Just a short time before the draft commences I post my final picks for the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.
1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Has been drawing Peyton Manning comparisons throughout the draft process; a player could not be anywhere near Manning worthy comparisons and be a consensus number one pick.
2) *Cleveland Browns (from Tennessee): Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
(Cleveland trades 12th and 19th overall picks to the Tennessee Titans for the 2nd overall pick)
An important piece in landing another pick and Sam Bradford, the Browns aren’t keeping this pick however Mariota being reunited with Chip Kelly could be scary.
3) Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida
One of the best edge rushers in the draft with a high ceiling. The Jaguars should be between Fowler, Williams, and Cooper at this pick.
4) Oakland Raiders: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
Oakland lands stud Leonard Williams to pair with Khalil Mack, creating a young tandem of defensive superstars in Oakland.
5) Washington Redskins: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
Washington is in a tricky position; they couldn’t get a good enough deal to trade down, yet will reach for pretty much any player at this slot. Dupree is a lengthy, athletic pass rusher and will be a nice accommodation to Ryan Kerrigan.
6) New York Jets: Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
Jets can bring youth to an aging offensive line, and Scherff will help further propel the Jets’ running game.
7) Chicago Bears: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
The Bears luck out and are able to nab the top receiver in the draft. Cooper will help replace Brandon Marshall, now the Bears just need to figure out their quarterback.
8) Atlanta Falcons: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
To tempting for Atlanta to pass up. They are in need of a running back, and with the best prospect since Adrian Peterson being available and already a fan favorite in Georgia, the Falcons should receive a large boost to their offense.
9) New York Giants: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
With Scherff off the board already, the Giants will fall back on the second best offensive lineman in the draft in Andrus Peat. Peat should give an enourmous boost to the Giants’ run game.
10) Saint Louis Rams: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
The Rams are in one of the best positions in the draft, and have the ability to pick the best player available at ten. In this case it happens to be the second best receiving prospect in the draft.
11) Minnesota Vikings: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Reunite old friends in Parker and Bridgewater? Don’t mind if I do!
12) **Tennessee Titans (from Cleveland via Buffalo): Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Cashing in the first of their newly acquired picks for the most talented corner in the draft should help bolster one of the worst secondaries in the league from last season.
13) New Orleans Saints: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
The Saints get the pass rusher they need, and a mighty good one as well. They are definitely taking advantage of the depth at pass rusher at thirteen.
14) **Dallas Cowboys (from Miami): Melvin Gordon III, RB, Wisconsin
(Dallas trades 28th overall pick, 60th overall pick, and 2016 1st round pick to Miami for the 14th overall pick)
The Cowboys are able to find the heir to DeMarco Murray’s historic season last year in Dallas. I don’t see any reason for them not to trade up for one of the top two backs in the draft.
15) San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
The 49ers are hurting right now on defense, but Arik Armstead could be the first piece to rebuilding their defensive dynasty.
16) Houston Texans: Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
Perriman is literally the exact same player as Kevin White just not as recognized. Nice replacement for Andre Johnson in Houston.
17) San Diego Chargers: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
The best interior lineman in the draft slips all the way to 17 despite being a top ten talent. Steal for the Chargers at this point in the draft.
18) Kansas City Chiefs: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
No receiver for Kansas City last season caught a touchdown; Strong provides a large target and good hands to help the Chiefs change that.
19) **Tennessee Titans (from Cleveland): Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
Tennessee doesn’t quite get the number one receiver they want, but Agholor is the best receiver left, well best one that isn’t in trouble all the time.
20) **Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia): Malcom Brown, DL, Texas
(Cleveland trades Marcus Mariota to Philadelphia for 20th overall pick and Sam Bradford)
Cleveland misses out on Danny Shelton, but still get Sam Bradford and a talented defensive prospect with a lot of upside. Win, win, win situation for Cleveland, Tennessee, and Philadelphia.
21) Pittsburgh Steelers: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Pittsburgh’s secondary is looking horrendous heading into the season, but luckily Waynes falls to help them out a little. They should try to get another corner in the second round.
22) Cincinnati Bengals: Demarious Randall, S, Arizona State
Randall is one of the most underrated in the draft, yet the best safety in this class. Great in coverage and play recognition, Randall should help the Bengals’ secondary.
23) Detroit Lions: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
By far the most fun name to say in the draft, and lining up with Haloti Ngata and Ezekiel Ansah would make for the new era of Detroit pass rushers.
24) Arizona Cardinals: Cameron Erving, OC, Florida State
The Cardinals are stacked all across the offensive line, except at the center position. Adding Cameron Erving would immediately make them the best offensive line in the league.
25) Carolina Panthers: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fl.)
The Panthers need a good offensive lineman more than anyone else in the draft, and Flowers has one of the highest ceilings of those candidates.
26) Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Kevin Johnson will help bring youth to a secondary that currently needs some updating. At 26, this pick is a steal for the Ravens.
27) **Miami Dolphins (from Dallas): Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Smith provides the Dolphins with a playmaker at receiver, with great speed and hand eye coordination on the deep ball, the Dolphins have found themselves a homerun threat.
28) Denver Broncos: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
The Broncos have to be thrilled with this pick. Gregory has one of the highest ceilings out of anyone in the entire draft and with the injuries that occurred to their line backing core last season, the Broncos could use the depth.
29) Indianapolis Colts: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
With Robert Mathis getting up there in age, Harold can eventually be the guy to take charge for the Colts’ pass rush.
30) Green Bay Packers: Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (Fl.)
The Packers need a leader on defense, and that is exactly what they are able to get in Perryman.
31) New Orleans Saints: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
Collins provides a large body for a corner, and physicality to an inconsistent secondary from last season.
32) New England Patriots: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Jones, like Collins, is another tall corner, something the Patriots could really use after the departure of Darrelle Revis.
33) Tennessee Titans: DJ Humphries, OT, Florida
If Tennessee believes in Zach Mettenberger, then Humphries should play an important role in keeping him on the field.
34) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
Nice to get a little protection for your highly coveted franchise quarterback that was drafted round one.
35) Oakland Raiders: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri/ Oklahoma
More upside than any player in the draft yet falls due to off the field issues… good thing that doesn’t scare the Raiders.
36) Jacksonville Jaguars: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
An inside force to accommodate the edge rusher added in round one, really bulked up the defense with these two picks.
37) New York Jets: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
The opposite of Tampa Bay, New York got their stud offensive lineman in round one, then went potential starting quarterback in the second round.
38) Washington Redskins: Eric Rowe, S, Utah
Utah has provided the NFL with quite a bit of secondary talent, most notably Eric Weddle, Rowe could be added to that list.
39) Chicago Bears: TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
Most likely will be sidelined for a good bit of the season, but when healthy Clemmings should help protect Cutler much better; although at this point I am not too sure how much Bears’ fans want Cutler protected…
40) New York Giants: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Hard hitting strong safety that will strengthen the Giants’ run defense.
41) Saint Louis Rams: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
Was a top five talent at the start of the draft process, could be a good investment here for the Rams.
42) Atlanta Falcons: Michael Bennett, DE, Ohio State
They passed on pass rusher in the first round, and Bennett plays similar to former Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward.
43) Cleveland Browns: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (Fl.)
A small speedy receiver, Dorsett could help give options to the newly acquired Bradford.
44) New Orleans Saints: Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
New Orleans should be thinking about taking Tomlinson in the first round, they luck out that they are able to grab him in the second.
45) **Buffalo Bills (from Minnesota): Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
(Buffalo sends 50th overall pick and 2016 second round pick to Minnesota for 45th overall pick)
The Bills desperately need some talent at quarterback, and if that means trading up than that’s what they shall do.
46) San Francisco 49ers: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
One of the top inside linebackers in the draft, Kendricks has big shoes to fill with the losses of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.
47) Miami Dolphins: AJ Cann, OG, South Carolina
With La’el Collins flying off draft boards, Cann is the best inside lineman for the Dolphins at this pick.
48) San Diego Chargers: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
They grabbed a defensive stud in the first round, now it is time to help out Philip Rivers.
49) Kansas City Chiefs: Ali Marpet, OL, Hobart
Division III making it’s name heard here with the versatile lineman in Marpet.
50) **Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo): Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Talented player that fills a need and fits their system well, why wouldn’t the Vikings draft Darby?
51) Houston Texans: Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
With the Texans being a quarterback away from being a playoff team, they may as well take their shot here with Grayson.
52) Philadelphia Eagles: Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
Like the Bucs, the Eagles want to give extra help to the new face of their franchise.
53) **Seattle Seahawks (from Cincinnati): Hau’Oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
(Seattle trades 63rd overall pick and 2015 5th round pick to Cincinnati for 53rd overall pick)
With Seattle unlikely to bring back Bruce Irvin, Kikaha provides similar play and passing rushing abilities that they will lose with Irvin.
54) Detroit Lions: Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
The Lions need to do all they can to make up for the losses of Suh and Fairley, it starts with two pass rushers in the first two rounds.
55) Arizona Cardinals: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
Ajayi will be a good accommodation to Andre Ellington, and will excel behind a stellar offensive line.
56) Pittsburgh Steelers: Kurtis Drummond, DB, Michigan State
Sleeper in the draft, but Drummond was one of the nation’s top safeties in his time at Michigan State.
57) Carolina Panthers: PJ Williams, CB, Florida State
With not a whole lot of viable options at receiver here, the Panthers can fill another void in their secondary.
58) Baltimore Ravens: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (Fl.)
Speedy back who plays like Justin Forsett, who wouldn’t want two Justin Forsetts?
59) Denver Broncos: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
Williams will help make up for the massive loss of Julius Thomas at tight end for the Broncos.
60) **Miami Dolphins (from Dallas): Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
The Dolphins can add a power back to accommodate Lamar Miller in the back field, tremendous picks so far for the Dolphins.
61) Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
Phillips has the physical tools to be a force in this league, and despite being extremely raw, he has just as much upside as Danny Shelton.
62) Green Bay Packers: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
Underrated corner, but will join Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in a young Packers’ secondary.
63) **Cincinnati Bengals (from Seattle): Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
Reward outweighs the risk here, and with time to develop behind Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson, Ray could be a force someday.
64) New England Patriots: Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn
Slightly inconsistent, but Gabe Wright is a playmaker and will help make up for the loss of Vince Wilfork in the middle for the Patriots.