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2015 NFL draft round 1 grades

Grades for each and every pick in Round 1 of the 2015 NFL draft

Round 1 of the 2015 NFL draft is in the books. As expected, Jameis Winston went No. 1 to the Buccaneers, followed by Marcus Mariota to the Titans at No. 2. What didn't we expect? How about Leonard Williams slipping to the Jets at No. 6, Todd Gurley going to the Rams at 10 and the Eagles standing pat and taking a wideout (Nelson Agholor).

Which team was the real Day 1 winner? Catch up on all the round 1 action below, with grades for each and every pick of the first round from draft experts Chris Burke and Doug Farrar.

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1. Buccaneers:Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

GRADE: B The least surprising No. 1 pick since the Colts started negotiating with Andrew Luck a month before he was selected in 2012, Winston will be the face of the Buccaneers franchise from Day 1, and head coach Lovie Smith has said that he's comfortable with that. That great arm, though, could be his ultimate downfall—he believes so much in his ability to throw into tight windows that he'll make some really questionable decisions. READ MORE

2. TitansMarcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

GRADE: A- The mystery leading up to the No. 2 pick Thursday night wasn't so much which player would be selected. It was which team would be making the choice. In the end, it was the team that held that spot all along: Tennessee. The Titans rejected rumored trade offers to stay put and select Oregon quarterback Mariota. He has the physical and mental talents to be a long-term success in the league, despite coming from Oregon's spread system. It may take him a bit, though, to adjust to a less wide-open offense. READ MORE

3. Jaguars: Dante Fowler, Jr., DE/OLB, Florida

GRADE: A Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks led the Jags with 8.5 sacks in 2014, and there was a clear need for  coach Gus Bradley to get his hands on a legitimate edge rusher. Bradley loves to move his pass rushers around, and Fowler, who amassed 8.5 sacks and 60 tackles last season, will be a real force in a defense that has been quietly improving over the past two seasons.​READ MORE

4. Raiders:Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

GRADE: A- The Raiders badly needed a true No. 1 wide receiver to pair with QB Derek Carr. They may have found one, in the form of Alabama wide receiver Cooper.READ MORE

5. Redskins: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

GRADE: A- There have been a lot of over-hyped Iowa linemen over the years, but Scherff isn't one of them.​ READ MORE

6. Jets: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

GRADE: A Leonard Williams adds even more punch to what now may be the most formidable D-line in the league. READ MORE

7. Bears:Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

GRADE: A There are few players in this draft class who will make Cutler happier than Kevin White, a burner who can beat just about any coverage with his raw speed and vertical physicality.READ MORE

8. FalconsVic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

GRADE: A Beasley is arguably the top pass-rusher in this draft class, filling a massive need in Atlanta.READ MORE

9. Giants: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami

GRADE: C With some technique work, Flowers could be a complete tackle, but NFL teams don't take linemen in the top 10 to let them develop.​ READ MORE

10. Rams:Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

GRADE: B When general managers insist they will draft the "best player available," this is what they have in mind.READ MORE

11. Vikings:Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

GRADE: B Minnesota resides in a division with Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler, so shoring up that secondary was a must.READ MORE

12. Browns:Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

GRADE: A- Simple: The Browns' defense just got tougher.READ MORE

13. Saints: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

GRADE: A- The Saints have another first-round pick with which to grab a much-needed top receiver, so this is a good pick here.​ READ MORE

14. Dolphins:DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

GRADE: A Parker is a complete nightmare for cornerbacks when the ball is in the air. From the outset he ought to be Ryan Tannehill's go-to weapon in the red zone.​ READ MORE

15. Chargers(via San Francisco): ​Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

GRADE: A Philip Rivers might want to stick and stay with the Chargers after this move. READ MORE

16. Texans:Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

GRADE: A- There will be much flashier selections made this year, but Johnson may be as solid a prospect as there is.READ MORE


17. 49ers(via San Diego): ​Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

GRADE: B- If the 49ers are thinking of rebuilding over multiple years (and with all the defections, they should be), this pick makes sense, but Armstead could be overwhelmed early on at the NFL level.​ READ MORE

18. ChiefsMarcus Peters, CB, Washington

GRADE: B+ Kansas City was rather stout against the pass last season as it was, but the cornerback spot needed some depth and a bruiser like Peters. READ MORE

19. Browns(via Buffalo):Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State

GRADE: B+ Erving does make sense here—even to distressed Browns fans who would like to know why they didn't take a receiver with either of their first-round picks.​ READ MORE

20. Eagles:Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

GRADE: B+ For the second consecutive draft, Chip Kelly and the Eagles have found themselves a wide receiver that appears to be a near-perfect fit for their unique scheme.READ MORE

21. Bengals: Cedric Ogbuehi​, OT, Texas A&M

GRADE: B Cedric Ogbuehi is an interesting pick here because Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth was one of the NFL's best blockers in 2014, but Whitworth will be 34 in December, and both he and right tackle Andre Smith are in the final years of their current contracts.​ READ MORE

22. Steelers: Bud Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky

GRADE: A- The Pittsburgh defensive approach also could make Dupree an impact defender right away—he's a strong, athletic force outside, at his best when he can pin his ears back and get downhill.READ MORE

23. Broncos(via Detroit):​ Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

GRADE: B+ Ray grades out as a top-15 pick on tape, but this fall could be good for him. READ MORE

24. Cardinals:D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

GRADE: B This pick will help Arizona in 2015; it could really pay off a couple years down the road. READ MORE

25. Panthers: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

GRADE: B- One thing's for sure: If the Panthers can field a trio of Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson, they'll have the league's most athletic linebacker corps.READ MORE

26. Ravens:Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

GRADE: B Perriman will not be able to fill Torrey Smith's shoes in full immediately, but he could be better than him in the long run. The Ravens just have to be a little patient.​ READ MORE

27. Cowboys:Byron Jones, CB, UConn

GRADE: A Jones scored very high in all athletic tests, and that shows up on the field; this is a great get this late in the draft. READ MORE

28. Lions (via Denver)Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke

GRADE: A- Tomlinson is an intelligent player (as his Duke education might indicate) and can dominate defenders at the line. He is not all that agile, but the Lions' system may not ask him to be. READ MORE

29. Colts:Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

GRADE: B- The Colts are clearly looking to stretch the field in a major way, making life very difficult for enemy defenses.​ ​READ MORE

30. PackersDamarious Randall, S, Arizona State

GRADE: B If nothing else, he'll help Green Bay match up down the middle of the field, as Clinton-Dix has since his arrival. The league, and especially Green Bay's division, makes having players of that ilk a necessity. READ MORE

31. Saints(via Seattle):Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson

GRADE: C Trading Jimmy Graham for what amounts to Max Unger and a decent inside linebacker? Well, that will have a lot of Saints fans scratching their heads.​ READ MORE

32. Patriots: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

GRADE: A Brown was productive at Texas, and he's a great value for New England here. READ MORE