Here’s a no trade look at the draft. There will be plenty of trades going down this weekend. But here’s how each team could approach the draft.
1. TB – Jameis Winston – QB – FSU
College winner who needs to stay out of trouble. Should break camp with starting job. he comes form a pro style offense. If he dedicates himself and can keep his ego in check, Winston should have a solid career.
2. TEN – Marcus Mariota – QB – ORE
This pick has been rumored with plenty of trade talk. I expect Mariota to go here no matter which team is picking. Tennessee needs a lot. Mariota is an athletic pass who can make all the throws an NFL QB needs to. consistency is the issue. Tennessee is a good fit for Mariota who doesn’t like the spotlight.
3 – JAX – Kevin White – WR – WVU
Kevin white is a big,fast receiver who really hit his stride this season. He’s a go up and get the ball type of receiver. Amari Cooper could get a look here as well as the defensive line. I’d bet they give Bortles a new weapon to grow with.
4 – OAK – Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama
Young QB gets a new weapon to grow with. Cooper could be considered here too. Depends on who Oakland thinks will fit the offense better.
5 – WASH – Leonard Williams – DT – USC
should become a dominant tackle in this league. Athletic, versatile tackle could play all over the line.
6 – NYJ – Vic Beasley – OLB/DE – Clemson
Beasley was a stand out on a great Clemson defense. He brings an array of pass rushing moves with good size and speed. He leaves school as the all-time sack leader. Should play more outside linebacker at the next level.
7. CHI – Dante Fowler – OLB – Florida
Fowler brings versatility as a stand up linebacker or playing on the line. With injuries and age haunting he bears, Fowler should be an upgrade.
8. ATL – Brandon Scherff – OL – IOWA
Atlanta’s Offensive line has been trouble. Adding Scherff gives them an immediate starter who could play guard and tackle.
9. NYG – Andrus Peat – OT – Stanford
Peat is a massive tackle who moves well for his size and could anchor a line for years. there are other positions of need. Peat is a 3 year starter who has limited weak spots in his game.
10. STL – Trae Waynes – CB – MSU
The defense is young and can be dominant. But there were times when the secondary got torched. Waynes gives them a solid man corner with good speed to matchup with teams number 1 receivers.
11. MIN – DeVante Parker – WR – Louisville
Parker will catch passes from former college teammate Teddy Bridgewater. Parker brings nice size and speed along with good route running. can track a ball down & make a leaping catch. fights for extra yards.
12. CLE – Danny Shelton – DT – Washington
Shelton is a big Defensive tackle who can shut down running lanes. Moves the pocket on passing downs. Takes on double teams well. 3 years starter.
13. NO – Alvin “Bud” Dupree – DE – Kentucky
is a big athletic end/Linebacker who could do a lot of things. Play with his hand in the dirt, stand up or even line up in the middle. He was asked to be a lot of things in college with multiple defensive co-ordinator changes during his time at Kentucky.
14. MIA – Marcus Peters – CB – Washington
He comes with disciplinary issues that need checking. dismissed from team after multiple run-ins with coaches. Physical bump and run corner.
15. SF – Arik Armstead – DE – ORE
fills a need on a defense turning over due to age and retirements.
16. – HOU – Landon Collins – S -Alabama
Collins is a physical safety. He played multiple positions in Alabama’s secondary. Great against the run.
17. SD – Todd Gurley – RB – UGA
Great vision and strength. Tough to bring down. Return kickoffs and Caught passes out of the backfield. Game changing player. ACL injury could limit part of rookie year.
18. KC – Ereck Flowers – OT – MIA
Adding Maclin took some heat off drafting a receiver. Although they should at some point. Instead they Take Flowers who should become a mainstay at right tackle.
19. CLE – Jaelen Strong – WR – ASU
Big target at 6’3”. Cleveland has a lack of talent at the position and needs an upgrade. He could be a major factor in the red zone and used as a mismatch in short area situations in the slot.
20. PHI – Jake Fisher – OT – ORE
Eagles take former Oregon Duck and versatile tackle Jake Fisher. Super athletic player. Fisher played the last half of his final season at left tackle and did well. Had been primarily on the right side for 3 seasons.
21. CIN – Kevin Johnson – CB – Wake Forest
Long armed corner who can play man or zone.
22. Jalen Collins – SB – LSU
Big, physical corner who can run well. He only had 10 starts at LSU. At worst he ends up a good safety if his technique doesn’t develop
23. DET – La’el Collins – OT/OG – LSU
Big durable tackle could move to guard. A major need on the left side of the line.
24. ARI – Melvin Gordon – RB – Wisc
Gordon can get up to speed fast. Especially after getting knocked off-balance. Looks like a 3 down back.
25. CAR – Cameron Erving – OL – FSU
Erving is an O-line prospect who could play all 5 positions. Starting on the defensive line, Erving moved to left tackle. Last season after Bryan Stork left, Erving was moved early in the season to solidify the center position because it was in such disarray. He fared very well there as he did at left tackle. Could play guard in NFL also.
26. BAL – Malcom Brown – DT – Texas
Brown is a big interior tackle at 6’3” 320lbs. Quick for his size. Can move the pocket and shut down running lanes.
27. Dal – Shane Ray – DE/OLB – Missouri
Ray is a relentless pass rusher. I tad bit shorter than team would like at 6’2. An arrest this past week could drop him even out of the first round. But other teams could overlook it and select him higher than this.
28. Den – TJ Clemmings – OT
Transitioned from defensive line after two years. Played right tackle the following two seasons.
29. IND – Eddie Goldman – DT – FSU
Huge prospect at 6’4” 338lbs. A rock in the middle against the run. Colts need to be better against the run. Sometimes shows burst to move the pocket. Often doesn’t do much to penetrate as a pass rusher.
30. GB – Eli Harold – DE – Virginia
Harold is a DE/OLB prospect with a lot of upside. Harold had 14.5 tackles for a loss last season.
31. NO – Maxx Williams – TE – Minnesota
Jimmy graham is now in Seattle and New Orleans uses this pick to refill the position. Williams is a quality pass catcher and solid blocker. Should become a nice player for the Saints.
NE – Tre Jackson – OG – FSU
A trade is always possible. I expect them to move out of the first round. Jackson could slide to them in round 2. The offensive line needs help, especially at guard. Jackson will play next to former FSU teammate Brian Stork. The 6’3” 330lb Jackson started 3 season at right guard. Athletic for his size, moves well getting to the second level and out on screens. Walls off defenders in running game. Good pass & run blocker. Hand and footwork are good and he should challenge for a starting job in camp.