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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
New York Post back page: “A White Draftmas!” or “White, Planes, New York!”
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.
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
True facts: The falcon is the fastest bird in the world; Beasley was the fastest linebacker at the scouting combine.
Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
New York Post back page: “I Spot the Scherf” or “New Scherff in Town.”
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
St. Louis allowed 47 sacks last season; Peat has the wingspan of a World War II bomber.
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
In a division that has skyscraper wideouts Calvin Johnson and Alshon Jeffrey, the Vikings nab a cornerback with length.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
Agholor does everything well and also returns punts. Houston needs a new wideout after Andre Johnson bolted for the Colts.
Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
The Chargers get a tax credit for hiring in-state; Armstead was a standout at Pleasant Grove High School.
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.
Malcom Brown, DL, Texas
If Cleveland’s front office wants guys who play like Browns, this pick makes a ton of sense.
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.)
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.
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?
Cam Erving, OL, Florida State
Detroit needs help all along its offensive line. Erving can play every position. (But not at the same time.)
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
The last Cardinals running back to make the Pro Bowl: Johnny Johnson in 1990.
D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida
Opponents hit Carolina quarterback Cam Newton so often in 2014 that his bruises woke up with bruises.
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).
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).
Eddie Goldman, DL, Florida State
New York Post-style headline in September: Goldman Sacks!
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.
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.
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
A guy with two “X’s” in his name would feel right at home on Bourbon Street.
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Guessing his nickname is either “KJ” or the “The Mayor.”