A majority of free agency is in the books, and now we have a little better understanding of what teams may do in the NFL Draft. For the Bucs, the first pick is clear, but the rest of their picks may be desperation picks as they try to improve both of their lines.
Here's who I think each team gets in the first 3 rounds of the NFL Draft:
1st Round: Jameis Winston - QB - FSU
Commish's Take: Winston is a given with the 1st overall pick at this point. After the 1st pick, the Bucs need to get desperate in improving their offensive line and their pass rush. If the offensive tackle they want is not available in the 2nd round, I could very well see the Bucs going after a defensive end line Nate Orchard or Preston Smith. Fortunately for the Bucs, there is a wealth of offensive tackles early in this draft, so a player like Flowers falling to the top of round 2 is not very far-fetched. Trey Flowers is a bigger end who fits nicely in a 4-3 defense.
3rd Round: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - CB - Oregon
Commish's Take: I'm not sure if it ends up being the Titans who take Mariota, but I do believe Mariota goes in the top 5 picks to a team trading up for him. The team I'd keep an eye on is the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have a lot more to offer than Chip Kelly does with the Eagles. For this mock draft, if the Titans do get Mariota early, expect them to go heavy on defense after the 1st round. Kendricks is an athletic, hard-hitting linebacker with plenty of leadership abilities. If Ekpre-Olomu fully recovers from his torn ACL, he'll be a 1st round talent that can be had in the 3rd round.
2nd Round: Kevin Johnson - CB - Wake Forrest
Commish's Take: I just think Fowler is a perfect fit for the Jaguars with his talent, the position he plays, his leadership, and his ties within the state of Florida. Johnson gives the Jaguars an athletic corner, and Ogbuehi slides in at right tackle opposite of another former Texas A&M tackle in Luke Joekel.
2nd Round: Nelson Agholor - WR - USC
3rd Round: Jeremy Poutasi - OL - Utah
Commish's Take: If Mariota is available here, I think the Raiders would be open for business. Since I don't predict trades in my mocks, Leonard Williams is too good for the Raiders to pass up, even for a top wide receiver. With receiver being so deep, the Raiders can afford to wait and still get a reliable target for Derek Carr in Nelson Agholor. Poutasi can step right in as a day one starter, like Gabe Jackson from a year ago, and help for the Raiders line into a dominant force for years to come.
Commish's Take: Beasley continues to prove his critics wrong this off-season. He'd be an excellent addition to the Redskins defense. The additions of Cann at OG and Williams at right tackle helps put the hogs back in Washington D.C.
2nd Round: Nate Orchard - EDGE - Utah
Commish's Take: The Jets will stick with Geno Smith, but also give him all of the tools necessary to succeed. The combination of Brandon Marshall and Kevin White could be devastating to opposing defenses. Chan Gailey loves to spread it out and run the ball as well, so Abdullah could be a nice chnge from Chris Ivory. Orchard gives the Jets some pass rush capability to pair with all of the cornerbacks they signed this off-season.
Commish's Take: Some might consider Collins a reach with the 8th pick, but he is easily the best safety in a very weak class this year. Vic Fangio likes to have hard hitting safeties in his defenses. Harold gives the Bears a raw rusher off the edge. With Marshall gone, the Bears could use another weapon for Jay Cutler. Lockett is always open and adds a spark on special teams.
1st Round: Randy Gregory - EDGE - Nebraska
2nd Round: Marcus Peters - CB - Washington
Commish's Take: Dan Quinn brings the Seahawks mentality of needing pass rushers (Gregory) and guys who can cover (Peters). New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense calls for athletic offensive linemen who can move, which is why Ty Sambrailo is a good fit.
1st Round: Malcom Brown - DT - Texas
2nd Round: Stephone Anthony - ILB - Clemson
3rd Round: Ali Marpet - OL - Hobart
Commish's Take: Tom Coughlin loves to draft along the lines early in drafts, despite their pick of Odell Beckham last year. Brown gives them a penetrating defensive tackle to play next to the massive Hankins. Anthony is big and athletic, and finally gives the Giants some stability at linebacker. The hard-nosed Marpet just seems like a Coughlin guy.
1st Round: Brandon Scherff - OL - Iowa
2nd Round: Cameron Erving - C - FSU
Commish's Take: After trading for Nick Foles, the Rams don't have a lot of holes left, other than their offensive line. Scherff and Erving start from day 1 for the next 10 years.
Commish's Take: Mike Zimmer addresses his defense early with the draft's top corner and a linebacker reminiscent of a player in Vontaze Burfict, whom he coached in Cincinnati. Funchess gives the Vikings offense some size to go with the speed they have in Cordarrelle Patterson and Mike Wallace.
1st Round: Amari Cooper - WR - Alabama
1st Round (via BUF): Aric Armstead - DL - Oregon
2nd Round: Maxx Williams - TE - Minnesota
3rd Round: Cody Pruitt - S - Ole Miss
Commish's Take: I still think the Browns are in the best position to trade up, but if they don't, they're also in a good position to get a nice haul. Cooper is a top receiver, the massive Armstead helps their defensive line, and Maxx Williams gives them at least someone to play tight end. Whether it's Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel, the Browns must get their quarterbacks some help.
1st Round (via SEA): Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Oklahoma
2nd Round: Denzel Perryman - ILB - Miami
3rd Round: Hauoli Kakawa - EDGE - Washington
Commish's Take: So, the Saints want to help their defense? I'll believe it when I see it. Collins is an excellent replacement for Ben Grubbs and Green-Beckham could end up as the best weapon in the draft if he stays out of trouble. The Saints can still get the thumping Perryman in the 2nd round and a pass rusher like Kakawa in the 3rd.
1st Round: Danny Shelton - DT - Washington
3rd Round: Djoun Smith - CB - FAU
Commish's Take: It's become the sexy trend to have the Dolphins take DeVante Parker. I mean, why draft a defensive tackle if you just spent a ton of money on Ndamukong Suh?Why not? Shelton and Suh next to each other could lead the Dolphins to becoming the top defense in the NFL for years to come. Perriman is a big receiver with speed to stretch the field that the Dolphins could get in the 2nd round. As for Shelton, my perspective on the NFL Draft isn't to address my needs as early as possible. My goal is to make my team championship caliber as soon as possible. Shelton next to Suh could do that.
San Francisco 49ers
1st Round: DeVante Parker - WR - Louisville
2nd Round: Benardrick McKinney - ILB - Mississippi State
Commish's Take: The 49ers got the speedy Torrey Smith, so Parker on the other side would finally give Colin Kaepernick some legit receivers. McKinney is the obvious replacement for both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland. Grant helps with the 49ers lack of depth at corner.
3rd Round: T.J. Yeldon - RB - Alabama
Commish's Take: It's a little surprising to see Ray slip this far, but players slip every year in the draft. With some uncertainty on Clowney's health, Ray can add some more pass rush to the Texans defense. Coates and Yeldon bring some speed and power to Bill O'Brien's offense.
San Diego Chargers
3rd Round: Grady Jackson - DT - Clemson
Commish's Take: All this talk of Phillip Rivers playing out the final year of his contract and rumors that the Chargers might want to trade up for Mariota make no sense to me. Give Rivers a legit running back and he'll be fine with a contract extension. Tomlinson fills out a very good and young offensive line.
1st Round: T.J. Clemmings - OT - Pitt
2nd Round: Devin Smith - WR - Ohio State
3rd Round: Hroniss Grasu - C - Oregon
Commish's Take: Andy Reid gets back to his roots of drafting offensive linemen early. Clemmings has all of the talent you want, but is raw. Grasu can step ijn and start immediately at center. After signing Jeremy Maclin this off-season to a massive contract, Andy Reid gets his DeSean Jackson-like player in the speedy Devin Smith.
1st Round: Jalen Collins - CB - LSU
2nd Round: Brett Hundley - QB - UCLA
3rd Round: Phillip Dorsett - WR - Miami
Commish's Take: Collins paired with Byron Maxwell gives the Eagles size and talent at both of their corner spots. While I don't believe the Eagles will have enough ammunition to move into the top 5 for Marcus Mariota, I do believe Brett Hundley would be a nice fit in that offense as a 2nd round pick. Dorsett can give the Eagles some speed to go with the bigger Matthews and Cooper.
1st Round: Eddie Goldman - DT - FSU
3rd Round: Danielle Hunter - EDGE - LSU
Commish's Take: The Bengals get the physical Goldman to play next to Geno Atkins. Donovan Smith is a massive tackle who could probably play left or right tackle. Offensive tackle is an area the Bengals really need to improve. Hunter is a very raw pass rusher who probably should have stayed at LSU for another year.
1st Round: Bud Dupree - EDGE - Kentucky
2nd Round: Quinten Rollins - CB - Miami (OH)
3rd Round: Gabe Wright - DT - Auburn
Commish's Take: If Dupree is available here for the Steelers, I think it ends up being a no-brainer. Dupree can play multiple positions along the defensive line, and just needs some solid coaching to reach his untapped potential. Rollins gives the Steelers a ball hawk at corner.
1st Round: Owa Odighizuwa - DE - UCLA
2nd Round: Carl Davis - DT - Iowa
3rd Round: Duke Johnson - RB - Miami
Commish's Take: The Lions might have lost Suh and Nick Fairley, but they could get more balanced along their defensive line. I'm a big fan of Odighizuwa, who reminds me of Ziggy Ansah. Davis is a penetrating defensive tackle who will be a nice fit next to Haloti Ngata. Duke Johnson is a younger and healthier Reggie Bush.
2nd Round: Mario Edwards - DE - FSU
3rd Round: Lorenzo Mauldin - EDGE - Louisville
Commish's Take: The Cardinals need a running back. Gordon gives them a feature back who can break long runs and contribute in the pass game. Edwards is a big and physical replacement for Darnell Dockett.
1st Round: D.J. Humphries - OT - Florida
2nd Round: Preston Smith - DE - Mississippi State
Commish's Take: The Panthers came out recently and said that Michael Oher will be their left tackle this season. I know they can't believe that. Oher is an average right tackle at best right now. Humphries might be a little more raw than some of the other tackles in this draft, but he is also one of the few tackles in this draft athletic enough to play on the left side. Preston Smith could be a starter soon at left defensive end as Greg Hardy's replacement.
2nd Round: P.J. Williams - CB - FSU
3rd Round: Joey Mbu - DT - Houston
Commish's Take: Character has been a big deal with the Ravens this off-season. All indications are that the 3 players I have them taking are good character players. Strong gives the Ravens a legit big bodied receiver with speed and the potential to be a true number-one guy. Williams and Mbu continue to add depth to the defense.
1st Round: Shaq Thompson - LB - Washington
2nd Round: Jay Ajayi - RB - Boise State
3rd Round: Ronald Darby - CB - FSU
Commish's Take: The Cowboys lost Bruce Carter to the Bucs and might not resign Rolando McClain. Shaq Thompson has the ability, speed, and instincts to play the important weakside linebacker position in the Tampa 2 defense. If Ajayi somehow falls to them in the 2nd round, he's probably the ideal replacement for DeMarco Murray.
1st Round: Jake Fisher - OT - Oregon
2nd Round: Clive Warford - TE - Miami
3rd Round: Ramik Wilson - ILB - Georgia
Commish's Take: With Gary Kubiak's offense comes a special type of athletic offensive lineman. Fisher possesses the athleticism to excel in Kubiak's zone run scheme. Warford is a very capable replacement for Julius Thomas as a tight end who can stretch the field.
1st Round: Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford
2nd Round: Michael Bennett - DL - Ohio State
3rd Round: David Cobb - RB - Minnesota
Commish's Take: The Colts have gone out in recent years and gotten Andrew Luck receivers and tight ends to throw to. They now need offensive linemen and a strong run game. Frank Gore is past 30, so Cobb can bring some young legs and learn behind Gore.
Green Bay Packers
1st Round: Byron Jones - CB - UCONN
2nd Round: Xavier Cooper - DT - Washington St.
3rd Round: Reese Dismukes - OL - Auburn
Commish's Take: Before Byron Jones jumped out of the combine with an amazing performance, he was already on the radar for a lot of folks. Cooper continues to add depth to the Packers defensive line, while Dismukes adds depth to their offensive line. Ah, the luxuries of not having many needs.
1st Round: Jordan Phillips - DT - Oklahoma
2nd Round: Eric Rowe - CB/S - Utah
Commish's Take: No 1st round pick? No problem for the Bills. Eric Rowe is underrated as a big corner/safety. I know it's a weak class of quarterbacks this year, but Bryce Petty could go to a great situation in Buffalo with Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin,Charles Clay, and LeSean McCoy to work with.
2nd Round: Tre Jackson - OG - FSU
3rd Round: Rashad Greene - WR - FSU
Commish's Take: I didn't plan this, it's just how it played out. The Seahawks go all FSU with their 2nd and 3rd round picks. Tre Jackson steps in and starts immediately at guard. Greene gives them a great route runner and sure-handed receiver to pair with Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin.
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