1 BUCCANEERS JAMEIS WINSTON [INSTANT STARTER]
Mariota and Leonard Williams remain possibilities—but if the Bucs trust Winston the person, they'll pull the trigger on Winston the quarterback.
April 20, 2015
2 TITANS LEONARD WILLIAMS [TRADE BAIT]
Williams would bolster the D-line, but this is arguably the NFL's least-talented roster, so a trade down for more picks could be a play.
3 JAGUARS VIC BEASLEY [NONISSUE]
O-line help can come later. This boils down to which edge defender the Jags like most. Beasley would fit Gus Bradley's "Leo" role well.
4 RAIDERS AMARI COOPER [INSTANT STARTER]
Watch for a trade; Oakland could slide back and still add receiver help. But Cooper is the go-to threat that this offense needs.
5 REDSKINS DANTE FOWLER JR. [NONISSUE]
An impact O-lineman should fall to the Skins in round 2, but they can't wait till then to find a defender to match Fowler's potential.
6 JETS MARCUS MARIOTA [SINKER]
Todd Bowles would get the most out of Shane Ray or Randy Gregory. But the new Jets coach needs a franchise QB and has no ties to Geno Smith.
7 BEARS KEVIN WHITE [INSTANT STARTER]
WIDE RECEIVERWEST VIRGINIA
No Danny Shelton? New DC Vic Fangio thrived in San Fran without a massive DT. The dazzling White fills a Brandon Marshall--sized hole.
8 FALCONS BRANDON SCHERFF [VALUE PACK]
Atlanta could use Ray, but this team is built around passing, pointing the needle in the direction of a first-round O-line pick for the second year in a row.
9 GIANTS DEVANTE PARKER [INSTANT STARTER]
Parker and Odell Beckham Jr. together? Eli Manning says, Thanks!, and the Giants get to avoid the temptation of rushing Victor Cruz back early.
10 RAMS LA'EL COLLINS [STRETCH]
If Winston/Mariota or any of the top three WRs are available, the Rams might jump. If not, the choice comes down to La'el or Landon Collins.
11 VIKINGS TRAE WAYNES [NONISSUE]
The Vikings would love to find a CB to pair with 2013 first-rounder Xavier Rhodes. A possible wild card: the multifaceted Shaq Thompson.
12 BROWNS DANNY SHELTON [VALUE PACK]
Cleveland absolutely has to upgrade its run defense, and the Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline free-agent additions provide some leeway at WR.
13 SAINTS RANDY GREGORY [OFF-FIELD CONCERNS]
Gregory's fall after a failed drug test will be intriguing. Having traded away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, the Saints could pounce on a WR here, too—or at 31.
14 DOLPHINS LANDON COLLINS [TRADE BAIT]
He's a long-term answer at safety (while incumbent Louis Delmas is a short-term one). Alternates: Marcus Peters or Kevin Johnson.
15 49ERS SHANE RAY [VALUE PACK]
Aldon Smith could be a free agent in '16, and Ahmad Brooks's future as a Niner is up in the air, so San Fran plans for the future.
16 TEXANS SHAQ THOMPSON [NONISSUE]
This Swiss Army knife is the piece the Texans need at ILB. Bud Dupree would be appealing if there's any doubt about Jadeveon Clowney's knee.
17 CHARGERS ERECK FLOWERS [NONISSUE]
The Todd Gurley/Melvin Gordon watch starts with this pick—but adding Flowers would slide D.J. Fluker inside on a formidable O-line.
18 CHIEFS ERIC KENDRICKS [INSTANT STARTER]
His rangy game will fit well in K.C.'s linebacking corps, especially with 32-year-old Derrick Johnson's career turning for home.
19 BROWNS ANDRUS PEAT From Bills [NONISSUE]
He'd knock Mitchell Schwartz out of the Browns' RT position immediately and be ticketed for Joe Thomas's LT job down the line.
20 EAGLES ARIK ARMSTEAD [SLEEPER]
You have to give any Oregon product a slight Chip Kelly--related bump. Armstead's game would be an intriguing fit in Philly.
21 BENGALS MALCOM BROWN [NONISSUE]
Domata Peko's days are few if a big body like Brown arrives. A downhill LB—Denzel Perryman, Benardrick McKinney—also fits the bill.
22 STEELERS KEVIN JOHNSON [INSTANT STARTER]
Time for the Steelers to begin their CB youth movement. Dupree makes sense here too, even with 2013 first-round pick Jarvis Jones still around.
23 LIONS D.J. HUMPHRIES [STRETCH]
GM Martin Mayhew goes best-player-available, almost to a fault. If it's not Gurley here, then Humphries is an immediate starter up front.
24 CARDINALS BUD DUPREE [NONISSUE]
Would Arizona prefer to generate more pressure off the edge or (as in 2014) by blitzing up the middle? Dupree would aid the former.
25 PANTHERS T.J. CLEMMINGS [NONISSUE]
Easy call: OT or WR. If they don't think Clemmings is ready to step in on the left immediately, the Panthers could gamble on Breshad Perriman here.
26 RAVENS TODD GURLEY [INJURY WATCH]
Running back is not a position of desperate need in Baltimore, making the brilliant (but still-on-the-mend) Gurley a perfect slow play.
27 COWBOYS MARCUS PETERS [OFF-FIELD CONCERNS]
A steal at a spot where Dallas could use an NFL-ready option. That is, if Jerry Jones decides not to go prospecting for his next star RB here.
28 BRONCOS MAXX WILLIAMS [NONISSUE]
For $38 million less than Julius Thomas, Denver lands a TE with similar skills. But coach Gary Kubiak might want a nimble OL instead—say, Erving.
29 COLTS JORDAN PHILLIPS [NONISSUE]
Perryman and McKinney are options, given Indy's poor LB situation. But Phillips would help stop plays from even reaching that second level.
30 PACKERS OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA [TRADE BAIT]
A little out of the box on this one, but Julius Peppers is 35 and Odighizuwa's run-stopping skills would mesh well with Peppers's style.
31 SAINTS BRESHAD PERRIMAN From Seahawks [SLEEPER]
WIDE RECEIVERCENTRAL FLORIDA
Having added Gregory at 13, the Saints focus on O. Or: The trading of OG Ben Grubbs means A.J. Cann or Laken Tomlinson would fit here.
32 PATRIOTS CAMERON ERVING [VALUE PACK]
The beauty in picking Erving here is that he can push his old FSU teammate Bryan Stork at center or help elsewhere along the O-line.
33 TITANS JAKE FISHER [INSTANT STARTER]
Right tackle is a chasm for the Titans, and Fisher could start right away. Another issue: running back. Could Melvin Gordon hear his name here?
34 BUCCANEERS PRESTON SMITH [SLEEPER]
DEFENSIVE ENDMISSISSIPPI ST.
A year after misfiring on free agent Michael Johnson, the Bucs go back to the DE well. The guy just taken, Fisher, is another one Tampa could use.
35 RAIDERS MELVIN GORDON [INSTANT STARTER]
Whether or not anyone's noticed, Oakland has pieced together an O-line capable of mauling the opposition. Gordon gives them a legit No. 1 back.
36 JAGUARS JALEN COLLINS [NONISSUE]
The Jags add a nice complement to free agent Davon House in the secondary.... Or they could wait on the defense and gain O-line depth here.
37 JETS ELI HAROLD [NONISSUE]
The Jets get a badly needed disruptive edge defender. Should they stick to O, they could set off a RB run by finding a partner for Chris Ivory.
38 REDSKINS LAKEN TOMLINSON [INSTANT STARTER]
Tomlinson is arguably the draft's top guard. But Eric Rowe or Derron Smith might be on the board at this pick, and the Skins are weak at safety.
39 BEARS EDDIE GOLDMAN [VALUE PACK]
DEF. TACKLEFLORIDA STATE
He would ease Chicago's move to a 3--4 D. Consider too those safeties mentioned at 38; 32-year-old FA Antrel Rolle's stay is likely to be short.
40 GIANTS ERIC ROWE [NONISSUE]
The Giants have a starting spot open for Rowe at safety—many believe the former Ute is better off there than at corner anyway.
41 RAMS A.J. CANN [INSTANT STARTER]
And just like that, with Collins and Cann, the Rams' offensive line morphs from a question mark to a position of strength.
42 FALCONS DANIELLE HUNTER [NONISSUE]
Hunter's a work in progress, but the Falcons aren't in a position to be choosy. They can't go another pick in this draft without a pass rusher.
43 BROWNS DEVIN SMITH [VALUE PACK]
WIDE RECEIVEROHIO STATE
In theory, Brian Hartline or Andrew Hawkins could help stretch the field. Smith definitely can. Clive Walford, at TE, would be the less sexy choice.
44 SAINTS BYRON JONES [SLEEPER]
The Saints snag the combine star, leaving questions about who'll eventually replace Drew Brees. (How about Brett Hundley here?)
45 VIKINGS DENZEL PERRYMAN [NONISSUE]
Behind the Vikes' front four (and beside Anthony Barr) Perryman will be a tackling machine. This team needs OT depth, but it'd be a stretch to look here.
46 49ERS PAUL DAWSON [SINKER]
They'll eye P.J. Williams (whose DUI arrest is less of an issue in round 2) but, minus Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, will opt for an aggressive ILB.
47 DOLPHINS JAELEN STRONG [VALUE PACK]
WIDE RECEIVERARIZONA STATE
Strong, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry would form a dangerous triple threat. For RB help, Ameer Abdullah and Duke Johnson are still out there.
48 CHARGERS CARL DAVIS [NONISSUE]
San Diego could follow Miami's footsteps by filling a skill position—Green-Beckham?—but Davis is a safer pick for a team seeking muscle.
49 CHIEFS DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM [OFF-FIELD CONCERNS]
In WRs Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson and De'Anthony Thomas, K.C. has some playmakers—but no one who can win on the outside.
50 BILLS BENARDRICK MCKINNEY [SINKER]
The Bills' first pick nets them a 246-pound fill-in for free agent Brandon Spikes. (But yes, they might also consider a QB.)
51 TEXANS RONALD DARBY [NONISSUE]
Johnathan Joseph could be a free agent in '16 and Darby has No. 1 CB traits. Houston may also seek a WR here with Andre Johnson gone.
52 EAGLES PHILLIP DORSETT [NONISSUE]
Dorsett's home run skills give him an edge over the WR options. Or, having missed out on Mariota, Chip Kelly may eyeball Hundley here.
53 BENGALS CEDRIC OGBUEHI [SLEEPER]
He'd be a classic Cincy pick—he could help at multiple spots, even coming off a knee injury, and should grow over the next few seasons.
54 LIONS MICHAEL BENNETT [VALUE PACK]
DEF. TACKLEOHIO STATE
While no one can replace Ndamukong Suh, Bennett's three-technique pass rushing plus Haloti Ngata's run D would ease the transition.
55 CARDINALS P.J. WILLIAMS [OFF-FIELD CONCERNS]
Arizona cashed in by taking a chance on safety Tyrann Mathieu in '13 and can do the same here with Williams, who was once seen as a first-rounder.
56 STEELERS CLIVE WALFORD [NONISSUE]
Under the assumption that Heath Miller cannot play forever, the Steelers draft his future replacement, who they can use now in two-TE sets.
57 PANTHERS NELSON AGHOLOR [INSTANT STARTER]
Kelvin Benjamin was seen as raw entering last year's draft—and then caught 73 passes. Agholor is even better prepared for the NFL.
58 RAVENS ALEX CARTER [STRETCH]
Carter would add size and depth to a secondary that can only improve. Joe Flacco would also welcome WR Devin Funchess's downfield talents here.
59 BRONCOS ALI MARPET [SLEEPER]
Marpet's fleet feet must have coach Gary Kubiak interested. A little depth on D should be on the table too—namely, help along the line.
60 COWBOYS JAY AJAYI [NONISSUE]
RUNNING BACKBOISE STATE
Ajayi racked up 397 touches last season—just 52 fewer than the now-departed DeMarco Murray had for Dallas (and in two fewer games).
61 COLTS DERRON SMITH [NONISSUE]
The draft's second safety finally comes off the board, to a team woefully undermanned there. (And the Colts still need a linebacker.)
62 PACKERS STEPHONE ANTHONY [VALUE PACK]
Unless Perryman, Dawson or McKinney falls to this spot, there's a good bargain here. Able-bodied CBs ought to be on high alert too.
63 SEAHAWKS HRONISS GRASU [INSTANT STARTER]
An obvious—too obvious?—solution to Seattle dealing away center Max Unger this spring: Draft the guy who replaced him at Oregon.
64 PATRIOTS MARCUS HARDISON [NONISSUE]
DEF. TACKLEARIZONA STATE
The Pats upgrade in the trenches; Hardison can be a productive rotational guy right away. A WR like the underrated Tyler Lockett works too.