MariotaAs we move towards the final month of the season its time to have some fun. Based on NFL.com’s most recent draft order and prior to last evenings victory by the Oakland Raiders, here’s a look at how the draft’s initial ten picks could play out next April.  There are some surprises will which will lead to a bit of outrage but hey; its only November!

 

# Team Selection Position/College
1 Oakland  Randy Gregory DE/Nebraska
Analysis:  I’d love to put a good, young offensive tackle prospect at this spot or a dominant receiver yet none compare to Gregory, who’s the talk of the scouting community.
2 Jacksonville  Leonard Williams DL/USC
Analysis:   Randy Gregory is a natural fit here.  The Jags need a pass rush and as we’ve seen in recent years, interior pass rushers are just as valuable as those off the edge, an intangible Williams brings.
3 Tampa Bay
Marcus Mariota QB/Oregon
Analysis: In my opinion Mariota ranks as the top player in the draft so Tampa gets the top player at a position of need.
4 Tennessee
Jameis Winston QB/Florida State
Analysis: Obviously the success of Zach Mettenberger through the final six games of the regular season will determine whether the Titans go quarterback or not and for the most part things are looking up for the rookie signal caller.  If its not Mettenberger than I slip Amari Cooper into this slot.  Speaking of which….
5 New York Jets Amari Cooper WR/Alabama
Analysis: Let me say this, even if Winston is available with the Jets pick I take a pass.  I like Winston’s game and love his upside but fear his multiple off the field transgressions and the opportunities which await him in NYC.  Plus I doubt owner Woody Johnson would consider Winston.  Percy Harvin is the only player maker the Jets have but you must wonder how long he’ll be with the club or if he’ll implode.  Cooper is the real deal in every way and a difference maker at a skill position which, amongst other things, the Jets desperately need.
6 Washington
Vic Beasley DE-OLB/Clemson
Analysis: There are a number of ways the Redskins can go with this pick but Beasley represents value, need and is a better prospect than any of the defensive backs available.  I don’t want to  throw in the towel on Brian Orakpo but in a worst case scenario the Redskins come away with a pass rusher who can also play off the line of scrimmage.
7 New York Giants Cedric Ogbuehi OT/Texas A&M
Analysis: Eli Manning continues to get pummeled and the team needs an upgrade at left tackle as Will Beatty cannot get the job done.
8 Carolina Andrus Peat OT/Stanford
Analysis: Another team that desperately needs to protect their passer and improve their blocking on the edges.
9 Minnesota
Melvin Gordon RB/Wisconsin
Analysis: I can imagine the four letter expletives being hurled at me by Vikings fans but fact is we don’t know when the Adrian Peterson saga will end and when it does we don’t know if he’ll still be a Viking.  Wisconsin backs have not lived up to expectations in the NFL but I believe  Gordon has the “it” factor as Peterson did entering the draft.
10 Chicago
Leonard Floyd DE/Georgia
Analysis: Jared Allen’s best days are behind him and though not awful, the Bears pass rush needs an injection of youth.  In my opinion Floyd is possibly the most underrated defensive front seven prospect in the nation.