Mock Draft 3.0 (Rounds One & Two)

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Jameis Winston | QB Florida State

Anybody with a brain knows and fully understands that Jameis Winston will be going #1. This is around the time that a bunch of smokescreens come up and people get bored so they have to find ways to not get bored. The Bucs are in desperate need of a franchise QB. The Bucs are in desperate need to keep their market happy. Jameis isn’t the best player in the draft, but he fits a need. Out of all the QBs he is the most ready to step on the field and contribute day one and NO the interceptions don’t scare me. I definitely think you guys should check out NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah podcast “Move The Sticks. They did an entire in-depth scouting episode on Winston, and it was phenomenal. Also broke down his 18 INTs

Not to get to in-depth here but it’s such a lazy narrative when people just completely bring up Winston’s 18 INTs to dismiss him and praise Mariota but neglect to mention Mariota’s fumble problem. But anyway, you always have to use context with stats. Winston will have to calm down with his gunslinger mentality in the NFL, but it also didn’t help he had a run game ranked in the 90s last year.

It’s also worth noting that none of the QBs Tampa Bay have drafted have been given a second contract

2. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Marcus Mariota | QB Oregon

I’m convinced Marcus Mariota will be the second pick in the draft, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be a member of the Titans. The Browns,Eagles, Rams and Chargers have all been tied to Mariota/Titans. Who wants him bad enough?

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Dante Fowler Jr. | EDGE Florida

I don’t think I’ve come across a mock draft that the Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t taken Fowler, and for good reason. Jacksonville is the ideal spot for Fowler because he is perfect for the Leo role. I don’t see him as a three down player yet, which makes him perfect for Gus Bradley’s defense.

Last year nobody thought Blake Bortles would be drafted by the Jag in the first round last year so it’s really no telling what they’ll do.

4. Oakland Raiders
Pick: Leonard Williams | DT Southern Cal

Many questions have come up in the last few weeks about how good a pass rusher is Williams and if he’s truly worthy of being taken this high. That’s stupid, but I understand the concern about his pass rushing productivity. Williams would be the best player available and with him being from Southern Cal, it’d be great for the Raiders to keep him in state. Khalil Mack was phenomenal against the run in 2014 so adding Williams to a front along with recently signed Dan Williams is a great step towards building a dominant defense.

5. Washington Redskins
Pick: Amari Cooper | WR Alabama

Wide receiver isn’t the biggest need for the Washington Redskins, but Cooper is a talent I can’t see them passing up. He is a very polished receiver and ready to contribute day one.

6. New York Jets
Pick: Shane Ray | EDGE Missouri

Perfect combination. We know Todd Bowles loves to blitz… loves to get in the quarterbacks face, Shane Ray is a violent, relentless pass rusher who seems like the ideal fit for this defense.

7. Chicago Bears
Pick: Kevin White | WR West Virginia

Drafting Kevin White to replace Brandon Marshall gives Jay Cutler another big, physical WR to throw the ball all around the field with (along with Alshon Jeffery).

8. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Vic Beasley | EDGE Clemson

Atlanta has lacked a pass rush the last couple years but under Dan Quinn we will expect that to change. Vic Beasley is another player great for the Leo position and I think under good coaching he can quickly develop into a three down player

9. New York Giants
Pick: Danny Shelton | DT Washington

Danny Shelton is more than a two down player. He’ll be great against the run and you can line him up in the 0, 1, or 2 technique and allow him to get a push on the offensive line and get after the QB.

10. St. Louis Rams
Pick: Brandon Scherff | OG Iowa
Scherff is an option to team up with 2014 1st round pick Greg Robinson on the left side

11. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: DeVante Parker | WR Louisville

With Mike Wallace on one side and Parker on the other, the Vikings now have two big play WRs and some much needed help for Teddy Bridgewater.

12. Cleveland Browns
Pick: Malcolm Brown | DT Texas

This defense needs some beef, especially since they’ll be seeing the likes if Jeremy Hill and Le’Veon Bell twice a year.

13. New Orleans Saints
Pick: La’el Collins | OL LSU

It seems the New Orleans Saints are taking a different approach at offense next season. Protection for Drew Brees is at the top of the list. There has been talk as to whether Collins is a tackle or guard, I like him at either spot. If I had to choose one, guard works but he can be a left tackle.

14. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Trae Waynes | CB Michigan State

The Dolphins need a #2 cornerback

15. San Francisco 49ers
Pick: Arik Armstead | DT Oregon

I view Armstead as a 3-4 DE and he has the potential to be Justin Smith’s replacement. He’s not a finished product yet, but he’s a good fit for San Francisco and former D-Line, now head coach Jim Tomsula

16. Houston Texans.
Pick: Randy Gregory | EDGE Nebraska

Bob McNair will take a chance on Gregory as long as they don’t think he has a weed issue, which I surely don’t. The Texans need to replace the loss of OLB Brooks Reed. Randy Gregory adds on to a pass rush which will include JJ Watt, Vince Wilfork and hopefully Jadeveon Clowney will be able to bounce back from his injury.

17. San Diego Chargers
Pick: Melvin Gordon | RB Wisconsin

Although Todd Gurley is my top rated running back, I’m not sure the Chargers are ready to take a risk on a running back with an injury history. Especially since Ryan Mathews spent much of his four years in San Diego often injured.

18. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Kevin Johnson | CB Wake Forest

Smooth corner who excels in coverage. With the pass rush the Chiefs have, Johnson will have a chance to shine

19. Cleveland Browns  (from Buffalo)
Pick: Jaelan Strong | WR Arizona State

The Browns are in need of a WR, although it’s not a desperate need. With Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline, the team won’t be as dependent on the immediate success of Strong so it gives him a chance to develop some behind two solid veterans

20. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Landon Collins | S Alabama

It’s hard for me to see Collins falling past the Eagles. He has underrated range and he’s a great tackler in the run game.

21. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Andrus Peat | OT Stanford

Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith are getting any younger, Peat looks to be a guy that can come and immediately challenge Andre Smith for his position

22. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Marcus Peters | CB Washington

If it wasn’t for the off field issues, Peters is a top 8 pick. He’s very physical and knows how to use that to his advantage.

23. Detroit Lions
Pick: TJ Clemmings | OT Pittsburgh

Lions need help at RT and Clemmings will come in and compete right away

24. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Bud Dupree | EDGE Kentucky

I don’t view Dupree as solely a pass rusher, but he’s capable of giving that to you plus more. His versatility might be his best attribute over his raw athleticism

25. Carolina Panthers
Pick: Ereck Flowers | OT Miami

Cam needs protection. Just as simple as that.

26. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Maxx Williams | TE Minnesota

Maxx Williams isn’t a great blocking tight end, but he fits the mold of a Ravens tight end. He reminds me of Todd Heap with his athleticism. We also know the Ravens value a tight end more than a WR

27. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Todd Gurley | RB Georgia

You didn’t really think Darren McFadden was going to be the answer right? I also don’t think Adrian Peterson is a possibility either. Gurley gives you everything you want and the Cowboys don’t necessarily have to rush him into the lineup (assuming he hasn’t recovered from his ACL tear) since they do have McFadden, Dunbar and Randle.

28. Denver Broncos
Pick: Cedric Ogbuehi | OT Texas A&M

The injury has pushed Ogbuehi down a lot of draft boards but the last few weeks, there has been many scouts who think he can sneak into the first round. If so, he’ll be a day one starter 

29. Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Eddie Goldman | DT Florida State

There is no doubt that the biggest flaw of this Colts team is they can’t stop the run. Andre Johnson and Frank Gore doesn’t help you with that. Goldman is a big body who is a space eater and is gives you a much needed presence in the run game 

30. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Eric Kendricks | LB Green Bay Packers

Obvious choice. Kendricks is the best ILB in the draft and its also a major need for the Packers (along with CB) 

31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle)
Pick: Devin Smith | WR Ohio State

It’s almost scary how much of a perfect fit he is here. Smith isn’t a one trick pony, he has the potential to develop into an all around WR despite lacking that elite size. He wasn’t asked to do much at OSU besides catch the deep ball which he did a great job at that. 

32. New England Patriots
Pick: Jordan Phillips | DT Oklahoma

Phillips is a very talented player….when he wants to show it. It’s not a matter of if, but when Bill Belichick brings the best out of him, he’ll be an extremely dominant player. Believe that.

2nd Round Selections

33. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Phillip Dorsett | WR Miami

34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Jake Fisher | OT Oregon

35. Oakland Raiders
Pick: Dorial Green-Beckham | WR Missouri/Oklahoma

36. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Cameron Erving | OL Florida State

37. New York Jets
Pick: Duke Johnson | RB Miami

38. Washington Redskins
Pick: Owa Odighizuwa | EDGE UCLA

39. Chicago Bears
Pick: Carl Davis | DT Iowa

40. New York Giants
Pick: Paul Dawson | LB TCU

41. St. Louis Rams
Pick: AJ Cann | OG South Carolina

42. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Shaq Thompson | OLB/S Washington

43. Cleveland Browns
Pick: Eli Harold | EDGE Virginia

44. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Stephone Anthony | LB Clemson

45. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Byron Jones | CB Connecticut

46. San Francisco 49ers
Pick: Nelson Agholor | WR Southern California

47. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Laken Tomlinson | OG Duke

48. San Diego Chargers
Pick: DJ Humphries | OT Florida

49. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Denzel Perryman | LB Miami

50. Buffalo Bills
Pick: Bryce Petty | QB Baylor

51. Houston Texans
Pick: Breshard Perriman | WR Central Florida

52. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Tre Jackson | OG Florida State

53. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Michael Bennett | DT Ohio State

54. Detroit Lions
Pick: Quinten Rollins | CB Miami (OH)

55. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Jay Ajayi | RB Boise State

56. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Damarious Randall | S Arizona State

57. Carolina Panthers
Pick: Tyler Lockett | WR Kansas State

58. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Ali Marpet | OG Hobart

59. Denver Broncos
Pick: Henry Anderson | DE Stanford

60. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Jalen Collins | CB LSU

61. Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Bernardrick McKinney | LB Mississippi State

62. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Eric Rowe | CB Utah

63. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Sammie Coates | WR Auburn

64. New England Patriots
Pick: TJ Yeldon | Alabama

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