2015 NFL Draft

The 2015 NFL Draft was the 80th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible football players. It took place in Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre and in Grant Park, from April 30 to May 2.[1][2] The previous fifty NFL drafts (since 1965) had been held in New York City.[3] The 2015 NFL draft was the first to feature an outdoor component, where fans would be able to see the Commissioner on the Auditorium Theatre stage from across the street in the park; this area was called Draft Town.[4] The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held the right to select first because they had the league's worst record in the previous season. The Arizona Cardinals made the final pick in the draft, commonly called Mr. Irrelevant.

2015 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s)April 30 – May 2
LocationAuditorium Theatre
in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Network(s)ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network
256 total selections in 7 rounds
First selectionJameis Winston, QB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mr. IrrelevantGerald Christian, TE
Arizona Cardinals
Most selections (12)Cleveland Browns
Fewest selections (5)Carolina Panthers
San Diego Chargers
"Selection Square" at Congress Plaza in Grant Park
"Draft Town" in Grant Park
Draft Town and Selection Square seen from Michigan Avenue

One of the major storylines approaching the NFL draft was the competition between the previous two Heisman Trophy winners, Jameis Winston winning the award in 2013 and Marcus Mariota in 2014. Both were considered excellent prospects and had the potential to become the first overall draft selection. Winston was considered to be a more polished pocket passer and pro-style quarterback, but had several off-the-field issues while playing at Florida State, ranging from a sexual assault allegation to shoplifting incidents. Mariota was considered a better athlete, the fastest quarterback in the draft, and had a better off-the-field reputation. However, Mariota ran a spread offense at Oregon which typically had not transitioned well from college to the NFL.[5] Although neither was considered a perfectly safe pick, the two quarterbacks were selected first and second overall. This was only the sixth time in NFL history that this has occurred. (1971, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2012, and subsequently 2016 & 2021) .[6] It was also the first time that two Heisman trophy winners were selected with the first two overall picks.[7] All 22 running backs selected no longer play for their original team or have already retired.

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