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Charean Williams’ NFL Mock Draft 3.0

In the Rose Bowl, Marcus Mariota, left, finished ahead of Jameis Winston, but the order is reversed in Charean Williams’ final mock draft. Neither quarterback star will be present at the draft Thursday night in Chicago.
In the Rose Bowl, Marcus Mariota, left, finished ahead of Jameis Winston, but the order is reversed in Charean Williams’ final mock draft. Neither quarterback star will be present at the draft Thursday night in Chicago. AP

The Dallas Cowboys enter the draft with the 27th overall pick and no idea who might be available. Does Marcus Peters make it down to them? Bud Dupree? Byron Jones? Melvin Gordon? What about Randy Gregory, who tested positive for marijuana at the combine? The Cowboys might be caught with little that excites them, which might force them to trade down or take a linebacker (Shaq Thompson or Eric Kendricks):

1. Tampa Bay: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: Winston appears set to become the franchise’s fifth first-round QB, joining Vinny Testaverde (1987) as the No. 1 overall choice.

2. Tennessee: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: He might not end up with the Titans, but it seems a good bet that Mariota goes second to somebody.

3. Jacksonville: Leonard Williams, DT, USC: The Jaguars might take Fowler, the pass rusher they covet, but it won’t be easy to pass on the top player in the draft.

4. Oakland: Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida: The Raiders finished with only 22 sacks last season.

5. Washington: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: Brian Orakpo left in free agency; sacks leader Ryan Kerrigan is entering the final year of his contract; and 2014 second-round pick Trent Murphy had only 2.5 sacks.

6. NY Jets: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: With the Jets in need of pass rushers, Dupree is a possibility, but White can stretch the field opposite Brandon Marshall.

7. Chicago: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: The Bears traded away Brandon Marshall and signed Eddie Royal, but the position remains a need.

8. Atlanta: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky: The Falcons have to improve a pass rush that had only 22 sacks, but will they gamble on Shane Ray? Or do they try to improve a running game that ranked 24th by drafting Gurley?

9. NY Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: They seem set to draft an OL, with Andrus Peat, Ereck Flowers and La’el Collins as other possibilities.

10. St. Louis: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: The Rams, even after using a first-round pick on OT Greg Robinson, have to improve their offensive line after giving up 47 sacks last season.

11. Minnesota: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: The Vikings need another corner to pair with Xavier Rhodes, allowing 36-year-old Terence Newman to serve as a backup.

12. Cleveland: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: The Browns ranked last in the league against the run last season, and Shelton is a perfect fit for Mike Pettine’s defense.

13. New Orleans: Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon: The Saints ranked 31st in total defense, 29th against the run and 25th in sacks, so defense it is, with Armstead a safer pick than Ray or Gregory.

14. Miami: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: The Dolphins lost Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson and added Kenny Stills, so they still need help at the position.

15. San Francisco: La’el Collins, OT, LSU: His stock could drop, but the 49ers need OL help after Colin Kaepernick was sacked 52 times last season.

16. Houston: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest: Cameron Erving also is a possibility if Dupree is off the board.

17. San Diego: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: How lucky will the Chargers feel if they get Gurley or Gordon after ranking 30th in rushing and losing Ryan Mathews in free agency?

18. Kansas City: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut: The pick will be Johnson if he remains on the board.

19. Cleveland: Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF: Flowers and Humphries are possibilities, but with Josh Gordon serving a suspension, Perriman fits.

20. Philadelphia: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: Perriman and Byron Jones are possibilities if they remain on the board.

21. Cincinnati: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fla.): A receiver (Nelson Agholor? Dorial Green-Beckham?) remains a possibility, but LT Andrew Whitworth and RTs Eric Winston and Andre Smith are scheduled to become free agents next year.

22. Pittsburgh: Landon Collins, S, Alabama: Dupree, Peters and Jones are off the board, leaving them to take a chance on Ray or draft one of the safeties to replace Troy Polamalu.

23. Detroit: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: The Lions ranked 28th in rushing and lost Reggie Bush, so they go for the best player available rather than the biggest need (OL).

24. Arizona: Cameron Erving, C, Florida State: The Cardinals obviously covet the RBs, but with Gurley and Gordon gone, they have to go another direction.

25. Carolina: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida: Byron Bell signed with the Titans after surrendering 9.25 sacks at LT last season, and RT Mike Remmers is a practice-squad journeyman.

26. Baltimore: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (Fla.): If Perriman and Peters are gone, do they gamble on Gregory, Jalen Collins or Green-Beckham?

27. Dallas: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: If Gregory falls this far, it won’t take the Cowboys long to turn in their card.

28. Denver: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: It will mark the third year in a row the Aggies have a first-round OL with the Broncos taking a chance on Ogbuehi’s surgically repaired knee.

29. Indianapolis: Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon: One of the safeties, Landon Collins or Damarious Randall, also is a possibility.

30. Green Bay: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas: Brown surely won’t last this long, but if he does, the Packers might pass on a CB (Jalen Collins or Eric Rowe) in the first round.

31. New Orleans: Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri: The million-dollar question is how far Ray’s stock falls after his citation for marijuana, and he might fall all the way out of the first round.

32. New England: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: He fills a need with the departure of Vince Wilfork, but Bill Belichick loves to trade down.

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