We know what you're thinking, and no, it's never too early for an NFL mock draft. With the 2015 draft finished, it's time to look ahead to next year's top prospects.

By Chris Burke
May 04, 2015

The final tally from last year's way-too-early mock: 14 of the 32 players named landed in Round 1 of this year's draft, another five heard their names called in Round 2 and three prospects returned to school (two of them finding their way into this mock again). The initial 2015 mock, published in May of 2014, did hit on the Jameis Winston-to-Tampa Bay and Marcus Mariota-to-Tennessee predictions, so I'll make sure to check the mail for my trophy. 

A lot can change over the course of a year, as was the case for some of those predicted 2015 first-rounders who slid to later draft spots. Injuries took their toll (Ifo Ekpre-Olomu stands out there—he probably would have proven the Round 1 call true if not for a devastating December knee injury). Others, like UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, simply failed to show enough progress in their final college season.

• 2015 NFL draft grades: Winners and losers | Team-by-team picks, analysis

Time will tell how the 32 players included below answer the bell this coming season. While this is presented in mock-draft form, the fits between player and team are loose, at best. Some team needs are still in flux for 2015, let alone '16, so there's little point in overanalyzing the rosters. 

The draft order was derived from Bovada's 2016 Super Bowl odds (as of May 5, 2015), with a couple of minor adjustments made to place the correct number of AFC and NFC teams in the spots reserved for playoff qualifiers. 

• ​KING: Why the Buccaneers decided to draft Jameis Winston No. 1

The first of many 2016 mocks to come:


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