First Round Mock Draft (Sort Of) 1.0

First Round Mock Draft (Sort Of) 1.0
Nancy JI/The Varsity

Nancy JI/The Varsity

 

At some point I will go to the trouble of coming up with a full 32 picks worth of metaphysical certitude. For now, I’m going to stick with the first 10 picks, plus who the Bills would take if they still had the 19th pick.

1. Tampa Bay Buccanneers take… DT/DE Leonard Williams

What I’m thinking:

Tampa Bay talk themselves out of Jameis Winston and Marcus Marriota.

But why?:

Lovie Smith may have a bad qb fetish. Rex Grossman? Kyle Orton? Josh McCown? I won’t go into Jay Cutler; that’s a Pandora’s box. Considering that, Leonard Williams makes sense. Williams could solidify Tampa’s pass rush, while satisfying Lovie’s lust.

2. Tennessee Titans take… Jameis Winston

What I’m thinking:

Word out of Titan’s camp has them sticking with Zach Mettenburger over Marriota — and the rumours are probably true. I’m thinking that changes if Winston is on the board.

But why?:

I cannot foresee a circumstance where Ken Whisenhunt passes up Winston, because the talented qb is exactly the type he built his career on. Winston is often compared to Roethlisberger skill wise. Both are big, mobile, and have a natural feel for passing. It seems like a no-brainer.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars take… DE/OLB Randy Gregory

What I’m thinking:

David Caldwell isn’t as dumb as Pat Healy, asks his secretary to ignore all calls.

But why?

The Jags defense showed a lot of promise last year, but could use a playmaker to take it to the next level. The temptation will be there to trade the pick — considering the Rams, Eagles, Texans, etc. could be driving the price up to get Marriota. The Jaguars are far from done their rebuild, so an extra pick or two could be useful, but I bet they say fuck it and take the potential superstar in Gregory. With Gregory, and some free agent pickups, the Jags defense could be in for a top-10 finish in DVOA.

4. Oakland Raiders take… Kevin White

What I’m thinking:

Raiders prove their belief in Derek Carr, and take the Al Davis style receiver, Kevin White.

But Why?

When Al Davis was still alive, his draft philosophy was pretty simple: get athletes. It’s not the worst strategy if you have the right pieces in places. And, if you don’t, Darrius Heyward-Bey happens. Just to make it clear, I don’t think Kevin White is a bust in the making, so much as he’s a high risk high reward pick. Like Heyward-Bey, he doesn’t have a long history of production, but has a special combination of speed/size. The talent’s there, and it will be up to Del Rio and Derek Carr to not Heyward-Bey this pick.

5. St. Louis Rams take… QB Marcus Marriota.

What I’m thinking:

The Rams front office feel the pressure and trade up to the Washington Stupid White Men’s pick. I’m thinking the Rams first and second rounder, and fourth rounder should do it.

But why?

Outside of the obvious narrative, this trade makes sense for both teams. Washington needs talent and realizes there is no one available at this point who moves the needle in the way Leonard Williams and Randy Gregory do. St. Louis on the other hand, admits sending all those draft picks to the coin toss without Teddy Bridgewater was painfully oblivious.

6. New York Jets take… DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr.

What I’m thinking:

With Marriota and Winston off the board, the Jets decide solidify their defense, instead of going for a much-needed playmaker.

But why?

The Jets have needed a playmaker for years now, but their defense could use some help. As great as their line is, the rest of their defense does not give it justice. Adding a versatile linebacker to the mix will make the d-line and secondary better.

7. Chicago Bears take… DE/OLB Shane Ray.

What I’m thinking:

John Fox promises his new employers a top-1o defense if they can get him a pass rushing linebacker.

But why?

This one is just obvious. Fox has made chicken whatever into good defenses for years now. A pick like Shane Ray makes it just a little easier for the Macguyver of NFL head coaching.

8. Atlanta Falcons take… WR Amari Cooper

What I’m thinking:

The Falcons need pass rushers, but this draft is full of them, and decide to go for the best player available in the first round.

But WTF?

I realize the Falcons already have Roddy White and Julio Jones, but the former isn’t what he used to be. The Falcons were at their best with Julio and Roddy at full strength, but full strength might not be a thing Roddy can give from hereon in.

Amari Cooper could bring the Falcons back to that high-octane offense in no time. Cooper is the perfect fit alongside Julio Jones. Cooper, long described as a Reggie Wayne-type, would take advantage of the downfield coverage Julio Jones sees.

9. New York Giants take… OT Brandon Scherff.

What I’m thinking:

The Giants take an offensive lineman to give Eli Manning more time to throw to Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr.

But why?

I found it rather odd how Odell Beckham’s success wasn’t attributed to the man throwing him the ball. Adding a left tackle will further obscure Eli Manning’s role in the sophomore receivers success.

10. Washington Stupid White Men take… SS Landon Collins.

What I’m thinking:

The Stupid White Men add a playmaking strong safety to their joke of a roster and organization.

But why?

The Stupid White Men could go in a lot of directions with this pick. At this point the best pass rushers are taken, the Stupid White Men take a playmaker they can move around all over the field.

BONUS PICK

19. Buffalo Bills take… OT TJ Clemmings.

What I’m thinking:

The Bills elect to wait to the 2nd round to replace Jerry Hughes, and go with TJ to solidify right tackle.

But why?

Considering the Bills pick isn’t high enough to trade into the top 5, Cleveland doesn’t get their qb of the future.

All unnecessary potshots aside, the Bills in this scenario, do the right thing and make a problem area better.  Now EJ Manuel has more time to throw to Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.* Sure they could fill it in free agency, and coach up the line, but TRADING PICKS IS BAD. ALWAYS. I HAVE THE SAME OPINION AS EVERYONE ELSE.

*The Bills cut Odell Beckham after Doug Marrone is unable to get along with him. Something about him wearing his hat backwards.

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