After a great college football season, there has been much talk about the upcoming draft. Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota? Kevin White or Amari Cooper? How far will Shane Ray and Randy Gregory drop? Where will Todd Gurley fall? Will Phillip Rivers be traded? Is Chip Kelley going after Mariota? What’s RG3’s situation looking like? All these questions will be answered on Thursday. However in the mean time, I’ll tell you how I think it’ll play out.
Mock Draft: Top 10
This is assuming nobody trades their pick, and everyone addresses their needs as a team.
1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB
Very accurate, however mixed reviews on the QB out of FSU. Many scouts see Big Ben in him, some see Jamarcus Russell. Nobody truly knows how he will pan out, but his ceiling is the highest in this class. However, his floor is the lowest. He reminds me of E.J. Manuel. Because the Bucs need a QB, they won’t pass Winston up.
2) Tennessee Titans (traded to Cleveland Browns): Marcus Mariota, QB
Was a Heisman trophy winner who led that fast break Oregon offense. Shouldn’t be too rough of a transition for him into the NFL, however, the team needs to commit to him. With his low ego, he won’t potentially hurt himself like RG3 or Johnny Football.
3) Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler, DE/LB
The Jaguars drafted their “franchise QB” last year. I say they go ahead and take one of the most explosive athletes in this class. They can’t go wrong with Fowler who has a ton of NFL potential.
4) Oakland Raiders: Kevin White, WR
This dude is a freak of nature. Although he and Amari Cooper are neck and neck, I feel the Raiders will go ahead with White, standing at 6’3,” catching anything within sight. He will pair up well with the young gun Carr.
5) Washington Redskins: Leonard Williams, DE
From USC, this big guy can play. At 6’5”, nearly 300 pounds, he is simply a force to be reckoned with and could be a high profile name in the NFL in a few years time. He’s a safe pick for Washington. Also, he is one of the best, if not the best in the class. Taking him at 5 is a big time steal!
6) New York Jets: Vic Beasley, LB
The Jets have gotten their act together this offseason, making their defense one of the most lethal. The more the merrier, so they’ll take the Clemson star and add him to their strong defense.
7) Chicago Bears: Amari Cooper, WR
This is the only thing they can do to replace Brandon Marshall. Although Jay Cutler is inept, with the help of the Alabama wide out, maybe things will change in Chi-town. The Bears need this pick, and cannot pass on Cooper.
8) Atlanta Falcons: Danny Shelton, DT
The Falcons need much help on the defensive end of the field. Shelton is a safe pick, and they can’t turn him down. Going with Shane Ray however could hurt them down the road due to his toe injury. They’ll go with their gut.
9) New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OL
The Giants badly need a stronger line, defensively and offensively. Assuming the great D-linemen are gone, they’ll grab Scherff, a pick that should benefit them down the road as they try to rebuild a young offensive line. This is the safest and best pick. If they choose Todd Gurley as “experts” predict, that will be a colossal mistake.
10) St. Louis Rams: Bud Dupree, LB
The Rams could keep Dupree in the region, adding strength to their already strong defense. However, if they pass, it wouldn’t be a shock.
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