NFL Top 10 Mock Draft, Jameis Winston To Buccaneers, Leonard Williams To Titans, Marcus Mariota To Jets, Brandon Scherff To Giants

April 3, 2015

By Craig Carroll

 

With just four weeks to go until the NFL Draft begins, here is our look at what will happen with the first 10 picks.

 

Round One, Pick No. 1

Tampa Bay selects: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Tampa Bay has failed terribly over the last couple years in free agency, so the Bucs need to hit a home run with this draft. Winston has the make-up to become a franchise quarterback, but the thing that could get in his way of becoming great is his off-the-field issues. Tampa has no choice but to gamble on him.

 

Round One, Pick No. 2

Tennessee selects: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

Tennessee is blowing major smoke it wants to take Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in order to get some team (Cleveland or Philadelphia) to jump up and offer a king's ransom. I don't believe it will work, as teams are too afraid to mortgage their future for an unknown. That leaves the Titans the "consolation prize" of taking the best player in the draft in Williams.

 

Round One, Pick No. 3

Jacksonville selects: Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida

Like most teams in the top 10, the Jaguars need serious help on the edge. Fowler Jr. gives them exactly what they've been missing, an explosive, play-making edge pass rusher.

 

Round One, Pick No. 4

Oakland selects: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

The Raiders have their quarterback, Derek Carr, now they get a wide receiver with the fourth overall pick. The Raiders can either go White or Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper here, but this is the Raiders, and speed ultimately makes the decision for them. White is a gifted wide-out with speed, everything the Raiders love.

 

Round One, Pick No. 5

Washington selects: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

The Redskins need to replace Brian Orakpo, and they do that by taking Beasley, who is a dominating pass rusher with a great first step and excellent closing speed.

 

Round One, Pick No. 6

New York Jets select: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

New York has rebuilt its roster through free agency, and the massive amount of holes on this team are now gone, except for the most important one of them all - franchise quarterback. The Jets simply cannot pass on Mariota, unless a team offers a huge deal to move up in a trade. The Jets should be running a spread offense, which will make an easier transition to the NFL for Mariota.

 

Round One, Pick No. 7

Chicago selects: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

The Bears need a lot of help, but after trading away Brandon Marshall, and Amari Cooper dropping to them, they don't hesitate to pair him with Alshon Jeffery to form a great, young wide receiver duo.

 

Round One, Pick No. 8

Atlanta selects: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

Atlanta has a terrible defense, so you have to believe with Ray still on the board, the Falcons will pull the trigger and make every effort to improve on that side of the ball.

 

Round One, Pick No. 9

New York Giants select: Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa

The Giants need to better protect quarterback Eli Manning, who has been beaten up the last couple of years. Scherff is the highest-rated offensive lineman in the draft, so it makes for a perfect fit.

 

Round One, Pick No. 10

St. Louis selects: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

The Rams have a very good defensive line, so adding Waynes, who is an excellent cover corner, will only add to an ever-improving defense in St. Louis. 

 

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