Our up-to-the-minute thinking of how Round 1 of the 2015 NFL draft will play out, and then a next best available option for every team’s pick.

By Don Banks
April 16, 2015

Nothing drives the draft debate and discussion quite like a pair of quarterbacks at or near the top of the pecking order. For drama and intrigue, Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota beats 2013's Eric Fisher versus Luke Joeckel derby handily. (And who can ever forget that riveting Jake Long versus Chris Long showdown in 2008?) And to think, we’ve got two more weeks to devote to the quarterback over-analysis that now annually follows an almost predictable path.

• POSITIONAL RANKINGS: QBs | WRs | RBs | TEs | OTs | Cs | OGs | LBs | CBs

The draft, of course, is all about making your best possible choice, with no do-overs. But, hey, this is a mock. It’s not the real thing. So for this, our fourth version of how things will shake out on the night of April 30 in Chicago, we’re going to give you our up-to-the-minute first-round thinking, and then we’re going to throw in the next best available option for every team’s pick. It’s called hedging my bets. Mercifully, the end is in sight ...

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