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 With the Super Bowl set to kick off in about ten days, 30 teams have already started preparing for the draft. Here’s how the top 10 will break down:

#1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
The Bucs had the good fortune of being the worst team in the league, so they have the top pick in the draft this year. They will select Winston because he has the highest upside of any quarterback in the draft this year. He has the arm strength and accuracy to be great at the next level. BUT, and it’s a big but, it will come down to if Jameis Winston is in the right organization with the right coaching staff. He has a number of red flags off the field and that could derail a career. Tampa Bay believes he’s worth the risk.

 

#2 Tennessee Titans: DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska
The Titans started three different quarterbacks this past season, Jake Locker, Zach Mettenberger and Charlie Whitehurst. None of them will realistically lead a team to a Super Bowl, which is the end goal for every team. Regardless, the jury is still out on Mettenberger and they will give him another season to test the waters. Instead, they’ll draft the best available player and that’s Gregory. He is a freak athlete and is a perfect fit for a 3-4 defense.

#3 Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Leonard Williams, USC
Jacksonville took good strides this season and had a good offensive-oriented draft last year. They took quarterback Blake Bortles, who played well. The Jags also drafted wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. Both receivers showed glimpses of a bright future for this offense. But now it’s time to address the defense. Leonard Williams is a great athlete with a never-ending motor. He can play anywhere on the defensive line and has the potential to be the next J.J. Watt or Ndamukong Suh.

#4 Oakland Raiders: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
The Raiders’ first two draft picks last year performed very well. Linebacker Khalil Mack may be the defensive Rookie of the Year. Their second round draft pick was quarterback Derek Carr from Fresno State. Carr had a good first year. He showed a lot of progress throughout the season. He is the future of this franchise for the time being. But the team needs to get some offensive weapons around him, which is why they’ll take Amari Cooper. Cooper has good speed combined with great athleticism. He could be the next Roddy White.

 

#5 Washington Redskins: DE/LB Shane Ray, Missouri
Washington’s defense was mediocre this season. They gave up a lot of points and were decent at stopping the run. Ray’s best attribute is his ability to stop the run. His versatility will also help him. He can play linebacker, which is where he may end up because Brian Orakpo is a free agent who will command good money.

#6 New York Jets: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Marcus Mariota has been projected to go anywhere from 1 or 18. Any team would be lucky to have Mariota. The jury may still be out on Geno Smith but there’s no reason not to take him. He has the potential to be great and the new management of the Jets may want a clean slate.

#7 Chicago Bears: SS Landon Collins, Alabama
The Bears' secondary is a mess. They ranked thirtieth in passing yards given up per game. Collins is without a doubt the best safety in the draft this year. He has instincts and the awareness to play in this league. Collins could be the best defensive back to come from Alabama in the past four years (other first round picks from Bama have been Mark Barron, Dee Millner, and Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix).

#8 Atlanta Falcons: DE/OLB Dante Fowler, Florida
Atlanta’s defense was atrocious. They finished the season 6-10, but were one win away from winning the division. The Falcons could easily be a playoff caliber team if their defense improves in the draft or through free agency. Fowler will be a definite upgrade at either DE or OLB. He has a never-ending motor and has good size.

#9 New York Giants: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
The Giants have a wide variety of skill players on the offensive side of the ball. They have used recent drafts to address the offensive line. So now it’s time for New York to work on the defense. Beasley is a great linebacker but the one downside that may have him slide on draft day is his size.

 

#10 St. Louis Rams: OG Brandon Scherff, Iowa
The Rams drafted Greg Robinson with the second overall pick last year. He now looks like a long-term project. With that in mind, St. Louis will take another offensive lineman. Where’s a better place to draft a lineman that Iowa? Iowa has become the place to go for good offensive linemen. Scherff is big and physically gifted.

 

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