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Mock top 10 of the NFL draft


Here’s D. Orlando Ledbetter’s mock top 10 picks for the NFL draft:

1. Tampa Bay: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State. He led the Seminoles to the national title as a redshirt freshman and won the Heisman Trophy. Over two seasons, he passed for 7,964 yards and 65 touchdowns. He finished his career with a 29-1 record. In 2013, he was investigated for an alleged rape, but was not charged.

2. Tennessee: Leonard Williams, DE, USC. The massive 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior had 80 tackles, 9.5 tackles for losses and seven sacks. He could play defensive end in a 3-4 defense or slide inside to tackle in a 4-3 defensive alignments.

3. Jacksonville: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama. The dazzling receiver had 124 catches and 16 touchdowns last season.

4. Oakland: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri. He set a single-season school record with 14.5 sacks and also finished with 22.5 tackles for a loss. He was the SEC’s defensive player of the year.

5. Washington: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska. “At the college level and the high school level, a lot of guys get by on just athleticism,” he said. “I’m the prime example, so one of the big things I looked at this offseason was working on my hand placement and different pass-rush moves.”

6. New York Jets: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa. He played left tackle for the Hawkeyes, but projects to the NFL as a right tackle. He’s considered a pro-ready run-blocker.

7. Chicago: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. He was highly efficient in the Ducks’ potent offense. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdown passes. He rushed for 770 yards and 15 touchdowns.

8. Falcons: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida. He played both ends, tackles and some linebacker for the Gators. His versatility makes him a system-fit for all 32 teams.

9. New York Giants: Landon Collins, SS, Alabama. He was an all-SEC selection.

10. St. Louis: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia. He finished with 109 catches for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Some compare him favorably with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.


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