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2015 NFL Draft First Round Review

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1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) Jameis Winston 2015 NFL

No shocker here as Tampa Bay did what we all knew they were going to do for months. There may not have been much of a debate in Tampa about whether Winston is worthy of the number one pick, but we're most definitely starting one. Consistent immaturity and 28 interceptions in two years? I'm not sold. Winston is boom or bust and I'm leaning towards the latter.

Grade: D

2) Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) Marcus Mariota 2015 NFL Draft

If the reports were true and Philly offered two first round picks, Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks for Mariota then I personally would have pulled the trigger. However, I cannot fault the Titans in the slightest for taking the player we feel should have gone first overall. Forget about how Mariota fits in Tennessee's "scheme"; he's got elite arm talent, he's incredibly accurate, smart kid, hard worker, no off field issues. Can't miss.

Grade: A

3) Jacksonville Jaguars - Dante Fowler (DE Florida) Dante Fowler 1st Round

Though they had to consider taking Leonard Williams here, Dante Fowler is an equal talent and fills the bigger need in Jacksonville. Fowler's style of play and mind set reminds me of Khalil Mack from last year; just a vicious, violent and almost terrifying approach to rushing the passer. He has the size and strength to bang in the trenches every play, his quickness is devastating, but what separates the elite pass rushers from the good ones is 'bend'. He'll immediately upgrade Jacksonville's defensive ends who saw only 33 year old Chris Clemons tally more than three sacks last year.

Grade: A+

4) Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper (WR Alabama) Amari Cooper

Hard to argue with taking Amari Cooper who is the top playmaker in this year's draft and makes Derek Carr's life so much easier. That being said I would have taken Leonard Williams here. Williams was the number one overall player on our board and I just feel it's much easier to get an impact wide receiver later on than it is to get a dominant defensive lineman. Leonard Williams with Khalil Mack would have been amazing, but I've got nothing bad to say about Amari Cooper.

Grade: B

5) Washington Redskins - Brandon Scherff (OT/OG Iowa) Brandon Scherff Drat

Yuck! Leonard Williams, Vic Beasley, heck even Todd Gurley all on the board and the Redskins go for what I think is an offensive guard. All along we've talked about Brandon Scherff as one of the more overrated prospects in this year's process. Because he has the potential to play guard he's drawn some comparisons to Zack Martin, but Scherff has never dominated at the level Martin did. People talk about Scherff's potential move to guard as a positive, but he wouldn't have to change positions if he was a better pass protector. Scherff will be a solid starter in the league, but that's just not what I'm looking for at five overall.

Grade: D

6) New York Jets - Leonard Williams (DT/DE USC) Leonard Williams 2015 NFL Draft

Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams? Why not? Even though the D-Line was probably the farthest thing the Jets have from a need I give GM Mike Maccagnan full credit for getting the draft's number one overall player at pick number six. With a remarkable blend of size and athleticism Williams is a high upside prospect but he is also safe, with virtually no reason to suspect potential bust down the road.

Grade: A+

7) Chicago Bears - Kevin White (WR West Virginia) Kevin White West Virginia

Because I'm the president of the Danny Shelton fan club I would have gone with the big man here, but Kevin White is an outstanding player and will help the Chicago Bears offense right away. Jay Cutler is on the brink and he's going to need more than Marquess Wilson as his number two receiver if the Bears want to go to the next level. I still have serious questions about the Bears defensive line, but White was a good value and you can't argue that receiver was a need.

Grade: B+

8) Atlanta Falcons - Vic Beasley (DE/OLB Clemson) Vic Beasley 2015 NFL Draft

Coming over from Seattle you can bet new head coach Dan Quinn wanted to drastically improve Atlanta’s pass rushing unit which has recorded the fewest sacks in the NFL over the past two seasons. Vic Beasley is the fastest and most explosive edge rusher in the draft, favorably comparable to Von Miller, and should add some immediate juice to the Falcons pass rush.

Grade: A

9) New York Giants - Ereck Flowers (OT Miami) Ereck Flowers NFL Draft

It was a little surprising to see Ereck Flowers go ahead of Andrus Peat, but this was a match that many New York writers had been hyping for a long time. Most figured the Giants were going to taken an offensive lineman and Flowers fits the Giants profile as a physical and imposing presence. I personally like him because he is one of only two players in this draft with left tackle potential. Justin Pugh should immediately kick inside to guard, so the addition of Flowers improves two positions with one pick.

Grade: B

10) St Louis Rams - Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) Todd Gurley 2015 NFL Draft

Absolutely love this pick! Give it up for Les Snead and Jeff Fisher for keeping it simple and just taking the best overall football player. People always talk about "needs", but what teams need the most is great players, and that's what Todd Gurley is. I'm not concerned about the knee, everything has checked out positive and the chances of him re-injuring are very slim. Even if he misses the first few games so what? Get five years of star-power for two games? No problem! Gurley is a remarkable talent who has displayed tangible evidence suggesting he could one day be the best running back in pro football.

Grade: A+

11) Minnesota Vikings - Trae Waynes (CB Michigan State) Trae Waynes NFL Draft

Mike Zimmer loves his cornerbacks and he got a good one here in Trae Waynes. No cornerback in college football was left on an island more over the past two years than Trae Waynes; and the results were outstanding, only two touchdowns allowed. He's tough, he's fast, he's fundamentally sound. Trae Waynes is the real deal; he's the best corner in this class and there's no reason to believe he won't be an upper echelon cornerback in the NFL.

Grade: A

12) Cleveland Browns - Danny Shelton (DT Washington) Danny Shelton NFL Draft

Giving up over 141 yards per game, the Browns defense ranked dead last in the NFL against the run. That will change next year with one of personal favorites Danny Shelton! The 335 pound Shelton was one of the most productive defensive players in all of college football last year and followed that up with an Aaron Donald esque show at the Senior Bowl. Shelton shows amazing quickness and hand use for a guy his size and I was blown away by a stat showing that Shelton played the second most snaps of any defensive tackle in the country. Big need, great player, great value! Only concern here is that my boy is going to Cleveland, and weird things happen to guys who go to Cleveland.

Grade: A+

13) New Orleans Saints - Andrus Peat (OT Stanford) Andrus Peat 2015 NFL Draft

Third round pick Terron Armstead has been slow in his development and New Orleans didn't want to run the risk of Drew Brees being under continued duress as he enters his twilight years. DeVante Parker or Bud Dupree would have been the sexy pick, but it's so hard to find left tackles and Andrus Peat is really the only prospect in this draft I feel confident can be a blindside protector. He's young and still developing, which is good because the Saints still have Armstead and Zach Strief to start for now, but he's unquestionably their new franchise left tackle.

Grade: B+

14) Miami Dolphins - DeVante Parker (WR Louisville) DeVante Parker NFL Draft

After acquiring Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings to go along with young stud Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins did not stop loading up ammunition by selecting DeVante Parker. A true number one receiver at six-foot-three, DeVante Parker possesses the size, speed and ball skills to be a dominant receiver outside the numbers. Could have went with cornerback Kevin Johnson here, but hard to not like DeVante Parker.

Grade: B+

15) San Diego Chargers - Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin) Melvin Gordon 2015 NFL

Love it! Who said the running back position was dead in the NFL??? San Diego needed a running back in the worst way and shouldn't lose an ounce of sleep over a 4th and 5th rounder to ensure they got their workhorse. No need to over think Gordon's prospects. Gordon has proven himself at the highest level with his ability to shred tackles, breakaway from the defense and carry a full workload. Phillip Rivers now has the ace in the backfield he never had with Ryan Mathews.

Grade: A+

16) Houston Texans - Kevin Johnson (CB Wake Forest) Kevin Johnson Wake NFL Draft

Re-signing Kareem Jackson was huge this off season, but Jonathan Joseph is going to be 31 and the Texans had almost no depth at cornerback behind him. Kevin Johnson is an NFL ready cornerback who some teams had rated as their number at the position. Johnson displays a coveted blend of length, speed and physicality with the ability to play in almost any coverage scheme.

Grade: A

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