1 - Tampa Bay (2-14) – Jameis Winston, QB, FSU.
This move is pretty simple. The pro-ready guy or the guy who hasn’t played under center yet. Forget the red flags and his low 40 time, Winston crushed the field drills and that’s the guy you want to have starting for your team. Again, ask this question to yourselves … Who would mentor Mariota in Tampa if they select him? If you come up with “no one” that’s the right answer. Don’t do what the Niners did in ’05 …
2 - Tennessee (2-14) – Leonard Williams, DE, USC
Tough call. There’s no question that Mettenberger deserves to be starter this year and it seems like the Titans are willing to do it. But the tough part is that there won’t be a prospect like Mariota and his upside in next year’s draft (if, you know, Mettenberger isn't the answer). That being said, Williams is a special player and the Titans need help for their defense.
3 - Jacksonville (3-13) Trades With => Cleveland (7-9) On The Clock – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Pick 12 + Pick 19 + Pick 43
TRADE! The Jags needs help in their offensive front and with Williams (who was the only defensive player that would fill a need) off the board, I don’t think there’s a prospect worth taking here that would make sense. That’s when Cleveland, who could be active on draft day, comes to play. And who do the Browns take with their two huge holes at Receiver and QB ( Josh McCown? REALLY? ) They choose to fill the first need with West Virginia's product Kevin White who had a HUGE combine.
4 - Oakland (3-13) – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
The Raiders would have loved to have Leonard Williams but they won’t. Instead, they take an instant WR upgrade for Derek Carr and they get a starter that will threaten defenses.
5 - Washington (4-12) – Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
Who would have thought that the Skins would consider Mariota here two years ago? It shows how much things can go south in the NFL. I’ve seen a lot of people seeing them go the BPA route but I do think they need someone like Danny Shelton with Barry Cofield released. And it’s in their best interest that they don’t trade down with a certain rival team with a bird on their helmet that wants Mariota baaadly.
6 - New York Jets (4-12) – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
I thought about doing write-ups only about the top 5 picks but I’ll make an exception here : A trade-up from the Eagles crossed my mind. Actually. Something involving Foles and their 1st round pick is what I have in mind but it’s too much of a longshot to call it. So the Jets take their QB. Maybe he’ll be Mark Sanchez 2.0, maybe he’ll reach his full potential and become an absolute beast. At this point, they HAVE to do it, especially with Cooper and White off the board and no CB really worth taking here.
7 - Chicago (5-11) – Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
8 - Atlanta (6-10) – Donte Folwer, DE/OLB, Florida
9 - New York Giants (6-10) – Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
10 - St. Louis (6-10) – Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
11 - Minnesota (7-9) – Brandon Scherff, OT/G, Iowa
12 – Jacksonville - from Cleveland (3-13) – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
13 - New Orleans (7-9) – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
14 - Miami (8-8) – La El Collins, OT/G, LSU
15 - San Francisco (8-8) – DaVante Parker, WR, Lousville
16 - Houston (9-7) – Landon Collins, S, Alabama
17 - San Diego (9-7) – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
18 - Kansas City (9-7) – Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
19 – Jacksonville - from Cleveland - from Buffalo (3-13) – Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
20 - Philadelphia (10-6) – Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
21 - Cincinnati (10-5-1) – Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon
22 - Pittsburgh (11-5) – Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
23 - Detroit (11-5) – Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
24 - Arizona (11-5) – Erik Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
25 - Carolina (7-8-1) – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
26 - Baltimore (10-6) – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
27 - Dallas (12-4) – Eddie Goldman, DE/DT, FSU
28 - Denver (12-4) – Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia
29 - Indianapolis (11-5) – Denzel Perriman, ILB, Miami
30 - Green Bay (12-4) – Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma
31 - Seattle (12-4) – Mario Edwards jr, DT, FSU
32 - New England (12-4) – Devin Smith, WR, OSU