1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
There is no denying Winston's talent, although his interception issues are concerning they are coachable. On the field Winston makes perfect sense for the Bucs with the first overall pick. However, Tampa is making a big investment and making a young, controversial player the face of their franchise. This is a high-risk, high-reward move, and the Bucs seem to be confident can keep his head on straight.
2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
I'm pretty confident that Marcus Mariota will be the second overall pick, however, I'm not sure it will actually be the Titans on the clock at number two overall. Regardless, I think Mariota can be a very good NFL quarterback if a team and coach are willing to work with him and give him time to develop. Whether its Tennessee or not, the quarterback driven NFL will likely see QB's go 1-2.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DT, USC
The Jags invested in a quarterback with this very selection a year ago, and although Cooper is tempting here, the Jags ultimately grab arguably the best player of the draft. The Jags have a solid defensive line, but Williams will still find a way to make an impact early in his career. Gus Bradley will find a way to use the talented USC product.
4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
There is nothing Cooper can't do, he is as polished a wide out as they come. The Raiders give young signal caller Dereck Carr a phenomenal weapon, capable of becoming a legit number one wide out. Cooper's best football may be ahead of him, and he is a player that will pay off big for the Raiders.
5. Washington Redskins: Dante Fowler Jr, OLB, Florida
Fowler will give the Redskins an effective trio of pass outside linebackers combining with Murphy and Kerrigan. Fowler has solid film, and his best football is likely ahead of him. Fowler possesses the perfect combination of size and burst, is physical against the run, has violent hands, and the motor to be dominant. If coached up, Fowler can be a perennial pro bowler. Fowler would be a perfect compliment to Ryan Kerrigan, and he and Murphy's versatility would allow new defensive coordinator Joe Barry to get creative on passing downs.
6. New York Jets: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
New head coach Todd Bowles loves to put pressure on the quarterback, and Beasley can do just that. Beasley proved he could add weight to his frame without losing his speed at the combine, securing his position as a top ten pick. Bowles is just the coach to get the most potential out of the Clemson product.
7. Chicago Bears: Kevin White, WR, WVU
The Bears traded away Brandon Marshall, but they can quickly replace Marshall with the talented Mountaineer product. White and Alshon Jeffery would make a nice combo on the outside for Jay Cutler. White has the size and speed NFL coaches covet, and has an extremely high ceiling.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
The Falcons desperately need a talented pass rusher, so much so that they are willing to take a risk on the talented Nebraska product with off the field concerns. Gregory is a phenomenal talent with the athletic ability to drop into coverage. Although his lean frame is a concern, Gregory holds up against the run pretty well.
9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, G/T, Iowa
The Giants could use upgrades at several positions across their offensive line, which makes Scherff an intriguing option for the G-Men. Some believe Scherff can play tackle, but even if he can't he would provide a major upgrade at guard.
10. St. Lewis Rams: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Trae Waynes is a talented press corner who possesses a great combination of size and speed. Waynes is arguably the top corner of the class, and presents good value here. Waynes has the potential to be a number one corner if coached up and used right.
11. Minnesota Vikings: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Although Cooper and White get the headlines, Parker is an extremely talented prospect. Because of injuries Parker has flown under the radar a bit, but he has the potential to be an effective NFL receiver. Parker gets reunited with his college teammate, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
12. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
I wouldn't rule out the Browns making a run at Mariota, but if they don't and Shelton is still on the board at 12, it provides good value at a position of need. Shelton can be a force in the middle for Cleveland.
13. New Orleans Saints: Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri
Ray was insanely productive during his time at Missouri. Ray has a phenomenal motor and plays with a passion and intensity. Ray could be the next Missouri pass rushing product to dominate the NFL, however, Ray did not test as well as expected at the combine causing him to fall to the Saints at 13.
14. Miami Dolphins: La'el Collins, G/T, LSU
To me, Collins may be the most talented offensive line prospect of the entire class, so this pick provides the Dolphins with fantastic value. Collins, much like Scherff it is unclear if Collins best position going forward is guard or tackle. However, it is undeniable that Collins is an absolute mauler, and an extremely talented prospect.
15. San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
Arik Armstead is a prospect with an extremely high ceiling. Armstead has the perfect frame to play defensive end, has violent hands and will be very successful in the 49ers defense. This is a pretty good value pick at this point of the draft as well.
16. Houston Texans: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Strong is an underrated prospect in my opinion. The Arizona State product possesses a good combination of size and speed. Strong does a phenomenal job of using his body to shield off defenders and come back to the ball. Strong also uses his height and body control to win jump balls, he will compliment Deandre Hopkins and recently signed Cecil Shorts very well.
17. San Diego Chargers: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
I was tempted to give the Chargers Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon here, but at the end of the day it is a deep class at running back and the Chargers need a run stuffer in the middle. Malcom Brown is a raw prospect that will fit very nicely with San Diego's defense.
18. Kansas City Cheifs: Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
Perriman may be the biggest riser up draft boards since the combine. Perriman is a big, explosive receiver with untapped potential. The chiefs added Jeremy Maclin, but when you don't have a receiver score a touchdown all year, one move isn't enough. Maclin, Perriman, and Travis Kelce will provide Alex Smith with a solid group of pass catchers.
19. Cleveland Browns: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
Green-Beckham's off the field issues are supposedly behind him. The Browns may be hesitant to add another receiver with character issues, however, Gordon and Green-Backham would be a phenomenal combination when on the field together.
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
The Eagles have made major secondary moves this off-season. However, there isn't a lot of experience there and there are a lot of injury concerns with the players they added. On the field, Peters can challenge for the top cornerback of the class. Chip Kelly has never been one to shy away from a player with risks, which is why he won't hesitate to add the former Washington product.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forrest
One of the more underrated prospects of the entire class, there isn't much Kevin Johnson doesn't do well. Johnson was a bright spot on a very bad Wake Forest team, and has the length, size and speed to be a very good NFL cornerback.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Steelers need help at the safety position, and although Landon Collins has been over-hyped throughout the entire draft process, the Alabama product presents good value here. Collins will fit right in to the nasty, hard hitting Steelers defense.
23. Detroit Lions: Andrus Peat, T, Stanford
Andrus Peat is a raw prospect, and probably would have benefited from another year at Stanford. However, there is no doubt he has the talent and ability to develop into a quality starting tackle, and would help shore up a Lions offensive line that is good but not great.
24. Arizona Cardinals: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
I love this pick, I think Dupree probably should have gone earlier, but inconsistent film may result in the Kentucky product falling to the second half of the first round. However, Dupree is oozing with talent, and is just as big and explosive as any edge rusher in the class. In fact, he may be the best athlete of them all. Dupree will thrive in a very talented Cardinals defense.
25. Carolina Panthers: Ereck Flowers, T, Miami
The Panthers have an extremely talented young signal caller in Cam Newton. The problem is, Newton's career may be over before he turns 30 if the Panthers continue to allow him to take a beating the way they have in past seasons. Flowers is a big, powerful tackle who if coached up can be dominant.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Ronald Darby, CB, FSU
The Ravens could use some more depth in their secondary, and Darby can provide that. Darby didn't have numbers that wowed you at Florida State, but that's partially because quarterbacks avoided the pesky, athletic corner the majority of the time. Darby will fit nicely in Baltimore.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
As a Redskins analyst this pick scares me. Gurley is arguably the best running back prospect of the last few drafts, and behind that Dallas offensive line. . . yikes. Gurley would give the Cowboys another game changing player to go along with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
28. Denver Broncos: TJ Clemmings, T, Pittsburgh
The Broncos attempt to solidify their line by adding a prospect with a huge ceiling. Clemmings has the physical tools to be a dominant left tackle, but can immediately help the Broncos at guard, possibly replacing former nasty guard Orlando Franklin.
29. Indianapolis Colts: DJ Humphries, T, Florida
The Colts have Andrew Luck, TY Hilton, and added Frank Gore and Andre Johnson in free agency. However, those weapons won't matter if the Colts can't protect their young signal caller. Indy helps solidify their line by adding an extremely talented and athletic prospect in DJ Humphries.
30. Green Bay Packers: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Clay Matthews played inside linebacker very well for the Pack late in the season, and I could see them going Eli Harold here and keeping Matthews inside. However, I think Green Bay ultimately goes with the obnoxiously productive Kendricks and puts Matthews back to his natural position of outside linebacker.
31. New Orleans Saints: Byron Jones, CB, Uconn
The Saints added Brandon Browner, but they need more insurance, especially with Browners age (Will be 31 before the season). Byron Jones is a player with a huge ceiling, and has the versatility to help the saints in multiple spots.
32. New England Patriots: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
The Patriots have never been known to have a featured back, instead opting to use multiple backs in different situations. However, after the pats lost Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley to free agency, and with LeGarrette Blount facing suspension running back is suddenly a big need for the defending champs knowing Bill Belichick he may pass on a running back, knowing it's a deep class and instead opt for a player like Jordan Phillips to replace Wilfork or Jalen Collins, however, Gordons talent is too good to pass up here.
33. Tennessee Titans: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
The Titans got their quarterback in round one, and add a talented pass rusher at the top of round two. Harold is a raw player who bends the edge extremely well, and if he can put on some weight has the potential to be a very good player for the Titans.
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Fisher, T, Oregon
The Bucs now have their franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston, and they need to fix their abysmal offensive line to give the Florida State product a chance. Fisher is a nasty tackle who translates best to right tackle or guard at the next level, and will make an impact early at one of those positions for the Bucs.
35. Oakland Raiders: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
The Raiders add another piece to their already talented young defense. Collins has good size for the position (6'1 203), and is a phenomenal athlete who can stay with the quickest receivers. Collins has what it takes to be a dominate corner on the outside for the Raiders defense for years to come.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
The Jags could use offensive line help here, but instead the Jags invest another young weapon to go with their young signal caller and pass catchers. Ajayi is a complete running back, who is effective running between the tackles, has enough burst to hit the home run, and is an effective pass catcher. Ajayi reminds me of Matt Forte, which is an extremely good thing for the Boise State product.
37. New York Jets: Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M
Ogbuehi is a first round talent had it not been for injuries, and presents good value here. Ogbeuhi can play right tackle or guard for the Jets and will help solidify an offensive line that needs youth and talent.
38. Washington Redskins: Quinten Rollins, FS, Miami (OH)
This was a difficult pick to make, because there are a lot of players I like a lot still available, which means if this scenario were to play out, the Redskins may look to trade back to add more picks and still get a prospect they like.
Players I considered: Preston Smith, Quinten Rollins, Carl Davis, Laken Tomlinson, Devin Funchess, Eric Rowe, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Shaq Thompson, Paul Dawson and AJ Cann.
The ultimate decision came down to four players. Laken Tomlinson makes a ton of sense, because he could challenge for a starting guard spot from day one, and would be a long term upgrade, and would also beef up the Skins line, possessing the size (323) that Callahan, Gruden, and McCloughan value.
Shaq Thompson would present fantastic value at this point. It is unclear what position the Huskie product will play, but there is no questioning Thompson's talent and play making ability. The rangy, athletic, over productive defensive stud would look very good in the middle beside Keenan Robinson, and be an asset defending the pass.
Eric Rowe would give the Redskins a trio of corners that fit what the Redskins want to do schematically. Rowe has good size (6'1) and his physical, press style play would complement Culliver and Breeland very well.
However, even with the Dashon Golson trade, the Redskins need more depth and a long term answer at the free safety position, and Rollins can be that answer. A former point guard, Rollins uses his vision, quick feat and hips to read quarterbacks well and has the potential to be a ball hawk free safety. Rollins has the perfect combo of range and power to be a force against the pass, as well as being physical enough to make an impact in the run game. Rollins has a huge ceiling, and could present the Redskins with their free safety of the future.