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SportsCenter special: NFL Nation mock draft

Live on ESPN, WatchESPN: Join us as our team reporters go head-to-head to plot the course of the first round.

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Gruden: My favorite players in 2015 NFL draft

Jon Gruden thinks Marcus Mariota should be No. 1 on Mel Kiper's board, Bud Dupree is a top-10 player and Amari Cooper is a lot like Tim Brown. Here are his 15 favorite 2015 draft prospects.

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McShay: Best fits for top DB prospects

Where will the top defensive back prospects in the draft fit best in the NFL? Todd McShay looks at Trae Waynes, Marcus Peters and the rest of the DBs projected to go in the first three rounds.

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NFL Nation mock draft: Picks 11-15

Here are picks 11-15 in today's NFL Nation mock draft, as selected by our team reporters:

  • 11. Vikings -- CB Trae Waynes
  • 12. Browns -- DT Danny Shelton
  • 13. Saints -- LB Bud Dupree
  • 14. Dolphins -- WR DeVante Parker
  • 15. 49ers -- DL Arik Armstead
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Notable 5th year options not picked up

There are a lot more 2012 first-rounders in limbo with the deadline for team's to apply fifth-year options looming.


John Keim @john_keim

So I selected Dante fowler in our mock draft. It's who I think the Redskins will take if they stay at 5. A trade back? Definite option

NFL Nation mock draft: Picks 6-10

Here are picks 6-10 in today's NFL Nation mock draft, as selected by our team reporters:

  • 6. Jets: Kevin White
  • 7. Bears: OL Brandon Scherff
  • 8. Falcons: LB Vic Beasley
  • 9. Giants: OL Ereck Flowers
  • 10. Rams: OT Andrus Peat
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Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

So Jeff Dickerson just took Brandon Scherff for the Bears at No. 6 in the NFL Nation mock draft. Possible Giants choice off the board.

Mock draft: Redskins pick Fowler at No. 5

Redskins reporter John Keim: "[Dante Fowler] has the sort of speed Washington wants on the edge – and something they don’t have on the right side with second-year Trent Murphy." Watch live on ESPN

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Mock draft: Cooper to Raiders at No. 4

Raiders reporter Bill Williamson: "[Leonard] Williams would have been seriously considered had the Jaguars not taken him, but the Raiders rejoice with Amari Cooper. Derek Carr badly needs a No. 1 receiver to grow with and Cooper, who had an SEC single-season record 124 receptions last season, fits the bill." Watch live on ESPN

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Mock draft: Williams goes No. 3 to Jags

Jags reporter Mike DiRocco: "Leonard Williams is so talented that the Jaguars can’t pass him up even though he’s not the edge rusher they really need. However, he is a better pass rusher than he’s been given credit. The Jaguars will use him similar to the way the Texans use J.J. Watt." Watch live on ESPN

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Mock draft: Titans pick Mariota No. 2

Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky: "I’m still not convinced Mariota is the Titans' guy, though I’ve come to think it’s increasingly likely. I think there is a better than 50 percent chance the pick is traded and used on Mariota by someone else." NFL Nation mock draft live on ESPN

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Mock draft: Winston goes No. 1 to Bucs

Surprise! Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas: "The Bucs were dreadful on offense last season. Winston has experience in a pro-style system. He should give the offense a boost right away." NFL Nation mock draft live on ESPN

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NFL Nation mock draft, 1 p.m. ET

Trey Wingo prepares to host the NFL Nation mock draft as our ESPN.com NFL reporters predict the fate of this year's draft class. Watch live on ESPN


Expect no J.R. Smith for a bit

ESPN's Dave McMenamin on Smith's possible suspension: “A minimum of two games. Probably more likely three and I wouldn't be shocked if it were 5. You’re talking about a guy with a suspension history both in the regular season and in the postseason." (via Mike & Mike)

NFL Nation Mock Draft, 1 p.m. ET

Our ESPN NFL Nation reporters will play general manager and execute a first-round mock draft. Watch live on ESPN


You're busted, Bill!

John Legend called out Patriots coach Bill Belichick for checking out Legend's supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. But he wasn't the only one: We see you, Russell; Nice eye, Frank the Tank! 'Spy Gate'

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John Keim @john_keim

But if rg3 starring then having option better than franchise tag. The qb tag was 18.5 mill this year. Option is 16.2 mill.

John Keim @john_keim

But if griffin is playing poorly skins could bench and then cut. That case, no risk.

John Keim @john_keim

On rg3 option: if can't pass season ending physical skins on hook for $16.2 mill in 2016. So repeat of '12 acl, if playing poorly, is bad

John Keim @john_keim

If the Redskins trade back there are a couple off linemen who fit the "Nasty" description Mccloughan likes. Scherff chief among them.

Washington Redskins @Redskins

Even though the Redskins have seven picks in the draft right now, McCloughan says, "I'd love to get 10 (picks) out of this thing."

Jon Gruden's 15 favorites in the Draft
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Gruden wants Mel Kiper to change his Big Board: "I don't understand why [Marcus Mariota] isn't the No. 1 player in this draft on Mel Kiper's Big Board. … He is like Russell Wilson, only he is 6-4.” Gruden's other 14 (Insider)

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Scott Brown @ScottBrown_ESPN

Tomlin confirms Antonio Brown worked out with Steelers today as part of phase one of offseason workout program.