It's a new week, so why not run a mock draft? The NFL Scouting Combine will change things up because we will start getting measurements and times and reps and lots of information. Teams will also get some insight into the players, as they will be able to interview players.
But before the Combine starts, here is how the first round shapes up, using FanSpeak's On the Clock. I picked for the Cardinals, but was more interested in the whole round. I ran the simulation with the composite draft board.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2. Tennessee Titans: Leonard Williams, DT, USC
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
4. Oakland Raiders: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
5. Washington Redskins: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
6. New York Jets: Jameis Winston, QB, Flrodia State
7. Chicago Bears: Dante Flowers Jr., DE/OLB, Florida
8. Atlanta Falcons: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri
9. New York Giants: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
10. St. Louis Rams: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
11. Minnesota Vikings: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
12. Cleveland Browns: DE/OLB Eli Harold, Virginia
13. New Orleans Saints: Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
14. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
15. San Francisco 49ers: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
16. Houston Texans: A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
17. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
18. Kansas City Chiefs: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
19. Cleveland Browns: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
20. Philiadelphia Eagles: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
23. Detroit Lions: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
24. Arizona Cardinals: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
25. Carolina Panthers: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
26. Baltimore Ravens: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
27. Dallas Cowboys: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
28. Denver Broncos: Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke
29. Indianapolis Colts: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
30. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt
31. Seattle Seahawks: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
32. New England Patriots: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Notice how it is Jameis Winston who falls to the Jets. Mariota is taken first overall. Can Todd Bowles and Chan Gailey groom Winston into a star?
With the Cardinals pick, Peat was available, along with several other players who went not long after No. 24. The most interesting player to be available was Amari Cooper, considered by some to be the best receiver in the draft.
So why Peat? I know there are some concerns for his intensity, but there is great talent. He is a local kid and has the pedigree, as his father was a guard for the Cardinals in St. Louis and in Phoenix.
Steve Keim wants to build the offensive and defensive lines. You have to do that with first round talent, especially at tackle. Bobby Massie will be a free agent after the 2015 season. You put yourself in position to have someone to compete with him right away and to take over. Plus, Peat would make better depth at left tackle than Bradley Sowell ever was. Peat has the potential to be a great left tackle.
What pick in the first round was most surprising? Who went too high? Which player would you take for the Cardinals at No. 24?