Winston the top pick in Bilicki's first mock draft
Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston could be the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. (USA TODAY SPORTS)
With the Super Bowl over, we now look ahead to the next huge day on the NFL calendar: The draft. Here’s how we think the first round will shape up less than two months out.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
The Bucs have the tough decision between him and Mariota, but should go with the in-state product.
2. Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The Titans would be happy with either QB or go the defence route with a top lineman.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
The Jaguars pithy pass rush is in desperate need of a boost.
4. Oakland Raiders
Leonard Williams, DT, USC
The Raiders could go with a receiver here, but Williams is franchise DT for the future.
5. Washington Redskins
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
He could step in immediately as a starter at right tackle to solidify a shaky line.
6. New York Jets
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
If the Jets can’t land their QB of the future, they’d do well to take the draft’s top receiver.
7. Chicago Bears
Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
Chicago’s defence needs all kinds of help and Fowler is one of the top pass rushers available.
8. Atlanta Falcons
Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
There’s no way that the Falcons and new coach Dan Quinn can afford not to upgrade the defensive front.
9. New York Giants
Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
The Giants could go several ways, but taking the draft’s top safety could help against the pass and run.
10. St. Louis Rams
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
The massive Stanford product would be able to replace free-agent Barksdale at right tackle.
11. Minnesota Vikings
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
With Patterson’s development hitting a big snag, the Vikes could take Bridgewater’s college WR.
12. Cleveland Browns
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
With Gordon’s future in the NFL very uncertain, the Browns are in desperate need of a WR.
13. New Orleans Saints
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Their pass rush was already issue and losing Junior Gallette could make that even worse.
14. Miami Dolphins
Shaq Thompson, LB Washington
While undersized, he’s the type of instinctual athlete that can still make a massive impact.
15. San Francisco 49ers
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
He may have some off-field concerns, but that hasn’t scared the Niners in the past.
16. Houston Texans
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Taking one of the draft’s top corners would benefit an already good pass defence.
17. San Diego Chargers
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
The Chargers offensive line took some huge hits and could use an injection of talent and youth.
18. Kansas City Chiefs
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Saying the Chiefs receiving corps was terrible last season would be a big understatement.
19. Cleveland Browns
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Dominant performance at Senior Bowl should see his stock rise.
20. Philadelphia Eagles
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
The Eagles’ biggest concern is the secondary and should upgrade it with this pick.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
The Bengals should be looking to get younger on defence and Dupree has some great potential.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers
Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
The corner spot was the Steelers biggest weak spot and has been for years.
23. Detroit Lions
Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
With their top four DTs all slated for free agency, the Lions need to restock the position.
24. Arizona Cardinals
Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
With defensive co-ordinator Bowles out the door, the Cards need to upgrade their pass rush.
25. Carolina Panthers
Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
While the secondary improved late in the season, the offensive line was still very shaky.
26. Baltimore Ravens
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
The record-setting back is one of the best the draft has seen in years and building block for the Ravens.
27. Dallas Cowboys
Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
The pass rush is one of Dallas’ biggest concerns and this 6’8” beast would certainly help change that.
28. Denver Broncos
Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
A lot could change in free agency, but for now we see them upgrading the O-line.
29. Indianapolis Colts
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
A lot depends on his recovery from a torn ACL, but the Colts are desperate for a good back.
30. Green Bay Packers
Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi
Taking the draft’s top middle LB would allow the Pack to slide Clay Matthews back outside.
31. Seattle Seahawks
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
The playoffs showed that the Seahawks sorely need another playmaker or two at WR.
32. New England Patriots
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
Vince Wilfork isn’t going to be around forever and the run defence needs help.