1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Winston, as did Marcus Mariota, bucked the recent trend of the top quarterback prospects deciding not to throw at the Combine and he did throw and if anything, it only secured his hold on the top overall pick from before. Yes he ran a slow 40 but that is not as much a part of his game as it is for Mariota but what was important was that he reportedly interviewed well. It would be a surprise to me if the top pick in April would not be Winston at this point.
2. Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The Titans had an opportunity at the Combine to affirm their commitment to Zach Mettenberger at quarterback but both coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Ruston Webster did not seem all that convinced in him as their future. Now I doubt that they would pass on Mariota, who has some work to do in developing his pocket passing game but he has all the physical tools (size, arm, mobility) that you want out of your franchise quarterback.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams, DT, USC
Even as the Jaguars have gotten some decent production out of the defensive tackle position, Williams seems like a prospect that coach Gus Bradley would be hard-pressed to pass up on. Williams also has the versatility that would allow Bradley to move him all over the defensive line and the skill-set to play both the tackle and end positions. His combination of strength, quickness and motor could make him unstoppable down the line.
4. Oakland Raiders - Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
One of the big winners at the Combine was Kevin White. White, who was an afterthought a couple of years ago, appears to have jumped to the top of crop at his position with a strong Combine performance showcasing better than expected speed as well as his impressive size. The Raiders need to build the supporting cast around young quarterback Derek Carr and using this draft pick to take White would make a lot of sense.
5. Washington - Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
You can never have too many pass rushers in the NFL and Washington could find themselves having to replace a pretty good one as Brian Orakpo will be a free agent. It is not certain what kind of defense new coordinator Joe Barry will run in Landover but it probably will be a scheme that will features some multiple elements, ideal for a versatile talent like Fowler. The speedy and physical Fowler seemingly lived in opposing backfields these past two years in Gainesville.
6. New York Jets - Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
I have previously been mocking either Amari Cooper or Marcus Mariota to the Jets but neither seems particularly likely as the Jets have traded for Brandon Marshall and I don't think Mariota will fall this far at this time. Given the team's needs and the type of players available at the top of the draft, I think the Jets will further build their defense and bring in an upgrade to their pass rush. Gregory is not that big but he is tremendously athletic and excels at pressuring quarterbacks off the edge. He looks like a good fit for a 3-4 scheme.
7. Chicago Bears - Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Shelton moves surprisingly well for somebody of his size and he is very tough to block one-on-one, and with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl has seen his stock rise. He projects to be an excellent fit as a nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme and should be able to make an immediate impact at the position as the Bears, under new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, are likely to move to a 3-4 defense.
8. Atlanta Falcons - Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
With Dan Quinn becoming the new head coach of the Falcons, look for him to bring a whole new defensive mindset to a team that has been a mess on that side of the ball. Regardless of the defensive scheme, the pass rush is going to have to improve and thus bringing in a guy like Ray would make a ton of sense. The Mizzou prospect will have to get stronger but his athleticism off the edge is tremendous.
9. New York Giants - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
One of the key free agents for the Giants offseason is Antrel Rolle and two of his fellow safeties, Steve Brown and Quintin Demps, are also on the open market as well. Even if they bring Rolle back to East Rutherford, they could really use further depth and certainly a talent like this Alabama product. Collins is the top defensive back in this draft and he is a player that can play either safety spot. He has the size and strength to play in the box but he can also be that center fielder.
10. St. Louis Rams - Brandon Scherff, T, Iowa
St. Louis is a club that has invested many picks and money on their offensive line but they may still have a hole at the right tackle position should Joseph Barksdale leave via free agency. Scherff is a mauler that could also play other positions on the offensive line and he can help the Rams improve their running game as well.
11. Minnesota Vikings - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Waynes is the top cornerback on the board and he is an aggressive playmaker with the ideal size you look for in a corner. He has only bolstered his draft stock after an impressive performance at the Combine. Xavier Rhodes fits the mold of the type of athletic cornerback that Mike Zimmer likes to employ but the team could use an upgrade opposite him at the other cornerback slot. A Rhodes-Waynes combination would be one to watch.
12. Cleveland Browns - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
I am not all that sold that the Browns will be looking early to improve their receiving corps but if a guy like Cooper is available here, he may be too good to pass up. After all, Josh Gordon was a big disappointment when he was able to play last year and the only guy brought in this offseason has been Brian Hartline. And whoever the quarterback is (Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel) will need a lot of help. Cooper should be able to make an impact right away and while he is not huge, he has the skill-set to be a no. 1 wideout.
13. New Orleans Saints - Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
The Saints have not been all that great defensively in recent years but it really hit the fan in 2014 as they fell to the 31st overall ranking, and this was after an aggressive offseason aimed at improving the defense. New Orleans would certainly love to upgrade their pass rush and they have a number of options here. Beasley is not all that long but he has more than enough quickness to get off the edge and push the pocket.
14. Miami Dolphins - DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Unsurprisingly the Dolphins have dealt Mike Wallace and while the team has traded for Kenny Stills and is high on Jarvis Landry, I still think they could still use a no. 1 type of receiver for Ryan Tannehill. Parker already is a really good route-runner, has excellent size and good hands. He also is one of those sneaky fast wideouts and he could be a very good red zone target for Tannehill.
15. San Francisco 49ers - La'el Collins, G/T, LSU
Even with a whole new coaching staff with new head coach Jim Tomsula, I fully expect the 49ers to continue their run-heavy offensive attack. However, they could have a hole to fill on their offensive line with Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati being a free agent and the team could also look to upgrade over tackle Anthony Davis. Collins should be able to play either guard or tackle and he will need to develop his pass protection skills. That said, he is ready to maul in the run game at an NFL level.
16. Houston Texans - Bud Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
Brooks Reed may never have been the kind of pass rusher off the edge that the team hoped he would become but with him departing to Atlanta, the Texans could use some additional depth at the position. Plus even with J.J. Watt, the Texans have only an average pass rush as Watt is really the only consistent threat to getting to the passer that the team has. Dupree still is raw but not only is he extremely athletic, he was one of the elite pass rushers in the SEC this past season.
17. San Diego Chargers - Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Staying healthy was a consistent struggle for Ryan Mathews in San Diego and it played a key role in him not being able to meet his potential. Now Mathews is heading east to Philadelphia and thus the Chargers do not have anybody on their roster that can handle the load of being an every-down back. Therefore, they will take a long, hard look at one of the top running back in this draft. Gordon is fast and big and he can be electric with the ball in his hands.
18. Kansas City Chiefs - Ereck Flowers, T, Miami (FL)
Kansas City has addressed their top need at receiver by giving a big contract to Jeremy Maclin but I would not rule the Chiefs also drafting a wideout here. That said, I think the Chiefs will address their need at tackle and to further address their offensive line after trading for guard Ben Grubbs. Flowers has a lot of talent and showed flashes of it with the Canes this past season. He has all the tools to be a fine left tackle and could be able to slide inside as well.
19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) - Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
The Browns were a disaster against the run this past season as they were statistically the worst team in the league in that category. The defensive line will be a big focus for Mike Pettine and the Cleveland front office and a guy like Brown would be a welcome addition, and not just due to his surname. Brown will a guy that Pettine can move around the line due to his quickness but with his size, he should be able to help control the run game.
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
The Eagles have had a wild offseason thus far and they have done much to address their top needs. However with Jeremy Maclin heading to Kansas City to reunite with former coach Andy Reid, the Eagles could use a deep threat for their offense and to pair with holdovers Jordan Matthews and Riley Cooper. Strong should be good in the red zone thanks to his size and his good hands. The ASU prospect is also deceptively quick.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Arik Armstead, DT/DE, Oregon
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
The Steelers will have a new lieutenant running the defense after the franchise parted ways with the venerable Dick LeBeau, replacing him with linebackers coach Keith Butler. The pass rush was good as always but the secondary really looked like a mess at times and could certainly use an overhaul. Collins has ideal size and he can run, which he showed amid a strong Combine performance, plus we know that LSU has groomed some solid defensive backs in the past.
23. Detroit Lions - Andrus Peat, T, Stanford
The Lions lost both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency but after making a shrewd deal for Haloti Ngata, the need at defense tackle is not as big as it was a week ago. Therefore, the Lions could look to address other needs with this selection such as their hole at right tackle. Peat is a little raw but there is no question that he has a high upside. He also has the ideal size and athleticism to excel at tackle and can turn into a very good left tackle down the line..
24. Arizona Cardinals - Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
The last time the Cardinals have been in the top half of the NFL in rushing was 2002. For context, their leading rusher was the immortal Marcel Shipp and the head coach was Dave McGinnis. They have been last four times since then and considering they have ranked 23rd and 31st under Bruce Arians. They seem poised to take a running back early in the draft and Gurley is a good one. He is coming off a torn ACL but he has the talent to be an excellent three-down back thanks to his combination of power and speed.
25. Carolina Panthers - T.J. Clemmings, T, Pittsburgh
Cam Newton showed off plenty of toughness this season as he took a beating at times. His offensive line did perform as a unit much better down the stretch but was an abject trainwreck early in the season. They have already signed Michael Oher but they still need to do more to upgrade their tackles. Clemmings is very athletic and long which should help him in pass protection, but he is very raw. He should be able to contribute right away at right tackle.
26. Baltimore Ravens - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Considering he got kicked off the Washington team back in November after issues with assistant coaches, one can easily see why teams would skittish with Peters. But there is no question that the kid is talented, perhaps the most talented corner in this draft class. Baltimore has taken chances on problem guys before, plus their secondary could really use somebody with the cover skills like what Peters brings to the table.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Mario Edwards, Jr., DT/DE, Florida State
Rod Marinelli did a very fine job turning a defense widely expected to be awful to be a passable unit but even then, there are upgrades that are needed to be made and particularly so on the defensive line as the pass rush was lackluster at times and there is a hole at tackle with the departure of Henry Melton to Tampa. Edwards looks like a tweener considering his weight of 280 pounds and his nice combination of speed and strength.
28. Denver Broncos - Cameron Erving, C/G/T, Florida State
The Broncos had issues with their offensive line all season long as they were mixing and matching and moving guys around deep into the season. That probably played a role in the decline in Peyton Manning down the stretch (as did an apparent weakening of his arm strength plus some reported thigh injuries). Erving can play across the offensive line as he did in Tallahassee and his athleticism should find him some burn.
29. Indianapolis Colts - Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
Thompson may be a bit of a tweener in the NFL like he was for the Huskies where he played some safety and some linebacker (not to mention some running back as well) but he is an exciting playmaker regardless of where he plays. For a team that could use some more depth and playmaking ability at the linebacker spot as well as filling a need at safety, Thompson could be a useful weapon.
30. Green Bay Packers - Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
The Packers could use an upgrade on their defensive front and specifically at nose tackle. B.J. Raji missed all of last season after tearing a bicep and he had been declining the previous couple of years. He is also a free agent as is his injury replacement, Letroy Guion, and that coupled with the fact that the team could improve over either guy in the draft. Goldman may never be a double-digit sack guy but he has a nice combination of strength and quickness for a big guy. He is an excellent run stuffer and had a really nice season in Tallahassee.
31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) - Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
It looks like the Saints are beginning some sort of a rebuilding process as they have made a ton of moves already this offseason. They already have touched on the cornerback position by bringing in Brandon Browner from the Patriots but considering the amount of issues they had last year against the pass, you could see them utilizing this pick to bring in another player. Johnson is a big corner with the long arms and the athleticism you like to see to be able to cover the top wideouts in the league.
32. New England Patriots - Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
New England has been able to mix and match a variety of wide receivers over the years in front of Tom Brady and it certainly did not hurt them this season when they only won the Super Bowl. That said, they could still use some upgrading to their receiving corps and they could use an early pick to do so. This UCF product has been rising on some draft boards and has a nice combination of size and speed.
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