Well, this is it, gang. The last mock draft before the real NFL Draft kicks off later today. As you’ve probably seen over my 33 previous mocks dating back to early August, things have really been in flux this year. This latest update is no different. We have some news about potential trades, a juicy Mariota rumor, and a fascinating move I hear the Steelers are considering. I think I can safely say this has been one of the crazier draft lead-ups I’ve seen in all my years of covering it. Should make for a fun weekend.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Are there off-fields issues to worry about? Of course. Was his interception rate from his second college season somewhat troubling? Sure. But the Bucs have a hole at QB and Winston is the most pro-ready QB in the draft. You gotta make this pick. You gotta.
2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The question isn’t whether Marcus Mariota can adapt to the NFL. The question is whether the NFL can adapt to Marcus Mariota. As long as the Titans can do that, and tailor their attack to his impressive skill set, they should have a signal caller for a decade.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida
Just a stud. The Jags have a long way to go, and landing one of the most talented players in the draft won’t hurt at all.
4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
If the Raiders think Derek Carr is the guy at QB — if they really, really do — they owe it to him to grab the top receiver in the draft. You don’t know what kind of gunslinger you’ve got until you give him a weapon. That’s what Cooper is.
5. Washington Redskins: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Cooper going to the Raiders at 4 gives Dan Snyder and the Redskins an opportunity to grab the big, physical wideout the wanted all along, Kevin White. Who’s going to throw him the ball? No idea at this point. But they’ll have a heck of an option.