For this one, it's not about whom we project -- it's about which player we would take at each slot.
Thing is, because we have to alternate picks, we won't always get the player who seems like the best fit for each slot, because that player could be taken the pick before. The ground rules are simple: alternate picks; no trades; no deals that say "I won't take Player X if you don't take Player Y." It's just "This is whom I'd take" at every slot on the board for three full rounds.
Let the fun begin.
The Bucs have to get their franchise quarterback out of this pick, and Winston has been the top overall prospect on my board for quite some time now. His behavioral history is a concern, but he's one of the best QB prospects to enter the league in the last decade.
This wasn't at all a tough decision for me. Zach Mettenberger simply can't match Mariota as a talent, and even if I'm not sold on Mariota, at this slot he's a valuable trade asset that I can listen to offers on. And I'm not at all in the camp that says Mariota can't "fit our system."
This is a tough call between Cooper, the best WR in the draft, Dante Fowler Jr., the best edge rusher in the draft, and Leonard Williams, the best overall defensive player in the draft. But Cooper is the No. 3 player on my board and fills a need. Neither Allen Robinson nor Marqise Lee is a true No. 1 receiver, but that's what Cooper has the potential to be.
4. Oakland Raiders
Kiper's pick: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
Last year the Raiders added a versatile linebacker who is exceptional against the run and has big upside as a pass-rusher. That was Khalil Mack. Now I'm adding the defensive line version in Williams. If Cooper is here it's a tough call, but this is a deep class of WRs.
5. Washington Redskins
McShay's pick: Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
We're thrilled that Fowler is available at this spot, as he's the top-ranked edge rusher on my board, and that's Washington's biggest need. He also has the size new general manager Scot McCloughan covets at the position.
Arguably the best player available,. He can help my running game immediately, which makes my offense (and the passing game) more efficient. I looked at wide receiver here, but Scherff makes us better right now, and this roster is closer to really good than many realize.
His versatility will be crucial, but Dupree can be the pass-rushing presence this defense needs right away. Vic Beasley was in play here, but Dupree's length, athleticism and upside give him the edge.