Unlike with Oregon's Marcus Mariota, who I've slotted here in earlier versions of my mock draft, Winston enters the draft process with multiple off-the-field red flags and NFL security departments will thoroughly scrutinize his character over the next couple of months leading up to the draft. The off-field incidents would be a concern for any prospect at any position, but it's especially concerning for a quarterback -- and more so for one that may be selected first overall -- as the face of the franchise.
In other words, the Bucs will need to feel comfortable with Winston's maturity and background, first and foremost, in order to be able to trust him as the first overall pick. Provided that the Bucs ultimately feel comfortable with his character, Winston has all of the tools to develop into a franchise-changing quarterback -- size, strong arm, accuracy, football intelligence, on-the-field leadership, etc. Although he lost his final collegiate game, Winston helped lead the Seminoles to wins in 26 of 27 games and an undefeated national championship season as a freshman.
Per ESPN's Pat Yasinskas, Lovie Smith prefers Winston over Mariota. In fact, Yasinskas reports that was a factor in choosing an offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter over Marc Trestman, who preferred Mariota.
It wouldn't be a huge surprise if the Titans went with a quarterback like Mariota here. In fact, I slotted him here in my previous update. Some reports from both national media as well as local beat writers have suggested that the Titans will give Zach Mettenberger a shot to prove that he can be their quarterback of the future. That said, the team's general manager Ruston Webster said on Wednesday that the team is "not in a position to commit to anything."
Viewed by many (including me) as the top prospect (regardless of position) in this year's draft class, Williams has the size, strength, quickness, agility and versatility to play multiple spots along the defensive line and is a disruptive force that has drawn a ton of favorable comparisons to players like J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour.
The Jaguars allowed a league-high 71 sacks last season and although offensive line may be their biggest need, there isn't an offensive lineman worthy of a top-three pick in this draft. Especially considering they will have to face Andrew Luck for the next decade or so, it would make sense to add someone like Gregory, who has the athleticism and length to potentially develop into an elite pass-rusher at the next level.
The Raiders have found their quarterback of the future with Derek Carr, last year's second-round pick, but one of their focal points in free agency and/or the draft should be to improve the weapons around Carr. As Alabama's first Biletnikoff winner in school history, Cooper finished with 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns, all of which ranked first or second in the nation this season.
Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and expectations are that he won't be back. In addition, Ryan Kerrigan is entering a contract year, so adding a pass-rusher like Ray would make sense here. Either way, you'll never hear a general manager complain of having too many talented pass-rushers. .