Player: Jameis Winston Age: 21 Height: 6’4 Weight: 231 College: Florida State
Tampa Bay’s pick was the only one I would have bet on, rolling with the home-state quarterback in Jameis Winston, just like Jacksonville did last year with Blake Bortles. The Buccaneers have their new face, surrounded by a pair of big playmaking wide outs in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. They also invested last year’s 2nd round pick on tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, further adding to Winston’s arsenal.
Player: Marcus Mariota Age: 21 Height: 6’4 Weight: 222 College: Oregon
Tennessee kept their ears open, but with a QB guru in Ken Whisenhunt, it makes me think that they wanted Marcus Mariota all along. Of course this is hindsight now, but I strongly felt that the first 2 picks would be quarterbacks. The simple fact that Zach Mettenberger was a 6th round pick, is the main reason I thought Mariota would land with the Titans, or whoever acquired this pick really. It’s far from a great situation for any QB to step into, let alone a rookie, so their offense should be considered a project all around.
Player: Dante Fowler Jr. Age: 20 Height: 6’3 Weight: 261 College: Florida
Dante Fowler Jr. heads to Jacksonville to play for Gus Bradley, who continues to makeover the defensive side of the ball. Regarded as the best pass-rushing prospect in the draft, that’s pretty much what the Jaguars need him to translate to the pro level. In a division with Andrew Luck and now Marcus Mariota, they’re going to need to apply pressure to stay in games and be compete in the AFC South, where the O-lines are very beatable.
Player: Amari Cooper Age: 20 Height: 6’1 Weight: 211 College: Alabama
Amari Cooper was the only wide receiver I was curious about his destination, although it was likely, it was the right pick for the Silver & Black. Oakland welcomes their best playmaking prospect in yetogether.ars, pairing him up with the promising Derek Carr. The ship is steering in the right direction for the Raiders, and this should be an exciting tandem to watch grow together. They’re starting to build an identity.
Player: Brandon Scherff Age: 23 Height: 6’5 Weight: 319 College: Iowa
Washington adds Brandon Scherff, making him the first linemen to come off the board. The guard is exactly what the Redskins needed to focus on, protecting the man under center. All three quarterbacks that started last season were under duress early and often, which basically wiped out Pierre Garcon’s production. The interior was the weak link, allowing pressure in the backfield too much for most QBs to overcome. This gives Robert Griffin and company one less excuse, especially in a division with mediocre defenses at best.