The first round of the 2015 NFL draft threw up few surprises. As expected, Jameis Winston, the Florida State QB, was picked first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Much of the talk leading up to the draft was of a potential trade with the Tennessee Titans for the their second overall pick. Nothing transpired and the Titans opted to go for their future franchise QB, Marcus Mariota.
Other intriguing moves included Oakland’s pick at fourth for the leading wide receiver from this year’s group, Amari Cooper. Cooper has been branded as the Odell Beckham of this year’s class and he’ll provide a quality weapon for the Raiders’ young QB Derek Carr.
Kevin White was the second wide receiver to be drafted last night. The Bears took him and that led to a standing ovation from the Chicago crowd. They’ll be hoping that Jay Cutler can find some form and feed him.
The St Louis Rams matched the offenses in their strong NFC West division by drafting Todd Gurley at ten. He was the first running back to be drafted last night and he strengthens a team that has, for years, had to contend with the likes of Frank Gore (49ers) and Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks).
A player regarded as the best player in this year’s draft was picked by the Jets at six. Leonard Williams boosts their defensive line and will pile more pressure on the ageing Tom Brady in that AFC East.
1. Tampa Bay: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2. Tennessee: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3. Jacksonville: Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida
4. Oakland: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5. Washington: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
6. N.Y. Jets: Leonard Williams, DT, USC
7. Chicago: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
8. Atlanta: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
9. N.Y. Giants: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
10. St. Louis: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
11. Minnesota: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
12. Cleveland: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
13. New Orleans: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
14. Miami: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
15. San Diego (from San Francisco): Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
16. Houston: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
17. San Francisco (from San Diego): Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
18. Kansas City: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
19. Cleveland (from Buffalo): Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
20. Philadelphia: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
21. Cincinnati: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
22. Pittsburgh: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
23. Denver (from Detroit): Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
24. Arizona: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
25. Carolina: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
26. Baltimore: Breshad Perrimon, WR, Central Florida
27. Dallas: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
28. Detroit (from Dallas): Laken Tominlinson, G, Duke
29. Indianapolis: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
30. Green Bay: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
31. New Orleans (from Seattle): Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
32. New England: Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas