4. Oakland Raiders: WR Amari Cooper (Alabama), 6-1, 205 pounds
Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide receiver Amari Cooper (9) runs after a reception against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Cooper has put on a show for years now at the University of Alabama and had the best year of his career this season. The Heisman finalist will be the first wide receiver taken in the draft and if the Raiders were smart, they would nab him at the fourth overall pick. Last year’s second round pick, QB Derek Carr, played well toward the end of the season, but lacked a true No. 1 target. Especially after the rookie wide receiver class we had the pleasure of enjoying this year, Cooper is an ideal pick. If Oakland can team up Cooper and Carr the end of the Raider downfall could be near.
5. Washington Redskins: DE Randy Gregory (Nebraska), 6-5, 242 pounds
Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory (4) defends USC Trojans running back Javorius Allen (37) during the fourth quarter in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Gregory tops the list of pass-rushing prospects in the draft this year. His extremely long wing-span is devastating to quarterbacks who try to evade his presence. Gregory also possesses a high-motor. His only potential down-side would be his size. If he were able to bulk up in training camp and maintain his brilliant speed then Gregory will be well-worth a top-five overall pick for the Redskins.
6. New York Jets: OT Brandon Scherff (Iowa), 6-5, 235 pounds
Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive linesman Brandon Scherff (68) blocks against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Scherff’s draft status was up in the air in the early part of this season when he tore his meniscus, but following surgery to repair the meniscus he was back on the field five days later. He lacks a high-ceiling, but his floor is not low at all. He may fall out of the top-10 on draft day, but whoever takes Scherff is getting a long-term tackle who will produce on a very consistent basis.