First Round Mock Draft
This mock is a reflection on what I think will happen, not necessarily what I would do. You will realize my opinion differs from Marvun's, as the Ravens pick is concerned.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St: The Bucs seem convinced Jameis Winston has turned a corner. In their history, they've never once singed a quarterback to a second contract. A telling stat. Winston, while not Andrew Luck, can become an adequate to good quarterback.
2. Trade! Cleveland Browns, Macus Mariota, QB, Oregon: The Titans gain picks 12 and 19, trading down to allow the browns to pick who they think will be their quarterback of the future. This year, Mariota will have to get over a learning curve and will most likely struggle. However, given his athleticism, his upside is that of a franchise quarterback.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars, Dante Fowler Jr, EDGE, Florida: Amari Cooper was considered but the Jaguars have enough receiver depth. Fowler has the traits. He only needs to put them all together. His career may start slow, but with Gus Bradley, I could see Fowler becoming a 10 to 15 sack guy.
4. Oakland Raiders, Leonard Williams, DE, USC: Williams' best position would be 3-4 five technique but his versatility will allow him o grow into a strong side end in a 4-3. The Raiders will employ multiple fronts which could also get the best out of him. Pairing Williams with Khalil Mack will give Oakland a deadly one-two punch.
5. Washington Redskins, Andrus Peat, LT, Stanford: The Redskins would likely like to trade down in this spot. I did not see any teams that would mortgage their future for a guy like Amari Cooper, in a deep receiver class, so trading down was not an option. The Redskins need offensive line help and a bookend of Trent Williams and Andrus Peat would give Robert Griffin a chance. Peat has the vice grips for hands, and the best potential of any tackle.
6. New York Jets, Bud Dupree, EDGE, Kentucky: With Wilkerson and Richardson inside, Todd Bowles could move Dupree around to exploit every miss-match. He is the best athlete in the draft, able to stick with tight ends in short and mid zones at 270 pounds. He is a better run defender than Vic Beasley, which gives him the nod.
7. Chicago Bears, Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: Cooper falls to the Bears, who give Alshon Jeffery a counter part. Kevin White will not get open at the same rate as Cooper. With a receiver like Jeffery, Cooper gives the bears a thunder and lightening combo.
8. Atlanta Falcons, Vic Beasley, EDGE, Clemson: For the Falcons, the ideal scenario would be to draft Randy Gregory in the second round. Despite that fact the pass rush has for the past two years been absolutely awful. I don't think the Falcons will gamble on Gregory's availability. So Vic Beasley is the pick, giving Dan Quinn a Sam linebacke to move on the edge on passing downs.
9. New York Giants, Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: The giants would probably like to improve the trenches. But in this scenario, Kevin White is the best player on the board, a formula they also follow. Odell Beckham and Kevin white would give the Giants the best pair of skill players in their division.
10. St-Louis Rams, Brandon Scherff, OG/OT, Iowa: I think Schereff is a Guard first but in a power scheme, he has tackle potential. In any case, The Rams offensive line would feature two of the most physically dominating offensive linemen in Scherff and Greg Robinson
11. Minnesota Vikings, Devante Parker, WR, Louisville: This pick makes all too much sense. Parker rejoins college teammate Teddy Bridgewater to recreate their connection. Cornerback is a need but Trae Waynes isn't as good a corner as Parker is a wideout.
12. Tennessee Titans, Danny Shelton, NT/DT, Washington: The perfect 3-4 nose tackle, Danny Shelton is a shoe-in pick for the Titans. He dominates from C gap to C gap and has the quickness and the strength to push the pocket.
13. New Orleans Saints, Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St: The Saints' cornerbacks struggled last year and as a result, Rob Ryan's entire defense fell off a cliff. Waynes is a press corner who will eliminate a lot of the big plays that victimized New Orleans. This is a preference pick. If Sean Payton is comfortbale with Marcus Peters he will be the pick.
14. Miami Dolphins, Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: The Dolphins grab the best player available to perhaps complete their offense. If Gurley is healthy, he is a piece that could take Miami into the playoffs and maybe even past New England. With their offensive line now at a respectable level, Gurley is a back with two thousand yard potential.
15. San Fransisco 49ers, Mario Edwards Jr, DT/DE, Florida St: The draft's first surprise, Mario Edwards is an extremely versatile player who's been gaining steam these past weeks. I mean here is 280 pound capable of doing standing backflips. Ridiculous. His development has been stunted by the revolving door of defensive coordinators, but I believe the 49ers are extremely adept at developing defensive lineman, Ray McDonald and Glenn Dorsey being examples.
16. Houston Texans, Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest: The Texans would probably like Devante Parker in this spot but he is long gone. Kevin Johnson is drafted to be Jonathan Joseph's replacement. Paired - for this year at least - with the aforementioned Joseph and Kareem Jackson, this pick will stabilize their secondary.
17. San Diego Chargers, Malcom Brown, DT, Texas: Brown is a quick defensive tackle who has at times, dominated against the run. The Chargers could use him as a three technique to help their below par run defense. Melvin Gordon would be thought to be the obvious pick, but the Chargers have affirmed they would not reach for a running back.
18. Kansas City Chiefs, Cameron Erving, C, Florida St: Being moved to centre is the best thing that's ever happened to Erving. He absolutely mauled the opposition, which directly opened Florida State's running game. He could have the same effect in Kansas City, while at the same time, replacing Rodney Hudson.
19. Tennessee Titans, Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: The Titans continue to build their defense by adding the best cornerback in the class. This fits a need, as Alteraun Verner's loss was felt. I think Wisenhunt and especially Ray Horton, a player's coach, will be able to get the best out of Peters.
20. Philadelphia Eagles, Byron Jones, CB/S, UConn: Byron Jones is drafted by the Eagles and while he is generally though of as a cornerback, if Brandon Boykin isn't traded, He could get a crack at safety which is a bigger need for the Eagles.
21. Cincinnati Bengals, Jake Fisher, RT, Oregon: In the wake of Dion Jordan's suspension, I think teams will be more careful when looking at both Ray and Gregory. On that basis, I see the Bengals drafting Jake Fisher, with whom they have been linked. Marshall Newhouse is below average. Fisher can anchor the right side and possibly take over the left if Withworth isn't re signed.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers, Landon Collins, S, Alabama: Collins' defences in coverage are a result of his weight. He played his sophomore season at 217 pounds while playing last year at 228. If Collins drops his weight, I think he will provide a solid replacement for Troy Polamalu.
23. Detroit Lions, Jalen Collins, CB, LSU: Collins hasn't failed drug tests recently so his stock will not drop much. Jim Caldwell gives Teryl Austin a project but as Austin has proved with Darius Slay, he can develop cornerbacks. Collins will most likely be up-and-down this year, but in the near future, he could develop into a shutdown cornerback.
24. Arizona Cardinals, Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon: Armstead is paired with his carbon copy, Calais Campell. Campell can be moved to the three technique while Armstead is taught the five, giving Arizona Darnell Docket's replacement and the longest pair of arms along any defensive line.
25. Carolina Panthers, D.J Humphries, LT, Florida: Humphries has the quickest feet of any tackle. At this spot, I think Carolina gets a steal. Humphries does have injury concerns which is the reason why he is found this late in the draft. Philip Dorsett could also be an option.
26. Baltimore Ravens, Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: A hand-in-glove fit, Gordon reunites with college coach Thomas Hammock and finds a place to flourish in Baltimore's zone scheme. He is a willing and physical pass protector, who has better hands then given credit for.
27. Dallas Cowboys, Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson: Another surprise. However, Jarrett is a phenomal player, and a phenomenal fit as a three technique in Rod Marinelli's scheme. Although undersized, he is a penetrator that can wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines
28. Denver Broncos, Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi St: Smith is probably the best interior rusher in the draft. If he adds 10 pounds of muscle and once Demarcus Ware retires, he could be used like Wade Phillips used J.J Watt, moving him all over the line .
29. Indinapolis Colts, Demarious Randall, S, Arizona St: Chuck Pagano finds Laron Landry's replacement and Randall i a definite upgrade. He can drop down and cover the slot and has just enough range to be solid in centre field. He is also a reliable tackler, even if he is undersized.
30. Green Bay Packers, Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA: Kendricks is the most instictive inside linebacker in the draft, and he adds those very instincts with solid speed. The Packers have a tremendous need at inside linebacker and are fortunate the best player on the board also fits that need.
31. New Orleans Saints, Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma/Missouri: Sean Payton gambles on the top deep threat in the draft. DGB is a walking and towering mismatch. He could be exploited by the Saints version of the Air Coryell offense, taking the top of defenses off Drew Brees' play-action. If Payton plays it safe, Dorsett would play it safe.
32. Trade! Oakland Raiders, Philip Dorsett, WR, Miami: The Raiders trade a third round pick to move back into the first round, and ahead of the Titans and the Jaguars, both teams who could've take wide receivers. Dorsett gives Derek Carr a big time option to stretch the field and if developed, one who could become a T.Y Hilton clone.