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Mock draft 1.0: Mariota falls in first round

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Winston is the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft. He is a nice fit in Dirk Koetter's quick-rhythm passing game.

2. Tennessee Titans -- Leonard Williams, DE, USC
Williams is a dominant defender capable of playing anywhere along the defensive front.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
Gus Bradley would love to have an athletic freak to use as a hybrid playmaker in the Jaguars' defense.

4. Oakland Raiders -- Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
Ray is an energetic pass rusher with a knack for getting to the quarterback off the edge.

5. Washington Redskins -- Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
Collins is a ball hawk with the instincts and awareness to shut down the middle of the field.

6. New York Jets -- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
The Jets need to add an explosive weapon to the passing game. Cooper is a classic WR1 with speed, burst and ball skills to dominate on the perimeter.

7. Chicago Bears -- Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
Thompson would be the ideal replacement for Lance Briggs at the WILL linebacker spot in a 4-3 defense.

8. Atlanta Falcons -- Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Beasley would give the Falcons an explosive rusher to upgrade their sagging defense.

9. New York Giants -- Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
The Giants want to upgrade their offensive line with big, physical bodies on the edges. Scherff is a sound technician with strength to handle aggressive edge rushers.

10. St. Louis Rams -- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams love athletic cover corners with swagger and attitude.

11. Minnesota Vikings -- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
Surrounding Bridgewater with another athletic pass protector would foster his development as a polished pocket passer.

12. Cleveland Browns -- Danny Shelton, NT, Washington
Mike Pettine's affinity for defensive players makes the addition of a rock-solid defensive tackle a sensible pick for the Browns.

13. New Orleans Saints -- Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida
Rob Ryan could tap into Fowler's versatility as an edge rusher to help solve the Saints' defensive woes.

14. Miami Dolphins -- Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
The Dolphins need a complementary cover corner to fill out a secondary that features a stud in Brent Grimes.

15. San Francisco 49ers -- Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
The 49ers' receiving corps is loaded with big-bodied pass catchers, but the lack of speed could make White the ideal fit at this point.

16. Houston Texans -- DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
With Andre Johnson nearing the end of his career, the Texans could opt for the sure-handed Parker as a successor.

17. San Diego Chargers -- Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
The Florida State standout would give the Chargers a hulking presence in the middle.

18. Kansas City Chiefs -- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Given Andy Reid's reputation for developing quarterbacks, Kansas City would be the ideal spot for Mariota to grow into a franchise player.

19. Cleveland Browns -- Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
The Browns need to upgrade the receiving corps to give Johnny Manziel any chance of succeeding as the franchise quarterback.

20. Philadelphia Eagles -- Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
The Eagles need to shore up a secondary that surrendered too many big plays in the passing game.

21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
It's time for the Bengals to think about grooming a replacement for Andrew Whitworth. Peat is a technical marvel with outstanding feet and agility.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
The defense hasn't been the same without Casey Hampton. Brown is a rugged defensive tackle capable of owning the middle of the line.

23. Detroit Lions -- Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
With Ndamukong Suh set to hit the free-agent market, the Lions need to find a suitable replacement along the line.

24. Arizona Cardinals -- Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
Replacing Larry Foote with a young, athletic tackling machine would keep the Cardinals' defense plugging along at a high level.

25. Carolina Panthers -- La'el Collins, OT, LSU
It's time for GM Dave Gettleman to upgrade the protection around Cam Newton.

26. Baltimore Ravens -- Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Gordon is a one-cut runner with the speed, quickness and burst to thrive in the Ravens' zone-based running game.

27. Dallas Cowboys -- Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
The Cowboys desperately need a legitimate pass rushing threat off the edge.

28. Denver Broncos -- Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
The possible departures of Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas could lead John Elway to take the Michigan standout.

29. Indianapolis Colts -- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
Character concerns could make this a dicey pick, but Green-Beckham would give Andrew Luck a dynamic WR1 to target.

30. Green Bay Packers -- Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma
The Packers need to shore up their interior with a beefy playmaker like Phillips.

31. Seattle Seahawks -- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
The Seahawks could use a luxury pick on a Marshawn Lynch clone in Gurley. Although he could need a redshirt year to get fully healthy, the Georgia star could give Pete Carroll the power runner he covets to pound the ball between the tackles.

32. New England Patriots -- Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
Armstead is a solid edge player adept at the playing the run or pursuing the quarterback off the corner.

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