The NFL Draft will kick off tonight at 6pm MST from Chicago. We've laid out several mocks so far and this will serve as our final prediction of how the first round will shake out tonight. If the Denver Broncos get the guy we think they will, they’ll have a legit option at defensive end, in case Derek Wolfe or Malik Jackson leave in free agency next season.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Analysis: This pick is a no-brainer, at least from a prediction standpoint. The Bucs have made it clear that Winston is their guy.
2. Philadelphia Eagles [Trade with Tennessee To] Select Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon.
Analysis: Chip Kelly and the Eagles pull of the trade that many are thinking happens. They get their quarterback, but trade away some defensive players and picks.
3. Washington Redskins [Trade With Jacksonville To] Select Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida
Analysis: The Redskins are lacking edge pressure and Fowler’s elite traits are too great to let slip by. They have to give up some capital, but acquire a blue-chip talent.
4. Oakland Raiders Select Leonard Williams, DE, USC
Analysis: The Raiders have a lot of needs on the defensive side of the ball. With how the board falls, they get a chance at the top defensive player in the draft. They take him in a heartbeat and gives Head Coach Jack Del Rio and defensive toy to play with.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars [Via Washington] select Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Analysis: After trading down, the Jaguars take the top wide receiver in the draft. They pass up on the third best defensive player in hopes of landing someone later who can fill that void. White gives them a legit #1 option on offense to help out Blake Bortles.
6. New York Jets Select Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
8. Atlanta Falcons [Trade With Chicago To] Select Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Analysis: The Falcons have been without true edge-rushing impact since John Abraham left. In Beasley, they now have the means to put pressure on the quarterback. They only traded up because Beasley being available here would have other teams trying to move up, primarily the Saints. So, the Falcons secure the pick and keep him from a division foe.
7. Chicago Bears [Via Atlanta] Select Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Analysis: The Bears traded Brandon Marshall to the Jets and in Cooper, now have a talented young player opposite Alshon Jeffery.
9. New York Giants Select Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
Analysis: The Giants will go only as far as Eli Manning can take them. Sherff can play outside at tackle, but is likely headed to guard for the G-Men. He will help keep Manning upright.
10. Miami Dolphins [Trade With St. Louis To] Select DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
11. Minnesota Vikings Select Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
12. Cleveland Browns Select Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Analysis: The Browns are in need of help in the center of their defensive line. They grab the best two-gap nose tackle in the draft to bolster their defense.
13. New Orleans Saints Select Avlin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
Anaysis: The Saints cash in on the top-heavy edge rushing crop in this class. Dupree has the tools to be a great pass rusher, but will need work in the other areas of his game.
14. St. Louis Rams [via Miami] Select Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)
15. San Francisco 49ers Select Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
Analysis: With the retirement of Justin Smith, the Niners had a hole to fill in their front seven with the 6-foot-8 Armstead—a player with a ridiculously high ceiling.
16. Detroit Lions [Trade With Texans To] Select Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Analysis: The Lions watch as one of the top corners fall. They have to get help in their secondary so they jump at the chance to get Waynes.
17. San Diego Chargers Select Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin.
Analysis: The Chargers have a lot of gadget type running backs but no true #1 guy. They get their guy in the former Badger.
18. Kansas City Chiefs Select D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
Analysis: The Chiefs spent the No. 1 overall pick on a tackle last season in Eric Fisher, and follow up in this first round with his bookend. Humphries could use further development but provides great value here.
19. Cleveland Browns Select Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
Analysis: The Browns need help at receiver. Perriman has been a rapid riser the last month and rightfully so. Browns get a very talented receiver to be a #1 target for whoever ends up playing quarterback for them.
20. Tennessee Titans [Via Eagles] Select Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska.
Analysis: Titans need help getting after the quarterback. Gregory has been falling down boards for different reasons, but his upside is impossible to pass up here at #20.
21. Cincinnati Bengals Select Andrus Peat, OT, Standford
Analysis: The Bengals score the OT prospect most thought would be the first off the board a couple of months ago. He will provide the Bengals with options behind Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers Select Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Analysis: The Steelers have been in need at corner for a long time, but the retirement of Ike Taylor makes this an emergency pick.
23. Houston Texans [Via Lions] Select Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State.
Analysis: The Texans got rid of long time center Chris Myers and need help inside. Erving is a versatile player and fits what the Texans want perfectly.
24. Arizona Cardinals Select T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
Analysis: After many drafniks surmised that a recently-found calcified fracture in Clemmings’ foot would cause him to fall out of the first round, the Cardinals take a flyer in the hopes that he can help their running game and protect 35-year-old Carson Palmer.
25. Carolina Panthers Select Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
Analysis: Tomlinson is prospect who can immediately start and make an impact on the Panthers running game.
26. Baltimore Ravens Select Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (FL)
Analysis: The Ravens take Dorsett in the hopes that he can have a similar impact from the slot that T.Y. Hilton had for the Colts.
27. Dallas Cowboys Select Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
28. Denver Broncos Select Preston Smith, DL, Mississippi State
Analysis: Everyone thought O-line for Denver, but John Elway instead chooses to bolster his defensive line with Smith—a guy who can play any position in a 3-4 defense’s front seven.
29. Indianapolis Colts Select Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Analysis: The Colts need help at safety and Collins can provide it. A real enforcer in the box, he should also help them stop the run.
30. Green Bay Packers Select Eric Kendricks, MLB, UCLA
Analysis: The Packers go with a tackling-machine in Kendricks. He’ll be able to hold down the fort in the middle of their defense for years to come.
31. New Orleans Saints Select Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
Analysis: In a surprising move, the Saints draft a backup QB with immense upside and one who can eventually succeed the aging Drew Brees.
32. New England Patriots Select Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut.
Analysis: The Patriots lost their top two cornerbacks from last season in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. They need help and jump on the super athletic Byron Jones to end the first round.
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