The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books. As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected quarterback Jameis Winston out of the University of Florida State. While there was speculation as to where Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota would end up with so many teams rumored to be jockeying for position to draft Mariota, the situation unraveled without fanfare. The Tennessee Titans made Mariota the no. 2 overall pick, opting to keep the promising passer rather than accepting offers from several teams that would have give them a boatload of picks and players in compensation.
The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted in the third spot, making it the 8th year in a row that they have selected in the top 10. The Jags took DE Dante Fowler out of Florida as they try to build a defense that can compete in the AFC South. The Oakland Raiders, needing weapons for second year breakout quarterback Derek Carr, selected Alabama wideout Amari Cooper as they look to build off of the late season momentum they found in 2014. Rounding out the top five, the Washington Redskins found some front line protection for quarterback Robert Griffin, III by drafting OT Brandon Scherff out of Iowa. The Redskins were in desperate need of help on the offensive line, making a Scherff a no-brainer.
Here’s how the entirety of the first round played out:
1. Tampa Bay — Jameis Winston (QB) Florida State 2. Tennessee — Marcus Mariota (QB) Oregon 3. Jacksonville — Dante Fowler Jr. (DE) Florida 4. Oakland — Amari Cooper (WR) Alabama 5. Washington — Brandon Scherff (OT) Iowa 6. New York Jets — Leonard Williams (DE) USC 7. Chicago — Kevin White (WR) West Virginia 8. Atlanta — Vic Beasley (OLB) Clemson 9. New York Giants — Ereck Flowers (OT) Miami (FL) 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 — Melvin Gordon (RB) Wisconsin 16. Houston — Kevin Johnson (CB) Wake Forest 17. San Francisco — Arik Armstead (DE) Oregon 18. Kansas City — Marcus Peters (CB) Washington 19. Cleveland — 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 — Shane Ray (OLB) Missouri 24. Arizona — D.J. Humphries (OT) Florida 25. Carolina — Shaq Thompson (OLB) Washington 26. Baltimore — Breshad Perriman (WR) UCF 27. Dallas — Byron Jones (CB) Connecticut 28. Detroit — Laken Tomlinson (OG) Duke 29. Indianapolis — Phillip Dorsett (WR) Miami (Fl) 30. Green Bay — Damarious Randall (S) Arizona State 31. New Orleans — Stephone Anthony (ILB) Clemson 32. New England — Malcom Brown (DT) Texas The second and third rounds will be held tonight in Chicago beginning at 7PM EST. Sports Interaction’s linesmakers have already posted the odds on the 2015-16 NFL season’s week one games. You can also see early odds on your team’s chances to win the 2016 Super Bowl. As it stands right now, the Patriots have the best odds to take home the Lombardi Trophy again.