Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota throws for 4,454 yards with 42 touchdowns and just four interceptions for the Oregon Ducks in 2014.
The first round of the NFL draft is April 30, so every Thursday until then, the Daily News will predict the Top 10. Here’s the latest installment from Gary Myers:
1.Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
He could be great or he could be Ryan Leaf or JaMarcus Russell. Will off field issues eventually scare off Bucs?
2. Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
He’s still the hottest player in the draft. Most intriguing rumor is Chargers trading Philip Rivers (Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt is former SD offensive coordinator) to Tennessee to get up here to take Mariota.
3. Jaguars: Dante Fowler, DE-LB, Florida
He’s a better fit in Gus Bradley’s defense than DT Leonard Williams. Could pull surprise and take WR Amari Cooper or Kevin White to help QB Blake Bortles.
4. Raiders: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
The Chargers could look to flip Philip Rivers to the Titans in exchange for the No. 2 pick.
White or Cooper would be a nice gift to second year QB Derek Carr. New coach Jack Del Rio is a defensive guy but Raiders need playmakers for Carr.
5. Washington: Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal
They really need an outside pass rusher but Williams may be the most talented player in the draft. Rumors starting that they want Mariota.
6. Jets: Vic Beasley, DE-LB, Clemson
Amari Cooper is going to be great but Todd Bowles runs a pressure defense and needs more help getting to the QB.
7. Bears: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Brandon Marshall was traded to Jets so Cooper steps right in opposite Alshon Jeffery. Good luck to John Fox trying to straighten out Jay Cutler
8. Falcons: Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky
Dan Quinn must build up the defense so Matt Ryan doesn’t have to put up 30 points every week.
9. Giants: Brandon Scherff, T, Iowa
This pick makes so much sense it probably won’t happen. The Giants need major O-line help and Scherff would allow Giants to move Justin Pugh to guard.
10. Rams: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Jeff Fisher has built a very good defense and should concentrate on giving new quarterback Nick Foles some outside receivers to go with Tavon Austin in the slot.
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