With free agency and pro days behind us, Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem destined to be together.
April Fools' Day seems altogether appropriate for another mock draft, because the entire NFL draft season doubles as a display in the art of deception and misdirection. From the vantage point of the first day of this month, certain things seem entirely clear. But you can bank on plenty of those perceptions changing by the time we reach the final day of April, when the picking is scheduled to start that evening in Chicago. As we all know by now, with the draft, the joke is almost always on us.
But now that free agency is largely in the books, and most of the college pro days have been completed, the top of the first round appears to be coming into focus. Tampa Bay and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston seem destined to be together, and Winston's pro day workout this week did nothing to dispel the momentum behind that potential marriage.
The intrigue at the center of this year’s projections seems to start with Marcus Mariota at No. 2, with the ex-Ducks quarterback looking more and more likely to land there, be it to Tennessee or some other suitor via trade. Franchise quarterbacks remain in precious short supply, and I left last week’s NFL annual meeting in Phoenix thinking the Titans weren’t merely smoke-screening in regards to their interest in the reigning Heisman winner. We shall see.
With a month to go, here’s our best stab at how things will unfold in the first round. As always, your results may vary...