagles had got the 2020 version of Nelson Agholor straight out of the gate, they might have considered keeping their original first-round pick. However, Agholor couldn’t catch a cold for the Eagles. Both safety and cornerback were considered a need at the time.

In this 2015 NFL Draft redraft, they address both with Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs. The versatile defender has played both positions in his career, making his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2020 as a safety for the Seahawks.

21) Cincinnati Bengals: Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech

With A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert on the roster, the selection of Darren Waller in the first round probably feels like a reach. When you also consider his early career issues, he probably would have been written off as a bust by Bengals fans. However, he has rejuvenated his career with the Las Vegas Raiders and is now one of the best pass catchers in the game.

Cincinnati originally drafted offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, who didn’t really work out. There was a consideration of adding Wisconsin’s Rob Havenstein or Florida’s Trent Brown here. However, Waller presents a more entertaining proposition for Bengals fans.

22) Pittsburgh Steelers: Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State

Although Bud Dupree had a productive 2019 season, he ended 2020 on injured reserve and appears destined for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ exit door. He hardly set Heinz Field alight early in his career, either. Over the course of their careers to date, Preston Smith has offered more production as a pass rusher than Dupree. He also offers better coverage ability than the outbound outside linebacker.

23) Detroit Lions: Shaq Mason, C, Georgia Tech

The Detroit Lions originally traded down with the Denver Broncos in 2015. The Broncos used the 23rd pick to select Shane Ray; the Lions addressed their offensive line need with Laken Tomlinson. One of the least impressive first-round seletctions, Tomlinson fizzled after just two seasons.

In this 2015 NFL Draft redraft, the Lions add Georgia Tech center Shaq Mason. A fourth-round pick of the New England Patriots, Mason would become an impressive guard on his way to two Super Bowls.

24) Arizona Cardinals: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

David Johnson was a third-round pick out of Northern Iowa for the Arizona Cardinals in the 2015 NFL Draft. They built their offense around him with the result of a 2016 first-team All-Pro season. However, Johnson hasn’t been the same player since that breakout season, and spent 2020 with the Houston Texans. Here, they draft the No. 2 back in the class after Melvin Gordon falls down the first-round order.

25) Carolina Panthers: Trent Brown, OT, Florida

Although the Carolina Panthers added Michael Oher in free agency, offensive line was considered a huge need heading into the draft. This was confirmed with the selection of Daryl Williams in the fourth round.

So, in this 2015 NFL Draft redraft, they select Florida offensive tackle Trent Brown. He was only a seventh-round selection originally, but the man mountain became the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL in 2019. He also won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Ronald Darby, CB, FSU

Breshad Perriman never lived up to his first-round value for the Baltimore Ravens. His most productive season was with Tampa Bay in 2019 where he managed 6 touchdowns and 645 receiving yards. With no real standout wide receiver options elsewhere in the class, the Ravens address another major need in this 2015 NFL Draft redraft.

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Ronald Darby would upgrade the Ravens’ cornerback room at the time. An All-Rookie Team honoree, Darby was a Day 1 starter in Buffalo before winning a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles.

27) Dallas Cowboys: Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU

With Byron Jones gone and no other cornerbacks available warranting first-round consideration, the Dallas Cowboys add a solid piece on the defensive line. Eddie Goldman landed on the All-Rookie Team following a debut that saw him play in 15 games and record 6 tackles for loss. His play for the Chicago Bears earned him a contract extension in 2018.

Goldman would have replaced Nick Hayden on the defensive line prior to him leaving at the end of 2015.

28) Denver Broncos: Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

Although he forced a fumble in Super Bowl L, original selection Shane Ray never made much of an impact for the Denver Broncos. His NFL career ended before the 2019 season, after being cut by the Baltimore Ravens.

Benardrick McKinney would have come in and filled the hole left in the Broncos’ inside linebacker group by the departure of Danny Trevathan at the end of the 2015 season. It’s a role McKinney has excelled in at Houston, earning second-team All-Pro honors 2016.

29) Indianapolis Colts: Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin

Phillip Dorsett was supposed to be a speedy playmaker for the Indianapolis Colts when they drafted him in the first round. After less than 1,000 yards and just 3 touchdowns, he was traded to the New England Patriots in exchange for Jacoby Brissett.

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If the Colts had invested in the offensive line, like they do in this 2015 NFL Draft redraft, they may have had Andrew Luck for a little longer. Rob Havenstein is a solid right tackle who helped lead the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl. He is credited with not allowing a sack as a rookie.

30) Green Bay Packers: Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas

An outside linebacker at Texas, Jordan Hicks switched inside and then to middle linebacker during his NFL career. That versatility would have proven useful to the Green Bay Packers, who paired fourth-round rookie Jake Ryan with Clay Matthews on the inside of their 3-4 defense. Although Julius Peppers had a Pro Bowl year in 2015, he only spent one more year in Green Bay. Hicks would have moved outside to play outside linebacker.

31) New Orleans Saints: Bud Dupree, LB, Kentucky

Having locked down the cornerback position earlier in this 2015 NFL Draft redraft, the New Orleans Saints add another playmaker into the mix. Although Bud Dupree took a little while to get up to speed in the NFL, he would have provided infinite upside to Stephone Anthony and Hau’oli Kikaha, who they took within 15 picks of each other. Neither of them are in the NFL now.

32) New England Patriots: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

With the final pick of the 2015 NFL Draft redraft, the New England Patriots select Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead. The original 17th selection of the San Francisco 49ers replaces Malcom Brown as the Patriots’ pick.

Although the Patriots had Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich at the time, Jones would leave at the end of 2015. Ninkovich played one final season in 2016 before retiring. The Patriots would already have a ready-made replacement on the roster.

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