1. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The Buccaneers cut Josh McCown and don’t appear convinced Mike Glennon is the answer, so look for them to draft a quarterback here. Both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston have their positives -- and negatives -- and it all depends on what the team is looking for in a signal-caller. The thinking here for now is that the Bucs go with Mariota because of his great mobility and big-play capability.
2. TENNESSEE TITANS: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
This pick depends on whether or not the Titans view Zach Mettenberger -- a sixth-round pick last year -- as their QB of the future. If they do, expect them to take versatile lineman Leonard Williams to rebuild a defense that finished 29th in points allowed and 27th in total yards allowed in 2014. The USC product can line up inside or outside in the Titans’ 3-4 defense, has good pass-rush moves and is strong against the run.
3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska
The Jaguars have their quarterback in 2014 first-rounder Blake Bortles. Now they need to build their defense. Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory is raw and could stand to add to his lanky frame, but he has excellent length and burst. He can play with his hand in the dirt or as a stand-up linebacker and could be a good replacement down the line for the aging Chris Clemons.
4. OAKLAND RAIDERS: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Derek Carr performed admirably in his rookie season despite having subpar wide receivers. The Raiders can change that with the fourth overall pick by drafting Alabama’s Amari Cooper. Cooper is a balanced, complete target who does most things well. He and Carr could make a formidable duo for years.
5. WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Redskins could go one of several ways with the fifth overall pick. They could continue fortifying their offensive line a year after drafting Morgan Moses. They could add a pass rusher to replace Brian Orakpo. Or they could rebuild their pass defense, which gave up a league-worst 8.2 yards per attempt in 2014. Alabama safety Landon Collins is aggressive, can play either safety spot and is equally at home roaming center field or stopping the run.
6. JETS: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
If either of the top two quarterbacks slip this far, which looks possible heading into the Combine, the Jets would be hard-pressed to pass on a potential franchise QB. Jameis Winston is more of a traditional pro-style passer than Marcus Mariota, has a stronger arm and knows how to avoid pressure. However, Winston’s off-field issues are well-documented and need to be investigated by NFL teams. He also does have a bit of an elongated throwing motion and needs to learn to take better care of the ball at times.
7. CHICAGO BEARS: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
The Bears will be moving to a 3-4 defense under new head coach John Fox. Defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff played some nose tackle with Dallas despite his smallish size for the position (303 pounds), but he will be 34 once the 2015 season starts. That’s where Washington’s Danny Shelton could come in handy. He’s a space-eating zero-technique who impressed during Senior Bowl practices. Shelton could come in and plug up the middle for the Bears.
8. ATLANTA FALCONS: Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida
The Falcons had just 22 sacks in 2014, tied for second-lowest in the league. Expect new head coach Dan Quinn to change that with the eighth overall pick. There likely will be a plethora of edge rushers available at this point, but Florida’s Dante Fowler stands out because of his versatility and length. He could immediately step in at defensive end or linebacker in Quinn’s scheme.
9. GIANTS: Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
The Giants have options with the ninth overall pick. They could continue to build their offensive line with a talent such as Iowa’s Brandon Scherff or LSU’s La’El Collins, they could find another linebacker to pair with 2014 draft pick Devon Kennard or they could bolster their defensive line (especially if Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka leave in free agency). If pass rush is the priority, Kentucky edge rusher Alvin “Bud” Dupree could be the pick. He has excellent length, possesses enough closing speed to get to the quarterback and can even drop back into coverage if needed. He does struggle somewhat in run support, but he checks off all the other boxes the Giants seem to look for in defensive ends.
10. ST. LOUIS RAMS: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
At first, this pick may seem strange, given that the Rams used the second overall pick last year on Auburn lineman Greg Robinson. But with Jake Long a potential cap casualty and right tackle Joe Barksdale set to hit free agency, St. Louis may need to continue rebuilding the line. Iowa’s Brandon Scherff may be a better fit inside at guard, but he’s a great run blocker who does possess the tools to stick on the outside.
11. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater showed flashes of potential in his rookie season despite Cordarrelle Patterson’s apparent regression at receiver. Pair that with an aging Greg Jennings -- he’ll be 32 in September -- and the Vikings could target an outside threat to help Bridgewater’s development. Luckily for them, Bridgewater’s No. 1 target at Louisville -- DeVante Parker -- is available, and the pick would make sense beyond past chemistry. The 6-3 Parker has the size to be a threat in the red zone and the speed to stretch the field, runs crisp routes and has great hands (with an occasional flair for the spectacular catch). He could step in and make an immediate impact with Bridgewater (or any quarterback).
12. CLEVELAND BROWNS: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Just like this time last season, whoever will be under center in Cleveland in 2015 -- whether it’s Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer or someone else -- will need someone to throw to, especially after Josh Gordon was suspended for the season. West Virginia’s Kevin White is a great downfield target who uses his 6-3 frame to win 50-50 balls with ease. The JUCO transfer only played against FBS opponents for two seasons, so he has room to develop, but his size, leaping ability and hands are among the best in this draft class.
13. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
The Saints’ defense had 34 sacks in 2014, down from 49 in 2013, and is a big reason why the unit as a whole struggled last season. They need to get better at rushing the passer, and Missouri’s Shane Ray can help. He has an explosive first step off the snap and has solid speed off the edge. He could immediately slide in at outside linebacker in Rob Ryan’s attacking 3-4 defense.
14. MIAMI DOLPHINS: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler have been underwhelming for the Dolphins, who could use some athleticism at linebacker alongside Jelani Jenkins. Washington’s Shaq Thompson fits the bill. He has great speed, range and ball skills. He even played -- and excelled -- at running back for the Huskies last year, and also could play safety in the NFL. He’d be a great fit in the Dolphins’ 4-3 system and an immediate starter.
15. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Michael Crabtree is expected to hit free agency, and Anquan Boldin is on the wrong side of 30. The 49ers could use a young pass-catcher for Colin Kaepernick to target. Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong is a big-bodied receiver who has excellent body control and makes contested catches look easy. He’s somewhat raw but has the tools to become a solid pro.
16. HOUSTON TEXANS: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Kareem Jackson is expected to become a free agent, and Johnathan Joseph will be 31 next season. If Jackson stays, the Texans could use another cornerback to eventually replace Joseph. If Jackson leaves, the Texans would need to find his immediate replacement. Michigan State’s Trae Waynes is a lanky, balanced defender who’s not afraid to play in run support or get physical with his receiver -- even though he may get too physical at times.
17. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: La’El Collins, OT, LSU
The Chargers may move 2013 first-round pick D.J. Fluker inside to guard next season, leaving a hole at right tackle in a division full of great edge rushers. LSU’s La’El Collins is a top-10 talent, and it would be a steal if the Chargers can get him here. He’s a fun player to watch on tape because of his combination of power and quickness. He can start at right tackle if the Chargers do decide to move Fluker to guard.
18. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
No Chiefs wide receiver caught a touchdown in 2014, so an infusion of talent is desperately needed. Oklahoma’s Dorial Green-Beckham has ideal size (6-5, 225 pounds) and speed, and he has the talent to match. However, he has a bad off-field rap -- he was kicked off of Missouri’s team in 2014, was arrested twice for marijuana possession and allegedly shoved a female student down a flight of stairs during an alleged burglary in 2013 (though charges were never filed). If Green-Beckham can stay clean, the Chiefs would have a Dez Bryant-type talent on their hands.
19. BROWNS (VIA BUFFALO BILLS): Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida
The Browns went receiver earlier in this mock draft, so now they can turn their attention to their run defense, which gave up a league-worst 2,265 yards in 2014. Florida State’s Eddie Goldman is a stout run defender who can play inside as a space-eating tackle or outside as a five-technique end. He would be a good replacement if Athyba Rubin or Phil Brown are gone in 2015.
20. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
The Eagles secondary became the butt of several jokes last season with how often they were burned deep, so their first priority this offseason likely will be to find a top cornerback. Washington’s Marcus Peters is a very talented cover corner with good size (6-foot, 198 pounds) and ball skills. However, he reportedly clashed with coaches while at Washington, which eventually led to his dismissal from the program. If Chip Kelly can rein him in, Peters could flourish here.
21. CINCINNATI BENGALS; Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
Andrew Whitworth is 33, and he and Andre Smith are both entering contract years. The Bengals could look for a replacement for either one starting this year. Stanford’s Andrus Peat is a big, smart tackle with surprisingly light feet. He’s a better run blocker than pass protector at this stage, but with some coaching he could improve in that aspect. The Bengals could let him sit for a year and let him learn from Whitworth and Smith.
22. PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Jarvis Jones hasn’t lived up to his status as a first-round pick, so the Steelers may decide to go in another direction on the edge opposite Jason Worilds. Vic Beasley played defensive end at Clemson, but he’s best suited as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme like the one the Steelers use. He’s a gifted pass rusher with great speed and burst, though he could stand to bulk up a bit.
23. DETROIT LIONS: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
The Lions may go from having two solid starting defensive tackles to having none. Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are free agents this offseason, and it may be tough for Detroit to bring both back. If one or both sign elsewhere, the Lions could opt for an interior lineman such as Ohio State’s Michael Bennett. Bennett has great burst and uses his hands well to disengage at the line. He may be best suited as a pass-rushing three-technique in a 4-3 defense.
24. ARIZONA CARDINALS: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
The Cardinals could use a balanced linebacker to play alongside Kevin Minter in their 3-4 defense. UCLA’s Eric Kendricks fits that mold. He’s very instinctive and has a nose for the ball. He has good range and can do pretty much whatever is asked of him as an off-ball linebacker. Kendricks -- whose brother Mychal plays for the Eagles -- would be a good replacement for Larry Foote, who will be 35 in June.
25. CAROLINA PANTHERS: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
The Panthers were able to find a solid wide receiver last year in Kelvin Benjamin, but they didn’t do much to address the offensive line outside of drafting guard Trai Turner. They have a chance to fix that this year with the addition of a tackle such as Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings. He has great physical traits (6-6, 315 pounds) and the long arms that are sought after in an offensive tackle. However, he still is very raw -- he played defensive end for two years before switching to offense, and he only played right tackle at Pittsburgh. Still, he’s a moldable talent that could help protect Cam Newton.
26. BALTIMORE RAVENS: Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
Torrey Smith is set to become a free agent, and Steve Smith will be 36 when training camp starts. Even if the Ravens do bring back Torrey Smith, they could use some youth at the receiver position. Enter Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess. A converted tight end, Funchess has a rare combination of speed and route-running ability for a player of his size (6-4, 235 pounds). He sometimes drops easier passes, but he’s a matchup nightmare wherever he lines up, whether it’s in the slot or out wide.
27. DALLAS COWBOYS: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
This pick depends on what the Cowboys decide to do with Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray. It’ll be tough for them to keep both, and recent history suggests that it’s easier to replace a great running back than it is a great wide receiver. If Murray goes, Georgia’s Todd Gurley could step in and be the Week 1 starter for the Cowboys. Gurley has excellent speed, power and acceleration, which would help the Cowboys’ running game continue without missing a beat. He could have been an even higher pick had he not torn his ACL midway through last season.
28. DENVER BRONCOS: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
The Broncos find themselves in nearly the same predicament as the Cowboys: which Thomas do they keep? Both Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas will command a lot of money in free agency, so Denver may be forced to pick one. The thinking here is that they keep Demaryius Thomas around and replace Julius Thomas with Minnesota’s Maxx Williams. The 6-4, 254-pound Williams is a big target with soft hands and can line up anywhere on the field.
29. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fla.)
Andrew Luck has quite a few receivers to throw to, but first he needs to be upright. The Colts could find a solid tackle with the 29th pick, especially if a guy such as Miami’s Ereck Flowers is still on the board. Flowers has a massive frame at 6-6 and 324 pounds and is good in both the run game and in pass protection. He did miss some time in 2014 due to injuries, but he’s a high-upside prospect that could become a fixture on the Colts’ line.
30. GREEN BAY PACKERS: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
The Packers’ run defense struggled mightily in the NFC Championship Game, giving up 157 yards and a touchdown to Marshawn Lynch. They could use another big body to eat up space along the line. Texas DT Malcom Brown checks in at 6-2 and 320 pounds and is a strong run defender. He could play inside or outside in the Packers’ 3-4 scheme.
31. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
Sure, the Seahawks could draft a wide receiver here, but they’ve had a history of finding undrafted talent at that position. Instead, they could continue to build up their offensive line. Colorado State’s Ty Sambrailo is a versatile lineman who moves well for a 6-5, 315-pound guy. He needs to get stronger in order to handle some of the league’s more powerful rushers, but he has great technique and footwork.
32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
More likely than not, the Patriots could trade out of the first round and address their more pressing need -- interior lineman -- in Round 2. But for the purposes of this mock draft, the Patriots stay at 32 and take Oregon’s Arik Armstead, a 6-8, 290-pound lineman with lots of upside. Armstead converts speed to power well, but he’s still more of a projection at this stage than a finished product.