The first night of the 2015 National Football League Draft did not bring with it the drama that was involved in last year's edition of the player selection process. There was no Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel or greatest wide receiver class ever to hit the draft this time around, and thus the storylines that occurred on the first night of the draft were minimal to say the least. All of the rumors regarding potential multi-team trades and historic transactions that would have made headlines all around the world proved to be unfounded, and beat reporters from different parts of the United States were left looking rather silly due to the predictions that they made leading up to the draft.
Scouts, general managers and executives from around the NFL stated in the days leading up to the draft that this class had, at most, two potential franchise quarterbacks worthy of being selected in the first round. That is exactly what occurred, and those quarterbacks went one-two to teams that do not, on paper, have QBs capable of leading a roster to a Super Bowl. Both of those individuals have flaws, personal and/or off of the field, and it is possible that neither will amount to much of anything in pro football. Both could also have the goods to be great quarterbacks for the next decade.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the first night of the 2015 NFL Draft was that two running backs went in the top-15 picks at a time when the position is being overlooked by many supposed pro football experts. Both of those talents have been compared with some of the best running backs in the game today. Meanwhile, big names such as Randy Gregory and La'el Collins fell out of the first round because of character concerns. Those young men have served as a reminder that the choices that we make dictate the lives that we lead. Surround yourselves with good people who will always have your best interests at heart, young football players.
20 Philadelphia Eagles: WR Nelson Agholor, USC
19 Cleveland Browns: OG/C Cameron Erving, Florida State
18 Kansas City Chiefs: CB Marcus Peters, Washington
17 San Francisco 49ers: DL Arik Armstead, Oregon
16 Houston Texans: CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
15 San Diego Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
14 Miami Dolphins: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville
13 New Orleans Saints: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford
12 Cleveland Browns: DT Danny Shelton, Washington
11 Minnesota Vikings: CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
10 St. Louis Rams: RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
9 New York Giants: OT Ereck Flowers, Miami
8 Atlanta Falcons: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
7 Chicago Bears: WR Kevin White, Virginia
6 New York Jets: DT Leonard Williams, USC
5 Washington Redskins: OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa
4 Oakland Raiders: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
3 Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Dante Fowler, Florida
2 Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
Those running the Buccaneers reportedly did all of the necessary investigating leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, and they were not at all turned off of Winston by what they learned. Winston is far and away the top quarterback, physically speaking, of this draft class, and it really isn't close. It is now on the man who was the youngest player in history to ever win the Heisman Trophy to remain on his best behavior and to put in all of the required work in order to be the franchise quarterback that the Bucs have not had since the day before forever.
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