The combine is now well in the rearview mirror, and performances there have now been mostly backed up by pro days. Add to that the fact that at least some needs have been targeted (if not addressed) in free agency and we're at the point where draft boards juxtaposed against needs and priorities are coming into better focus. I have many changes from the mock draft I released back in early March, starting with a change for the No. 2 quarterback on my board.
As always, let me note a couple of things that factor into what you see below:
• I won't be projecting any trades, but I will mention where I think a trade could be in play.
• As I often note in my position rankings, scheme can dictate a player's ultimate position.
With that said, enjoy diving into the latest mock. Note that we've added video highlights and have a page here with highlights and comments on many prospects.
Analysis: Nothing to see here. I've had Winston going No. 1 overall since my first mock draft and I believe he'll still be there in my final mock draft. It makes sense for Tampa Bay to take a hard look at all options; I just think this is where the Bucs will settle. He's the most NFL-ready QB in the draft. He's big, durable, strong-armed, has a high football IQ and an ability to read, anticipate and process at a very high level what defenses are trying to do. I think he gives the Bucs the best chance to improve in 2015 over any other option on the board.Video highlights
Analysis: Reminder: I don't project trades here. But in talking to people inside and outside the league, my sense is that Mariota is likely to be taken here -- it's just hard to say which team is making the pick. Yes, it could be Tennessee, but it could be a handful of other teams if a deal gets done. (San Diego, the Jets, Chicago, St. Louis ... many have been named as possible fits.) As I've said before, I think Mariota has done as much as he can to show he wasn't just a system guy at Oregon. I wouldn't want to start him right away in 2015, but you can't question Mariota's physical profile or his potential to improve and grow as an NFL quarterback given his attitude and work habits.Video highlights
Analysis: "Dream scenario" probably overstates this -- Andrew Luck isn't sitting here at No. 3 -- but if Williams, the No. 1 player on my Big Board, is still here at No. 3, I think the Jags have a pretty easy decision. It doesn't matter if you love every starter on your defensive line -- Williams is an impact talent early in his career, and a player who will make any defense better because there's no scheme you can put him in where he won't succeed. If Williams ends up going to Tennessee at No. 2 my hunch is the Jags would take Dante Fowler here, but in this scenario it becomes an easy call.Video highlights