Mock 2015 NFL Draft: Raiders trade down

Few things will go exactly to the draft day plans of most NFL teams Thursday. Some general managers will make terrible decisions, while others will deal themselves into position to fill needs and deepen their depth charts.

The 49ers’ Trent Baalke, for example, inherited a great roster, and over the four drafts, has run it into the ground. Or Dennis Hickey of the Miami Dolphins, who seems compelled to nail the top free agent, paying whatever they want, but can’t nail a first-round pick.

To be fair, this is just Hickey’s second draft with Miami.

This is merely one person’s projection. And it’s not going to be 100 percent accurate. No way, no how. But it shows one possible way Thursday’s NFL Draft first round could emerge.

  1. Tampa Bay: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
  2. Tennessee: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
  3. Jacksonville: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
  4. Cleveland (Trade via OAK): Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
  5. Washington: Leonard Williams, DT, USC
  6. New York Jets: Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa
  7. Chicago: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
  8. Atlanta: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
  9. New York Giants: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
  10. St Louis: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.
  11. Minnesota: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
  12. Oakland (via trade with CLE): Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE, Kentucky
  13. New Orleans: Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
  14. Miami: Jaelin Collins, CB, LSU
  15. San Francisco: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
  16. Houston: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
  17. San Diego: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
  18. Kansas City: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
  19. Oakland (via trade with CLE): Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
  20. Philadelphia: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
  21. Cincinnati: Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
  22. Pittsburgh: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
  23. Detroit: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
  24. Arizona: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
  25. Carolina: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
  26. Baltimore: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
  27. Dallas: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
  28. Denver: Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
  29. Indianapolis: Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
  30. Green Bay: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
  31. New Orleans: Davante Parker, WR, Louisville
  32. New England: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

Jason Leskiw is SFBay’s Oakland Raiders beat writer and member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow @SFBay and @LeskiwSFBay on Twitter and at SFBay.ca for full coverage of the Oakland Raiders.