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Matt Barrows’ picks for first round of NFL Draft

Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston runs a drill at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 21. The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows predicts that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take Winston as the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NFL draft.
Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston runs a drill at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 21. The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows predicts that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take Winston as the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NFL draft. The Associated Press

The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows predicts the selections in Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft. Look for Tampa Bay to take quarterback Jameis Winston at No. 1. The Raiders could nab Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper at No. 4, and the 49ers could get cornerback Marcus Peters of Washington at No. 15.

1. BUCCANEERS

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Tampa is just a short drive from Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Fla. Which means? You guessed it: a lifetime supply of crab legs.

2. TITANS

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Mariota goes from Hawaii to Oregon to Tennessee. He’s heading east so fast that in four years he’ll be in Portugal.

3. JAGUARS

Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida

Fowler heads to Jacksonville, which, along with Tampa and Tennessee, makes up the Bermuda Triangle of the NFL. You’ll never hear from him again.

4. RAIDERS

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

General manager Reggie McKenzie’s quandary: Take Leonard Williams and terrorize a lot of quarterbacks? Or take Cooper and make one quarterback very happy?

5. REDSKINS

Leonard Williams, defensive tackle, USC

General manager Scot McCloughan likes big-bodied pass rushers the way Rubens liked full-figured models. Who says you can’t bring culture to a mock draft?

6. JETS

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

New York Post back page: “A White Draftmas!” or “White, Planes, New York!”

7. BEARS

Danny Shelton, NT, Washington

Nose tackle is the cornerstone of any good 3-4 defense. At 339 pounds, Shelton is like three or four cornerstones.

8. FALCONS

Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

True facts: The falcon is the fastest bird in the world; Beasley was the fastest linebacker at the scouting combine.

9. GIANTS

Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa

New York Post back page: “I Spot the Scherf” or “New Scherff in Town.”

10. RAMS

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

St. Louis allowed 47 sacks last season; Peat has the wingspan of a World War II bomber.

11. VIKINGS

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

In a division that has skyscraper wideouts Calvin Johnson and Alshon Jeffrey, the Vikings nab a cornerback with length.

12. BROWNS

DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

Would the 49ers trade up to take Parker? Trent Baalke has Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s phone number written on his hand.

13. SAINTS

Bud Dupree, defensive end, Kentucky

The Saints’ practice facility in Metairie, La., is next to a Budweiser distribution center. Don’t overthink this, general manager Mickey Loomis.

14. DOLPHINS

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Dolphins select Gurley (ACL), immediately regret it when the first 20 questions of post-draft news conference are variations of: So, when will he be ready to play?

15. 49ERS

Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Yes, he has significant attitude concerns. But he’s also the best cornerback in the draft. I had to get owner Jed York to sign off before making the pick. Oregon DL Arik Armstead and UConn cornerback Byron Jones are other possibilities.

16. TEXANS

Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

Agholor does everything well and also returns punts. Houston needs a new wideout after Andre Johnson bolted for the Colts.

17. CHARGERS

Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon

The Chargers get a tax credit for hiring in-state; Armstead was a standout at Pleasant Grove High School.

18. CHIEFS

La’el Collins, OL, LSU

Alex Smith was sacked a career-high 45 times last season. Considering Smith once played behind Chilo Rachal, that’s quite a statement.

19. BROWNS

Malcom Brown, DL, Texas

If Cleveland’s front office wants guys who play like Browns, this pick makes a ton of sense.

20. EAGLES

Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut

Chip Kelly likes to draft seniors with high character. Jones double-majored in economics and political science and was a team captain. (No one likes a show-off, Byron.)

21. BENGALS

Ereck Flowers, OL, Miami

The scouting report describes Flowers as having “a long torso and a short trunk.” No word on whether he has floppy ears, ivory tusks and a thick hide.

22. STEELERS

Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

Was Ray, who was cited for marijuana possession three days before the draft, hoping the Broncos or Seahawks would take him?

23. LIONS

Cam Erving, OL, Florida State

Detroit needs help all along its offensive line. Erving can play every position. (But not at the same time.)

24. CARDINALS

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

The last Cardinals running back to make the Pro Bowl: Johnny Johnson in 1990.

25. PANTHERS

D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida

Opponents hit Carolina quarterback Cam Newton so often in 2014 that his bruises woke up with bruises.

26: RAVENS

Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida

General manager Ozzie Newsome brings Perriman to Baltimore, all but ensuring he’ll wind up with the 49ers in a few years. (See: Boldin, Anquan; Smith, Torrey).

27. COWBOYS

Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

Concerns about marijuana use have caused Gregory’s once sky-high (sorry) draft prospects to go up in a puff of smoke (apologies).

28. BRONCOS

Eddie Goldman, DL, Florida State

New York Post-style headline in September: Goldman Sacks!

29. COLTS

Landon Collins, S, Alabama

The Colts have one established player at safety, onetime 49er Mike Adams. If you see Mike, be sure to wish him a happy 63rd birthday.

30. PACKERS

Jordan Phillips, DL, Oklahoma

After finishing 23rd in run defense and getting pushed around by the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, Green Bay gets someone who can push back in the 329-pound Phillips.

31. SAINTS

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

A guy with two “X’s” in his name would feel right at home on Bourbon Street.

32. PATRIOTS

Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

Guessing his nickname is either “KJ” or the “The Mayor.”

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