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Full first round NFL mock draft

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This is my final first-round NFL mock draft, barring any trades:

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State

Although Mariota is the better QB in the draft, Tampa goes with Jameis Winston, who is coming out of a pro-style offense at Florida State.

2. Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon

A trade is possible, but if the Titans were to keep their pick, they would probably take Marcus Mariota, out of Oregon.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Leonard Williams, USC

The Jags get a much-needed boost on their weak front seven with this selection of USC stud Leonard Williams.

4. Oakland Raiders: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama

The Raiders give young QB Derrick Carr his first viable weapon in Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, a reliable target that is a good route-runner and has solid hands.

5. Washington Redskins: OLB Dante Fowler, Florida

The Redskins improve their pass-rush with this selection of OLB Dante Fowler out of Florida.

6. New York Jets: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson

The first-round array of selections at linebacker continues with the Jets passing on Kevin White and going with elite pass-rusher Vic Beasley.

7. Chicago Bears: WR Kevin White, West Virginia

After trading deep-ball threat Brandon Marshall in the offseason, Chicago goes with WVU playmaker Kevin White with the seventh pick.

8. Atlanta Falcons: OLB Shane Ray, Missouri

Although off-field drug issues have pushed Ray back a few rounds on some mock drafts, Ray impressed in meetings with teams and has enough skill for Atlanta to take a chance on him with the eighth pick.

9. New York Giants: OG Brandon Scherff, Iowa

The Giants get a serious boost on the offensive line, taking arguably the top O-lineman in the draft, Brandon Scherff out of Iowa.

10. St. Louis Rams: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford

The Rams probably would have liked to add White to their crew of West Virginia receivers, but they end up with tackle Andrus Peat out of Stanford.

11. Minnesota Vikings: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville

The Vikings grab the third-best pass-catcher in the draft, DeVante Parker out of Louisville. He will combine with offseason acquisition and proven deep-ball threat Mike Wallace.

12. Cleveland Browns: DT Danny Shelton, Washington

The Browns, although they may be in play for a trade, possibly with the Titans, could take defensive tackle Danny Shelton out of Washington with the initial pick of the two first-round selections they own if they decide to hold on to their picks.

13. New Orleans Saints: DE Arik Armstead, Oregon

The Saints, coming off a tough defensive year, take end Arik Armstead out of Oregon in the first round.

14. Miami Dolphins: CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State

The Dolphins make Trae Waynes the first defensive back taken. Trying to garner up a defense good enough to compete in the AFC East, the Michigan St. product is the perfect starting point after the suspension of D-lineman Dion Jordan.

15. San Francisco 49ers: OLB Randy Gregory, Nebraska

The 49ers, looking for an outside linebacker with the suspension of Aldon Smith looming, go with Randy Gregory, who, despite off-field problems of his own, can help this defense improve from a dismal performance last season.

16. Houston Texans: WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida

The Texans, after the departure of longtime star WR Andre Johnson, fill that hole with the selection of Perriman out of UCF.

17. San Diego Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

The Chargers, after losing starting RB Ryan Matthews to Philadelphia in the offseason, replace him with Gordon.

18. Kansas City Chiefs: C Cameron Erving, Florida State

The Chiefs decide to pass on a receiver and instead go with Jameis Winston’s snapper, center Cameron Erving.

19. Cleveland Browns: DT Malcolm Brown, Texas

The Browns take defensive tackle Malcolm Brown out of Texas, shoring up their defensive line.

20. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest

The new-look Eagles take Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson with the 20th-pick.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: OT TJ Clemmings, Pittsburgh

The Bengals improve their offensive line with the selection of tackle TJ Clemmings, out of Pitt.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Marcus Peters, Washington

The Steelers, after the retirement of longtime CB Ike Taylor, turn to the draft for a replacement. Marcus Peters, from Washington, is the selection.

23. Detroit Lions: DT Eddie Goldman, Florida State

After free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh bolted for Miami, the Lions take the less expensive option, Eddie Goldman, in the draft.

24. Arizona Cardinals: OT DJ Humphries, Florida

The Cardinals, fresh off a breakout season in which they made the playoffs, take tackle DJ Humphries in the first round.

25. Carolina Panthers: OT La’el Collins, LSU

Despite La’el Collins being questioned in the murder of his ex-girlfriend this week, it should not be as much of a problem as the police have confirmed that he is not a suspect. He will improve a weak offensive line in Carolina.

26. Baltimore Ravens: RB Todd Gurley, Georgia

Todd Gurley heads to Baltimore, where he will try to help fix the running game. While Justin Forsett played well after Ray Rice left, ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley says that it’s a matter of when, not if, the Ravens will take a back in the draft.

27. Dallas Cowboys: OLB Bud Dupree, Kentucky

The Cowboys try to help a weak defense with the selection of Bud Dupree out of Kentucky.

28. Denver Broncos: OG Ereck Flowers, Miami (Fla.)

The Broncos give Peyton Manning more protection to help in their quest to get back to the Super Bowl.

29. Indianapolis Colts: SS Landon Collins, Alabama

The Colts decide to solidify their pass coverage with this selection of Landon Collins, out of defensive-minded Alabama.

30. Green Bay Packers: ILB Eric Kendricks, UCLA

The Packers replace middle linebacker AJ Hawk with the selection of Eric Kendricks, out of UCLA.

31. New Orleans Saints: TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota

New Orleans, after losing star tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in the offseason, take Maxx Williams out of Minnesota to fill the gaping hole.

32. New England Patriots: WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

Dorial Green-Beckham is a wild-card selection due to his off-field struggles, but if anybody can make him behave well, it’s Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

 


Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Harrison Hamm

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