1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
The battle between Winston and Marcus Mariota is an interesting one. All signs are pointing towards the Bucs taking Winston if his off-field issues don’t become a bigger problem for the organization. According to scouts, Winston is a better pocket passer, which is good for an NFL quarterback.
2. Tennessee Titans: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
If the Tennessee Titans choose to stick to Zach Mettenberger instead of taking Mariota, they could have two big weapons in Mettenberger and Williams instead of just having Mariota. This pick all comes down to whether the Titans trust Mettenberger to be the future of the franchise or not. Williams has been compared to J.J. Watt, and regardless of how far-fetched the comparisons are, being compared to Watt on the football field should be a good indicator.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
Fowler is seen as an athletic defensive end who can use quickness and versatility to adjust to any team in the NFL. Scouts believe he will be much better in the NFL than he is now. The Jaguars can certainly use a guy like Fowler, who could even lineup as linebacker if needed.
4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
This one was a battle between Cooper and Kevin White. Cooper seems to be the best wide receiver in the draft with a slight edge over White. Taking a big weapon like Cooper is exactly what the Raiders need. With a young quarterback in Derek Carr, giving him a receiver who can go up to get a pass over any defender is a comforting thing.
5. Washington Redskins: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
Shane Ray is one of the best pass rushers in the draft, but the fact he missed the combine due to an injury could hurt his stock. If he proves to be healthy, Ray would be a great pickup for the Redskins. Ray had 14.5 sacks in 2014 — a school record — and also added 65 tackles, including 22.5 for a loss.
6. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
It’s hard to believe Mariota could drop to sixth, but if he does, he would be a great pickup for the Jets. Mariota showcased his athleticism in the combine and should get some consideration for the No. 1 pick over Winston. If the Jets want Mariota, they will have to hope no team ahead of them trades away their pick to someone who could take him — Eagles or Rams, perhaps.
7. Chicago Bears: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
Some mock drafts have Gregory going as high as third, so if the Bears could land him at seven they wouldn’t pass on this raw linebacker who will only get better with NFL coaching. He’s got the physical tools to be successful in the NFL and has already played the 3-4 defense the Bears will ask him to play.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Beasley brings a rare athleticism and power to the OLB position. Being a former running back, he has quick feet and can change directions well. He is always the first guy off the snap and can give the Falcons a lot of versatility with his talent. His combine should lock him in the top 10 of the draft, and he would be a great fit with the Falcons.
9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa
Scherff has tremendous strength and could play guard or tackle for the Giants, who are in desperate need of help in the O-line. Scherff can instantly help the run game for the Giants and can improve in his pass defense, but has the tools and quickness to do so.
10. St. Louis Rams: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
The Rams could go a few different ways with the 10th pick and a lot will depend on who is still available. They would love to take one of the top two quarterbacks, but with both of them already gone, they will gladly take the top-rated corner back in the draft. The Rams are in need of a defensive back, and Waynes has great length and speed, which he showcased at the combine. Some scouts believe he had the best combine, and the Rams would be getting a top-notch corner.