Seattle Seahawks

Winston first, Mariota second in 2015 NFL Draft


1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Buccaneers do the expected, take the homestate guy from four hours up the road to be the long-term quarterback they have desperately needed. Crab legs on the house in Tampa!

2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Eagles reportedly tried to trade everything but the Liberty Bell to get him. But Titans decide Jake Locker’s replacement will be Heisman Trophy winner Mariota — and not Zach Mettenberger.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida

Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley takes the best edge pass rusher, who is from nearby Gainesville, Florida.

4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

New coach Jack Del Rio gets coveted weapon to help make quarterback Derek Carr even better. How times have changed: College football’s best wide receiver is from Bear Bryant’s ol’ Tide.

5. Washington Redskins: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

The Redskins decide RGIII, Kirk Cousins, Billy Kilmer or whoever ends up being their QB needs to be protected by the best tackle in the draft. This mauler goes higher than most thought he would.

6. New York Jets: Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Yes, the Jets did something right. The JETS! They might have been going offense, but they couldn’t believe that the force whom many saw as the best player in the draft fell to them.

7. Chicago Bears: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

The new Bears coaching staff gets Jay Cutler game-breaking help on the outside. Heaven knows, someone has to help Jay Cutler.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

So much for that Bruce Irvin trade to the Falcons. New coach Dan Quinn, another former Seahawks defensive coordinator, gets the edge rusher he needs to run the scheme he did in Seattle.

9. New York Giants: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami

Another surprise this high. But when Scherff got drafted, Giants had to go to Plan B. They likely had a Plan C and D to protect Eli Manning, too.

10. St. Louis Rams: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The Rams decide the way back into the NFC West race needs to be with power running — and are convinced that Gurley is way past his reconstructive knee surgery.

11. Minnesota Vikings: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

The Vikings were 11th in scoring defense and 20th in scoring offense — but they go for the guy rated (along with Marcus Peters) as one of the best cover men in the draft.

12. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

His bear hug and lift of commissioner Roger Goodell on stage at draft in Chicago was authentic — a real example of true happiness after coming so far since the death of his brother. The pride of UW and Auburn High School will endear himself immediately to Browns coaches, teammates and fans.

13. New Orleans Saints: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Enough is enough: If Drew Brees isn’t going to have his favorite target Jimmy Graham anymore, he darn well better get some pass protection to throw to someone else. But the Saints still have major issues on defense.

14. Miami Dolphins: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

The Dolphins have a game-breaker they haven’t had since maybe the Dan Marino era. Ryan Tannehill says thanks.

15. San Diego Chargers (from San Francisco 49ers): Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

The Chargers are getting serious about giving Philip Rivers some help on offense so he doesn’t have to win every game with his arm. Gordon is a joy to be around and to watch play.

16. Houston Texans: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

A surprise pick to many people who had him at the end of Round 1 or beginning of Round 2 — or to those even in Houston who thought the Texans had to have a wide receiver. Considered to be the purest cover man in college football last season.

17. San Francisco 49ers (from San Diego Chargers): Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

New coach Jim Tomsula gets the athletic lineman he wanted to anchor his defense. The least-kept secret of the draft; this pick seemed almost pre-destined.

18. Kansas City Chiefs: Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City

Gets kicked clear out of the UW program by Chris Petersen’s new coaching staff last November — then gets selected in the middle of the first round as if it never happened. Credit Peters’ talent, him showing some public remorse — and a darn effective pitch from old coach Steve Sarkisian.

19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills): Cameron Erving, G/C, Florida State

The Browns are rebuilding the right way — from within. Erving is athletic and versatile.

20. Philadelphia Eagles: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

Chip Kelly tried to trade everything with everyone to move up, but he stays put and gets a meteoric prospect who was considered a third- or fourth-round guy at the end of the college football season.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

The power of modern medicine: He tore his ACL in the Liberty Bowl last December. Now he’s a first-round pick for a team that needs more balance on offense.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alvin “Bud” Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

The Steelers go defense because they have to. Everybody seems to be getting old and leaving at once. Dupree is going to attack on the pass rush the way Pittsburgh always does.

23. Denver Broncos (from Detroit Lions): Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

Traffic stop for weaving out of his lane while in possession of marijuana three days before the draft was a huge lapse of judgement and cost him some money, but the Broncos didn’t mind too much. He is, after all, now headed to Colorado.

24. Arizona Cardinals: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

The Cardinals decide that protecting quarterback Carson Palmer and avoiding a repeat of their fourth-string quarterback starting in the playoffs is a priority. Humphries shot up draft boards the past three months.

25. Carolina Panthers: Shaq Thompson, LB, Carolina

One of the most dynamic athletes around. Entered UW as a safety. Moved to linebacker. Played much of last season as a running back. Could return kicks. No wonder he wore a Superman shirt to UW’s Pro Day. His year of minor-league baseball in the Red Sox system seems like eons ago.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida

Ran a 4.25 40-yard dash to wow scouts and soar up draft boards after once being a middle-round prospect. Red flag is a lot of dropped passes, but Joe Flacco will take his chances.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut

With Todd Gurley already taken, owner/GM Jerry Jones decides his iffy defense needs an athletic leaper and runner.

28. Detroit Lions: Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke

Engaging, both of opposing defensive linemen and as a man. Has a fantastic fall-back plan: medical school to be a neurosurgeon.

29. Indianapolis Colts: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

Andrew Luck gets a burner to whom he can throw.

30. Green Bay Packers: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State

Considered the best cover safety in the draft. Could be the Packers’ new nickel man.

31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle Seahawks): Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson

A big, traditionally sized inside lineacker. But when it comes to this spot, the Saints get him, and the Seahawks get Jimmy Graham. Big advantage to Seattle.

32. New England: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

The Patriots need an eventual replacement for Vince Wilfork in the middle of its defensive line. Brown, a consensus All-American, is athletic at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds.