Updated April 26
1. Buccaneers – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State – Scouting Report
Until someone leaks the Bucs intentions there will be people in the media trying to create a Mariota vs Winston storyline, but it just doesn’t exist. The Bucs are going with Winston unless he trips up and gives them a reason not to between now and the draft.
2. Titans – Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon – Scouting Report
I don’t waste time projecting trades until the final mock draft, but I’m going to slot Mariota here to allow the rest of the mock to fall into place. I truly believe the Titans would rather move forward with Mettenberger for another year than spend the No. 2 pick on Mariota. The Chargers, Jets, Eagles and Browns could all end up here.
3. Jaguars – Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama – Scouting Report
Everyone wants to put Dante Fowler here, and it makes sense. But the Jaguars don’t care what everyone else thinks. They’re done with Justin Blackmon and need one more playmaker for Bortles. With Cooper and Robinson on the outside and Lee in the slot, the Jags would be set.
4. Raiders – Leonard Williams – DE – USC – Scouting Report
The Raiders would likely prefer to trade down, and this is a great spot for someone to trade up if they have a preference for one of the receivers. White and Cooper are options for Oakland as well, but Williams would help solidify the defensive line.
5. Redskins – Dante Fowler Jr. – DE/LB – Florida – Scouting Report
Replacing Brian Orakpo is a priority in this draft and if Fowler is on the board he’ll be tough to pass up. Even if Fowler is gone, the ‘Skins probably go a similar route with Vic Beasley, or maybe trade back for Randy Gregory, Bud Dupree or Shane Ray.
6. Jets – Vic Beasley – LB – Clemson – Scouting Report
If the Jets don’t get Mariota, this pick comes down to Ray, Beasley and Gregory. Opinion of all three range from top-five to second round value, so it’s tough to guess who the Jets like most. All three would provide an immediate boost to their ability to get after the quarterback.
7. Bears - Kevin White – WR – West Virginia – Scouting Report
This might actually be the Bears dream scenario. White should slide right into Brandon Marshall’s starting spot and immediately become a weapon opposite Alshon Jeffery. If White is gone, Cooper would likely be available and an option instead.
8. Falcons – Bud Dupree – DE – Kentucky – Scouting Report
The Todd Gurley rumors are crazy, considering their complete lack of talent on defense. Dupree gets the edge here because he’s the most complete edge player of those on the board. He’s not as explosive as a pass-rusher, but he’s a true three-down lineman.
9. Giants – Brandon Scherff – OL – Iowa – Scouting Report
The Giants interior offensive line was a trainwreck a season ago, and some reshuffling is likely in 2015. Scherff is a similar player to Justin Pugh, as either could play right tackle or shift inside to guard. The flexibility with both could be intriguing to the Giants as they try to upgrade Manning’s protection.
10. Rams – Ereck Flowers – OT – Miami FL – Scouting Report
I believe the Rams will like Flowers for many of the same reasons they selected Greg Robinson a season ago. Like Robinson, Flowers is a mauler in the run game but has the athleticism to continue to develop in pass-protection.
11. Vikings – Trae Waynes – CB – Michigan State
The Vikings want another outside corner to start opposite Xavier Rhodes and Waynes feels like a perfect fit. Unless Chicago grabs him in the top 10, there’s an excellent chance he’ll be on the board and it should be an easy decision for the Vikes.
12. Browns – DeVante Parker – WR – Louisville – Scouting Report
The Browns simply can’t afford to pass on Parker if he falls here. He has all the tools to fill the Josh Gordon role in their offense as a receiver who can stretch the field with speed but also compete for 50/50 balls. He plays like a lesser version of Randy Moss and should be an impact player immediately.
13. Saints – Arik Armstead – DL – Oregon – Scouting Report
This is a tough situation for Saints. Gamble in Gregory’s character? Gamble on Ray’s health? Armstead doesn’t provide the pass-rush they want, but his versatility is ideal for the creativity Rob Ryan loves to use in his defensive scheme.
14. Dolphins – Todd Gurley – RB – Georgia – Scouting Report
There are a lot of options for the Dolphins, but no obvious blend of need and value. Of all their positions of need, Gurley probably represents the biggest gap between their option here and their second round options. If healthy, he’s an immediate game-changing weapon.
15. 49ers – Breshad Perriman – WR – Central Florida – Scouting Report
Baalke is a draft-day gambler, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him target a raw prospect with high upside like Perriman. With Torrey Smith on board, there’s no pressure for Perriman to be the go-to guy immediately.
16. Texans – Nelson Agholor – WR – USC – Scouting Report
Personally, I’m skeptical of Agholor. I think he’s nothing more than a slot receiver. But the Texans do have a need for a slot receiver and there’s a lot of positive buzz around Agholor indicating that he’s a potential first-round target of multiple teams.