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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