Winston goes No. 1, Gurley to Rams
CHICAGO, IL (The Spread) - While Jameis Winston was taken No. 1 overall by the Buccaneers as expected, there were more than a handful of surprises in Thursday's 2015 NFL Draft.
Following Winston's selection at No. 1 to Tampa Bay, the Titans took Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota instead of trading the pick as many were predicting. Philadelphia reportedly made a late push to acquire the pick from Tennessee but in the end, the Titans stayed put and selected their quarterback of the future.
The first surprise of the draft came at pick No. 5 when the Washington Redskins, long believed to be seeking defensive help or an opportunity to trade back, selected Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Schreff. This created a domino effect in which USC's Leonard Williams fell to the Jets at No. 6, Kevin White fell to the Bears at No. 7, and pass rusher Vic Beasley fell to the Falcons at No. 8.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the first round came at pick No. 10, where the Rams took Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Many draft observers had St. Louis pegged for an offensive linemen at that spot, but instead Gurley was the selection and now perhaps Jeff Fisher has his next Eddie George.
One other noteworthy selection came at pick No. 23, where the Broncos traded up with the Lions in order to take Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, who was predicted to fall out of the first round after he was issued a citation for driving with marijuana earlier this week. Once thought as a potential top 10 pick, at least Ray was still among the top 32 selections in this year's draft.