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Re-Drafting the First Round of the 2015 NFL Draft

Now that the regular season is over and there are only two teams left in contention for the Super Bowl, fans of the other 30 teams have turned most of their attention to the upcoming NFL Draft. Over the next few months, you will see players get measured and put onto big boards by hundreds of different analysts, and we won’t know who goes where until draft day arrives.

Before we turn our attention to the 2016 NFL Draft, and now that the season has almost come to an end, we want to take a look back at the 2015 NFL Draft and the first round in particular. There were a lot of stars that came out of last year’s draft that made instant impact with their teams, but where would they go in the draft if teams had an option to do it all over again?

Here is a look at last year’s draft, and who the 32 teams in the first round would have selected if they were able to get a second choice. Some of the teams would have stood pat while others would have changed plans dramatically.

32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Jameis Winston, QB - Florida State)

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Original Pick - Jameis Winston, QB (Florida State)

31 Tennessee Titans (Marcus Mariota, QB - Oregon)

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Marcus Mariota, QB (Oregon)

30 Jacksonville Jaguars (Leonard Williams, DE - USC)

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Dante Fowler, LB (Florida)

29 Oakland Raiders (Amari Cooper, WR - Alabama)

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Amari Cooper, WR (Alabama)

28 Washington Redskins (Ronald Darby, CB - Florida State)

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Brandon Scherff, OT (Iowa)

27 New York Jets (Mario Edwards, Jr., DE - Florida State)

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Leonard Williams, DE (USC)

26 Chicago Bears (Marcus Peters, CB - Washington)

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Kevin White, WR (West Virginia)

25 Atlanta Falcons (Vic Beasley, LB - Clemson)

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Vic Beasley, LB (Clemson)

24 New York Giants (Todd Gurley, RB - Georgia)

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Ereck Flowers, OT (Miami, FL)

23 St. Louis Rams (Thomas Rawls, RB - Central Michigan)

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Todd Gurley, RB (Georgia)

22  11. Minnesota Vikings (Tyler Lockett, WR - Kansas State)

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Original Pick - Trae Waynes, CB (Michigan State)

21 Cleveland Browns (La’el Collins, OT - LSU)

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Danny Shelton, DT (Washington)

20 New Orleans Saints (Byron Jones, CB - UConn)

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Andrus Peat, OT (Stanford)

19 Miami Dolphins (Ereck Flowers, OT - Miami, FL)

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - DeVante Parker, WR (Louisville)

18 San Diego Chargers from San Francisco (Brandon Scherff, OT - Iowa)

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Melvin Gordon, RB (Wisconsin)

17 Houston Texans (David Johnson, RB - Northern Iowa)

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Kevin Johnson, CB (Wake Forest)

16 San Francisco 49ers from San Diego (Stefon Diggs, WR - Maryland)

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Arik Armstead, DE (Oregon)

15 Kansas City Chiefs (Andrus Peat, T - Stanford)

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Marcus Peters, CB (Washington)

14 Cleveland Browns from Buffalo (Landon Collins, S - Alabama)

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Cameron Erving, C (Florida State)

13 Philadelphia Eagles (Laken Tomlinson, G - Duke)

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Nelson Agholor, WR (USC)

12 Cincinnati Bengals (Preston Smith, LB - Mississippi State)

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT (Texas A&M)

11 Pittsburgh Steelers (Bud Dupree, LB - Kentucky)

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Bud Dupree, LB (Kentucky)

10 Denver Broncos from Detroit (Shane Ray, LB - Missouri)

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Shane Ray, DE (Missouri)

9 Arizona Cardinals (T.J. Yeldon, RB - Alabama)

Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - D.J. Humphries, OT (Florida)

8 Carolina Panthers (Danielle Hunter, DE - LSU)

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Shaq Thompson, LB (Washington)

7 Baltimore Ravens (Kevin Johnson, CB - Wake Forest)

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Breshad Perriman, WR (UCF)

6 Dallas Cowboys (Damarious Randall, CB - Arizona State)

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Byron Jones, CB (UConn)

5 Detroit Lions from Denver (Donovan Smith, OT - Penn State)

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Laken Tomlinson, G (Duke)

4 Indianapolis Colts (Eddie Goldman, DT - Florida State)

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Phillip Dorsett, WR (Miami, FL)

3 Green Bay Packers (Danny Shelton, DT - Washington)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Damarious Randall, S (Arizona State)

2 New Orleans Saints from Seattle (Quinten Rollins, CB - Miami, OH)

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Stephone Anthony, LB (Clemson)

1 New England Patriots (Kwon Alexander, LB - LSU)

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Original Pick - Malcom Brown, DT (Texas)

Malcom Brown has been a decent player for the Patriots so far in his rookie season, but in terms of value, Kwon Alexander would have been a better selection. Alexander was drafted in the fourth round and missed four games due to a suspension, but still had 93 tackles with three sacks and a pair of both forced fumbles and interceptions. The 12 game production alone would get Alexander back into the first round.

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