Updated January 28
1. Buccaneers – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State – Scouting Report
In terms of physical tools, Winston is clearly the surperior quarterback in this class—the best since Luck and RG3, in fact. If the Bucs pass him over, Winston can only blame his own lack of maturity. But when a quarterback shows as up much potential as Winston, a lot can be overlooked.
2. Titans – Randy Gregory – DE – Nebraska – Scouting Report
The Winston debate continues at No. 2, as the Titans could roll the dice. But Zach Mettenberger showed some promise, so there’s no reason to gamble if they aren’t completely confident in Winston. Gregory has the tools to be an elite pass-rusher and should excel in Ray Horton’s defense.
3. Jaguars – Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama – Scouting Report
There’s no way to sugarcoat it, Blake Bortles was terrible. But he played on an offense that featured exactly three players who earned positive grades from PFF (and one was a fullback). The Jaguars have to surround him with as much talent as possible this offseason.
4. Raiders – Leonard Williams – DE – USC – Scouting Report
You can’t rule anything out when it comes to the Raiders, but I would assume Derek Carr has shown enough to make the Raiders pass on Winston. If Cooper is off the board, the Raiders have to settle for the best available defensive prospect. A case could be made for a few prospects, but Williams is the consensus top available in this scenario.
5. Redskins – Shane Ray – DE – Missouri – Scouting Report
The Redskins pass-rush isn’t their most glaring weakness on defense, but they can’t afford to get picky. The enter defense needs to be overhauled and that process should start with this selection. Ray is the best available defensive player on the board and he’ll be an impact edge-rusher immediately.
6. Jets – Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon – Scouting Report
This is the worst-case scenario for Mariota—and I’m not referring to him falling to No. 6, I’m referring to the team. He’ll struggle in New York if he’s thrown into the same dysfunctional situation that destroyed Geno Smith. If the Jets go this direction, hopefully they have a plan for 2015 that doesn’t involve Mariota being thrown into the fire.
7. Bears - Vic Beasley – LB – Clemson – Scouting Report
The Bears aren’t in a position to fix their frustrating quarterback situation, so they should settle for landing one of the top pass-rushers in this class. Between Beasley, Ray, Gregory and Fowler, someone will be the on the board. And if not, Landon Collins would be a nice backup plan.
8. Falcons – Dante Fowler Jr. – DE – Florida – Scouting Report
Thomas Dmitroff has left the Falcons with almost no talent on the defensive side of the ball, and it ended up costing Mike Smith his job. Fowler is similar to Beasley due to the fact that they’re somewhat one-dimensional pass-rushers at this stage of their careers, but talent are there to build upon.
9. Giants – Landon Collins – SS – Alabama
The Giants have been playing without a true strong safety for a number of years, having used Antrel Rolle, Quintin Demps, Stevie Brown, Deon Grant and others. With Collins sitting on the board it’s the opportune time to finally address the situation. This feels like a perfect blend of value and need.
10. Rams – Brandon Scherff – OL – Iowa – Scouting Report
The Rams are expecting Greg Robinson to lock down the left tackle spot next season. But Joseph Barksdale and Davin Joseph are both free agents and it’s extremely unlikely that both will return to St. Louis. Scherff could play right tackle or guard, making him a nice fit regardless of the need.
11. Vikings – DeVante Parker – WR – Louisville – Scouting Report
I’ve compared Parker to Randy Moss, so it would be fitting to see him land in Minnesota. Parker has the speed to be a legitimate deep threat but also the size to win the battle for jump balls. It’s a rare combination, and one that Moss had as well. His addition would certainly aid in the development of Bridgewater.
12. Browns – Kevin White – WR – West Virginia – Scouting Report
The Browns needed another weapon even before the recent news that Josh Gordon is headed toward another suspension. Kevin White is the perfect fit for a Johnny Manziel-lead offense. White isn’t quite Mike Evans, but he can come close to playing that role, which is exactly what a freelancing playmaker like Manziel needs.
13. Saints – Shaq Thompson – LB – Washington – Scouting Report
Just plug in one of the top defenders here. The Saints should have plenty of options, but Thompson’s versatile playmaking ability should put him on high on their list. Thompson would start immediately at inside linebacker in Rob Ryan’s defense.
14. Dolphins – La’el Collins – OL – LSU – Scouting Report
Collins would provide the Dolphins with an immediate upgrade on the interior line. But he offers a little more due to his experience at tackle, which would give the Dolphins some insurance behind the injury-prone Branden Albert. If Albert goes down again, James moves back to left tackle while Collins can easily slide out to right tackle.
15. 49ers – Trae Waynes – CB – Michigan State
This feels like an obvious choice if Waynes is on the board. Cox and Culliver are both free agents and the depth at the position is lacking. The 49ers need to address the secondary early in the draft, and Waynes is the safest choice in this draft class.
16. Texans – Andrus Peat – OT – Stanford – Scouting Report
Duane Brown will continue to lock down the left side in Houston, but the right side has been an issue in recent years. Peat is a little overrated in my opinion, but upside due to his strength and athleticism is obvious. Right tackle in Houston would be a nice place for him to fit in without having to be viewed as a savior to a struggling offensive line.