So, here we are at last, the clock is going and players are coming off the board. Just how do these players grade out though? Stay tuned through the night as we grade each and every pick of the first round.
#1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, QB Jameis Winston, Florida St.
Yes, he is the most pro ready in this draft, but he is very close to his ceiling already. He is likely headed to the perennial back-up circuit.
#2 Tennessee Titans, QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Marcus Mariota may end up being a true star in the NFL, but he has a lot to learn about running a pro style offense.
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars, DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr. Florida
This guy is very likely to be next years Defensive Rookie of the Year
#4 Oakland Raiders, WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
A potent weapon for second year QB David Carr and a potential candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year next season.
#5 Washington Redskins, OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa
The most complete tackle in this draft, with a serious mean streak. Long time starter and very possible pro-bowler.
#6 New York Jets, DE Leonard Williams, USC
Rated number one on many boards across the NFL, this is a great pick. The only thing keeping the plus off the grade is some health concerns.
#7 Chicago Bears, WR Kevin White, West Virginia
He had an impressive season in W. Virginia, no doubt, but without a larger body of work to show, he can't earn a higher grade at the moment.
#8 Atlanta Falcons, OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
Only marginally less polished than Dante Fowler Jr this kid will bring some serious edge rush ability to the Falcons
#9 New York Giants, OT Ereck Flowers, Miami
I don't much like this pick. While Flowers is powerful and aggressive, his lack of polish doesn't command a top ten pick.
#10 St. Louis Rams, RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
This is baffling and I sincerely hope that this pays off in the future, but with his ACL history and a stable full of good backs, I find little sense to this pick.
#11 Minnesota Vikings, CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
A solid pick. Waynes should be a reliable and possibly "shutdown" corner for years to come
#12 Cleveland Browns, DT Danny Shelton, Washington
This is a nearly perfect pick for the Browns