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First Crack at an NFL Mock Draft

NFL_Draft

Oh this should be fun.  I can just imagine how wildly off I will be this time around.  I will pat myself on the back for my final top 10 picks last year but my first cut I don’t believe was anywhere near what actually happened.  I might as well have said the draft was outdoors in Minneapolis at the Mall of America since I was that far off.  Might as well go all in eh?

Here is my first look at what could potentially happen two-and-a-half months from now:

1 Tampa Bay Jameis Winston, Florida State
2 Tennessee Leonard Williams, USC
3 Jacksonville Randy Gregory, Nebraska
4 Oakland Amari Cooper, Alabama
5 Washington Brandon Scherff, Iowa
6 NY Jets Marcus Mariota, Oregon
7 Chicago Shane Ray, Missouri
8 Atlanta Vic Beasley, Clemson
9 NY Giants Landon Collins, Alabama
10 St. Louis Trae Waynes, Michigan State
11 Minnesota T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
12 Cleveland Kevin White, West Virginia
13 New Orleans Dante Fowler, Florida
14 Miami Devante Parker, Louisville
15 San Francisco Arik Armstead, Oregon
16 Houston Andrus Peat, Stanford
17 San Diego Eddie Goldman, Florida State
18 Kansas City Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
19 Cleveland Danny Shelton, Washington
20 Philadelphia Jalen Collins, LSU
21 Cincinnati Shaq Thompson, Washington
22 Pittsburgh Gerod Holliman, Louisville
23 Detroit Malcom Brown, Texas
24 Arizona Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
25 Carolina La’el Collins, LSU
26 Baltimore Carl Davis, Iowa
27 Dallas Alvin Dupree, Kentucky
28 Denver Devin Funchess, Michigan
29 Indianapolis Paul Dawson, TCU
30 Green Bay Denzel Perryman, Miami
31 Seattle Todd Gurley, Georgia
32 New England Maxx Williams, Minnesota

I had to restrain myself from sticking with Marcus Mariota for the top pick.  Even after the national title game, I still had Mariota going number one.  Now it sounds like the Bucs want to go a bit more local and who they deem is the better pro prospect.  I still believe Mariota is the more mature player but his style of play is a bit more reckless, something that has to come nowadays in the various war rooms.  No wants to draft a guy who seems like a better version of RGIII if the versatility issues will still appear.  Or at least draft them too early.

I think it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Winston, Mariota, Gregory, Williams, Scherff, and Cooper will go top six.  What order they go in is the real question.  I think there is a decent-enough dropoff between those six and the next few guys in my mock draft (Shane Ray, Vic Beasley, Landon Collins, and Trae Waynes).  Again, there is always at least one player that always moves up from lower in the first round to get into the top 10 (think Khalil Mack from last season).  Also, I think the idea that more than two quarterbacks will be drafted in the first round is long gone (especially after what has happened with Gianni Futbol).

I will have probably two more kicks at the can at this.  I’m not like Todd McShay or Mel Kiper or any of the others that can do 43 mock drafts before draft night and get every one of them wrong.  I don’t have the time or the patience nor is that in my job description.  I might try for three more attempts but we shall see.  I will also take a look at potential trades since I can’t remember a first round that hasn’t had one (has there ever been one?  I’m too lazy to do research on this right now).

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