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NFL mock draft: Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota likely to go 1-2

Jameis Winston

Former Florida State star Jameis Winston is likely to be the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft, but how high will he go is the question.

(Wally Skaij / Los Angeles Times)

The Times’ NFL writer Sam Farmer takes a look at the potential selections that teams might make at this year’s draft, which starts April 30 in Chicago:

1. TAMPA BAY – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State:The Buccaneers have made it clear they’re comfortable with Winston, baggage and all.

2. TENNESSEE – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Mariota isn’t an ideal fit for Titans, who could take a pass rusher here. But somebody might trade up for the Heisman winner.

3. JACKSONVILLE – Leonard Williams, DT, USC: The Jaguars have spent a ton to upgrade through free agency but they still need help on their defensive line.

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4. OAKLAND – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: There’s no consensus on who’s the better receiver in this class, but indications are the Raiders like the 6-foot-3 White over 6-1 Amari Cooper.

5. WASHINGTON – Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida: With Brian Orakpo gone, Fowler could be a bookend to outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

6. NEW YORK JETS – Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: The Jets are looking for an edge rusher, and Gregory is an elite one. Former Jets coach Herm Edwards has been working with him.

7. CHICAGO – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: Brandon Marshall is now with the Jets, and the Bears are looking for another receiver who can stretch the field.

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8. ATLANTA – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: Atlanta fans looking for somebody who can get to the quarterback, and Beasley, who grew up a Falcons fan, fills the bill.

9. NEW YORK GIANTS – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: The Giants are looking for a starting right tackle, and Scherff, the best offensive lineman in this class, could step right in.

10. ST. LOUIS RAMS – La’el Collins, OT, Louisiana State: Collins can play guard or tackle for the Rams, who are hurting on the offensive line and need to protect Nick Foles.

11. MINNESOTA – Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: Collins is the most talented safety in this class, and the Vikings are looking for someone to step in and start over Robert Blanton.

12. CLEVELAND – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: The Browns have added Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe, but they’re still looking for a game-breaking receiver.

13. NEW ORLEANS – Shane Ray, DE, Missouri: Aside from Junior Galette, the Saints don’t have a dangerous edge-rushing threat. Ray could fill that void.

14. MIAMI – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: The Dolphins have Pro Bowl player Brent Grimes, and a bunch of young, unproven corners. Wayne is at the top of the class.

15. SAN FRANCISCO – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma: The 6-5 Green-Beckham would be a huge target for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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16. HOUSTON – Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE, Kentucky: Even after using their first pick on pass rushers in three of the past four drafts, the Texans could still use help pressuring quarterbacks.

17. SAN DIEGO – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: With Ryan Mathews gone, the Chargers need a big-bodied back who can get the hard yards, and has breakaway potential.

18. KANSAS CITY – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: The Chiefs could go for a receiver, but Peat would be a solid and safe pick, and he could lock down the right tackle job for years.

19. CLEVELAND – Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon: The Browns had the last-ranked run defense in 2014, and Armstead could bolster that line in a hard-running division.

20. PHILADELPHIA – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon: The Eagles could trade up for Mariota, but the versatile Fisher would be a strong choice who could play guard or tackle.

21. CINCINNATI – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: A former defensive tackle, Clemmings has a lot of raw talent as a right tackle. A youth infusion would help that line.

22. PITTSBURGH – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest: The Steelers haven’t taken a cornerback in the first round since Chad Scott in 1997, but they’re sorely in need of help there.

23. DETROIT – Malcom Brown, DT, Texas: With Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley gone, the Lions need to restock at defensive tackle. Brown is a good start.

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24. ARIZONA – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: Gordon, who led college football in rushing last season, would be a productive complement to Andre Ellington.

25. CAROLINA – D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida: The Panthers got Cam Newton a top-notch receiver last year, and this year they need to buy him more time to find his targets.

26. BALTIMORE – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: New offensive coordinator Marc Trestman likes big receivers, and Strong could step in and fill the vacancy left by the departed Torrey Smith.

27. DALLAS – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: Peters was dismissed from his college team for butting heads with coaches, but the Cowboys can handle difficult personalities.

28. DENVER – Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami: If Flowers lasts this long, he would be a steal for the Broncos, who need to find a long-term answer at right tackle.

29. INDIANAPOLIS – Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia: With Reggie Wayne gone, the Colts will probably pick up a receiver fairly early. But a pass rusher like Harold would be a good fit here.

30. GREEN BAY – Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA: The Packers parted ways with inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones. Enter Kendricks, the Butkus Award winner and a Day 1 starter.

31. NEW ORLEANS – Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida: The son of former Saints (and Lions) receiver Brett Perriman, Breshad ran the 40 in a scorching 4.22 seconds.

32. NEW ENGLAND – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: With Vince Wilfork in Houston, the Patriots will look for a space-eating defensive tackle, and the 6-4, 336-pound Goldman is that.

sam.farmer@latimes.com

Twitter: @LATimesfarmer


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