It is the season of lying in the NFL. Yes, the NFL draft is tomorrow night and the rumors are flying like never before. Brian Mandel and Matt Luppino are back with me to break down who should be going where. We each put ourselves in the position of NFL general managers and came up with a player that we think each team should select. That does not mean that they will tomorrow, but they would be wise to. Also another note is that we each had one trade to execute during the draft, which is not only fun but is probably reasonable. We obviously cannot predict every trade, but we can identify one we think should go down. With all of that said, it’s time to put some teams on the clock.
#1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Florida State
This team needs a franchise quarterback in the worst way and has for some time. He might be a liability off the field, but Winston has a great football background and should be a solid starter for Tampa from Day 1.
#2 Tennessee Titans
Leonard Williams, Defensive End, USC
What no trade? The Titans also have no business trading for Philip Rivers, as they are much more than just a quarterback away from contending. Instead, they make a safe pick that will help them get after division rival Andrew Luck.
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Dante Fowler Jr., Pass Rusher, Florida
He is not a perfect fit but much like the Titans, the Jaguars need to find a way to get after Andrew Luck. With such a deep receiver draft, the Jags can afford to wait until round two to fill that need.
#4 Oakland Raiders
Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver, Alabama
I have a higher grade on Cooper than I do on counterpart Kevin White. Give David Carr a reliable, talented weapon who is pro-ready and will grow as Oakland’s young quarterback does as well.
#5 Washington Redskins
Trae Waynes, Cornerback, Michigan State
The Redskins have plenty of needs and one pick won’t make them a contender in the crazy NFC East. Rather, Waynes gives Washington a good-sized defensive back who will take a lot of the pressure off DeAngelo Hall.
#6 New York Jets
Brandon Scherff, Guard, Iowa
Mariota needs time to develop and wide receiver is deep this year. Willie Colon needs to be replaced at right guard and Scherff can do that right away.
#7 Chicago Bears
Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Oregon
The Jay Cutler era is nearing an end in Chicago. There is no doubt the Bears want to move on and now they would be able to with a viable option to take over for him.
#8 Atlanta Falcons
Shane Ray, Defensive End, Missouri
Forget the off the field issues, Ray is a talented player with a ton of upside. I think Dan Quinn could get the best out of this kid and he would be a major help to a Falcons team that finished tied for second-worst when it came to sacks last season.
#9 New York Giants
Marcus Peters, Cornerback, Washington
Another guy with off the field issues here but Tom Coughlin is the right coach to handle that. The Giants were awful against the pass last season and with Scherff heading to the other New York club, this makes a lot of sense.
#10 St. Louis Rams
Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
The Rams need a big target to go to in the red zone. At 6’3”, White will provide new Rams quarterback Nick Foles a new weapon that should jump-start this Rams offense.
#11 Minnesota Vikings
DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver, Louisville
The Vikings added Mike Wallace this offseason but Parker already has a rapport with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. If Adrian Peterson returns like he is supposed to, this Vikings offense could be a lot better next season.
#12 San Diego Chargers
Danny Shelton, Defensive Tackle, Washington
Here is where my trade comes in. The Browns send both their first round picks and a third rounder to the Chargers in exchange for Philip Rivers. The Browns get their franchise passer and the Chargers get a safety net. This is the fresh start the Chargers are looking for as they head to Los Angeles. Shelton immediately makes the Chargers’ run defense better.
#13 New Orleans Saints
Vic Beasley, Pass Rusher, Clemson
I don’t like Beasley as much as a lot of people do but with his speed he will make an impact. Give Rob Ryan a bullet like Beasley to move around and blitz from random spots on the field.
#14 Miami Dolphins
Bud Dupree, Outside Linebacker, Kentucky
Might not be the most natural position fit as Dupree seems more ready for a 3-4 style defense, but with a ton of athleticism, he can develop. He certainly feels a need at linebacker though.
#15 San Francisco 49ers
Arik Armstead, Defensive Tackle, Oregon
The 49ers lost a good chunk of their defense this offseason to retirement or free agency. Adding Armstead will be the first step in rebuilding it.
#16 Houston Texans
Dorial Beckham-Green, Wide Receiver, LSU
Rumor has it that the Texans are in the market for a receiver after Andre Johnson’s departure. Beckham-Green has a bit of a checkered past but a ton of talent. He and DeAndre Hopkins could be a scary combination.
#17 San Diego Chargers
Todd Gurley, Running Back, Georgia
Ryan Matthews is gone. Most of the other running backs on this team made the injury report at one point last year. The Chargers should get a bonafide franchise rusher to ease the loss of Philip Rivers.
#18 Kansas City Chiefs
Malcom Brown, Defensive Tackle, Texas
Versatile player who can move along the defensive line. Brown will be another piece in Andy Reid’s defense and should help Kansas City’s 28th ranked run defense.
#19 San Diego Chargers
Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle, Stanford
Peat is a big, strong bully on the offensive line. This move would allow D.J. Fluker to move inside and the Chargers could turn their offensive line into a strength of their team.
#20 Philadelphia Eagles
Landon Collins, Strong Safety, Alabama
The Eagles have a couple of different needs but they a vast improvement over their 28th ranked pass defense from a year ago. Collins will do just that.
#21 Cincinnati Bengals
Eddie Goldman, Defensive Tackle, Florida State
The Bengals ranked last in the NFL a season ago when it came to bringing down the quarterback. Eddie Goldman may not come in and tally a ton of sacks, but he should definitely eat up some blockers and provide a nice punch along the defensive line.
#22 Pittsburgh Steelers
Randy Gregory, Pass Rusher, Nebraska
Concerns about his mental game and an incident involving marijuana dropped Gregory out of the top five. The Steelers are desperate for a pass rusher though with Lamarr Woodley retiring. Gregory should fill that need.
#23 Detroit Lions
Jordan Phillips, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma
Defensive line is a need with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley gone. Phillips is a massive two-gap tackle who can fit either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
#24 Arizona Cardinals
D.J Humphries, Offensive Tackle, Florida
Humphries is massive and should improve the Cardinals’ ground game immediately. Not to mention that keeping Carson Palmer healthy will be a huge priority.
#25 Carolina Panthers
Ereck Flowers, Offensive Guard, Miami
The Panthers need offensive line help in the worst way. With a lot of receivers still on the board as well, Carolina should wait on adding someone else to their receiving core.
#26 Baltimore Ravens
Jalen Collins, Cornerback, LSU
The Ravens finished 23rd in the league at defending the pass last season. Adding a big, lanky corner like Collins should give the Ravens some immediate help with a chance for him to become a star.
#27 Dallas Cowboys
Melvin Gordon, Running Back, Wisconsin
It is probably only a matter of time before Darren McFadden gets hurt so having Gordon will be big at that point. Either way, Gordon should become an every down back Dallas can rely on.
#28 Denver Broncos
Jaelen Strong, Wide Receiver, Arizona State
Peyton Manning can be great but that is mitigated if he has no one to throw too. With Julius Thomas and Wes Welker gone, the Broncos would be wise to add the rangy and explosive Strong.
#29 Indianapolis Colts
Jake Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Oregon
Indy needs to keep Andrew Luck upright. Not to mention that the running game was not overly strong last season either. Adding Fisher should aid both of those causes right away.
#30 Green Bay Packers
Eric Kendricks, Inside Linebacker, UCLA
A.J. Hawk was cut following the 2014 season, which means the Packers have an opening at middle linebacker. Kendricks should be an upgrade over Hawk, who’s production slipped down the stretch.
#31 New Orleans Saints (From Seattle)
Breshad Perriman, Wide Receiver, UCF
After selecting a pass rusher, the Saints need to bolster their receiving corps. Could fill the same role as Kenny Hill but potentially do it better.
#32 New England Patriots
Byron Jones, Cornerback, Connecticut
Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner will be wearing new uniforms this year. That means that the Patriots have a glaring need at corner and Jones should step in to ease those losses.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Chris McGlynn