As the college bowl season is upon us its time to update our mock draft from last month. Based on NFL.com’s most recent draft order, here’s a look at how the draft’s initial ten picks could play out next April. To stay consistent with our information and the report from a week ago that he’s likely to return to Stanford, Andrus Peat was purposely left out of the mix.
|1||Tampa Bay||Marcus Mariota||QB/Oregon|
|Analysis: The need at quarterback is growing and Mariota is not only the best signal caller in the draft but one of the best prospects available.|
|2||Tennessee Titans||Jameis Winston||QB/Florida State|
|Analysis: It pains me to put Winston in this slot as I don’t think he deserves to be a top six selection. We always witness teams reach for signal callers and the Titans may be backed into a corner with Mettenberger on the mend.|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Cedric Ogbuehi||OT/Texas A&M|
|Analysis: Many feel the Jags need a pass rusher but they’ve given up a league high 54 sacks and Bortles is getting hammered every week. Luke Joeckel can play either tackle spot which makes this pick easier to digest.|
|4||New York Jets||Amari Cooper||WR/Alabama|
|Analysis: The Jets play the Titans this weekend with draft positioning on the line. Cooper is the consistent play maker the offense has lacked for some time and he’ll be the best receiver the Jets have drafted since Al Toon. Quarterback and offensive tackle are also considerations here.
|5||Oakland Raiders||Randy Gregory||DE/Nebraska|
|Analysis: Gregory combines the athleticism the Raiders organization loves along with the ability to rush the passer, which they need.
|6||Washington Redskins||Leonard Williams||DL/USC|
|Analysis: Williams is conventionally thought of as a 4-3 tackle yet I feel he has the size, athleticism and movement skills to stack up as a defensive end in a 3-man line for a one-gap or two-gap system.|
|7||New York Giants||Brandon Scherff||OT/Iowa|
|Analysis: The Giants could use a pass rusher but they best protect Manning to prolong his future. Despite the nasty tweets sent my way a month ago, the team will look for an upgrade at both offensive tackle positions and consider moving Pugh into guard.|
|8||Carolina Panthers||Vic Beasley||DE/Clemson|
|Analysis: Despite the changes expected in the organization Carolina still needs a pass rusher. I’m disappointed in the play of Kony Ealy as I thought he was under drafted last year. Beasley offers the disruptive force needed up front.|
|9||Chicago Bears||Leonard Floyd||DE/Georgia|
|Analysis: I may be alone believing Floyd is worthy of a top ten choice and in the end I’ll be a genius or a fool. When I watch the sophomore I see a disruptive pass rusher who can play in space and comes with tremendous upside.|
|10||New Orleans Saints||La’el Collins||OT/LSU|
|Analysis: Personally I’m of the opinion Collins will play guard at the next level and is of the late first round variety. That said a number of area scouts who’ve come through the SEC love Collins and feel he’ll have no problem holding down the left tackle spot in the NFL.|