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NFL Nation's first-round mock draft

NFL Nation reporters did their best general manager impersonations, making picks for the teams they cover in a mock draft 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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NFL Insiders reports on the latest pro football news: 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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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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The team announced today it will honor the two greats during halftime ceremonies on Thanksgiving Day. Brett Favre's name and retired No. 4 will be unveiled on Lambeau's north facade. Ron Wolf's name will be unveiled next to Hall of Famers on the east side.

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen explains why the Redskins picking up Robert Griffin III's 5th-year option is not as much of a long-term commitment to the QB as it may appear.

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Winston's INT rate a concern?
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If there's any on-field concerns with taking Jameis Winston, its his 18 interceptions in 2014, which led all Power-5 conference QBs. That'd be the second-most by a QB in his final college season prior to getting taken first overall in the draft - only Jim Plunkett threw more.

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NFL Nation mock draft: Picks 26-32
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Here are picks 26-30 in today's NFL Nation mock draft, as selected by our team reporters:

  • 26. Ravens: CB Marcus Peters
  • 27. Cowboys: LB Eric Kendricks
  • 28. Broncos: DE/LB Shane Ray
  • 29. Colts: OT La’el Collins
  • 30. Packers: CB Jalen Collins
  • 31. Saints: DT Malcom Brown
  • 32. Patriots: DT Eddie Goldman
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Mock draft: Broncos pick Shane Ray
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Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold on 28th overall pick: "There has been some concern of late with a toe injury Ray suffered in the bowl game to close out the 2014 season, but in this scenario, Ray is easily the best player available when the Broncos pick." Watch live on ESPN

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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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NFL Nation mock draft: Picks 21-25
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Here are picks 21-25 in today's NFL Nation mock draft, as selected by our team reporters:

  • 21. Bengals: WR Nelson Agholor
  • 22. Steelers: CB Byron Jones
  • 23. Lions: RB Todd Gurley
  • 24. Cardinals: LB Randy Gregory
  • 25. Panthers: WR Devin Smith
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Mock Draft: Gurley goes to Lions at No. 23
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Lions reporter Michael Rothstein on Todd Gurley: "The Lions have bigger needs along both the offensive and defensive line, but general manager Martin Mayhew's strategy has always been to take the best player available (other than quarterback)." Watch live on ESPN

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